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315th AW welcomes home COVID response medical team
 05.29.20

As the giant C-17 Globemaster III from Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio, parked in its designated spot here, a half-dozen Reservists assigned to the 315th Aerospace Medicine Squadron from Joint Base Charleston, S.C., emerged from the aircraft to a heartfelt “welcome home” from family and fellow team members today, after responding to the call for medical personnel in New York City to fight the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic.

When these Airmen are not donning the uniform, many of them serve in the local medical community, leaving their civilian careers and family behind.

“I am proud of my wife, but ready for a vacation,” said Jaime Linen, husband of Maj. Tamika Linen with the 315th AMDS, as he clutched their two-year-old son who was anxious to give his mother a bouquet of flowers upon her arrival.

Maj. Linen serves as an operating room nurse at Trident Medical Center, located in North Charleston, when she is not performing her duties as a local Reservist.

The primary mission of these Reservists was to work in various New York City hospitals caring for COVID-19 patients and working within their civilian specialties.

The team, which consisted of a doctor, two physician assistants and four nurses, left Charleston with 48-hours’ notice nearly a month ago to assist with the nation’s COVID-19 response.

Capt. Shawn Crowley, the 315th AMDS Officer-in-Charge of Training and Education and Trauma Program Manager at the Medical University of South Carolina, described the experience as patient care 101.

“We trained for what we were doing and provided a high level of patient care on a daily basis,” said Crowley with his wife and two young children by his side. “The team was tasked with providing daily intensive care unit work.”

All military members were tested for COVID-19 prior to being released. Of the seven Airmen from Charleston serving in New York, one returned last week, five returned today and one will return at a later date.

“I am proud of the work our Citizen Airmen have been doing to help fellow Americans,” said Col. Adam Willis, commander of the 315th Airlift Wing. “Now it’s time to bring them home to their families and say thank you.”


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DCSO: Explosive object brought to sheriff’s office
 05.28.20

The Dorchester County Sheriff’s Office had to call the bomb squad on the afternoon of May, 27. The agency is confirming through a statement that a resident drove, an incendiary, from the St. George to office headquarters on Deming Way in Summerville. The sheriff’s office said the person arrived at the scene around 4:30 p.m. and when it was determined it was an actual incendiary device, the Charleston County Bomb Squad was called in to assist with the scene and taking care of the object. A sheriff’s office statement said it was found at their residence near St. George, to the Sheriff’s Office in Summerville. Deputies said the device arrived safely in Summerville. Those on scene used a drone and a robot and the technicians identified the item and determined it was safe to move. An investigation is ongoing. “I think those who brought it in didn’t mean to hurt anyone,” said Dorchester County Sheriff L.C. Knight. It took about three hours to wrap it all up on May, 27. Knight wants to caution residents in the future regarding suspicious items. “Don’t touch it, don’t pick it up and for God’s sake don’t bring it to my office,” he said. “Leave it alone and we will come to you.” Both buildings on the Deming Way site had to be evacuated while the bomb squad and deputies worked the scene. The item was safely removed and disposed of.

The Dorchester County Sheriff’s Office had to call the bomb squad on the afternoon of May, 27. The agency is confirming through a statement that a resident drove, an incendiary, from the St. George to office headquarters on Deming Way in Summerville.

The sheriff’s office said the person arrived at the scene around 4:30 p.m. and when it was determined it was an actual incendiary device, the Charleston County Bomb Squad was called in to assist with the scene and taking care of the object.

A sheriff’s office statement said it was found at their residence near St. George, to the Sheriff’s Office in Summerville.

Deputies said the device arrived safely in Summerville. Those on scene used a drone and a robot and the technicians identified the item and determined it was safe to move. An investigation is ongoing.

“I think those who brought it in didn’t mean to hurt anyone,” said Dorchester County Sheriff L.C. Knight. It took about three hours to wrap it all up on May, 27. Knight wants to caution residents in the future regarding suspicious items.

“Don’t touch it, don’t pick it up and for God’s sake don’t bring it to my office,” he said. “Leave it alone and we will come to you.”

Both buildings on the Deming Way site had to be evacuated while the bomb squad and deputies worked the scene. The item was safely removed and disposed of.


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George Floyd protests move into downtown Summerville; Curfew set for 6 p.m. Sunday
 05.31.20

Summerville’s town council has enacted a curfew in effect from 6 p.m. Sunday to 6 a.m. Monday.

The decision was made at a special called council meeting Sunday to limit damage from potential violent protests.

The vote also gives Mayor Ricky Waring authority to adjust the curfew based on events through June 11.

“The Town of Summerville fully respects the rights of individuals to peacefully protest,” according to a statement released to the Journal Scene on Sunday. “The Police Department will be assisted by surrounding local, state, and federal agencies to work to ensure the safety of peaceful protesters.”

George Floyd protests move into downtown Summerville

Town officials also encouraged all businesses in the area of Main Street to close or completely secure their properties and parking lots by removing any furniture or debris.

“Criminal activity and destruction of property will not be tolerated,” town officials said in prepared statement.

Police have asked anyone seeing suspicious activity to call 911 and to stay safe.

Town Hall and the Annex Building will close to the public at 3 p.m. Monday.

Likewise, Dorchester County has issued a State of Emergency and a nightly curfew for unincorporated Dorchester County between the hours of 6 p.m. and 6 a.m. until further notice,

According to information released Sunday night, the State of Emergency will remain in place until rescinded by County Council members. The curfew does not apply to residents and business owners traveling to or from work.