SC Resident Uses Gun to Stop Possible Killing Spree of Recently Released Convict


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Lancaster County, SC – 29 year old Jermaine Grier (pictured) was just released from prison on June 2nd after serving his most recent sentence in prison. According to The State, South Carolina’s Homepage, Grier was no stranger to the criminal justice system,

Grier’s criminal history dates back to 2002 when he was convicted of accessory after the fact to a felony, according to records with the State Law Enforcement Division.

A year later, he was convicted again of the same charge and then sentenced to a year in prison in 2004. He was released on probation in 2006, said Stephanie Givens, state Department of Corrections spokeswoman.

In 2007, Grier again was imprisoned after he violated his probation, Givens said. He had just been released from the Department of Corrections [on June 2nd]

Based on his past, one would think it wouldn’t be hard to be surprised by Grier’s actions this week, but Grier went on a crime spree that dwarfed his prior actions.

According to local media reports by WSOCTV, Grier began making unsettling remarks to family members,

Angela Hood, told Channel 9 Grier is her younger brother. She said he had made some disturbing comments recently.

“He said he wanted to kill himself, or get life in prison,” Angela Hood said. “We told him to quit talking crazy.”

James Hood was Grier’s brother in law, the husband of his sister, Angela. James Hood was also confined to a wheelchair following a recent stroke. The fact that this handicapped man who was Grier’s family apparently meant little to Grier. For reasons unknown to police and the victim’s family, Grier shot and killed James Hood and then fled the scene. We can thank an armed good Samaritan for what happened next. There is no telling how many people Grier would have harmed unchecked.

Grier then went to his female cousin’s home and began assaulting her on a neighbor’s front porch. According to WSOCTV, her neighbor heard the disturbance,

“He was beating her on my front porch and he was trying to shove her head through that glass door,” Lowery said.

Grier then chased her across the street to Lowery’s home where she tried to get help. Deputies said he continued to assault her.

Lowery knew nothing of the homicide, only that a woman was being hurt right at his door.

“I had to help her. I sure would’ve wanted someone to help me,” he said.

He grabbed his 38 revolver and pointed it at Grier’s head, telling him to stop and leave. Grier refused after being told repeatedly.

At that point, Lowery tried to retreat into his home to deescalate the situation after learning Grier was armed. However, Grier followed Lowery into his home. That’s when Lowery opened fire, striking Grier in the stomach.

Apparently being shot subdued Grier (as it normally does) and he waited patiently for authorities on Lowery’s porch.

Grier is currently being treated at an area hospital under police guard according to The State. Lowery will not face any charges in the shooting as he clearly acted in self defense.

It’s entirely possible Grier would have killed his cousin followed by an unknown number of people if he wasn’t stopped by Lowery and his trusty .38 revolver.

10 Things You Need to Know Today: May 16, 2014

India’s ruling party loses in a landslide, California wildfires flare up, and more
India's next prime minister Narendra Modi greeted supporters Friday. 
India’s next prime minister Narendra Modi greeted supporters Friday.  (AP Photo/ Saurabh Das)

1. India’s ruling party goes down in defeat
Opposition leader Narendra Modi is set to become India’s next prime minister after his Bharatiya Janata Party won a five-week national election in the country’s biggest landslide in decades, according to partial results released Friday. The Indian National Congress, which has long dominated the government, conceded defeat “in all humility.” The result was seen as a protest against a wave of corruption scandals and economic setbacks. [The New York Times]

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2. More evacuate as California wildfires flare up
California authorities issued 18,400 new evacuation notices in the San Diego suburb of San Marcos on Thursday after wildfires there flared up just as crews were making progress containing them. Nine unseasonably early fireshave destroyed at least eight houses, an 18-unit condominium complex, and two businesses, and a badly burned body was found in a transient camp. Cooler temperatures are expected to help firefighters regain the upper hand despite the state’s worst drought in decades. [The Associated PressFox News]

