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Court of Appeals Published Opinions - Week of 08/18/2014
8-20-2014 - Opinions

5261 - State v. Pope
Roderick Pope appeals his conviction for possession with intent to distribute crack cocaine. Pope argues the trial court erred in: (1) refusing to suppress the evidence seized during the search of the vehicle when law enforcement did not have reasonable suspicion to justify the traffic stop; (2) refusing to suppress the evidence seized during the search of the vehicle because law enforcement did not have probable cause to believe the vehicle contained evidence of criminal activity and no exigent circumstances existed to justify the warrantless search; and (3) finding a sufficient chain of custody existed to admit the evidence seized during the search of the vehicle and the drug evidence found in the police car. We affirm.
5262 - Bloody Point Property v. Ashton
William A. Ashton, Jr. and Michele C. Ashton appeal the master-in-equity's denial of their motion to vacate/set aside a foreclosure sale, arguing the master erred in finding: (1) they were properly served; (2) their due process rights were not violated; (3) the foreclosure sales price did not shock the conscience of the court; and (4) David L. Fingerhut and Patricia M. Santry were bona fide purchasers for value pursuant to section 15-39-870 of the South Carolina Code.
5263 - The Milton P. Demetre Family Ltd v. Beckmann
In this action to quiet title, the Milton P. Demetre Family Limited Partnership (Demetre) appeals an order of the Master-in-Equity (the master), arguing the master erred in finding Demetre did not quiet title to certain property on Folly Island. We affirm in part and vacate in part.
5264 - Solanki v. Wal-Mart
Wal-Mart Store #2806 appeals the trial court's award of punitive damages to Prakash and Urmila Solanki in an action for gross negligence. It also appeals the trial court's denial of their post-trial motions for Judgment Notwithstanding the Verdict (JNOV) and for the Reversal or Reduction of Punitive Damages.
5265 - State v. McCombs
In this criminal appeal, the State argues the circuit court erred in finding evidence of Wayne McCombs's prior bad act was not admissible in his trial for committing a lewd act on a minor. We reverse and remand.
5266 - State v. Blakney
These consolidated appeals involve two sentencing determinations related to violations of a two-year community supervision program (CSP) administered by Respondent/Appellant, the South Carolina Department of Probation, Parole and Pardon Services. We affirm the first CSP judge's ruling, reverse the second CSP judge's order, and remand for a new hearing on the violations allegedly committed by Blakney in April 2012.