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South Carolina drug crimes: 2 women arrested in meth house bust

Two Orangeburg County residents have been taken into custody after sheriff's officers busted an alleged meth house. Authorities say that an additional suspect, who is still at large, left her 2-year-old baby in the meth house in the care of one of the arrested individuals.

Sheriff's officers took the suspects into custody on a recent Thursday after receiving a complaint about the Orangeburg County home. Authorities later searched the residence and say they discovered methamphetamine on site. A 41-year-old woman and a 29-year-old woman were arrested. The 41-year-old was charged with methamphetamine possession. The 29-year-old was taken into custody due to an outstanding warrant. As of last reports, both individuals were being held on bond of $20,000.

Police arrest woman toting bottle of urine for drug crimes

Police have arrested a South Carolina woman after they allegedly caught her with a bottle of urine containing trace amounts of methamphetamine. Police claim that they found the 33-year-old woman with a male acquaintance loitering outside a vacant home.

Allegedly, the woman consented to allow police to look inside her purse, when officers say that they found drug paraphernalia. Police also say that they found a pill bottle containing urine inside the woman's purse. Authorities say that the woman told them the pill bottle belonged to her daughter; however, the urine was hers.

South Carolina woman arrested for DUI with kids in car

Chester County, South Carolina, sheriff's deputies say they arrested a woman on DUI charges. Allegedly, the 34-year-old woman had two children in her car at the time of the arrest. The incident occurred on a recent Thursday, and the woman was charged with several crimes including open container violation, child endangerment, DUI and driving without a valid license.

According to deputies, the arrest took place not long after midnight while they were performing a safety checkpoint. The woman stopped her car as she was asked, but she encountered difficulty while trying to lower her window. Officers say that they detected the odor of alcohol emanating from her car, her eyes appeared glossy, and she was slurring her speech. Two children were also in the car, officers say.

South Carolina woman accused of DUI, injuring two officers

A South Carolina woman faces DUI charges after being involved in a car accident that injured two North Myrtle Beach police officers. According to police, just before she hit the officers, the 34-year-old driver ran a red light. The arrest report also states that the woman collided with another car in the crash.

According to authorities, after the second car was struck, it collided with a police cruiser, which caused injury to a police officer's leg. The first car then reportedly continued forward and hit another officer. The impact, according to police, caused the second officer to fly approximately 15 feet onto a nearby sidewalk. The car continued moving forward and reportedly rolled over the officer's legs.

Is underage drinking being encouraged in alcohol advertising?

According to a recent survey, alcoholic beverages that are popular with underage drinkers are heavily advertised to young people in the magazines they like to read. According to the study, advertising seen by those who are under the age of 21 could be encouraging them to engage in underage drinking activities. The research was published in this month's edition of the Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs.

According to the man who led the research, the ads they reviewed were in compliance self-regulatory guidelines that apply to alcohol-related advertisements. The voluntary standards state that ads for alcohol must not be featured in magazines more than 30 percent of the readership is under the age of 21.

Shoplifting and drug charged for 4 South Carolina men

A shoplifting arrest at a Wal-Mart led to drug and other charges for four South Carolina men. Law enforcement officers in Covington, Georgia, say that the men were trying to steal gaming cards valued at almost $1,000.

Three of the four men were still in the store at about 2 a.m., when law enforcement arrived. According to the store’s website, it is open around the clock. However, one of the men allegedly ran out of the store when a Wal-Mart employee confronted him. When a sheriff’s deputy located him in a wooded area, he allegedly admitted to taking over $900 worth of cards. According to police reports, he had 136 cards.

South Carolina authorities increase DUI patrols for 4th of July

During the Fourth of July weekend, South Carolina authorities plan to step up their DUI, speeding and traffic patrols and perhaps for good reason. AAA predicts that 2014 will be the busiest Fourth of July in over 13 years. According to AAA, during the holiday travel period of July 2 through July 6, some of the most popular travel destinations for drivers in this region include: Orlando, Myrtle Beach, Nashville, Charleston, Washington and Greenville.

Traffic experts and law enforcement are concerned that fireworks celebrations on Friday and Saturday could increase the presence of drunk drivers. Authorities are therefore asking that drivers be careful when getting behind the wheel and realize that even if one is sober, there will be other drunk drivers on the road.

Drugged driving kills man, sends teen to prison

A South Carolina teen is facing punishment for a fatal car accident he caused in July 2012. The 18-year-old could face up to six years in prison for reckless homicide caused by drugged driving.

The teen was traveling on Highway 101 in the early morning hours when he crossed the centerline and hit another vehicle head-on. The driver, a 40-year-old man, died after he was trapped inside. The teen was hospitalized after suffering injuries in the crash.

South Carolina man charged with DUI after fatal crash

A South Carolina man from Clinton has been charged in a fatal motor vehicle accident that ended in a 16-year-old girl's death. South Carolina troopers say that the tragic incident occurred along Interstate 26 at approximately 12:50 a.m. on a recent Sunday. Troopers further allege that a 23-year-old man, who they say was driving the vehicle the girl was in, was driving under the influence at the time the fatal accident occurred.

Both the man and the girl were ejected out of the vehicle and, neither of them had been using seat belts, according to police. They were taken to the hospital and while the young man survived, the teenager died. Miraculously, another passenger who had been riding in the vehicle survived unharmed.

Man accused of drunk driving in fatal car accident

A South Carolina man was recently killed in his yard by an allegedly drunk motorist in Florence County. The suspected drunk driving incident happened at approximately 6:30 p.m. on a recent Thursday evening while the victim was mowing his yard. According to the county coroner, the driver allegedly crossed the centerline of traffic before flying into the man's yard and hitting.

The victim succumbed to his injuries at the accident scene. He was 35 years old. According to South Carolina troopers, the 28-year-old man that hit him will face charges of driving under the influence in a fatal accident. He will also face charges of child endangerment. As of last reports, the defendant was being held at the detention center in Florence County.

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