Monday, June 18, 2018

Heatstrokes - Information from NHTSA

Heatstroke Fact Sheet

In the span of 10 minutes, a car can heat up by 20 degrees, enough to kill a child left alone in the vehicle. The U.S. Department of Transportation, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), and other safety advocates and academic institutions have recognized the safety threat heatstroke poses for children left unattended in hot cars. Here are the key facts:

Heatstroke is the leading cause of non-crash vehicle-related fatalities for children 14 and younger.
  • So far in 2018, [XX] children have died due to vehicular heatstroke, and that number continues to rise.
  • From 1998-2017, 742 children died due to vehicular heatstroke. Of the 742 deaths:
    • 54 percent (401 children) were forgotten by a caregiver;
    • 28 percent (208 children) were playing in an unattended vehicle;
    • 17 percent (126 children) were intentionally left in vehicle by an adult; and
    • 1 percent (7 children) died under unknown circumstances.
  • In 2017, 42 children died in vehicular heatstroke incidents.
  • Children are at a higher risk than adults of dying from heatstroke in a hot vehicle, especially when they are too young to alert others for help.
  • A child’s body temperature rises three to five times faster than an adult’s.

High body temperatures can cause permanent injury or even death.
  • Heatstroke begins when the core body temperature reaches about 104 degrees and the thermoregulatory system is overwhelmed. A core temperature of about 107 degrees is lethal.
  • In 10 minutes a car can heat up by 20 degrees. Rolling down a window does little to keep a vehicle cool.
  • Heatstroke fatalities have occurred even in vehicles parked in shaded areas and when the outside air temperatures were 80 degrees Fahrenheit or less.
  • Summertime is the peak season for these tragic incidents, but heatstroke can occur in outdoor temperatures as low as 57 degrees. The warning signs of heatstroke vary, but may include:
    • Red, hot, and moist or dry skin
    • No sweating
    • A strong rapid pulse or a slow weak pulse
    • A throbbing headache
    • Dizziness
    • Nausea
    • Confusion
    • Being grouchy or acting strangely

It can happen to anyone.
  • In 54 percent of cases, the child was forgotten by the caregiver.
  • In 28 percent of cases, children got into the vehicles on their own.
  • The children most at-risk are those under 1 year, making up 32 percent of heatstroke deaths.

Remember these three things:
  • NEVER leave a child in a vehicle unattended.
  • Make it a habit to look in the back seat EVERY time you exit the car.
  • ALWAYS lock the car and put the keys out of reach. 

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Friday, June 8, 2018

Armed Robbery and Attempted Murder Arrest

Mount Pleasant, SC – On June 8, 2018 the Mount Pleasant Police Department arrested Dante E'leon Brown for Armed Robbery, Attempted Murder, and Possession of a Weapon During the Commission of a Violent Crime stemming from an incident on June 4, 2018.

On June 4, 2018, Dante Brown met with another subject in the parking lot of Publix in Park West for a narcotics transaction. During the deal, Dante Brown produced a gun and a struggle ensued. During the struggle the weapon went off with the bullet striking the other subject's car. Dante Brown then left the area. The other subject was transported to a local hospital and later released.

The Mount Pleasant Police Department wishes to thank the US Marshal's Fugitive Task Force as well as the Charleston City Police Department for their help with Dante Brown's arrest.

This case is still under investigation.  

Friday, June 1, 2018

Golf Cart Laws

To help keep everyone safe, the Mount Pleasant Police Department would like to remind everyone of the South Carolina laws governing golf cart use:

*A person operating a golf cart must be at least sixteen years of age and have a valid driver’s license.

*A golf cart may only be operated during daylight hours and must be within four miles of the address on the registration certificate.

*The golf cart must have a registration certificate from the DMV and have liability insurance.

*During daylight hours a permitted golf cart may operate along a secondary highway or street for which the posted speed limit is thirty-five miles an hour or less.

