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Beaufort County

May 7, 2021

Man found not guilty of 2016 Beaufort County killing

BEAUFORT, S.C. (AP) — A jury found a South Carolina man not guilty of murder in a 2015 Beaufort County killing. It was the third time prosecutors brought Ishmael Rivers to trial. The first time a judge stopped the trial because there wasn’t enough minorities in the jury pool and the second time jurors couldn’t […]

Nov 26, 2018

Couple must pay fees, despite leaving club

Membership documents signed by a Beaufort County couple require them to continue to pay thousands of dollars in dues and fees to a social club, even though they resigned from it, the South Carolina Supreme Court said in a split 3-2 decision. Justice John Few, writing for the majority, said that the South Carolina Court […]

Aug 3, 2018

Jury rejects attempt to make wife’s death look like suicide

BEAUFORT (AP) Authorities say a South Carolina man has been sentenced to 30 years in prison for killing his wife and trying to make it look like a suicide. Prosecutor Hunter Swanson said a jury found 39-year-old Richard Passio Jr. guilty of murder Aug. 2. Authorities say Passio called 911 in June 2016, saying his […]

Apr 4, 2018

South Carolina school board attorney under investigation

BEAUFORT (AP) An attorney for a South Carolina school board is being investigated after a board member complained the lawyer deceived the panel, misinterpreted some law and threatened board members. The Associated Press reports that Beaufort School Board member John Dowling filed a complaint March 9 against school board attorney Drew Davis with the Supreme […]

Jun 17, 2015

5 counties sue electronic mortgage registry system

 A lawsuit filed by five South Carolina counties challenging the practices of a national electronic mortgage document registry system has survived a pair of motions to dismiss filed by the company and a group of banks and mortgage lenders named as defendants. The counties are suing because they say the system results in county property […]

Jun 2, 2014

500 may get late diplomas in Beaufort County

  BEAUFORT (AP) — South Carolina’s high school exit exam is no more and as many as 500 students who attended Beaufort County high schools in the past quarter century now qualify for diplomas. The Beaufort Gazette reports those students never received diplomas because they didn’t pass the exam. A law signed by Gov. Nikki […]

Apr 14, 2014

Beaufort County opening new coroner’s office

PORT ROYAL (AP) — Officials in Beaufort County are celebrating the opening of the county’s new coroner’s office. Coroner Ed Allen is expected to be joined Monday by Port Royal Mayor Samuel Murray and officials from the Beaufort County Sheriff’s Office in the grand opening festivities. Beaufort County Council Chairman Paul Sommerville is serving as […]

Apr 7, 2014

Beaufort County text ban usually brings warnings

It's against the law to text and drive now in almost all of Beaufort County.

Jan 25, 2013

Beaufort schools settle suit brought by student

A lawsuit alleging mistreatment of a disabled student in the Beaufort County School District has been settled with the student and his mother receiving about $37,000.

Oct 8, 2012

Operator of “Pet Paradise” denies abuse complaints

Beaufort County deputies have investigated six animal cruelty complaints against a Port Royal pet store owner in the past three years.

Sep 28, 2012

Mob justice in Beaufort County

Beaufort County’s sheriff is teaching an old law new tricks. Sheriff P.J. Tanner is using what he calls the “mob law” to advance investigations into violent crimes on St. Helena Island, including a June 21 shooting outside a nightclub that left two dead.

Sep 27, 2012

Disbarred lawyer charged in immigration scheme

The owner of a Beaufort County immigration services business has been charged with scamming customers out of thousands of dollars.

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