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This three image combo made from video taken by a Spring Valley High School student on Monday, Oct, 26, 2015, shows Senior Deputy Ben Fields trying to forcibly remove a student from her chair after she refused to leave her high school math class, in Columbia S.C. The Justice Department opened a civil rights investigation Tuesday after Fields flipped the student backward in her desk and tossed her across the floor.

© AP Photo This three image combo made from video taken by a Spring Valley High School student on Monday, Oct, 26, 2015, shows Senior Deputy Ben Fields trying to forcibly remove a student f…


COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — A deputy who flipped a disruptive student out of her desk and tossed her across her math class floor was fired on Wednesday. The sheriff called his actions “unacceptable,” and said videos recorded by her classmates show the girl posed no danger to anyone.

“What he should not have done is throw the student,” Richland County Sheriff Leon Lott said. “Police officers make mistakes too. They’re human and they need to be held accountable, and that’s what we’ve done with Deputy Ben Fields.”

Civil rights groups immediately praised the firing of Fields, a veteran school resource officer and football coach at Spring Valley High School. Calls for swift action rose almost immediately after the videos of Monday’s arrest appeared on the Internet, and the sheriff suspended the deputy without pay before firing him altogether.

Lott praised the FBI for agreeing to investigate whether civil rights were violated, and school district officials for promising to review how police are used for discipline.



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Who Is Ben Fields, the Police Officer Filmed Flipping a Spring Valley High School Student?


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Richland County Sheriff's Department Officer Senior Deputy Ben Fields is pictured with Karen Beaman, principal of Lonnie B. Nelson Elementary School after receiving Culture of Excellence Award at Lonnie B. Nelson Elementary School in Columbia, South Carolina, on November 12, 2014. A South Carolina sheriff has asked federal authorities to investigate Field's arrest of a high school student, after video showed him slamming the girl to the ground and dragging her across a classroom.© Richland County Sheriff’s Department/Reuters Richland County Sheriff’s Department Officer Senior Deputy Ben Fields is pictured with Karen Beaman, principal of Lonnie B. Nelson Elementary School after…The police officer filmed flipping over and dragging a black female student at a South Carolina high school this week has a history of being sued after violent encounters, and as of Tuesday, he is facing an investigation by the FBI and U.S. Department of Justice over the videotaped incident after it went viral online.

Ben Fields, the Richland County sheriff’s senior deputy who was caught on video during the incident at Spring Valley High School, joined the sheriff’s department in 2004 and became a school resource officer in 2008, assigned to two schools in Richland School District Two.

A year prior, Carlos and Tashiana Martin had filed a suit against Fields, another deputy and the county’s sheriff over an October 2005 incident. According to the suit, Carlos Martin claimed Fields questioned him in an apartment parking lot as to whether he was the “cause of excessive noise complained of by a resident” in Martin’s neighborhood in Columbia, South Carolina. Martin said he was not, as he had been driving home from work. In their interaction, Martin referred to Fields as “dude,” agitating the officer, the lawsuit states.



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Officials are calling the amount of rain “mind-boggling.”

An onslaught of rain battering South Carolina this weekend is shocking both longtime residents and officials who’ve never witnessed such a powerful storm in the region.

“We haven’t seen this level of rain in the low country in a thousand years,” Gov. Nikki Haley told reporters Sunday afternoon. “That’s how big this is.”

In just the last 12 hours before her 3 p.m. press conference, she said, there had been 754 calls for assistance and 320 collisions. At least eight people have died in the Carolinas.

“It is literally changing by the minute,” she said of the number of incidents and amount of rainfall.

<span class='image-component__caption' itemprop="caption">Firemen, from left to right, Norman Beauregard, Kevin Ettenger and Chris Rodgers with the Georgetown Fire Department, inspect the floodwaters at high tide in the historic downtown in Georgetown, South Carolina, on Oct. 4, 2015.</span> AP Photo/Mic Smith Firemen, from left to right, Norman Beauregard, Kevin Ettenger and Chris Rodgers with the Georgetown Fire Department, inspect the floodwaters at high tide in the historic downtown in Georgetown, South Carolina, on Oct. 4, 2015.

More than 20 inches of rain have fallen in parts of the state since Thursday, when Hurricane Joaquin began nearing the east coast, prompting officials to shut down roads, close school districts and enforce mandatory curfews.


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‘Once-In-A-Millenium’ Flooding Creates ‘Otherworldly Scenes’ in South Carolina

Officials warned that the historic deluge will likely worsen as climate experts discussed connections between warming planet and extreme weather


Homes inundated by flood waters in Columbia, South Carolina. (Photo: Sean Rayford/Getty Images)

Homes inundated by flood waters in Columbia, South Carolina. (Photo: Sean Rayford/Getty Images)

South Carolina’s once-in-a-millennium flooding this weekend left at least seven people dead and much of the state paralyzed—and as rains continued into Monday morning, officials warned that the deluge is likely to worsen.

