COLUMBIA, S.C. — A white South Carolina restaurant manager has pleaded guilty to abusing and enslaving a mentally challenged black employee, according to federal prosecutors. Bobby Paul Edwards of Conway pleaded guilty Monday to one count of forced labor, according to Acting Assistant Attorney General John Gore of the U.S. Justice Department's Civil Rights Division and South Carolina U.S. Attorney Sherri A. Lydon. Between 2009 and 2014, prosecutors said that he admitted using violence, threats, isolation and intimidation to compel a man with an intellectual disability to work for more than 100 hours a week without pay. Authorities have said Edwards used force and threats to force John Christopher Smith to work as a J&J Cafeteria cook from 2009 until 2014. Court documents describe beatings with a belt, choking, slapping, punching with a closed fist and burning with tongs used in hot grease. Smith has been diagnosed with delayed cognitive development resulting in intellectual … [Read more...] about White S.C. restaurant manager pleads guilty to enslaving mentally disabled black worker
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ORANGEBURG COUNTY, S.C. -- A second escaped South Carolina inmate was captured Tuesday, while a third remains on the run, according to the Orangeburg County Sheriff's Office. Tyshon Johnson, who had been jailed on murder charges, was captured by a U.S. Marshal's task force Tuesday afternoon, Orangeburg Sheriff Leroy Ravenell said in a statement released to CBS News. Details on the capture were expected to be released at a press conference Wednesday. "These guys haven't learned that it doesn't matter how far you run, we're right behind you," Ravenell said in the statement. Johnson, 27, is the second of three inmates who escaped the Orangeburg-Calhoun Regional Detention Center Saturday to be captured. Curtis Green, 20, also a murder suspect, remains at large. On Sunday, police recaptured Christopher Boltin, who had been jailed for carjacking. A number of other inmates attempted to escape during the incident Saturday night. The three inmates who got away threw blankets over barbed … [Read more...] about Second escaped S.C. inmate captured; third remains on the run
Supported by By MICHAEL J. de la MERCED and ALAN RAPPEPORTMAY 1, 2018 Continue reading the main story Share This Page Continue reading the main story From the moment T-Mobile and Sprint announced their $26.5 billion merger on Sunday, the wireless carriers have positioned their proposed deal with an eye toward Washington. After all, regulators in the Obama administration blocked one of their previous efforts to combine.This time around, the chief executives of the companies emphasized that merging would help them to:• Build a next-generation wireless network, one robust enough to keep up with China in a growing technological arms race;• Create thousands of jobs, especially in rural areas;• Keep prices low for consumers, especially as cable companies like Comcast try to enter the market.Not everyone is convinced they’ll do everything. The heads of both companies began a charm offensive in Washington on Tuesday; here’s what three government … [Read more...] about Sprint and T-Mobile C.E.O.s Are in Washington to Sell Their Merger. Here’s What They’ll Confront.
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- More than a dozen South Carolina corrections employees are facing federal charges related to bribery and bringing contraband into the state's institutions a week after a deadly prison riot, according to federal court documents obtained by The Associated Press on Wednesday. The indictments against 14 corrections employees, including at least 11 officers, include charges of racketeering, bribery and wire fraud, and in some cases are connected to actions that allegedly took place as long as three years ago. The indictments unsealed Wednesday don't detail how much the employees are accused of accepting in exchange for smuggling drugs, cellphones and phone accessories into state prisons. READ: Are cell phones really to blame for spike in S.C. prison violence? Court documents didn't list attorneys for the defendants, who were expected to appear in court later Wednesday. Federal and state authorities also planned to hold a news conference. The … [Read more...] about AP: 14 S.C. corrections workers charged over bribes, contraband smuggling
BISHOPVILLE, S.C. -- The deadly, seven-hour riot that broke out in a South Carolina prison last weekend occurred amid a rising tide of violence within state's prison system. State corrections officials were quick Monday to blame contraband cellphones as major contributing factors in the bloodshed, but observers say there are multiple factors behind the alarming spike in assaults and deaths behind bars. The most recent outbreak of violence at Lee Correctional Institution in Bishopville left seven prisoners dead and 17 more wounded, and is now being called the worst U.S. prison riot in the last 25 years. In a press conference Monday afternoon, South Carolina corrections department director Bryan Stirling said officials believe the riot was "all about territory, all about contraband" and cellphones at the prison, which houses some of the state's worst and longest-serving offenders. Stirling said gangs were fighting over territory and said cellphones help them continue criminal … [Read more...] about Are cellphones really to blame for spike in S.C. prison violence?