Happy Friday, everybody. It’s Chase Karacostas.
I can’t wait for the long weekend and to get out to the beach on the Fourth of July. I hope you can, too.
This week, The State’s Lyn Riddle wrote about the *tail* of Rajah, a lab-Catahoula Leopard Dog mix, who was scared by fireworks and ran off from her home in Simpsonville, S.C. After eluding her owners for 7 1/2 hours, Rajah returned home, politely ringing the doorbell to be let back in.
Here’s the latest news from across South Carolina this week.
“This how you treat the mentally ill?”
That’s the question Jamal Sutherland asked when he was first processed into the Al Cannon Detention Center on Jan. 4. By the next morning, he was dead, failed at every turn by a system that should have been there to help him. Sutherland died after being shocked with Tasers at least six times by jail guards trying to drag him to a bond hearing he didn’t need to attend.
The State’s Caitlin Byrd took a deep dive into how a series of decisions, circumstances and missed opportunities that snowballed into a tragedy that might have ended differently for Sutherland if just one of those choices broke his way. Read here.
- This week, the solicitor handling his case announce that she will miss her self-imposed June 30 deadline to decide what charges, if any, to bring against the guards involved in Sutherland’s death.
- Months after Sutherland’s death, the Charleston County jail is making changes to prevent such cases in the future.
2. The Fourth of July
This weekend, we’ve got plenty of news and explosive guides about how to have the best Fourth of July. Here’s what’s going on around the state.
- Here’s when and where to see fireworks in the Lowcountry, Midlands, Rock Hill and Grand Strand.
- Heading to Myrtle Beach this weekend? There’s going to be massive crowds and likely long lines at most places you want to go to. Tourism officials told me it’s best to plan ahead, make those reservations (restaurants, theme park tickets, etc.) sooner rather than later.
- For those wanting to create their own fireworks show in the Midlands, here’s the best places to buy them, and when you have to stop shooting them off.
Caroline Welsh found out that she had kidney disease in eighth grade and spent much of her 20s on dialysis, three rounds a day.
The saving grace would be a donated kidney. A Facebook post that simply said “Caroline needs a kidney” would connect her with her now-donor, Suzi Oliver.
The road to the final surgery where Oliver donated her kidney to Welsh wasn’t easy, but they hope it inspires more people to sign up as donors, The Island Packet’s Karl Puckett reports.
“Everything depends on your kidneys,” says Welsh, who relied on daily dialysis to survive before her fateful social media connection with Oliver. “It’s crazy.”
4. Animal news you may have missed
We always have more animal news to share here in South Carolina. Here’s what you may have missed this week:
- Exotic creatures that don’t belong in South Carolina including nutria, armadillos and hundreds of squirrels were rescued from a Midlands home.
- Hilton Head Island Fire Rescue was called to a storm drain to help ... a kitten! They don’t know how it got there, but they used a saw to cut the drain to save the little fur ball.
- One of our rarely seen coastal black bears was found dead, likely hit by a car, near the fishing village of Awendaw. Most of South Carolina’s black bears live in the Western part of the state, but a few live on the coast.
One last thing...
Last week, Lyn Riddle previewed the Miss South Carolina pageant. It was just as extravagant as you might expect.
The winner of Miss SC was Miss Clarendon County Julia Herrin, of Bluffton. Herrin has been involved with the organization since she was 13, and it was her dream to finally make it to that stage. Dabria Aguilar, of Hanahan, won Miss Teen South Carolina. She hopes to work in special education.
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This story was originally published July 14, 2021 4:00 PM.