Summer in Sumter SC

Saturday, July 31, 2010

The Item: News - Secret Service won't charge former sheriff's sergeant

The Item: News - Secret Service won't charge former sheriff's sergeant: "Jennifer Timmons, spokeswoman for the State Law Enforcement Division, confirmed in an e-mail that SLED is still investigating Dukes' house fire from last spring. 'This is the fourth investigation, and we have come up clean,' Dukes said, referring to the Secret Service case. 'Whenever you put your faith in God and your family and the community - the people that know you are good people - no one else can bring evil to you. I would like to thank my friends and my community for the prayers, the calls, the texts and a special thanks to you all who went out of your way to give me a hug or an uplifting word.'"

The Item: News - 2 men arrested in copper thefts

The Item: News - 2 men arrested in copper thefts: "'Operation Copper Clamp Down' will continue, police said, as these types of crimes have been problematic, so officers are taking a proactive approach in deterrence. Anyone who has information on copper or air conditioner crimes is asked to contact the Sumter Police Department at (803) 436-2717 or Crime Stoppers at (803) 436-2718. Callers can remain anonymous and may be eligible for a cash reward"

Friday, July 30, 2010

Sumter, SC Joins National Night Out Crime Prevention Initiative wltx.com | Columbia, SC News, Weather and Sports |

Sumter, SC Joins National Night Out Crime Prevention Initiative wltx.com | Columbia, SC News, Weather and Sports |: "The goal of National Night Out is to keep you safe in the community,�and Sumter Mayor Joe McElveen signed Friday a proclaimation making Tuesday, August 3, 2010 National Night Out in Sumter."

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

New Federal Initiative Could Revolutionize Immigration Enforcement



"The federal government meanwhile is rapidly expanding a program to identify illegal immigrants using fingerprints from arrests, drawing opposition from local authorities and advocates who argue the initiative amounts to an excessive dragnet.

 The program has gotten less attention than Arizona's new immigration law, but it may end up having a bigger impact because of its potential to round up and deport so many immigrants nationwide."

Monday, July 26, 2010

Unexplained Prior Arrest Key to Firing of Sumter Police Officer


"'Officer Stewart was involved in a situation late Thursday night, early Friday morning as the result of an arrest,' said Deputy Chief Russell Roark.

 'After a policy review by senior leadership, determination was made that we would like for another agency or another entity to look at the situation. Therefore we called the State Law Enforcement Division.'
    
"' (Deputy Chief) Roark, declining to elaborate, added, 'This all resulted from a prior arrest that had nothing to do with this officer himself.'"
 "On Friday, (July 23, 2010) Sumter Police Chief Patty Patterson
fired the 26-year-old officer (Alan Stewart)."

Saturday, July 24, 2010

Philip and Kimberly Fidler of FidScapes and more!

Philip and Kimberly Fidler
The Item: Business - Business Spotlight: Saturday, July 24, 2010: "One of our primary 'niche' services is to use recycled wood to build custom patio and garden planter boxes for herb, flower or vegetable garden areas, especially where there may be limited space for patio homes. Another 'niche' is to creatively reuse or redistribute existing plants and items not being used or prominently displayed into new creations of beauty for display."

The Item: News - Sumter police officer fired; SLED investigating

Nothing is known at this time about the details of the Sumter Police Department's allegations that former Sumter police officer Alan Stewart violated the department's use of force policy.


Thursday, July 22, 2010

The Item Classifieds

The Item Classifieds: "Moving out of the Country Sale:425 New Castle St (Granada Prk, 1st St. on Right) Wed-Fri 7-1pm. Items as new. Priced or OBO. 3 pc. King BR Set $350, Creme love seat $50, Din 6 pc Sol. wood $198, Facial Chair $125, Treadmill $295, (2) twin size beds $90, Comp. desk $25, Ent Ctr $35, Frig $100, 3 pc glass coffee tbl incl acc $80,. Lots of misc. Everything must go now! 803-720-774"

The Item Classifieds

Abandoned Watercraft.

AMBER Alert In Effect, suspects’ vehicle headed toward S.C. | Interstate 107

AMBER Alert In Effect, suspects’ vehicle headed toward S.C. | Interstate 107

Sunday, July 18, 2010

Tight-end Saunders questioned by NCAA - WIS News 10 - Columbia, South Carolina |

Is the jinx back so soon?
Tight-end Saunders questioned by NCAA - WIS News 10 - Columbia, South Carolina |

The Item: News - Man, 17, charged in robberies

Sumter, SC
July 18, 2010
Two more Social Outlaws removed from the streets of Sumter County.
The Item: News - Man, 17, charged in robberies: "Kadeem Shaquelle Johnson, of 3310 S.C. 261 North, Rembert, has been charged with attempted murder, attempted armed robbery and two counts of armed robbery, according to a Friday press release from the Sumter County Sheriff's Office. Arrested on Monday was another 17-year-old man, Kareene Abdul Upchurch, of 242-A Poulas St., who is facing the same charges as Johnson and is thought to be Johnson's accomplice."

Jay Cox Needs To Go - Board Members Need To Resign - Which is it?

