Winter Weather Update

BEAUFORT, SC (January 28, 2014/12:30 PM) – The National Weather Service has placed Beaufort County under an ice storm warning and a winter storm warning effective as of noon today. Deteriorating weather conditions are anticipated to begin at 4 pm, continuing into the night, beginning with freezing rain and sleet followed by snow.

Bridges and overpasses will freeze first. All citizens are encouraged to limit non-essential travel after 5 pm today. Driving conditions will become extremely dangerous as the night progresses.

Ice accumulations are anticipated up to 3/4 inch and these conditions may lead to downed trees and power lines with the potential for widespread power outages. All citizens are encouraged to remain home until the storm passes and conditions improve.

All Beaufort County offices will be closing at 2 pm today and will remain closed Wednesday. All non-essential County services (to include libraries, convenience centers, and PALS recreational facilities) will be closed and activities cancelled for today and tomorrow.

Warming stations will be provided by the American Red Cross for any person(s) seeking warm shelter. The Northern Beaufort County site will be Sea Island Presbyterian Church on Lady’s Island (81 Lady’s Island Dr). The Southern Beaufort County site will be Lowcountry Presbyterian Church in Bluffton (10 Simmonsville Rd). These shelters will be open and staffed as of 4 pm today and will remain open through Thursday.

Again, citizens are encouraged to make the appropriate arrangements for shelter and supplies before the weather conditions and roadways become hazardous. The Beaufort County Sheriff’s Office Emergency Management Division will continue monitoring conditions throughout the county and additional updates will be released as they become available.

For more information on weather forecasts, visit the National Weather Service at http://www.weather.gov/chs/WinterStormJan2014.

MAKE THE CALL, STAY ANONYMOUS, EARN a REWARD: To report crime, citizens can call Crimestoppers at 1-888-CRIME-SC (274-6372) or text the word TIPSC with a message to CRIMES (274637).

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Winter Weather Advisory

BEAUFORT, SC (January 27, 2014/2:00 PM) – The National Weather Service has placed Beaufort County under a Winter Storm Watch. This is anticipated to be upgraded to a Winter Storm Warning later this afternoon.  

Temperatures are forecast to begin dropping tonight and drop into the lower 20’s by Tuesday evening.  Precipitation is forecast to begin early Tuesday afternoon as rain, and transition to freezing rain/ sleet and possibly snow overnight on Tuesday.

Forecast accumulations of snow for Beaufort County is less than one inch, however accumulations of ice may reach ¾ of an inch. 

Residents should prepare today and tomorrow morning for potential power outages, deteriorating weather conditions and extremely dangerous highway conditions.  Bridges and overpasses will freeze first, making travel over them dangerous if not impossible.

The Beaufort County Sheriff’s Office, Emergency Management Division, in coordination with the National Weather Service, the Red Cross, SC Department of Transportation and South Carolina Emergency Management continue to closely monitor the situation, and will be release announcements as necessary to keep the public informed.

Again, please make the appropriate preparations this afternoon and tomorrow morning in advance of this winter storm.

MAKE THE CALL, STAY ANONYMOUS, EARN a REWARD: To report crime, citizens can call Crimestoppers at 1-888-CRIME-SC (274-6372) or text the word TIPSC with a message to CRIMES (274637).

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Sheriff’s Office Investigating Shooting Incident

HILTON HEAD ISLAND, SC (January 27, 2014/11:00 AM) – The Beaufort County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a shooting incident that occurred on Hilton Head Sunday afternoon.

 Just before 12 pm Sunday, Sheriff’s deputies responded to the area of Pembroke Dr and US 278 in reference to several reports of shots fired. Witnesses reported having seen shots fired from a white SUV into a grey Chrysler 300 as the two vehicles traveled on US 278.

 Deputies searched the area but had no contact with either vehicle or any possibly involved parties. However, approximately two hours later, officers with Bluffton Police Department were dispatched to a Dubois Ln home in reference to a report of a vehicle damaged by gunfire.

 Upon arrival, contact was made with the complainant, a 49-year old female who reported that her rented gray Chrysler 300 had sustained damages consistent with gunshots. It was initially reported that the vehicle had been shot at while parked in the complainant’s yard. However, it was later confirmed that the complainant’s 24-year old daughter had been driving the car on Hilton Head when it was shot at by unknown suspect(s).

