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SC Governor Announces COVID-19 Vaccine Appointments for Aged 70+
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SC Governor Announces COVID-19 Vaccine Appointments for Aged 70+

South Carolinians Aged 70 and Older Can Schedule COVID-19 Vaccine Appointments Beginning Jan. 13 COLUMBIA, SC (STL.News) Governor Henry McMaster and the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC) announced that beginning Wednesday, Jan. 13, any South Carolina resident aged 70 or older, regardless of health status or preexisting conditions, can begin scheduling their appointment to receive COVID-19 vaccine. Based on COVID-19 vaccine data — doses received, administered, and appointments scheduled — South Carolina officials are confident the majority of people in Phase 1a who want to be vaccinated have either received their shots or have scheduled appointments to do so.  There are currently 146,500 doses of Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine in the state, with 82,266 total ...
U.S. Attorney’s Office in South Carolina Collects Over $56 Million
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U.S. Attorney’s Office in South Carolina Collects Over $56 Million

U.S. Attorney’s Office in South Carolina Collects Over $56 Million for U.S. Taxpayers in 2020 Charleston, S.C (STL.News) U.S. Attorney Peter M. McCoy, Jr. announced today that the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of South Carolina collected over $56 million in criminal, civil and asset forfeiture actions in Fiscal Year (FY) 2020. The office collected $53,839,927.39 in criminal and civil actions in FY 2020.  Of this amount, $49,000,580.36 was collected in civil actions and $4,839,347.03 was collected in criminal actions. Working with partner agencies and divisions, the office also collected $2,544,402 in asset forfeiture actions in FY 2020.  Forfeited assets deposited into the Department of Justice Assets Forfeiture Fund are used to restore funds to crime victims and for a var...
Largest Federal Racketeering Conspiracy in South Carolina History
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Largest Federal Racketeering Conspiracy in South Carolina History

40 Charged in Largest Federal Racketeering Conspiracy in South Carolina History 147-Count Indictment Includes Inmates Orchestrating Murder, Kidnapping, Drugs and Firearms Distribution from Prison Columbia, S.C (STL.News) United States Attorney Peter M. McCoy, Jr., announced today that a federal grand jury has returned a 147-count superseding indictment against 40 defendants across South Carolina in the largest federal racketeering conspiracy in South Carolina history.  The indictment alleges a sprawling criminal enterprise whereby inmates with the South Carolina Department of Corrections (SCDC), often by means of contraband cell phones, orchestrated murder, kidnapping, firearms distribution, and an international drug operation. Specifically, the grand jury charged 17 of the defendants...
South Carolina: Setterstix Corporation Establishing in Laurens County
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South Carolina: Setterstix Corporation Establishing in Laurens County

Setterstix Corporation establishing operations in Laurens County COLUMBIA, SC (STL.News) Setterstix Corporation (Setterstix), a paper stick manufacturer, today announced plans to establish operations in Laurens County.  The more than $11.7 million investment will create 80 new jobs. Founded in 1938, Setterstix manufactures and ships more than 17 billion paper sticks throughout the United States, Canada and overseas every year.  The company manufactures paper sticks for candy, cotton swabs, health care and novelty items. Located at 830 International Boulevard in Fountain Inn, Setterstix’s new facility will increase the company’s manufacturing and shipping capabilities, which will allow growth into international markets.  With local paper sources and reduced logistics costs, Setterstix wil...
South Carolina: Santa Cruz Nutritionals’ expansion in Sumter County
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South Carolina: Santa Cruz Nutritionals’ expansion in Sumter County

