Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Investigators looking for missing Orangeburg man

Sanjeev Verma (Source: OCSO) Sanjeev Verma (Source: OCSO)
ORANGEBURG COUNTY, SC (WCSC) - The Orangeburg County Sheriff's Office is looking for a 26-year-old man from Orangeburg after finding his car in Elloree the morning after he was reported missing.
Sheriff Leroy Ravenell said Sanjeev Verma, of Orangeburg, was reported missing by his wife just after 10 p.m. Monday. Verma's wife told deputies she last spoke to Verma around 6:45 p.m., when he told her he was heading to speak with a local magistrate.
Ravenell said investigators have since determined Verma never made contact with that magistrate.
"At this point, we cannot rule out anything. Sanjeev is a husband and father. We want to be able to locate him and ease the minds of his family members that he is safe," said Ravenell.
The victim's vehicle, a gray 2007 Nissan Sentra, was located Tuesday morning on Cleveland Street in Elloree.
Verma stands 5'4" and weighs about 170 pounds. He was last seen wearing a brown and white jacket, a white and black Aeropostale jacket, light blue jeans, and white sneakers.
Anyone with information about the disappearance of Sanjeev Verma is asked to contact authorities at 803-534-3550 or CrimeStoppers at 888-CRIME-SC.

Investigators looking for missing Orangeburg man - wistv.com - Columbia, South Carolina |

2-year-old recovers from gunshot, parents charged

Adrien Jackson (Source: DCSO) Adrien Jackson (Source: DCSO)
Marcus Lucas (Source: DCSO)
Marcus Lucas (Source: DCSO)
Tylesha Lucas (Source: DCSO)
Tylesha Lucas (Source: DCSO)

DARLINGTON, SC (WMBF) - Investigators with the Darlington County Sheriff's Office are working to determine how a two-year-old boy was shot in the stomach while he continues to fight his injuries in the hospital.
The toddler was admitted to the emergency room around 1 p.m. Monday with a single gunshot wound to the stomach, says Darlington County Sheriff's Office spokesman Andy Locklair.
The two-year-old was treated and them transferred a Columbia area hospital for surgery.
"The male child is expected to survive the incident, but had to be transported to Columbia hospital for surgery to make sure there were no other internal injuries. Now we will have the task of finding out why this happened" said Sheriff Byrd.
Investigators were told the child found the semi-automatic handgun that inflicted those wounds in a home on Heavenly Heights in Lydia, and the injury was a result of child's play, though its unclear how the child found the gun.
Captain Locklair adds that DSS was called after deputies took two other children from the home into emergency protective custody.
"There were other children in the house, so we EPCed (emergency protective custody) the children until investigators can determine why this happened" said Sheriff Byrd.
Though the investigation continues, the child's father, 19-year-old Marcus Lucas, and mother, 20-year-old Adrien Jackson, have been charged with unlawful neglect of a child, tampering with evidence, and possession of stolen property.
Investigators later discovered that the gun used was stolen, and the child's 18-year-old aunt Tylesha Lucas was charged with tampering with evidence, and possession of stolen property.
Investigators say that the three were attempting to hide the gun and shell casing to conceal the shooting before the child was taken to the ER.

2-year-old recovers from gunshot, parents charged - wistv.com - Columbia, South Carolina |

Monday, October 29, 2012

Daughter accused of stealing elderly dad's money, land

A Spartanburg County woman is accused of stealing thousands of dollars and more than 35 acres of land from her father, who suffers from Alzheimer's disease.
Spartanburg County deputies said a retired magistrate judge, who is a friend of the victim, brought the case to their attention.
Investigators said they determined that after Tammie Price’s mother died in 2007, she began to exploit her father.  They said from April 2008 to June 2012, Price took more than $60,000 of her father’s money without his knowledge.   Investigators said they also found that in January 2012, Price had her father sign over 35.5 acres of land he owned in Pauline to her.
Price is charged with exploitation of a vulnerable adult.

Daughter accused of stealing elderly dad's money, land - Local News - Greenville, SC | NBC News

Deputies find naked children, neglected disabled man

Two young children and an adult with cerebral palsy are in protective custody after deputies said a caller reported that the children were running around naked outside a home, according to the Spartanburg County Sheriff’s Office.
The deputies said once they got inside the home on Rainbow Park Drive on Oct. 17, they also found the 29-year-old man, who has cerebral palsy, lying in trash on a floor, thrashing about and yelling for help.
The deputies said that the home had little food in it, and most of what was in the refrigerator was spoiled.  They said there was dried feces on the floor and the home smelled strongly of urine.
Karen Scruggs told them that she lived in the home with Kara Craddock and her disabled son.  She said that she was the grandparent of the two children, whose parents live in Woodruff.  She told deputies that the children had been staying with them for about two weeks.
Deputies said when the parents of the children arrived at the home, they were told the children could not be returned to them until the Department of Social Services inspected their home to be sure there were not similar conditions there.
Craddock  and Scruggs are charged with neglect of a vulnerable adult and two counts of unlawful neglect of a child.

SCSO: Deputies find naked children, neglected disabled man - Local News - Greenville, SC | NBC News

South Carolina Mother Caught on Tape Giving Her Toddler Weed

This has to be the mother of the year candidate. Our friends at World Star Hip Hop posted this video of a mother not only smoking pot with her toddler on her lap but also actually letting the kid smoke the marijuana. This woman is so stupid on so many levels I may not be able to state them all. Firstly, giving your child drugs is so off all moral compasses. There is a special place in hell for people like this woman. I would like to smack the crap out of people that smoke with their teenagers let alone a toddler. Secondly, committing a crime on video tape is moronic. It takes a special kind of stupid to tape yourself breaking the law. Now that the video has been uploaded to the web I am sure child services will get involved. I am expecting a modest jail stay and her being stripped of her custodial rights. Anything less would be in injustice to the child. I am guessing this woman will be in custody by the end of the day. Hopefully the child will land with someone that will nurture and love him. We can expect the mother to tell us in court how much she loves her child and would never hurt him. The video shows contrary to that statement. South Carolina Mother Caught on Tape Giving Her Toddler Weed! (Video)

Sunday, October 28, 2012

Missing NC teens car believed to have been found in Kershaw County

Missing NC Teens car believed to have been found in Kershaw County.
Kershaw County Deputies along with the South Carolina Highway Patrol are actively investigating a car found underneath the bridge over the Wateree River on Interstate 20 east near the 96 miler marker.
Kershaw County Sheriff Jim Matthews tells WACH Fox News that the bumper and license plate found separated from the car was believed to be from the vehicle that Ray Pierce and Jake Ziegler of Sherrils Ford, North Carolina were driving.
Monica Caison with the CUE Center for Missing Persons tells NewsChannel 15 she alerted SLED and Kershaw County Sheriff's Office to their discovery Sunday afternoon. Caison and her team have been searching for the missing teens since they went missing October 13.

Missing NC teens car believed to have been found in Kershaw County : News : CarolinaLive.com

Due to heavy response, state offers alternatives in wake of security breach

If you are afraid you got hacked and called the Experian hotline number given out by South Carolina officials Friday, you were probably given an online code Saturday instead of having to wait to speak to an operator. 

