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Escapee’s dad in prison for helping son after Orangeburg jail break

Hoyte Boltin Jr. admitted that he harbored his son, who escaped from the Orangeburg County Detention Center. Now Boltin is serving time.

Boltin, 52, of 137 Tamara Lane, Gaston, pleaded guilty last month to harboring an escaped inmate.

Circuit Judge Ed Dickson sentenced Boltin to prison for four years. After he serves one year, the remainder of his sentence will be suspended to two years of probation.

Boltin is also required to take his medication while incarcerated.

Dickson gave him credit for having already served 145 days at the Orangeburg County Detention Center.

Boltin also pleaded guilty last month to an unrelated Calhoun County charge of third-degree assault and battery by mob.

Dickson sentenced him to prison for a year for that charge. Boltin is serving time for the assault charge at the same time as his sentence for harboring an escaped inmate.

Authorities say Boltin’s son, 28-year-old Christopher Shannon Boltin, escaped from the Orangeburg jail with two other inmates on May 19, 2018.

Authorities eventually captured all three.

Prosecutors dropped Christopher Boltin’s escape charge. He pleaded guilty to other charges and he’s serving an 11-year sentence in prison for possession of a stolen vehicle, financial transaction card fraud, possession of methamphetamine/cocaine base and carjacking.

Charges are pending against the other two alleged escapees.

In other pleas:

• Brett Allen Mizzell, 23, of 178 Moonlight Drive, Eutawville, pleaded guilty to first-degree domestic violence.

Dickson sentenced him to 10 years in prison. After Mizzell serves three years, the remainder of the term will be suspended to five years of probation.

Mizzell originally faced the charge of domestic violence of a high and aggravated nature.

Prosecutors dismissed the charge of kidnapping as part of his plea agreement.

Dickson gave Mizzell credit for having already served 274 days in jail.

He also stipulated that his probation term may end after three years upon the recommendation of his probation officers.

Dickson further ordered Mizzell to be evaluated for drug abuse, comply with all recommendations for treatment and complete a batterer’s treatment program.

• Tyrese Romon King, 18, of 308 New Hope Road, St. Matthews, pleaded guilty to breaking into a motor vehicle.

Dickson sentenced him under the Youthful Offender Act not to exceed five years.

He gave King credit for having already served 106 days in jail.

King also pleaded guilty to two Calhoun County charges: non-violent second-degree burglary and malicious injury to personal property under $2,000.

As part of his plea agreement, prosecutors dismissed the following charges against King: grand larceny, first-offense possession of one ounce or less of marijuana, unlawful carrying of a pistol, criminal conspiracy and two counts of breaking into a motor vehicle.

• Darrell Spigner, 48, of 234 Morningside Drive, St. Matthews, pleaded guilty to unlawful carrying of a handgun.

Dickson sentenced him to 30 days in jail and gave him credit for having already served two days.

He’s allowed Spigner to serve time on weekends.

• Genard Waymyers, 33, of 130 Tin Top Road, pleaded guilty to violating a court order of protection.

Dickson sentenced him to time served of 121 days in jail.

• Keonte Raheem Mitchell, 21, of 2680 Magnolia Street, Orangeburg, pleaded guilty to first-offense possession of ecstasy.

Dickson sentenced him to six months in prison or a fine of $50.

He gave Mitchell credit for having already served two days in jail.

Dickson ordered him to pay all court fines and fees prior to March 8, 2019 or report to jail.

Prosecutors dismissed the charge of unlawful carrying of a pistol.


GENE ZALESKI, T&D 

Bamberg County residents packed county council chambers on Monday to speak about a number of issues, including taxes and county spending. Kim Thompson, founder of Concerned Citizens of Bamberg County, told County Administrator Joey Preston, “You are our enemy.” Read more in Wednesday’s edition of The T&D.


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A cool getaway for kids: Spray park offers place for children to splash, play

The Edisto Memorial Gardens Spray Park is an ideal place to cool off under the scorching summer sun in Orangeburg.

The spray park, located on Riverside Drive near the Orangeburg County Fine Arts Center, offers children a chance to come together and play on a 6,000-square-foot spray pad.

There are colorful tipping buckets, water pistols and water arches, all designed to spray and splash children as they play.

It features a recirculation filtration system through which water is drained, filtered and used again.

The pray park also has restrooms, a concession area, a picnic shelter and a traditional playground.

The award-winning park first opened in May 2004. It cost about $448,000.

The funding came from four sources: the city's two percent hospitality tax, the county's penny sales tax for infrastructure and capital projects, a Land and Water Conservation Fund grant and a donation from the Dick Horne Foundation.

The park is operated and managed by the Orangeburg Department of Parks and Recreation.

The park is open seven days a week beginning at the end of May and running through about the middle of August. Its regular business and private rental hours for 2019 have not been set yet.

For more information, visit orangeburg.sc.us and go to the Parks and Recreation Department link. More information may be obtained by calling 803-533-6020.


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Bamberg seeks tax breaks in rural areas; incentives designed to attract professionals to ‘Tier IV’ counties

Rep. Justin Bamberg, D-Bamberg, says he’s again seeking state income tax breaks to help attract professionals to live and work in designated rural counties.

He’s introduced the Rural Revitalization Act. If it becomes law, qualifying individuals would be eligible to deduct all income attributable to the taxpayer’s qualifying employment.

To qualify, an individual must reside and be employed in a designated county as a teacher in a K-12 school; an attorney in a circuit solicitor's office, circuit public defender's office or neighborhood legal assistance program; or, a health care professional.

Additionally, an individual who has been honorably discharged from the Armed Forces of the United States may also claim the deduction.

This bill would apply to all "Tier IV" counties, which is the designation in the state tax code given to counties with relatively high unemployment rates and low per capita income levels.

Qualifying rural counties are Allendale, Bamberg, Barnwell, Chester, Clarendon, Dillon, Hampton, Lee, Marion, Marlboro, Orangeburg and Williamsburg.

Bamberg said, "Sometimes all you need is a spark to get a fire going. The Rural Revitalization Act is aimed at putting new energy into our rural, shrinking and economically depressed counties.

“It will encourage people to come back home and fill in certain gaps we presently have. Under the RRA, certain individuals who reside and work in South Carolina's Tier IV counties -- identified as economically distressed -- will receive a full state income tax deduction for the first five years living and working in those counties."

He continued, "I believe RRA will help entice the state's young professionals and second-career citizens to remain, return and invest in the communities and counties that desperately need investment.

“The act serves as a tangible way for the state to say 'thank you' to our professionals that work in rural counties, and sends the message that because of your investment in our state, South Carolina will invest in you."

The Rural Revitalization Act, H. 3782, was referred to the House Ways and Means Committee.


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