Wild - Another Mecklenburg County murder trial goes down the drain due to police errors.
Weeks ago the Demetris Montgomery case, and now details have emerged of a second case where a judge has sanctioned the prosecution. This time during the murder trial of Iaian McClellan. He was accused of killing a man during an armed robbery and shooting at police officers.
Late Tuesday night WBTV's Sharon Smith reported the following:
Judge Linwood Foust sanctioned the case because CMPD SWAT officers failed to turn over evidence from their database they deemed irrelevant. A veteran homicide detective also failed to request radio traffic recordings be saved. Instead, they were erased.
Judge Foust said SWAT officers would not be allowed to testify.
The case was going down the drain for prosecutors. They offered McClellan a plea deal before the case went to the jury.
Instead of life in prison, McClellan got a sentence which could have him out of prison in ten years with credit for time served. Watch the WBTV report here.
Bus Crash - Just after 6 PM Tuesday a Greyhound bus slammed into logging truck. The bus was traveling north on I-95 a few miles before the I-26 interchange when it struck the truck.
More than 2 dozen people were injured, including the driver of the bus who was pinned in the bus by logs that had pushed through the windshield.
Some patients were transported to Colleton County Medical Center, while others are being taken to MUSC in Charleston.
Officials were not able to use helicopters due to the weather conditions and the accident closed both north bound traffic lanes for more than 4 hours.
More Details here.
Weird - Wiki Leaks founder Julian Assange is either villain or crusader, it just depends on whether you are the target or the benefactor of the "leaked" information.
On Sunday 28th Novembre 2010, Wikileaks began publishing 251,287 leaked United States embassy cables, the largest set of confidential documents ever to be released into the public domain. The documents may give an unprecedented insight into the US Government's foreign activities.
Now Wiki Leaks claims to have 5 gigs of documents from a US bank. The rumor is that the target is Bank of America.
Scott Silvestri, a Bank of America spokesman, told the New York Times Dealbook blog in a statement: “More than a year ago WikiLeaks claimed to have the computer hard drive of a Bank of America executive. Aside from the claims themselves we have no evidence that supports this assertion. We are unaware of any new claims by WikiLeaks that pertain specifically to Bank of America.”
While many condemn the "leaking" of recent US State Department documents, the pattern of weirdness is so overwhelming that one can only imagine what is lurking in the wings for B of A. Wikileaks is here.
Wonderful - The photo could be of Black Friday shoppers lined up at the local Target or Best Buy store anywhere in the country. But the line that stretched down Meeting street in Charleston was not for super sale deals on huge flat screen televisions, this line was for the most basic item a $50 gift card from Piggly Wiggly.
Photo by Andy Paras Post and Courier
Star Gospel Mission on Charleston's Meeting Street greeted 1,000 people who received a $50 Piggly Wiggly gift card when the doors opened at 7:30 a.m. Monday.
Some people started lining up as early as 3 p.m on Sunday. By the time the doors opened, a line stretched along Meeting Street, onto Line Street and onto Nassau Street where it went all the way to Columbus Street.
"It's the longest line I've ever seen," Star Gospel Mission Pastor William Christian said.
The church gave out 1,000 gift cards Monday morning. Officials said as many as 500 people had to be turned away after the cards ran out.
The rest of Andy's story is here at the Post and Courier.
McAdenville is Christmas Town USA, and while other Christmas light shows come and go, McAdenville has been lighting up the town in an organized manner since 1956.
Wednesday the 55th year kicks off with the "Official Lighting of Christmas Town USA".
The ceremony starts at the Pharr Family YMCA Center starting at 4:30 pm, and the "big" switch is pulled about 5:30 pm.
The red, green and white lights are on from: 5:30-9:30 pm weekdays and 5:30-11 pm on weekends now through December 26. The best part is McAdenville is free.
Cedar Says: Christmas light tour driver etiquette, whether you are in the long line of cars at McAdenville, Charleston's Holiday Festival of Lights at the James Island County Park, or the new Carolina Christmas at Charlotte Motor Speedway Christmas its proper to kill your headlights while creeping along at 5 mph.