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Edisto Fire Claims Four-Legged Friend

A dog died Sunday in a house fire at Edisto Beach.
The fire occurred inside an occupied townhouse at 851 Club Cottage Drive, which is located the Wyndham Resort community. The call initially came through the Edisto Beach Fire Department’s dispatch at 12:15 p.m. as a fully-involved structure fire. Several 911-calls were placed, with the nearby St. Paul’s Fire Department arriving on scene about one hour later to back up the beach’s fire department. St. Paul’s firemen helped to extinguish the fire; however, the dog was not rescued.
The female resident in the house escaped without harm.
Edisto Beach fire officials and officials with the St. Pauls Fire Department did not immediately return calls to this newspaper to discuss the official cause of the fire.
Post-Matthew assistance available
Colleton County Emergency Preparedness Office is offering a free Hurricane Matthew home cleanup hotline. The number is 1-800-451-1954. This is for Colleton County residents who need help cleaning their properties and is for debris removal only. This includes tree removal from homes and also includes clearing driveways. Local residents interested in the service or who have further questions can call the above-listed number.
Cottageville’s Halloween Event
The Town of Cottageville has opened its annual Halloween event for the public. The event opened on Oct. 14 and 15th with an open house for U.S. military servicemen and servicewomen and for area first-responders. Then, the event was opened to the public on Oct. 21st and 22nd. This weekend is the final weekend it will be open, with it happening this Friday, Saturday and Monday. The event is sponsored by the town’s Revitalization Committee. Tickets are $5 for all ages.
Student claims bus driver tussle
A student at the Thunderbolt Career and Technology Center in Walterboro told law enforcement officials that he and a school bus driver got into a verbal altercation that resulted with the two of them falling to the floor of the school bus. According to a Colleton County Sheriff’s Office incident report, the student said he and the driver were arguing when the bus driver allegedly threatened him. The student then told the driver to “come on,” and the two tackled each other on the bus. This incident is still under investigation by the sheriff’s office, as of press deadline.
Courthouse Bomb Scare
A bomb threat was called into local law enforcement at about 9 a.m. on Monday night. According to Lt. Shane Roberts, spokesman for the Colleton County Sheriff’s Office, the Colleton County Courthouse received a phone call stating there was a bomb in the building. Court security notified everyone inside, and the courthouse was evacuated, he said. Subsequently, the sheriff’s office searched the building. “Nothing suspicious was found,” said Roberts. “After the building was cleared, staff and citizens were allowed to go back in the building.” The courthouse resumed normal duties. This incident is under investigation. As of press deadline, no arrests in this incident have been made.
Colleton Medical put on lockdown
In an incident unrelated to Monday’s bomb scare at the county courthouse, the Colleton Medical Center’s Emergency Room was placed on lockdown Friday night after a person sought medical attention at the ER for a reaction to a suspicious package. According to Lt. Shane Roberts with the Colleton County Sheriff’s Office, an unidentified person received a package from overseas. When the person opened the package, he had “an adverse reaction,” and began to itch. That person sought medical attention at the local ER. “As a precautionary measure, the ER was locked down and emergency crews were called to treat the incident as a hazmat,” said Roberts. “Preliminary testing showed negative results for any hazardous substances.” The package has since been sent for further lab testing, said Roberts. An investigation is ongoing, he said.

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