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
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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?
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- State police have been called to one of South Carolina's most dangerous prisons. The South Carolina Corrections Department tweeted that State Law Enforcement Division agents responded just before midnight Sunday to "an ongoing situation" at Lee Correctional Institution. No details were released. Some local media outlets reported the local coroner had been called to the scene. CBS Columbia affiliate WLTX-TV reported Lee County sheriff's deputies were assisting the SCDOC in its response. The maximum-security facility that houses about 1,500 inmates in Bishopville, about 55 miles from Columbia, is home to some of South Carolina's most violent, longest-serving offenders. In recent years, there have been several large insurrections, including one in which an inmate overpowered a guard and used his keys to free others from their cells. Two officers were stabbed in a 2015 fight. One inmate killed another during a fight in February. … [Read more...] about Maximum security S.C. prison hit with “disturbance”
THE way things are going, it won't be long until the word 'Primania' is added to the British dictory.Primark now sell everything from clothes to home ware, beauty products and cute accessories, but why's everyone so obsessed? Here's what you need to know...Primark is now one of Britain's most popular high street shops, with 220 stores in the UK and Ireland.Some of the UK's flagship stores include those in London's Oxford Street, Leeds Trinity, Belfast, Cardiff, Newcastle, Truro in Cornwall and Aberdeen.Manchester boasts the world's biggest Primark, while there are also concessions in Selfridges' Birmingham and Manchester stores.To find your nearest Primark, click here.Primark is known for causing a frenzy with must-have budget items like their infamous Chip mugs and purses.These items always sell out quickly, meaning shopping trips can be fruitless, so why don't they sell online?Unfortunately for customers, Primark chiefs have been quick to point out online shopping doesn't work at … [Read more...] about Where’s my nearest Primark, why don’t they sell online and where can I find out about new products?
TOM Hiddleston does his very vest to proclaim his love for Taylor Swift – in a T-shirt saying I “heart” T.S.The Night Manager star, 35, also had a T in a heart drawn in red on his arm as he romped in the sea with the 26-year-old singer.Tom joined her pals including Cara Delevingne and Gigi Hadid to celebrate US Independence Day near her Rhode Island home.However, Tom’s excessive declaration of love towards his new girlfriend, who met his parents for the first time in Suffolk last week, could hamper his chances of taking over from Daniel Craig as James Bond.A Bond movie insider told the The Sun: “Tom’s cool performance in The Night Manager saw him as a late contender for 007, but initial talks have come to an end.“Bond needs an air of mystery – his public romance with Taylor has made him totally uncastable.”Meanwhile the latest conspiracy theory behind the shock romance, which The Sun revealed last month, is Taylor has hired Tom to … [Read more...] about Night Manager star Tom Hiddleston wears ‘I heart T.S.’ vest to romp with Taylor Swift