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  • SC Trooper fired after arresting NFL player for speeding

    SC Trooper fired after arresting NFL player for speeding

    Friday, August 22 2014 6:44 PM EDT2014-08-22 22:44:29 GMT
    S.C. Trooper L/Cpl. R.S. Salter has been fired after the June speeding arrest of Greenwood native and NFL player Sidney "Sam" Montgomery in the Upstate.Montgomery was arrested for speeding on June 25. He was going 89 mph in a 55 mph area, acc
    S.C. Trooper L/Cpl. R.S. Salter has been fired after the June speeding arrest of Greenwood native and NFL player Sidney "Sam" Montgomery in the Upstate.Montgomery was arrested for speeding on June 25. He was going 89 mph in a 55 mph area, acc
  • 3-year-old girl found safe at NC neighbor's home

    3-year-old girl found safe at NC neighbor's home

    Friday, August 22 2014 4:49 PM EDT2014-08-22 20:49:44 GMT
    Shaniya Grace HawkinsShaniya Grace Hawkins
    A 3-year-old girl from Fayetteville went missing Thursday night from her home, Fayetteville police said. Shaniya Hawkins was missing from her home in the 6200 block of Lakehaven Drive, police said.She was last seen around 10 p.m. Thursday,
    A 3-year-old girl from Fayetteville went missing Thursday night from her home, Fayetteville police said. Shaniya Hawkins was missing from her home in the 6200 block of Lakehaven Drive, police said.She was last seen around 10 p.m. Thursday,
  • SC man nabbed after fondling spree at Walmarts and Target

    SC man nabbed after fondling spree at Walmarts and Target

    Friday, August 22 2014 3:45 PM EDT2014-08-22 19:45:26 GMT
    Alfaro in a mugshot from Spartanburg County deputies.. and a video image of Target, where a woman was gropedAlfaro in a mugshot from Spartanburg County deputies.. and a video image of Target, where a woman was groped
    A man accused of fondling three women at stores in Spartanburg County is under arrest Friday morning. Romel Alexander Alfaro, 20, is charged with two counts of assault and battery first degree after authorities say he groped three victims at Target, Ingles and Walmart Sunday night.
    A man accused of fondling three women at stores in Spartanburg County is under arrest Friday morning. Romel Alexander Alfaro, 20, is charged with two counts of assault and battery first degree after authorities say he groped three victims at Target, Ingles and Walmart Sunday night.
  • Bean bag chairs recalled after 2 children die

    Bean bag chairs recalled after 2 children die

    Friday, August 22 2014 12:01 PM EDT2014-08-22 16:01:49 GMT
    About 2.2 million bean bag chairs are being recalled after two children opened them, crawled inside and suffocated to death.The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission said Friday that the zippers on the chairs, which are made by Ace Bayou Corp., can open.A 13-year-old boy from McKinney, Texas, and a 3-year-old girl from Lexington, Kentucky, were found dead inside the chairs after they suffocated from a lack of air and inhaled the chair's foam beads.The chairs were sold at Bon-Ton, Meijer, Pa...
    About 2.2 million bean bag chairs are being recalled after two children opened them, crawled inside and suffocated to death.The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission said Friday that the zippers on the chairs, which are made by Ace Bayou Corp., can open.A 13-year-old boy from McKinney, Texas, and a 3-year-old girl from Lexington, Kentucky, were found dead inside the chairs after they suffocated from a lack of air and inhaled the chair's foam beads.The chairs were sold at Bon-Ton, Meijer, Pa...
  • Fort Bragg paratrooper killed in Afghanistan

    Fort Bragg paratrooper killed in Afghanistan

    Friday, August 22 2014 10:35 AM EDT2014-08-22 14:35:36 GMT
    A Fort Bragg paratrooper has been killed in action in Afghanistan. The Department of Defense said Thursday that Army Sgt. 1st Class Matthew I. Leggett died the prior day. The 39-year-old from Ruskin, Florida, was assigned to the headquarters battalion of the 18th Airborne Corps. No details were provided about where or how Leggett was killed.Leggett enlisted in the Army in May 1995 and had been based at Fort Bragg since 2012. He served three combat tours and was the recipient of numerous award...
    A Fort Bragg paratrooper has been killed in action in Afghanistan. The Department of Defense said Thursday that Army Sgt. 1st Class Matthew I. Leggett died the prior day. The 39-year-old from Ruskin, Florida, was assigned to the headquarters battalion of the 18th Airborne Corps. No details were provided about where or how Leggett was killed.Leggett enlisted in the Army in May 1995 and had been based at Fort Bragg since 2012. He served three combat tours and was the recipient of numerous award...
  • U.S. Coast Guard unloads $19 million worth of cocaine

    U.S. Coast Guard unloads $19 million worth of cocaine

    Friday, August 22 2014 10:13 AM EDT2014-08-22 14:13:03 GMT
    Coast Guard crews are scheduled to offload 576 kilograms of cocaine worth an estimated wholesale value of nearly $19 million in St. Petersburg Friday morning. During Operation Unified Resolve patrol on August 7, the Coast Guard detected a go-fast vessel south of Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. U.S. Coast Guard Law Enforcement Detachment Team (LEDET) aboard, also pursued the suspected drug smuggling vessel and detained five suspected smugglers and seized 18 bales of contraband, which later ...
    Coast Guard crews are scheduled to offload 576 kilograms of cocaine worth an estimated wholesale value of nearly $19 million in St. Petersburg Friday morning. During Operation Unified Resolve patrol on August 7, the Coast Guard detected a go-fast vessel south of Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. U.S. Coast Guard Law Enforcement Detachment Team (LEDET) aboard, also pursued the suspected drug smuggling vessel and detained five suspected smugglers and seized 18 bales of contraband, which later ...
  • NC couple found dead at home near Lumberton

    NC couple found dead at home near Lumberton

    Friday, August 22 2014 6:51 AM EDT2014-08-22 10:51:00 GMT
    By WBTW News StaffRobeson County authorities investigate the discovery of two bodies at a home just outside Lumberton.TheRobesonian newspaper reports it happened at a home on Old Whiteville Road.The paper reports the man and woman were found by their daughter around 2:30 Wednesday afternoon.The couple's names and the manner of death are not officially released.Count on updates from News13...
    By WBTW News StaffRobeson County authorities investigate the discovery of two bodies at a home just outside Lumberton.TheRobesonian newspaper reports it happened at a home on Old Whiteville Road.The paper reports the man and woman were found by their daughter around 2:30 Wednesday afternoon.The couple's names and the manner of death are not officially released.Count on updates from News13...
  • SC Film Commission releases new app

    SC Film Commission releases new app

    Thursday, August 21 2014 11:49 PM EDT2014-08-22 03:49:02 GMT
    By The Associated PressA new app released by the South Carolina Film Commission is for directors, producers and tourists and film buffs as well.The app provides information on South Carolina locations, support services and production incentives so film makers can find the perfect place to make films, television shows and commercials.The app, Film SC, also lists all films shot in the state during the past 100 years and can help travelers, visitors and film buffs find out where those films were...
    By The Associated PressA new app released by the South Carolina Film Commission is for directors, producers and tourists and film buffs as well.The app provides information on South Carolina locations, support services and production incentives so film makers can find the perfect place to make films, television shows and commercials.The app, Film SC, also lists all films shot in the state during the past 100 years and can help travelers, visitors and film buffs find out where those films were...
  • SC woman discovers snake slithering in her car

    SC woman discovers snake slithering in her car

    Thursday, August 21 2014 9:39 PM EDT2014-08-22 01:39:25 GMT
    The snake that was in the SC woman's car earlier this weekThe snake that was in the SC woman's car earlier this week
    A North Augusta woman was startled when she found a surprise in her car earlier this week. She opened the door to her car only to find a snake in the floorboard, WJBF-TV reported on Wednesday.
    A North Augusta woman was startled when she found a surprise in her car earlier this week. She opened the door to her car only to find a snake in the floorboard, WJBF-TV reported on Wednesday.
  • Toddler boy and great-grandfather die in NC house fire

    Toddler boy and great-grandfather die in NC house fire

    Thursday, August 21 2014 9:33 PM EDT2014-08-22 01:33:25 GMT
    Photo from WRALPhoto from WRAL
    Authorities say the fire that killed a disabled man his great-grandson in a house fire was accidental and possibly was caused by a generator.The blaze started at a home on Springfield Road in Rocky Mount around 10 pm Monday. 63-year-old Frederick Fasegha and 4-year-old Iziah Crews
    Authorities say the fire that killed a disabled man his great-grandson in a house fire was accidental and possibly was caused by a generator.The blaze started at a home on Springfield Road in Rocky Mount around 10 pm Monday. 63-year-old Frederick Fasegha and 4-year-old Iziah Crews
  • Teen dad charged after infant shows 'Shaken Baby' symptoms, NC deputies say

    Teen dad charged after infant shows 'Shaken Baby' symptoms, NC deputies say

    Thursday, August 21 2014 3:29 PM EDT2014-08-21 19:29:51 GMT
    Jacob Isaak Pinyan in police mug shot (left) and with the baby boy in a Facebook photoJacob Isaak Pinyan in police mug shot (left) and with the baby boy in a Facebook photo
    Deputies say they've arrested a teen father accused of abusing a 4-week-old infant. Jacob Isaak Pinyan, age 19, the father of the child, is charged with Felony Child Abuse Causing Serious Physical Injury. Investigators say the arrest follows a report of child abuse about the infant,
    Deputies say they've arrested a teen father accused of abusing a 4-week-old infant. Jacob Isaak Pinyan, age 19, the father of the child, is charged with Felony Child Abuse Causing Serious Physical Injury. Investigators say the arrest follows a report of child abuse about the infant,
  • SC student handcuffed after he writes fictional story about dinosaur and gun

    SC student handcuffed after he writes fictional story about dinosaur and gun

    Thursday, August 21 2014 2:24 PM EDT2014-08-21 18:24:08 GMT
    After a Summerville High School student is arrested and suspended for writing a fictional story, in which he described a gun being used to kill his neighbor's dinosaur, the 16-year-old's attorney speaks out. "This is a perfect example of 'political correctness' that has exceeded the boundaries of common sense," said David Aylor. "My client wrote about a fictional story that involved a neighbor's dinosaur and a gun. th...
    After a Summerville High School student is arrested and suspended for writing a fictional story, in which he described a gun being used to kill his neighbor's dinosaur, the 16-year-old's attorney speaks out. "This is a perfect example of 'political correctness' that has exceeded the boundaries of common sense," said David Aylor. "My client wrote about a fictional story that involved a neighbor's dinosaur and a gun. th...
  • Band teacher accused of having sex with several students

    Band teacher accused of having sex with several students

    Thursday, August 21 2014 2:12 PM EDT2014-08-21 18:12:37 GMT
    Jeffery Gainous, band teacher accused of having sex with studentsJeffery Gainous, band teacher accused of having sex with students
    Authorities tell News 5 that Jeffery Gainous, the former band director at T.R. Miller High School in Brewton, was arrested Wednesday for having sex with at least 8 high school girls over the last three years.Officials say Gainous is accused of tying up the teenage girls and gagging them using ropes and other bondage devices. The sexual acts took place is the band room and several other locations, News 5 is told.Additionally, News 5 is told Gainous has confessed to the acts and showed no remor...
    Authorities tell News 5 that Jeffery Gainous, the former band director at T.R. Miller High School in Brewton, was arrested Wednesday for having sex with at least 8 high school girls over the last three years.Officials say Gainous is accused of tying up the teenage girls and gagging them using ropes and other bondage devices. The sexual acts took place is the band room and several other locations, News 5 is told.Additionally, News 5 is told Gainous has confessed to the acts and showed no remor...
  • Family thanks car seat company for saving son's life

    Family thanks car seat company for saving son's life

    Thursday, August 21 2014 2:04 PM EDT2014-08-21 18:04:49 GMT
    The family of a toddler who survived after being thrown nearly 60 feet in a violent car crash recently thanked a car seat company for saving their child's life, and the company responded by gifting them a new child restraint Tuesday.The parents of Mason Carney, now three years old, credit his old Britax car seat for saving his life in the February accident.A company representative visited the family's home in Shelbyville Tuesday to give them a new, bigger car seat for Mason."The Carney family...
    The family of a toddler who survived after being thrown nearly 60 feet in a violent car crash recently thanked a car seat company for saving their child's life, and the company responded by gifting them a new child restraint Tuesday.The parents of Mason Carney, now three years old, credit his old Britax car seat for saving his life in the February accident.A company representative visited the family's home in Shelbyville Tuesday to give them a new, bigger car seat for Mason."The Carney family...
  • SC student brings BB gun to school; charged with carrying a weapon

    SC student brings BB gun to school; charged with carrying a weapon

    Thursday, August 21 2014 1:46 PM EDT2014-08-21 17:46:09 GMT
    The Charleston County Sheriff's Office charged a 7-year-old boy through a *custodial promise of carrying a weapon on school property and interfering with a school. The child brought a bb gun on to a school bus. According to the sheriff's office, the Minnie Hughes Elementary student had the BB gun when he boarded the bus Thursday morning. An older student took the BB gun from the 7-year-old and gave it the bus driver. The child was released to his legal guardian.*A custodial promise is an info...
    The Charleston County Sheriff's Office charged a 7-year-old boy through a *custodial promise of carrying a weapon on school property and interfering with a school. The child brought a bb gun on to a school bus. According to the sheriff's office, the Minnie Hughes Elementary student had the BB gun when he boarded the bus Thursday morning. An older student took the BB gun from the 7-year-old and gave it the bus driver. The child was released to his legal guardian.*A custodial promise is an info...
  • American missionaries free of Ebola virus

    American missionaries free of Ebola virus

    Thursday, August 21 2014 1:14 PM EDT2014-08-21 17:14:00 GMT
    The Atlanta hospital where two American aid workers were brought after getting infected with the Ebola virus will hold a news conference to discuss their discharge.Meanwhile, Franklin Graham, president of Samaritan's Purse, who one of the aid workers had been working for, says Dr. Kent Brantly has recovered.A news release from Emory University Hospital didn't say when the two would be discharged or if it had already happened. A spokeswoman said more details will be given at the Thursday morni...
    The Atlanta hospital where two American aid workers were brought after getting infected with the Ebola virus will hold a news conference to discuss their discharge.Meanwhile, Franklin Graham, president of Samaritan's Purse, who one of the aid workers had been working for, says Dr. Kent Brantly has recovered.A news release from Emory University Hospital didn't say when the two would be discharged or if it had already happened. A spokeswoman said more details will be given at the Thursday morni...
  • Apex Tool Group to expand Sumter County employment

    Apex Tool Group to expand Sumter County employment

    Thursday, August 21 2014 10:24 AM EDT2014-08-21 14:24:07 GMT
    Apex Tool Group, LLC, a leading manufacturer of power and hand tools with more than 30 brands, is expanding its Sumter County workforce, adding between 150 and 200 jobs by the end of 2015.Apex Tool Group, headquartered in Sparks, Md., is one of the largest manufacturers of professional power and hand tools in the world, serving the vehicle assembly and maintenance, industrial, aerospace, electronics, construction and ...
    Apex Tool Group, LLC, a leading manufacturer of power and hand tools with more than 30 brands, is expanding its Sumter County workforce, adding between 150 and 200 jobs by the end of 2015.Apex Tool Group, headquartered in Sparks, Md., is one of the largest manufacturers of professional power and hand tools in the world, serving the vehicle assembly and maintenance, industrial, aerospace, electronics, construction and ...
  • Family Dollar rejects Dollar General offer

    Family Dollar rejects Dollar General offer

    Thursday, August 21 2014 10:14 AM EDT2014-08-21 14:14:41 GMT
    Family Dollar is rebuffing Dollar General's takeover bid, citing antitrust issues. The discounter's board remains supportive of its existing deal with Dollar Tree.Family Dollar Stores Inc. Chairman and CEO Howard Levine said in a statement Thursday that its board and advisers reviewed Dollar General Corp.'s offer and determined it wasn't likely to be completed on the terms proposed.On Monday Dollar General - the nation's biggest dollar-store chain - offered about $8.95 billion for Family Doll...
    Family Dollar is rebuffing Dollar General's takeover bid, citing antitrust issues. The discounter's board remains supportive of its existing deal with Dollar Tree.Family Dollar Stores Inc. Chairman and CEO Howard Levine said in a statement Thursday that its board and advisers reviewed Dollar General Corp.'s offer and determined it wasn't likely to be completed on the terms proposed.On Monday Dollar General - the nation's biggest dollar-store chain - offered about $8.95 billion for Family Doll...
  • 300+ Starbucks customers pay it forward

    300+ Starbucks customers pay it forward

    Thursday, August 21 2014 8:58 AM EDT2014-08-21 12:58:23 GMT
    Customers were paying it forward like at Starbucks in Saint Petersburg, Florida Wednesday. The manager at the Tyrone Blvd. store said it started in the morning with a woman in her mid-60s paying for the order of the person behind her.From there, it became a chain reaction with 333 customers paying for the person behind them.Customer Lucy Ramon said she paid it forward twice in the same day.The Starbucks manager says the previous record was 141.
    Customers were paying it forward like at Starbucks in Saint Petersburg, Florida Wednesday. The manager at the Tyrone Blvd. store said it started in the morning with a woman in her mid-60s paying for the order of the person behind her.From there, it became a chain reaction with 333 customers paying for the person behind them.Customer Lucy Ramon said she paid it forward twice in the same day.The Starbucks manager says the previous record was 141.
  • Cat dies after sitting on chair with bees' nest