A general code "scdor123" was given to people who called the Department of Revenue at 1-866-578-5422. 
Director of Revenue Jim Etter said it's a temporary solution until operators can catch up.
"In order to handle the volume of calls we thought it would benefit the taxpayers to not have to wait on the line," he said.
Once you have the code you simply plug it in and type in your information in order to register for online protection that's being offered free for one year.
Etter also pointed out there doesn't have to be a mad dash to get it done.
"I think one of the misconceptions that the public has is that they don't need to sign up today or tomorrow," he said.  "Anytime they sign up before now and January 31st they are full covered"
Getting answers may take some time. Once you sign up, Etter said it will take a few days to know if your credit information has been hacked as they develop the system.
"It will take them about 48 hours to upload the file and get their call personnel trained on how to look at the file and make sure the data that is represented by the caller matches the file or what is entered online is correct," he said.
Once the files are matched, Experian will be contacting people if their information was stolen from the system. The Department of Revenue is also working on notifying people who have moved out of state.
Etter insists the Department of Revenue is taking precautions around the clock to keep you safe and try and make sure all sensitive numbers are encrypted as it prepares for the 2012 tax season.

Due to heavy response, state offers alternatives in wake of secu - wistv.com - Columbia, South Carolina |

Saturday, October 27, 2012

Accused SC kidnapper walks away from court hearing

SPARTANBURG, S.C. South Carolina authorities are searching for a man who walked away from a hearing at the Spartanburg County Courthouse.
The Spartanburg Herald-Journal reported that Ashley L. Wrenix disappeared shortly before noon Friday. The 32-year-old Wrenix was placed on home detention earlier this month following his arrest on kidnapping and criminal domestic violence charges. He was accused of abducting a woman and holding her against her will.
Authorities with the Spartanburg County Sheriff's Office cautioned the public not to approach Wrenix is spotted because he has a history of violence.
A woman called 911 on Oct. 10 and reported being held against her will after Wrenix jumped from behind a bush, punched her in the mouth and abducted her by force. She identified Wrenix as her estranged boyfriend.

Read more here: http://www.charlotteobserver.com/2012/10/27/3625845/accused-sc-kidnapper-walks-away.html#storylink=cpy

Accused SC kidnapper walks away from court hearing | CharlotteObserver.com

SC mother charged with breaking infant son's arm

NORTH CHARLESTON, S.C. A South Carolina mother of five is under arrest after her infant son's arm was broken.
The Post and Courier of Charleston reported (http://bitly.com/TgfMj7) that Deanna L. Brown of North Charleston is charged with ill treatment of a child. She is being held at the Charleston County jail.
The case stems from a May 26 injury to Brown's 14-month-old boy discovered when the mother took the child to a hospital for treatment. According to a police report, Brown told authorities her son was having trouble holding his bottle when she brought him home after staying with a caretaker.
X-rays showed the boy had multiple fractures doctors determined was likely the result of an adult twisting his arm. A social worker notified police who arrested the mother following an investigation.

Read more here: http://www.charlotteobserver.com/2012/10/27/3625831/sc-mother-charged-with-breaking.html#storylink=cpy

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Friday, October 26, 2012

Millions of South Carolinians' social security numbers stolen

A state agency's website has been hacked and millions of social security numbers and credit and debit card numbers belonging to South Carolinians have been compromised.
Governor Nikki Haley, SLED chief Mark Keel, and others gathered at SLED headquarter Friday afternoon to talk about the breach and how residents can take immediate steps to protect themselves against identity-theft.
"This is not a good day for South Carolina," said Governor Nikki Haley. "South Carolina has come under attack by an international hacker."
State officials revealed Friday that someone in a foreign country gained access to the South Carolina Department of Revenue's website and a server was breached for the first time in late August.
387,000 credit and debit card numbers and 3.6 million social security numbers, all unencrypted, have been exposed. 
Of the credit cards, the vast majority are protected by strong encryption deemed sufficient under the demanding credit card industry standards to protect the data and cardholders, DOR officials said. However, approximately 16,000 were unencrypted and exposed.
Officials found out about the breach on October 10. On October 16, investigators uncovered two attempts to probe the system in early September, and later learned that a previous attempt was made on August 27.
In mid-September, two other intrusions occurred, and to the best of the department's knowledge, the hacker obtained data for the first time. No other intrusions have been uncovered.
On October 20, the vulnerability in the system was closed and, to the best of the department's knowledge, secured.
"On October 10, the S.C. Division of Information Technology informed the S.C. Department of Revenue of a potential cyber attack involving the personal information of taxpayers," said DOR Director James Etter. "We worked with them throughout that day to determine what may have happened and what steps to take to address the situation. We also immediately began consultations with state and federal law enforcement agencies and briefed the governor's office."
"When this breach occurred and it was discovered," said Keel. "it took a while for experts to determine how much data had actually been compromised.
"It was important that we had the time to work through our investigation so that we would have enough evidence to prosecute this person," said Keel.
Haley said she knows where the attack came from, but would not reveal the location of the hacker so the investigation would not be put in jeopardy. "I want this person slammed against the wall," said Haley. "I want that man just brutalized."
Keel said no state funds were touched during this data breach.
"We are going to have a very strong approach to make sure that every South Carolina taxpayer is protected," said Haley. "No taxpayer should be a victim to this. We will take care of them."
If you have paid taxes in the state of South Carolina, you are urged call 1-866-578-5422 to get an activation code to use here: www.protectmyid.com/scdor to see if your information has been compromised. If so, the state will provide a year of identity-theft protection and credit monitoring free of charge.
"Whatever it takes to do this, we are going to do," said Haley on potential costs for protecting residents. "This is not going to be inexpensive."
If credit card information is compromised, the best protection is to have the bank reissue the card. Anyone who has used a credit card in a transaction with the Department of Revenue should check bank accounts regularly to see if any unauthorized charges have occurred. If so, the cardholder should contact the credit card issuer immediately by calling the toll-free number located on the back of the card or on a monthly statement, tell them what you have seen, and ask them to cancel and reissue the card. 
Consumers should also change any credit card web account passwords immediately when unauthorized charges are detected. 

Millions of South Carolinians' social security numbers stolen - wistv.com - Columbia, South Carolina |

Coroner: Pregnant woman shot, killed following an officer-involved shooting

A pregnant woman has been killed following an officer-involved shooting.
The shooting happened on Jamies Creek Drive in Woodruff at 1:40 p.m.
According to an incident report released by Woodruff Police Chief Darrell Dawkins, the officer made a traffic stop when the male in vehicle fled on foot and the officer chased him. While (he was) chasing the suspect, the woman tried to assault the officer with the suspect’s vehicle. The officer reacted and medical assistance was called.
Spartanburg County Coroner Rusty Clevenger has confirmed that the woman has died from a gunshot wound. Clevenger identified the woman as Lacey Denise Lamb, 28.
According to Spartanburg Coroner Randy Bogan, Lamb was pregnant and the baby did not survive.
SLED officials on the scene said the officer was not injured.
Spartanburg County deputies said they helped Woodruff police track down the man involved and arrested him. Deputies have not said what he is charged with.
The incident is being investigated by SLED, Coroner’s Office and Sheriff’s Office. Further details will be released later surrounding the circumstances of the case. Also an autopsy will be conducted tomorrow.

