News briefs for July 12th

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Sheriff investigating home invasion, auto theft

The Beaufort County Sheriff’s Office continues to investigate a home invasion that occurred on Hilda Avenue on Lady’s Island early July 7. During the incident, victims reported that multiple unknown subjects entered their home and demanded property and cash. After taking the property and cash, the subjects fled in the victims’ 2014 GMC pickup truck.

As it was not immediately located, Sheriff’s Office deputies listed the pickup in the National Crime Information Center (NCIC) as stolen. Details about the home invasion and the description of the stolen pickup truck were released through NIXLE, local media outlets, and social media.  

After watching a newscast about the home invasion and stolen GMC pickup truck, a citizen recalled seeing a truck matching its description parked on Dolly Lane and called the Sheriff’s Office. After the call was received, deputies were dispatched to Dolly Lane and confirmed it was the stolen pickup. The truck was examined and processed for forensic evidence — fingerprints and DNA — then towed from Dolly Lane. The subjects were not located and have yet to be identified.

Anyone with information regarding the home invasion is encouraged to contact the Sheriff’s Office at 843-524-2777 or Crimestoppers (1-888-CrimeSC) if wishing to remain anonymous and for possible reward. 

Certified delinquent tax bills mailed

The Beaufort County Treasurer’s Office has mailed almost 4,000 certified delinquent tax bills to taxpayers with outstanding balances on their real and personal property.

To avoid an additional delinquent fee of $50, taxpayers are urged to pay in full by Aug. 31, after which all payments on delinquent accounts must be made by guaranteed funds, which are cash, cashier’s check, certified funds, or money order. Personal checks will not be accepted.

Taxes must be paid by 5 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 28, to prevent the property from being auctioned at the Delinquent Tax Sale. Taxes may be paid at one of three office locations, online, by phone, or by mail.

Current amounts due can be found on the website or by contacting the office. Additional information can be found on the website,

One injured in Trask Parkway accident

The Burton Fire District and Beaufort/Port Royal Fire Department responded to a motor vehicle accident on Trask Parkway on July 9 resulting in injuries to one occupant and closing Trask Parkway.

Just before 11 p.m. Monday, Burton and Beaufort firefighters responded to an accident on Trask Parkway near Calvary Lane. Firefighters arrived to a two-vehicle accident between a Ford passenger vehicle and a Chevy pickup truck. The Ford struck a power pole, snapping the pole in half at the base, with only the vehicle and a pole guidewire stabilizing the pole from falling and causing a potentially serious electrical hazard.

The male driver of the Ford was transported to the hospital. His condition was unknown at the time. Fire crews remained on scene until after 2:30 a.m. securing the area until SCE&G arrived to shut off power. Trask Parkway remained closed throughout the morning while SCE&G worked on scene. 

The Burton Fire District has responded to more than 125 motor vehicle accidents so far in 2018.

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