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St. George is one of the best places to live in the United States. Between city's history, its location, food, people, and climate, few places mix southern hospitality with laid-back vibes, quite like St. George. As locals, we love calling The Holy City home, but living here comes with its challenges, especially if you are a home or business owner.

Due to the tropical-like weather and high humidity, surfaces like concrete and wood are often riddled with algae and mold, in addition to common grime and dirt. These natural occurrences can affect the beauty of your home or place of business, resulting in an unkempt, neglected look. That's where Palmetto Pressure Clean St. George comes in - to restore your home or your business back to its original beauty and prevent unsightly growth and grime from re-occurring over time.

When it comes to pressure washing in St. George, SC, we strive to provide our customers with industry-leading service, every time we are hired. While some pressure washing companies in St. George are known for lazy workers and mediocre services, we make it a point to exceed our customer's expectations. We do so by prioritizing quick responses, extra-hard work, ongoing training, and excellent customer service. We stand behind our work - check out our reviews on Google!

We're the best choice to protect your home or business not only from mold and mildew but from bugs, bird's nests, spider webs, and potential damage caused by less experienced pressure washers in St. George. Our customer's health, happiness, and satisfaction always come first. We are a licensed, insured pressure washing company in St. George. When you hire our company, know that we will treat your home as if it were our own.

At the end of the day, our mission is simple: give our customers top-notch service and beautiful results while remaining friendly, approachable, and helpful. We specialize in two forms of pressure washing: residential and commercial. Keep reading to learn more about our pressure washer process and the benefits of each type of service.

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Residential Pressure Washing in
St. George, SC

When you own a home in the Lowcountry, its exterior is constantly exposed to the elements, resulting in mildew, dirt, and pollen. When not properly cleaned, the exterior surfaces of your home like brick, stucco, and vinyl suffer. With time, they can even break down. At Palmetto Pressure Clean St. George, we use a specially-crafted cleaning solution and time-tested techniques to remove hazardous contaminants safely and effectively.

Unlike some pressure washers in St. George, we use a no-to-low pressure washing strategy for residential properties. Also called "soft washing," this process includes washing and rinsing your windows, along with the exterior face of your gutters. High-pressure tactics are effective against mildew, but they run the risk of causing damage to your siding and windows. Our soft wash cleaner is specifically designed to remove mildew and algae gently, yet effectively from many porous surfaces. Our professional pressure washers also manually brush your gutters with a stain-removing agent to remove unsightly black streaks.

Our soft pressure washing process not only cleans your home but protects it from high-pressure techniques that damage your paint and siding. With soft washing, you won't have to worry about diminished curb appeal or reduced resale value of your home.

These techniques use gentle water pressure and at the same time, apply an environmentally friendly cleaning solution to remove contaminants. With this strategy, your plants and other landscaped areas won't suffer any damage, which is why many homeowners prefer going this route. Once the cleaning agent has removed mold, algae, etc., our team thoroughly rinses the exterior of your home. After rinsing, your home will be left with a squeaky-clean appearance that will make your neighbors jealous in the best way possible.

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Our residential pressure washing services don't end with soft washing. Here is a quick glance at a few other commonly requested services from homeowners just like you:

High-pressure cleaning with hot water. Our high-pressure cleaning services are great for many different surfaces, like concrete, brick, and stone.

High-pressure cleaning

Gutter and roof debris removal with subsequent flush and removal of bagged debris from property.

Gutter and roof debris removal

Low-to-no pressure roof treatment to remove black staining and unsightly streaks resulting from algae, mold, and other contaminants.

Low-to-no pressure roof treatment

Cleaning of wood decks, fences, docks, decks, and more.

Cleaning of wood decks

Benefits of Residential Pressure Washing in St. George, SC

Your home's exterior is exposed to harsh elements all the time. After all, its job is to keep the elements out so that you can enjoy life inside your home. Natural conditions like wind, dirt, sun, UV rays, birds, bugs, and insects - not to mention things like smoke, acid rain, and car exhaust - are constantly beating on your home. With time, your home becomes discolored, soiled, and even damaged.

If you own a home in St. George, pressure washing is the most efficient and effective way to keep your home's exterior clean while safeguarding your time, family, and investment.

A few of the most common benefits of pressure washing include:

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Pressure Washing Prevents Damage

When moisture builds up in the summer and winter months, it can cause serious damage to your home's surfaces. Should you let grime or stains remain on your exterior surfaces for a long time, it can result in permanent damage. Contaminants like mold actually feed off of your paint and other finishes, essentially removing these accents from your home. Throw in hard-to-reach areas like cracks and crevices that are notorious for mildew growth, and there's a lot of potential damage waiting.

