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A Pawleys Island man has been sentenced to 15 years in prison after being served gun and drug charges, according to a release from Jimmy Richardson, 15th Circuit Solicitor with the 15th Judicial Circuit.

Kneshon Raheime Pino, 30, pleaded guilty to trafficking in heroin four to 14 grams and unlawful possession of a sawed-off rifle, the release states.

Pino was arrested for the gun charge on Aug. 17 when officers obtained a search warrant at his home where they found a Colt M4 Carbine rifle that had a 12.5 inch barrel, which is illegal in South Carolina, as well as other firearms, officials said.

On March 2, 2016, Pino was stopped by agents with the 15th Circuit Drug Enforcement Unit who had been conducting a surveillance operation of a drug transaction, officials said. At the time, Pino was wanted on a bench warrant and had a pending warrant.

When agents pulled Pino over, the vehicle allegedly smelled of marijuana and agents saw a digital scale in his lap. The release states that agents also saw two

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CHARLESTON — Although no funding was allocated for the startup of the state’s medical marijuana program, the head of the state Bureau for Public Health said he is looking at internal ways to initially fund the program.

Dr. Rahul Gupta, commissioner of the West Virginia Bureau for Public Health, estimated the startup costs for the program will run about $2 million — $700,000 of which will go toward developing a “seed to sale” program to track medical marijuana.

Gupta and other agency and board representatives Monday updated members of the Legislature’s Joint Committee on Health, on the Medical Cannabis Advisory Board, including work the board has already done along with challenges in the future. Initial funding was one of the concerns mentioned at the meeting.

Senate Bill 386 did not allocate initial funding for the program but did provide mechanisms in subsequent years through fees, Gupta said. He estimated after that startup cost, he expects ongoing costs should be about $1 million.

Gupta said the agency is looking at how to fund the startup costs internally,

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State officials estimate they will need about $2 million in one-time, upfront costs to implement West Virginia’s medical marijuana law.

Dr. Rahul Gupta, state health officer, gave lawmakers that figure during a meeting of an interim health committee, containing members of both the state Senate and the House of Delegates, at the state Capitol Monday.

Gupta, who is also commissioner of the state Department of Health and Human Resources’ Bureau for Public Health, told lawmakers that the DHHR estimates the law, which passed earlier this year, will cost $2 million up front.

DHHR Cabinet Secretary Bill Crouch’s office and Gov. Jim Justice’s office are working on finding the money, possibly through an “internal loan,” Gupta said.

“We would need your help to allow that money to be paid back through legislation,” he told lawmakers.

The West Virginia Legislature passed Senate Bill 386, allowing doctors to recommend medical marijuana for the treatment of certain “serious” medical conditions and tasking DHHR’s Bureau for Public Health with regulatory oversight, in April. Lawmakers

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Suspects in a shooting in Columbia’s popular Vista entertainment district are from Newberry and drove several cars during the burst of gunfire that injured eight, according to law enforcement reports on Sunday.

Warrants obtained by The State newspaper begin to paint a clearer picture of the mayhem that erupted Saturday after midnight outside the Empire Supper Club.

The shooting was driven by a conflict between two groups, Columbia Police Chief Skip Holbrook said Saturday during a news conference.

The warrants obtained Sunday seem to indicate the gunfire began with several men shooting at one another from cars.

The suspect charged with seven counts of attempted murder, John Earl Bates Jr., 28, shot a fellow 22-year-old suspect, Maleik Houseal, as well as Houseal’s brother, according to the warrants.

That might indicate that a conflict between Bates and Houseal is at the center of Saturday’s shooting. Authorities also said Sunday that a second shooting around 5 a.m. at a Broad River Road club could be connected to the one in the Vista.

Holbrook said Sunday the Vista incident is not considered

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The Effingham County Jail reported the following bookings:

• Effingham police arrested William H. Shaffer, 45, Centralia, Sept. 15 on charges of driving while license revoked and obstructing justice. Shaffer was given notice to appear and released.

• Effingham County deputies arrested Billy J. McCoy, 39, Vernon, Sept. 15 on an Effingham County original warrant for burglary. McCoy posted $100 and was released.

• Effingham County deputies arrested Trent A. Wilson, 47, Effingham, Sept. 15 on an Effingham County Problem Solving Court mittimus to jail for 24 hours.

• Effingham County deputies arrested Craig A. Hollis, 42, Newton, Sept. 15 on charges of no valid driver’s license, possession of a controlled substance and civil counts of possession of cannabis and drug paraphernalia. Hollis was in jail at last check.

• Jaren W. Patton, 24, Springfield, Missouri, was transported to Effingham County Jail on Sept. 15 on Effingham County warrant for failure to appear in court on charge of possession of between five and 15 grams of meth. Patton was in jail at last check.

• Sean A. Curtiss, 37, Effingham,

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Bravely, a retired Pocahontas County physician wrote a heart-rending account of how her two daughters died of drug overdoses.

“I have lost two of my three children to this unimaginable nightmare. … Where did I fail my two beautiful daughters?” Dr. Pat Browning wrote for the Greenbrier County Care Coalition, and her testimony was reprinted in The Pocahontas Times.

She described how her oldest, Ariana, suffered emotional troubles and was diagnosed as bipolar.

