DUI Prompts Council Break

Charleston City Councilwoman Deborah Morinelli, who represents the 2nd District, is reportedly taking a month off after an arrest for driving under the influence.

On the afternoon of June 26, officers responded to a single-vehicle accident on Ashley River Road. Morinelli was sitting on the ground, and her car was in a ditch, according to a police report. She couldn’t tell officers how she crashed, but Morinelli later told The Post and Courier that another car was involved in the incident. Morinelli told officers that she “had two bottles of wine.” Mini-bottles of wine were found in her purse and the car. She also stated she’d been at an Alcoholics Anonymous meeting that morning.

Morinelli’s seat will be up for election in November. She has previously said she would not seek a third term. —Greg Hambrick

Answers Sought in Teen Shooting Death

City leaders want witnesses to come forward who have information on last week’s shooting death of a 15-year-old East Side resident. Jermel Brown was found in a pool of blood on Tues., June 30 under the I-26 overpass on Huger Street. He had been an active member of a mentor program under City Councilman Jimmy Gallant.

“We’re all hurting right now,” Gallant said during an emotional press conference last week, imploring those with information to come forward. “Someone knows something. Someone knows a name.”

Charleston Police Chief Greg Mullen said there should be witnesses who saw Brown get into a car, but he wouldn’t provide any more information due to the investigation.

“We’ve been talking about partnerships in the community for some time,” he said. “It’s time for action.”

Charleston Mayor Joe Riley took the opportunity to call again for the state legislature to act on a bundle of gun and sentencing reforms that have stalled in Columbia.

“Our criminal justice system isn’t strong enough. The penalties aren’t strong enough,” Riley said. “We need the General Assembly to give first priority so that we don’t lose (more) Jermel Browns.” —Greg Hambrick


That’s the number of steps leading to the crown of the Statue of Liberty. Closed since 9/11, the attraction opened for the first time in nearly eight years on July 4. And you thought powerful women lost out in November.


That’s the number of Dunkin’ Donuts’ doughnuts that Charleston residents consumed in the month of May, according to a press release. Owners Coastal Franchising also reported selling 100,000 coffee drinks, a company record.

“God killed Michael Jackson to save your ass.”

The Daily Show‘s Jon Stewart, admonishing Gov. Mark Sanford for opening his big mouth about his sex scandal just as the world’s head had turned it’s attention toward the Jackson tragedy.

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