    Cat dies after sitting on chair with bees' nest

    Thursday, August 21 2014 8:29 AM EDT2014-08-21 12:29:07 GMT
    A Winter Haven homeowner is working to remove a huge yellow jacket nest, before the wasps that live inside do any more harm.The wasps built a massive nest on a reclining chair that's stored outside a home on 19th Avenue South Northeast.The nest starts at one side of the recliner, extends behind it, and then onto the other side.A cat that had jumped up onto the recliner to take a nap was attacked and killed by the yellow jackets, according to Tony Smarte, whose mother lives in the house.Smarte...
    A Winter Haven homeowner is working to remove a huge yellow jacket nest, before the wasps that live inside do any more harm.The wasps built a massive nest on a reclining chair that's stored outside a home on 19th Avenue South Northeast.The nest starts at one side of the recliner, extends behind it, and then onto the other side.A cat that had jumped up onto the recliner to take a nap was attacked and killed by the yellow jackets, according to Tony Smarte, whose mother lives in the house.Smarte...
  • Student reportedly suspended for saying "Bless you"

    Student reportedly suspended for saying "Bless you"

    Thursday, August 21 2014 8:18 AM EDT2014-08-21 12:18:58 GMT
    A young girl, who claims she was standing up for her religious beliefs in the classroom, was suspended after breaking a class rule of saying "bless you" after a classmate sneezed.When Dyer County High School senior Kendra Turner said bless you to her classmate, she says her teacher told her that was for church."She said that we're not going to have godly speaking in her class and that's when I said we have a constitutional right," said Turner.Turner says when she defended her actions, she was...
    A young girl, who claims she was standing up for her religious beliefs in the classroom, was suspended after breaking a class rule of saying "bless you" after a classmate sneezed.When Dyer County High School senior Kendra Turner said bless you to her classmate, she says her teacher told her that was for church."She said that we're not going to have godly speaking in her class and that's when I said we have a constitutional right," said Turner.Turner says when she defended her actions, she was...
  • Beer recall because of possible glass particles in bottle

    Beer recall because of possible glass particles in bottle

    Thursday, August 21 2014 6:23 AM EDT2014-08-21 10:23:38 GMT
    Constellation Brands Beer Division announced a voluntary recall of select packages in the U.S. containing 12-ounce clear glass bottles of its Corona Extra beer that may contain small particles of glass. The voluntary recall covers 12-ounce clear bottles in select six-pack, 12-pack and 18-pack packages containing bottles with the production codes listed below. This recall comes after routine inspections in the company's quality control laboratory detected defects in certain bottles that could ...
    Constellation Brands Beer Division announced a voluntary recall of select packages in the U.S. containing 12-ounce clear glass bottles of its Corona Extra beer that may contain small particles of glass. The voluntary recall covers 12-ounce clear bottles in select six-pack, 12-pack and 18-pack packages containing bottles with the production codes listed below. This recall comes after routine inspections in the company's quality control laboratory detected defects in certain bottles that could ...
  • Mugshots: Wilson police round up 11 in "shots fired" investigations

    Mugshots: Wilson police round up 11 in "shots fired" investigations

    Wednesday, August 20 2014 2:56 PM EDT2014-08-20 18:56:06 GMT
    Wilson police have rounded up 11 suspects as they investigate several “shots fired” calls.
    Wilson police have rounded up 11 suspects as they investigate several “shots fired” calls.
  • SC man swipes case of beer, smashes open register, grabs cash, deputies say

    SC man swipes case of beer, smashes open register, grabs cash, deputies say

    Wednesday, August 20 2014 2:54 PM EDT2014-08-20 18:54:51 GMT
    A strong armed robbery at a Sunoco on Reidville Road has Spartanburg Deputies searching for the suspect after they say he smashed the cash register on the ground and stole cash from it. Monday around 8:40 pm the suspect, Harold Gene Justice, age 53, entered the Sunoco
    A strong armed robbery at a Sunoco on Reidville Road has Spartanburg Deputies searching for the suspect after they say he smashed the cash register on the ground and stole cash from it. Monday around 8:40 pm the suspect, Harold Gene Justice, age 53, entered the Sunoco
  • Navy kicks out 34 for nuke cheating

    Navy kicks out 34 for nuke cheating

    Wednesday, August 20 2014 1:39 PM EDT2014-08-20 17:39:51 GMT
    The Navy tells The Associated Press that at least 34 sailors are being kicked out of the service for their roles in a cheating ring that operated undetected for at least seven years at a nuclear power training site in South Carolina.Ten others are under criminal investigation.Also, 32 other sailors were implicated by investigators but later exonerated.The number of accused and the duration of cheating are greater than...
    The Navy tells The Associated Press that at least 34 sailors are being kicked out of the service for their roles in a cheating ring that operated undetected for at least seven years at a nuclear power training site in South Carolina.Ten others are under criminal investigation.Also, 32 other sailors were implicated by investigators but later exonerated.The number of accused and the duration of cheating are greater than...
  • Teen missing nearly 2 months may be in eastern NC

    Teen missing nearly 2 months may be in eastern NC

    Wednesday, August 20 2014 1:16 PM EDT2014-08-20 17:16:24 GMT
    The Goldsboro Police Department needs the public's help in locating a missing teen from Florida who may be in Wayne or Harnett County.Cierra Faye Smith, 14, was reported missing since the beginning of July by the Sarasota County Sheriff's Office in Florida. 
    The Goldsboro Police Department needs the public's help in locating a missing teen from Florida who may be in Wayne or Harnett County.Cierra Faye Smith, 14, was reported missing since the beginning of July by the Sarasota County Sheriff's Office in Florida. 
  • Dog saves newborn kitten, now they're pals for life

    Dog saves newborn kitten, now they're pals for life

    Wednesday, August 20 2014 1:00 PM EDT2014-08-20 17:00:34 GMT
    Roscoe was an injured, newborn kitten covered in maggots and pinned underneath a log, when he was found by Opie the dog. Imgur photo by Lia SpilkaRoscoe was an injured, newborn kitten covered in maggots and pinned underneath a log, when he was found by Opie the dog. Imgur photo by Lia Spilka
    A newborn kitten whose life was in danger when he was discovered by a curious pooch out on a walk, is now best buddies with the dog who saved him. About a year ago, James Roode was walking his dog, Opie, in Ontario, Canada when Opie discovered an injured, n
    A newborn kitten whose life was in danger when he was discovered by a curious pooch out on a walk, is now best buddies with the dog who saved him. About a year ago, James Roode was walking his dog, Opie, in Ontario, Canada when Opie discovered an injured, n
  • SC's ACT test scores stable as more take exam

    SC's ACT test scores stable as more take exam

    Graduating seniors' scores on the ACT remained the same as more South Carolina students than ever took the college entrance exam.
    Graduating seniors' scores on the ACT remained the same as more South Carolina students than ever took the college entrance exam.
  • SC inmates moved after chemical issue

    SC inmates moved after chemical issue

    Wednesday, August 20 2014 10:48 AM EDT2014-08-20 14:48:47 GMT
    A chemical leak at the Berkeley County jail inprompted officials to move inmates to another part of the prison. A sheriff's office spokesman says inmates had a reaction to a caulking product being used by county maintenance workers. Officials say there was not a riot at the jail as had been rumored on some websites and social media. The county supervisor said it started with a shower leak.Maintenance workers were sent in to seal the shower floors and fix the leak. The supervisor said there wa...
    A chemical leak at the Berkeley County jail inprompted officials to move inmates to another part of the prison. A sheriff's office spokesman says inmates had a reaction to a caulking product being used by county maintenance workers. Officials say there was not a riot at the jail as had been rumored on some websites and social media. The county supervisor said it started with a shower leak.Maintenance workers were sent in to seal the shower floors and fix the leak. The supervisor said there wa...
  • Man caught with 299 sea turtle eggs

    Man caught with 299 sea turtle eggs

    Wednesday, August 20 2014 8:11 AM EDT2014-08-20 12:11:19 GMT
    Photo of stolen sea turtle eggs from FWCPhoto of stolen sea turtle eggs from FWC
    The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission says a St. Lucie County man was caught with nearly 300 stolen sea turtle eggs.The FWC says they received a tip the man was on Diamond Sands beach taking the eggs. Officers responded to discover a disturbed sea turtle nest and 55-year-old James Odel McGriff of Riviera Beach to have a total of 299 eggs in his backpack. McGriff was booked into the St. Lucie County jail.? The FWC says McGriff was also arrested in 2002 for selling 12 eggs to an...
    The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission says a St. Lucie County man was caught with nearly 300 stolen sea turtle eggs.The FWC says they received a tip the man was on Diamond Sands beach taking the eggs. Officers responded to discover a disturbed sea turtle nest and 55-year-old James Odel McGriff of Riviera Beach to have a total of 299 eggs in his backpack. McGriff was booked into the St. Lucie County jail.? The FWC says McGriff was also arrested in 2002 for selling 12 eggs to an...
  • Spokesperson: Greenville Zoo giraffe delivers stillborn calf

    Spokesperson: Greenville Zoo giraffe delivers stillborn calf

    Wednesday, August 20 2014 8:03 AM EDT2014-08-20 12:03:08 GMT
    Sad news from the Greenville Zoo Wednesday morning as we've learned Autumn has given birth to a stillborn baby giraffe. City spokeswoman, Tara Eaker, says zoo staff confirmed the news around 3:25 a.m. Zoo staff were on-hand to monitor Autumn during the delivery.Autumn is currently doing well, but will remain off exhibit today so that she can be closely observed.A necropsy will be performed on the calf later Wednesday morning.Zoo staff will provide media statements when more information is ava...
    Sad news from the Greenville Zoo Wednesday morning as we've learned Autumn has given birth to a stillborn baby giraffe. City spokeswoman, Tara Eaker, says zoo staff confirmed the news around 3:25 a.m. Zoo staff were on-hand to monitor Autumn during the delivery.Autumn is currently doing well, but will remain off exhibit today so that she can be closely observed.A necropsy will be performed on the calf later Wednesday morning.Zoo staff will provide media statements when more information is ava...
  • SC letter carrier saves choking toddler

    SC letter carrier saves choking toddler

    Wednesday, August 20 2014 7:33 AM EDT2014-08-20 11:33:50 GMT
    Stephanie Cooper is getting ready to celebrate her son's first birthday this weekend and she says she has Chris Brown to thank. Brown is a 24-year veteran with the post office and was outside last Friday when she came running out of her home asking for help. Her son, Eli, is curious like many kids and put a plastic wrapper in his mouth that became lodged in his throat. Stephanie tried to get it out but couldn't.Brown ...
    Stephanie Cooper is getting ready to celebrate her son's first birthday this weekend and she says she has Chris Brown to thank. Brown is a 24-year veteran with the post office and was outside last Friday when she came running out of her home asking for help. Her son, Eli, is curious like many kids and put a plastic wrapper in his mouth that became lodged in his throat. Stephanie tried to get it out but couldn't.Brown ...
  • Aerospace Industry has $17 billion economic impact in SC

    Aerospace Industry has $17 billion economic impact in SC

    Tuesday, August 19 2014 10:46 PM EDT2014-08-20 02:46:30 GMT
    The single largest company is Boeing, which employs about 6,500 in North CharlestonThe single largest company is Boeing, which employs about 6,500 in North Charleston
    A new report says the aerospace industry in South Carolina accounts for 54,000 jobs with a total economic impact of $17 billion.Media outlets report that the research released Monday during a conference in Columbia measures the impact of both civilian and military aerospace jobs.University of South Carolina research economist Joey Von Nessen said there are 466 civilian companies employing more than 17,000 people across the state. The single largest company is Boeing, which employs about 6,500...
    A new report says the aerospace industry in South Carolina accounts for 54,000 jobs with a total economic impact of $17 billion.Media outlets report that the research released Monday during a conference in Columbia measures the impact of both civilian and military aerospace jobs.University of South Carolina research economist Joey Von Nessen said there are 466 civilian companies employing more than 17,000 people across the state. The single largest company is Boeing, which employs about 6,500...
  • Nearly 60 arrested in SC town's 4-day prostitution sting

    Nearly 60 arrested in SC town's 4-day prostitution sting

    Tuesday, August 19 2014 9:42 PM EDT2014-08-20 01:42:19 GMT
    WSPA imagesWSPA images
    Greenville Police released information Tuesday that 59 people were arrested in a four day long prostitution sting.  Of the 59 people 33 of them were "Johns", 25 were prostitutes, and one was arrested as a pimp for aiding and abetting.
    Greenville Police released information Tuesday that 59 people were arrested in a four day long prostitution sting.  Of the 59 people 33 of them were "Johns", 25 were prostitutes, and one was arrested as a pimp for aiding and abetting.
  • Man dies in fall from rocks minutes after girlfriend accepts marriage proposal

    Man dies in fall from rocks minutes after girlfriend accepts marriage proposal

    Tuesday, August 19 2014 6:54 PM EDT2014-08-19 22:54:04 GMT
    Dial and Parker in a Facebook photoDial and Parker in a Facebook photo
    A California man died while rock climbing in Yosemite National Park shortly after his girlfriend accepted his marriage proposal.36-year old Brad Parker, a veteran rock climber and Sebastopol, Calif. resident was killed after falling from a climb along Matthes Crest
    A California man died while rock climbing in Yosemite National Park shortly after his girlfriend accepted his marriage proposal.36-year old Brad Parker, a veteran rock climber and Sebastopol, Calif. resident was killed after falling from a climb along Matthes Crest
  • Baby found in house as SC trio charged with making meth

    Baby found in house as SC trio charged with making meth

    Tuesday, August 19 2014 4:30 PM EDT2014-08-19 20:30:10 GMT
    Michael, Varner and Tiffany Steinbrecker..Michael, Varner and Tiffany Steinbrecker..
    Three people are behind bars after being arrested by Berkeley County Sheriff's Office deputies on meth charges.Deputies say they arrested the suspects at a home in the 500 block of McCrystal Circle in Moncks Corner following an investigation.
    Three people are behind bars after being arrested by Berkeley County Sheriff's Office deputies on meth charges.Deputies say they arrested the suspects at a home in the 500 block of McCrystal Circle in Moncks Corner following an investigation.
  • Indian Heritage Celebration set for November 13

    Indian Heritage Celebration set for November 13

    Tuesday, August 19 2014 1:55 PM EDT2014-08-19 17:55:53 GMT
    The 6th annual American Indian Heritage Month Ag Celebration willbe held at the Lowry Farm in Pembroke on November 13, 2014. Each year, farmers and local citizens gather at the Lowry Farm to celebrate Indian Heritage Month and connect with the community. We also recognize our state and local Farm Bureau representatives who support all our farmers throughout the year. Dignitaries expected to attend will be representatives with the Lumbee Tribe of North Carolina, USDA Rural Development (NC), No...
    The 6th annual American Indian Heritage Month Ag Celebration willbe held at the Lowry Farm in Pembroke on November 13, 2014. Each year, farmers and local citizens gather at the Lowry Farm to celebrate Indian Heritage Month and connect with the community. We also recognize our state and local Farm Bureau representatives who support all our farmers throughout the year. Dignitaries expected to attend will be representatives with the Lumbee Tribe of North Carolina, USDA Rural Development (NC), No...
  • NC to Gain $423 million in affordable apartments

    NC to Gain $423 million in affordable apartments

    Tuesday, August 19 2014 1:21 PM EDT2014-08-19 17:21:18 GMT
    Federal tax credits and other financing awarded Friday (Aug. 15) will build $423 million of affordable apartments in 37 North Carolina counties. The work is expected to support 8,540 jobs and generate more than $13.4 million in local tax revenue.Tax credits and bond authority were approved by the North Carolina Federal Tax Reform Allocation Committee, based on recommendations from the North Carolina Housing Finance Ag...
    Federal tax credits and other financing awarded Friday (Aug. 15) will build $423 million of affordable apartments in 37 North Carolina counties. The work is expected to support 8,540 jobs and generate more than $13.4 million in local tax revenue.Tax credits and bond authority were approved by the North Carolina Federal Tax Reform Allocation Committee, based on recommendations from the North Carolina Housing Finance Ag...
  • Viva Recycling Of South Carolina, LLC to establish Anderson County operations

    Viva Recycling Of South Carolina, LLC to establish Anderson County operations

    Tuesday, August 19 2014 10:16 AM EDT2014-08-19 14:16:22 GMT
    Viva Recycling of South Carolina, a tire recycler and rubber manufacturer, announced today its decision to establish a new facility in Anderson County. The $6.9 million investment is expected to create 14 new jobs in the area over the next five years. Established in 2011 and headquartered in Moncks Corner, Viva Recycling of South Carolina processes scrap tires to produce environmentally responsible recycled rubber pro...
    Viva Recycling of South Carolina, a tire recycler and rubber manufacturer, announced today its decision to establish a new facility in Anderson County. The $6.9 million investment is expected to create 14 new jobs in the area over the next five years. Established in 2011 and headquartered in Moncks Corner, Viva Recycling of South Carolina processes scrap tires to produce environmentally responsible recycled rubber pro...
  • South Carolina gas prices continue to fall

    South Carolina gas prices continue to fall

    Tuesday, August 19 2014 6:03 AM EDT2014-08-19 10:03:36 GMT
    Average retail gasoline prices in South Carolina have fallen 3.3 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $3.12/g Sunday, according to GasBuddy's daily survey of 3,028 gas outlets in South Carolina. This compares with the national average that has increased 2.3 cents per gallon in the last week to $3.49/g, according to gasoline price website GasBuddy.com.Including the change in gas prices in South Carolina during the past week, prices Sunday were 8.5 cents per gallon lower than the same d...
    Average retail gasoline prices in South Carolina have fallen 3.3 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $3.12/g Sunday, according to GasBuddy's daily survey of 3,028 gas outlets in South Carolina. This compares with the national average that has increased 2.3 cents per gallon in the last week to $3.49/g, according to gasoline price website GasBuddy.com.Including the change in gas prices in South Carolina during the past week, prices Sunday were 8.5 cents per gallon lower than the same d...
  • Social Security tools that help you get the most money in retirement