Coroner: Pregnant woman shot, killed following an officer-involved shooting - Local News - Greenville, SC | NBC News


Summerville coach John McKissick gave up on gimmicks soon after he began coaching football six decades ago. Now, the 86-year-old's steady, fundamental approach has him on the verge of his 600th victory.
McKissick and the Green Wave get first crack at the coach's latest milestone Friday night at rival Ashley Ridge.
"Yeah, I guess it's getting exciting around here," McKissick says.
McKissick brings a record of 599-147-13 into the contest.
He long ago became football's all-time wins leader at all levels high-school, college or professionally. In 1993, McKissick broke Gordon Wood's mark with win No. 406. Ten years later, McKissick became the first to reach 500 victories. And he's largely done it the same way, concentrating on the football basics of strong defense and ground-churning run game.

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Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Clerk fires at thieves during robbery; 1 shot twice

Police in Gaffney were searching Tuesday for one of two men who they say got quite a surprise as they tried to rob a convenience store Monday night.
Gaffney Police Chief Rick Turner said the incident happened about 8 p.m.
Two  men, possibly more, went into a small convenience store on Cherokee Avenue, he said.
One man stood at the door with a semi-automatic rifle. The other man went to the register to get money, Turner said.
That's when the clerk grabbed his pistol and fired several shots, and the thieves ran off. according to Turner.
The man who had the rifle, Lee Tate, was later found lying in the back yard of a nearby building, Turner said.  Tate was suffering from two gunshot wounds when officers found him, according to Turner.
Tate was taken to the hospital, treated, released, and then booked into the jail, Turner said.
News 4 spoke to the clerk's father, who said that police told him the robber's rifle jammed, keeping him from firing it.
The father said police told him his son is lucky to be alive.
Turner said the other man hasn't been found, and it was unclear if he had been shot.
According to staff at the Cherokee County Detention Center,Tate was released from custody there at 5:45 p.m. on Monday. That's about 2 hours before he allegedly robbed the store.
He was in jail on charges of public disorderly conduct & threatening a public official, according to the detention center.

Police: Clerk fires at thieves during robbery; 1 shot twice - Local News - Greenville, SC | NBC News

Lancaster dad left children alone to buy beer


— A Lancaster father was arrested early Tuesday after deputies say he left his two children, a boy and a girl, at a home filled with mice just after midnight so he could buy more beer.
Christopher Blackmon, 26, of 227 Dixie School Road, is charged with two counts of unlawful neglect of a child and public intoxication, according to a news release from the Lancaster County Sheriff’s office. He is held at the Lancaster County Detention Center awaiting a bond hearing.
Deputies were sent to the area of Buford Crossroads convenience store after receiving complaints of a drunk man on a moped, the releases states. They found Blackmon, drunk, walking along the side of the road.
He was arrested and said he left his house because he ran out of beer and needed to get more beer. His moped then ran out of gas and he left it on the side of the road, the release states. He also said he left his children at home, which was more than two miles from the store.
Other deputies went to Blackmon’s house and found a 6-month-old child in a playpen and a 2-year-old in the bedroom sleeping on top of a blanket, according to the release. They also saw mice running around and found beer cans and food scattered throughout the house.

LANCASTER: Police: Lancaster dad left children alone to buy beer | Crime | Rock Hill Herald Online

After record year, SC parks move to pay their way

South Carolina's state parks are moving to become self-supporting after a year in which they generated a record $21 million in revenue.
State Parks, Recreation and Tourism Director Duane Parrish says the goal now is to have the parks self-sustaining in just over 18 months, the end of the upcoming state fiscal year.
"We came close this year. We had our highest revenue ever. We should reach operational self-sufficiency by the end of 2013-14," he told the AP last week after the announcement that readers of Conde Naste Traveler Magazine had voted Charleston the top tourist town in the world.
The state's system of 47 parks comprising 80,000 acres has been working to pay its own way and had originally set a goal of becoming self-sufficient by the end of the calendar year 2013.
"It was a goal. It was a target and we'll keep running as fast as we can to get to it," Parrish said.
The parks cost about $24 million a year to operate.
To reach its goal, among other things, the parks system has raised its rates for cabins and campgrounds to make them more in line with private attractions. The parks are also adding events, such as the fireworks last July 4th at Charles Towne Landing State Historic Site in Charleston, the location where South Carolina was founded.
"We think we have the ability to do some things other places can't do and we can offer them for a competitive price that really doesn't have any additional costs for us," he said.
The state is also developing its first-ever guidebook for the parks. Parrish said the new book is being underwritten by BMW and Fuji film, both of which have major manufacturing plants in the state.
Parrish said that only state park systems in New Hampshire and Vermont currently pay their own way and both of those systems have ski resorts which generate revenue.
The Department of Parks, Recreation and Tourism is also looking at issuing a revenue bond for capital investments such as a water park at Sesquicentennial State Park outside Columbia, Parrish said.
Parrish said last fiscal year's increase in revenues may be due in part to people looking for better entertainment values in a troubled economy.
"We still cost a lot less than some of the private sector things a family may want to do," he said. "People will still want to travel but they may not go as far or spend as much and the park system is within that model."

Read more here: http://www.charlotteobserver.com/2012/10/23/3616242/after-record-year-sc-parks-move.html#storylink=cpy

After record year, SC parks move to pay their way | CharlotteObserver.com

South Carolina dog recovering from severely embedded rope

A dog in Chester County, S.C. is recovering from horrific wounds to her neck which were caused by a negligent owner.
The dog's name is Raven and she is currently being cared for by veterinarians at Carolina Place Vet with the support of the Chester County Animal Control.
Raven was picked up by animal control on Monday - just one month after she had been in their care before.
In September, the animal control officers picked up Raven because there was a report that she had been abandoned. That initial time, the owners showed up to claim her and animal control was unable to keep Raven because her body showed no apparent signs of abuse.
This time, however, Raven was not as fortunate.
Her owners had left a tightly knotted rope around her neck and it cut so deeply into her flesh that her bone and jugular vein is exposed.
The damage has left Raven unable to eat and in great pain.
The officials with the Chester County Animal Control are disgusted by what has been done to this lovely girl and they are doing their utmost to not only provide her with the care that she needs, but also, to bring her prior owners to justice.
Anyone hoping to make a donations towards Raven's care can do so by accessing her Chip-in fund here, or by phoning the veterinary clinic directly at (803) 789-5047.
Follow the Chester County Animal Care and Control on Facebook here.

South Carolina dog recovering from severely embedded rope - National Dogs | Examiner.com

Monday, October 22, 2012

Family stopping for bathroom shot at during armed robbery

A family who stopped at a gas station to use the restroom was shot at during an armed robbery Saturday night in St. George.
The Dorchester County Sheriff's Office says a 34-year-old woman, her brother and husband decided to stop at the EZ Shop on 2722 Highway 14 North, since the woman had to use the bathroom.
The woman told deputies that as she was walking in the store, she noticed a man with a mask near the cash register. The woman said she heard one of the two suspects say, "Pop her."
The woman then ducked down and noticed some time later that the two suspects were beside her vehicle with her brother and husband inside.
According to police, one of the suspects told the husband to get out of the car. The husband told police that the suspect then began to shoot at their car.
The suspect then ran and got into an SUV and took off towards the highway. When deputies arrived they found two bullet holes in the victims' car.
A store clerk said it all started when she noticed two of the suspects outside of the store. She then ran back into the store and she and another clerk ran into the back room and locked the door.
According to the clerks, after the suspects tried to push the door open, they heard a gun shot.
Another clerk who was behind the counter, said when the suspects came into the store, he hit the alarm button. The man said the two males came into the store wearing black hoodies and masks.
One of the suspects then ran towards the Subway side of the store.
An incident report states that after one of the suspects shot a round into the door, the other suspect came up to him behind the cash register with a gun.
When the suspect told the clerk to open the safe, he said he could not open it. The suspects then took the cash register and ran out of the store.
Authorities say they found the cash register on I-26 Monday afternoon.
If you have any information you are asked to call police or Crime Stoppers at 554-1111.