Santa Cruz Nutritionals selects Sumter County for expansion COLUMBIA, SC (STL.News) Santa Cruz Nutritionals (SCN), a subsidiary of Santa Cruz Healthcare, today announced plans to expand operations in Sumter County.  The $84 million investment will create 164 new jobs. Established in 1968, SCN is a leading manufacturer of enhanced confectionery delivery systems.  The company uses research and science to develop gummy vitamins such as calcium, fiber and other supplements for the functional food and nutraceutical markets. Additionally, the company produces a wide range of products for a number of branded industrial and retail partners. Located at 2720 Southgate Drive in Sumter, SCN’s expansion includes a 24,000-square-foot packaging and employee facility as well as a 120,000-square-foot war...
South Carolina: Amy Marie Mishoe Sentenced to Over 11 Years
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South Carolina: Amy Marie Mishoe Sentenced to Over 11 Years

South Carolina: Amy Marie Mishoe Sentenced to Over 11 Years in Federal Prison after Distributing Fentanyl (STL.News) – United States Attorney Peter M. McCoy, Jr., announced today that Amy Marie Mishoe, 33, of Conway, was sentenced to over 11 years in federal prison after pleading guilty to possession with intent to distribute and distribution of Fentanyl and possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime. Evidence presented to the court showed that on April 11, 2018, the Horry County Drug Enforcement Unit (DEU) executed a state search warrant at Mishoe’s house in Conway.  During the search, DEU found firearms, ammunition, and 132 tablets of Oxycodone. On March 26, 2019, Loris Police Department responded to a store in Loris in reference to a possible overdose of an ind...
South Carolina: Mary Denham Sentenced to 5 Years in Federal Prison
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South Carolina: Mary Denham Sentenced to 5 Years in Federal Prison

South Carolina: Mary Denham Sentenced to 5 Years in Federal Prison for Possessing 39 Balloons of Heroin With the Intent to Distribute (STL.News) – United States Attorney Peter M. McCoy, Jr., announced today that Mary Denham, 61, of Myrtle Beach, was sentenced to 5 years in federal prison after pleading guilty to possession with intent to distribute Heroin. Evidence presented to the court showed that on January 15 to January 16, 2019, the Myrtle Beach Police Department executed a search warrant at Denham’s residence in Myrtle Beach.  During the search, officers found 39 individual balloons of Heroin. Chief United States District Judge R. Bryan Harwell sentenced Denham to 60 months in federal prison, to be followed by a three-year term of court-ordered supervision.  There is no parole in t...
South Carolina: Defense Engineering Expanding in Charleston County
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South Carolina: Defense Engineering Expanding in Charleston County

Defense Engineering Services Expanding Operations in Charleston County COLUMBIA, SC (STL.News) Defense Engineering Services (DES), a service-disabled veteran-owned small business, today announced plans to expand operations in Charleston County.  The more than $1.1 million investment will create 18 new jobs. Founded in 2013, DES specializes in survivability, vehicle systems and mechanical engineering.  The company provides technical, design and manufacturing services for government and private companies across the country, delivering technical solutions, test services, prototype fabrication and low-rate manufacturing for large and small projects. Located in North Charleston, the expansion of DES will increase the company’s manufacturing and storage capacity, while providing additional off...
South Carolina: ???????Nova Molecular Technologies Expansion in Sumter County
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South Carolina: ???????Nova Molecular Technologies Expansion in Sumter County

???????Nova Molecular Technologies, Inc. Expanding Operations in Sumter County COLUMBIA, SC (STL.News) Nova Molecular Technologies, Inc. (Nova), a chemical manufacturing company, today announced plans to expand operations in Sumter County.  The more than $14.9 million investment will create 25 new jobs. Founded in 1991, Nova is a leading producer of high-purity solvents.  The company’s high-value solvent Recovery and Return program helps companies reduce costs, increase supply certainty and improve sustainability initiatives. Additionally, through its Recovery and Return program, chemicals are recovered that would traditionally be sent to waste disposal, reducing environmental impact and allowing better risk mitigation of raw material supply. Expanding to the Pocotaligo East Industrial S...
Columbia, South Carolina: Communities Asked to Participate in State’s 19th Annual Student Pledge
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Columbia, South Carolina: Communities Asked to Participate in State’s 19th Annual Student Pledge

