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    SC baby found 12 lbs under weight in filth, parents vanish, authorities say

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    Authorities are looking for parents of a baby boy who have fled since their house was checked by DSS and baby taken by authorities last week, officials said. On Friday July 25 officers responded to a home on Jesse Round Lane in Colleton County for
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    The Myrtle Beach Pelicans ballpark will turn pink this weekend for 2nd annual “Pink in the Park” Video included

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    MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. (WBTW)- Myrtle Beach Pelicans fans will have the chance to support a campaign this weekend designed to help women in need.This Sunday, the team will join the Mary Kay Foundation to host its second annual "Pink in the Park.”"Pink in the Park" is an event that raises awareness and helps the Mary Kay Foundation with donations for local causes that support cancer patients and victims of domestic violence.The Pelicans are partnering up with Mary Kay again this year because of th... More>>

    Heat can kill; know the safety tips to prevent tragedy

    Two 13-month-old toddlers from the Pee Dee died after being left in hot cars in 2014. Two 13-month-old toddlers from the Pee Dee died after being left in hot cars in 2014.
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    Nearly every 10 days, a child dies from being left in a hot vehicle. Wednesday, a 3-year-old boy in Southern California died after becoming trapped in a hot car. Police say he was playing alone in the front yard of his home, while his parents and older brother napped inside. Somehow the boy became trapped in the car and the was later found unresponsive. No word on how long the boy was inside the car. He was rushed to a hospital where he was pronounced dead.Police don't suspect foul play, no ... More>>

    Concealed Weapons Permit applications in SC double in 3 years Video included

    Amanda Metz at a gun range. (Photo: Robert Kittle/WBTW) Amanda Metz at a gun range. (Photo: Robert Kittle/WBTW)
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    By Robert KittleThe number of concealed weapons permit applications, or CWPs , has more than doubled in South Carolina over the last three years. Because of the attention on CWPs after new laws in August of last year and February of this year, we took a look at the numbers and what the state is doing to keep guns out of the wrong hands.The new law last August prohibits anyone declared by a judge to be mentally unfit from buying a gun, and reports those court rulings to the National Instant Ba... More>>

    SC firefighter hospitalized as crews battle house fire

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    One firefighter was injured while battling a fire on Coburg Court in Boiling Springs Wednesday afternoon.People were inside the home when the fire broke out around 5 pm, according to officials. They were able to get out safely. More>>

    Screams, panic caught on video as shark charges at swimmers near beach

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    A Florida beach cleared out – with the exception of a woman and lifeguard who tried to save her – when a shark was spotted heading straight toward swimmers on Tuesday afternoon. The panic of the 10-foot shark and people screaming from the pier was caught on tape.
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    Standout quarterback at Scotland High critically hurt in ATV accident Video included

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    Scotland High quarterback Jaylend Ratliffe was injured in an ATV accident Tuesday and is reportedly in critical condition at a Charlotte hospital. The Laurinburg Exchange reports a teammate riding with Ratliffe, Dakota Holland, was taken to Scotland Memorial Hospital with scrapes and bruises.The two had been riding through the woods around 4:30 p.m. when the driver lost control of the vehicle and it overturned. It's not clear who was driving.Ratliffe had to airlifted from Carolinas Medical Ce... More>>

    North Carolina sheriff: 3 people killed; 3 deputies injured in shootout

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    A North Carolina sheriff says three people have been killed and three deputies injured in a shootout at a mobile home park outside Fayetteville.Cumberland County Sheriff Moose Butler told local media outlets Wednesday morning that deputies were called to a domestic dispute about 7 a.m. Wednesday. At the residence, gunfire was exchanged with one person, who was among the three killed.Deputies did not immediately say whether the people died in the domestic dispute or in the shootout.The names o... More>>

    Bond denied for SC waitress charged in boyfriend's stabbing death

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    Bond has been denied for an SC Huddle House waitress who police say fatally stabbed her boyfriend in Sumter. Authorities say that 20-year-old Helen Louise Wells confessed to officers that she stabbed her live-in boyfriend with a knife after an argument on Saturday,
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    • Tax Free weekend around the corner for SC shoppers