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3. Workers try to drive separatists out of Ukrainian cities
In a major setback for Russia and Ukrainian separatists, thousands of steelworkers and miners made a push on Thursday to retake several cities in eastern Ukraine from pro-Russian militants. Steelworkers reportedly managed to seize control of the city of Mariupol, which separatists took over several weeks ago. The nationalist workers, who are reportedly all employed by Ukraine’s richest man, also tried to win back the regional capital, Donetsk, but could not immediately drive out their rivals. [The New York Times]

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4. VA watchdog reports more complaints of long hospital waits
The Veterans Affairs acting inspector general, Richard Griffin, told Congress on Thursday that new complaints had surfaced about long wait lists and falsified reports at VA hospitals and clinics. Griffin said, however, that he had not confirmed reports that dozens of veterans had died while awaiting treatment. VA Secretary Eric Shinseki said he was “mad as hell” about the controversy and promised quick results of an internal audit. [The Associated Press]

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5. Judge rules Arkansas gay marriages can resume
An Arkansas judge said Thursday that his ruling declaring the state’s gay marriage ban unconstitutional applied to all state laws, allowing gay marriages to resume a day after the state Supreme Court had said a law against issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples remained in effect. In Idaho, a U.S. appeals court delayed a federal judge’s ruling overturning that state’s gay marriage ban while it considers motions for a longer stay. [Fox NewsReuters]

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6. Protesters vent rage at Turkish government over mine disaster
Thousands of trade union members protested Turkey’s worst mining disaster ever on Thursday in cities around the country. Demonstrators clashed with police in the city of Izmir as the death toll in the mine reached 284, with 18 still missing. Public outrage rose against Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, who is preparing a run for president, after one of his aides was caught on camera kicking a protester being held down by police. [BBC News,Montreal Gazette]

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7. The Obamas report $2 million to $7 million in assets
President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama listed $2 million to $7 million in assets in a financial disclosure report released Thursday. In the report, required of presidents and other officeholders, Obama declared holding $1 million to $5 million in U.S. Treasury notes, along with other holdings in bank accounts, index funds, and college savings plans. Vice President Joe Biden listed $276,000 to $940,000 in assets. [USA Today]

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8. J.C. Penney shares rise after brightening quarterly report
J.C. Penney Co. stock jumped as much as 27 percent in late trading Thursday after the struggling department store chain reported its first quarterly sales gain in three years. Penney has lost more than $2.5 billion in three years and is still losing money — but less than expected. Analyst William Frohnhoefer of BTIG LLC said Mike Ullman, who returned as CEO last year, has stabilized the company: “The question is, can he grow it?” [Bloomberg Businessweek]

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9. Clippers owner Donald Sterling fights NBA punishment
Disgraced Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling is refusing to pay a $2.5 million fine issued by the NBA over secretly recorded racist remarks that have been attributed to him, according to Sports Illustrated. Sterling has hired prominent antitrust lawyer Maxwell Blecher, who has written NBA leaders threatening to sue, saying Sterling did nothing to deserve the lifetime ban the league imposed in April, and “no punishment is warranted.” [Sports Illustrated]

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10. Jupiter’s Great Red Spot is not as great as it used to be
Jupiter’s most distinctive feature — the Great Red Spot — is shrinking, according to a NASA review of images form the Hubble Space Telescope. The spot is a gigantic storm in the planet’s atmosphere that was once as wide as three Earths side by side. It was 14,500 miles across in 1979, and a thousand miles thinner in 1995. Now its width is down to 10,250 miles. Scientists suspect eddies have been altering the storm’s internal dynamics. [CNET]

Today in History: A President Lies

And later admits it
Soviet leader Nikita Khrushchev was definitely not happy about President Truman's lie.
Soviet leader Nikita Khrushchev was definitely not happy about President Truman’s lie. (Bettmann/CORBIS)

May 5, 1960: President Eisenhower denied that a U.S. spy plane was shot down over the Soviet Union. Eisenhower was lying. The Soviets produced the U.S. pilot, Francis Gary Powers. Eisenhower admitted lying about the incident. At a later Paris peace conference with Soviet leader Nikita Khrushchev, Eisenhower refused to apologize. Khrushchev stormed out of the meeting and the Cold War got colder.