    Social Security tools that help you get the most money in retirement

    Monday, August 18 2014 10:49 PM EDT2014-08-19 02:49:41 GMT
    By Diane Lee (WSPA)You want the biggest monthly check from Uncle Sam when you retire. But to do that, you need to work the system and optimize your Social Security benefits. It's information that applies to everyone, not just people retiring soon. We're talking about online tools that can create an action plan so you bring in thousands more down the road.AJ Norris with Norris Financial Group says creating a strategy for things like when you file and which spouse files first can make a 30% or ...
    By Diane Lee (WSPA)You want the biggest monthly check from Uncle Sam when you retire. But to do that, you need to work the system and optimize your Social Security benefits. It's information that applies to everyone, not just people retiring soon. We're talking about online tools that can create an action plan so you bring in thousands more down the road.AJ Norris with Norris Financial Group says creating a strategy for things like when you file and which spouse files first can make a 30% or ...
  • SC teen dies in car crash in Montana

    SC teen dies in car crash in Montana

    Monday, August 18 2014 9:54 PM EDT2014-08-19 01:54:08 GMT
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    A 19-year-old from South Carolina died in a one-vehicle crash in southwestern Montana over the weekend. The Montana Highway Patrol says the man from Taylors, South Carolina, was eastbound on Montana Highway 200 northwest of Missoula at about 3:45 a.m.
    A 19-year-old from South Carolina died in a one-vehicle crash in southwestern Montana over the weekend. The Montana Highway Patrol says the man from Taylors, South Carolina, was eastbound on Montana Highway 200 northwest of Missoula at about 3:45 a.m.
  • Town stunned after church member killed in carjacking at church near Augusta

    Town stunned after church member killed in carjacking at church near Augusta

    Monday, August 18 2014 7:43 PM EDT2014-08-18 23:43:25 GMT
    Bill and Jennifer Davitte - Facebook imageBill and Jennifer Davitte - Facebook image
    The Marvin United Methodist Church held a service on Sunday to remember Bill Davitte. The 55-year-old was fatally shot Thursday night in the church parking lot during a carjacking. Davitte and his wife, who was also injured in the incide
    The Marvin United Methodist Church held a service on Sunday to remember Bill Davitte. The 55-year-old was fatally shot Thursday night in the church parking lot during a carjacking. Davitte and his wife, who was also injured in the incide
  • Charleston man traveled to Florence for sex with minor, deputies say

    Charleston man traveled to Florence for sex with minor, deputies say

    Monday, August 18 2014 4:46 PM EDT2014-08-18 20:46:55 GMT
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    South Carolina Attorney General Alan Wilson announced the arrest of Ian James Willis, 19 of Charleston, S.C. on three (3) counts connected to sexual conduct with a minor...
    South Carolina Attorney General Alan Wilson announced the arrest of Ian James Willis, 19 of Charleston, S.C. on three (3) counts connected to sexual conduct with a minor...
  • Brazen 'sliding' thieves targeting cars at SC gas pumps, sheriff warns

    Brazen 'sliding' thieves targeting cars at SC gas pumps, sheriff warns

    Monday, August 18 2014 4:34 PM EDT2014-08-18 20:34:12 GMT
    It's a crime of opportunity cops call "sliding." Thieves are targeting unsuspecting motorists while they are pumping gas -- and it only takes seconds.It's a trend that's on the rise nationwide.Imagine you are getting out of your car to pump gas, leaving your door unlocked.
    It's a crime of opportunity cops call "sliding." Thieves are targeting unsuspecting motorists while they are pumping gas -- and it only takes seconds.It's a trend that's on the rise nationwide.Imagine you are getting out of your car to pump gas, leaving your door unlocked.
  • Gregory Harris returns as Chief of Police at SC State University

    Gregory Harris returns as Chief of Police at SC State University

    Monday, August 18 2014 4:11 PM EDT2014-08-18 20:11:27 GMT
    Gregory C. Harris, a veteran law enforcement professional, has been hired as the chief of police at SC State University. Harris formerly served as the university's top cop from 2006 to 2010. His responsibilities will include the direction and control of law enforcement functions and the safety and security of SC State campus. His new appointment officially begins on Aug. 18. Harris, who brings 23 years of experience to the position, is thankful that he was given the opportunity to return to t...
    Gregory C. Harris, a veteran law enforcement professional, has been hired as the chief of police at SC State University. Harris formerly served as the university's top cop from 2006 to 2010. His responsibilities will include the direction and control of law enforcement functions and the safety and security of SC State campus. His new appointment officially begins on Aug. 18. Harris, who brings 23 years of experience to the position, is thankful that he was given the opportunity to return to t...
  • SC teen girl killed in crash, man charged with felony DUI

    SC teen girl killed in crash, man charged with felony DUI

    Monday, August 18 2014 2:45 PM EDT2014-08-18 18:45:57 GMT
    Kylie Gillette - Twitter imageKylie Gillette - Twitter image
    An investigation is continuing after a fatal vehicle crash over the weekend on Johns Island.According to officials, a Chevy Equinox driven by 20-year-old James Bryson Munn collided with a Jeep Compass on River Road near Main Road around 12:30 Saturday afternoon.
    An investigation is continuing after a fatal vehicle crash over the weekend on Johns Island.According to officials, a Chevy Equinox driven by 20-year-old James Bryson Munn collided with a Jeep Compass on River Road near Main Road around 12:30 Saturday afternoon.
  • Canadian tissue manufacturer opening new facility in Scotland County

    Canadian tissue manufacturer opening new facility in Scotland County

    Monday, August 18 2014 12:24 PM EDT2014-08-18 16:24:31 GMT
    Governor Pat McCrory and N.C. Commerce Secretary Sharon Decker announced today that Cascades Tissue Group will open a new manufacturing facility in Scotland County. The company plans to create 68 new jobs and invest $62 million during the next three years in Wagram. The investment includes $55 million of new capital expenditure (such as building infrastructure, new equipment and other capitalized expenses) and converting equipment to be transferred from other facilities outside of North Carol...
    Governor Pat McCrory and N.C. Commerce Secretary Sharon Decker announced today that Cascades Tissue Group will open a new manufacturing facility in Scotland County. The company plans to create 68 new jobs and invest $62 million during the next three years in Wagram. The investment includes $55 million of new capital expenditure (such as building infrastructure, new equipment and other capitalized expenses) and converting equipment to be transferred from other facilities outside of North Carol...
  • Alabama hunters haul in 1,000-pound alligator

    Alabama hunters haul in 1,000-pound alligator

    Monday, August 18 2014 10:31 AM EDT2014-08-18 14:31:25 GMT
    (AP Photo/Al.com, Sharon Steinmann). In this Saturday, Aug 16, 2014 photo, a large alligator weighing 1011.5 pounds measuring 15-feet long is pictured in Thomaston, Ala.(AP Photo/Al.com, Sharon Steinmann). In this Saturday, Aug 16, 2014 photo, a large alligator weighing 1011.5 pounds measuring 15-feet long is pictured in Thomaston, Ala.
    A group of Alabama hunters is celebrating the catch of a lifetime: A 15-foot-long alligator weighing more than 1,000 pounds.
    A group of Alabama hunters is celebrating the catch of a lifetime: A 15-foot-long alligator weighing more than 1,000 pounds.
  • 10-year-old NC girl, 2 police officers shot during domestic dispute

    10-year-old NC girl, 2 police officers shot during domestic dispute

    Monday, August 18 2014 7:32 AM EDT2014-08-18 11:32:18 GMT
    CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) - A Charlotte man is in police custody after a young girl and two officers responding to a report of a domestic shooting were wounded.Charlotte-Mecklenburg police said a woman called 911 Sunday and said her boyfriend tried to attack her.Police Chief Rodney Monroe say two officers were slightly wounded while responding. They are four-year veteran Eric Bojaj and Kevin Stafford, on the job nearly three years. Monroe said one was struck in the leg and arm and the other in the...
    CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) - A Charlotte man is in police custody after a young girl and two officers responding to a report of a domestic shooting were wounded.Charlotte-Mecklenburg police said a woman called 911 Sunday and said her boyfriend tried to attack her.Police Chief Rodney Monroe say two officers were slightly wounded while responding. They are four-year veteran Eric Bojaj and Kevin Stafford, on the job nearly three years. Monroe said one was struck in the leg and arm and the other in the...
  • One person killed in Williamsburg County crash

    One person killed in Williamsburg County crash

    Saturday, August 16 2014 10:24 PM EDT2014-08-17 02:24:55 GMT
    WILLIAMSBURG COUNTY, S.C. (WBTW) - One person died in a crash early Saturday morning in Williamsburg County.The South Carolina Highway Patrol says the driver of a sedan was traveling west on New Zion Road when he or she went off the right side of the road and hit a ditch around 3:10 a.m.The driver was not wearing a seatbelt.
    WILLIAMSBURG COUNTY, S.C. (WBTW) - One person died in a crash early Saturday morning in Williamsburg County.The South Carolina Highway Patrol says the driver of a sedan was traveling west on New Zion Road when he or she went off the right side of the road and hit a ditch around 3:10 a.m.The driver was not wearing a seatbelt.
  • Columbia Police warning college students after four armed robberies

    Columbia Police warning college students after four armed robberies

    Friday, August 15 2014 8:31 PM EDT2014-08-16 00:31:36 GMT
    The first incident happened near this intersection in Columbia. (Photo: Robert Kittle/WBTW)The first incident happened near this intersection in Columbia. (Photo: Robert Kittle/WBTW)
    By Robert KittleCollege students are heading back to campus so Columbia police are warning them, and their parents, about four armed robberies of students in the last two weeks.The robberies happened in or around Benedict College and Allen University, which are next to each other in Columbia and not far from the University of South Carolina's campus. Police don't know yet if the robberies were committed by the same person or persons, but there are similarities.Columbia Police Department spoke...
    By Robert KittleCollege students are heading back to campus so Columbia police are warning them, and their parents, about four armed robberies of students in the last two weeks.The robberies happened in or around Benedict College and Allen University, which are next to each other in Columbia and not far from the University of South Carolina's campus. Police don't know yet if the robberies were committed by the same person or persons, but there are similarities.Columbia Police Department spoke...
  • WI Police: 13-year-old arrested for DUI; 5 other kids in her car

    WI Police: 13-year-old arrested for DUI; 5 other kids in her car

    Friday, August 15 2014 2:00 PM EDT2014-08-15 18:00:06 GMT
    A 13-year-old girl is facing a charge of operating a vehicle while intoxicated. Police say the girl took her mother's car without permission and she wasn't alone.Just before midnight Wednesday, a Manitowoc Police officer pulled over a vehicle driving without headlights on. The officer said the driver appeared to be impaired and when he asked for license, she said she didn't have one.The girl failed field sobriety tests and was placed under arrest. Five other kids -- all under the age of 14 --...
    A 13-year-old girl is facing a charge of operating a vehicle while intoxicated. Police say the girl took her mother's car without permission and she wasn't alone.Just before midnight Wednesday, a Manitowoc Police officer pulled over a vehicle driving without headlights on. The officer said the driver appeared to be impaired and when he asked for license, she said she didn't have one.The girl failed field sobriety tests and was placed under arrest. Five other kids -- all under the age of 14 --...
  • Great White Sharks spotted near swimmers off coast of CA

    Great White Sharks spotted near swimmers off coast of CA

    Friday, August 15 2014 1:53 PM EDT2014-08-15 17:53:26 GMT
    Beachgoers in southern California got a bit of a scare this week. Sharks were spotted swimming in the waters off Manhattan Beach. Some Great White Sharks were spotted very close to shore, not far from surfers and swimmers. Capt. Jeff Horn, with the LA County Lifeguards said "It's been a common sighting around here for the last three years or so to see juvenile white sharks in the area and those were determined to be non-aggressive."Lifeguards were alerted to about four or five sharks, swimmin...
    Beachgoers in southern California got a bit of a scare this week. Sharks were spotted swimming in the waters off Manhattan Beach. Some Great White Sharks were spotted very close to shore, not far from surfers and swimmers. Capt. Jeff Horn, with the LA County Lifeguards said "It's been a common sighting around here for the last three years or so to see juvenile white sharks in the area and those were determined to be non-aggressive."Lifeguards were alerted to about four or five sharks, swimmin...
  • 200 year old bottle of booze found in sunken ship

    200 year old bottle of booze found in sunken ship

    Friday, August 15 2014 12:40 PM EDT2014-08-15 16:40:42 GMT
    A 200-year-old stoneware seltzer bottle that was recently recovered from a shipwreck at the bottom of the Baltic Sea contains alcohol, according to the results of a preliminary analysis. Researchers discovered the well-preserved and sealed bottle in June, while exploring the so-called F53.31 shipwreck in Gdansk Bay, close to the Polish coast. Preliminary laboratory tests have now shown the bottle contains a 14-percent alcohol distillate, which may be vodka or a type of gin called jenever, mos...
    A 200-year-old stoneware seltzer bottle that was recently recovered from a shipwreck at the bottom of the Baltic Sea contains alcohol, according to the results of a preliminary analysis. Researchers discovered the well-preserved and sealed bottle in June, while exploring the so-called F53.31 shipwreck in Gdansk Bay, close to the Polish coast. Preliminary laboratory tests have now shown the bottle contains a 14-percent alcohol distillate, which may be vodka or a type of gin called jenever, mos...
  • 3-wheeled car that costs less than $7k will soon be available

    3-wheeled car that costs less than $7k will soon be available

    Friday, August 15 2014 8:48 AM EDT2014-08-15 12:48:59 GMT
    Your next commuter car could have two seats, three wheels and get 84 miles to the gallon.Elio Motors wants to revolutionize U.S. roads with its tiny car, which is the same length as a Honda Fit but half the weight. With a starting price of $6,800, it's also less than half the cost.Phoenix-based Elio plans to start making the cars next fall at a former General Motors plant in Shreveport, Louisiana. Already, more than 27,000 people have reserved one. Elio hopes to make 250,000 cars a year by 20...
    Your next commuter car could have two seats, three wheels and get 84 miles to the gallon.Elio Motors wants to revolutionize U.S. roads with its tiny car, which is the same length as a Honda Fit but half the weight. With a starting price of $6,800, it's also less than half the cost.Phoenix-based Elio plans to start making the cars next fall at a former General Motors plant in Shreveport, Louisiana. Already, more than 27,000 people have reserved one. Elio hopes to make 250,000 cars a year by 20...
  • Woman burned after drinking toxic tea at popular chain restaurant

    Woman burned after drinking toxic tea at popular chain restaurant

    Friday, August 15 2014 8:37 AM EDT2014-08-15 12:37:17 GMT
    Jan Harding and her husband had just arrived at a Utah restaurant for a relaxing lunch with friends when she filled her cup with sweet tea from a self-serve beverage station. The 67-year-old grandmother took one sip before spitting it out and exclaiming to her husband: "I think I just drank acid."In fact, the tea was laced with a highly toxic industrial cleaning solution meant for degreasing deep fryers, authorities said. It contained the odorless chemical lye, the active ingredient in drain ...
    Jan Harding and her husband had just arrived at a Utah restaurant for a relaxing lunch with friends when she filled her cup with sweet tea from a self-serve beverage station. The 67-year-old grandmother took one sip before spitting it out and exclaiming to her husband: "I think I just drank acid."In fact, the tea was laced with a highly toxic industrial cleaning solution meant for degreasing deep fryers, authorities said. It contained the odorless chemical lye, the active ingredient in drain ...
  • 2 people killed in plane crash near Charleston

    2 people killed in plane crash near Charleston

    Friday, August 15 2014 7:59 AM EDT2014-08-15 11:59:46 GMT
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    A small plane with two people aboard has crashed in Mount Pleasant. Federal Aviation Administration spokeswoman Kathleen Bergen in Atlanta says the single-engine Cessna 150 crashed shortly before noon Thursday while it taking off from Mount Pleasant Regional Airport.
    A small plane with two people aboard has crashed in Mount Pleasant. Federal Aviation Administration spokeswoman Kathleen Bergen in Atlanta says the single-engine Cessna 150 crashed shortly before noon Thursday while it taking off from Mount Pleasant Regional Airport.
  • Amber Alert issued after 2 Amish girls abducted; girls found safe

    Amber Alert issued after 2 Amish girls abducted; girls found safe

    Friday, August 15 2014 7:55 AM EDT2014-08-15 11:55:09 GMT
    Authorities say they've received "numerous leads" concerning two Amish girls abducted at a roadside stand in northern New York. St. Lawrence County Sheriff Kevin Wells says Thursday that deputies, state troopers, forest rangers and U.S. Border Patrol agents are part of the ongoing search for 7-year-old Delila Miller and 12-year-old Fannie Miller.Officials issued an Amber Alert for the two girls after they were abducted around 7:30 p.m. Wednesday in the rural town of Oswegatchie. That's on the...
    Authorities say they've received "numerous leads" concerning two Amish girls abducted at a roadside stand in northern New York. St. Lawrence County Sheriff Kevin Wells says Thursday that deputies, state troopers, forest rangers and U.S. Border Patrol agents are part of the ongoing search for 7-year-old Delila Miller and 12-year-old Fannie Miller.Officials issued an Amber Alert for the two girls after they were abducted around 7:30 p.m. Wednesday in the rural town of Oswegatchie. That's on the...
  • 3-year-old SC girl found wandering alone when she was supposed to be with her daycare

    3-year-old SC girl found wandering alone when she was supposed to be with her daycare

    Friday, August 15 2014 7:15 AM EDT2014-08-15 11:15:24 GMT
    A young child was found alone in a park in Greer Thursday afternoon, according to police. Officials say they got a call around 4 p.m. about the 3-year-old girl at Kids Planet in Century Park.Authorities took the child and confirmed she was fine and home with family Thursday night. Lt. Jim Holcombe tells us Main Street Academy in Duncan is believed to have left the park around 2:30. They believe the girl was with the daycare. Employees at Main Street Academy in Duncan said they had "no comment...
    A young child was found alone in a park in Greer Thursday afternoon, according to police. Officials say they got a call around 4 p.m. about the 3-year-old girl at Kids Planet in Century Park.Authorities took the child and confirmed she was fine and home with family Thursday night. Lt. Jim Holcombe tells us Main Street Academy in Duncan is believed to have left the park around 2:30. They believe the girl was with the daycare. Employees at Main Street Academy in Duncan said they had "no comment...
  • VA town hall gives SC veterans forum