 The complainant’s daughter advised that she had received a phone call from an unidentified male friend asking her to pick him up from Hilton Head Gardens (11 Southwood Park Dr). Just prior to her arriving, an argument reportedly occurred between her friend and two other unidentified males at Hilton Head Gardens. After picking up her friend, she was followed out of the Gardens by subjects in a white SUV. The occupants of the SUV fired several rounds as they drove westbound on US 278, shattering both rear windows and causing damage to the windshield and vehicle body.

 At this time, no suspect(s) have been identified and few details have been provided regarding the events leading up to, or following the shooting. No injuries were reported as a result of the incident, and motive has yet to be established. The Sheriff’s Office is asking anyone with additional information to contact Investigator Cpl. D. Seifert at 843-255-3414 or Crimestoppers.

 MAKE THE CALL, STAY ANONYMOUS, EARN a REWARD: To report crime, citizens can call Crimestoppers at 1-888-CRIME-SC (274-6372) or text the word TIPSC with a message to CRIMES (274637).

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Sheriff’s Office Investigating Armed Robbery

BLUFFTON, SC (January 27, 2014/1:00 PM) – The Beaufort County Sheriff’s Office is investigating an armed robbery that occurred yesterday evening in Bluffton.

Just after 8 pm last night, Sheriff’s deputies met with a 20-year old male and his 25-year old girlfriend in reference to an armed robbery that had occurred approximately an hour and a half earlier. The victims advised that they had been robbed at gunpoint by an unknown black male in the area of Bufflehead Ln in Bluffton.

The male victim advised that he was trying to sell a handgun he’d originally purchased for his girlfriend. He had arranged to meet with a friend, who had expressed an interest in purchasing the gun, in the area of Bufflehead Rd at approximately 6:15 pm last night. The couple drove to Bufflehead Ln where they were met by the victim’s friend and another unidentified black male.

Initially, the victim handed over the box for the weapon to his friend, keeping the weapon in his lap. Moments later though, his friend reached into the vehicle and took the gun away from the victim, at which time the second subject brandished his own firearm and told the victims to leave.

Both suspects fled the area on foot towards a wooded area, leaving the victims unharmed. The victims left and returned home, eventually contacting law enforcement to report the robbery. The stolen weapon was described as a SCCY Industries 9 mm valued at $300.

The Sheriff’s Office is asking anyone with additional information to contact Investigator Cpl. W. Conant at 843-255-3424 or Crimestoppers.

MAKE THE CALL, STAY ANONYMOUS, EARN a REWARD: To report crime, citizens can call Crimestoppers at 1-888-CRIME-SC (274-6372) or text the word TIPSC with a message to CRIMES (274637).

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Burglary Suspect Arrested

HILTON HEAD ISLAND, SC (January 22, 2014/1:00 PM) – A Hilton Head Island man wanted for a series of crimes committed over the last month was arrested early this morning on the North end of Hilton Head.

Thirty-three year old William Morriszie Fuller was wanted on three counts of Forgery, one count of Shoplifting, and one count of 2nd degree Attempted Burglary.

Between Dec 11-13th, 2013, Fuller forged three checks reportedly stolen from the home of an acquaintance. The checks, each of which Fuller made out to himself, totaled more than $1,500 in stolen funds from the victim’s checking account. A month later, Fuller would also be identified in video surveillance footage from a shoplifting at CVS Pharmacy (10 Pope Ave). During the January 12th incident, Fuller successfully stole 5 cartons of cigarettes valued at $269.

Just two days later, on January 14th, Fuller was again captured on video surveillance footage when he attempted to burglarize H&H Auto at 35 Hunter Rd on the north end of the island. During that incident, Fuller attempted to gain entry to the business by throwing a large rock through the front window. Fuller was unsuccessful in making entry, fleeing the area when thealarm was activated. The business sustained an estimated $800 in damages.