5:20 am ET Band of moderate to heavy rain continues over far SE NC and NE SC this AM. Flash warning continues.

“This is the worst flooding in the low country [the region around the South Carolina coast] for a thousand years, that’s how big this is,” Gov. Nikki Haley said at a news conference on Sunday. “That’s what South Carolina is dealing with right now.” Haley’s statements followed President Barack Obama’s declaration of a state of emergency on Saturday.

Vehicles were submerged and electricity cut off to thousands due to the extreme weather, which was touched off as Hurricane Joaquin moved over the Atlantic in the direction of Bermuda. The most impacted areas stretch from South Carolina’s centrally located capital city of Columbia to the coast, with towns including Charleston and Georgetown also severely impacted.


Mind-boggling rain amounts so far: 24+” 3NNE Boone Hall 18+” near Kiawah & Huger 16.61″ CHS Airport 14.25″ DT CHS http://forecast.weather.gov/product.php?site=NWS&issuedby=CHS&product=pns&format=CI&version=1&glossary=1&highlight=off 

“The flooding is unprecedented and historical,” Dr. Marshall Shepherd, director of the atmospheric sciences program at the University of Georgia, told The Associated Press. And according to the National Weather Service, Sunday was the wettest day in the recorded history of Columbia.

AP journalists Seanna Adcox and Jeffrey Collins described “otherworldly scenes” in the capital on Sunday “as floodwaters nearly touched the stoplights Sunday at one downtown intersection. Rainwater cascaded like a waterfall over jagged asphalt where a road sheered apart and many cars were submerged under flooded streets.”

Climate scientists have linked South Carolina’s catastrophic rains to climate change.

“Joaquin has been traveling over a record-warm ocean surface and undoubtedly that has contributed to its rapid intensification,” Michael Mann, director of the Earth System Science Center at Pennsylvania State University, told The Huffington Post last week. “In a very basic sense, warmer ocean surface temperatures mean there is more energy available to strengthen these storms. So we expect more intense hurricanes in general in a warmer world.”

And as Bobby Magill noted in Climate Central last year, “Charleston is also among the East Coast’s most vulnerable metropolitan areas to rising seas and a changing climate, which may threaten nearly $150 billion of infrastructure along the South Carolina coast. In the past century, the Atlantic has risen more than a foot along the coast near here and could rise an additional 5 feet by 2100, according to research on climate change’s impact on the Southeast released in November and used as part of the Third National Climate Assessment.”

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By JONATHAN DREW 2 hrs ago
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — One person died Thursday as heavy flooding submerged cars and closed streets in South Carolina, and the drenching storms were expected to move up the East Coast, a region already swamped by rain.

Governors up and down the coast warned residents to prepare. The rains could cause power outages and close more roads. The approach of Hurricane Joaquin — a major Category 4 storm set to wallop the Bahamas and move toward the U.S. — could intensify the damage, but rain is forecast across the region regardless of the storm’s path.

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Thursday that the state is already moving equipment, including generators and pumps, into position while state emergency officials watch the storm’s progress. Upgrades and repairs made after Superstorm Sandy and Hurricane Irene have made New York and New York City better prepared for the next tropical storm, Cuomo said.

In Spartanburg, South Carolina, the heavy rains flooded and closed streets. Several cars were submerged in flash floods. One man was rescued Thursday morning after his vehicle was swept off the road where a culvert had washed out, Doug Bryson with Spartanburg County Emergency Management told local news outlets. The man managed to cling to a tree and was taken to a hospital for treatment, though there was no immediate word on his condition.

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The South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC) wants customers and staff of Hudson’s Seafood House on the Docks in Hilton Head Island who were at the restaurant on Feb. 15, 2014, to contact their primary care provider to receive treatment for possible exposure to the Hepatitis A virus.

On Friday, DHEC was notified that an employee who worked at the restaurant on the evening of Feb. 15 has tested positive for Hepatitis A. The employee is being treated for the infection and has not returned to work.

Exposure to the Hepatitis A virus can cause an acute infection of the liver that is typically mild and resolves on its own. The symptoms and duration of illness vary a great deal, with many persons showing no symptoms at all. Fever and jaundice are two of the symptoms most commonly associated with a hepatitis A infection.

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Soldier and the mysterious photo that was found in his collar
February 22, 2014

According to Friday’s ABC News, Soldier, the pit bull who was found with an old, black and white photo tucked into his collar has a new home with a woman who lives in Dryden, Va.in Greenville, S.C., has found a home.