*During daylight hours a permitted golf cart may be operated within four miles of a point of ingress and egress to a gated community and only on a secondary highway or street for which the posted speed limit is thirty-five miles an hour or less.

Thursday, May 24, 2018

Press Release

Mount Pleasant, S.C. - On May 23, 2018, at approximately 7:18 p.m., officers from the Mount Pleasant Police Department responded to the 300 block of 4th Ave. in reference to a possible disturbance. As officers where attempting to determine the cause of the disturbance, the suspect cursed at them and ran inside his home. The victim in this incident told officers that the suspect attempted to stab him with a knife, threatened to kill him, and threatened to burn his house down.  Officers continuously tried to make contact with the suspect, Timotheaous Washington, and get him to come out of his home but he refused. The Crisis Intervention Response Team attempted to persuade the suspect to come out of his home but he continually refused. After numerous unsuccessful attempts to get Mr. Washington to come out, the Special Weapons and Tactics Team used gas canisters that forced him outside where he was taken into custody. He was charged with Assault and Battery of a High and Aggravated Nature and lodged at the Sheriff Al Cannon Detention Center.  

Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Can You Help?

We need your help to identify three suspects who have been involved in crimes around Mount Pleasant. Please take a look at this video and submit any information you may have!

If you have information on the attempted Rolex theft please contact Detective Stephenson at 843-884-4176 or

If you have information about the stolen credit card please contact Detective Sergeant Salata at 843-856-3032 or
Those who wish to remain anonymous should contact Crime Stoppers of the Lowcountry at 843-554-1111 or visit their website at Crime Stoppers of the Lowcountry offers rewards of up to $1,000.00 for information leading to an arrest.

Monday, May 21, 2018

Request for Information

The Mount Pleasant Police Department is seeking the public's help to identify the two subjects pictured above. They are suspected of being involved in the attempted theft of Rolex watches from Reeds Jewelers on May 19, 2018 on Belk Drive. They were last seen getting into a dark grey Volvo Sedan with tinted windows. A witness reported that the tag on the vehicle was a dealer tag with red lettering.
Anyone with information about these two subjects is asked to contact Detective Stephenson at 843-884-4176 or Those who wish to remain anonymous should contact Crime Stoppers at 843-554-1111 or Crime Stoppers offers rewards of up to $1,000.00 for information that leads to an arrest.

Friday, May 18, 2018

I-526 Update

Wando River Bridge Opens to Two-Way Traffic Sunday, May 20

By Town of Mount Pleasant, Charleston County and City of Charleston Public Information Officers

       MOUNT PLEASANT, SC (May 2018) – In anticipation of SCDOT’s press conference, Mount Pleasant, Charleston County and Charleston public information officers met today at the Mount Pleasant Town Hall Municipal EOC to support public information efforts in the wake of the Wando River Bridge closure.

       Lane closures on I-526, near the approaches to the cross-overs, will be intermittent today through Sunday, May 20. The plan is to open the Wando River Bridge eastbound lanes for two-way traffic Sunday afternoon, in preparation for the commute on Monday, May 21.  Once implemented, the plan will call for the deployment of resources to include a contingent of 26 state troopers and tow trucks strategically deployed along I-526. All vehicles, including trucks, will be allowed and speed will be limited to 45 mph.

       SCDOT emphasizes the need for motorists to choose their own travel route. The Wando River Bridge two-way traffic plan is another option to supplement existing traffic management strategies. Messaging boards will alert motorist to proper driving precautions as they near the cross-overs.

       Motorists are reminded to follow law enforcement directions, allow for ample travel time, and not drive distracted.

       Secretary of Transportation Christy Hall, Deputy Secretary for Engineering Leland Colvin, and Traffic Engineering Director Rob Perry discussed the two-way traffic plan at today’s news conference at the agency’s District Headquarters in North Charleston.

       For more information on the Wando River Bridge closure, visit SCDOT online on Facebook and Twitter.  Maps and traffic count information can be found on the SCDOT’s website at Real time traffic information can be found by downloading their 511 app.