Fortunately, a professional pressure washer in St. George, SC, can remove dirt, grime, mold, and other contaminants that can cause damage over time. This protects your investment and helps keep your family healthy.

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Pressure Washing Primes Surfaces for Painting

If you have plans to resurface, refinish, or repaint exterior portions of your home, pressure cleaning is a great way to prep your work area. By removing all grime and dirt from your work surface, you can be sure that you're working on a smooth, clean area free of grit. Pressure wash first if you're planning on other projects like re-staining your deck or refinishing your in-ground pool. Doing so will help your outdoor surfaces hold their new finish easier.

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Pressure Washing Protects Your Family

According to the ACAAI, some of the most common allergic triggers are mold, dust mites, pollen, and mildew. These contaminants can be harmful to your health. Having your home and its surfaces pressure washed at least once a year can be very beneficial for your family's health. This is especially true for people who are sensitive to allergens and mold. By removing contaminants and allergens from your home's surfaces, you can help prevent your family from getting sick. One of the best times to consider pressure washing your home is in springtime, when allergens are present. Our eco-friendly pressure washing solution will help remove and kill fungus, algae, mold, and even bacteria.

Commercial Pressure Washing in St. George, SC

If you own a business with a storefront, you know how important first impressions can be. When customers walk up to your store and see it covered in mold, mildew, dirt, and grime, they may have second thoughts about buying your products. After all, if you can't take the time to make your business presentable for customers, why would you put any effort into the service or product that you're selling?

At Palmetto Pressure Clean St. George, we work with business owners across St. George who know the value of a professionally cleaned storefront. Some just don't have the time to pressure wash their business themselves. Others prefer to rely on our team of professional pressure washers to get the job done right the first time. Whatever your commercial pressure washing needs may be, we are here to help.

We offer our unmatched pressure washing services to a number of different businesses and organizations in St. George, including:

  • Business Storefronts
  • Offices
  • Restaurants
  • Dumpster Pads
  • Churches
  • Apartments
  • Schools
  • Sidewalks
  • Windows
  • Much More!

Call our office today at 843-593-6815 to learn more about our commercial pressure washing process, and to set up quarterly or monthly service to keep your storefront looking fresh and clean.

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Benefits of Commercial Pressure Washing in St. George, SC

When your commercial property takes a beating from the weather in Chucktown, the best way to achieve a clean, new look is with professional pressure washing. Our team uses high-pressure washing solutions for areas like parking lots, sidewalks, masonry, and concrete. We then use low-pressure washing techniques on your siding, windows, and other areas that need a gentler touch.

Additional benefits of commercial pressure washing include:

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Commercial Pressure Washing Means Fewer Repairs

With time, dirt and grime will build up on your commercial structure's sides and roof. When you pressure wash regularly, you can prevent rot from taking hold in areas where fences, sidewalks, gutters, and other hard surfaces are common. In fact, our cleaning solutions can help prevent serious structural damage caused by mold, mildew, algae, and other contaminants.

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Commercial Pressure Washing Helps Curb Appeal

If you are a business owner with a storefront, you have probably spent hours of time and thousands of dollars updating your facade. But when you don't take proper care of your businesses' exterior, all that time and money go to waste. Doing so gives customers a great first impression before they walk into your store. Additionally, you will almost certainly get higher offers on your store if it has been pressure washed and cleaned prior to listing it for sale.

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Commercial Pressure Washing Creates a Healthier Environment

Pressure washing makes any commercial building cleaner, making it a healthier environment for customers and employees. Customers just feel better and more at ease when they shop in a store that is well cared for. They are also more likely to spend more time in your business and become repeat customers. Not only will customers enjoy the benefits of a cleaner building, but so will your employees. They'll be healthier, happier, and won't have to worry about health concerns from mold, mildew, and fungus. Happy, healthy employees mean more satisfied customers, which ultimately benefits your bottom line.

Trust the Palmetto Pressure Clean Difference

At Palmetto Pressure Clean St. George, we are passionate about delivering quality pressure cleaning services for residential and commercial needs. We are committed to excellence, meaning our carefully selected pressure washers pay extra attention to detail and quality in every task they perform. We truly value each job, no matter how large or small they may be. Unlike some of our competitors in St. George, we want to build relationships with our clients. We strive to get to know every home and business owner that we have the privilege of serving. Whether we're pressure washing a historic home off Queen Street or a popular business off King Street, we always aim to exceed expectations.

