Company Two continues battle with county
Recent lawsuits filed in Hampton County Courts include several complaints against area schools, as well as a suit brought against the county from a local business.
Varnville’s Company Two filed a civil lawsuit against Hampton County on April 28 in Hampton County Court of Common Pleas. The suit seeks a jury trial amidst allegations of breach of contract, promissory estoppel and specific performance.
The suit claims Company Two “is a corporation organized and existing under the laws of Georgia with offices and agents to transact business in Hampton County, South Carolina, and entering into contracts in Hampton County, South Carolina and owning property in Hampton County, South Carolina.”
The suit states “In 2005, Plaintiff and Hampton County entered into a contract/agreement wherein Plaintiff agreed to locate its business in Hampton County near the Hampton-Varnville Airport and Defendant…agreed to allow Plaintiff access to and use of the airport runway to test its [airport firefighting trucks]. In addition, Defendant…agreed to provide Plaintiff a private taxiway from its property to the airport runway and indicated its desire to obtain ownership of properties owned by Plaintiff for improvements at the airport.”
Claims are made that in 2011 the county and Company Two entered an agreement whereby the county would give Company Two approximately 3.00 acres in exchange for 1.76 acres owned by Company Two; an agreement was also made that the county would “construct a taxiway across the property Hampton County was obtaining and grant Plaintiff an easement for access to the airport runway for its testing procedures.”
Company Two owner Quincy Jones wishes to continue testing the massive firefighting trucks’ speed and braking capabilities upon the runway at the airport. The suit claims the county was aware of Company Two’s use of the runway for testing purposes in 2005. According to the lawsuit, the county’s recent denial of use for testing purposes by Company Two is a breach of contract.
Additional lawsuits filed in Hampton County Court of Common Pleas
- Regina Morris and attorney s/W.A. “Trip” Lawton III have filed suit against the Hampton County Sheriff’s Department after a vehicle Morris was operating was allegedly struck by a HCSO patrol vehicle as it reportedly attempted to pass the civilian vehicle on a double yellow section of Second St., Hampton, February 25, 2017 as Morris was attempting to make a properly signaled left turn. Morris and her attorneys are suing for actual damages, cost of action and relief; a jury trial has been demanded by the Plaintiff and her attorney.
- Louis Williams has brought a civil suit against the Hampton Police Department and the Hampton County Detention Center after he was arrested by HPD officers May, 7, 2015 and charged for allegedly having “faulty equipment, no DL in possession, tag registered to another vehicle, DUI and possession of a weapon by a convicted felon.” The suit claims HPD officers confirmed his identity, and after Williams bonded out of jail, he allegedly transported by authorities to the Orangeburg County Detention Center for a period of over 24-hours and then released by Orangeburg County Detention Center after officials there determined he “was being held under the wrong name.” Williams and his attorneys are suing for malicious prosecution, wrongful failure to train and supervise police officer, false imprisonment-false arrest and for gross negligence and recklessness. A jury trial has been demanded.
- Diane Frazier, individually and as guardian of a minor, has brought suit against Hampton County School District , the Estill Middle School, Hampton County Sheriff’s Department and South Carolina Department of Juvenile Justice after the guardian in her care was asked to leave the classroom by the teacher. According the suit, “In the process of leaving the classroom, Mr. Singleton began to physically struggle with and discipline [the minor]. Defendant Sheriff’s Deputy Griffin broke up the struggle, took [minor] into his custody and transported [minor] to Defendant SCDJJ.” Frazier and her attorneys are suing for violation of SC Constitution Articles 1 and 10, wrongful failure to train and supervise, false imprisonment, gross negligence and recklessness and for malicious prosecution. A jury trial has been demanded.
- Chavonte Maxwell has brought suit against the Hampton Fire Department and Jesse Frye Gifford after Gifford, while operating a Hampton Fire Department fire truck, allegedly struck a vehicle the plaintiff’s was riding in on May 25, 2016, on Two Sisters Ferry Rd. According to the suit, Gifford allegedly pulled out of a private driveway and into the path of the vehicle in which Maxwell was riding inside. The plaintiff is seeking judgment for actual damages, punitive damages, the costs of the action and relief. A jury trial has been demanded in the case.
- Bertha D. Williams, individually and on behalf of a minor, is suing Hampton School District Two after the minor Williams represents was allegedly tripped by another student and injured on September 15, 2015 at the Estill Middle School. A jury trial has been demanded in the case.