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Four people were exposed to rabies in the Rock Hill area of York County by a bat that tested positive for the disease, the Department of Health and Environmental Control reported Wednesday.
"To reduce the risk of getting rabies, we recommend that people avoid wild animals acting tame and tame animals acting wild," said Sandra Craig of DHEC's Bureau of Environmental Health Services.
About 275 South Carolinians must undergo preventive treatment for rabies every year, with most exposure coming from bites or scratches by a rabid or suspected rabid animal. Wild animals transmit the disease most often, but domestic pets can contract rabies as well.
"If you think you have been exposed to the rabies virus through a bite, scratch or the saliva of a possibly infected animal, immediately wash the affected area with plenty of soap and water," Craig said. "Then be sure to get medical attention and report the incident to DHEC."
South Carolina law requires owners to have pets vaccinated against rabies.
There were 124 confirmed cases of rabies in animals during 2013 in South Carolina. There have been 75 confirmed cases in animals statewide this year. This animal is the ninth to test positive in 2014 from York County. There were 12 in that county in 2013.
Forty people in Lincolnton are facing several charges after a drug roundup overnight.
Channel 9 was the only television station with Lincolnton investigators as they carried out search warrants and brought suspects to jail.
When Channel 9 was with officers, they arrested about half of the 40 people they were looking for Wednesday morning.
Those taken into custody were taken to the magistrates office; the rest are expected to turn themselves in.
Police said the combined charges for all 40 total more than 150 felonies and four misdemeanors.
The main charges are for trafficking, selling and delivering, and possession with intent to sell. The drugs include marijuana, cocaine, heroin and prescription pills.
Channel 9 was part of a nine-month investigation that police said started from citizen complaints and anonymous calls.
Neighbors said they're tired of drug activity in their neighborhood.
“You know, you don't want all this activity going on and you don't want your child to follow in the same footsteps,” said Jameelah Davis.
Police said they plan to release names and pictures of the people they weren't able to arrest.
Channel 9 was told that if they don't turn themselves in, there will be outstanding warrants for their arrest.
When officers arrived, Phillip Norman was asleep in his car.
However, earlier that night, Norman was seen stumbling around a parking lot and carrying on a heck of a conversation with several bushes and shrubs.
Reports in the News Herald say police in Hickory, North Carolina got a call from a store manager who was concerned when he saw Norman acting strangely.
Cops charged Norman with misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia, but that was only the beginning.
Police discovered Norman had active warrants for felony larceny, and misdemeanor possession of a controlled substance from another county.
Norman allowed authorities to search the car. They found a spoon and needles, but it's not known if he was under the influence of intoxicants of any kind.News Source: MedleyStory More Local News Stories