Tuesday, March 28, 2017

2016 Cooper River Bridge Run Times

4:30am  Race route closed: 
 Chuck Dawley at Myrick to Coleman Blvd.  
 Chuck Dawley to Whilden St. on Coleman Blvd. 
                Officers will divert northbound Coleman traffic down Whilden St.   
5:00am  Shuttles begin running. Parking/pickup locations for Mount Pleasant: 
                Towne Centre                 
                Whitesides Elementary School                
                Jennie Moore Elementary School                
                Shuttles will return participants to Mount Pleasant from the finish line.   
 6:30am  Whilden St. to Houston Northcutt Blvd. on Coleman Blvd. will be closed to vehicle traffic. 
                 Houston Northcutt traffic will be diverted towards the Ravenel Bridge.                 
                 West Coleman traffic will be diverted onto Houston Northcutt.                  
                 Wheelchair athletes escorted to the start line.   

7:00am   Closure of Ravenel Bridge (both directions)                
                 Hwy 17 from Houston Northcutt to the Ravenel Bridge closed in both directions.                
                 Race route in Mount Pleasant completely secured.                
                 Wheelchair athletes warming up on course.  
7:25am   Wheelchair race starts. 
8:00am   Cooper River Bridge Run begins. 

10:30am  No other runners allowed on Ravenel Bridge. Straggler bus to begin.  

11:00am  Approximate time for Ravenel Bridge/race route to re-open. All runners off the course. 

Drones and the Cooper River Bridge Run

Cooper River Bridge Run Public Safety Agencies Comment on Use of Drones during the 40th CRBR

April 1st marks the 40th anniversary of the Cooper River Bridge Run.  The run is expected to draw forty thousand runners and up to a hundred thousand spectators along the 6.2 mile course from Mount Pleasant over the Ravenel Bridge and in to the City of Charleston.  

Due to the large number of press and event associated manned aircraft, including fixed wing and helicopters that will be flying on race day, local Public Safety officials are mandating that the public refrain from flying drones along the route and, in particular, in the vicinity of the Ravenel Bridge. “This will help us ensure we have a safe event,” said leaders from the Town of Mount Pleasant, City of Charleston and Charleston County.  Local law enforcement agencies will be monitoring the area and will take appropriate action if they observe drones flying in the vicinity of the race route.  

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Identification Needed

Joel Gallant

3/24/2017 Update - Subject Identified and Arrested

The Mount Pleasant Police Department would like to thank the public for sending in tips relating to this crime. One of the tips led to the arrest of Joel Gallant who was charged with Assault and Battery of a High and Aggravated Nature along with Possession of a Weapon during a Violent Crime. 

The Mount Pleasant Police Department is seeking the public's help in identifying the subject pictured above. On March 18, 2017, at approximately 2:40 a.m., the subject pictured was involved in a disturbance and pulled a handgun on the other party involved. The victim was then struck in the head with the handgun. During the altercation the suspect did discharge the firearm but no one was struck.
The subject is described as a black male in his mid-40s who is approximately 6' tall and weighs approximately 200lbs. He was last seen wearing black eyeglasses and was last seen driving a dark colored, box style sedan.
Anyone who may have any information about, or witnessed, this assault is asked to contact Detective Goode at 843-856-7843 or anickell@tompsc.com. Callers who wish to remain anonymous can call Crime Stoppers at 843-554-1111, submit a tip through our smartphone application, or submit a tip at http://mppdnews.blogspot.com/p/submit-tip.html. Crime Stoppers offers rewards of up to $1,000 to anyone who provides information which leads to an arrest.

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

DUI Public Service Announcement

Please use a designated driver if you drink this Saint Patrick's Day weekend!


Special thank you to the Patriot's Point Naval & Maritime Museum!

Identification Needed

The Mount Pleasant Police Department is seeking the public's help to identify the man pictured above. On March 6, 2017 the suspect shoplifted two items from Lowes on Highway 17 North. When he was confronted by store employees, he produced a knife before fleeing in a silver, 2 door sedan.  

Anyone who may have any information on this armed robbery is asked to contact Detective A. DeCamp at 843-884-4176 or adecamp@tompsc.com. Callers who wish to remain anonymous can call Crime Stoppers at 843-554-1111, submit a tip through our smartphone application, or submit a tip at http://mppdnews.blogspot.com/p/submit-tip.html. Crime Stoppers offers rewards of up to $1,000 to anyone who provides information which leads to an arrest.

Monday, February 27, 2017

Service Animals

We are sometimes called to a business when a service dog comes in to clarify what is allowed and what is not. The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) gives clear guidance on service animals that are summarized below.     

The following information about service dogs was taken from the Americans with Disabilities Act website. You can find the full text at https://www.ada.gov/service_animals_2010.htm.

  • Beginning on March 15, 2011, only dogs are recognized as service animals under titles II and III of the ADA.
  • A service animal is a dog that is individually trained to do work or perform tasks for a person with a disability.
  • Generally, title II and title III entities must permit service animals to accompany people with disabilities in all areas where members of the public are allowed to go.

Service Animal Defined- dogs that are individually trained to do work or perform tasks for people with disabilities. Examples of such work or tasks include guiding people who are blind, alerting people who are deaf, pulling a wheelchair, alerting and protecting a person who is having a seizure, reminding a person with mental illness to take prescribed medications, calming a person with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) during an anxiety attack, or performing other duties.

Where Service Animals are Allowed

Under the ADA, State and local governments, businesses, and nonprofit organizations that serve the public generally must allow service animals to accompany people with disabilities in all areas of the facility where the public is normally allowed to go.

Service Animals Must be Under Control

Under the ADA, service animals must be harnessed, leashed, or tethered, unless these devices interfere with the service animal’s work or the individual’s disability prevents using these devices. In that case, the individual must maintain control of the animal through voice, signal, or other effective controls.

Inquires, Exclusions, Charges, and Other Specific Rules Related to Service Animals

  • When it is not obvious what service an animal provides, only limited inquiries are allowed. Staff may ask two questions: (1) is the dog a service animal required because of a disability, and (2) what work or task has the dog been trained to perform. Staff cannot ask about the person’s disability, require medical documentation, require a special identification card or training documentation for the dog, or ask that the dog demonstrate its ability to perform the work or task.
  • Allergies and fear of dogs are not valid reasons for denying access or refusing service to people using service animals. When a person who is allergic to dog dander and a person who uses a service animal must spend time in the same room or facility, for example, in a school classroom or at a homeless shelter, they both should be accommodated by assigning them, if possible, to different locations within the room or different rooms in the facility.
  • A person with a disability cannot be asked to remove his service animal from the premises unless: (1) the dog is out of control and the handler does not take effective action to control it or (2) the dog is not housebroken. When there is a legitimate reason to ask that a service animal be removed, staff must offer the person with the disability the opportunity to obtain goods or services without the animal’s presence.
  • Establishments that sell or prepare food must allow service animals in public areas even if state or local health codes prohibit animals on the premises.
  • People with disabilities who use service animals cannot be isolated from other patrons, treated less favorably than other patrons, or charged fees that are not charged to other patrons without animals. In addition, if a business requires a deposit or fee to be paid by patrons with pets, it must waive the charge for service animals.
  • If a business such as a hotel normally charges guests for damage that they cause, a customer with a disability may also be charged for damage caused by himself or his service animal.
  • Staff are not required to provide care or food for a service animal.
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