Lowcountry Law: On Air
Sheriff's Office investigators seek answers in murder and disappearance
Major Bob Bromage is joined by Beaufort County Sheriff’s Office investigators Corporal Robert Byrd and Sergeant Dario Sosa to discuss two active cases — the 2017 murder of 33-year-old Joshua Daise of St. Helena Island, who was killed on Lady’s Island; and the 2017 disappearance of 67-year-old Michael Hatfield, also of St. Helena.
Also on the program is Master Sergeant Eric Calendine, a Sheriff’s Office investigator who specializes in investigating scams. Staff Sgt. Calendine discusses the “Grandparents Scam,” a new and disturbing fraud that is emerging in Beaufort County.
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Major Bob Bromage is joined by Edward Delafuente and Jessica Manley of South Carolina Department of Mental Health’s Mobile Crisis to discuss how the COVID-19 pandemic has been affecting Beaufort County residents.
Since 2018, Mobile Crisis, formerly known as Community Crisis Response and Intervention, has partnered with Beaufort County Sheriff’s Office to provide on-site emergency psychiatric screening and assessment to individuals experiencing mental health emergencies.
Major Bob Bromage and Liz Farrell discuss Liz’s new position as the Beaufort County Sheriff’s Office’s Assistant Public Information Officer, as well as safety tips from the Centers for Disease Control on Halloween safety during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Also Master Sergeant Eric Calendine, then a staff sergeant, of the Sheriff’s Office gives an overview of scams commonly seen in Beaufort County, including the resources available to our residents to better protect themselves from falling victim to scams and how to report scams.
Sheriff P.J. Tanner and Major Bob Bromage discuss the COVID-19 face covering/mask emergency ordinances in the County of Beaufort and its municipalities, and are joined by a special guest, Dr. Kelly Bouthillet, who explains how to properly wear face coverings/masks to better protect yourself and others.
Dr. Kelly Bouthillet is a doctorally prepared advanced practice nurse. She has a background in emergency and critical care, clinical quality and safety initiatives and program development. Currently, she is the President for the South Carolina Nurses Association and works with Hilton Head Island Fire Rescue as a nurse practitioner to provide additional medical support during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Beaufort County Sheriff P.J. Tanner and Major Bob Bromage discuss a variety of topics regarding COVID-19: activities still prohibited by Governor Henry McMaster’s executive orders; the list of “non-essential” businesses; changes and improvements to the Sheriff’s Office’s public information platforms, including recent issues of residents not receiving NIXLE advisories; as well as details of a recent arrest, which led to a possible COVID-19 exposure for four deputy sheriffs.
Sheriff P.J. Tanner and Major Bob Bromage discussed a variety of topics regarding coronavirus (COVID-19), including restrictions now in place through Governor Henry McMaster’s executive order; frequently asked questions by Beaufort County residents; the “non-essential business” list; as well as public and private beaches and waterways.
Sheriff P.J. Tanner discusses the newly formed Beaufort County Violent Crimes Task Force with Chief Matt Clancy of the Beaufort Police Department and Chief Chris Chapmond of the Bluffton Police Department.
Also, Major Bob Bromage and Sergeant Ryan Garst discuss the 2019 death of 16-year-old Marcus Graves of Burton and what the public can do to help in the investigation.
Discussions in this episode include initiatives implemented by Sheriff P.J. Tanner to address violent crime in our community: DNA analysis at the Sheriff’s Office Forensic Services Laboratory; an overview of Crimestoppers of the Lowcountry; and an overview of the Sheriff’s Office’s participation in the Federal Bureau of Investigation Violent Crimes Task Force.
In addition, a discussion on the investigation into the 2018 missing person/murder case of 18-year-old Malik Spencer of Lobeco.
In 2018, following an agreement between Beaufort County Sheriff P.J. Tanner and the South Carolina Department of Mental Health (SCDMH), two SCDMH Community Crisis Response and Intervention (CCRI) counselors began working alongside deputy sheriffs and municipal law enforcement officers to better identify and address mental illness and crisis in Beaufort County.
In the first two segments of this episode, the two CCRI counselors talk about their roles, to include their efforts to reduce unnecessary and repeat exposures those suffering from mental illness and crisis have to the criminal justice system.
The third, and final, segment is a discussion with a forensic chemist from the Beaufort County Sheriff’s Office Forensic Services Laboratory about the opioid crisis and its impact on Beaufort County.