Interested in learning more info about our pressure washing services in St. George? Curious whether pressure washing is appropriate for your home or business? Ready to set up an appointment? Our stellar team of customer service professionals is here to help, even if you have a couple of simple questions to ask.

When it's time to get cleaning, rely on the Palmetto Pressure Clean team to turn your dingy nightmare into a spick and span dream.

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LIV Golf collides with European tour at Wentworth

BMW PGA CHAMPIONSHIPSite: Virginia Water, England.Course: Wentworth GC (West). Yardage: 7,267. Par: 72.Prize money: $8 million. Winner's share: $1.4 million.Television: Thursday-Friday, 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. (Golf Channel); Saturday-Sunday, 7:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. (Golf Channel).DP World Tour points leader: Rory McIlroy.Last week: Oliver Wilson won the Made in HimmerLand.Notes: The strong field for the European tour's flagship event includes 18 players who have competed in at least two Saudi-funded...

BMW PGA CHAMPIONSHIP

Site: Virginia Water, England.

Course: Wentworth GC (West). Yardage: 7,267. Par: 72.

Prize money: $8 million. Winner's share: $1.4 million.

Television: Thursday-Friday, 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. (Golf Channel); Saturday-Sunday, 7:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. (Golf Channel).

DP World Tour points leader: Rory McIlroy.

Last week: Oliver Wilson won the Made in HimmerLand.

Notes: The strong field for the European tour's flagship event includes 18 players who have competed in at least two Saudi-funded LIV Golf events, including 15 who were at the event outside Boston last week and are likely to be at the one outside Chicago next week. ... Rory McIlroy is coming off his third FedEx Cup title. He had said at the Tour Championship it “turned my stomach” to be playing alongside LIV players. ... McIlroy is playing his first regular European tour event since Dubai in early February. He is playing three of the next four in Europe. ... Under the new world ranking system, the flagship event no longer is assured 64 points to the winner. ... Billy Horschel last year became the first American to win the BMW PGA Championship since Arnold Palmer in 1975 when it was played at Royal St. George's. ... U.S. Open champion Matt Fitzpatrick is the only current major winner at Wentworth. ... Two-time major champion Martin Kaymer and Paul Casey, both with LIV Golf, have chosen not to play. ... A British arbiter in July allowed for European tour members to play if they have signed with LIV Golf.

Next week: DS Automobiles Italian Open.

LPGA TOUR

KROGER QUEEN CITY CHAMPIONSHIP

Course: Kenwood CC. Yardage: 6,515. Par: 72.

Prize money: $1.75 million. Winner's share: $262,500.

Television: Thursday-Friday, 4-7 p.m. (Golf Channel); Saturday-Sunday, 2-5 p.m. (Golf Channel).

Defending champion: New tournament.

Race to CME Globe leader: Minjee Lee.

Last week: Gaby Lopez won the Dana Open.

Notes: This is the second straight week the LPGA Tour is in Ohio. ... The LPGA previously was in Cincinnati when Golf Center at Kings Island held the LPGA Championship from 1978 to 1989. ... Kenwood Country Club hosted the U.S. Women's Open in 1963 won by Mary Mills. ... Lucy Li, the 19-year-old from California who already has an LPGA card for next year through the Epson Tour, is playing her third straight event on the LPGA. She received an exemption in Canada and has finished in the top 10 the last two weeks. ... Megan Khang has four top 10s and two finishes in the top five this year. ... For the second straight week, Jin Young Ko and Nelly Korda are taking the week off. ... Augusta National Women's Amateur champion Anna Davis is playing on a sponsor invitation. ... The field includes six of the top 10 from the world ranking. ... Lexi Thompson has gone more than three years since her last victory.

Next tournament: Walmart NW Arkansas Championship on Sept. 23-25.

ASCENSION CHARITY CLASSIC

Course: Norwood Hills CC. Yardage: 6,992. Par: 71.

Prize money: $2 million. Winner's share: $300,000.

Television: Friday, 1-4 p.m. (Golf Channel); Saturday-Sunday, 5-7 p.m. (Golf Channel).

Defending champion: David Toms.

Charles Schwab Cup leader: Steven Alker.

Last tournament: Steve Stricker won The Ally Challenge.