Soldier was picked up as a stray in mid-January, and the mysterious photo discovered in his collar, which showed a man who appeared to be in a military uniform, generated a great deal of intrigue and interest. Thanks to that intrigue, his story quickly spread nationwide.

The initial hope was that Soldier’s true owner would be found and that the pair would be reunited, but that never happened.

Instead, Soldier has a new home with a woman who lives in Dryden, Va., who has experience with pit bulls. Soldier’s new guardian, Julie Hensley, a 50-year-old attorney, dog rescuer and “pit bull enthusiast.”

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Truck loads of dogs seized from no-kill rescue agency in South Carolina

Dozens of dogs rescued from S.C. &quot;rescue&quot;

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February 20, 2014

Approximately 100 animals have been seized from a self-described “no-kill’ rescue organization in Easley, S.C., reported Wednesday’s Fox Carolina News.

On Wednesday, Anderson County authorities executed a search warrant at the Golden S Rescue on Hamlin Road and the operator of the rescue organization, Debra Sheridan, was arrested and charged for ill treatment of animals.

Weeks ago, officials had visited the property and the owner was advised to improve the conditions for the animals; a return to the property revealed no improvements and the seizure commenced.

Anderson County sheriff’s Deputy Jerry Bruce told the Anderson Independent:

We found horrific, deplorable conditions,

The kinds of things that no one should have to live in.”

The dogs and cats rescued from the Golden S Rescue were taken in at the Anderson County PAWS facility, which has had to shut down for two days in order to handle the influx of animals.

On Thursday morning, Anderson County PAWS issued this notice on their Facebook page:

PAWS will be closed Thursday 2/21/14 and Friday 2/22/14.

Donations of supplies can be left at the front door.
We ask monetary donation be mailed to
1320 HWY 29 S
Anderson SC 29626

The problems at the South Carolina no-kill rescue agency are the latest in what appears to be a recurring problem with several so-called rescue agencies…just this February, hundreds of animals were rescued from a Bradenton, Fla., no-kill agency and less than a week ago, dozens of dogs were seized from a rescue agency in Tennessee.

Click here to watch news clip.


Deborah Lynn Sheridan, owner of the Golden S Rescue in Easley, S.C. was arrested on Thursday for the second time and charged with animal

Deborah Lynn Sheridan, owner of the Golden S Rescue in Easley, S.C. was arrested on Thursday for the second time and charged with animal cruelty and neglect of dogs reported wyff4.com.

Conditions at the rescue, located on Hamlin Road, had not improved according to deputies. At least 40 to 60 of the dogs on the property were emaciated.

Two weeks ago, Sheridan was arrested for animal neglect of 11 dogs.

Anderson County’s PAWS has now taken in 119 dogs.

“PAWS WILL BE CLOSED THURSDAY AND FRIDAY DUE TO THE SURPLUS OF DOGS TAKEN IN TONIGHT!! Thank you for your support and understanding in advance!!

If you are interested in donating, our Amazon.com wish list can be found at: http://www.amazon.com/wishlist/1KOOAATZ2VWQ9/ref=sr_1_1_acs_wl_1?ie=UTF8…
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Amazon.com Universal Wishlist for Jessica Cwynar of AC PAWS.”

Follow the updates on all of these dogs by clicking on the organization’s Facebook link.


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Earth Watch Report  –  Earthquakes

Instrumental Intensity

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M 4.1 – 12km WNW of Edgefield, South Carolina

 2014-02-15 03:23:38 UTC

Earthquake location 33.812°N, 82.063°W

Event Time

  1. 2014-02-15 03:23:38 UTC
  2. 2014-02-14 22:23:38 UTC-05:00 at epicenter
  3. 2014-02-14 21:23:38 UTC-06:00 system time


33.812°N 82.063°W depth=4.8km (3.0mi)

Nearby Cities

  1. 12km (7mi) WNW of Edgefield, South Carolina
  2. 31km (19mi) NNE of Evans, Georgia
  3. 32km (20mi) N of Martinez, Georgia
  4. 35km (22mi) NNW of North Augusta, South Carolina
  5. 97km (60mi) WSW of Columbia, South Carolina


Tectonic Summary

Earthquakes in the Inland Carolinas Region

Since at least 1776, people living inland in North and South Carolina, and in adjacent parts of Georgia and Tennessee, have felt small earthquakes and suffered damage from infrequent larger ones. The largest earthquake in the area (magnitude 5.1) occurred in 1916. Moderately damaging earthquakes strike the inland Carolinas every few decades, and smaller earthquakes are felt about once each year or two.