    VA town hall gives SC veterans forum

    Thursday, August 14 2014 10:48 PM EDT2014-08-15 02:48:47 GMT
    By Robert KittleThe U.S. Department of Veterans Affairsheld a town hall meeting Thursday night in Columbia to give local veterans a chance to tell VA officials about their experiences and give suggestions for improving the system. The meeting happenedat the VA Regional Office at 6437 Garners Ferry Road in Columbia. That's near the Dorn VA Medical Center, but the town hall is not being held at the hospital.According to the VA, “The town hall is one of many VA is holding around the country to p...
    By Robert KittleThe U.S. Department of Veterans Affairsheld a town hall meeting Thursday night in Columbia to give local veterans a chance to tell VA officials about their experiences and give suggestions for improving the system. The meeting happenedat the VA Regional Office at 6437 Garners Ferry Road in Columbia. That's near the Dorn VA Medical Center, but the town hall is not being held at the hospital.According to the VA, “The town hall is one of many VA is holding around the country to p...
  • SC parents battle for school bus video of driver's possible brake use to discipline children

    SC parents battle for school bus video of driver's possible brake use to discipline children

    Thursday, August 14 2014 10:45 PM EDT2014-08-15 02:45:13 GMT
    It took nearly 3 months but a mother's quest to see video from inside her daughter's school bus, where she says the bus driver slammed on the brakes to discipline the kids, has been released.At first, administrators told her "parents weren't allowed to see the video because of privacy concerns,"
    It took nearly 3 months but a mother's quest to see video from inside her daughter's school bus, where she says the bus driver slammed on the brakes to discipline the kids, has been released.At first, administrators told her "parents weren't allowed to see the video because of privacy concerns,"
  • Tips to ease the stress of college move-in day

    Tips to ease the stress of college move-in day

    Thursday, August 14 2014 9:01 PM EDT2014-08-15 01:01:11 GMT
    Campuses around the state will be swarming with students this weekend as they unload and move in. Move-in day can be a hectic time for parents and students."When the students come they bring two or three parents, grandparents, their siblings and so we really have a pack of people. There will be 15 thousand to 20 thousand people that are new to campus walking around and getting their son or daughter settled," said Gene Luna, Associate Vice President of Student Affairs at the University of Sout...
    Campuses around the state will be swarming with students this weekend as they unload and move in. Move-in day can be a hectic time for parents and students."When the students come they bring two or three parents, grandparents, their siblings and so we really have a pack of people. There will be 15 thousand to 20 thousand people that are new to campus walking around and getting their son or daughter settled," said Gene Luna, Associate Vice President of Student Affairs at the University of Sout...
  • SC deputy hurt when patrol car crashes, catches on fire

    SC deputy hurt when patrol car crashes, catches on fire

    Thursday, August 14 2014 6:21 PM EDT2014-08-14 22:21:12 GMT
    A Pickens County Sheriff's deputy has been hospitalized after crashing his patrol car into a tree in Easley. Chief Deputy Creed Hashe says in a news release that Deputy Thomas Camp was responding to a call of a large animal in the road after 4 a.m. Thursday
    A Pickens County Sheriff's deputy has been hospitalized after crashing his patrol car into a tree in Easley. Chief Deputy Creed Hashe says in a news release that Deputy Thomas Camp was responding to a call of a large animal in the road after 4 a.m. Thursday
  • Daycare shut down by state after baby boy dies

    Daycare shut down by state after baby boy dies

    Thursday, August 14 2014 6:05 PM EDT2014-08-14 22:05:30 GMT
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    A preschool near Savannah has been shut down after an infant baby boy died at the facility this week.The Georgia Department of Early Care and Learning says the have issued an Order for Intended Emergency Closure for Generation Kids Preschool Nursery.
    A preschool near Savannah has been shut down after an infant baby boy died at the facility this week.The Georgia Department of Early Care and Learning says the have issued an Order for Intended Emergency Closure for Generation Kids Preschool Nursery.
  • Enor Corp. to establish toy manufacturing plant in Fairfield County

    Enor Corp. to establish toy manufacturing plant in Fairfield County

    Thursday, August 14 2014 3:50 PM EDT2014-08-14 19:50:40 GMT
    Governor Nikki Haley was joined today by executives from Enor Corp. and local officials at an economic development event to announce that Enor, a family-owned manufacturer of plastic toys, outdoor games and junior sports items, is establishing a new manufacturing facility in Fairfield County to supply U.S.-made toys to Walmart stores. The multi-million-dollar investment is expected to create 151 jobs in the area.Today...
    Governor Nikki Haley was joined today by executives from Enor Corp. and local officials at an economic development event to announce that Enor, a family-owned manufacturer of plastic toys, outdoor games and junior sports items, is establishing a new manufacturing facility in Fairfield County to supply U.S.-made toys to Walmart stores. The multi-million-dollar investment is expected to create 151 jobs in the area.Today...
  • SC man had 4 wives in 'matrimonial crime spree,' sheriff says

    SC man had 4 wives in 'matrimonial crime spree,' sheriff says

    Thursday, August 14 2014 2:58 PM EDT2014-08-14 18:58:19 GMT
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    A Newberry man has been charged with bigamy after officials discovered he has married four times since 1988 without divorcing any of the women. Newberry County Sheriff Lee Foster said 49-year-old Darnell Pixley was charged on a single count and
    A Newberry man has been charged with bigamy after officials discovered he has married four times since 1988 without divorcing any of the women. Newberry County Sheriff Lee Foster said 49-year-old Darnell Pixley was charged on a single count and
  • Teen held at gunpoint during NC home invasion

    Teen held at gunpoint during NC home invasion

    Thursday, August 14 2014 2:07 PM EDT2014-08-14 18:07:39 GMT
    A 13-year-old boy was held at gun point during a home invasion Monday in Fayetteville, authorities said. A man dressed in black and armed with a handgun broke into a residence in the 5600 block of Burbank Street around 1:30 a.m., the Cumberland County Sheriff's Office said.The sound of the back door being kicked in woke up the homeowner's 13-year-old son, who was sleeping on the living room couch, authorities said.The boy was held at gunpoint while the suspect took a 42-inch flat screen tele...
    A 13-year-old boy was held at gun point during a home invasion Monday in Fayetteville, authorities said. A man dressed in black and armed with a handgun broke into a residence in the 5600 block of Burbank Street around 1:30 a.m., the Cumberland County Sheriff's Office said.The sound of the back door being kicked in woke up the homeowner's 13-year-old son, who was sleeping on the living room couch, authorities said.The boy was held at gunpoint while the suspect took a 42-inch flat screen tele...
  • Governor Haley accepts the Ice Bucket Challenge

    Governor Haley accepts the Ice Bucket Challenge

    Thursday, August 14 2014 12:34 PM EDT2014-08-14 16:34:40 GMT
    The Ice Bucket Challenge has swept the nation. Thousands of peoplehave accepted the challenge to pour a bucket of ice water over his or her head and then in turn get others to do the same or make a donation to fight ALS within 24 hours. Now Governor Haley can be counted among those who have taken the challenge and put others to the challenge as well.Shechallengedmusician Edwin McCain, Clemson Football Coach Dabo Sweeney and comedian Stephen Colbert just before two big buckets of ice water wer...
    The Ice Bucket Challenge has swept the nation. Thousands of peoplehave accepted the challenge to pour a bucket of ice water over his or her head and then in turn get others to do the same or make a donation to fight ALS within 24 hours. Now Governor Haley can be counted among those who have taken the challenge and put others to the challenge as well.Shechallengedmusician Edwin McCain, Clemson Football Coach Dabo Sweeney and comedian Stephen Colbert just before two big buckets of ice water wer...
  • SC woman accused of abandoning toddler; deputies say toddler was left at meth house

    SC woman accused of abandoning toddler; deputies say toddler was left at meth house

    Thursday, August 14 2014 9:22 AM EDT2014-08-14 13:22:19 GMT
    Amanda Leigh VosburgAmanda Leigh Vosburg
    A woman has been accused of abandoning her child in Orangeburg County.Sheriff Leroy Ravenell said 24-year-old Amanda Leigh Vosburg of Neeses was arrested by Barnwell police Tuesday and charged with abandoning a 2-year-old girl and food stamp fraud.Ravenell says Vosburg earlier this month left the child at a home where two people were arrested on methamphetamine charges.The sheriff said investigators discovered Vosburg was receiving help from the Department of Social Services food stamp progra...
    A woman has been accused of abandoning her child in Orangeburg County.Sheriff Leroy Ravenell said 24-year-old Amanda Leigh Vosburg of Neeses was arrested by Barnwell police Tuesday and charged with abandoning a 2-year-old girl and food stamp fraud.Ravenell says Vosburg earlier this month left the child at a home where two people were arrested on methamphetamine charges.The sheriff said investigators discovered Vosburg was receiving help from the Department of Social Services food stamp progra...
  • Repeat win for Chesterfield lottery player

    Repeat win for Chesterfield lottery player

    Thursday, August 14 2014 9:07 AM EDT2014-08-14 13:07:46 GMT
    Five years ago a Chesterfield man bought a scratch-off on his way to work and won $10,000. The same thing happened to him yesterday."I couldn't believe it," he said. His Facebook post read: "This must be my lucky day."With his first $10,000 win, he bought a truck and took his wife on a cruise.They're cruising again with this one too."He's lucky," said his wife at his side cashing in the ticket."Look at my wife and friends and you'll see how lucky I am," he said putting his arm around her.The ...
    Five years ago a Chesterfield man bought a scratch-off on his way to work and won $10,000. The same thing happened to him yesterday."I couldn't believe it," he said. His Facebook post read: "This must be my lucky day."With his first $10,000 win, he bought a truck and took his wife on a cruise.They're cruising again with this one too."He's lucky," said his wife at his side cashing in the ticket."Look at my wife and friends and you'll see how lucky I am," he said putting his arm around her.The ...
  • Random act of kindness goes viral

    Random act of kindness goes viral

    Thursday, August 14 2014 8:31 AM EDT2014-08-14 12:31:53 GMT
    Gage Boucher is a stock clerk at the Publix in Ormond Beach, Florida. Last week he noticed an elderly man struggling and he saw that his shoes were not tied. So Gage decided to offer to help the man. He tied both shoe laces and didn't think much of it. The elderly man offered him money but Gage refused. Without realizing, Keith Kiel was also in the store at the time. He saw what was happening and quickly snapped a picture. He said he hasn't seen that in a long time and it even got him choked ...
    Gage Boucher is a stock clerk at the Publix in Ormond Beach, Florida. Last week he noticed an elderly man struggling and he saw that his shoes were not tied. So Gage decided to offer to help the man. He tied both shoe laces and didn't think much of it. The elderly man offered him money but Gage refused. Without realizing, Keith Kiel was also in the store at the time. He saw what was happening and quickly snapped a picture. He said he hasn't seen that in a long time and it even got him choked ...
  • Newberry man faces bigamy charge

    Newberry man faces bigamy charge

    A Newberry man has been charged with bigamy after officials discovered he has married four times since 1988 without divorcing any of the women.
    A Newberry man has been charged with bigamy after officials discovered he has married four times since 1988 without divorcing any of the women.
  • 2 men arrested in NC for kidnapping sisters

    2 men arrested in NC for kidnapping sisters

    Thursday, August 14 2014 7:41 AM EDT2014-08-14 11:41:29 GMT
    North Dakota sisters held against their will at Wilmington motel.North Dakota sisters held against their will at Wilmington motel.
    Wilmington police have arrested two men and charged them with human trafficking and kidnapping in connection with the reported abduction of two North Dakota sisters. Police department spokeswoman Linda Rawley said 22-year-old Jeremy Dean Moots of Edmond, Oklahoma, and 28-year-old Justin Angermeier of Cameron, Missouri, are each charged with human trafficking, involuntary servitude, second-degree kidnapping and contributing to the delinquency and neglect of a juvenile. Rawley said the men we...
    Wilmington police have arrested two men and charged them with human trafficking and kidnapping in connection with the reported abduction of two North Dakota sisters. Police department spokeswoman Linda Rawley said 22-year-old Jeremy Dean Moots of Edmond, Oklahoma, and 28-year-old Justin Angermeier of Cameron, Missouri, are each charged with human trafficking, involuntary servitude, second-degree kidnapping and contributing to the delinquency and neglect of a juvenile. Rawley said the men we...
  • Ft. Bragg soldier dies in Afghanistan

    Ft. Bragg soldier dies in Afghanistan

    Thursday, August 14 2014 7:09 AM EDT2014-08-14 11:09:17 GMT
    The Department of Defense says a soldier based at Fort Bragg has died in Afghanistan. Military officials say 35-year-old Sgt. 1st Class Samuel C. Hairston of Houston, Texas died Tuesday in Ghazni of injuries sustained when his unit encountered enemy small-arms fire.Hairston was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 504th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division at Fort Bragg.
    The Department of Defense says a soldier based at Fort Bragg has died in Afghanistan. Military officials say 35-year-old Sgt. 1st Class Samuel C. Hairston of Houston, Texas died Tuesday in Ghazni of injuries sustained when his unit encountered enemy small-arms fire.Hairston was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 504th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division at Fort Bragg.
  • Man uses soda cans to create fence

    Man uses soda cans to create fence

    Thursday, August 14 2014 6:37 AM EDT2014-08-14 10:37:18 GMT
    An east Nashville man has strung up over 2,000 soda cans for a makeshift fence in front of his home on Carter Avenue.Glen Woods says he's just having fun, but he also has some inspiration - the house next door."I don't like all these houses in this neighborhood. They just tore down good houses. I decided to protest, I guess," said Woods.New construction is changing the face of east Nashville and Woods said he would prefer that it not get so close to his home.Two new homes are nearly finished ...
    An east Nashville man has strung up over 2,000 soda cans for a makeshift fence in front of his home on Carter Avenue.Glen Woods says he's just having fun, but he also has some inspiration - the house next door."I don't like all these houses in this neighborhood. They just tore down good houses. I decided to protest, I guess," said Woods.New construction is changing the face of east Nashville and Woods said he would prefer that it not get so close to his home.Two new homes are nearly finished ...
  • Accused rapist indicted in Army wife's murder near Savannah

    Accused rapist indicted in Army wife's murder near Savannah

    Wednesday, August 13 2014 10:51 PM EDT2014-08-14 02:51:56 GMT
    Torrey Scott and Lisa PynnTorrey Scott and Lisa Pynn
    Lisa Pynn was found dead inside her home near Savannah in January -- just two months after the next-door neighbor suspect in her murder was released from prison. An indictment, which was handed down Wednesday, says that Torrey Scott strangled Pynn
    Lisa Pynn was found dead inside her home near Savannah in January -- just two months after the next-door neighbor suspect in her murder was released from prison. An indictment, which was handed down Wednesday, says that Torrey Scott strangled Pynn
  • SC inmate gets 20 years in murder plot against corrections captain

    SC inmate gets 20 years in murder plot against corrections captain

    Wednesday, August 13 2014 10:41 PM EDT2014-08-14 02:41:10 GMT
    31-year-old Sean Echols was sentenced Wed. to 20 years in federal prison.31-year-old Sean Echols was sentenced Wed. to 20 years in federal prison.
    By Robert KittleA state prison inmate who admits to being part of a conspiracy to murder a state Department of Corrections captain was sentenced Wednesday to 20 years in federal prison. 31-year-old Sean Echols will first serve the remaining 20 years of his state sentence on a separate burglary and assault-and-battery conviction, then will serve 20 years in federal prison.Now-retired Corrections Capt. Robert Johnson wa...
    By Robert KittleA state prison inmate who admits to being part of a conspiracy to murder a state Department of Corrections captain was sentenced Wednesday to 20 years in federal prison. 31-year-old Sean Echols will first serve the remaining 20 years of his state sentence on a separate burglary and assault-and-battery conviction, then will serve 20 years in federal prison.Now-retired Corrections Capt. Robert Johnson wa...
  • South Carolina State Museum adds planetarium, observatory and 4D theater

    South Carolina State Museum adds planetarium, observatory and 4D theater

    Wednesday, August 13 2014 10:36 PM EDT2014-08-14 02:36:46 GMT
    By Ali O'Hara (Media General Intern)The South Carolina State Museum will celebrate the grand opening of its new observatory, planetarium and 4D theater from 9 a.m. – 7 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 16.The museum is the first and only museum in the nation to host a planetarium, observatory and 4D theater, plus an expansive museum, under one roof.“This is truly an exciting and momentous time for our state,” said Willie Calloway, executive director, S.C. State Museum. “We are extremely proud of what we...
    By Ali O'Hara (Media General Intern)The South Carolina State Museum will celebrate the grand opening of its new observatory, planetarium and 4D theater from 9 a.m. – 7 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 16.The museum is the first and only museum in the nation to host a planetarium, observatory and 4D theater, plus an expansive museum, under one roof.“This is truly an exciting and momentous time for our state,” said Willie Calloway, executive director, S.C. State Museum. “We are extremely proud of what we...
  • SC mom arrested for using 'F-word' in grocery store in front of her kids

    SC mom arrested for using 'F-word' in grocery store in front of her kids

    Wednesday, August 13 2014 9:18 PM EDT2014-08-14 01:18:37 GMT
    WolfWolf
    A North Augusta mother is facing charges after a witness says she used profanity toward her children.A loaf of bread and a few choice words on Sunday evening now have Danielle Wolf in hot water. Wolf, age 22, moved to South Carolina with her family 3 weeks ago but a night
    A North Augusta mother is facing charges after a witness says she used profanity toward her children.A loaf of bread and a few choice words on Sunday evening now have Danielle Wolf in hot water. Wolf, age 22, moved to South Carolina with her family 3 weeks ago but a night
  • Troopers looking for SUV in death of former Robeson County fireman