Notes: Five tournaments remain before the Charles Schwab Cup playoffs begin. ... Padraig Harrington and Steve Stricker, the Ryder Cup captains from Whistling Straits, have won the last two tournaments on the PGA Tour Champions. ... Tim O'Neal from the Advocates Professional Golf Association Tour is playing on a sponsor exemption. ... St. Louis native Jay Williamson is playing on a sponsor exemption. ... Steven Alker, Miguel And Jimenez and Jerry Kelly lead the PGA Tour Champions with three wins this season. ... Steve Flesch is the only Champions winner this year who is not among the top 20 in the Charles Schwab Cups standings. ... David Toms won the inaugural tournament last year in a playoff over Dicky Pride. The tournament's debut in 2020 was canceled because of the COVID-19 pandemic. ... Nine players have gone over $1 million in earnings this year.

PGA TOUR

Last tournament: Rory McIlroy won the Tour Championship.

Next week: Fortinet Championship.

FedEx Cup champion: Rory McIlroy.

KORN FERRY TOUR

Last week: Justin Suh won the Korn Ferry Tour Championship.

Next tournament: End of season.

Points leader: Justin Suh.

Japan Golf Tour and Asian Tour: Shinhan Donghae Open, Koma CC, Nara, Japan. Defending champion: Yoseop Seo. Television: Wednesday-Saturday, 11 p.m. to 3 a.m. (Golf Channel). Online: https://www.jgto.org/en/ and https://asiantour.com/

Ladies European Tour: VP Bank Swiss Ladies Open, Golfpark Holzhäusern, Ennetsee, Switzerland. Previous winner: Atthaya Thitikul. Online: https://ladieseuropeantour.com/

Sunshine Tour: Gary & Vivienne Player Challenge, Selborne Park GC, Pennington, South Africa. Defending champion: New tournament. Online: https://sunshinetour.com/

Japan LPGA: Japan LPGA Championship Konica Minolta Cup, Joyo CC, Kyoto, Japan. Defending champion: Mone Inami. Online: https://www.lpga.or.jp/en/

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Big-name matchups highlight Lancers’ nonconference schedule

FARMVILLE – What’s the best way to gear up for a rough-and-tumble Big South men’s basketball schedule? For the Lancers, the answer is to battle through a challenging non-conference slate.The Longwood men are set to do that, as Griff Aldrich unveiled the team’s 2022-23 non-conference schedule.The 12-game non-conference slate out of a possible 13 games features a mix of high profile matchups from 10 different conferences, including SEC stalwart Alabama and American contender Wichita State...

FARMVILLE – What’s the best way to gear up for a rough-and-tumble Big South men’s basketball schedule? For the Lancers, the answer is to battle through a challenging non-conference slate.

The Longwood men are set to do that, as Griff Aldrich unveiled the team’s 2022-23 non-conference schedule.

The 12-game non-conference slate out of a possible 13 games features a mix of high profile matchups from 10 different conferences, including SEC stalwart Alabama and American contender Wichita State in addition to regional matchups with George Mason and Virginia Military Institute.

A seasoned Longwood squad that returns four starters, seven players that played more than 400 minutes and nearly 75 percent of its total minutes will attack that non-conference schedule that features six home games and six road tests. The reigning Big South champions will face their longest road stretch during a four-game swing in December. Longwood’s longest homestand is a five-game stretch in November.

Longwood opens the season with trips to Alabama on Nov. 7 and George Mason on Nov. 11 before coming back home to play five straight in Farmville. Following their home opener against Pfeiffer on Nov. 13, the Lancers will host a multi-team event for the second straight year.

This year, Virginia Military Institute, Fairleigh Dickinson University and Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville will head to Willett Hall for three days, Nov. 18-20. The classic features six games in that three-day span, as every team plays each other in a round robin for a weekend full of basketball.

In December, the Lancers play four straight away from home for their longest road trip of the season, with trips to Delaware State, Wichita State, Saint Francis-Brooklyn and The Citadel coming over a two-week span from Dec. 3 to Dec. 17. The team then hosts South Carolina State prior to Christmas on Dec. 20.

From that point on, the Lancers will dive into an 18-game conference slate.