      Tax Free weekend around the corner for SC shoppers

      Thursday, July 31 2014 12:24 PM EDT2014-07-31 16:24:05 GMT
      South Carolina's "Tax Free" weekend begins August 1 and ends August 3. This is the 14th year shoppers can save on taxes when they do their back-to-school shopping.According to the SC Department of Revenue, this is the third busiest shopping period of the year behind Christmas and Black Friday. The tax free shopping applies to clothing and clothing accessories including, but not limited to, hats, scarves, hosiery, handbags and footwear. School supplies like pens, pencils, paper, binders, noteb...
      South Carolina's "Tax Free" weekend begins August 1 and ends August 3. This is the 14th year shoppers can save on taxes when they do their back-to-school shopping.According to the SC Department of Revenue, this is the third busiest shopping period of the year behind Christmas and Black Friday. The tax free shopping applies to clothing and clothing accessories including, but not limited to, hats, scarves, hosiery, handbags and footwear. School supplies like pens, pencils, paper, binders, noteb...
    • Tennessee company proposes amusement park in Myrtle Beach

      Tennessee company proposes amusement park in Myrtle Beach

      Thursday, July 31 2014 12:19 PM EDT2014-07-31 16:19:19 GMT
      A Tennessee company that operates a family amusement park in the Smokey Mountains is planning a similar park in Myrtle Beach.Mark Kruea, spokesperson for the City of Myrtle Beach says that the company that operates The Track in Pigeon Forge wants to open a Myrtle Beach location to be operating by the end of 2016.The proposal calls for an elevated go-cart track, bumper boats, an arcade, a shop and a Ferris wheel. The s...
      A Tennessee company that operates a family amusement park in the Smokey Mountains is planning a similar park in Myrtle Beach.Mark Kruea, spokesperson for the City of Myrtle Beach says that the company that operates The Track in Pigeon Forge wants to open a Myrtle Beach location to be operating by the end of 2016.The proposal calls for an elevated go-cart track, bumper boats, an arcade, a shop and a Ferris wheel. The s...
    • The Myrtle Beach Pelicans ballpark will turn pink this weekend for 2nd annual “Pink in the Park”

      The Myrtle Beach Pelicans ballpark will turn pink this weekend for 2nd annual “Pink in the Park”

      Thursday, July 31 2014 12:08 PM EDT2014-07-31 16:08:27 GMT
      MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. (WBTW)- Myrtle Beach Pelicans fans will have the chance to support a campaign this weekend designed to help women in need.This Sunday, the team will join the Mary Kay Foundation to host its second annual "Pink in the Park.”"Pink in the Park" is an event that raises awareness and helps the Mary Kay Foundation with donations for local causes that support cancer patients and victims of domestic violence.The Pelicans are partnering up with Mary Kay again this year because of th...
      MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. (WBTW)- Myrtle Beach Pelicans fans will have the chance to support a campaign this weekend designed to help women in need.This Sunday, the team will join the Mary Kay Foundation to host its second annual "Pink in the Park.”"Pink in the Park" is an event that raises awareness and helps the Mary Kay Foundation with donations for local causes that support cancer patients and victims of domestic violence.The Pelicans are partnering up with Mary Kay again this year because of th...
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    • Standout quarterback at Scotland High critically hurt in ATV accident

      Standout quarterback at Scotland High critically hurt in ATV accident

      Thursday, July 31 2014 3:02 PM EDT2014-07-31 19:02:54 GMT
      Scotland High quarterback Jaylend Ratliffe was injured in an ATV accident Tuesday and is reportedly in critical condition at a Charlotte hospital. The Laurinburg Exchange reports a teammate riding with Ratliffe, Dakota Holland, was taken to Scotland Memorial Hospital with scrapes and bruises.The two had been riding through the woods around 4:30 p.m. when the driver lost control of the vehicle and it overturned. It's not clear who was driving.Ratliffe had to airlifted from Carolinas Medical Ce...
      Scotland High quarterback Jaylend Ratliffe was injured in an ATV accident Tuesday and is reportedly in critical condition at a Charlotte hospital. The Laurinburg Exchange reports a teammate riding with Ratliffe, Dakota Holland, was taken to Scotland Memorial Hospital with scrapes and bruises.The two had been riding through the woods around 4:30 p.m. when the driver lost control of the vehicle and it overturned. It's not clear who was driving.Ratliffe had to airlifted from Carolinas Medical Ce...
    • Widening project in Florence Co. still a go after artifacts unearthed