“Once when she was 13, a neighbor told me she smelled marijuana smoke coming from our porch.” Later, the mother realized that Ariana used drugs to help “quiet those racing thoughts.”

The physician added, “The combination of bipolar disorder and drug abuse is often deadly. She died of a drug overdose at the age of 23.”

Her other daughter, Izzi, struggled through rehab at detox clinics in Ohio and Florida, but finally suffered a fatal overdose at age 31.

Dr. Browning expressed hope that, someday, “medical science will find a cure for this terrible brain disease.” Until then, she

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MACOMB POLICE

Alexis Christensen Casey, 21, of Wilmington was arrested for driving while license revoked/suspended on Sept. 5.
Arturo Micheal Gray, 24, of Chicago was arrested for a warrant on Sept. 7.
Gabriel Thomure, 27, of Macomb was arrested for a warrant on Sept. 9.
Frank Quincy Criggley, 27, of Macomb was arrested for driving while license revoked/suspended on Sept. 9.
Benjamin Eugene Schafer, 18, of Basco was arrested for illegal consumption by a minor and misrepresentation of age by a minor on Sept. 10.
Jasmine Desiree Davis, 21, of Macomb was arrested for a warrant on Sept. 11.
Aryana Marie Steele, 19, of Chicago was arrested for disorderly conduct on Sept. 11.
Donald Keith Moman, 37, of Macomb was arrested for driving while license revoked/suspended on Sept. 13.

McDONOUGH COUNTY SHERIFF

Sydney Kaylyne Collins, 20, of Canton was arrested for a warrant on Sept. 5.
Edward James Shane Preston Lee, 28, of Macomb was arrested for domestic battery on Sept. 5.
Travis Lee Schmick, 20, of Springfield was arrested for a warrant on Sept. 5.
Morgan Laine McKelvey, 36, of Prairie City was arrested for false 911 call and disorderly conduct on

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March was turning into April, and South Carolina was the talk of the men’s basketball world.

The Gamecocks knocked off Duke, Baylor and Florida, and they were celebrating on the floor at Madison Square Garden, heading to the Final Four for the first time in school history.

Eric Cobb spent his March of 2017 in Marianna, Fla., finishing his season at Chipola, a junior college in the Panhandle, and wondering if he had fumbled away his dream for good. He still cringes at the mention of it.

“Whooooa,” he said. “It took a big toll on me. It made me humble. I was thinking, ‘If you didn’t do what you did, look what you would have been a part of?'”

Cobb had worked hard through high school in Jacksonville, Fla., and St. Frances in Baltimore to get the chance to play high-major basketball at South Carolina in 2015-16. He played little as a freshman, and late in the season he was arrested in connection with a string of BB gun-related vandalism incidents, and also for possession of marijuana. He

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MACOMB POLICE

Alexis Christensen Casey, 21, of Wilmington was arrested for driving while license revoked/suspended on Sept. 5.
Arturo Micheal Gray, 24, of Chicago was arrested for a warrant on Sept. 7.
Gabriel Thomure, 27, of Macomb was arrested for a warrant on Sept. 9.
Frank Quincy Criggley, 27, of Macomb was arrested for driving while license revoked/suspended on Sept. 9.
Benjamin Eugene Schafer, 18, of Basco was arrested for illegal consumption by a minor and misrepresentation of age by a minor on Sept. 10.
Jasmine Desiree Davis, 21, of Macomb was arrested for a warrant on Sept. 11.
Aryana Marie Steele, 19, of Chicago was arrested for disorderly conduct on Sept. 11.
Donald Keith Moman, 37, of Macomb was arrested for driving while license revoked/suspended on Sept. 13.

McDONOUGH COUNTY SHERIFF

Sydney Kaylyne Collins, 20, of Canton was arrested for a warrant on Sept. 5.
Edward James Shane Preston Lee, 28, of Macomb was arrested for domestic battery on Sept. 5.
Travis Lee Schmick, 20, of Springfield was arrested for a warrant on Sept. 5.
Morgan Laine McKelvey, 36, of Prairie City was arrested for false 911 call and disorderly conduct on

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CASES CALLED WEDNESDAY INCLUDED:

Julie Dawn Davis, 44, of 29 Buxton Ave., display of license plates, no seat belt, dismissed.

Nicholas G. Graham, 20, of 517 S. Hubert Ave., two counts possession of drug abuse instrument, dismissed – prosecutor request.

Cynthia K. Mann, 59, of 69 Sunset Dr., OVI, failure to drive on right, dismissed.

David P. Sloan, 38, of Dayton, marked lanes, operate without proof of insurance, no seat belt, dismissed.

William S. Brinsley, 42, of 739 E. High St., Apt. #4, violation of temporary protection order, guilty, 180 days jail, fined $1,000; assault, dismissed – prosecutor request.

Patrick M. Dalman, 54, of 1603 W. Main St., two counts child endangering, domestic violence, aggravated menacing, dismissed.

Kevin Miller, 41, of 4100 Troy Road, Lot 104, flee/elude police officer, dismissed – prosecutor request; speed, dismissed.

Corey L. Pennington, 46, of 1391 W. Sparrow Road, OVI, guilty, six months driver’s license suspension, three days jail, three days credit for time served, administrative license suspension terminated without reinstatement fee, fined $375.

CASES CALLED THURSDAY INCLUDED:

Bryan Anthony Campbell Sr., 29, of 522

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