Columbia, South Carolina: Communities Asked to Participate in State’s 19th Annual Student Pledge Against Gun Violence This Week (STL.News) – United States Attorney Peter M. McCoy, Jr. announced today that the United States Attorney’s Office (USAO) is asking community members, parents, and educators of South Carolina students to participate in South Carolina’s 19th Annual Student Pledge Against Gun Violence.  The year’s Pledge runs from October 26 through October 30. In light of the current COVID pandemic preventing the USAO from providing speakers to engage in dialogues with students about the need for them to stand up against violence in their schools, the USAO is asking parents, community members, and schools to have a dialogue with children to make sure they know the steps to keep them...
Columbia, South Carolina: Kenyada Jaqu Convicted of Drug and Firearms Crimes
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Columbia, South Carolina: Kenyada Jaqu Convicted of Drug and Firearms Crimes

Columbia, South Carolina: Kenyada Jaqu Convicted of Drug and Firearms Crimes in First Federal Criminal Jury Trial Since Pandemic (STL.News) – United States Attorney Peter M. McCoy, Jr. announced today that Kenyada Jaqu, 45, of Columbia, was convicted following a jury trial in federal court for possession with intent to distribute heroin and methamphetamine, conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute and to distribute heroin and methamphetamine, being a felon in possession of firearms, and possessing firearms in furtherance of drug trafficking.  This was the first criminal trial in the District of South Carolina since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic. “This office has not rested in its efforts to protect the people of South Carolina, to uphold the rule of law, and to vigorously pros...
Charleston, South Carolina: Frank Smail, Jr. and Mike Pellegrini Charged in Federal Court
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Charleston, South Carolina: Frank Smail, Jr. and Mike Pellegrini Charged in Federal Court

Charleston, South Carolina: Frank Smail, Jr. and Mike Pellegrini Charged in Federal Court for Personal Protective Equipment Theft from Federal Law Enforcement Training Center (STL.News) –United States Attorney Peter M. McCoy, Jr., announced today that Frank Smail, Jr., 49, of Round O, and Mike Pellegrini, 58, of North Charleston, were charged in a multi-count federal indictment alleging conspiracy to steal personal protective equipment (PPE) from the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center (FLETC) in Charleston.  Smail was also charged with PPE theft, obstruction of justice, and lying to federal agents.  According to the indictment, both Smail and Pellegrini worked for FLETC.  The case was brought as part of the District of South Carolina’s Hoarding and Price Gouging (HPG) Task Force, and ...
Columbia, South Carolina: U.S. Attorney McCoy Appoints Election Officers
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Columbia, South Carolina: U.S. Attorney McCoy Appoints Election Officers

Columbia, South Carolina: U.S. Attorney McCoy Appoints Election Officers for the District of South Carolina (STL.News) – United States United States Attorney Peter M. McCoy, Jr. announced today that Assistant U.S. Attorneys (AUSAs) John Potterfield and Robert Sneed will lead the efforts of his office in connection with the Justice Department’s nationwide Election Day Program for the upcoming November 3, 2020, general election. AUSAs Potterfield and Sneed have been appointed to serve as the District Election Officers (DEOs) for the District of South Carolina and in that capacity they are responsible for overseeing the District’s handling of complaints of election fraud and voting rights concerns in consultation with Justice Department Headquarters in Washington. “Every citizen must be abl...
Columbia, South Carolina: U.S. Attorney McCoy Announces More Than $2.5 Million
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Columbia, South Carolina: U.S. Attorney McCoy Announces More Than $2.5 Million