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PTO president accused of sex with minor

A woman who was the president of an Upstate parent-teachers’ organization is charged with criminal sexual conduct with a minor.
An arrest warrant from Williamston says that Jamye Leigh Sanders had a sexual relationship with the 14-year-old from April to September 2012.
Acting Williamston Police Chief Jesse Harris said the 14-year-old was friends with Sanders’ daughter.
The boy attended Palmetto Middle School in Williamston, where Sanders was PTO president.
Harris said, "We do have some evidence, and some of it's physical, some of it's testimonial."
Anderson District 1 said that Sanders was not an employee of the district, but she was on the books as a substitute teacher during the last school year.
News 4 has learned that the alleged sex acts took place in Sanders’ home and in a portable classroom at Palmetto Middle School.

Harris said, "There are still some other allegations that we are investigating, and I'm obviously reluctant at this time to speak on those until we can find the outcome.
“A person of this stature, in that position, they are a figurehead. They are a mentor for a lot of young adults, and unfortunately sometimes they're taken advantage of, and sometimes these people in these positions take advantage of that situation for their own personal gain," Harris said.
Late Monday, the Anderson County Sheriff's Office also charged Sanders with criminal sexual conduct with a minor.  Investigators said some of the incidents between Sanders and the student happened at her former home in the county.
Ryan Beasley, Sanders' attorney, said his client is the mother of three, has no criminal history, and is cooperating with police.

PTO president accused of sex with minor - Local News - Greenville, SC | NBC News

Explosives, weapons can be turned in without facing charges

Those who live in five Upstate counties have a chance to get rid of any explosives, ammunition, weapons, bomb materials or military ordnance without risk of facing charges.
The sheriffs of Abbeville, Anderson, Greenville, Oconee and Pickens counties have made Oct. 22-26 Explosives Amnesty Week.
Residents can call their Sheriff's Office to have explosive material of any kind removed from their property. The Sheriff’s Offices of the various counties will then have certified bomb technicians remove and destroy the hazardous materials.
Collections will take place between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m.
A release from the Sheriff’s Office said that no criminal charges related to any hazardous materials reported and/or collected will be filed against residents who participate in the program. The program applies to residents throughout the five counties, including those who reside within the incorporated city limits of each.
In Abbeville County, call the Abbeville County Sheriff’s Office at 864-446-6000.
In Anderson County call the Anderson County Emergency Services Central Dispatch Center at 864-260-4022.In Greenville County, call the Greenville County Sheriff’s Office at 864-271-5210.In Oconee County call the Oconee County Sheriff’s Office at 864-638-4111.In Pickens County, call the Pickens County Sheriff’s Office at 864-864-898-5500.
Dispatchers will request information about the materials to be collected, including the address where the materials are stored, but residents will not be required to give their names.

Explosives, weapons can be turned in without facing charges - Local News - Greenville, SC | NBC News

