Monthly Archives: September 2016

Upstate Today: Tiller Fired From Seneca PD

On July 26, 2015, 19-year-old Zachary Hammond, of Seneca, was shot and killed by Lt. Mark Tiller of the Seneca Police Department. SLED closed its investigation of the shooting and recommended that no charges should be filed against Tiller. 

On September 4, 2016, Officer Mark Tiller was fired. 

Read the full article here.

SC officer who killed unarmed teen fired 13 months later

On July 26, 2015, 19-year-old Zachary Hammond, of Seneca, was shot and killed by Lt. Mark Tiller of the Seneca Police Department. SLED closed its investigation of the shooting and recommended that no charges should be filed against Tiller. 

On September 4, 2016, Officer Mark Tiller was fired. Seneca Police Chief John Covington declined to give a reason for firing Mark Tiller, calling it a “personnel matter” in a short statement. He said Tiller would remain on the department’s payroll until Friday.

Read more:

The Herald: SC officer who killed unarmed teen fired 13 months later

Fox Carolina: Seneca police chief says Tiller fired after one year on leave 

RELEASE: Bland Richter sends second notice to SC DOT of dangerous conditions on Delemar Highway

A letter sent in March to the South Carolina Department of Transportation concerning Delemar Highway in Summerville has resulted in months of silence and inaction

CHARLESTON, SC – Bland Richter, LLP of Charleston and Columbia, SC sent the South Carolina Department of Transportation (DOT) a second notification letter concerning Delemar Highway today, Thursday, September 1, 2016.

The first letter was sent on March 18, 2016 and served to give the DOT actual notice of a dangerous condition on Delemar Highway from Cooks Crossroads to Ashley Ridge High School (ARHS). The letter was sent per S.C. Code §15-78-60(15), which mandates that the DOT correct all defects in a reasonable time.

However, since the original letter was sent no action has been taken by the DOT and no response with exception of a 10-word email reply stating that the DOT will “look into the suggestion.”

Two tragic accidents have occurred in the interim. A 23-year-old driver was killed on Delemar Highway near ARHS and a dump truck collided with ARHS Bus #38 on a road that feeds into Delemar Highway.

“Despite the heroic efforts of local governmental officials, the project is once again stalled.

School has commenced in Dorchester District Two and the ARHS family is truly living on borrowed time,” says Scott Mongillo, attorney at Bland Richter.

Recent related articles:

Delemar Highway a ‘Gauntlet of Danger’

23-year-old driver killed in wreck on Delemar Highway amid safety complaints

Delemar delayed…again

About Bland Richter
Bland Richter’s practice areas include a concentration complex litigation matters and partners, Eric Bland and Ronnie Richter, have a combined 45 years of legal experience. With offices in both Columbia and Charleston, South Carolina, the firm serves the entire State of South Carolina and beyond. In addition to its members being admitted to practice law in South Carolina, Eric Bland is also a member of the Pennsylvania and Florida bars. Bland Richter is available for association anywhere in the Country where its services may be necessary.

To learn more about Bland Richter visit http://www.blandrichter.com

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Michael Slager, Police Group Settle Dispute Over Attorney Fees

Former North Charleston officer Michael Slager and a police group that refused to cover his attorney fees in Walter Scott’s shooting death have agreed to settle their dispute for an “undisclosed sum,” a court filing stated Tuesday.

Ronnie Richter said in paperwork Tuesday that the former policeman and the association had “resolved … Slager’s claim for benefits for an undisclosed sum of money to the parties’ satisfaction.”

Read more from The Post and Courier.

Live 5 News: Michael Slager, police group settle dispute over legal fees

ABC News 4: Slager reaches settlement agreement with PBA for ‘undisclosed sum’

Charleston City Paper: Both sides to settle in Michael Slager’s lawsuit against police group

 

Bland Richter sends second notice to SC DOT of dangerous conditions on Delemar Highway

A letter sent in March to the South Carolina Department of Transportation concerning Delemar Highway in Summerville has resulted in months of silence and inaction

CHARLESTON, SC – Bland Richter, LLP of Charleston and Columbia, SC sent the South Carolina Department of Transportation (DOT) a second notification letter concerning Delemar Highway today, Thursday, September 1, 2016.

The first letter was sent on March 18, 2016 and served to give the DOT actual notice of a dangerous condition on Delemar Highway from Cooks Crossroads to Ashley Ridge High School (ARHS). The letter was sent per S.C. Code §15-78-60(15), which mandates that the DOT correct all defects in a reasonable time.

However, since the original letter was sent no action has been taken by the DOT and no response with exception of a 10-word email reply stating that the DOT will “look into the suggestion.”

Two tragic accidents have occurred in the interim. A 23-year-old driver was killed on Delemar Highway near ARHS and a dump truck collided with ARHS Bus #38 on a road that feeds into Delemar Highway.

“Despite the heroic efforts of local governmental officials, the project is once again stalled.

School has commenced in Dorchester District Two and the ARHS family is truly living on borrowed time,” says Scott Mongillo, attorney at Bland Richter.

Recent related articles:

Delemar Highway a ‘Gauntlet of Danger’

23-year-old driver killed in wreck on Delemar Highway amid safety complaints

Delemar delayed…again

About Bland Richter

Bland Richter’s practice areas include a concentration complex litigation matters and partners, Eric Bland and Ronnie Richter, have a combined 45 years of legal experience. With offices in both Columbia and Charleston, South Carolina, the firm serves the entire State of South Carolina and beyond. In addition to its members being admitted to practice law in South Carolina, Eric Bland is also a member of the Pennsylvania and Florida bars. Bland Richter is available for association anywhere in the Country where its services may be necessary.

To learn more about Bland Richter visit http://www.blandrichter.com

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