Columbia, South Carolina: U.S. Attorney McCoy Announces More Than $2.5 Million in Justice Department Grants to Combat Addiction Crisis (STL.News) – United States Attorney Peter M. McCoy, Jr., announced today awards of more than $2.5 million in Department of Justice grants to fight drug abuse and addiction in the District of South Carolina.  The grants were awarded by the Department’s Office of Justice Programs (OJP) and are part of more than $341 million going to communities nationwide. “The addiction crisis has taken an enormous toll on America’s families and communities, eroding public health, threatening public safety and claiming tens of thousands of lives year after year,” said Attorney General William P. Barr.  “Through comprehensive measures taken by this administration, we have be...
Charleston, South Carolina: Gordon William Brock, III and Carlos Ravenel Sentenced to 20 Years
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Charleston, South Carolina: Gordon William Brock, III and Carlos Ravenel Sentenced to 20 Years

Charleston, South Carolina: Gordon William Brock, III and Carlos Ravenel Sentenced to 20 Years in Prison for Selling Heroin and Fentanyl that Killed One and Hospitalized Another (STL.News) – United States Attorney Peter M. McCoy, Jr., announced today that Gordon William Brock, III, 49, of Mount Pleasant, and Carlos Ravenel, 37, of North Charleston, were sentenced to 20 years each after pleading guilty to distribution of heroin and fentanyl causing death and serious bodily injury. Evidence presented to the court showed that on November 20, 2018, Brock distributed heroin and fentanyl to the victim in the Snee Farm area.  The victim and a friend shared the drugs, which ultimately hospitalized the friend and killed the victim. “Pushing drugs that seriously harm others is reprehensible, and t...
South Carolina Man Larry Hales Bags $750,000 Prize in NC Lottery
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South Carolina Man Larry Hales Bags $750,000 Prize in NC Lottery

Raleigh, NC (STL.News) On the way to the dentist’s office, Larry Hales of North Myrtle Beach, S.C. stopped to cash in a winning $20 ticket, tried his luck again, and walked away as the winner of a $750,000 prize. “I couldn’t be happier,” he said. Hales purchased his lucky $10 Jumbo Bucks ticket from the Han-Dee Hugo on Benson Highway in Garner. “I had a ticket that I went and cashed in,” said Hales. “I was standing there I said, ‘Well, why don’t I just buy a $10 ticket instead of a $20?’ And I thought, ‘ If I win $750,000 I believe I can live with that.’” Soon after making his purchase, he continued to his dentist’s office. “I actually put the tickets in my truck and went in for my dental appointment,” said Hales.  “After, I had to go to the bank to deposit some other money I had and...
Greenville, South Carolina: Marvette Thompson Easterling and three others Charged
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Greenville, South Carolina: Marvette Thompson Easterling and three others Charged

Greenville, South Carolina: Marvette Thompson Easterling and three others Charged with Stealing from Housing Assistance Program (STL.News) – United States Attorney Peter M. McCoy, Jr., announced today that four defendants were charged in three separate indictments with fraud and misrepresenting occupancy in order to steal thousands of dollars in federal assistance.  This assistance, taken from the Troubled Asset Relief Program (TARP) multi-billion dollar component Hardest Hit Fund (HHF), was provided to South Carolina’s housing finance agency to help unemployed or underemployed homeowners stay in their homes.  The indictments allege that each defendant took the assistance but did not live in his or her home. “When individuals wrongfully take from programs designed to provide assistance to...
South Carolina: Arrival to Build Electric Vehicle Microfactory in York County
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South Carolina: Arrival to Build Electric Vehicle Microfactory in York County

Arrival to Build Its First U.S. Electric Vehicle Microfactory in York County COLUMBIA, SC (STL.News) Arrival, a global electric vehicle (EV) company, today announced plans to establish its first U.S. Microfactory in York County. The $46 million investment into the region will create 240 new jobs. Founded in 2015 and based in London, England, Arrival works with cities around the world to create zero-emission mobility solutions for today's transportation challenges.  The company’s South Carolina operations will utilize a new cell-based assembly method to produce vehicles rather than a traditional automotive production line, allowing the production of any vehicle from Arrival’s portfolio.  With this model, Arrival occupies a smaller footprint, hence the name "Microfactory."  The Microfactory...