Francis Gary Powers — the U-2 spy pilot shot down by the Soviets — was held until 1962, when he was traded for Soviet spy Rudolf Abel. Powers later became a traffic reporter for KNBC-TV in Los Angeles; he died in a 1977 helicopter crash. He is buried at Arlington National Cemetery.

May 5, 1962: President Kennedy congratulated the first American in space — Alan Shepard — after his 15-minute mission aboard his Freedom 7 capsule. The capsule, powered by a Redstone missile, propelled Shepard to an altitude of 116 miles. During his 15-minute mission (Shepard did not go into orbit), he was able to see the curvature of the Earth, and described a view never seen by any American before. On May 8, Shepard traveled to the White House to receive a NASA Distinguished Service Medal from President John F. Kennedy. Three weeks later, JFK would announce to a joint session of Congress the goal of sending an American safely to the Moon by the end of the decade.

May 5, 1985: President Reagan angered Jewish leaders and Holocaust survivors by visiting a German cemetery — Bitburg — where Hitler’s SS troops were buried. Before going to Bitburg, Reagan also visited the site of the Bergen-Belsen concentration camp, in which victims of Nazi persecution, mostly Jews, were exterminated. At Bergen-Belsen, Reagan stood by a marker identifying a mass grave of 50,000 bodies and said solemnly, “Here they lie. Never to hope. Never to pray. Never to love. Never to heal. Never to laugh. Never to cry.”

Quote of the Day

“I never did give anybody hell. I just told the truth and they thought it was hell.” -Harry Truman

10 Things You Need to Know Today: May 5, 2014

Ukrainian separatists storm a police station, nine performers injured in a circus accident, and more
A woman watches as pro-Russia demonstrators storm a government building in Donetsk, Ukraine. 
A woman watches as pro-Russia demonstrators storm a government building in Donetsk, Ukraine.  (AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko)

1. Ukraine separatists free compatriots from Odessa police station
Pro-Russian separatists — chanting “We will not forgive!” and “Russia!” — stormed a Ukrainian police station in Odessa on Sunday and freed nearly 70 of their allies. Forty-two activists died in a gun battle and fire in the city two days earlier. Odessa police said they had allowed the activists to walk free. The government in Kiev sent a special police unit to restore order and criticized Odessa police for failing to foil “terrorists.” [ReutersThe Washington Post]

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2. Circus high-wire performers injured in fall
Nine circus performers were seriously injured Sunday during a high-wire act in the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey circus in Providence, Rhode Island. A metal frame the aerialists were hanging from broke loose from its support, sending eight women tumbling as far as 40 feet onto a dancer. “Clearly something went very wrong with this apparatus,” said circus spokesman Stephen Payne. “The safety of our performers is the No. 1 priority.” [USA Today]

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3. Portugal says it won’t need more bailout help
Portuguese Prime Minister Pedro Passos Coelho announced Sunday that his government would not need any more bailout money after it gets the last part of its three-year, $108 billion bailout package from the European Union and International Monetary Fund next month. In the future, he said, the country will get the financing it needs from lending markets. The news marked a significant milestone in Europe’s recovery from its debt crisis. [MarketWatch]

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4. Research finds “diversity gap” in public schools
Nearly half of the students in public schools are minorities, but only 18 percent of their teachers are non-white, according to studies by the National Education Association and the Center for American Progress. Both groups recommend recruitment efforts to close the “diversity gap.” “Nothing can help motivate our students more than to see success standing right in front of them,” NEA executive committee member Kevin Gilbert said. [The Associated Press]

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5. George H.W. Bush honored for breaking tax pledge
The John F. Kennedy Library Foundation gave former president George H.W. Bush its 2014 Profile in Courage Award for breaking his “read my lips: no new taxes” campaign pledge to strike a budget compromise in 1990. The controversial move has been cited as a possible reason Bush lost his bid for reelection two years later. “America’s gain was President Bush’s loss,” Jack Schlossberg, a grandson of JFK and a member of the award committee. [Reuters]

