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An issue of growing concern in the Mountville community of Laurens County – how poultry plants can co-exist with a residential community – is a statewide issue, State Sen. Danny Verdin said Friday.

Verdin chairs the SC Senate Agriculture Committee; and he told the Red Carpet Legislative Breakfast that, in addition to veterinary practices in shelters, poultry production will continue to be an issue before lawmakers concerned about agriculture and animals.

“Agri-business and forestry are the largest businesses in South Carolina,” Verdin said. “In the animal feeding area, that means poultry. As we move forward, with the high density of poultry producers, we have to balance quality of life and this industry’s ability to grow.”

It has been an issue for two years in Mountville, a community southwest of Clinton. A citizens group there has taken before an administrative law judge, four of the five new poultry production facilities permitted in Mountville by the SC Department of Health and Environmental Control.

Poultry producers say they are meeting all state regulations. Opponents say those rules are so lax they do little

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More than 1,200 local record stores nationwide are expected to participate in Record Store Day (RSD), a much-anticipated Black Friday event for those vinyl fans looking to grab the latest and greatest, exclusive titles and holiday gifts.

For some history, the first Record Store Day took place in 2008 and has participating stores on every continent…except Antarctica. Some cities, including New York City, Los Angeles, Boise, Charleston, and Las Vegas have even gone as far as declaring Record Store Day an official holiday.

As stated on the RSD website, “This is a day for the people who make up the world of the record store—the staff, the customers, and the artists—to come together and celebrate the unique culture of a record store and the special role these independently owned stores play in their communities. Special vinyl and CD releases and various promotional products are made exclusively for the day.”

Check out our round-up below of vinyl highlights that will be made available this year. To see the full list of Black Friday special releases and which local stores are participating, visit the

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Bank of America Robbery Suspect (NCPD)

Police say there was an attempted bank robbery at the Bank of America in the 7400 block of Rivers Avenue in North Charleston Wednesday.

Officers were dispatched to the bank at 2:11 p.m. after the initial call to 911.

A brief report provided by NCPD states a man entered the bank and handed a teller a note, demanding money. However, the man fled the bank without getting any money.

Officials say the investigation is ongoing.

View photos of the suspect above.

Check back with ABC News 4 as we continue to follow this story.

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Pictured from left to right are Gardner, Hanton and Addison (Al Cannon Detention Center)

If you’re running from the cops, you probably shouldn’t hide in a ditch behind a police station.

According to an incident report provided by the North Charleston Police Department, that’s what happened with men suspect of a shooting that happened at a night club on Ashley Phosphate Road.

The report states an officer at a traffic stop near Club Vegas heard gunfire and looked up to see a vehicle leaving the parking lot. Officers say they followed the vehicle and attempted to stop it at a dead end near the police station and a North Charleston fire station. At that point, officials say, they saw two men run.

Officers inside the police station were called to assist, and two men were found in a ditch behind the station. Inside the vehicle, police say, were 50 grams of marijuana, a gun stolen from

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A multi-agency investigation into the distribution of cocaine, crack cocaine and opiates ended Nov. 15 in the arrest of 13 suspects — including one from Bluffton — on charges of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute 5 kilograms or more of cocaine.

The investigation into the drug trafficking organization led agents to seize more than $45,000, 37 firearms, more than 45 kilograms of cocaine, more than 1 kilogram of crack cocaine, 100 grams of heroin, 129 grams of MDMA (Ecstasy), 1 pound of marijuana, and five cars that were used by the drug trafficking organization, a U.S. Attorney’s Office news release said.

The investigation included 11 search warrants served in Jasper and Beaufort counties, Pooler, Savannah, Suwanee, Ga., and Tampa, Fla.

The suspects charged were:

• Demetrius Dwayne Swinton, also known as “Million Dolla Meat,” 30, Pooler.

• Liz Ashante Christopher, 30, Suwanee.

• Christopher Johnson, also known as “Unc,” 48, Ridgeland.

• Travis Wiggins, also known as “Trap,” 26, Ridgeland.

• Derrick Edwards, also known as “Markie,” 24, Ridgeland.

• Johnita Anderson, also known as “Goat,” 35, Hardeeville.

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North Charleston police say another illegal gun is off the streets.