    Troopers looking for SUV in death of former Robeson County fireman

    Wednesday, August 13 2014 5:15 PM EDT2014-08-13 21:15:05 GMT
    Reed in a Facebook photo as a fireman with Parkton FIre Dept. and images from troopers of the vehicle involvedReed in a Facebook photo as a fireman with Parkton FIre Dept. and images from troopers of the vehicle involved
    Authorities are looking for a driver and vehicle involved in a hit-and-run that killed a Robeson County dad on Monday night.Troopers say it happened around 10 p.m. in Fayetteville. Investigators say 31-year-old Ronald Reed Jr
    Authorities are looking for a driver and vehicle involved in a hit-and-run that killed a Robeson County dad on Monday night.Troopers say it happened around 10 p.m. in Fayetteville. Investigators say 31-year-old Ronald Reed Jr
  • NC family provided alcohol at wedding to teen who died in crash, police say

    NC family provided alcohol at wedding to teen who died in crash, police say

    Wednesday, August 13 2014 4:00 PM EDT2014-08-13 20:00:02 GMT
    Taylor (left) who died in a crash and MatthewsTaylor (left) who died in a crash and Matthews
    A Raleigh family and an store clerk have been arrested and charged with providing alcohol to a teen before he died in a wreck earlier this summer. Thomas Blake Matthews, 18, is charged with buying alcohol for the celebration. His parents, 59-year-old Charles Joseph Matthews and 52-year-old Kimberly Hunt Matthews
    A Raleigh family and an store clerk have been arrested and charged with providing alcohol to a teen before he died in a wreck earlier this summer. Thomas Blake Matthews, 18, is charged with buying alcohol for the celebration. His parents, 59-year-old Charles Joseph Matthews and 52-year-old Kimberly Hunt Matthews
  • Woman's body found stuffed in suitcase; daughter arrested

    Woman's body found stuffed in suitcase; daughter arrested

    Wednesday, August 13 2014 2:32 PM EDT2014-08-13 18:32:06 GMT
    The body of a 62-year-old American woman was found stuffed inside a suitcase on the Indonesian resort island of Bali, and authorities on Wednesday arrested her daughter and her daughter's boyfriend in relation to the death, police said.The suitcase containing Sheila von Wiese-Mack's body was found Tuesday inside the trunk of a taxi parked in front of the St. Regis Bali Resort in the island's upscale Nusa Dua area, sai...
    The body of a 62-year-old American woman was found stuffed inside a suitcase on the Indonesian resort island of Bali, and authorities on Wednesday arrested her daughter and her daughter's boyfriend in relation to the death, police said.The suitcase containing Sheila von Wiese-Mack's body was found Tuesday inside the trunk of a taxi parked in front of the St. Regis Bali Resort in the island's upscale Nusa Dua area, sai...
  • Sick girl getting big surprise thanks to kindness of a stranger

    Sick girl getting big surprise thanks to kindness of a stranger

    Wednesday, August 13 2014 2:04 PM EDT2014-08-13 18:04:53 GMT
    Alexus Lasiter is only 7, but she already has two big loves in life: horses and getting mail. Now, the little girl battling big health problems is in for a huge surprise, thanks to kind strangers moved by a mother's simple request.Alexus, whose family calls her Lex, has just arrived in Clearwater, Florida where she thinks she'll just get to ride a horse, but she is actually getting one of her own.Lex was born with cerebral palsy. She also suffers from a seizure di...
    Alexus Lasiter is only 7, but she already has two big loves in life: horses and getting mail. Now, the little girl battling big health problems is in for a huge surprise, thanks to kind strangers moved by a mother's simple request.Alexus, whose family calls her Lex, has just arrived in Clearwater, Florida where she thinks she'll just get to ride a horse, but she is actually getting one of her own.Lex was born with cerebral palsy. She also suffers from a seizure di...
  • SC doctor charged after 9 dogs died inside hot car

    SC doctor charged after 9 dogs died inside hot car

    Wednesday, August 13 2014 10:32 AM EDT2014-08-13 14:32:46 GMT
    Charles A. BickerstaffCharles A. Bickerstaff
    A Lowcountry doctor is facing nine counts of ill treatment of animals today, after Mount Pleasant Police say he left nine dogs inside his hot car as he worked at East Cooper Medical Center (ECMC) Monday. According to the affidavit dated August 12th, Charles A. Bickerstaff, of Charleston, went to the Mount Pleasant Emergency Vet on Johnnie Dodd's Blvd Monday evening, with what staff members there believed to be six dead dogs in carriers in the back of a man's SUV. Staff members at the emergenc...
    A Lowcountry doctor is facing nine counts of ill treatment of animals today, after Mount Pleasant Police say he left nine dogs inside his hot car as he worked at East Cooper Medical Center (ECMC) Monday. According to the affidavit dated August 12th, Charles A. Bickerstaff, of Charleston, went to the Mount Pleasant Emergency Vet on Johnnie Dodd's Blvd Monday evening, with what staff members there believed to be six dead dogs in carriers in the back of a man's SUV. Staff members at the emergenc...
  • 3 charged in alcohol-related death of NC teen

    3 charged in alcohol-related death of NC teen

    Wednesday, August 13 2014 8:19 AM EDT2014-08-13 12:19:40 GMT
     Jonathon Gregory Taylor Jonathon Gregory Taylor
    Three Raleigh residents have been arrested and charged with providing alcohol to a teen before he died in a wreck earlier this summer.Multiple media outlets reported that 18-year-old Thomas Blake Matthews is charged with buying alcohol for the party. His parents, 59-year-old Charles Joseph Matthews and 52-year-old Kimberly Hunt Matthews are charged with aiding and abetting the consumption of alcohol by minors.Police say 18-year-old Jonathon Gregory Taylor left the party just before the June 2...
    Three Raleigh residents have been arrested and charged with providing alcohol to a teen before he died in a wreck earlier this summer.Multiple media outlets reported that 18-year-old Thomas Blake Matthews is charged with buying alcohol for the party. His parents, 59-year-old Charles Joseph Matthews and 52-year-old Kimberly Hunt Matthews are charged with aiding and abetting the consumption of alcohol by minors.Police say 18-year-old Jonathon Gregory Taylor left the party just before the June 2...
  • Sinkhole forces some SC families to leave homes

    Sinkhole forces some SC families to leave homes

    Wednesday, August 13 2014 8:09 AM EDT2014-08-13 12:09:43 GMT
    The city of Greer has closed an apartment building after a sinkhole opened behind the complex.Greer spokesman Steve Owens told local media outlets that residents reported the sinkhole behind one of the buildings at the Legacy Crescent Park Apartments shortly before 6 p.m. Monday.Owens said the city's engineer and building inspectors found erosion beneath the slab foundation between 1-and 3-feet deep. Owens said the sinkhole left no support on one side of a building in the complex.Owens says s...
    The city of Greer has closed an apartment building after a sinkhole opened behind the complex.Greer spokesman Steve Owens told local media outlets that residents reported the sinkhole behind one of the buildings at the Legacy Crescent Park Apartments shortly before 6 p.m. Monday.Owens said the city's engineer and building inspectors found erosion beneath the slab foundation between 1-and 3-feet deep. Owens said the sinkhole left no support on one side of a building in the complex.Owens says s...
  • SC AG warning parents after alleged online predator arrested

    SC AG warning parents after alleged online predator arrested

    Tuesday, August 12 2014 10:44 PM EDT2014-08-13 02:44:36 GMT
    Charles Henry Ross is charged with one count of Criminal Solicitation of a Minor and three counts of Criminal Sexual Conduct with a Minor. (Photo: Lexington Co. Sheriff's Office)Charles Henry Ross is charged with one count of Criminal Solicitation of a Minor and three counts of Criminal Sexual Conduct with a Minor. (Photo: Lexington Co. Sheriff's Office)
    By Robert KittleSouth Carolina Attorney General Alan Wilson is warning parents and children about the dangers of the Internet after an accused online predator flew from California to South Carolina to have sex with a minor here. He says 28-year-old Charles Henry Ross was caught by the victim's mother in the child's bedroom. Ross ran out of the house but was later caught by the Lexington County Sheriff's Department."Predators on the Internet are real. They can get to anyone, and no one is abov...
    By Robert KittleSouth Carolina Attorney General Alan Wilson is warning parents and children about the dangers of the Internet after an accused online predator flew from California to South Carolina to have sex with a minor here. He says 28-year-old Charles Henry Ross was caught by the victim's mother in the child's bedroom. Ross ran out of the house but was later caught by the Lexington County Sheriff's Department."Predators on the Internet are real. They can get to anyone, and no one is abov...
  • Actress Lauren Bacall dies at age 89

    Actress Lauren Bacall dies at age 89

    Tuesday, August 12 2014 8:32 PM EDT2014-08-13 00:32:48 GMT
    Bacall in a CBS Newspath photoBacall in a CBS Newspath photo
    Oscar-winning actress Lauren Bacall has died, according to reports. A report by PIX11 News said that a family member announced that the actress had a massive stroke Tuesday morning at her home. Bacall starred with and married Humphrey Bogart in 1945.
    Oscar-winning actress Lauren Bacall has died, according to reports. A report by PIX11 News said that a family member announced that the actress had a massive stroke Tuesday morning at her home. Bacall starred with and married Humphrey Bogart in 1945.
  • SC toddler dies after being hit by SUV, woman charged

    SC toddler dies after being hit by SUV, woman charged

    Tuesday, August 12 2014 8:17 PM EDT2014-08-13 00:17:47 GMT
    The Anderson County Coroner's Office says a child hit by an SUV on Saturday in Belton has died and his family has donated his organs to help others live.Greg Shore says 2 year old Chase Lee Bryant died at 6:48 pm Sunday at Greenville Memorial Hospital of head and abdominal trauma.
    The Anderson County Coroner's Office says a child hit by an SUV on Saturday in Belton has died and his family has donated his organs to help others live.Greg Shore says 2 year old Chase Lee Bryant died at 6:48 pm Sunday at Greenville Memorial Hospital of head and abdominal trauma.
  • Expecting mom serving in Army wins $2.5 million in lottery near Savannah

    Expecting mom serving in Army wins $2.5 million in lottery near Savannah

    Tuesday, August 12 2014 4:34 PM EDT2014-08-12 20:34:35 GMT
    Bowman and images of her child -- from FacebookBowman and images of her child -- from Facebook
    Misty Bowman, age 36, of Savannah, recently won a $2.5 million top prize playing Millionaire Jumbo Bucks, a Georgia Lottery instant game. Bowman, who is expecting her first child later this year, claimed her prize Aug. 1 at the Georgia Lottery District Office
    Misty Bowman, age 36, of Savannah, recently won a $2.5 million top prize playing Millionaire Jumbo Bucks, a Georgia Lottery instant game. Bowman, who is expecting her first child later this year, claimed her prize Aug. 1 at the Georgia Lottery District Office
  • Authorities reveal how Robin Williams died

    Authorities reveal how Robin Williams died

    Tuesday, August 12 2014 2:38 PM EDT2014-08-12 18:38:51 GMT
    Robin Williams committed suicide by hanging himself with a belt at his San Francisco Bay Area home, sheriff's officials said Tuesday. Marin County Sheriff's Lt. Keith Boyd said Williams' personal assistant found the actor Monday in a bedroom at his Tiburon home.
    Robin Williams committed suicide by hanging himself with a belt at his San Francisco Bay Area home, sheriff's officials said Tuesday. Marin County Sheriff's Lt. Keith Boyd said Williams' personal assistant found the actor Monday in a bedroom at his Tiburon home.
  • NC town honors K-9 officer with first Officer of Month award for non-human

    NC town honors K-9 officer with first Officer of Month award for non-human

    Tuesday, August 12 2014 2:26 PM EDT2014-08-12 18:26:15 GMT
    Patton during the ceremony on TuesdayPatton during the ceremony on Tuesday
    K9 Officer Patton was named "Officer of the Month" Tuesday morning for the Greenville Police Department after he tracked down an armed robbery suspect on Saturday. Patton is the first non-human officer to be given this honor in Greenville.
    K9 Officer Patton was named "Officer of the Month" Tuesday morning for the Greenville Police Department after he tracked down an armed robbery suspect on Saturday. Patton is the first non-human officer to be given this honor in Greenville.
  • Bullied about weight, pre-teen girl who collapsed from malnutrition warns about diet apps

    Bullied about weight, pre-teen girl who collapsed from malnutrition warns about diet apps

    Tuesday, August 12 2014 1:41 PM EDT2014-08-12 17:41:41 GMT
    Marinda Mood - WKRN photoMarinda Mood - WKRN photo
    A middle school student learned the hard way that not all information on the Internet can be trusted, and now she’s hoping to warn others who might be at risk. Marinda Mood, 12, is happy, healthy, active and smart, but just like most middle-schoolers, she’s been bullied.
    A middle school student learned the hard way that not all information on the Internet can be trusted, and now she’s hoping to warn others who might be at risk. Marinda Mood, 12, is happy, healthy, active and smart, but just like most middle-schoolers, she’s been bullied.
  • Teen boy held on $1 million bond in death of girl, age 6

    Teen boy held on $1 million bond in death of girl, age 6

    Tuesday, August 12 2014 12:28 PM EDT2014-08-12 16:28:45 GMT
    Gaeta in a Facebook photo and an AP photo of Jenise WrightGaeta in a Facebook photo and an AP photo of Jenise Wright
    A judge on Monday found probable cause to detain a 17-year-old boy under investigation in the death and sexual assault of a 6-year-old Washington girl. Judge Kevin Hull set bail at $1 million for Gabriel Gaeta after prosecut
    A judge on Monday found probable cause to detain a 17-year-old boy under investigation in the death and sexual assault of a 6-year-old Washington girl. Judge Kevin Hull set bail at $1 million for Gabriel Gaeta after prosecut
  • NC teen set himself on fire, mom arrested for videotaping incident

    NC teen set himself on fire, mom arrested for videotaping incident

    Tuesday, August 12 2014 8:24 AM EDT2014-08-12 12:24:24 GMT
    CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) - A Charlotte woman has been arrested and accused of helping her son with a video in which he set himself on fire as part of the "Fire Challenge" craze on social media.Several media outlets reported that 41-year-old Janie Lachelle Talley has been charged with contributing to the delinquency of a minor.Charlotte-Mecklenburg police detectives say Talley's 16-year-old son poured fingernail polish on himself on July 29 and set himself on fire. The police statement said Talley...
    CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) - A Charlotte woman has been arrested and accused of helping her son with a video in which he set himself on fire as part of the "Fire Challenge" craze on social media.Several media outlets reported that 41-year-old Janie Lachelle Talley has been charged with contributing to the delinquency of a minor.Charlotte-Mecklenburg police detectives say Talley's 16-year-old son poured fingernail polish on himself on July 29 and set himself on fire. The police statement said Talley...
  • Robeson County man killed in hit-and-run near Fayetteville

    Robeson County man killed in hit-and-run near Fayetteville

    Tuesday, August 12 2014 7:32 AM EDT2014-08-12 11:32:42 GMT
    FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. (WBTW) - The North Carolina Highway Patrol is looking for a driver and vehicle involved in a deadly hit-and-run Monday night.Troopers say it happened around 10:00 p.m. near the intersection of Boone Trail and Cumberland Road in Fayetteville.Investigators say 31-year-old Ronald Reed, Jr., of Parkton, was walking in the road when a vehicle hit him. Troopers say the driver left the scene, and left behind only a small piece of chrome. It happened very close to the Cumberland Ro...
    FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. (WBTW) - The North Carolina Highway Patrol is looking for a driver and vehicle involved in a deadly hit-and-run Monday night.Troopers say it happened around 10:00 p.m. near the intersection of Boone Trail and Cumberland Road in Fayetteville.Investigators say 31-year-old Ronald Reed, Jr., of Parkton, was walking in the road when a vehicle hit him. Troopers say the driver left the scene, and left behind only a small piece of chrome. It happened very close to the Cumberland Ro...
  • Flood insurance, what you need to know

    Flood insurance, what you need to know

    Monday, August 11 2014 10:41 PM EDT2014-08-12 02:41:02 GMT
    By WSPA News StaffThe rising waters this weekend caught many people off guard. Some homeowners and renters say they weren't prepared with flood insurance. The South Carolina Insurance News Service says floods are the most common natural disaster in the U.S. Standard homeowners and renters insurance policies don't cover flooding damage.That requires a separate flood insurance policy, explained Chad Wager, a State Farm Agent in Spartanburg."That's something that you would have to purchase separ...
    By WSPA News StaffThe rising waters this weekend caught many people off guard. Some homeowners and renters say they weren't prepared with flood insurance. The South Carolina Insurance News Service says floods are the most common natural disaster in the U.S. Standard homeowners and renters insurance policies don't cover flooding damage.That requires a separate flood insurance policy, explained Chad Wager, a State Farm Agent in Spartanburg."That's something that you would have to purchase separ...
  • Education to be big issue in SC governor's race

    Education to be big issue in SC governor's race

    Monday, August 11 2014 10:35 PM EDT2014-08-12 02:35:58 GMT
    By Robert KittleAs the new school year is about to start in South Carolina, what happens in those schools in the future will be a big issue in the governor's race. Democrat Vincent Sheheen has released a detailed plan to improve South Carolina schools, while Republican Nikki Haley is meeting with teachers, principals, and superintendents to get their input as she formulates her plan.Sheheen calls his plan the “Back to School, Back to Basics” education initiative.His plan would:--Provide volun...
    By Robert KittleAs the new school year is about to start in South Carolina, what happens in those schools in the future will be a big issue in the governor's race. Democrat Vincent Sheheen has released a detailed plan to improve South Carolina schools, while Republican Nikki Haley is meeting with teachers, principals, and superintendents to get their input as she formulates her plan.Sheheen calls his plan the “Back to School, Back to Basics” education initiative.His plan would:--Provide volun...
  • Man arrested in death of Durham priest