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6. Rare goblin shark caught in Gulf of Mexico
Shark experts have determined that a beast caught recently off the coast of Florida was a rare goblin shark. The deepwater predator, which feeds on shrimp and squid, was only the second ever caught in the Gulf of Mexico and the first since 2000. Shrimper Carl Moore, who caught the roughly 18-foot shark, threw it back after snapping photos. He said when he saw the fish he remarked, “Man, he’s ugly!” [CNN]

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7. Sinn Fein leader released in 1972 murder case
Police in Northern Ireland released Sinn Fein leader Gerry Adams with no charges on Sunday after holding him for four days in connection with the 1972 murder of Jean McConville. Former Irish Republican Army fighters have accused Adams, now a member of parliament in the Irish republic, of involvement in a series of killings, which he denies. He says the police timed his arrest to hurt Sinn Fein in elections later in May. [Reuters]

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8. Nigerian president vows to find kidnapped girls
Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan promised Sunday to rescue the more than 200 high-school girls abducted last month by members of the Islamist militant group Boko Haram. “Wherever these girls are, we’ll get them out,” he said. Nigeria’s government has faced mounting protests over its handling of the case. About 100 people demonstrated outside the Nigerian High Commission in London on Sunday, chanting, “Bring them back!” [CNN]

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9. Bombing kills at least three in Kenya
Three people were killed Sunday in bus bombings in Kenya, a day after more deadly attacks in Mombasa. Nobody immediately claimed responsibility, although the al Qaeda-linked Islamist group al Shabaab has conducted similar attacks in the past in retaliation for Kenya’s intervention in neighboring Somalia in 2011. [Reuters]

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10. San Antonio beats Dallas to advance in NBA playoffs
The San Antonio Spurs pulled off an emotional victory over the Dallas Mavericks on Sunday in the seventh and final game of their first-round series to advance in the NBA playoffs. The Spurs got a lift from star point guard Tony Parker, who scored 32 points on 11 for 19 shooting from the field. The Brooklyn Nets also advanced with a game seven win against Toronto. [The Washington PostThe New York Times]

Top 3 Insane Sex Myths (That Are Actually True)

#3. Hickeys Can Cause Strokes and Paralysis

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The Myth:

“That weird kid from history class told me that he gave himself that hickey with a vacuum cleaner to make it look like he had a girlfriend.”

“Holy shit, tell him not to do that, man! I met this kid at camp whose friend did that and died.”

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Which still barely cracks the top 10 of disturbing vacuum cleaner sex tricks.

The Truth:

In case you don’t know, a hickey, or love bite, is a sign of affection whereby your partner puts their mouth on your neck and sucks so hard that it leaves a long-lasting mark. Yeah, it’s actually pretty fucking weird when you see it written out like that, but what’s weirder is the fact that it can apparently give you a goddamn stroke, which is even less romantic.

A Maori woman from New Zealand freaked out a little when her left arm suddenly stopped workingone day. Needing her arm to do various arm-related things, she decided she should hit up the local ER. When the doctors looked her over, they decided that she’d had a stroke and gave her some blood thinners as part of the standard treatment, although they had no idea what might have caused a healthy woman to stroke out like that.


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No, not that kind, either.

But then one of them noticed a bruise on her neck right next to a major artery. The woman told them it was a hickey, presumably rolling her eyes at the clueless nerds. But when they examined it closer, they discovered that the woman had been hickeyed so hard that it had bruised a major artery, which clotted to the point of stroke and potential paralysis. Doctors could find no other recorded examples of this happening, although obviously that doesn’t mean it hasn’t happened — it’s not like this is the first thing they check for on stroke victims.

#2. Food Allergies Can Be Transmitted Through Semen


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The Myth:

“My hairdresser warned me to be careful, since I’m allergic to peanuts. Her sister’s face swelled up like a balloon when she gave her boyfriend a blow job after he had eaten some trail mix.”

The Truth:

We covered semen allergies before. They’re pretty terrible on their own, what with the baby batter making you swell up and itch or giving you the flu, but the dangers of unprotected sex can be even more subtle than that: It is also possible for food allergies to be triggered by semen if the guy you’re doing the nasty with has recently eaten the thing you’re allergic to.


