Two men sentenced in pipe bomb schemeTwo Rock Hill men received prison sentences July 18 for their participation in a conspiracy to rob a Charlotte credit union and for carrying explosives, according to a press release.
William Christopher Puckett, 19, and Edgar Scott Williams, IV, 19, of Rock Hill, were sentenced by U.S. District Judge Cameron McGowan Currie to 92 months and 80 months imprisonment, respectively, for their conspiracy to rob the Founders Federal Credit Union on Commerce Boulevard in Charlotte last August, according to the press release.
Both Puckett and Williams had previously entered guilty pleas and testified for the government against two codefendants, Timothy and Steven Eddington, according to the press release. The Eddingtons are awaiting sentencing.
The plan was to detonate two pipe bombs near a school or some other public place to divert police, according to the press release. The York County Sheriff's Office received a Crime Stoppers tip that the men were sleeping at an abandoned house in Fort Mill. The four men were arrested by a SWAT team.
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Two Rock Hill men and one New York man were arrested for transporting and selling counterfeit goods on Foothills Way on Saturday, July 19, according to a York County Sheriff's office report.
Abdul Latif Zaid, 36, of 1647 Chamberside Drive in Rock Hill, Corey Steven Grant, 35, of 214 Beach 96 St. in Rockaway Beach, N.Y., and Quazeek Elijah Parker, 28, of 1311 Beaconfield Road in Rock Hill were approached by a deputy because several people were standing around the trunk of a vehicle in a restaurant parking lot viewing items in multiple white boxes, according to the report.
When the deputy searched the car, he found 21 boxes of counterfeit Nike Air Jordans, eight silver necklaces, nine pairs of sunglasses, 245 bootleg DVDs and five Coach purses, according to the report. The items were valued at $10,355. The deputy also found several inventory slips from a warehouse in New Jersey.
The two suspects in the trailer were released from the scene.
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