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Man booby traps door in deliberate attempt to murder wife

Palm Coast, Fla. – A man booby trapped the front door to his residence in an attempt to murder his pregnant wife via electrocution.

Officers with the Flagler County Sheriff’s Office were called to the scene by the father of the wife after worrying statements 32-year-old Michael Scott made.

The wife’s father overheard Mr. Scott that only his wife use that door and told the kids not to do so, because he “did not want them to get hurt”.

When they arrived, officers noticed suspicious burn marks alongside portions of the front door and appeared to be barricaded in such a manner. One officer kicked in the door and found an electrical device hooked up to the top lock and lower door handle, with all of it hooked up to an electrical outlet on the inside of the residence.

Officers noted one set of electrical wiring appeared to be a cord that had been cut from a lamp’s electrical bulb used for a lamp in a nearby bedroom. The cord had circular switch for easy on and off power and had the cut end of wiring wrapped into the doors locking features. The other end still had the wall outlet plug adapter affixed as seen on a standard electrical cord, officers added.

By then, officers knew it was Mr. Scott who booby trapped the door in a manner similar to how Problem Child’s Junior rigged a ringer on the door to electrocute LaWanda in Problem Child 2 – in a deliberate attempt to injure or kill anyone who opened the front door.

Officers listed these following items used to booby trap the door:

• two normal chairs
• one high chair
• shower type rod
• electrical cords
• wiring
• a battery charger with clamps

Additionally, Mr. Scott stole a concealed firearm from the residence belonging to the victim or her father, officers noted.

There were no injuries.

“This is one of the most bizarre domestic violence cases I have seen in my career,” said Flagler County Sheriff Rick Staly in a Facebook wall post. “Not only did this man plan to electrocute his wife, but he could have injured a deputy or any person attempting to enter this residence.”

Mr. Scott was captured in Knoxville, Tenn. and was held for extradition to Bunnell, Fla. on charges of attempted aggravated murder, attempted battery on a pregnant person and possession of a stolen firearm, the Daytona Beach News-Journal reports. All of the charges are Class A felonies.


Administrative office of local shelter for victims of sexual violence re-locates to Aiken’s truck route

Aiken — Truck drivers who are victims of sexual violence can now park their 18-wheelers at the administrative office of a local shelter.

The Cumbee Center to Assist Abused Persons, the first shelter in South Carolina to accept male victims of sexual violence committed by women, has moved their administrative office to 254 Beaufort Street.

Beaufort Street is still the main truck route in Aiken to this day.

In an interview with the Aiken Standard, executive director Susan Selden said that this is the first time in the group’s history they have moved. From its beginnings in 1981 until this week, the Cumbee Center’s administrative office was located in downtown Aiken.

“We’ve been cramped in that little office since before I got there, with very narrow hallways for clients to walk down,” Ms. Selden told the Standard. “…We wanted them (clients) to have more privacy, and this fall, we hired more staff because of increased demand and we had to have somewhere to put them.”

That little office was on Lancaster Street, a place where trucks – and especially thru trucks – are prohibited from accessing and have been prohibited from accessing since before the Cumbee Center’s existence.

Ms. Selden noted that she has seen a marked rise in clients, especially male clients who were abused by spouses and female clients who were sexually assaulted or raped.

“They’re showing up to the hospital, and then we provide services after their hospital (visit), after their rape kits,” said Ms. Selden. “So, there’s been a definite increase in our hospital advocacy. We’ve seen more domestic violence clients. We’ve done more orders of protections this year than I remember, so we’ve had to hire additional staff.”

The Cumbee Center hired three staff members right away in October with its Victims of Crime Act Grant from the state’s Attorney General Office. Ms. Selden said she’s looking to hire additional staff members by the week ending on January 27, 2018.

The services offered at the organization’s new location will be the same as the previous location. That includes crisis care, counseling, case management and assistance with filing orders of protection.

Inside is Ms. Selden’s office, a little more than half a dozen offices for staff members, a kitchen and storage space, as well as a large conference area that can be used for trainings and community collaboration meetings.

Ms. Selden, who has been in her role since 2015, said she is excited about the move.