The Item: News - Tuomey officially owes feds:

FORMER BOARD MEMBERS SPEAK OUT
Wilson MacEwen, who served on the board from from the mid-1980s to the early '90s - serving a stint as board secretary
"MacEwen said if a settlement is reached, at a very minimum, there needs to be a change in the upper echelon of the hospital administration. 


'I don't know enough of the current administration to say how far down that should go,' he said, 'and whether change is voluntary or involuntary, if a settlement is reached, I think it needs to occur.' 


As for whether the board - which voted to approve the contracts, which Chase noted in an e-mail were terminated following the jury's March 29 verdict - should bear the responsibility, MacEwen said he doesn't 'have a strong feeling as to what their right move should be.' 


'I hope they come to the conclusion we need a new administration,' he said, and if so, perhaps a national management company could sort things out for the next few years. 


'I just think we've reached a point where - let's stop and think and quit trying to tear the community apart,' 


"Gary Blakeman,  served in the mid-'80s as chairman." "Blakeman said. 'There's a question: Do we ask the board to resign and get rid of Jay? To me, it's far deeper than that.'"

The Item: News - Tuomey officially owes feds

Sumter, SC
July 18, 2010
Tuomey's board members continue to balk at Judge Matthew Perry's order and each day new interest charges are added to the amount. Maybe it is time to think about changing the board's makeup.
The Item: News - Tuomey officially owes feds: "' ... We ask you to consider the enormous value that Tuomey has brought to this community and whether it is in our shared interest to tear down what we have spent decades building.'"

Friday, July 16, 2010

DHEC fines Sumter for accepting banned trash at landfill - WIS News 10 - Columbia, South Carolina |

DHEC fines Sumter for accepting banned trash at landfill - WIS News 10 - Columbia, South Carolina |: "The problem is what DHEC found last October at Sumter's construction and demolition landfill on Brewington Road: two computer monitors and two tires. Both violate the state landfill regulations with a $7,000 fine. 'On one visit you get a citation for one error, it's difficult,' said Noonan. It's an error Eddie Newman, the Public Works Director for the landfill, admits he made. Newman says for years he didn't know e-waste was not allowed at the facility, until DHEC's visit."

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Illegals are leaving Arizona and heading to your State!!!

Illegals are waving Mexican flags inside the U.S. - Topix:
"But they don't go home, they are moving to other states, to your state as well. Don't let them ruin your state like they did to Arizona."

FOXNews.com - Lesbian Prison Gangs Waiting to Get Hands on Lindsay Lohan, Report Says

"'everyone will want a piece of her'"
FOXNews.com - Lesbian Prison Gangs Waiting to Get Hands on Lindsay Lohan, Report Says

Gov. Sanford at microbrewer to tout beer sampling law - WIS News 10 - Columbia, South Carolina |

Gov. Sanford at microbrewer to tout beer sampling law - WIS News 10 - Columbia, South Carolina |:
"SPARTANBURG, SC (AP) - Gov. Mark Sanford is promoting a new law allowing people to sample beer at South Carolina microbrewers. The ceremonial signing is Tuesday at R.J. Rockers Brewery in Spartanburg. Sanford signed the bill into law five weeks ago. Microbrewery owners say it could make the state a travel destination for beer connoisseurs. Brewer's Association president Jaime Tenny says the state has five microbreweries. But she expects the craft brew business to increase under the law. The measure allows samplings and onsite sales only if customers take a tour. Each tourist can buy up to a case of beer per day. Brewers say they hope customers like what they sample, buy some to go, then ask for it later when they go out. State law already allows wine and liquor tastings."

The Item: Sports - Montgomery no-hits Hartsville

Year after year after year, Sumter's youth baseball feeder program supply's top athletes to P-15's!!
The Item: Sports - Montgomery no-hits Hartsville: "In a baseball game in which the start was delayed for over two hours and took the steady work of several people for well over three hours just to make the field playable, Sumter P-15's pitcher Jordan Montgomery turned it into something special. The left-hander threw a no-hitter in a 10-0 victory over Hartsville in the opening game of the best-of-five second-round series of the American Legion state playoffs at Riley Park on Monday."

Saturday, July 10, 2010

GOOD QUESTION: Why don't moped drivers have to have a license? | SCNow

Ever heard the term, DUI VEHICLE?
"If someone is stopped for driving a moped and does not have a license, they are ticketed and fined. The fine given varies county by county in South Carolina."

Alvin Greene financial investigation closed, no charges filed | SCNow

Alvin Greene financial investigation closed, no charges filed | SCNow: "State Law Enforcement Division spokeswoman Jennifer Timmons told The Associated Press on Friday that agents also found Greene broke no laws by the way he presented his financial situation in a court case."

Saturday, July 3, 2010

The Item: News - Bank accounts set up in Pritchard's honor

The Item: News - Bank accounts set up in Pritchard's honor: "HOW TO HELP Donations can be made to either fund by noting 'The Betty Pritchard Reward Fund' or 'The Betty Pritchard Recovery Fund' on a check or money order mailed to or dropped off at NBSC, 111 W. Boyce St., Manning, SC 29102. For further information, call the bank at (803) 435-5100. Pritchard's family and friends have offered a $10,000 reward for information leading to the capture of her assailant. Anyone with information is asked to call the Manning Police Department at (803) 435-8859 or Crime Stoppers at (888) CRIME-SC (274-6372). Callers may remain anonymous."