Only in South Carolina, right? Reckon me and the fellas will have plenty to talk about at breakfast in the morning at the local eatery. Here’s the headline story;
OCONEE COUNTY, S.C. –
A candidate for Oconee County sheriff was arrested Wednesday after being accused of trying to arrange the kidnapping of a retired judge.
James Bartee is charged with solicitation to commit a felony.
WYFF News 4 was the only news organization there when Bartee was arrested.
Solicitor Chrissy Adams said evidence was captured on audio surveillance, and Bartee gave the person money to buy items needed for the kidnapping.
Bartee, who is a retired U.S. Secret Service agent, is one of four candidates for Oconee County sheriff. He is accused of trying to arrange to have retired circuit Judge James C. Williams Jr. kidnapped.
Bartee is accused of trying to arrange the kidnapping after Williams filed an action asking for a judgment on whether Bartee was qualified to run for sheriff. The action also asked for an injunction against creating ballots with Bartee listed as a candidate.
PICKENS COUNTY, S.C. -An Upstate man is in custody, accused by the FBI and local law enforcement as being part of a “domestic terrorist group” that broke into and took over a foreclosed home, according to a release by the Pickens County Sheriff’s Office.
The home is listed as being valued at $2,599,000. A realtor checking on the home found a notice, apparently posted by the extremists, saying that they were taking possession of the home.
The Sheriff’s Office release said, “On April 24, a deputy responded to a report of a burglary at 112 White Violet Way in Sunset. A lock on a rear door of the home had been drilled, a lockbox stolen, and cleaning supplies were found in the house. However, beyond the cleaning supplies, the deputy found something even more outside the norm for a burglary posted on the front door: a document from the ‘Moorish American Society of Philadelphia’ which asserted to be judicial notice that the property had been seized pursuant to international law. It also proclaimed that any law enforcement officer on the premises was trespassing and subject to being sued.”
Sheriff’s Office investigators said they were aware that “the Moorish National Republic, a sovereign citizen group, and its offshoots are considered domestic terrorism groups by the FBI.
The realtor on the scene stated that his company had actually been advised by the FBI that the property was a possible takeover target for the group. Accordingly, the FBI’s Joint Terrorism Task Force was contacted and made aware of the incident.”