Police Seek Third Suspect in Orangeburg County Shooting

While investigators work on tracking down a third suspect in Eutawville’s most recent fatal shootings, a judge denied bail to the two suspects the police had already arrested. Both Zaquan Taste, 18, and Treshawn Jenkins, 22, are being held on charge of both murder and attempted murder following a shooting that took place on Tuesday night. During the attack, one man was injured and a woman fatally shot.


In addition to the murder and attempted murder charges, they have been charged with possession of a weapon during the commission of a violent crime. The judge granted a $10,000 bond on that particular bond to both men.

During the bond hearing, Orangeburg County deputies continued searching for Matt Brown, the 20-year-old the suspect was also involved in the shooting. They believe he has sought refuge in the Holly Hill area and want anyone who sees him to proceed with care since he’s believed to be armed and dangerous.


dcshooting2-1880x1254Once they find him, deputies intend to arrest him on murder charges as well as some additional charges. The fatal shooting took place early in the afternoon on a Craig Street property. Police responded quickly to reports that shots had been fired. When they arrived on the scene on woman wa already dead and another victim was still alive, but was being transported to the emergency room to have a bullet wound operated on.


When questions, witnesses admitted to seeing several different men driving a black van which stopped beside a group of people. After speaking to the man who’d been shot, the people in the van drew their weapons and fired several times.

When she was hit by a stray bullet, the woman who was killed was sitting inside of a shed on the same property. EMT’s pronounced her dead at the scene of the crime.

While investigating the crime scene, deputies spotted a van that matched the witness statements, They chased it for a brief period before losing sight of it. Later, the same van was found, deserted, in a ditch near the east side of Holly Hill.

Using the van as a starting point, authorities set up a perimeter and launched a man hunt designed to track down and capture their suspects. While they managed to catch Zaquan Taste, 18, and Treshawn Jenkins. They’re confident they’ll soon find Matt Brown.

SCarolinaThis is one of those cases that makes me very proud of South Carolina’s various police departments,” “They handled the situation brilliantly and it should not be any problem to bring the criminals to justice. I do urge the family of the woman who was killed to start filing a wrongful death as quickly as possible. The sooner that happens, the better.”

In cases like this. The murdered victim’s next of kin have the right to file a civil wrongful death lawsuit. The sooner this is done, the fresher the incident will be in the memories of the witnesses, and the better the odds are of getting a sizeable settlement. Visit joeandmartin.com to learn more about wrongful death lawsuits.


Florida Man Shot and Killed While Waiting for Early Morning Bus

Opa-Locka has had more than its fair share of gun related violence in recent months, and it doesn’t seem to be slowing down at all. On Monday, police were called out to the scene of yet another deadly shooting.

This one took place at NW 22nd Avenue which investigators closed while they searched for clues that would help them ascertain exactly what took place. The markers were visible at NW 135th Street.

It appears that a young man who is believed to be in his 20’s need to catch a bus at approximately 2 a.m. He’d just sat down to wait for the bus to appear when someone walked up to him, pulled out a gun, and shot him several times.

The victim was still alive when the rescue crew appeared at the scene and they rushed him to Ryder Trauma Center. Despite the staff’s best efforts, the medical staff was unable to save his life.


At this point local detectives are still working to find more clues about this particular shooting as well as a motive for the attack. It’s unclear if they have anyone in custody or a suspect for this case.

“Cases like this, that seem so random and all to often seem to go unsolved are the ones that really make me glad I decided to pursue a career in personal injury law.” Joe and Martin, a  personal injury law firm with an office in Myrtle Beach went on to say, “while I can’t necessarily force the police to do a better job investigating the crime, nor can I order the city to make sure places like city bus stops, I can make them think it’s in their best interest to do so.”


In legal terms, personal injury is a blanket term that includes mattes such as wrongful death. When someone dies in a wrongful death it means their death shouldn’t have happened or that it occurred in an unnatural manner, such as murder, a car accident, or as the result of a medical mistake.