    Man arrested in death of Durham priest

    Monday, August 11 2014 7:26 PM EDT2014-08-11 23:26:59 GMT
    The body of Kent Torrey Hinkson, the missing priest from Durham was located last night in a state park in Orange County.
    The body of Kent Torrey Hinkson, the missing priest from Durham was located last night in a state park in Orange County.
  • Couple plunge to death while taking 'selfie' as their children watch in horror

    Couple plunge to death while taking 'selfie' as their children watch in horror

    Monday, August 11 2014 5:02 PM EDT2014-08-11 21:02:44 GMT
    An image from Stillman Leaders Twitter feed showing some folks at the cliffs last summer.An image from Stillman Leaders Twitter feed showing some folks at the cliffs last summer.
    A couple 'taking a selfie' on the edge of a cliff died when they fell hundreds of feet while their young children watched.. The Polish couple died after falling from the rocky edge in Cabo da Roca, western Portugal.
    A couple 'taking a selfie' on the edge of a cliff died when they fell hundreds of feet while their young children watched.. The Polish couple died after falling from the rocky edge in Cabo da Roca, western Portugal.
  • Garbage truck driver dies after being trapped for 4 hours when truck flips

    Garbage truck driver dies after being trapped for 4 hours when truck flips

    Monday, August 11 2014 3:52 PM EDT2014-08-11 19:52:51 GMT
    Photo from WJBFPhoto from WJBF
    The driver of a garbage truck was trapped inside the truck for several hours Monday morning after it overturned into a ravine.WJBF reported that the driver was removed from the truck around 1:30 pm and taken by ambulance to a hospital to be checked out.
    The driver of a garbage truck was trapped inside the truck for several hours Monday morning after it overturned into a ravine.WJBF reported that the driver was removed from the truck around 1:30 pm and taken by ambulance to a hospital to be checked out.
  • SC town freaks out after mountain lion on the loose report goes viral

    SC town freaks out after mountain lion on the loose report goes viral

    Monday, August 11 2014 3:38 PM EDT2014-08-11 19:38:49 GMT
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    Aiken Department of Public Safety (ADPS) officers received a call around midnight Saturday night, in which the caller said a pet store on Richland Avenue in Aiken was broken into and a mountain lion escaped or was stolen.
    Aiken Department of Public Safety (ADPS) officers received a call around midnight Saturday night, in which the caller said a pet store on Richland Avenue in Aiken was broken into and a mountain lion escaped or was stolen.
  • High School football player dies after over-hydrating

    High School football player dies after over-hydrating

    Monday, August 11 2014 12:09 PM EDT2014-08-11 16:09:30 GMT
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    DOUGLASVILLE, Ga. — A Georgia high school football player is dead after drinking too much fluid during practice.Relatives of 17-year-old Zyrees Oliver had him removed from life support early Monday in a hospital in Marietta. He had no brain activity.Oliver was declared dead a short time later.Oliver played football at Douglas County High School west of Atlanta.Relatives say the youth complained of cramping during football practice on Tuesday. Aunt Tammy Chavis says the teen drank two gallons ...
    DOUGLASVILLE, Ga. — A Georgia high school football player is dead after drinking too much fluid during practice.Relatives of 17-year-old Zyrees Oliver had him removed from life support early Monday in a hospital in Marietta. He had no brain activity.Oliver was declared dead a short time later.Oliver played football at Douglas County High School west of Atlanta.Relatives say the youth complained of cramping during football practice on Tuesday. Aunt Tammy Chavis says the teen drank two gallons ...
  • Cars trapped after SC bridge collapses during storms, two hospitalized

    Cars trapped after SC bridge collapses during storms, two hospitalized

    Monday, August 11 2014 11:25 AM EDT2014-08-11 15:25:19 GMT
    Monday August 11, 2014 UpdateThe South Carolina DOT reports the pipe that pushed the stream under the road in Greer gave way because too much water was rushing through it from Saturday night's storm.Jason Allison tells us the road was washed away as a result. SCDOT is trying to determine if the agency should make repairs or if it should be contracted out. The cost is estimated to be $100,000.Cars that fell into the water were removed Sunday night according to SCDOT.Reporting by Shelby CoatesA...
    Monday August 11, 2014 UpdateThe South Carolina DOT reports the pipe that pushed the stream under the road in Greer gave way because too much water was rushing through it from Saturday night's storm.Jason Allison tells us the road was washed away as a result. SCDOT is trying to determine if the agency should make repairs or if it should be contracted out. The cost is estimated to be $100,000.Cars that fell into the water were removed Sunday night according to SCDOT.Reporting by Shelby CoatesA...
  • South Carolina gas prices continue to drop

    South Carolina gas prices continue to drop

    Monday, August 11 2014 9:24 AM EDT2014-08-11 13:24:31 GMT
    Average retail gasoline prices in South Carolina have fallen 3.7 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $3.16/g Sunday, according to GasBuddy's daily survey of 3,028 gas outlets in South Carolina. This compares with the national average that has fallen 1.7 cents per gallon in the last week to $3.47/g, according to gasoline price website GasBuddy.com.Including the change in gas prices in South Carolina during the past week, prices Sunday were 6.3 cents per gallon lower than the same day ...
    Average retail gasoline prices in South Carolina have fallen 3.7 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $3.16/g Sunday, according to GasBuddy's daily survey of 3,028 gas outlets in South Carolina. This compares with the national average that has fallen 1.7 cents per gallon in the last week to $3.47/g, according to gasoline price website GasBuddy.com.Including the change in gas prices in South Carolina during the past week, prices Sunday were 6.3 cents per gallon lower than the same day ...
  • 1 dead, 1 missing in Greenville County floods

    1 dead, 1 missing in Greenville County floods

    Authorities say a woman is dead and a man she was with is missing after they were swept away by flood waters in Greenville.
    Authorities say a woman is dead and a man she was with is missing after they were swept away by flood waters in Greenville.
  • Toddler missing for 2nd time could be at NC coast

    Toddler missing for 2nd time could be at NC coast

    Saturday, August 9 2014 5:18 AM EDT2014-08-09 09:18:40 GMT
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    Durham police are searching for a missing 20-month-old child -- who also disappeared in April after his parents were arrested.Andre Thompson Jr. weighs around 28 pounds and may be in Durham or Southport in Brunswick County, police said. The c
    Durham police are searching for a missing 20-month-old child -- who also disappeared in April after his parents were arrested.Andre Thompson Jr. weighs around 28 pounds and may be in Durham or Southport in Brunswick County, police said. The c
  • First female inmates graduate from SC prison program

    First female inmates graduate from SC prison program

    Friday, August 8 2014 10:15 PM EDT2014-08-09 02:15:13 GMT
    By Robert KittleSouth Carolina's first-ever class of female state prison inmates graduated from Columbia International University's Prison Initiative Friday. Twelve women earned Associate of Arts degrees and will now become chaplain's assistants at the three women's prisons across the state.The program started in 2007 for male inmates and 63 men have graduated since then. They've been working in the state's 22 men's prisons. "Some institutions have character-based dorms, and so our guys are s...
    By Robert KittleSouth Carolina's first-ever class of female state prison inmates graduated from Columbia International University's Prison Initiative Friday. Twelve women earned Associate of Arts degrees and will now become chaplain's assistants at the three women's prisons across the state.The program started in 2007 for male inmates and 63 men have graduated since then. They've been working in the state's 22 men's prisons. "Some institutions have character-based dorms, and so our guys are s...
  • Prayer vigil held for missing NC minister

    Prayer vigil held for missing NC minister

    Friday, August 8 2014 7:43 PM EDT2014-08-08 23:43:55 GMT
    Kent HinksonKent Hinkson
    A prayer vigil was planned for Friday evening for a retired Durham minister who has been missing since Monday.On Thursday, volunteers were armed with maps and flyers searching for missing 71-year-old Kent Hinkson, who served as a Presbyterian minister
    A prayer vigil was planned for Friday evening for a retired Durham minister who has been missing since Monday.On Thursday, volunteers were armed with maps and flyers searching for missing 71-year-old Kent Hinkson, who served as a Presbyterian minister
  • SC woman in institution after trying to fire gun at all-girls school, authorities say

    SC woman in institution after trying to fire gun at all-girls school, authorities say

    Friday, August 8 2014 6:33 PM EDT2014-08-08 22:33:57 GMT
    Alice BolandAlice Boland
    United States Attorney Bill Nettles said Thursday that Alice Boland of Beaufort was recently ordered to be civilly committed to the custody of the Attorney General pending further court order. Charleston Police say the 28-year-old Boland drew a gun on an Ashley Hall
    United States Attorney Bill Nettles said Thursday that Alice Boland of Beaufort was recently ordered to be civilly committed to the custody of the Attorney General pending further court order. Charleston Police say the 28-year-old Boland drew a gun on an Ashley Hall
  • Arrests near 100 as NC coastal drug crack down enters new phase

    Arrests near 100 as NC coastal drug crack down enters new phase

    Friday, August 8 2014 5:58 PM EDT2014-08-08 21:58:44 GMT
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    Eight more people have been arrested as “Operation Pill Crusher” continues along the North Carolina coast.In May, Carteret County Sheriff Asa Buck and District Attorney Scott Thomas announced the first round of arrests in the undercover drug operation called
    Eight more people have been arrested as “Operation Pill Crusher” continues along the North Carolina coast.In May, Carteret County Sheriff Asa Buck and District Attorney Scott Thomas announced the first round of arrests in the undercover drug operation called
  • Smokey bear turns 70

    Smokey bear turns 70

    Friday, August 8 2014 4:52 PM EDT2014-08-08 20:52:22 GMT
    For over 50 years, Smokey Bear has been proclaiming “Remember . . . Only YOU Can Prevent Forest Fires.” Since his birthday on August 9, 1944, Smokey Bear has been a recognized symbol of conservation and protection of America's forests. His message about wildfire prevention has helped to reduce the number of acres lost annually to wildfires, from about 22 million in 1944 to an average of 6.7 million annually today. Des...
    For over 50 years, Smokey Bear has been proclaiming “Remember . . . Only YOU Can Prevent Forest Fires.” Since his birthday on August 9, 1944, Smokey Bear has been a recognized symbol of conservation and protection of America's forests. His message about wildfire prevention has helped to reduce the number of acres lost annually to wildfires, from about 22 million in 1944 to an average of 6.7 million annually today. Des...
  • Report: Insurance fraud complaints in SC rising

    Report: Insurance fraud complaints in SC rising

    Friday, August 8 2014 4:06 PM EDT2014-08-08 20:06:06 GMT
    By The Associated PressAttorney General Alan Wilson says that insurance fraud complaints in South Carolina have reached an historic high with more than 1,200 received last year.Wilson on Friday released the annual report from his office's Insurance Fraud Division.Attorneys in his office last year prosecuted cases that resulted in 37 convictions and resulted in more than $700,000 being returned to the victims of insurance fraud.The report notes that in one Darlington County case, three defenda...
    By The Associated PressAttorney General Alan Wilson says that insurance fraud complaints in South Carolina have reached an historic high with more than 1,200 received last year.Wilson on Friday released the annual report from his office's Insurance Fraud Division.Attorneys in his office last year prosecuted cases that resulted in 37 convictions and resulted in more than $700,000 being returned to the victims of insurance fraud.The report notes that in one Darlington County case, three defenda...
  • Bat exposes two people in Spartanburg to rabies

    Bat exposes two people in Spartanburg to rabies

    Friday, August 8 2014 3:07 PM EDT2014-08-08 19:07:36 GMT
    Two people have been recommended to discuss with their health care provider the option of receiving post-exposure treatment after coming into contact with a rabid bat while outdoors in the Old Canaan Community area of Spartanburg County, the S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control reported today."Rabid bats have been known to transmit the virus to humans," said Sandra Craig of DHEC's Bureau of Environmenta...
    Two people have been recommended to discuss with their health care provider the option of receiving post-exposure treatment after coming into contact with a rabid bat while outdoors in the Old Canaan Community area of Spartanburg County, the S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control reported today."Rabid bats have been known to transmit the virus to humans," said Sandra Craig of DHEC's Bureau of Environmenta...
  • Fayetteville residents divided on poultry plant

    Fayetteville residents divided on poultry plant

    Friday, August 8 2014 10:56 AM EDT2014-08-08 14:56:49 GMT
    Fayetteville residents have differing opinions about a proposed $113 million poultry processing plant that would create 1,000 jobs.Sanderson Farms wants to build the plant in an industrial park east of Interstate 95.Area media outlets report about 350 people turned out Thursday for a public hearing about the project.Supporters of the plant say it will create jobs and help the area diversify an economy that is based largely on the military. But opponents worry about the large amount of water t...
    Fayetteville residents have differing opinions about a proposed $113 million poultry processing plant that would create 1,000 jobs.Sanderson Farms wants to build the plant in an industrial park east of Interstate 95.Area media outlets report about 350 people turned out Thursday for a public hearing about the project.Supporters of the plant say it will create jobs and help the area diversify an economy that is based largely on the military. But opponents worry about the large amount of water t...
  • Woman bit by gator on road to recovery

    Woman bit by gator on road to recovery

    Friday, August 8 2014 8:27 AM EDT2014-08-08 12:27:26 GMT
    It's a vacation two women visiting the Tampa Bay area from Ohio will never forget. Andrea Reese, 20, and her friend, Morgan Fusselman, were canoeing on the Hillsborough River at John Sergeant Park in Thonotosassa when Reese was bitten by an alligator.Reese was treated and released from Tampa General Hospital at 7:16 p.m. Thursday. “All of the sudden, she screamed and I saw an alligator half way on the boat. It grabbed...
    It's a vacation two women visiting the Tampa Bay area from Ohio will never forget. Andrea Reese, 20, and her friend, Morgan Fusselman, were canoeing on the Hillsborough River at John Sergeant Park in Thonotosassa when Reese was bitten by an alligator.Reese was treated and released from Tampa General Hospital at 7:16 p.m. Thursday. “All of the sudden, she screamed and I saw an alligator half way on the boat. It grabbed...
  • Carjacking at gunpoint while couple pumps gas

    Carjacking at gunpoint while couple pumps gas

    Friday, August 8 2014 8:20 AM EDT2014-08-08 12:20:02 GMT
    Carjacking in Hillsborough County and a chase across county lines ended with two arrests early Friday morning. Hillsborough and Polk deputies caught the carjackers who they said took a car at gunpoint near a gas station. At about 4:15 a.m. a man and a woman were pumping gas at 204 West Highway 60 in Plant City when two men with a gun approached them and demanded their 2006 Chevy Malibu.The attackers took off in the car southbound on Highway 39. Deputies said that's when one of the carjackers ...
    Carjacking in Hillsborough County and a chase across county lines ended with two arrests early Friday morning. Hillsborough and Polk deputies caught the carjackers who they said took a car at gunpoint near a gas station. At about 4:15 a.m. a man and a woman were pumping gas at 204 West Highway 60 in Plant City when two men with a gun approached them and demanded their 2006 Chevy Malibu.The attackers took off in the car southbound on Highway 39. Deputies said that's when one of the carjackers ...
  • Top paying university bachelor's degree programs in NC

    Top paying university bachelor's degree programs in NC

    Friday, August 8 2014 7:37 AM EDT2014-08-08 11:37:31 GMT
    The era of Big Data is allowing university and community college students see what actual graduates of a school's degree programs are paid after they start drawing a paycheck.North Carolina's public universities and community colleges last week and Kentucky schools this week became the latest to disclose the payroll payoff that comes with completing a degree.At least a half-dozen states from Texas to Florida are linki...
    The era of Big Data is allowing university and community college students see what actual graduates of a school's degree programs are paid after they start drawing a paycheck.North Carolina's public universities and community colleges last week and Kentucky schools this week became the latest to disclose the payroll payoff that comes with completing a degree.At least a half-dozen states from Texas to Florida are linki...
  • Concealed weapons permits in NC skyrocket

    Concealed weapons permits in NC skyrocket

    Friday, August 8 2014 6:27 AM EDT2014-08-08 10:27:41 GMT
    The presence of crime is causing concealed weapons permits to rise. In the last 10 years permits have gone up 1000% in Lenoir County."They're applying for a concealed weapons permit because they want to be able to protect themselves and they want to be able to protect their families." Sheriff Chris Hill said.In 2008, 210 people applied and in 2013 it jumped to more than 800 applicants.“I think the general consensus is that they want to level the playing field. They don't want to become the ne...
    The presence of crime is causing concealed weapons permits to rise. In the last 10 years permits have gone up 1000% in Lenoir County."They're applying for a concealed weapons permit because they want to be able to protect themselves and they want to be able to protect their families." Sheriff Chris Hill said.In 2008, 210 people applied and in 2013 it jumped to more than 800 applicants.“I think the general consensus is that they want to level the playing field. They don't want to become the ne...
  • New web-based company makes moving its business

    New web-based company makes moving its business

    Friday, August 8 2014 6:22 AM EDT2014-08-08 10:22:57 GMT
    There's a new company in town that's making “moves” their business. It's called Bellhops and you can book everything for your local move online. Bellhops' start up success was featured in Forbes Magazine, while their operation spans to college campuses around the country, including at East Carolina University. The virtual moving company is all about getting students in on the work with more than 100 bellhops employed on ECU's campus alone. From scheduling your move to the employees notificati...
    There's a new company in town that's making “moves” their business. It's called Bellhops and you can book everything for your local move online. Bellhops' start up success was featured in Forbes Magazine, while their operation spans to college campuses around the country, including at East Carolina University. The virtual moving company is all about getting students in on the work with more than 100 bellhops employed on ECU's campus alone. From scheduling your move to the employees notificati...
  • Man charged after teen, toddler killed in NC town on eve of National Night Out