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Which begs the larger question: “Why the hell were you eating ragweed in the first place?”

Just ask the British woman who had what might be the first recorded case of a sexually transmitted allergic reaction. Her boyfriend ate a few handfuls of mixed nuts, but, knowing about his lady friend’s debilitating Brazil nut allergy, he showered and brushed his teeth before making his move. Still, after they finished up, the woman began to experience the tell-tale signs of having ingested nuts, and not the kind of nuts that she thought she’d had in her mouth. After going to the doctor, their fears were confirmed when the doc did one of those skin-prick tests with his nutty semen.


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“Judging by the giggling coming from the lab, I’m pretty sure your results came back positive.”

That’s right — in what must have been the most awkward hospital visit of all time, the doctor asked him to eat some Brazil nuts and then rub one out into a vial so that he could smear it on his girlfriend’s arm, at which point he would have been right to ask whether he could check the guy’s medical license.

#1. Cheating on Your Spouse Can Cause Injury or Death


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The Myth:

“You’d better be careful if you’re thinking of cheating on that nice girl, because karma will always catch up with you in the end. Death karma.”


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The kind terrible Seagal movies are named after.

The Truth:

We mentioned earlier that boner fractures are more common among unfaithful partners, due to the “Let’s try it on my motorcycle!” nature of the sex they’re having. But it turns out those guys are getting off easy.

People have been spreading urban legends about infidelity causing death since time immemorial. It’s easy to see why — there’s no better way to discourage immoral behavior than to perpetuate a rumor that God will strike you down for it. But surely, as far as biology is concerned, there shouldn’t be anything dangerous about infidelity, because it’s not like nature cares whether you and the person you’re boning have matching rings, right? Well, here’s where things get weird.


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Weirder, anyway. These are usually some off-the-menu hijinks to begin with.

Sure, people just stop being alive during sex sometimes. That’s not really news, since TV and movies have been playing the “old man dies on top of his young girlfriend” bit for years. Studies report that roughly 1 percent of sudden deaths happen during some bedroom hanky-panky. But here’s the thing: Of that group of people, almost all of them were cheating on their significant other.

That means that if you’re getting some on the side, you might want to make sure you lay off the pork rinds and go for a jog once in a while. Also, some sad news for cheating d-bags everywhere: The fatalities are almost exclusively dudes. Although they were usually with a much younger woman, so we guess that’s a trade-off you’ve got to choose for yourself.


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“He died as he lived: drunk under some woman he met on Craigslist.”

As you can guess, the logic is similar to the penis breaks — those older guys in full midlife crisis mode are trying to go extra hard, while also feeling the fear of getting caught and the excitement that comes with banging a secretary in their office. That winds up being a little too much for the ol’ ticker (or whatever other organ was the weak link in their system), and before they know it, they’ve humped their way right off the mortal coil. We’d offer some word of caution here, but it’s not like it would actually stop anyone, right?

Elderly Resident Shoots and Kills Two Young Home Invaders in California

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Here is another great example of guns being used an equalizer. What chance would two elderly people living alone have against two young men in the prime of their life in a physical altercation?

According to neighbors, an elderly, widowed homeowner asked her brother to move into her home due to a string of burglaries in the area.

This turned out to be a good decision according to CBS Sacramento,

According to the Sacramento Police Department, officers were called to the 1000 block of Arcade Boulevard around 12:18 a.m. Sunday for a robbery in progress. Once at the scene, however, officers found that two young men had been shot dead.

Investigators say that one of the occupants of the home confronted the suspects during the burglary and fired a firearm in self-defense. Michele Gigante with Sacramento Police said the occupants of the home are an elderly man and woman, but would not say which of them fired the shots. The man and woman were not injured in the incident.

Police say the two suspects appear to be in their late teens to early twenties. However, the local California media jumped on the chance to use the phrase “Teens Shot Dead” in headlines about the incident.

Based on police comments it sounds like the shooting was clearly self defense and it seems there are no intentions by authorities to pursue charges against the elderly residents.

As a reminder, these two deaths will be included the homicide stats for 2014 that anti-gun groups will surely tout as reasons to increase gun control.