Monday, Nov. 7 at Alabama in Tuscaloosa, Alabama

Friday, Nov. 11at George Mason in Fairfax

Sunday, Nov. 13 vs. Pfeiffer in Farmville

Friday, Nov. 18 vs. Virginia Military Institute in Farmville

Saturday, Nov. 19 vs. Fairleigh Dickinson in Farmville

Sunday, Nov. 20 vs. Southern Illinois-Edwardsville in Farmville

Tuesday, Nov. 29 vs. Mary Baldwin in Farmville

Saturday, Dec. 3 at Delaware State in Dover, Delaware

Saturday, Dec. 10 at Wichita State in Wichita, Kansas

Tuesday, Dec. 13 at Saint Francis in Brooklyn, New York

Saturday, Dec. 17 at The Citadel in Charleston, South Carolina

Tuesday, Dec. 20 vs. South Carolina State in Farmville

You can read about the team’s conference schedule by clicking here.

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Warming oceans fuel earlier Atlantic hurricane seasons, study finds

For years, meteorologists have advertised June 1 as the historical start to Atlantic hurricane season — but a new paper finds tropical storms are more frequently forming before that date as the ocean warms.The study published in Nature Communications found there’s both an earlier start date and earlier first U.S. landfall each year....

For years, meteorologists have advertised June 1 as the historical start to Atlantic hurricane season — but a new paper finds tropical storms are more frequently forming before that date as the ocean warms.

The study published in Nature Communications found there’s both an earlier start date and earlier first U.S. landfall each year. It comes as the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration is considering moving the official start date of the season from June 1 to May 15, which would reflect the observation of early storms and would also match the start of the eastern Pacific hurricane season.

The start date is one of several attributes of hurricanes that appear to be changing in the face of warming oceans and human-caused climate change. Strong hurricanes are also wandering farther north, and there’s been an uptick in instances of rapid intensification — leading to stronger, wetter and more destructive storms.

“This was a timely topic,” said the paper’s lead author, Ryan Truchelut, a meteorologist who founded the consulting firm WeatherTiger. “There had not been a peer-reviewed paper on the onset of hurricane season for about eight years now.”

Since 2012, Truchelut said there have been at least seven instances of the National Hurricane Center issuing tropical storm watches and warnings before the official start date of the season. Atlantic hurricane season has historically peaked around mid-September on average, and activity ordinarily simmers down by the end of November. An average season contains about 14 named storms, with seven hurricanes and three major hurricanes.

Especially since the 2010s, Truchelut said the “the preponderance of unusual and preseason activity that the Atlantic saw … stands out to me.”

The study focused on observational data — not forward simulations or model outputs. Using statistical methods, the group sifted through noise in the data to draw conclusions about when storms were forming and striking land.

It’s important to note that the satellite era — when a complete view of every nook and cranny of the Atlantic has been available — only dawned in 1970. Before that, knowledge about the position and intensity of tropical cyclones largely came from ship reports and buoy observations. In earlier years in particular, that often made for possible limitations, gaps or inconsistencies in the historical record.

It’s improbable that any landfalling U.S. storms were missed, however, given the dense population of the U.S. and Gulf coastlines. That makes the “two day per decade” figure pertaining to the shifting first landfall date more reliable.

The authors point to warming sea surface temperatures, which can be closely linked to human activity, as playing a role in the expanded season. In particular, they found ocean temperatures during the spring months contribute to jump-starting a season, ruling out other factors that affect storm formation.

“The developing environment is more favorable for [storm] genesis mainly because of sea surface temperature,” Truchelut said. “We’re not seeing big changes in shear, relative humidity or upper-level temperatures.”

“We do not attempt to attribute what portion of the observed 0.75 degree Celsius warming we’ve seen in May since the late 70s could be climate change versus what’s driven by natural cycles or longer-term oscillations,” he noted. “But certainly there’s some in the mix, both with climate change and natural cycles.”

This trend is likely to continue, he said, something that’s reflected in modeling by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change.

While 2022′s first named storm in the Atlantic (Alex) didn’t form until June 5, after the season’s official start date, the previous seven years featured early-season storms:

The study concluded that warming oceans in the future could continue to advance the start date of Atlantic storms by about a half-day to one day per year.

James Kossin, a hurricane researcher at the Climate Service, who was not involved in the study, wrote in an email that this study builds on previous work connecting Atlantic tropical-storm season length to ocean temperatures. But he also wrote that there is not strong evidence to support additional lengthening in the future.

“[T]here is no clear reason to expect the trend to continue,” he wrote. In a blog post at RealClimate last year, he and co-authors argued that even as the oceans warms, the atmosphere may respond in ways to counter early season storm formation in the decades ahead.