90 people given chance to turn selves in

Ninety people who have outstanding warrants against them are being given the chance to turn themselves in to avoid possibly more severe penalties in the future.
(Note: Names listed at end of article)
The S.C. Department of Probation, Parole, and Pardon Services is looking for offenders in Greenwood County who are in violation of the law and have outstanding warrants.
“This is a statewide operation and our goal is to reduce the number of warrants by 25 percent by the end of the year,” said Greenwood Agent-in-Charge Kevin Reeder.
The purpose of Operation Clean Streets is to encourage persons on probation and parole who have quit reporting to turn themselves in.
The special event will take place Oct. 30 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., but those with outstanding warrants can turn themselves in at any time before then.
The wanted offenders should report to the Greenwood SCDPPPS office at the Park Plaza Office Building, Room 110, 600 Monument Street.
‘We will work with them to clear up outstanding warrants and financial obligations,” said Reeder. A magistrate will be at the event to decide some cases on the spot, he noted.
“It really is critical for people who have quit reporting and have warrants to come to us and get this taken care of. These warrants have been entered into state and national databases and eventually they will be arrested,” said Reeder. “The consequences for them will be much more severe if they wait for us to come and arrest them.”
Reeder said family members of those on supervision should encourage their relatives to turn themselves in.
“We will work with people who have hardship situations,” said Reeder.
Some of these offenders owe restitution to victims in Greenwood County, and SCDPPPS will continue to do everything possible to make sure they are arrested and held accountable.
“I would also request that if anyone has any information concerning the whereabouts of the following offenders, please contact the probation office immediately at 864-942-8652,” Reeder added.
Alphabetical by last name:
Abercrombie, Patricia, 47, last known address: Jenkins Bridge Rd., Simpsonville
Allen, Rosita, 49, last known address: Parkway Court, Greenwood Anderson, Lashelle, 34, last known address: McLees Ave., Greenwood Anderson, O. C., 28, last known address: Woodrow Ave., Greenwood Anderson, Tyrone, 43, last known address: Dunns Creek Rd., Donalds Antonio, Israel,32, last known address: Mineral Ct., Greenwood Benson, Michelle, 38, last known address: Relax Street, Waterloo Bowers, Cynthia, 48, last known address: South Main St., Greenwood Brooks, Paul, 61, last known address: Pelzer St., Greenwood Brown, Alvin, 55, last known address: Springwood Terrace, GreenwoodBrown, Ricky, 42, last known address: Pecan Dr., Greenwood Cannon, Carlos, 31, last known address: Jackson Dr., Bradley Carmona, Arturo, 29, last known address: New Market St., Greenwood Chambers, Claudette, 62, unknown address Chiquin-Sis, Prudencio, 26, last known address: New Market St., Greenwood Collins, Michael, 53, last known address: Brooks Stewart Apt.,Greenwood Contreras, Henri, 33, last known address: Camden Dr., Greenwood Davis, Yvette, 44, last known address: Independence Way, Greenwood Delarosa, Casimiro, 35, unknown address Desiderio, Donald, 48, last known address: Trakas Ave, Greenwood Diaz, Dagoberto, 33, last known address: New Market St., GreenwoodDisher, Crystal,32, last known address: Delaware Dr.,King George, VADuncan, Marvin, 43, last known address: Reynolds Ave., Greenwood Edmonds, James, 36, last known address: Watson St., Greenwood Edwards, Kelby, 36, last known address: Beaver Creek Lane, Greenwood Evans, Terri, 50, unknown address Facey, William, 38, last known address: Pressley St., Greenwood Fisher, Markarios, 26, last known address: Elderton Dr., Apopka, FLFreeman, Tonya, 50, unknown address Fuller, Renee, 50, last known address: Highland St., Sarasota, FLGaskin, Joseph, 44, unknown address Granados, Anastanio, 37, last known address: New Market St., Greenwood Hackett, Gary, 47, unknown address Harwell, Sarah, 41, unknown address Hernandez, Alber, 35, last known address: Phones St., Greenwood Hernandez, Eleodoro, 30, last known address: New Market St., Greenwood Holmes, Sharon, 48, last known address: South Cherry St., Seneca Hopkins, John, 35, last known address of 201 Rice Road., Greenwood Irizarry, Jose, 40, last known address: New Market St., Greenwood Ivory, Curvis, 38, unknown address Jackson, Renaldo, 30, last known address: Spring St., Greenwood Johnson, Joe, 48, last known address: Calhoun Rd. East, Greenwood Johnson, Travis, 32, last known address: Huron Ct., Nesbit, MSJohnson, William, 23, last known address: Montague Ave., Greenwood Lawson, Jason, 29, last known address: Creek Rd.-East, Greenwood Lewis, Larry, 52, last known address: Greenwood Garden Apt., Greenwood Lewis, Victor, 58, unknown address Logan, Randall, 55, last known address: Woodlock Lane, Greenwood Lopez, Juan, 39, last known address: New Market St., Greenwood Lopez, Kenny, 31, last known address: Squirrel Tree Rd., Greenwood Lusk, Jason, 41, last known address: Summit Circle, Ware Shoals Martinez, Martin, 44, last known address: Hwy 702, Ninety Six Matthews, Spencer, 37, last known address: Chipley Rd., Greenwood McNamara, Brendan, 50, last known address: South Greenwood Ave.,Greenwood Medlock, April, 31, last known address: Rockhouse Rd., Greenwood Montanez, Jennifer, 36, last known address: Lee Street, Greenwood Moon, Jr., Jacoby, 27, last known address: Woodrow Ave., Greenwood Moore, Billy, 47, last known address: By-Pass 72, Quality Inn, Greenwood Morales, Francisco, 33, last known address: New Market St., Greenwood Morgan, Reginald S., 31, last known address: New Street, Greenwood Nance Joe Lewis, 33, last known address: West Point Drive, Greenwood Padgett, Charlie, 67, last known address: Little Mountain Road, Ninety Six Padgett, Michael, 55, last known address: Florida Avenue, Greenwood Padgett, Willie, 64, unknown address Parris, William D., 32, last known address: Brooks Road, Ninety Six Parrish, Herman E., 50, last known address: Montague St., Cross Creek Inn, Greenwood Poss, Mark A., 55, last known address: Perch Street, Greenwood Pressley, Michael, 58, last known address: Lagrone Road, Hodges Ramirez, Marcario J., 35, last known address: New Haven Apts, Greenwood Resendez, Alfredo, 38, last known address: New Haven Apts, Greenwood Rice, Loretta, 53, last known address: Gage Street, Greenwood Rivera, Larubia R., 52, unknown address Robinson, Demarcus, 25, unknown address
Rocha, Miguel, 35, last known address: New Market Street, Greenwood Rodriguez, Samuel, 31, last known address: New Market St, Greenwood Rollinson, Cherrett, 39, last known address: Salem Meadows Dr., Lithonia, GARuff, Pamela Palmore, 56, unknown address Shealy, Josephine, 49, last known address: Brewster Dr., Indianapolis, INSheard, Timothy, 42, last known address: Reynolds Ave., Greenwood Sheely, Donald E., 51, last known address: Winter Street, Brooksville, FLSherman, Leroy R., 39, last known address: Old 96 Hwy., Greenwood Simpkins, Joshua, 22, last known address: Grand Prix Ct., Greenwood Smet, Kevin, 19, last known address: Taggart Ave, c/o The Lighthouse, Greenwood
Speach, Sonia S., 37, last known address: Weimer Circle, Greenwood Speaks, David N., 44, last known address: Montague Ave., GreenwoodStorey, Dana, 39, last known address: Stone Oak Lane, Greenwood Thomas, Frankie D., 32, last known address: Meadow Street, Greenwood Villanyeva, Roberto, 32, last known address: Davis Street, Greenwood Watson, Patricia A., 50, unknown address Williams, Michael, 50, unknown address Wilson, Shawn, 47, last known address: Taggert Ave., Greenwood

90 people given chance to turn selves in - Local News - Greenville, SC | NBC News

Katelynne Devine Aaron Miller baby outside trash Mt Holly

MOUNT HOLLY, NC (WBTV) - Police in Mount Holly say a 23-year-old mother left her 10-month-old baby next to a pile of trash by the road Sunday evening and drove off.
Katelynne Devine, of Mount Holly, is charged with contributing to the delinquency of a minor, said Mount Holly Interim Police Chief David James.
Chief James said that Devine had shown up with her child at the father's house, along the 100 block of East Catawba Drive, and wanted him to take the baby.
The father, Aaron Miller, declined, saying he had to go to bed and be up early for work the next morning.
Miller and Devine got into an argument and Miller told Devine to leave, police told WBTV.
Miller went back into his home and discussed issue with his mother.  Sometime later Miller and his Mother walked out on the front porch and heard the baby crying.
Miller told police that he looked out toward the road and saw his son sitting on the ground beside a pile of trash near the road, where Devine had apparently left him, Chief James said.
Police say Devine did not tell anyone she was leaving the baby there.
The baby boy is 10-months-old, could not walk but could crawl. The baby was uninjured, officers say.
WBTV has learned the temperature was dropping to the lower 50s around the time of the incident.
Warrants were obtained on Katelynne Devine for Child Neglect.
She was later arrested and was taken to the Gaston County Jail.
She was released on a secure $5,000.00 bond pending court. Gaston DSS is also investigating case.  

Katelynne Devine Aaron Miller baby outside trash Mt Holly - wistv.com - Columbia, South Carolina |

Sunday, October 21, 2012

Deputies: 3 men in custody after carjacking

Newberry County deputies have three carjacking suspects in custody after a a search overnight.
The search began late Saturday night after a trooper approached a disabled vehicle around the 73 mile marker on I 26. Three men dressed in dark clothing ran from the vehicle and into the woods as the trooper approached, officials said.
It was later determined that the vehicle had been taken during a carjacking in Greenville County, according to the Newberry County Sheriff's Office.
SLED bloodhounds and a helicopter were called to the scene to search the wooded area around Mt. Bethel Garmany Road near SC Highway 34. 
One suspect was caught during the night near the Fox Run Community, deputies said.
At about 5:45 am Sunday, a resident of the Fox Run Community spotted the remaining two suspects and called 911. 

Troopers, SLED agents, and deputies surrounded  the area and continued to search.
At about 7 a.m., the remaining two suspects were taken into custody.

Deputies: 3 men in custody after carjacking - Local News - Greenville, SC | NBC News

Saturday, October 20, 2012

South Carolina murder suspect slips off monitoring bracelet

— Authorities are searching for an accused murderer who shed his electronic monitoring bracelet and disappeared while free on bail.
The Post and Courier of Charleston reports that Travaris Walker was free on $125,000 bail after being charged in the fatal Dec. 19 shooting of 25-year-old Marquis Rashad Richardson in Lincolnville.
While awaiting trial this week, prosecutors say the 29-year-old Walker stretched the monitoring bracelet out of shape, slipped it off and took off.
Walker's bail has been revoked and a warrant issued for his arrest.
Nicknamed "Smurf," Walker also faces charges for cocaine trafficking and alleged crimes. Prosecutors say Walker killed Richardson while trying retrieve property he believed the victim had taken from him.
Charleston authorities are pushing for better oversight of electronic monitoring after several recent escapes.

