by Chris Haire
Home video killed the X-rated theater business, as anyone who has seen Boogie Nights knows. But it looks like that type of movie-going experience is making a comeback ... in Mt. Pleasant of all places. News 2's Jenny Fisher reports on the case of the Palmetto Grande flasher. As usually, Fisher asks all the hard questions:
She asked, "When you say, 'exposing himself,' is he standing up, what is he doing when he gets in the theater?"
Cheney replied, "He has been sitting down as is watching the movie, and people have noticed peculiar behavior to where they look over and see him and notice what he's doing."
Police say the man attended a 10:45 p.m. showing of "Miss Pettigrew." He walked in after the movie started. Then, police say he sat down, exposed himself and performed a sexual act.
Jenny asked Detective Cheney, "Do you think this guy actually means to be seen by other people?"
He replied, "This latest incident would say that. He sat a seat away from this young lady and I don't there was any way she couldn't see him."
Former 9th Circuit Deputy Solicitor Blair Jennings has been in the news an awful lot lately, and none of it is, on the surface, related to his campaign for the 9th Circuit Solicitor office.
For a brief period of time, he was popping up in the press as the public information officer for the Berkeley County Sheriff's Office; other times it was as the legal counsel for the Berkeley County Sheriff's office.
Now, this time he's quoted in a News 2 report on the death of a CofC student involved in an accident with an EMS vehicle; the tragic accident took place in downtown Charleston.
Attorney Blair Jennings says that the box, which is standard in each Charleston County ambulance, could be crucial in this case because investigators don't have both sides of the story.
"You could have five people witness an accident and give five different descriptions of what happened. So anytime you have something objective that's just facts that's certainly going to help any inquiry," Jennings said.
The Post and Courier reports on a debate over the name for a new North Charleston middle school. One group wants to name it after Daniel Jenkins, who founded the Jenkins Orphanage back in 1891.
"He did so much during the turn of the century for orphans, for young black kids," Douglas said. "I think the committee felt like out of all the names, he was not only an educator but a humanitarian because of his desire to care for the downtrodden and those who needed care the most."
I hate to be all nitpicky — actually I don't mind it — but "turn of the century" doesn't mean what it used to mean.
Just wanted to point that out. The State has an interesting report on the rates that Highway Patrol officers taze blacks and whites.It's one of those reports that appears to make a statement about racial disparity but ultimately doesn't. (See, previous P&C stories on the disproportionate rates of expulsion for blacks and whites.)
In this case, the numbers show that more blacks are tazed than whites, but what doesn't appear to be factored in is the exactly what lead officers to taze the individuals in the study. That's what's important, not skin color. At least not yet. Here's an account of one tazing incident:
The video shows Williams arguing with Hardee from the moment he walks up to her Honda Accord in the parking lot of the Burger King where she worked.
The trooper asks at least 19 times to see her driver’s license and registration.
Williams, 26, insists she has done nothing wrong and starts making calls on her mobile phone.
She walks to the passenger side of the car as Hardee follows her, asking for documentation. He begins telling her that she can be arrested for failing to follow a lawful order.
Williams points her finger toward the trooper’s face, occasionally shouting.
She returns to the driver side of the Honda, leans inside, gets her purse and starts to walk into the restaurant, saying she is late for work.
Hardee, a 17-year patrol veteran, orders her to stop, then pushes her to the hood, warning she is about to be arrested.
With her back to Hardee, she continues to ignore his demands. He then fires the Taser from about two feet away. The electrified darts strike her on the back. Four minutes has lapsed since he approached her.Williams screams in pain and collapses. “Oh my God. I can’t believe you did this to me.”
She then threatens a lawsuit at least 44 times. At one point, Williams tells the trooper, “Thanks for making me rich.”
Ronald McDonald and Dave Thomas were unavailable for comment.
Remember that deer report a week or so back (you know, back when Haire of the Dog returned for the first time)? You know, the one in which an officer allegedly fired a dozen or more shots into a deer. Well, the P&C has a follow up, one that highlights a truth: Eyewitness accounts are often wrong.
North Charleston police determined that an officer fired seven shots at a wounded deer alongside Dorchester Road earlier this month and did not violate any departmental policies.