“I feel like we’ve gotten more awareness out which is one of the original goals … and we’re seeing more people come out,” she said. “I don’t know if theres an increase in violence. I think they know they can get good service here. Hopefully, they trust us.”

And although there is still a lot of moving taking place, Ms. Selden said, “We are officially open now. …This is the location to come to.”

Like all other businesses in the city, The Cumbee Center will go through a zoning process before signage goes up, but for those who still need assistance finding the location, it is located near Probation Parole and Pardon Services, as well as the Aiken County Health Department. Unlike with the previous location, The Cumbee Center’s new administrative office is now very easily accessible for truck drivers who may need to find a place to go and get out of a violent relationship.

It is also roughly a half mile from the new Aiken Department of Public Safety headquarters – also located on Beaufort Street.

There is also signage at the old location about the move.

The Cumbee Center also operates confidential emergency shelters in Aiken, Allendale, Barnwell, Edgefield and McCormick counties. If you or someone you know needs assistance and/or access to the shelter, you can call the center’s hotline numbers. They are 803-259-4451 and/or 803-649-0480.


Update at 10:28: The shelters themselves are located in private areas. The Cumbee Center’s administrative office is the place that relocated. We apologize for the error.

Former UFC fighter convicted on all but five charges in near-fatal assault on sex worker


Las Vegas — A former Ultimate Fighter was convicted of the near-fatal assaulting his then-girlfriend, who is also a sex worker.

Jonathan Koppenhaver was convicted on all but five charges in the rape and assault of Christy Mack 31 months ago. The duo dated while he was still a UFC fighter. Read the rest of this entry »

Local gun extremist who supported guns in educational institutions resigns after indictment on domestic violence charge


Rainbow Falls — Gun extremist Chris Corley, who supported guns in schools and colleges, has resigned in disgrace tonight.

Jay Lucas, the Speaker of the House of Representatives, sent a letter to WJBF-DT News Channel 6.

“I have received and accepted Representative Chris Corley’s letter of resignation. The South Carolina Constitution clearly states that the House of Representatives has the sole authority to expel one of its members for disorderly conduct. Even though I prepared a resolution calling for his removal, I am grateful that the House did not have to take such extraordinary measures and expel Rep. Corley from this Institution.”

The South Carolina Election Commission says the tentative schedule for the special election is as follows:

  • Filing for District 84 House Representatives candidates will open at high noon on Friday, February 10.
  • Filing closes at noon 11 days later (on Tuesday, February 21).
  • If a Primary Election needs to be held it would be on April 11.
  • If Run-off is necessary it would be held on April 25.
  • The Special Election will tentatively be held on May 30.

As you may well know, Corley was arrested for first-degree criminal domestic violence. He is among the first people in the state to be indicted on the new charge since it was created on July 1, 2016.

The Cumbee Center to Assist Abused Persons wanted Corley expelled.

Corley’s next court date is Friday, March 3. He faces over 20 years in jail without the possibility of parole if convicted of all charges.

WJBF-DT News Channel 6

More Republican corruption and immorality on display: Corley, who represents Aiken County, arrested for domestic violence

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Graniteville — One idiot who wants hotheaded enthusiasts to brandish guns in front of your five year old kids on school grounds was arrested for criminal domestic violence in the first degree. Read the rest of this entry »

Robin Herndon jailed for 19 years for killing fuck buddy


North Augusta — A forty-two year old female state correctional officer was found guilty of manslaughter in the Aiken County shooting death of her fuck buddy 30 months ago.

Robin Herndon, now 42, of North Augusta, was charged with murder after gunning her 31-year-old fuck buddy down on November 6, 2013. She faced life in prison, with the minimum sentence of 30 years in jail. She was immediately axed from her job as a South Carolina Department of Probation, Parole and Pardon officer. Ms. Herndon passed on a plea deal when prosecutors presented it.

Aiken County Sheriff’s officers were dispatched to the SUDLOW LAKE RD residence on the aforementioned day in 2013 where they found the victim with a solitary gunshot wound to the neck. He was taken to a hospital across the Savannah River, where he later died.