Early Tuesday morning officers stopped a Ford explorer for a broken brake light. They said vehicle had a strong odor of marijuana.

A search of the vehicle revealed what officers said was an illegal firearm in the possession of the driver. They say they also found two grams of marijuana, several baggies of cocaine, and MDMA/ecstasy in the vehicle.

Police arrested Brandon Glover. He is charged with possession of cocaine with intent to distribute, possession of ecstasy and marijuana as well as unlawful carrying of a firearm.

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 November 13, 2017 – November 19, 2017

On November 13, 2017 at 1:13 a.m., Ptl. Anthony Cardona stopped a vehicle for a moving violation. A subsequent investigation led to the arrest of the 18 year old female operator from Belleville for possession of marijuana. She was processed and released with a summons to appear in municipal court.

On November 13, 2017 at 5:32 a.m., officers responded to a Sweetwood Drive address for a disturbance. A 27 year old male from Cedar Grove was subsequently placed under arrest for aggravated assault on a law enforcement officer. He was processed and released with a summons to appear in municipal court.

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On November 16, 2017 at 1:11 a.m., Ptl. Joseph Ligas stopped a vehicle for an equipment violation. A subsequent investigation led to the arrest of the 27 year old driver from South Carolina for possession of marijuana and driving with a suspended license. He was processed and released with a summons to appear in municipal court.

On November 16, 2017 at 8:10 p.m., Ptl. Joseph Johnson stopped

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By LEWIS DELAVAN / Staff writer

The Hot Springs Village police department made an arrest for domestic battery, as well as routine public assists and welfare checks, and worked a wide variety of other reported incidents.

Nov. 9
An officer helped the fire department clear the old Cranford’s parking lot on Highway 5 to allow a LifeNet air ambulance to pick up an injured person.
An apron and a change purse found near the DeSoto recreation area were placed in lost-and-found.
An officer overheard a call about a residential fire on Pego Circle, and contacted the property owner onsite to verify that no one was inside. Flames were coming out a window upon arrival.
An officer helped secure a vehicle at the police training center parking lot. LifeNet picked  up a patient, and the patient’s sister came to pick up her dog.
A white Pontiac without a proper pass entered the West Gate.
A Villager believes her ex-husband hacked into her phone and laptop, but had no proof that it was actually him who changed her passwords.
A white van reportedly dumped leaves on Remolino Circle.
An officer accompanied

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Sean Carrigan, a 28-year army veteran, is running for the congressional seat currently held by U.S. Rep. Joe Wilson, R-SC.

On Monday night, Carrigan held a town-hall-type meeting a the Odell Weeks Activity Center to discuss his preliminary running platform: economy, education and equality.

On the topic of state and national economies, Carrigan told the 20 or so people in attendance that he would like to see a shift to demand-side economics.

Demand-side economics is the theory that economic growth is spurred by high demand for products and services – big spending means more employment, essentially.

“I want to put more money in people’s pockets and not by bogus tax cuts,” Carrigan said, referencing the latest national tax plan.

Carrigan said he is an ardent supporter of a livable wage: $10-an-hour is good, he said, and $15-an-hour is even better.

“I believe in being housing secure, health care secure and food secure. We don’t do a good job on those three things,” Carrigan said.

“If you have to choose between food and medication, there’s something wrong there,” he continued.


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An enterprise based in the south metro Denver area sent marijuana through the mail, sold it to out-of-state buyers and cultivated pot in upscale neighborhoods, according to a 98-page indictment.

Two dozen people have been accused of participating in the drug-trafficking ring that illegally grew marijuana in at least 10 homes in Arapahoe, Douglas and Elbert counties. Each person has been indicted on at least nine charges.

The group allegedly operated out of residences in the Centennial, Parker, Greenwood Village, Highlands Ranch and Aurora areas and in Elbert County. The suspects are accused of conspiring to grow more than 1,500 pounds of marijuana and of selling marijuana to out-of-state buyers for distribution in 12 states. A grand jury for the 18th Judicial District issued the indictment Nov. 14. Bond for each suspect is set at $50,000.

In multiple jurisdictions, law enforcement officials are in the process of apprehending the suspects, said Vikki Migoya, spokeswoman for District Attorney George Brauchler.

The charges also include money laundering and attempting to influence a public servant. The suspects will be tried in Douglas County

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