Rental firm wants end to suit alleging bat-filled home

NORTH MYRTLE BEACH (AP) — A rental company wants a judge to dismiss a lawsuit alleging that one of its properties was filled with hundreds of bats, some dead and dying.

The Sun News reports Thomas Real Estate, Incorporated, and property owner James H. Benson Sr. responded to Kennedy Neiderer's lawsuit last week, denying all allegations and requesting a dismissal. They say any damage suffered by Neiderer was due to her own negligence.

Neiderer sued in October, saying she encountered the bats during a weeklong stay at a North Myrtle Beach rental house in 2017. She said the defendants knew about the bat infestation, which she says was reported to the state by previous renters. Her lawsuit says the encounter forced her to undergo numerous rabies vaccinations, which it notes are painful and disruptive.

Report: Knife-wielding man arrested in standoff

CHARLESTON (AP) — Authorities in South Carolina say a SWAT standoff ensued when a masked, knife-wielding man attacked his girlfriend while high on meth on Thanksgiving night.

A Charleston County Sheriff's report obtained by news outlets states that deputies responded to a home in response to a domestic violence situation Thursday. The report says that's when 32-year-old Jake Willis Walker came to the door of the home wearing a mask and holding what's described as a machete.

The report accuses Walker of pinning a victim down and restricting her ability to breathe. The victim was able to call for help and when deputies responded, they brought in SWAT negotiators after Walker refused to surrender. Officers took him into custody hours later.

He's charged with domestic violence and kidnapping.

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