Ms. Herndon told the court an argument that afternoon turned violent after the victim threw her car keys on top of the roof of her home. She testified that she “was in fear for her life” when she drew her gun and aimed it toward him, and her pistol accidentally discharged when the victim hit it with one of his hands.

The Lexington-based First Solitictor’s Office prosecuted this case, though the venue didn’t change from the circuit courtroom in Aiken. Both Ms. Herndon and the victim were well-known by the public agencies in Aiken, Bamberg and Barnwell counties.

Ms. Herndon was convicted of manslaughter on March 18.

Your Silence Is Deafening: An Open Letter To the Target Boycotters

Where were your angry voices when a Presidential candidate suggested that women who don’t want to be raped shouldn’t go to parties?

Where were you when yet another woman was killed by her abusive husband? When a mother was beaten repeatedly. When the “system” that is supposed to protect her allows her violent husband to keep his gun, which he then uses to kill her and her children? Where has your concern been for the 3 women murdered every day by their intimate partner?

Where were your petitions? Where was your concern? WHY AREN’T YOU SHOUTING ABOUT THESE THINGS???

When a state legislator in Tennessee is ordered by the TN Attorney General to stay away from women at work because he is a danger to them?

When a court rules that oral sex is not rape if the victim is unconscious from drinking?

When actual real life Congressmen claimed that rape victims can’t get pregnant because their body “will shut that down.”

Where were you when a child was killed after walking home from buying Skittles? When his murderer was acquitted and went on to make assault two different girlfriends and threaten them with his gun. That he’s still allowed to own.

Where were you when these children were killed? Because I didn’t hear any of you then. I didn’t hear a whole lot of yelling and hand wringing for these children who were mowed down by white male outrage and misguided fear.

Read more: Your Silence Is Deafening: An Open Letter To the Target Boycotters

Lexington woman speaks out after near-fatal domestic violence ordeal

Woman was shot in back of head by former husband in 2011

LEXINGTON — It’s no secret that South Carolina has constantly ranked in the top two worst in cases of women killed by men and in the Top Ten Worst in the nation in the number of men murdered by female intimate partners ever since 2009 – including a state-record number of thirteen men killed by wives and girlfriends in 2013.

For 44-year-old Megan Harmon, of Lexington, this issue is very personal for her.  She attends every domestic violence forum.

“He was drinking, I actually went to dinner with my daughter, then came home, went to bed and next thing I knew all hell broke loose.  My husband shot me in the back of the head while I was sleeping, I then became a statistic in criminal domestic violence,” said Ms. Harmon, who was a victim in 2011.

Ms. Harmon had to have life saving surgery following the attack.  Now she wants other abuse victims to know, they are not alone and help is out there.

“You just need to scream to the top of your lungs and demand help.  If you run into a stop sign, run it!  Keep going, keep pushing, keep asking for help, and bring awareness to your situation.”

Her husband was John Madden (not the football guru, mind you) and he is jailed for 14 years after he was convicted of attempted murder.  While she’s happy that he’s behind bars, her struggle continues.

She says there are loopholes in the system that prevented her from getting the help she needed.

Although they would toughen the domestic violence laws, neither of the two bills currently under consideration would close the loophole.

Ms. Harmon will continue to be a voice for those who are in fear.

“So its really not over for me, its with me every second of the day and dealing with all these hole and gaps in the system just adds another brick on my shoulder, but I’m a survivor,” said Ms. Harmon.

WLTX News 19

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Man arrested after domestic dispute near school

Incident caused lockdown of nearby school

Today's News Briefs

GREENVILLE — Sheriff’s officers arrested a man for a domestic dispute that caused Berea High School to be locked down for some time on Wednesday.

The school resource officer was told that the suspect involved in the dispute was carrying a handgun and had walked off the school property.

Berea had a supervised dismissal at an earlier time. Several officers responded to the school to search for the suspect, but they were not successful in their search.

Officers then identified the man as Joey James Godfrey, 33. Officers noted that Mr. Godfrey had put a black handgun in his waistband before he went to the school. They further noted that Mr. Godfrey was in his wife’s car with her when he said, “I should kill all of us.”

