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More Local SC Corruption

A Kingstree, S.C. town councilman has been arrested for allegedly stealing water and sewer service for himself – and a family member. What can we say: This is the Palmetto State, people … where all sorts of things are kept in the family. Councilman Chalmers “Bubba” Hammett Jr. and his father…

A Kingstree, S.C. town councilman has been arrested for allegedly stealing water and sewer service for himself – and a family member.

What can we say: This is the Palmetto State, people … where all sorts of things are kept in the family.

Councilman Chalmers “Bubba” Hammett Jr. and his father – former town councilman Chalmers Hammett Sr. – were both arrested by the S.C. State Law Enforcement Division (SLED) and appeared before a Williamsburg County (S.C.) magistrate this week.

“In July, I learned that an alleged illegal tap was made to the town’s water and wastewater service,” town manager Dan Wells said in a statement prior to the arrests. “The Town had no knowledge of the activity and the preliminary evidence gave us reason to believe that a crime had been committed. The property owner is listed as belonging to a public official. Upon learning that the public official knew of this alleged illegal tap and additionally an irrigation line that was unmetered for approximately 15 years at a relative’s property, I requested the assistance of SLED.”

Both Hammetts were reportedly hit with a misdemeanor utility theft charge and released on bond.

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11 comments

CNSYD November 22, 2013 at 3:14 pm

Slow news day?

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Gillon November 22, 2013 at 6:07 pm

Anything that portrays any level of government in a bad light is big news for FITS.

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TontoBubbaGoldstein November 22, 2013 at 8:58 pm

If that were true, the internets wouldn’t be big enough.

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scotty November 22, 2013 at 3:39 pm

Ever been there? It is amazing they didn’t steal the water and sewer plant.

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jimlewisowb November 22, 2013 at 7:35 pm

Two cockroaches rip off water, get arrested, post bond and await trial

Multiple cockroaches rip off the State Pension fund, get big salaries plus a bonus on top of big salaries and then bitch they are misunderstood

There may be Justice in this World but it ain’t found its way to South Carolina

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tomstickler November 22, 2013 at 7:41 pm

How much do you have to steal in South Carolina to get a felony rap?

In my area, a minimum use water bill runs about $25/month = $300/yr X15 = $4500

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The Colonel November 25, 2013 at 8:56 am

If one of the taps was for irrigation it was probably much more than $4,500.

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Jackie Chiles November 22, 2013 at 8:16 pm

Is Jody Barr working for Fits now?

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JJEvans November 23, 2013 at 10:00 pm

Kingstree is a shithole of a town. Somehow this story doesn’t surprise me though, typical elected dickheads.

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James Powell November 24, 2013 at 2:49 pm

Would this not be one theft per billing cycle for each location?

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Mguzman November 25, 2013 at 6:34 am

Only in SC……

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