Sullivan's Is. attacker gets 15 years

A man who attacked a woman on a Sullivan's Island beach-access trail this spring was sentenced to 15 years in state prison Wednesday, plus given other stipulations.

Patrick Sanders, 34 at the time of the April incident, pleaded guilty to assault and battery with intent to kill. An accompanying kidnapping charge was dropped by prosecutors who said the victim agreed to the plea.

Sanders' defense attorney said his client had become an emotional wreck due to the demands of his failing work and the needs of his family.

Initial reports were that Sanders walked up to a woman and asked about the tide before attacking her on an access trail near Station 16. The woman, in her early 20s, answered the man's question and continued walking toward her car, police said, before he ran up behind her and tried to drag her into the woods. He hit her face and neck with his hands and with a blunt object later identified as a slap jack, police said.

Sanders, of Hanahan, received a 20-year sentence, suspended to 15 years in prison with five years of probation and a requirement to seek mental health treatment, Assistant Solicitor Julie Cardillo said.

Police advisory group meeting canceled

Charleston Police Department's Citizen Advisory Group meeting that was set for tonight at Ashley River Creative Arts School has been canceled. The school is closed for the holidays.

Police and residents exchange information about crime during the advisory group meetings. Future meeting dates will be announced.

Blaring stereo helps put man in prison

A cranked-up stereo helped put a Charleston man in prison this week for the next 15 1/2 years.

Deangelo Sylvester Rivers, 24, of Charleston, was sentenced to 188 months in federal prison for illegally possessing a firearm, the U.S. Attorney's Office reported.

Last January, Charleston Police officers encountered Rivers in a car with his stereo blaring. When the officers asked Rivers to turn down his music, he refused to comply and, instead, sped off, nearly striking the officers. After a high-speed chase, Rivers was caught and the officers found a loaded revolver in the car.

At the time of the arrest, Rivers was prohibited from possessing firearms due to several prior felony convictions, prosecutors said.

Workers' conditions serious after shock

Three workers shocked at a construction site in North Charleston were in serious but stable condition Wednesday in Augusta, according to the Joseph M. Still Burn Center at Doctors Hospital.

The men received a strong jolt from electric power lines while working at 9225 U.S. Highway 78 near Interstate 26 shortly after 1 p.m. Tuesday.

Co-workers reported that the men were raising scaffolding to place it against the building when it hit a power line, a police report said. Another witness gave a slightly different account in which the current arced from a few feet away but the scaffolding did not touch the wire.

A report identifies the men as Carlos Maldonado, Samuel Funes and Carlos Antonio Aldino. It said Maldonado lives in Goose Creek but does not give an address for the other two or an age for any of them.

Pickpocket steals wallet from man

A pickpocket took a wallet from an elderly shopper in a North Charleston Wal-Mart parking lot on Tuesday afternoon and ran toward a nearby business, police said.

The 72-year-old victim told police that a man who appeared to be in his late teens had been following him around the store at 7400 Rivers Ave. before he checked out around 4 p.m., a report says.

As he placed his bags on his vehicle, he felt somebody bump him and saw the man who had been following him running toward the nearby Blockbuster Video store. His wallet, holding charge cards but no cash, was missing.

The man described the thief as a black man who appeared to be 18 or 19 years old, 5 feet 7 inches tall and 130 pounds, wearing a red jacket with a blue stripe down the sleeves.