James Island vote on incorporation today

James Island voters return to the polls today to see if a fourth attempt at forming a town will succeed.

A simple majority among the area’s 8,618 registered voters who turn out is all it takes to approve the incorporation.

Polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

There are 15 polling sites. Check your voter registration card to find your precinct. If you live on James Island but are in the city of Charleston, you are not eligible to vote.

Daniel Island cat case continued to May

A man who was accused of trapping a cat on Daniel Island and taking her to a rural area nearby has requested a jury trial.

David Palvado of Animal Solutions of Charleston trapped a cat belonging to Catherine Greenfield of Daniel Island and either lost the cat or turned it loose in a rural area near Daniel Island, authorities said. Greenfield found the cat 17 days later near where she was last seen.

Palvado was charged by city of Charleston Animal Control with keeping of strays, animal abandonment and illegal treatment/cruelty.

The citations carry maximum fines of $158, $470 and $1,092, respectively.

He was set to appear in court on Monday, but because he requested a jury trial, the case was continued until May 29.

3 arrested in Sergeant Jasper drug seizures

Charleston police said they confiscated cocaine and marijuana and arrested three people on Friday at Sergeant Jasper Apartments at 310 Broad St.

The department’s Special Investigations Unit served search warrants to two apartments, Police Department spokesman Charles Francis said.

He said officers confiscated 24.5 grams of cocaine and 96 grams of marijuana from the apartments.

Christopher Todd Harvey, 20, is charged with trafficking cocaine and possession of marijuana with the intent to distribute.

Anne E. Thompson, 18, is charged with trafficking cocaine and possession of marijuana with intent to distribute; and Mary Kathryne Ratcliff, 18, is charged with possession of cocaine, Francis said.

The suspects were released on bond from the Cannon Detention Center. The investigation was initiated due to citizens’ complaints about narcotic activity occurring in the two apartments, Francis said.

Staff reports