      Widening project in Florence Co. still a go after artifacts unearthed

      Thursday, July 31 2014 2:49 PM EDT2014-07-31 18:49:24 GMT
      News13 reported last year when artifacts were discovered at a widening project along Hwy 378 in Florence county. Now it looks like the project is still a go. Mike Barbee with South Carolina Department of Transportation said clearing of the site is happening now while they consult with experts regarding the artifacts. Barbee also said they will be doing a public outreach in the near future. Items were first discovered at the site in 2009 when some broken pieces of pottery were unearthed. But f...
      News13 reported last year when artifacts were discovered at a widening project along Hwy 378 in Florence county. Now it looks like the project is still a go. Mike Barbee with South Carolina Department of Transportation said clearing of the site is happening now while they consult with experts regarding the artifacts. Barbee also said they will be doing a public outreach in the near future. Items were first discovered at the site in 2009 when some broken pieces of pottery were unearthed. But f...
    • SC drivers can expect to see lower prices at the pump

      SC drivers can expect to see lower prices at the pump

      Thursday, July 31 2014 1:26 PM EDT2014-07-31 17:26:29 GMT
      Motorists in South Carolina are paying the lowest price at the pump in over a month and in July began paying less per gallon than a year ago. The downward trend is expected to continue, according to AAA Carolinas. Gas prices in South Carolina average $3.24 per gallon, compared to $3.38 a month ago. North Carolina's average today is $3.44, compared to $3.56 a month ago. "Falling gas prices keep dollars in motorists' wa...
      Motorists in South Carolina are paying the lowest price at the pump in over a month and in July began paying less per gallon than a year ago. The downward trend is expected to continue, according to AAA Carolinas. Gas prices in South Carolina average $3.24 per gallon, compared to $3.38 a month ago. North Carolina's average today is $3.44, compared to $3.56 a month ago. "Falling gas prices keep dollars in motorists' wa...
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    • Ex-Miss Savannah breaks silence about killing boyfriend

      Ex-Miss Savannah breaks silence about killing boyfriend

      Thursday, July 31 2014 3:26 PM EDT2014-07-31 19:26:48 GMT
      Redmond being crowned Miss Savannah.. and during an interview with WSAV-TVRedmond being crowned Miss Savannah.. and during an interview with WSAV-TV
      Eleven years ago Savannah ignited worldwide attention when the city's beauty queen of just 4 months was charged with the murder of her boyfriend. Nikki Redmond was acquitted after facing life in prison. She has remained quiet about her personal life until now.
      Eleven years ago Savannah ignited worldwide attention when the city's beauty queen of just 4 months was charged with the murder of her boyfriend. Nikki Redmond was acquitted after facing life in prison. She has remained quiet about her personal life until now.
    • Big Bang Theory production on hold during contract talks

      Big Bang Theory production on hold during contract talks

      Thursday, July 31 2014 1:57 PM EDT2014-07-31 17:57:58 GMT
      Production for the widely popular CBS show, Big Bang Theory, is on hold. Contract negotiations have forced a halt in production for the eighth season. The stars for the show currently do not have new contracts and that means a delay to the new season.Warner Bros. Television which produces the comedy, was supposed to start production Wednesday, July 30. CBS renewed the show through the tenth season. CBS boss Nina Tassler said, "We're feeling very confident that everything will work out."The st...
      Production for the widely popular CBS show, Big Bang Theory, is on hold. Contract negotiations have forced a halt in production for the eighth season. The stars for the show currently do not have new contracts and that means a delay to the new season.Warner Bros. Television which produces the comedy, was supposed to start production Wednesday, July 30. CBS renewed the show through the tenth season. CBS boss Nina Tassler said, "We're feeling very confident that everything will work out."The st...
    • Ice cream that changes color when you lick it