South Carolina murder suspect slips off monitoring bracelet » Anderson Independent Mail

South Carolina man dies after shooting in Syracuse Friday night

A South Carolina man died of gunshot wounds he sustained Friday night, Syracuse police said.
Walter Belle, 30, of Orangeburg, S.C., was one of two men shot in front of 644 Catherine St. in Syracuse. He was rushed to Upstate Medical Center, where he later died, police said.
The other victim, a 20-year-old man, suffered a minor injury, police said.'
Anyone with information about the shooting is asked to call the Syracuse Police Department Criminal Investigation Division at 442-5222.

South Carolina man dies after shooting in Syracuse Friday night | syracuse.com

Woman walking her dog discovers man's body floating in water

FAIRFIELD COUNTY, SC (WIS) - Investigators in Fairfield County are trying to determine how a man's body ended up in Lake Wateree Friday morning.
The Department of Natural Resources says a woman was walking her dog around 8:30 and spotted the body about 20 feet from the shore. DNR responded and says the body is that of a white male approximately 58 or 59 years of age.
The incident happened at the Lake Wateree State Park.
They believe the man may have been camping in the area and they don't suspect foul play. The Fairfield County Coroner's office is also investigating this case.

Woman walking her dog discovers man's body floating in water - wistv.com - Columbia, South Carolina |

Friday, October 19, 2012

Woman, teen arrested after bank robbery in SC town, deputies say

Rebecca Cauthen Rebecca Cauthen
Aaron Donaldson Aaron Donaldson

LANCASTER, SC (WBTV) - Deputies in Lancaster County arrested two people they say robbed a bank in Kershaw Thursday afternoon.
The incident was reported around 1 p.m. at Williams Financial on the 100 block of E. Richland Street in Kershaw, according to a news release from the Lancaster County Sheriff's Office.
Rebecca Outen Cauthen, 36, of Kershaw, and Aaron Donaldson, 19, of Rock Hill, are charged with armed robbery. Dondaldson is also charged with possession of a weapon during the commission of a violent crime.
Deputies say that Donaldson walked into the bank armed with handgun and demanded money. After tellers gave him the money, he jumped in a car driven by Cauthen, according to the release.
Both were arrested by investigators a short time later. Some of the stolen money was recovered.
Cauthen and Donaldson were booked and jailed at the Lancaster County Detention Center.

Woman, teen arrested after bank robbery in SC town, deputies say - WBTV 3 News, Weather, Sports, and Traffic for Charlotte, NC

Father accused of multiple sex crimes against kids

Roosevelt Mack (Source: Sumter Lee Regional Detention Center) 
 Roosevelt Mack (Source: Sumter Lee Regional Detention Center) 
Roosevelt Mack is a middle-aged man without a criminal record with a neighborly reputation.
"He's always been a good guy to me," said neighbor Bryan Partin. "Never expected anything to that sort."
Partin lives next door to Mack, but Mack hasn't been at home. He's been in jail.
"It was a little unusual," said Captain Dailey with the Sumter County Sheriff's Department. "Had a report of criminal sexual assault on a minor. Brought the victim in. Once we brought the victim in, three more victims appeared."
Dailey said the cases go back to 2008. Four different victims, one is now an adult he says, who had never told anyone.
The accusations range from rape to incest to lewd conduct.
Partin was rocked by the news. He said he and Mack aren't just neighbors. They're fellow fathers.
"What? Could he have been sitting there looking at my kids thinking?" asked Partin. "That just gives me the heeby jeebies. Makes me not want to be here anymore."
Partin said even though he saw the investigators swarm his neighborhood, he'll let others decide if a man with a clean record has a dark past.
"I hope the kids get the very best help they can get," said Partin. "I really can't say much more than that."
This was a sensitive case for the investigators working it. Dailey said his investigators feel pretty confident they made the right arrest.

Father accused of multiple sex crimes against kids - wistv.com - Columbia, South Carolina |

SC teacher charged with selling fake goods to students

ANDERSON, SC (AP) - A middle school teacher in Anderson County has been arrested and charged with selling counterfeit goods.
The Anderson Independent Mail reports that 33-year-old Anna Brook Mullinax of Anderson turned herself in to sheriff's deputies earlier this month.
Mullinax is a teacher at Glenview Middle School. Anderson District 5 spokesman Bill Baker says Mullinax is on administrative leave with pay.
Deputies say she sold fake goods to 40 people, including students. Officers seized more than $10,000 in retail value of fake versions of Beats by Dre, Bose and Skull Candy brands.
It was not clear if she has an attorney.

SC teacher charged with selling fake goods to students - wistv.com - Columbia, South Carolina |

Thursday, October 18, 2012

Man steals money from boy in church parking lot

Greenville police are looking for a man who stole money from the hands of a child in a church parking lot during the Fall for Greenville weekend.
Police said the boy was collecting money for parking at the entrance to the lot at Buncombe Street Methodist Church on Saturday.   Police did not give the boy's age in their release, but described him as a juvenile.
A man approached the boy and forced about $50 out of his hands.
The man then got into a black two-door Lexus with a red interior and left the area.
The man is described as about 6 feet tall, heavy set, clean cut with short hair cut into a swirl pattern.
Anyone with information about the man or who recognizes the description of the vehicle is asked to call the Greenville Police tip line at 864-271-4273, or Greenville CrimeStoppers at 864-23-CRIME.

Man steals money from boy in church parking lot - Local News - Greenville, SC | NBC News

Man sentenced to 30 years for kidnapping and rape

Marion Brown rape suspect
Credit: WCBD
Marion Lamont Brown was sentenced to 30 years in prison Thursday after he plead guilty to kidnapping and raping a woman in 2011.

Marion Lamont Brown was sentenced to 30 years in prison Thursday after he plead guilty to kidnapping and raping a woman in 2011.

Authorities say Brown was out on bail for crimes he committed in Georgia when he traveled to South Carolina and raped a West Ashley woman.  Investigators were able to link DNA from the crime to Brown.

Brown must serve 85 percent of his sentence before becoming eligible for parole.

Man sentenced to 30 years for kidnapping and rape | WCBD-TV 2

Summerville man arrested for child porn

South Carolina Attorney General Alan Wilson announced the arrest of Scott Douglas Marriott of Summerville, S.C. for 15 counts involving the sexual exploitation of a minor. The Berkeley County Sheriff's Office made the arrest.
On September 23, 2012, a Berkeley County Sheriff's Office undercover detective downloaded five video files from the suspect's computer which were available for public access and were shared using a file-sharing program. All five files contained child pornography as defined by South Carolina state law.
On October 10, 2012, Berkeley County deputies executed a search warrant at the suspect's residence in Summerville and seized three laptop computers, a desktop computer and other electronic devices. A forensic preview of that computer equipment revealed numerous files with videos depicting children as young as infants engaged in sexual activity with adults.
Marriott was arrested on October 17, 2012, and charged with 5 counts of Sexual Exploitation of a Minor second degree, a felony offense punishable by two to ten years imprisonment on each count, and ten counts of Sexual Exploitation of a Minor third degree, a felony offense punishable by up to ten years imprisonment on each count.
Marriott was assigned a surety bond of $75,000 and was ordered to have no contact with children under the age of 17; no electronic communications devices (cell phones, computing devices. etc.) with the exception of a landline telephone; was restricted from schools, malls and child playgrounds; and must not reside closer than one mile of a school.