Earthquakes in the central and eastern U.S., although less frequent than in the western U.S., are typically felt over a much broader region. East of the Rockies, an earthquake can be felt over an area as much as ten times larger than a similar magnitude earthquake on the west coast. A magnitude 4.0 eastern U.S. earthquake typically can be felt at many places as far as 100 km (60 mi) from where it occurred, and it infrequently causes damage near its source. A magnitude 5.5 eastern U.S. earthquake usually can be felt as far as 500 km (300 mi) from where it occurred, and sometimes causes damage as far away as 40 km (25 mi).


Earthquakes everywhere occur on faults within bedrock, usually miles deep. Most bedrock beneath the inland Carolinas was assembled as continents collided to form a supercontinent about 500-300 million years ago, raising the Appalachian Mountains. Most of the rest of the bedrock formed when the supercontinent rifted apart about 200 million years ago to form what are now the northeastern U.S., the Atlantic Ocean, and Europe.

At well-studied plate boundaries like the San Andreas fault system in California, often scientists can determine the name of the specific fault that is responsible for an earthquake. In contrast, east of the Rocky Mountains this is rarely the case. The inland Carolinas region is far from the nearest plate boundaries, which are in the center of the Atlantic Ocean and in the Caribbean Sea. The region is laced with known faults but numerous smaller or deeply buried faults remain undetected. Even the known faults are poorly located at earthquake depths. Accordingly, few, if any, earthquakes in the inland Carolinas can be linked to named faults. It is difficult to determine if a known fault is still active and could slip and cause an earthquake. As in most other areas east of the Rockies, the best guide to earthquake hazards in the seismic zone is the earthquakes themselves.


4.3 Quake In South Carolina.

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Published on Feb 14, 2014

This Quake shook from Alabama to Virginia.



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Posted on February 11, 2014 at 1:38 PM

Updated today at 1:41 PM


ATLANTA (AP) — In a dire warning Tuesday, forecasters said a potentially “catastrophic” winter storm threatened to bring a thick layer of ice to Georgia and other parts of the South, causing widespread power outages that could leave people in the dark for days.

Many people heeded the advice to stay home and off the roads, leaving much of metro Atlanta desolate during what is typically a busy morning commute. While only rain fell in the city, places 40 miles northwest saw 2 to 3 inches of snow. The rain was expected to turn to sleet and freezing rain and the ice coating was forecast for Wednesday.

When asked to elaborate on the “catastrophic” warning, Brian Hoeth, a meteorologist at the service’s southern regional headquarters in Fort Worth, Texas, said forecasters were talking about an ice storm that happens only once every 10 to 20 years for the area. Forecasters predicted crippling snow and ice accumulations as much as three-quarters of an inch in area from Atlanta to central South Carolina. Wind gusts up to 30 mph could exacerbate problems.

Aaron Strickland, emergency operations director for Georgia Power, said the utility is bringing in crews from Florida, Texas, Oklahoma and Michigan. Strickland, who has spent 35 years with Georgia Power, said he’s never seen an inch of ice in metro Atlanta.

“I’ve seen people forecast it, but it’s never come,” Strickland said. “And I’m hoping it don’t this time.”

President Barack Obama declared an emergency in Georgia, ordering federal agencies to help with the state and local response.

The quiet streets were a stark contrast to the scene just two weeks earlier when downtown roads were jammed with cars, drivers slept overnight in vehicles or abandoned them on highways. Students camped in school gymnasiums.


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First flight of Boeing 787 Dreamliner on December 15, 2009 just after takeoff


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Currently all 787s built in South Carolina are flown to Texas to be painted, then flown back for customer delivery.

The Boeing Co. on Friday said it plans to build a 230,000 square-foot paint facility at its plant in North Charleston, S.C., where it will paint fully assembled 787 Dreamliners.

The company said in a press release that construction will begin in the second-half of 2014 and will be complete in 2016.

Currently all 787s built in South Carolina are flown to Texas to be painted, then flown back for customer delivery.

Spirit AeroSystems Inc. (NYSE: SPR) builds the forward fuselage section and other components of the 787 for Boeing (NYSE: BA).

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Boeing to add South Carolina paint facility, adding more land in North Charleston

Dec 13, 2013 Bruce Smith, The Associated Press 0

CHARLESTON, S.C. – Boeing has released more details of its $1 billion expansion in South Carolina, announcing it has acquired more land and will open a painting facility in the state.

The aeronautics company announced Friday that it will begin construction in the second half of 2014 on a 230,000-square-foot building to paint the 787 Dreamliners it builds at its North Charleston assembly plant.

Currently, 787s built in South Carolina are flown to Fort Worth, Texas, to be painted with airline logos and then are returned to South Carolina for final delivery to customers.

“We can make our delivery process even more efficient by painting airplanes here in South Carolina, creating more value and convenience for our customers,” Jack Jones, the vice-president and general manager of Boeing South Carolina, said in a statement.

Boeing said the new paint facility should be in operation by mid-2016.

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