It’s the job of a personal injury lawyer to sit down with the person who will be benefiting from any settlement the case generates and determine who was at fault for the accident and how large a settlement the plaintiff should request.

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In the case of the man who life was taken from him at the truck stop, the people who would be able to pursue a civil case on his behalf are close relations, such as parents, spouses, and children. Ideally, the person named in the civil lawsuit would be the one who shot the man. However, it’s also possible that the local police force could be held accountable if the failed to investigate properly, or even the city if the lawyer can prove that the city knew the bus stop wasn’t safe and failed to do anything to protect the lives of the people who use it.

The system is working against the common man and you should learn what are you basic rights when it comes to personal injury case and  any other legal matters. If you’re not sure if you have grounds for a personal injury case, contact us and we’ll help you decide once and for all.


Negligent NICU Staff Causes Permanent Injury to Infant and Faces $20M Settlement in San Diego

Everyone wants a beautiful baby that is healthy and happy.  That is not what happened for this family.  In fact, there baby was permanently injured because of NICU staff.  This family was in Southern California and they fought for justice.  They actually settled a medical malpractice case in the amount of $20 million.  They filed the suit in the first place because their newborn daughter had suffered brain damage after she was born prematurely.  This was related to a feeding machine that was not operating properly.


what-is-infant-mortality_1Sophia was the plaintiff and she was actually born five weeks early in January of 2013. Her mother was told that she was very healthy and feisty.  She was in the neonatal ICU as this is common for those babies that are born to early.
Apparently the machine was not calibrated correctly and this caused some problems for Sophia.  When Connie went to see her baby four days after she was born, and spend some time feeding her, she noticed that she was really pale and looked as if she did not have any life to her at all.  There was even a news report that reported Connie said “[Sophia’s] diaper was soaked, as if a pitcher of water had been poured in it.”

It took some time but Connie then found out that her baby’s feeding bag had leaked.
At this time the doctors told Connie that this was related to an error made by those that were working in the NICU.

medical-studies-nurseThe attorney that was working for the family stated that baby Sophia “was overloaded with food”.  He explained that this happened because the feeding machine that was giving her food was not calibrated correctly and it was not giving her the correct amount of food.

nUGedf0KY98There attorney also reported that baby Sophia was actually overloaded with glucose.  This then caused an electrolyte imbalance.  This resulted in a decrease in the oxygen in her brain and caused damage.

The attorney of the family actually worked on this case for approximately three years before this settlement was ever reached.  Sophia is now a three year old toddler and she continually struggles to walk and to even talk.  She is suffering from cerebral palsy and she is going to need continual care throughout her life. The attorney even worked with a number of medical professionals to ensure that she is always going to have the care that she needs.





Birth Injury Attorney Helps Military Couple Settle for Damages


Jorge Ortiz, a US Air Force veteran and his wife recently had a newborn baby girl. Their daughter was born at the Evans Army Community Hospital in Colorado. The mother, also an Air Force service member, was an active duty Air Force Captain. The birth was supposed to be a Caesarean section (C-section) delivery. A C-section is a surgical procedure that opens up the mother’s womb temporarily, so that the baby can be removed.

C-section births have become very common over the years, especially in the United States. The United States is one of the countries with the highest rates of C-sections. Often, they are economically preferable for the doctors and hospitals, as well as the staff involved. This type birth can be planned to the hour and minute, whereas a natural birth is not predicable by nature, making it difficult for the schedules of the doctors and nurses.

When Ortiz’s went in for a routine C-section to meet her young daughter. The experience became anything but routine, very quickly. Doctors administered an antihistamine and that’s when everything went wrong.. Upon receiving the antihistamine, her blood pressure dropped significantly. This event caused her blood to become less oxygenated, resulting in less oxygen to the baby.

Due to the oxygen-deprived blood flowing to the womb, the baby girl suffered brain damage. Human brains can only survive for very short periods of time without losing consciousness. Furthermore, if the brain experiences just a temporary period without oxygen, brain damage will occur. Often this damage is irreversible and this girl will live with the consequences of these incompetent doctors, for the rest of her life.