Summerville man arrested for child porn | WCBD-TV 2

3 in SC die from West Nile virus

GREENVILLE, S.C. (AP) State health officials say three people have now died in South Carolina from the West Nile virus.
The Greenville News reported that the Department of Health and Environmental Control says it's the highest death toll in the state.
DHEC spokesman Jim Beasley says the agency began tracking West Nile virus in 2001. Beasley says the only other death was reported in Dillon County in 2005.
There have been 40 cases of the illness in South Carolina this year. Aiken County has had the most cases with eight. Richland County has had four cases. State officials say South Carolina usually has only about four cases annually.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says there have been 183 deaths this year.

3 in SC die from West Nile virus | WSAV TV

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Uncle charged in 7-month-old's death

A Seneca man has been charged in the death of his 7-month-old niece.
Amy Genesis Stashluk, of Fair Play, was found not breathing at her aunt and uncle’s home in Seneca, according to the coroner.
Oconee County Coroner Karl Addis said that just after 4:30 a.m. Sunday, EMS was called to the home on Hick’s Lane.  Amy was airlifted to Greenville Memorial Hospital and was pronounced dead Monday night.
Addis said doctors at GMH found that Amy had a non-accidental head injury.
The Oconee County Sheriff’s Department was notified and continues to investigate this incident.
The arrest warrant said that sometime on Oct. 13 or 14, McKenzie Turner dropped and shook Amy, causing traumatic injury.
Turner is charged with homicide by child abuse.  He is being held in the Oconee County Detention Center.
Amy's parents donated her organs in hopes of helping to save the lives of some other children.

Uncle charged in 7-month-old's death - Local News - Greenville, SC | NBC News

Deputies: Driver swallowed marijuana during traffic stop

Eric Buckner (Source: Alvin S. Glenn Detention Center) was a passenger in the vehicle. He was wanted on warrants for failure to pay child support.  
Eric Buckner (Source: Alvin S. Glenn Detention Center) was a passenger in the vehicle. He was wanted on warrants for failure to pay child support.
COLUMBIA, SC (WIS) - The Richland County Sheriff's Department says a traffic stop netted two men, one for a marijuana charge and another wanted on outstanding warrants.
Officials say 32-year-old Travis Pickett has been charged with simple possession of marijuana and for driving with an expired South Carolina tag. Pickett's passenger, 23-year-old Eric Buckner was wanted for failure to pay child support.
Authorities say the pair were pulled over by deputies because deputies spotted expired tags on the car. During the stop, deputies say they smelled marijuana, and Pickett admitted to having the drug in his possession. Officials say he also admitted to swallowing some of the drugs.
Pickett and Buckner were transported to the Alvin S. Glenn Detention Center. No word if they had a bond hearing.

Deputies: Driver swallowed marijuana during traffic stop - wistv.com - Columbia, South Carolina |

Missing teens may be Myrtle Beach bound

Jake Ziegler, 18 (left), and 17-year-old Ray Pierce (right) have been missing since Friday and may be in the Myrtle Beach area. (Source: Family of missing teens) Jake Ziegler, 18 (left), and 17-year-old Ray Pierce (right) have been missing since Friday and may be in the Myrtle Beach area. (Source: Family of missing teens)
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MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) - A search for the two missing North Carolina teens, believed to have been headed to Myrtle Beach, is under way in the Conway area Wednesday morning.
Jake Ziegler, 18, and 17-year-old Ray Pierce reportedly left the Sherrills Ford area of North Carolina just after 1 a.m. on Oct. 13, believed to be driving to Myrtle Beach. The last contact the teens have had with anyone was through a text message to a friend at 2:44 a.m. Oct. 13.
A search for the two young men has now been formed, and Susan Ziegler, mother of Jake Ziegler, says there is a $5,000 reward for information leading to the discovery of the two teens. The search party will meet in Conway at the Public Safety Building at 2560 Main Street at 8 a.m. Wednesday.
Volunteers in the search are asked to wear something bright orange and to bring a map of the area and a flashlight. Everyone who can is asked to help in the search.
The Federal Bureau of Investigations has also now joined the search for the two North Carolina teens, and the Catawba County Sheriff's Office confirms it is looking for Ziegler and Pierce.
Parents tell WMBF News that their search efforts are being supplemented by the FBI as they search for the teens.
Jake and Ray attend Bandys High School. Jake Ziegler's sister, Jackie, says the two friends were headed to Myrtle Beach and the last phone call from the pair came in around 3 a.m. Saturday from the Rock Hill area.
Jackie says she hopes police will take her case seriously, because it is unlike her younger brother, Jake to not contact her.
"I understand the statistics and I understand that, but this is not my brother. And there's no chance in hell he would go this far without contacting me," Jackie Ziegler said, "there is no activity on their cell phones, on their debit cards. We don't believe they have any cash with them. They have one Shell card for gas and they can use it for food. However, I can't trace it until Monday morning."
Myrtle Beach Police Captain David Knipes said the city is a magnet for runaway teens and people looking for a hide-out. But, he added, missing juveniles do not go unnoticed. Knipes said a special group of officers make up a juvenile department, specializing in locating missing persons.
"They'll take the flyers and literally canvas door to door and ocean boulevard, hand out the flyers to the different hotels and see if somebody might have seen these people to give them that extra little help," Knipes said. "They're just an anonymous face. With Myrtle Beach having such a high transient population with people coming in for a weekend or a week at a time there's different faces all the time so they can just blend in a lot easier."
Dozens of family and friends drove down I-77 to Columbia Monday morning to see if they could locate the car the teens were driving. Ziegler says they are looking for a 2006 Green Pontiac G-6 with NC plates BBD-8844.
Ziegler's dad drove to Myrtle Beach and rented a helicopter to survey the area and surrounding areas. As of Monday evening, their search left them empty-handed.
On Monday, both boys' families publicly urged them to go home.
"You are not in trouble. Our hearts are broken. I will not stop at anything until he is home. And I mean it. If he doesn't want us to find him, I'm gonna find him. We're waiting here with open arms and we're gonna do whatever it takes because that's what family does and that's what family's for," Jackie Ziegler said.
"You have two sisters. You have a family that loves you, that's concerned, that wants you home safe. Please come home if you're listening to this," Pierce's mother Wendy Pierce said.
Jackie Ziegler tells WMBF News they still believe the boys could be in the Myrtle Beach area, and FBI agents on the case have told them to, "sit tight for awhile so their search doesn't get in the way of theirs (FBI)."
If you see the teens, or the vehicle they are reportedly driving, please call Myrtle Beach Police at 843-918-1300.

Missing teens may be Myrtle Beach bound - wistv.com - Columbia, South Carolina |

Suspect identified in theft of donation jar for burn victims

Maria Riol (Source: Forest Acres Police Department) 
Maria Riol (Source: Forest Acres Police Department)

FOREST ACRES, SC (WIS) - Police are looking for a woman they believe stole a donation jar containing money meant for burn victims from a convenience store in late September.