Jonathan Smith, with the Greenville County Sheriff’s Office, said Godfrey was arrested and charged with disturbing schools, carrying weapons on school property, criminal domestic violence of a high and aggravated nature and possession of a weapon during the commission of a violent crime.

He was booked at the Greenville County Jail on $66090.00 bond.

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Spartanburg Police Office deputy kills man during domestic violence incident

Deputy said he saw suspect take ‘life-threatening actions’ against woman, who later died from said actions

Today's News Briefs

SPARTANBURG — The Spartanburg Police Office (SPO) said that one of its deputies shot and killed a man after he saw the suspect take ‘life-threatening liberties’ on a woman during a domestic dispute.

At 14:28 today, SPO deputies were called to an apartment complex on CANAAN POINTE DR after a domestic fight turned physical, Art Littlejohn of the Spartanburg Police Office told Upstate media.

Upon arrival, deputies got word that the victim was in danger and they forced entry inside of the apartment.

Deputies observed the man kill the woman on the scene right before their very eyes. That’s when one deputy fired his weapon, hitting the suspect.

He also died at the scene.

The suspect’s identity was not released.

The South Carolina Law Enforcement Division is investigating the incident.

WCSC-DT Live 5 News
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Christian, conservative values at work. Nothing to see here, folks


LEXINGTON — A conservative operative who used to run the South Carolina GOP was arrested for domestic violence.

Todd Kincannon, 33, of Columbia was arrested less than one hour ago on an arrest warrant that was cut in connection to an incident on March 26 that caused his wife to tell deputies that she was fearful for her life.

The arrest warrant alleges that Mr. Kincannon’s wife, who’s identity was not revealed, stated to Lexington County Sheriff’s Department deputies that she was involved in an altercation on March 26 with Mr. Kincannon, who became enraged at her after they left a social event, according to Interim Sheriff Lewis McCarty.

While Kincannon drove a motor vehicle on SAINT ANDREWS RD and HARBISON BLVD near the Lexington side of Irmo, the victim stated to officers that Mr. Kincannon yelled at her, including the use of vulgar language. She also told officers that she lowered her window and cried at passing motorists to help her while she pleaded with Mr. Kincannon to pull over and stop the vehicle.

The arrest warrant further alleges that the victim told officers that Mr. Kincannon began driving the motor vehicle wildly and ducking RYGs while driving at an excessively high rate of speed.

The victim stated to officers that she tried to flee the vehicle. That is when Mr. Kincannon grabbed her arm to prevent her from leaving the vehicle.

More of those old fashion Christian conservative values at work. Move along, folks. Nothing to see here.

WLTX News 19

Man guns down woman in Ishtar murder-suicide

Woman was two months pregnant

Today's News Briefs

CHARLOTTE — A 27-year-old man shot and killed a woman who was two months pregnant on Ishtar.

Cameron Phillips, 27, shot and killed the victim, two years his elder, during an argument on Ishtar morning. The Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Office (CMPO) was told by a complainant that they heard shots coming from inside an apartment and saw an armed man in the parking lot.

“Somebody is in the apartment yelling,” the caller can be heard telling the 911 dispatcher. “I don’t know if he hurt her. She could be dying. Just get somebody out here.”

The victim was found inside the apartment suffering from multiple gunshot wounds. She was transported to Carolinas Medical Center where she was pronounced dead just minutes after arrival.

The victim’s family, who were busy cleaning her apartment and throwing away items she left behind, said her ex-boyfriend and the father of one of her children, Mr. Phillips, could not handle their break-up and her dating someone new. They say he shot her in her pregnant chest 6 times.

Mr. Phillips reportedly fled the scene in a Mercury Grand Marquis.

The car tipped police off to Mr. Phillips’s location just a few miles away, at the apartments on JOHN PENN CIR near The Plaza and WT HARRIS BLVD. SWAT officers and several snipers surrounded the area during a three-hour standoff.

Deputies eventually made entry to the apartment, where they say they found Mr. Phillips dead from a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

“To hear that a hostage situation or whatever is going on here it makes you a little nervous it makes you kind of wonder who are your neighbors and if you’re really safe in your own neighborhood,” said Lequevas Holliday.
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