Jeffrey Collins

  • impeachment Dec 14, 2019

    Icy Silence, Frayed Connections: Impeachment Takes a Toll on Congress

    The most raucous committee in Congress sat stone-faced, barely speaking. One by one, the members around the Judiciary Committee dais voted on the articles of impeachment against President Donald Trump. Then they bolted for the doors and the airports, in more than one case without a word. The all-business iciness during those eight gavel-to-gavel minutes reflected the gravity of advancing…

  • Associated Press Jul 16, 2019

    Weakened Barry Still Poses Flood, Tornado Risks

    Tropical Depression Barry spared New Orleans from catastrophic flooding, but it still swamped parts of Louisiana with up to 17 inches of rain and transformed part of the Mississippi Delta into “an ocean.” Although Barry was downgraded from a tropical storm Sunday afternoon, its torrential rains continued to pose a threat Monday. Much of Louisiana and Mississippi were under flash-flood...

  • OFFICER Jun 14, 2019

    Jury Sentences SC Father to Death for Killing His 5 Children

    A South Carolina father was sentenced to death Thursday for killing his five children with his own hands. After they were dead, he drove around with their bodies for nine days before dumping them in garbage bags on the side of an Alabama dirt road. Timothy Jones Jr. showed no emotion as the jury delivered the verdict after less than...

  • Asher Klein Jun 12, 2019

    Mom of Murdered Kids Asks Jury Not to Sentence Her Ex-Husband to Death

    The mother of five children who were killed by their father stunned a South Carolina courtroom Tuesday by asking the jury to spare her ex-husband’s life. “He did not show my children any mercy by any means. But my kids loved him and if I’m speaking on behalf of my kids and not myself, that’s what I have to say,”...

  • LAWYER Jun 6, 2019

    Mercy Or Death? Jury Takes Up Dad's Fate for Killing 5 Kids

    A South Carolina father convicted of killing his five young children should die for the murders because he made them suffer in a carefully thought out plan to avoid prison, prosecutors said Thursday. But a lawyer for Timothy Jones Jr. asked the same jurors who convicted him two days earlier to have mercy and choose life in prison without parole...

  • Associated Press May 31, 2019

    Hurricane Season 2019: A Sense of Fear for Towns Already Hit

    The annual start of hurricane season casts a shadow of dread over coastal sections of the United States. People fret over the next Big One, even as communities struggle to recover from the last one. For some communities, the devastation remains an open wound, as in Florida’s Panama City, slammed by Hurricane Michael in October. Even years later, many towns...

  • Mayor May 7, 2019

    DNA Tests, Dogged Detectives Credited With Solving 1988 Case

    Police solved the 1988 stabbing death of an 80-year-old South Carolina woman not just with a cutting-edge DNA test but also with nearly two years of interviews and other old-fashioned police work, authorities said. The DNA test in 2017 only proved the suspect had been in Alice Haynsworth Ryan’s car, which was stolen after she was killed in her Greenville...

  • South Carolina Feb 25, 2019

    Unclaimed $1.5B Jackpot Mystery: Winner Died? Ticket Lost?

    Nearly everyone in this small South Carolina town has a theory for the city’s billion-dollar mystery: Who won the $1.5 billion Mega Millions jackpot announced last October? Maybe the winner was so overwhelmed upon seeing the winning numbers that she or he died on the spot? Maybe the winner is on the run from police and fears a background check?...

  • California Feb 5, 2019

    After 20 Years, Police in 2 States Link Dead Woman, Son

    Decades after the unidentified bodies of a woman and a 10-year-old boy were found in separate states beside a Southern interstate highway, investigators now say they were a mother and son and the boy’s father has confessed to killing them. The case was cracked thanks to an online DNA database, help from international police and a consultant whose work led...

  • Governor Oct 10, 2018

    Storm-Weary Carolinas Worry Michael Could Hurt Rebuilding

    In the storm-weary Carolinas, Hurricane Michael’s approach is stoking fresh fears among homeowners who still have tarps on their roofs or industrial dehumidifiers drying their floors from destruction left by Hurricane Florence. Thousands of homes in North and South Carolina were damaged when the September hurricane smashed trees into rooftops and pushed floodwater into living rooms. Both states are still...

