Goose Creek Rural Fire Chief dead at 59

Goose Creek Rural Fire Chief Michael Haines (Provided)

Michael Raymond Haines, chief of the Goose Creek Rural Fire Department, died Thursday at age 59, according to an obituary.

A cause of death has not been publicly released.

Haines was born in Waynesburg, Pa., and lived in Goose Creek at the time of his death, the obituary said. A funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday at J. Henry Stuhr’s Northwoods Chapel, 2180 Greenridge Road.

Haines worked as a helicopter pilot and mechanic in addition to being chief of the rural fire department.

He was a member of the state Firefighters’ Association, the South Carolina and State Association of Fire Chiefs, Berkeley County Fire Chiefs’ Association and the International Association of Arson Investigators.

Haines is survived by his mother, sister, two brothers, three nieces and four nephews.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that memorials be made to the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place in Memphis, Tenn.

Christina Elmore

Another arrest has been made in connection with a December home invasion in West Ashley.

Three men forced their way through the front door of a house on Ashley River Road about 3 a.m. Dec. 12, taped up three residents at gunpoint and robbed them, according to the Charleston County Sheriff’s Office.

The victims included a 78-year-old woman and an 81-year-old man, according to the report.

On Thursday, U.S. marshals arrested Jasmane Simpson, 28, on Corsair Street in Dorchester County, according to the Charleston County Sheriff’s Office.

Simpson will be charged with three counts of kidnapping, first-degree burglary, armed robbery, first-degree assault and battery and possession of weapon during the commission of a violent crime, according to the Sheriff’s Office.

Brian Leigh Bivens, 20, of Barnhill Road in Ladson was arrested Dec. 18. Bivens faces the same charges but one less kidnapping count.

Dave Munday