      Ice cream that changes color when you lick it

      Thursday, July 31 2014 1:11 PM EDT2014-07-31 17:11:28 GMT
      Here's a fun way to beat the summer heat, an ice cream that changes colors as you lick it.The unusual cool treat was created by Spanish physicist Manuel Linares, who says the ice cream is made with natural ingredients, according to Sploid.gizmodo.com.The ice cream is called "Xamaleon" and is flavored like fruit salad. It starts out a pale blue color and is then sprayed with an all natural, edible spray that makes the ice cream change color as you lick it. Linares won't say what is in the magi...
      Here's a fun way to beat the summer heat, an ice cream that changes colors as you lick it.The unusual cool treat was created by Spanish physicist Manuel Linares, who says the ice cream is made with natural ingredients, according to Sploid.gizmodo.com.The ice cream is called "Xamaleon" and is flavored like fruit salad. It starts out a pale blue color and is then sprayed with an all natural, edible spray that makes the ice cream change color as you lick it. Linares won't say what is in the magi...
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    • Repairing burst Los Angeles main could take days

      Repairing burst Los Angeles main could take days

      Thursday, July 31 2014 3:28 PM EDT2014-07-31 19:28:02 GMT
      Hundreds of cars submerged below murky water. A landmark basketball court, newly refurbished, showing signs of buckling. Soaked and stained carpets. An athletic track coated in mud.
      Repair crews on Thursday were shoring up a giant hole in the middle of Sunset Boulevard caused by a ruptured pipe, as officials at the water-logged University of California, Los Angeles, continued to assess damage from the...
    • Rolex passed among jurors in ex-Va. gov trial

      Rolex passed among jurors in ex-Va. gov trial

      Thursday, July 31 2014 3:15 PM EDT2014-07-31 19:15:10 GMT
      A key witness in the corruption trial of former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell testified Thursday that he made a mistake when he bought a Rolex watch for the governor at the first lady's request.
      RICHMOND, Va. - A former CEO testified Thursday that his cozy relationship with Virginia's first family was a poor business decision, not friendship.
    • Suit filed over Muslim citizenship denials, delays

      Suit filed over Muslim citizenship denials, delays

      Thursday, July 31 2014 2:16 PM EDT2014-07-31 18:16:55 GMT
      Five people are suing the federal government alleging that an expanded national security screen targeting Muslims has led to lengthy delays and denials in their applications for citizenship and green cards.
      Five people are suing the federal government alleging that an expanded national security screen targeting Muslims has led to lengthy delays and denials in their applications for citizenship and green cards.
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    • Two charter members of the Boys and Girls Club of the Grand Strand return to inspire current members

      Two charter members of the Boys and Girls Club of the Grand Strand return to inspire current members

      Friday, July 25 2014 7:03 PM EDT2014-07-25 23:03:53 GMT
      MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. (WBTW)- Today, more than 200 local children and teenagers take part in programs at the Boys and Girls Club of the Grand Strand.But that wasn’t always the case, when the program was chartered in 1998, it only had two members. Those members were P.J. and O.T. Thompson. P.J. was 7-years-old when he joined but O.T. was only 4 and that’s something that almost stopped him from being able to join."I actually wasn't supposed to be here. I was too young but since they brought my bro...
      MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. (WBTW)- Today, more than 200 local children and teenagers take part in programs at the Boys and Girls Club of the Grand Strand.But that wasn’t always the case, when the program was chartered in 1998, it only had two members. Those members were P.J. and O.T. Thompson. P.J. was 7-years-old when he joined but O.T. was only 4 and that’s something that almost stopped him from being able to join."I actually wasn't supposed to be here. I was too young but since they brought my bro...
    • Around 800 students travel to Horry County to help people in need