According to the Forest Acres Police Department, the incident happened at the Pitt Stop located at 4800 Forest Drive on the afternoon of September 24.
Police say surveillance video shows Maria Riol walk up to the register, put a drink down, grab a jar from the counter, and walk away.
The jar contained approximately ten dollars of donations for the Southeastern Firefighters Burn Foundation.
Investigators say Riol, who has no permanent address, then got into a dark colored 4-door pick-up truck, possibly a Nissan Frontier, and drove away. 
There was another unknown subject with the suspect, however it does not appear she had any knowledge of the theft, police said. 
If you know where Riol is, you are urged to call Forest Acres Police Department at (803) 782-9444 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-CRIME-SC.

Suspect identified in theft of donation jar for burn victims - wistv.com - Columbia, South Carolina |

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

South Carolina Town Terrorized By Exploding Toilet

The terror that strikes from below an exploding toilet bowl is sowing fear and fecal water all over the small, confusingly named town of North, South Carolina. The Improvised Bathroom Device lashed at the civic heart of North itself, going off in the men's bathroom inside Town Hall, reports the Times and Democrat. The stall's occupant had fortunately stepped away seconds before the eruption, which blew a third of the tank to smithereens and lodged porcelain shrapnel in a door. The culprit was a toilet engineered for heavy public use that employs a high-pressure valve and less water than normal.
Detonating toilets have become a recent scourge in the American bathroom scene. Although the brand of North's rogue crapper is unknown, earlier this summer Flushmate issued a massive voluntary recall of pressurized toilets after about 300 people complained of explosions. One poor victim of such a buttock-shaking barrage said that "I required dozens of stitches for an extremely deep wound," although being "a bigger person, I was able to absorb the brunt of the force."

South Carolina Town Terrorized By Exploding Toilet - Neighborhoods - The Atlantic Cities

SC motorists can get cash for old batteries

COLUMBIA, S.C. South Carolina motorists can get cash for every auto or marine battery they turn in during a cleanup effort that runs the rest of this month.
AAA Carolinas is offering $5 a battery during the Great Fall Battery Roundup. The recycling effort starts Tuesday and runs through the end of the month.
AAA Carolinas president David Parsons says improperly disposed batteries hurt the environment. In the past three years, AAA Carolinas has collected and recycled more than 150,000 batteries.
AAA collects and recycles more than 1 million batteries a year nationwide.

Read more here: http://www.charlotteobserver.com/2012/10/16/3600326/sc-motorists-can-get-cash-for.html#storylink=cpy

SC motorists can get cash for old batteries | CharlotteObserver.com

North Carolina man mowing grass killed; South Carolina man charged

MONROE, N.C. — A North Carolina man cutting the grass at a church has been struck and killed and a South Carolina man has been charged.
The North Carolina Highway Patrol says 73-year-old Don Lowery of Union County died Saturday after he was struck by a pickup truck while he was mowing the grass in front of the church where his wife is pastor.
Thirty-seven-year-old Ronald Sutton of Lancaster, S.C., has been charged with death by motor vehicle caused by reckless driving and driving with a suspended license.
North Carolina troopers say Lowery was about 30 feet off North Carolina 200 south of Monroe when he was hit.
Lowery was cutting the grass at the Holy Band of Inspiration Church.

North Carolina man mowing grass killed; South Carolina man charged » Anderson Independent Mail

Monday, October 15, 2012

Man charged with murder in domestic shooting

Dexter Lee Boulware (Source: Alvin S. Glenn Detention Center) 
Dexter Lee Boulware (Source: Alvin S. Glenn Detention Center)
RICHLAND COUNTY, SC (WIS) - A 41-year-old man who was recently free on bond awaiting a court appearance on a criminal domestic violence charge has been charged with the shooting death of his wife, according to the Richland County Sheriff's Department.
According to Richland County Sheriff's Department spokesman Curtis Wilson, Dexter Lee Boulware has been charged murder and burglary in connection with the death of 41-year-old Tacora Thomas.
Officials say the incident happened around 10:00 a.m. at 200 Thornfield Road in the Winslow subdivision off Clemson Road. 
Investigators said Thomas was shot multiple times in the upper body by Boulware. They say the two were in the process of separating and she had an order of protection against him.
Investigators said Thomas and her mother were inside the home at the time of the incident.
Thomas' mother was injured when she tripped and fell while trying to get out of the home and to her neighbor's house. That neighbor managed to call 911.
Deputies said Boulware ran from the home, but was arrested on Durham Creek Road without incident.
Investigators said they were able to recover the gun they believe was used in the crime.
Deputies responded to the same home Sunday to investigate possible threatening text messages from Boulware.

Man charged with murder in domestic shooting - wistv.com - Columbia, South Carolina |

School bus driver arrested for DUI shortly after dropping kids

Margaret Means (Source: Alvin S. Glenn Detention Center) 
Margaret Means (Source: Alvin S. Glenn Detention Center) 
A Richland County school bus driver has been charged with driving under the influence after dropping kids off at school and then crashing the bus she was driving.
According to the South Carolina Highway Patrol, the incident happened Friday around 9:10 a.m. on Clarkson Road near Hopkins.
Troopers say 61-year-old Margaret Means lost control of a 1990 International school bus, hit a ditch, crossed the road, and hit another ditch.
There were no students on the bus at the time of the incident.
A spokesperson with Richland School District One says Means had completed a portion of her route, dropping students off at a middle school and a high school, just before the crash happened.
Means, who was not injured, was arrested at the scene and transported to the Alvin S. Glenn Detention Center.
Troopers did not say if she was given a field sobriety test or a breathalyzer test.
In addition to DUI, she was charged with child endangerment.
The district has not commented on Means' employment status, but said she won't be driving a bus for Richland One again.

School bus driver arrested for DUI shortly after dropping kids - wistv.com - Columbia, South Carolina |

Jesus image Hannah Roberts E. coli Cleveland County Fair

The family of a five-year-old girl battling E. coli says Jesus is watching over her little girl and the proof is in the town's local paper.
Five-year-old Hannah Roberts has been in the hospital for nearly a week, since she became sick after visiting the Cleveland County Fair.
Doctors diagnosed Hannah with E. coli on Friday evening, according to a Facebook page for the little girl, three days after she was admitted to the Levine Children's Hospital in Charlotte.
Hannah is one of more than three dozen people believed to be sickened at the fair.
Around 10:25 p.m. on Sunday night, a picture was posted online from an article about Hannah in the Gaston Gazette.
"Jesus is watching over our Hannah," the online post stated."Can you see Him in this picture of Hannah printed in the Gaston Gazette?"
The photo shows the young girl with what some say is an image of Jesus' face over her right shoulder.
Hannah's family has been asking for prayers since she became sick.
According to their online posts, Hannah contracted the HUS strain that attacks the kidneys, requiring her to go through dialysis.  She had a pic-line and dialysis port put in on Monday afternoon.
"We just have to pray that her body is strong enough to start the healing process," the post stated. "There is really no medicine to treat it. Please pray."

Jesus image Hannah Roberts E. coli Cleveland County Fair - wistv.com - Columbia, South Carolina |