    Man charged after teen, toddler killed in NC town on eve of National Night Out

    Thursday, August 7 2014 5:39 PM EDT2014-08-07 21:39:21 GMT
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    A 19-year-old man is in custody in connection with a fatal shooting that left a 15-year-old earlier this week, the Halifax County Sheriff's Office said.Samaj Tojuan Clanton, of Garysburg, turned himself in without incident, the sheriff's office said. Cl
    A 19-year-old man is in custody in connection with a fatal shooting that left a 15-year-old earlier this week, the Halifax County Sheriff's Office said.Samaj Tojuan Clanton, of Garysburg, turned himself in without incident, the sheriff's office said. Cl
  • Wife shoots husband in crotch while showing off gun, Tenn. police say

    Wife shoots husband in crotch while showing off gun, Tenn. police say

    Thursday, August 7 2014 4:44 PM EDT2014-08-07 20:44:22 GMT
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    A Kingsport man is recovering after his wife accidentally shot him while showing off a new gun and laser sight during a video chat with another family member.Kingsport dispatch tells WJHL-TV they responded to a home on the 2000 block of Patton street
    A Kingsport man is recovering after his wife accidentally shot him while showing off a new gun and laser sight during a video chat with another family member.Kingsport dispatch tells WJHL-TV they responded to a home on the 2000 block of Patton street
  • Fewer SC students pass exit exam on initial try

    Fewer SC students pass exit exam on initial try

    Thursday, August 7 2014 4:38 PM EDT2014-08-07 20:38:19 GMT
    South Carolina's sophomores have ushered out the final year of the exit exam with their worst passing rate since 2009. Data posted on the state Education Department website shows that 77.4 percent of first-time test-takers passed both the English and math sections of the High School Assessment Program last spring. That's down from 82 percent in 2013. The passing rate had been climbing upward since its 2009 fall to 76.4 percent. A new law signed in April replaces the HSAP with two tests co...
    South Carolina's sophomores have ushered out the final year of the exit exam with their worst passing rate since 2009. Data posted on the state Education Department website shows that 77.4 percent of first-time test-takers passed both the English and math sections of the High School Assessment Program last spring. That's down from 82 percent in 2013. The passing rate had been climbing upward since its 2009 fall to 76.4 percent. A new law signed in April replaces the HSAP with two tests co...
  • Thousands of students received free back-to-school supplies in Lumberton

    Thousands of students received free back-to-school supplies in Lumberton

    Thursday, August 7 2014 4:17 PM EDT2014-08-07 20:17:08 GMT
    Thousands of students received free back-to-school supplies Thursday in Lumberton.Thousands of students received free back-to-school supplies Thursday in Lumberton.
    LUMBERTON, SC (Press Release) - The Public Schools of Robeson County kicked off their Back to School Celebration bright and early Thursday with some eager students. The event provided students with free book bags, paper, pencils and study guides. The celebration welcomed more than 20,000 parents, students and volunteersto the Southeastern Agriculture Center in Lumberton. In addition to free school supplies, the celebration gives students a chance to see their school principal and visit with s...
    LUMBERTON, SC (Press Release) - The Public Schools of Robeson County kicked off their Back to School Celebration bright and early Thursday with some eager students. The event provided students with free book bags, paper, pencils and study guides. The celebration welcomed more than 20,000 parents, students and volunteersto the Southeastern Agriculture Center in Lumberton. In addition to free school supplies, the celebration gives students a chance to see their school principal and visit with s...
  • NC restaurant owner wins lottery but keeps burger joint

    NC restaurant owner wins lottery but keeps burger joint

    Thursday, August 7 2014 3:27 PM EDT2014-08-07 19:27:16 GMT
    After more than 40 years of running a restaurant, a Greensboro man says he's staying at the grill even though he won a prize in the N.C. Education Lottery.Lottery officials announced Ralph Havis purchased a Golden 7's ticket for $5, about wh
    After more than 40 years of running a restaurant, a Greensboro man says he's staying at the grill even though he won a prize in the N.C. Education Lottery.Lottery officials announced Ralph Havis purchased a Golden 7's ticket for $5, about wh
  • SC mom calls cops because teenage son was watching porn

    SC mom calls cops because teenage son was watching porn

    Thursday, August 7 2014 2:18 PM EDT2014-08-07 18:18:03 GMT
    A Spartanburg County woman called deputies to her home after she said her 15-year old son had been watching pornography on TV.Deputies were called to the home on Willis Road Tuesday afternoon by a woman who says she came home with her two-year old daughter and another woman.The woman says her son was in his bedroom and her two-year old daughter turned on the television in the living room. The SCSO incident report says there was porn on the TV and the mother immediately took her daughter out o...
    A Spartanburg County woman called deputies to her home after she said her 15-year old son had been watching pornography on TV.Deputies were called to the home on Willis Road Tuesday afternoon by a woman who says she came home with her two-year old daughter and another woman.The woman says her son was in his bedroom and her two-year old daughter turned on the television in the living room. The SCSO incident report says there was porn on the TV and the mother immediately took her daughter out o...
  • Former clergyman missing in NC; car found

    Former clergyman missing in NC; car found

    Thursday, August 7 2014 12:21 PM EDT2014-08-07 16:21:06 GMT
    Kent Torrey HinksonKent Torrey Hinkson
    Kent Torrey Hinkson was last seen at his home in the Woodcroft community in southern Durham Monday around 3 p.m., police said.Police described Hinkson as a male with blue eyes, gray hair, mustache and goatee, standing 5 feet 8 inches tall with a medium build.Hinkson wears prescription glasses, according to police. He also may be wearing a black leather hat.He is a former clergyman at All Saints Church in Durham."I know he would be here if he could be here," said Kent Hinkson's wife Jeline Hin...
    Kent Torrey Hinkson was last seen at his home in the Woodcroft community in southern Durham Monday around 3 p.m., police said.Police described Hinkson as a male with blue eyes, gray hair, mustache and goatee, standing 5 feet 8 inches tall with a medium build.Hinkson wears prescription glasses, according to police. He also may be wearing a black leather hat.He is a former clergyman at All Saints Church in Durham."I know he would be here if he could be here," said Kent Hinkson's wife Jeline Hin...
  • 10-year-old bitten by shark at Folly Beach

    10-year-old bitten by shark at Folly Beach

    Thursday, August 7 2014 12:15 PM EDT2014-08-07 16:15:48 GMT
    A Charleston boy is recovering after being bitten multiple times by a shark Wednesday afternoon on Folly Beach, according to a report by our South Carolina sister station WCBD.The incident happened just after 2:00 p.m. near East Ashley Avenue, said Fire Chief Steve Mims at Folly Beach Public Safety. The victim, Riley Harris, 10, was boogy boarding in the shallow part of the beach when he was bitten several times on his ankle and foot. He told officials that he believes it was a 4-to-5 feet lo...
    A Charleston boy is recovering after being bitten multiple times by a shark Wednesday afternoon on Folly Beach, according to a report by our South Carolina sister station WCBD.The incident happened just after 2:00 p.m. near East Ashley Avenue, said Fire Chief Steve Mims at Folly Beach Public Safety. The victim, Riley Harris, 10, was boogy boarding in the shallow part of the beach when he was bitten several times on his ankle and foot. He told officials that he believes it was a 4-to-5 feet lo...
  • Haley endorsed by SC Chamber of Commerce

    Haley endorsed by SC Chamber of Commerce

    Thursday, August 7 2014 12:10 PM EDT2014-08-07 16:10:18 GMT
    In a reversal of four years ago, the South Carolina Chamber of Commerce is endorsing Gov. Nikki Haley in this year's gubernatorial race.The Republican governor is traveling across the state Thursday appearing with business leaders to announce the endorsement by the chamber that represents more than 18,000 businesses. The chamber says it is endorsing Haley because of her commitment to making job creation and economic development top priorities.Four years ago, the chamber endorsed Democrat Vinc...
    In a reversal of four years ago, the South Carolina Chamber of Commerce is endorsing Gov. Nikki Haley in this year's gubernatorial race.The Republican governor is traveling across the state Thursday appearing with business leaders to announce the endorsement by the chamber that represents more than 18,000 businesses. The chamber says it is endorsing Haley because of her commitment to making job creation and economic development top priorities.Four years ago, the chamber endorsed Democrat Vinc...
  • Target publicly endorses same-sex marriage

    Target publicly endorses same-sex marriage

    Thursday, August 7 2014 9:22 AM EDT2014-08-07 13:22:25 GMT
    Target Corp. is adding its name to a legal defense of gay marriage, joining other large companies that are taking a stand, just four years after the retailer came under criticism for supporting a strident opponent of same-sex unions. Target said it has signed a court brief backing marriage equality in a pending court case and publicly declared its support of gay marriage, a move similar to those taken by Starbucks, Intel and Apple."It is our belief that everyone should be treated equally unde...
    Target Corp. is adding its name to a legal defense of gay marriage, joining other large companies that are taking a stand, just four years after the retailer came under criticism for supporting a strident opponent of same-sex unions. Target said it has signed a court brief backing marriage equality in a pending court case and publicly declared its support of gay marriage, a move similar to those taken by Starbucks, Intel and Apple."It is our belief that everyone should be treated equally unde...
  • Teacher arrested on first day of school; admits drinking

    Teacher arrested on first day of school; admits drinking

    Thursday, August 7 2014 8:35 AM EDT2014-08-07 12:35:56 GMT
    Lorie Hill arrested on first day of school.Lorie Hill arrested on first day of school.
    A new school teacher is missing her first week on the job, after police say she showed up drunk to school. Lorie Hill was arrested Monday, the first day back at school for teachers at wagoner high school in Oklahoma.Police say two other teachers found her in a classroom, intoxicated and not wearing any pants. "When our officers interviewed her she did admit to having some vodka yesterday morning before she came to school," said Chief Bob Haley with Wagoner, Oklahoma Police.Hill is facing a pu...
    A new school teacher is missing her first week on the job, after police say she showed up drunk to school. Lorie Hill was arrested Monday, the first day back at school for teachers at wagoner high school in Oklahoma.Police say two other teachers found her in a classroom, intoxicated and not wearing any pants. "When our officers interviewed her she did admit to having some vodka yesterday morning before she came to school," said Chief Bob Haley with Wagoner, Oklahoma Police.Hill is facing a pu...
  • Amber Alert canceled after 3-year-old found safe; father arrested

    Amber Alert canceled after 3-year-old found safe; father arrested

    Thursday, August 7 2014 7:31 AM EDT2014-08-07 11:31:57 GMT
    Father, Tommy Lee Engle (L) Tommy Lee Engle, missing child, (R)Father, Tommy Lee Engle (L) Tommy Lee Engle, missing child, (R)
    The Amber Alert for 3-year-old Tommy Lee Able Engle has been canceled. The boy was found safe on Wednesday night in Pikeville.
    The Amber Alert for 3-year-old Tommy Lee Able Engle has been canceled. The boy was found safe on Wednesday night in Pikeville.
  • Grandma saves the day when otter attacks grandson

    Grandma saves the day when otter attacks grandson

    Thursday, August 7 2014 7:14 AM EDT2014-08-07 11:14:06 GMT
    State and federal wildlife agents are trying to trap the otter that attacked a boy and his grandmother as they were swimming in the Pilchuck River about 30 miles northeast of Seattle.Because it has pounced on people, the otter will likely be killed unless it is a female with pups, said Capt. Alan Myers of the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife."We're doing everything possible to capture than animal as soon as possible," Myers said Friday. "This is an extremely rare incident. Otters ar...
    State and federal wildlife agents are trying to trap the otter that attacked a boy and his grandmother as they were swimming in the Pilchuck River about 30 miles northeast of Seattle.Because it has pounced on people, the otter will likely be killed unless it is a female with pups, said Capt. Alan Myers of the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife."We're doing everything possible to capture than animal as soon as possible," Myers said Friday. "This is an extremely rare incident. Otters ar...
  • Solar energy law in effect in SC

    Solar energy law in effect in SC

    Wednesday, August 6 2014 10:35 PM EDT2014-08-07 02:35:17 GMT
    Gov. Haley at ceremonial signing of solar energy bill. (Photo: Office of Gov. Nikki Haley)Gov. Haley at ceremonial signing of solar energy bill. (Photo: Office of Gov. Nikki Haley)
    By WBTW News StaffIt's now easier for South Carolina businesses, energy companies and homeowners to use the sun as an energy source.Wednesday in Columbia, Governor Nikki Haley ceremonially signed a bill that will allow for solar leasing. It will give businesses and homeowners a more affordable way to install solar panels. The new law also encourages utility companies to offer solar energy as part of their resources. "What we had was a lot of barriers, barriers that stood in our way when it ca...
    By WBTW News StaffIt's now easier for South Carolina businesses, energy companies and homeowners to use the sun as an energy source.Wednesday in Columbia, Governor Nikki Haley ceremonially signed a bill that will allow for solar leasing. It will give businesses and homeowners a more affordable way to install solar panels. The new law also encourages utility companies to offer solar energy as part of their resources. "What we had was a lot of barriers, barriers that stood in our way when it ca...
  • SC schools do not know if they will get immigrant children

    SC schools do not know if they will get immigrant children

    Wednesday, August 6 2014 10:23 PM EDT2014-08-07 02:23:22 GMT
    By Robert KittleAs South Carolina schools get ready to start this month, there's something they can't plan for—whether they'll be getting any of the 350 undocumented immigrant children sent here from the border. The federal government won't say who the children are, how old they are, who they're staying with, or where they are because of privacy laws.Gov. Nikki Haley says she's frustrated by not being able to get any information from the Department of Homeland Defense, not even a vague idea o...
    By Robert KittleAs South Carolina schools get ready to start this month, there's something they can't plan for—whether they'll be getting any of the 350 undocumented immigrant children sent here from the border. The federal government won't say who the children are, how old they are, who they're staying with, or where they are because of privacy laws.Gov. Nikki Haley says she's frustrated by not being able to get any information from the Department of Homeland Defense, not even a vague idea o...
  • NC family with 2 kids escape apartment fire, firefighters injured

    NC family with 2 kids escape apartment fire, firefighters injured

    Wednesday, August 6 2014 4:41 PM EDT2014-08-06 20:41:29 GMT
    Raleigh apartment fireRaleigh apartment fire
    RALEIGH, N.C. - Raleigh fire crews are investigating after a fire erupted at an apartment complex on Park Glen Drive in Raleigh early Wednesday morning.The fire started around 2 a.m. at 1341 Park Glen Dr. in an apartment on the third floor of one of the buildings.Twelve units were affected, but no one was hurt."I just remember hearing a loud sound, the banging on my doors and windows, people screaming, telling me to g...
    RALEIGH, N.C. - Raleigh fire crews are investigating after a fire erupted at an apartment complex on Park Glen Drive in Raleigh early Wednesday morning.The fire started around 2 a.m. at 1341 Park Glen Dr. in an apartment on the third floor of one of the buildings.Twelve units were affected, but no one was hurt."I just remember hearing a loud sound, the banging on my doors and windows, people screaming, telling me to g...
  • SC man and girlfriend sentenced in wife's murder-for-hire scheme

    SC man and girlfriend sentenced in wife's murder-for-hire scheme

    Wednesday, August 6 2014 4:13 PM EDT2014-08-06 20:13:38 GMT
    Wendy Moore (L), Chris Latham, (R)Wendy Moore (L), Chris Latham, (R)
    CHARLESTON, SC - The judge showed no mercy for Chris Latham on Tuesday giving him the maximum ten year sentence for his role in the murder for hire targeting his then wife Nancy. It was a different story for Wendy Moore, the girlfriend who helped him plan the scheme and who a jury believed, played a larger role. She received 15-years on all 4 counts, half of what she was facing. Former Charleston bank executive sentenced to 10 years in murder for hire plotLike in Tuesday's hearing there were ...
    CHARLESTON, SC - The judge showed no mercy for Chris Latham on Tuesday giving him the maximum ten year sentence for his role in the murder for hire targeting his then wife Nancy. It was a different story for Wendy Moore, the girlfriend who helped him plan the scheme and who a jury believed, played a larger role. She received 15-years on all 4 counts, half of what she was facing. Former Charleston bank executive sentenced to 10 years in murder for hire plotLike in Tuesday's hearing there were ...
  • Fact Check: Nikki Haley's new Welfare-to-Work ad

    Fact Check: Nikki Haley's new Welfare-to-Work ad

    Wednesday, August 6 2014 3:28 PM EDT2014-08-06 19:28:06 GMT
    By Robert KittleGov. Nikki Haley has a new TV ad out in her re-election campaign touting the success of her welfare-to-work program. In the ad, she says 20,000 South Carolinians have been moved off of welfare by getting jobs."I fundamentally believe that people want paychecks, not welfare checks. So we started asking people on public assistance what kind of work they could do and we matched them up with businesses," she says in the ad.The ad is true, at least according to the state Department...
    By Robert KittleGov. Nikki Haley has a new TV ad out in her re-election campaign touting the success of her welfare-to-work program. In the ad, she says 20,000 South Carolinians have been moved off of welfare by getting jobs."I fundamentally believe that people want paychecks, not welfare checks. So we started asking people on public assistance what kind of work they could do and we matched them up with businesses," she says in the ad.The ad is true, at least according to the state Department...
  • Praying before your meal could get you a discount at one NC restaurant

    Praying before your meal could get you a discount at one NC restaurant

    Wednesday, August 6 2014 3:27 PM EDT2014-08-06 19:27:15 GMT
    Maybe you do this or have seen others do it - pray before a meal at a restaurant. A Winston-Salem restaurant is giving customers an incentive to do so. They will give a 15 percent discount for some patrons who pray in public before their meal. Mary's Gourmet Diner in Winston-Salem states on it's Facebook page that it's not automatic but rather a gift given at random to customers who take the time before a meal to give thanks. Owner Mary Haglund said it's about gratitude rather than religion. ...
    Maybe you do this or have seen others do it - pray before a meal at a restaurant. A Winston-Salem restaurant is giving customers an incentive to do so. They will give a 15 percent discount for some patrons who pray in public before their meal. Mary's Gourmet Diner in Winston-Salem states on it's Facebook page that it's not automatic but rather a gift given at random to customers who take the time before a meal to give thanks. Owner Mary Haglund said it's about gratitude rather than religion. ...
  • Test scores fall in all grades, in most subjects