Brain damage can affect the entirety of a person’s life. The things that this child would have been able to enjoy has been taken from her. It is likely that this little girl will not be able to partake in a normal life and will probably need a caretaker as long as she is alive. A competent brain injury attorney can advise loved ones on how to care for family members with brain damage.

Brain damage is difficult enough when it occurs in an adult. When brain damage occurs in a newborn child, the situation is even more tragic. The person will live the rest of their life with the brain damage, from childhood into old age. The lifespan of brain-damaged individuals is significantly shorter, since the brain governs all of the body’s responses and movements. Without the brain in good working order, common functions like digestion and breathing will cease to be as efficient as they once were.

As a result of the problems his wife and daughter experienced during delivery, Ortiz chose to take legal action against the hospital. This was a controversial lawsuit, since military personnel are not supposed to, by general principal, act in a way that is disobedient to their military superiors. Defying tradition, Ortiz chose to contact, JohnBales.com, a birth injury attorney.

aIf you or a loved one has suffered birth injury, it would be wise to contact a birth injury attorney, who can advise you on your legal options. Furthermore, it may be necessary to take action and pursue financial compensation.



Drunk Driving Reports

In the early morning hours of Friday, a South Korea woman was killed in an accident while riding in the car of her fiancé.

The victim, identified by police as 24 year old Nara An, had arrived in New York in September to visit her fiancé and had plans to return home in a few days.

The accident occurred after the victim’s fiancé, Kyung Song, 29, plowed his 2014 Porsche Cayman into the back of a parked school bus.The collision happened on Sanford Ave. in Flushing, Queens, cops said.

The impact tore apart the front half of Kyung’s $64,000 Porsche — the inebriated driver escaped with only minor injuries. Sadly An was mortally wounded.

Upon seeing his fiancé’s lifeless and broken body,Kyung tried to strangle himself with the string from his hoodie in a failed suicide attempt.Kyung told invest igators that An, or as he called her, “Alice” — had begged him to slow down as they were driving home from a nearby bar.

Kyung confessed to detectives that he had downed six beers and three shots before getting behind the wheel. Police said Kyung’s blood alcohol content was 0.176,which is more than twice the legal limit.

Kyung is studying pharmacology at Long Island University. He has been charged with a DWI and Vehicular Manslaughter on Friday night and was ordered to be held on $750,000 bail.

Kyung has been placed on a suicide watch at his lawyer’s request.

Nara An, the victim, was an employee at Sagwa Namoo, a local Flushing karaoke bar, police said.

After the accident, Kyung’s Facebook profile showed a photo of the car he was driving when the accident occurred.

Kyung lived with his parents and kept a low profile, neighbors in Island Park, L.I. said.

Neighborhood residents said they were surprised when they first saw the flashy black Porsche in the reserved family’s driveway.

“They’ve been here for a number of years. Very quiet, nice people,” Speight, 57, said.  “The car was noticeable. All of a sudden he had this (Porsche). It seemed out of place.”

Kyung’s neighbor Pauline Molan, 85, said she often saw Song working in the garden. “He used to wave to me,” she said. “I feel so bad for that family. It’s going to hang over their heads forever. If it was my son, I would break apart.”

NHTSA’s National Center for Statistics and Analysis reports, of the 10,076 people who died in alcohol-impaired-driving crashes in 2013, 6,515 (65%) were drivers with BACs of .08 or higher. The remaining fatalities consisted of 2,724 motor vehicle occupants (27%) and 837
non-occupants (8%).

It is estimated that each day, on average, there are 300,000 drunk drivers on the road across the nation. On average, 27 people are killed per day in a drunk driving collision. Every 90 seconds someone is injured in an alcohol related collision. One in every three people will be involved in an accident related to drunk driving in their lifetime. One in every three people that are convicted of a DUI are repeat offenders.

