Man killed by train in North Charleston

A 55-year-old man was killed early Friday when he was struck by a train while reportedly sharing drinks with a friend along tracks at Remount Road and Dutton Street, authorities said.

Benjamin Valdez, of Texas, was pronounced dead at the scene of the 2 a.m. accident from blunt force trauma, Charleston County Deputy Coroner Bobbi Jo O'Neal said.

Witnesses told North Charleston police that Valdez and two other men were drinking alcohol along the tracks. One man eventually left, but Valdez and the other man stayed behind. A train approached a short time later. Valdez's friend got off the tracks, but Valdez did not escape in time, police said.

The accident remains under investigation by police.

Woman stabs man, dog, police say

North Charleston police said a woman stabbed a man and his dog Thursday.

Officers said they found the wounded man, George Ernest Bobb, 24, at a house on Calvert Street, where he had sought help. He was bleeding from the chest. They found the dog nearby on Chicora Avenue with a cut to its right hind quarter.

Police said Gabrielle Danielle Bobb, 29, has an order of protection against George Bobb and that the two got into an argument, during which he was stabbed. The dog bit the woman, and police said she then stabbed the dog, too.

The police report didn't indicate what the relationship is between the Bobbs.

Gabrielle Bobb was arrested on a charge of criminal domestic violence of a high and aggravated nature.

Counterfeit money found in traffic stop

A Charleston County sheriff's deputy found $320 in counterfeit money Thursday night during a traffic stop on Folly Road.

The officer stopped a man about 8:30 p.m. near Prescott Street because the tail lights weren't working on his car. After learning that the man's driver's license was suspended and that he had eight, unpaid traffic citations, the officer frisked him and found 2 grams of marijuana and several counterfeit bills in his pockets, a police report said.

The man told the deputy that a friend gave him the money as a "coming home from prison gift," the report said.

Michael Douglas, 54, of Summerville was charged with second-offense driving under suspension, simple possession of marijuana and a traffic offense.

He was release on a personal recognizance bond from the Charleston County jail. Police notified the U.S. Secret Service about the counterfeit money.

3 cases of rabies confirmed by city

FOLLY BEACH — The city has confirmed three cases of rabies in raccoons.

Officials are urging residents to keep their pets inside and to keep a watchful eye on young children. Residents also are asked to not leave pet food outside and to not feed wild animals.

To report a problem raccoon, call Folly Beach Department of Public Safety at 588-2433.

Robbery suspect ditches victim's gun

A purse-snatching suspect ditched the .380-caliber pistol in the handbag but pocketed cigarettes, change and a lighter, North Charleston police said.

The 65-year-old victim was leaving work at 4254 Spruill Ave. around 5 a.m. Thursday when a man put his arm around her neck and pulled her purse off her shoulder, a police report said.

The suspect was detained on Oakwood Avenue. Officers checked the area and found the victim's handgun and a hockey schedule on the ground. Her purse and most of its contents were in an abandoned structure, a report said.

Police said they found the victim's cigarettes, change and lighter in the suspect's left pants pocket. They arrested Odell Gagum Jr., 39, of North Charleston, on a charge of strong-arm robbery.