    Test scores fall in all grades, in most subjects

    Wednesday, August 6 2014 1:02 PM EDT2014-08-06 17:02:12 GMT
    South Carolina's elementary and middle school students posted worse overall scores on state-standardized tests last spring across all grades compared to 2013. The Education Oversight Committee says students' scores are disappointing, but a drop was expected as teachers transitioned to new benchmarks for what students must learn in math and reading. Passing rates on the Palmetto Assessment of State Standards range between 63.5 percent in third-grade science to 83.7 percent in fourth-grade so...
    South Carolina's elementary and middle school students posted worse overall scores on state-standardized tests last spring across all grades compared to 2013. The Education Oversight Committee says students' scores are disappointing, but a drop was expected as teachers transitioned to new benchmarks for what students must learn in math and reading. Passing rates on the Palmetto Assessment of State Standards range between 63.5 percent in third-grade science to 83.7 percent in fourth-grade so...
  • 2 More sea turtles being released by SC Aquarium

    2 More sea turtles being released by SC Aquarium

    Wednesday, August 6 2014 12:50 PM EDT2014-08-06 16:50:07 GMT
    Two more sea turtles are being released following their rehabilitation at the sea turtle hospital at the South Carolina Aquarium in Charleston.The aquarium said in a release that one of the turtles being released Wednesday is Bay, a 11-pound Kemp's Ridley sea turtle accidentally caught by a fisherman at the pier at Edisto Beach State Park back in June. The turtle is being released after having the hook it swallowed surgically removed.The other turtle is Mitchell, ...
    Two more sea turtles are being released following their rehabilitation at the sea turtle hospital at the South Carolina Aquarium in Charleston.The aquarium said in a release that one of the turtles being released Wednesday is Bay, a 11-pound Kemp's Ridley sea turtle accidentally caught by a fisherman at the pier at Edisto Beach State Park back in June. The turtle is being released after having the hook it swallowed surgically removed.The other turtle is Mitchell, ...
  • 2 more cases of rabies confirmed in NC

    2 more cases of rabies confirmed in NC

    Wednesday, August 6 2014 12:47 PM EDT2014-08-06 16:47:26 GMT
    Two more cases of rabies have been confirmed in Orange County, bringing the total number of confirmed rabies cases in the county to 17. The two most recent cases involve a fox and a bat.The cases involving the fox occurred on Saturday, Aug. 2 in Carrboro.A resident witnessed his pet duck being attacked by a grey fox on his property. The resident used a shovel to rescue the duck from the fox attack.The next day, a different resident from the same neighborhood reported finding a dead fox in the...
    Two more cases of rabies have been confirmed in Orange County, bringing the total number of confirmed rabies cases in the county to 17. The two most recent cases involve a fox and a bat.The cases involving the fox occurred on Saturday, Aug. 2 in Carrboro.A resident witnessed his pet duck being attacked by a grey fox on his property. The resident used a shovel to rescue the duck from the fox attack.The next day, a different resident from the same neighborhood reported finding a dead fox in the...
  • Cub burned in wildfire flown to care center

    Cub burned in wildfire flown to care center

    Wednesday, August 6 2014 12:18 PM EDT2014-08-06 16:18:39 GMT
    Cinder the black bear cub after she got her paws wrapped.Cinder the black bear cub after she got her paws wrapped.
    A badly burned black bear cub that hobbled up the right driveway has been rescued and flown by a volunteer pilot to a wildlife care center in California.Steve Love lives in north-central Washington's Methow Valley, where the Carlton Complex of wildfires has scorched nearly 400 square miles since mid-July. When the 37-pound cub took shelter under his horse trailer late last week, he put out a bowl of water and tossed it some apricots from his tree.The next day, a state Fish and Wildlife office...
    A badly burned black bear cub that hobbled up the right driveway has been rescued and flown by a volunteer pilot to a wildlife care center in California.Steve Love lives in north-central Washington's Methow Valley, where the Carlton Complex of wildfires has scorched nearly 400 square miles since mid-July. When the 37-pound cub took shelter under his horse trailer late last week, he put out a bowl of water and tossed it some apricots from his tree.The next day, a state Fish and Wildlife office...
  • 3 dead in NC murder-suicide

    3 dead in NC murder-suicide

    Wednesday, August 6 2014 11:06 AM EDT2014-08-06 15:06:39 GMT
    Emergency crews respond to shooting at Winthrop Dr. in Fayetteville.Emergency crews respond to shooting at Winthrop Dr. in Fayetteville.
    Three people are dead and a fourth is injured following a murder-suicide Tuesday in Fayetteville. The Cumberland County Sheriff's Office said four people were shot Tuesday around 6:30 p.m. on Winthrop Drive in the Eureka Springs community. Deputies said the shooting occurred in the driveway of the home. A woman, a teenaged boy and a 15-year-old girl were shot before the gunman apparently turned the gun on himself, according to the sheriff's office spokeswoman Debbie Tanna. The woman, the boy ...
    Three people are dead and a fourth is injured following a murder-suicide Tuesday in Fayetteville. The Cumberland County Sheriff's Office said four people were shot Tuesday around 6:30 p.m. on Winthrop Drive in the Eureka Springs community. Deputies said the shooting occurred in the driveway of the home. A woman, a teenaged boy and a 15-year-old girl were shot before the gunman apparently turned the gun on himself, according to the sheriff's office spokeswoman Debbie Tanna. The woman, the boy ...
  • SC massage therapist accused of abusing teens

    SC massage therapist accused of abusing teens

    Wednesday, August 6 2014 8:31 AM EDT2014-08-06 12:31:09 GMT
    An Anderson massage therapist is accused of sexually assaulting two teenage girls who were receiving treatment at his office.Sheriff's deputies tell local media outlets that 57-year-old Jesus Garcia was arrested Monday and charged with two counts of second-degree criminal sexual conduct with a minor.Garcia owns Garcia Massotherapy and Wellness Center. Deputies say the 15-year-old accusers were being treated there this summer when Garcia had sex with one of them and engaged in sexual acts with...
    An Anderson massage therapist is accused of sexually assaulting two teenage girls who were receiving treatment at his office.Sheriff's deputies tell local media outlets that 57-year-old Jesus Garcia was arrested Monday and charged with two counts of second-degree criminal sexual conduct with a minor.Garcia owns Garcia Massotherapy and Wellness Center. Deputies say the 15-year-old accusers were being treated there this summer when Garcia had sex with one of them and engaged in sexual acts with...
  • 3 boys try out for girls volleyball team in FL

    3 boys try out for girls volleyball team in FL

    Wednesday, August 6 2014 7:11 AM EDT2014-08-06 11:11:14 GMT
    After three years of playing high school volleyball, senior Samantha Schlesman is once again trying out for the squad. But this year, tryouts are a bit different. Schlesman and the rest of the girls volleyball team will compete against three boys, to make the squad."They are trying to make a statement. They want a boys team. I understand what they are trying to do. They are hilarious. I love playing with them and I think it's a good thing," said Schlesman.Trevor Kennan, Tony Tonova, and Garre...
    After three years of playing high school volleyball, senior Samantha Schlesman is once again trying out for the squad. But this year, tryouts are a bit different. Schlesman and the rest of the girls volleyball team will compete against three boys, to make the squad."They are trying to make a statement. They want a boys team. I understand what they are trying to do. They are hilarious. I love playing with them and I think it's a good thing," said Schlesman.Trevor Kennan, Tony Tonova, and Garre...
  • Football Legend Visits Marines

    Football Legend Visits Marines

    Wednesday, August 6 2014 7:03 AM EDT2014-08-06 11:03:18 GMT
    Herschel Walker visits MarinesHerschel Walker visits Marines
    On September 6, 1980, Georgia Bulldogs legend Herschel Walker made his presence felt for the first time in college football, leading an upset of the Tennessee Volunteers.But life's a lot more difficult than football. Walker has Disassociative Identity Disorder, once called Multiple Personality Disorder. And that's why he was in the lowcountry today. "I didn't plan on going to college, I wanted to be a marine, I was cut out to be a Marine," said Herschel Walker. And that's who herschel was w...
    On September 6, 1980, Georgia Bulldogs legend Herschel Walker made his presence felt for the first time in college football, leading an upset of the Tennessee Volunteers.But life's a lot more difficult than football. Walker has Disassociative Identity Disorder, once called Multiple Personality Disorder. And that's why he was in the lowcountry today. "I didn't plan on going to college, I wanted to be a marine, I was cut out to be a Marine," said Herschel Walker. And that's who herschel was w...
  • Marijuana smokers wanted for study in SC's Upstate

    Marijuana smokers wanted for study in SC's Upstate

    Tuesday, August 5 2014 10:25 PM EDT2014-08-06 02:25:07 GMT
    By Tracey Early (WSPA)It's the most commonly used illicit drug in the U.S. And now Behavioral Health Services of Pickens County wants to help marijuana smokers quit."I think it's great because it's helped me in a lot of ways through my treatment," said Tammy Key, who uses the clinic for other reasons.Research Director Elizabeth Chapman says the treatment they're testing could become the first FDA approved medication for marijuana addiction. And they're looking for volunteers who want to quit ...
    By Tracey Early (WSPA)It's the most commonly used illicit drug in the U.S. And now Behavioral Health Services of Pickens County wants to help marijuana smokers quit."I think it's great because it's helped me in a lot of ways through my treatment," said Tammy Key, who uses the clinic for other reasons.Research Director Elizabeth Chapman says the treatment they're testing could become the first FDA approved medication for marijuana addiction. And they're looking for volunteers who want to quit ...
  • Disney employee, former officer, among 132 arrested in online child sex sting

    Disney employee, former officer, among 132 arrested in online child sex sting

    Tuesday, August 5 2014 9:58 PM EDT2014-08-06 01:58:15 GMT
    Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd says the suspects arrested ranged in ages from their 20's to their 70's.Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd says the suspects arrested ranged in ages from their 20's to their 70's.
    A Disney Animal Kingdom employee and a former law enforcement office are among 132 people arrested in "Operation Cyber Vigilance" a recent online sting targeting people who use the internet to make arrangements to have sex with children.
    A Disney Animal Kingdom employee and a former law enforcement office are among 132 people arrested in "Operation Cyber Vigilance" a recent online sting targeting people who use the internet to make arrangements to have sex with children.
  • SC man sexually assaulted 12-year-old for months, sentenced to life in prison

    SC man sexually assaulted 12-year-old for months, sentenced to life in prison

    Tuesday, August 5 2014 4:04 PM EDT2014-08-05 20:04:48 GMT
    COLUMBIA, SC (Press Release) - United States Attorney Bill Nettles statedTuesday that Leland Victor Nielsen, III, age 32, of Sumter, South Carolina, was sentenced to life in prison for sexually abusing a young girl. Chief United States District Judge Terry L. Wooten sentenced Nielsenin federal court in Columbia after a jury previously convicted Nielsen of multiple counts of Aggravated Sexual Abuse of a Childand Sexual Abuse of a Minor. Evidence presented over a f...
    COLUMBIA, SC (Press Release) - United States Attorney Bill Nettles statedTuesday that Leland Victor Nielsen, III, age 32, of Sumter, South Carolina, was sentenced to life in prison for sexually abusing a young girl. Chief United States District Judge Terry L. Wooten sentenced Nielsenin federal court in Columbia after a jury previously convicted Nielsen of multiple counts of Aggravated Sexual Abuse of a Childand Sexual Abuse of a Minor. Evidence presented over a f...
  • Second American infected with Ebola now in Atlanta

    Second American infected with Ebola now in Atlanta

    Tuesday, August 5 2014 3:01 PM EDT2014-08-05 19:01:08 GMT
    2011 photo of Nancy Writebol 2011 photo of Nancy Writebol
    The second American aid worker recently diagnosed with Ebola in west Africa arrived in Atlanta Tuesday before noon.
    The second American aid worker recently diagnosed with Ebola in west Africa arrived in Atlanta Tuesday before noon.
  • 4 teens die in ATV accident

    4 teens die in ATV accident

    Tuesday, August 5 2014 2:57 PM EDT2014-08-05 18:57:19 GMT
    An Iowa community is mourning the death of four teenagers. The boys, all 14 years old, died Saturday after a pickup truck crashed into their utility vehicle.They were due to begin their 9th grade year at Western Dubuque High School. The boys spent sixth through eighth grade together here at Drexler Middle School in Farley. Principal Mary Jane Maher says dozens of students have been gathering at Drexler for comfort and counseling and to remember the teens.
    An Iowa community is mourning the death of four teenagers. The boys, all 14 years old, died Saturday after a pickup truck crashed into their utility vehicle.They were due to begin their 9th grade year at Western Dubuque High School. The boys spent sixth through eighth grade together here at Drexler Middle School in Farley. Principal Mary Jane Maher says dozens of students have been gathering at Drexler for comfort and counseling and to remember the teens.
  • Kid steals the show talking about his experience at the fair

    Kid steals the show talking about his experience at the fair

    Tuesday, August 5 2014 2:03 PM EDT2014-08-05 18:03:41 GMT
    Recently a reporter with WNEP-TV in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania was asking a little boy about his experience at the county fair. He took the microphone and was quite the talker. He went on about the rides and how he had never been on live TV before.
    Recently a reporter with WNEP-TV in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania was asking a little boy about his experience at the county fair. He took the microphone and was quite the talker. He went on about the rides and how he had never been on live TV before.
  • Hidden cash popping up in parts of SC

    Hidden cash popping up in parts of SC

    Tuesday, August 5 2014 12:56 PM EDT2014-08-05 16:56:29 GMT
    Now someone else in the Upstate is now joining in on the hidden cash phenomenon.Someone inspired by the Facebook page "Hidden Cash Greenville" is now conducting a similar hidden cash hunt in Spartanburg on Facebook.The person is posting clues on the "Hidden Cash Spartanburg" Facebook page and also wishes to remain anonymous."We saw the lady in Greenville helping people so we were like 'Let's do it. Let's do it for Spartanburg. We need to help people in our community and this is our way of hel...
    Now someone else in the Upstate is now joining in on the hidden cash phenomenon.Someone inspired by the Facebook page "Hidden Cash Greenville" is now conducting a similar hidden cash hunt in Spartanburg on Facebook.The person is posting clues on the "Hidden Cash Spartanburg" Facebook page and also wishes to remain anonymous."We saw the lady in Greenville helping people so we were like 'Let's do it. Let's do it for Spartanburg. We need to help people in our community and this is our way of hel...
  • Flight headed to NC makes emergency landing in Tampa

    Flight headed to NC makes emergency landing in Tampa

    Tuesday, August 5 2014 12:47 PM EDT2014-08-05 16:47:42 GMT
    Authorities say an Allegiant Air flight made an emergency landing at St. Pete-Clearwater International Airport after a flight attendant was injured during turbulence. The flight was en route from Fort Lauderdale to Asheville, North Carolina, on Monday when a flight attendant suffered head injuries during the turbulence. Airport Operations Manager Lloyd Tillmann told the Tampa Bay Times the 147 passengers on board were taken off the plane while arrangements were made for another flight to Nort...
    Authorities say an Allegiant Air flight made an emergency landing at St. Pete-Clearwater International Airport after a flight attendant was injured during turbulence. The flight was en route from Fort Lauderdale to Asheville, North Carolina, on Monday when a flight attendant suffered head injuries during the turbulence. Airport Operations Manager Lloyd Tillmann told the Tampa Bay Times the 147 passengers on board were taken off the plane while arrangements were made for another flight to Nort...
  • NC parents charged after 4-week-old baby dies after being left in hot car

    NC parents charged after 4-week-old baby dies after being left in hot car

    Tuesday, August 5 2014 12:46 PM EDT2014-08-05 16:46:07 GMT
    Parents of a 4-week-old infant have been arrested and charged with involuntary manslaughter and felony child abuse after the child was left in a hot car.It happened July 27 and Sherrie Tiesha Clay and Shakee Duquan Robinson were arrested Monday by Statesville Police. A police statement indicates the child was left in the hot car for about two hours after he was found by his aunt. The child was rushed to an area hospital and died the next day.Police say the couple's remaining children were pla...
    Parents of a 4-week-old infant have been arrested and charged with involuntary manslaughter and felony child abuse after the child was left in a hot car.It happened July 27 and Sherrie Tiesha Clay and Shakee Duquan Robinson were arrested Monday by Statesville Police. A police statement indicates the child was left in the hot car for about two hours after he was found by his aunt. The child was rushed to an area hospital and died the next day.Police say the couple's remaining children were pla...
  • Chester County sheriff faces harassment suit

    Chester County sheriff faces harassment suit

    Tuesday, August 5 2014 12:01 PM EDT2014-08-05 16:01:38 GMT
    Alex UnderwoodAlex Underwood
    A deputy is suing the Chester County sheriff, saying he sexually harassed her, then passed her over for a promotion.Sheriff's Capt. Mary Anne Tolbert filed the lawsuit last week. She says Sheriff Alex Underwood coerced her into having sex several places across the county, including his own home, for most of last year. When the sex stopped, Tolbert said Underwood criticized her work in front of others.Underwood said in a statement to local media outlets the allegations are completely false and...
    A deputy is suing the Chester County sheriff, saying he sexually harassed her, then passed her over for a promotion.Sheriff's Capt. Mary Anne Tolbert filed the lawsuit last week. She says Sheriff Alex Underwood coerced her into having sex several places across the county, including his own home, for most of last year. When the sex stopped, Tolbert said Underwood criticized her work in front of others.Underwood said in a statement to local media outlets the allegations are completely false and...
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