Having an experienced New York Personal Injury Attorney is crucial when an injury is serious or results in death. If you are a victim in a drunk accident or someone you loved was killed in an accident involving someone who was drunk or under the influence of drugs, it is important to contact a New York personal injury attorney. They can start the financial recovery process for you by launching an insurance claim. Wrongful death and major injury claims are complicated and are often too difficult to manage without legal help. New York Personal Injury Attorneys Pulvers Thompson have been assisting the greater New York area for over 70 years. Contact them to help ensure your legal rights are protected. They can assist you in recovering fair compensation for lost wages, medical costs due to related injuries, long-term diminished quality of life, and loss of life compensation for immediate family.


Proving Fault in a Slip and Fall accident

Florida’s John Bales Attorneys laws on “Slip and Fall” injury claims do not make it easy on the injured party. The Statutes are as follows:

“The 2015 Florida Statutes
Chapter 768: NEGLIGENCE

768.0755 Premises liability for transitory foreign substances in a business establishment.—

(1) If a person slips and falls on a transitory foreign substance in a business establishment, the injured person must prove that the business establishment had actual or constructive knowledge of the dangerous condition and should have taken action to remedy it. Constructive knowledge may be proven by circumstantial evidence showing that:

(a) The dangerous condition existed for such a length of time that, in the exercise of ordinary care, the business establishment should have known of the condition; or

(b) The condition occurred with regularity and was therefore foreseeable.

(2) This section does not affect any common-law duty of care owed by a person or entity in possession or control of a business premises. “ (From OnlineSunshine.com)

In Orlando, personal injuries happen every day.  Many thousands of people are injured each year. According to OSHASlips, trips, and falls constitute the majority of general industry accidents. They cause 15% of all accidental deaths, and are second only to motor vehicles as a cause of fatalities.”

Who is responsible for an injury resulting from a slip and fall accident? Unfortunately, it is up to you (the injured party) to prove negligence if you slip and fall on a wet floor, defective stairs, or uneven ground in a business establishment. Sometimes the owner of the property is responsible for the accident, and sometimes they are not.

To make sense of this, let’s think of the most fundamental principle of law in America; Innocent until proven guilty. You, as the victim, must prove the guilt of the party you are accusing. To determine if you have been a victim of a negligent property owner, first consider that it is normal for things to fall on the ground. Floors often get wet. Through time, it is normal for the ground to become uneven. So these conditions alone are not grounds for negligence. However, Property owners are obligated to make their property safe for the public. If there are unsafe conditions that go unchecked for an extended length of time, the property owner is responsible.  But the property owner is not responsible for someone slipping on something that an ordinary person should see and avoid. We are all obligated to watch where we’re going.

Here is a guide to help you decide whether someone else was at fault for your slip and fall injury:

  • The owner of the premises or an employee of the business must be the cause of the unsafe condition.
  • The owner of the premises or an employee of the business must have known of the dangerous condition and chose to do nothing about it.
  • The owner of the premises or an employee of the business should have known of the dangerous condition but had neglected to inspect the property for safety. It is reasonable for the public to expect property owners or the employee of a business to inspect public areas for safety and remove or repair potential hazards.

The last situation happens to be the most common, but is also not as clear-cut as the first two. In these cases common sense will usually determine liability. Judges will often examine the steps the owner or employee took to keep the property in safe condition.

If you find you are the victim of negligence and have suffered a personal injury in Orlando, it is up to you and your lawyer to prove the defendant did not act reasonably.  Here are a few questions you may use to determine whether the owner is liable for your slip and fall injury:

  • Was the dangerous condition there long enough that the owner should have known about it?
  • Does the property owner have regular procedure for inspection and maintenance? What proof can the owner provide that those procedures were followed?
  • Could a warning sign have been posted to alert the public of the potential hazard?
  • Did poor lighting contribute to the accident?

An Attorney can help you get to the bottom of these questions and can ensure your rights are protected. Contact johnbales.com Attorneys. They are dedicated to help residents recover fair compensation for loss of wages due to injury, medical costs related to the injury, and long-term diminished quality of life.