Deputies were proactively patrolling the area of Cardinal Rd when they made contact with a suspicious person (later identified as Fuller) just before 2:30 am this morning. Fuller was found wearing all dark clothing, riding his bicycle in the area of H&H Auto, the same business he was wanted for attempting to burglarize last week. Fuller initially advised deputies that his name was “Larry Fuller,” and that he was going to meet friends at the Hampton Inn. However, deputies recognized him, and noted that he had been heading the opposite direction of his supposed destination.

At the time of his arrest, Fuller was found to be in possession of a ladies’ Coach-brand purse and several pieces of identification not belonging to him. Investigators are working to determine if the recovered items may have been illegitimately obtained.

Anyone with additional information is asked to contact Investigator Sgt. L. Albertin at 843-255-3413 or Crimestoppers.

MAKE THE CALL, STAY ANONYMOUS, EARN a REWARD: To report crime, citizens can call Crimestoppers at 1-888-CRIME-SC (274-6372) or text the word TIPSC with a message to CRIMES (274637).

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Washington Murder Update

SEABROOK, SC (January 22, 2014/4:30 PM) – Beaufort County Sheriff’s Office investigators have arrested a suspect in the January 18th shooting incident that killed a 27-year old Seabrook man.

Twenty-one year old Quinton Darnel Delaney, Jr  has been charged with one count of Murder in the shooting death of 27-year old Tyrice Washington. Delaney, who was arrested the night of the shooting during the course of a traffic stop conducted by Beaufort Police Department, was served with the warrant for Murder this afternoon at the Beaufort County Detention Center.

During the course of the still-ongoing investigation, it was determined that Delaney and Washington had been were hanging out together, drinking in a vehicle parked in the area of 96 Delaney Cir at approximately 10 pm last Saturday night. Both men were reportedly both handling firearms when there was a brief verbal disagreement that led to Delaney shooting Washington.

Following the shooting, it is believed Delaney drove around for a period of time before eventually dropping Washington off at the Beaufort Memorial Hospital emergency room. Hospital staff attempted to render aid, however, Washington was pronounced dead shortly after his arrival.

Within minutes of Washington being dropped off at the hospital, Beaufort Police Department officers conducted a traffic stop on Delaney in the area of Walgreens on Palmetto St. Delaney was subsequently arrested for Unlawful Carrying of a Handgun, Unlawful Possession of a Handgun with an Obliterated Serial Number, and Speeding as a result of the traffic stop.

Anyone with information regarding the shooting death of Tyrice Washington is asked to contact SSgt J. Fraser at (843) 255-3416, Cpl J. Malphrus at (843) 255-3426 or Crimestoppers.

MAKE THE CALL, STAY ANONYMOUS, EARN a REWARD: To report crime, citizens can call Crimestoppers at 1-888-CRIME-SC (274-6372) or text the word TIPSC with a message to CRIMES (274637).

 

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B&E Autos

BEAUFORT, SC (January 22, 2014/11:30 AM) – In light of recent vehicle break-ins, the Beaufort County Sheriff’s Office wishes to remind residents to secure their property.

Since the beginning of the year, 72 vehicles have been reportedly broken into in Northern Beaufort County. In all of these cases, the vehicles had been left unlocked, with no forced entry observed. These thefts tend to occur between the hours of 12 am – 5 am, and are usually not discovered until daylight. No suspect(s) have been identified, however, several witnesses have reported seeing one or more suspicious white males walking and/or driving through neighborhoods.

Thefts have thus far been concentrated in the areas of Cat Island, Battery Shores, Iron Gate, Mink Point, Royal Pines, Shell Point, and Tanglewood. Sheriff’s Office investigators are continuing to work closely with Beaufort Police Department investigators as similar thefts are occurring within both jurisdictions.

The Sheriff’s Office encourages residents to secure their vehicles each time they are left unattended, and to remove items of value that may entice the would-be thief to make entry. Residents are also asked to be on the lookout for and immediately report any suspicious person(s) or activity observed by calling the Beaufort County Dispatch Center at 843-524-2777 or Crimestoppers.

The Sheriff’s Office is asking anyone with information to contact either Investigator SSgt. J. Fraser at 843-255-3416 or Crimestoppers.

MAKE THE CALL, STAY ANONYMOUS, EARN a REWARD: To report crime, citizens can call Crimestoppers at 1-888-CRIME-SC (274-6372) or text the word TIPSC with a message to CRIMES (274637).

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