      Around 800 students travel to Horry County to help people in need

      Wednesday, July 23 2014 10:53 PM EDT2014-07-24 02:53:48 GMT
      Around 800 middle and high school students from across the country traveled to Horry County this summer to make a difference in the community. It's part of a youth missions organization called "Team Effort,"
      Around 800 middle and high school students from across the country traveled to Horry County this summer to make a difference in the community. It's part of a youth missions organization called "Team Effort,"
    • "Ripped" Florence mom continues quest to become pro bodybuilder

      "Ripped" Florence mom continues quest to become pro bodybuilder

      Monday, July 21 2014 6:28 PM EDT2014-07-21 22:28:59 GMT
      Most people go to the gym with the goal to get fit.However, for ripped mom like Susanne Zavelle, a weight lifters paradise became a safe haven."I started lifting weights when I was 16 years old. I had a pretty tumultuous childhood, upbringing. So the gym became a pretty healthy way for me to escape that,” said Zavelle.5 years ago Susanne was hit with a series of injuries, starting with back complications."It had me la...
      Most people go to the gym with the goal to get fit.However, for ripped mom like Susanne Zavelle, a weight lifters paradise became a safe haven."I started lifting weights when I was 16 years old. I had a pretty tumultuous childhood, upbringing. So the gym became a pretty healthy way for me to escape that,” said Zavelle.5 years ago Susanne was hit with a series of injuries, starting with back complications."It had me la...
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    • NC Grandfather & grandson dead after more than 90 shots fired into home

      NC Grandfather & grandson dead after more than 90 shots fired into home

      Thursday, July 31 2014 6:44 AM EDT2014-07-31 10:44:23 GMT
      A grandfather and his 10-year-old grandson were killed Wednesday morning when the man's son-in-law fired more than 90 rounds at his home just outside of Fayetteville. The Cumberland County Sheriff's Office said 61-year-old Gary Simpson, and Simpson's 10-year-old grandson, Trekwan Covington, were shot and killed Wednesday when 41-year-old Andrew Michaelis fired more than 90 rounds at Simpson's home on New Moon Drive.Trekwan Covington's father Kelly Covington said he was at work when his ex-wif...
      A grandfather and his 10-year-old grandson were killed Wednesday morning when the man's son-in-law fired more than 90 rounds at his home just outside of Fayetteville. The Cumberland County Sheriff's Office said 61-year-old Gary Simpson, and Simpson's 10-year-old grandson, Trekwan Covington, were shot and killed Wednesday when 41-year-old Andrew Michaelis fired more than 90 rounds at Simpson's home on New Moon Drive.Trekwan Covington's father Kelly Covington said he was at work when his ex-wif...
    • SC baby found 12 lbs under weight in filth, parents vanish, authorities say

      SC baby found 12 lbs under weight in filth, parents vanish, authorities say

      Wednesday, July 30 2014 10:49 PM EDT2014-07-31 02:49:56 GMT
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      Authorities are looking for parents of a baby boy who have fled since their house was checked by DSS and baby taken by authorities last week, officials said. On Friday July 25 officers responded to a home on Jesse Round Lane in Colleton County for
      Authorities are looking for parents of a baby boy who have fled since their house was checked by DSS and baby taken by authorities last week, officials said. On Friday July 25 officers responded to a home on Jesse Round Lane in Colleton County for
    • SC county arrests 27 in prostitution crack-down

      SC county arrests 27 in prostitution crack-down

      Wednesday, July 30 2014 3:40 PM EDT2014-07-30 19:40:26 GMT
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      A 3-day prostitution sting in Greenville County ended with 27 arrests.The operation started July 17 and targeted areas including Old Buncombe Road, Whitehorse Road and hotels in the southern portion of the county, according to sheriff’s office.
      A 3-day prostitution sting in Greenville County ended with 27 arrests.The operation started July 17 and targeted areas including Old Buncombe Road, Whitehorse Road and hotels in the southern portion of the county, according to sheriff’s office.
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