BID Group expanding operations in Dorchester County

COLUMBIA, S.C. – BID Group, a leader in the wood processing industry, today announced plans to expand operations in Dorchester County. The company’s $10.6 million investment will create 25 new jobs.With locations throughout the United States and Canada, BID Group has more than 30 years of experience in the forestry sector, delivering a complete range of equipment, services and turnkey installations for the industry.Located at 176...

COLUMBIA, S.C. – BID Group, a leader in the wood processing industry, today announced plans to expand operations in Dorchester County. The company’s $10.6 million investment will create 25 new jobs.

With locations throughout the United States and Canada, BID Group has more than 30 years of experience in the forestry sector, delivering a complete range of equipment, services and turnkey installations for the industry.

Located at 176 Academy Road in St. George since 2013, the company is acquiring a new computerized numerical control (CNC) horizontal milling machine and increasing the size of its current warehouse. The new CNC machine will increase the company’s manufacturing capacity.

The expansion is expected to be complete in the third quarter of 2023. Individuals interested in joining the BID Group team should visit the company’s careers page.

QUOTES

“We would like to thank Dorchester County and the South Carolina Department of Commerce for their contributions to and support of these investments. We are humbled and honored by their continued trust in BID. We are excited to be increasing our presence in South Carolina to support the growing needs of our highly valued customers. The multiple projects within this investment will allow the company to increase capacity, advance efficiency and improve lead time.” -BID Group Chief Financial Officer Adam Infanti

“Today’s expansion announcement by BID Group in Dorchester County further proves that South Carolina has the workforce and business environment that companies need in order to succeed. We celebrate BID Group’s decision to invest $10.6 million and create 25 new jobs.” -Gov. Henry McMaster

“The BID Group’s continued investment in South Carolina adds to the success of our ever-growing manufacturing and agribusiness sectors. We congratulate the BID Group on their success and look forward to watching them thrive for many years to come.” -Secretary of Commerce Harry M. Lightsey III

“Dorchester County congratulates BID Group on their expansion and thanks them for their ongoing confidence and investment in Dorchester County. BID Group has been a great ally to both the county and the town of St. George since they arrived in 2013, and we wish them continued success for the future.” -Dorchester County Council Chairman Bill Hearn

Three men charged in brazen daylight robberies targeting Asian Americans

Three men have been charged with robbing victims, many of whom were Asian American, of pricey watches, other designer items and cash in a series of brazen daylight crimes across Los Angeles and Orange counties, prosecutors announced Tuesday. One robbery, in the parking lot of a 99 Ranch superma...

Three men have been charged with robbing victims, many of whom were Asian American, of pricey watches, other designer items and cash in a series of brazen daylight crimes across Los Angeles and Orange counties, prosecutors announced Tuesday.

One robbery, in the parking lot of a 99 Ranch supermarket in Rowland Heights on July 9, was captured on video and shocked San Gabriel Valley residents accustomed to shopping in relative safety.

The men — Dangelo Thomas, Demoryie Watts and Eric Burham — chose victims who were wearing "expensive jewelry, carrying designer items and had large amounts of cash," Los Angeles County Dist. Atty. George Gascón said at a news conference.

Prosecutors on Tuesday charged Thomas, 25, of Long Beach, with 12 counts of second-degree robbery and three counts of elder abuse. They charged Watts, 21, of Lancaster, with six counts of second-degree robbery and one count of elder abuse, and Burham, 21, with one count of second-degree robbery.

Thomas and Watts also face special allegations of using a firearm.

“These brazen crimes — all of which occurred during the day — are deeply troubling. The victims had their sense of safety shattered,” Gascón said. “The majority of the people victimized were from the Asian American community, and I know that this has caused significant community trauma. I hope that all of those who have been impacted by this spree of violence sleep better tonight knowing that those who caused harm will be held accountable.”

Robberies of expensive watches, snatched from victims’ wrists as they dine, walk or shop, have become a trend in Los Angeles but are less common in suburban areas.

Many Asian Americans have become increasingly fearful about being targeted amid a rise in anti-Asian hate attacks during the pandemic. The three men were not charged with hate crimes.

According to prosecutors, Thomas robbed a 40-year-old man in the 500 block of Glendale Avenue in Glendale in April, making off with a Rolex watch, jewelry and cash.

showed a woman, 51, screaming in the parking lot as two men pistol-whipped her companion.

Watts , and . Both men are being held in L.A. County jail without bail, according to sheriff’s records.

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