  • Associated Press Sep 26, 2018

    Florence Flooding Slowly Envelops South Carolina Homes

    A week ago, firefighters in Conway went to a neighborhood and told surprised residents their houses would flood from Hurricane Florence even though they had never had water in them before. On Monday and Tuesday, those same firefighters checked on those same neighborhoods with maps that detailed each of the nearly 1,000 homes that could expect to be inundated. “It’s...

  • Associated Press Sep 25, 2018

    Florence the Week After: Evacuations Continue Amid Persistent Flooding in S. Carolina

    More than a week ago, pastor Willie Lowrimore and some of his congregants stacked sandbags around their South Carolina church to protect it from the fury of Hurricane Florence. They moved the pews to higher ground and watched anxiously for days as the nearly black, reeking water from the swollen Waccamaw River rose, even though the hurricane was long gone....

  • Donald Trump Sep 16, 2018

    Deadly Tropical Storm Florence Unloads ‘Epic' Amounts of Rain on Carolinas

    The Marines, the Coast Guard, civilian crews and volunteers used helicopters, boats and heavy-duty vehicles Saturday to rescue scores of people trapped by Florence’s shoreline onslaught, even as North Carolina braced for what could be the next stage of the disaster: widespread, catastrophic flooding inland. The death toll from the hurricane-turned-tropical storm climbed to at least 14, including an infant....

  • Mayor Sep 14, 2018

    2 Years After Disastrous Flood, Florence Scares Small Town

    One woman left town. Another prays her house might somehow be spared again. And one man will just wait and watch and hope the water doesn’t rise. Few places in South Carolina are more worried about the possibility of disastrous inland flooding from Hurricane Florence’s heavy rain than Nichols. When Hurricane Matthew dumped a foot (30 centimeters) of rain on...

  • Governor Sep 13, 2018

    Despite Evacuations Ahead of Hurricane Florence, Some Families Stay Home

    Mercedes O’Neill is a little scared to ride out Hurricane Florence in her home just two blocks from the Atlantic Ocean with her boyfriend, her 6-year-old daughter, two cats and her new son, due Sept. 27. She thought hard about leaving. She is in a mandatory evacuation zone, but in South Carolina officials can’t force anyone to leave. A family...

  • JUDGE Mar 8, 2018

    South Carolina Senate Empowers State to Use Electric Chair

    After years without the drugs to do lethal injections, the South Carolina Senate has agreed to require condemned inmates go to the electric chair instead. South Carolina law has empowered residents of death row to make a choice between lethal injection and the electric chair since 1995, so the lack of drugs enabled them to stay alive by choosing injections....

  • Associated Press Aug 25, 2017

    Hostage Situation Ends in Charleston With Gunman, a Fired Restaurant Worker, Shot

    A fired dishwasher shot and killed a chef and held a person hostage for about three hours before he was shot by police at a crowded restaurant in a tourist-heavy area of downtown Charleston, South Carolina, on Thursday, authorities and one of the restaurant’s owners said. The hostage was freed unharmed, Mayor John Tecklenburg said. The shooting took place at...

  • ATTORNEY Jun 27, 2017

    ‘I Did It for Nothing': Inmate Reveals Motive in 4 Prison Killings

    One by one, Denver Simmons recalled, he and his partner lured inmates into his cell. William Scruggs was promised cookies in exchange for doing some laundry; Jimmy Ham thought he was coming to snort some crushed pills. Over the course of about a half-hour, four men accepted Simmons’ hospitality. None of them made it out alive. Calmly, matter-of-factly, the 35-year-old...

  • OFFICER Jun 11, 2017

    Videos Show Rescue of Rape Victim, Serial Killer Confessions

    After hearing a woman’s screams inside a large metal container, investigators sawed and pried open the bin, rescuing the woman who had been chained inside for about two months by a serial killer, according to new videos released by prosecutors. The videos also show Todd Kohlhepp, in cold and emotionless detail, confessing to killing seven people in South Carolina. He...

  • ATTORNEY Mar 11, 2017

    Prosecutors in AP Report on Church Abuse No Longer Employed

    A North Carolina district attorney says two assistant prosecutors no longer work for him amid charges they sabotaged investigations into abuse in their secretive religious sect. District Attorney David Learner’s Friday announcement came just two days after he asked the State Bureau of Investigation to look into allegations by former Word of Faith Fellowship members against Frank Webster and Chris...

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