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Ex S. Carolina police chief sentenced for drug, gun charges

Nov. 14, 2019 5:21 PM EST

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — A former South Carolina police chief was sentenced to 30 months in prison for using drugs and illegally owning guns. News outlets report former Columbia Police Chief Randy Scott was sentenced Wednesday. He pleaded guilty in August to drug and gun charges. Scott was chief from 2011 to...

SC deputy fired over misconduct allegations of misconduct

Nov. 14, 2019 7:41 AM EST

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — A South Carolina sheriff’s deputy has been fired over allegations that he acted inappropriately with female students while working as a school resource officer. Citing court records, The Post and Courier reports Jamel Bradley was fired from the Richland County Sheriff’s...

Lawmaker: Richland County may have to repay $40M in taxes

Nov. 10, 2019 10:16 AM EST

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — A South Carolina lawmaker who has seen a state audit says Richland County may have to repay $40 million collected in a penny sales tax for road improvements. Rep. Kirkman Finlay said a constituent showed him the document. Both the county and the state have refused to release it...

SC Statehouse Christmas tree to arrive Tuesday in Columbia

Nov. 10, 2019 9:37 AM EST

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — It's about to look a lot more like Christmas at the South Carolina Statehouse. The Columbia Garden Club said the state Christmas tree will arrive in front of the Statehouse on Tuesday morning. First lady Peggy McMaster will speak along with members of the club after the tree arrives....

Sheriff: Man killed on busy street was an 'assassination'

Nov. 7, 2019 2:12 PM EST

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — A sheriff in South Carolina says a man shot and killed as he drove down a busy road was followed by his killers from a court visit. Richland County Sheriff Leon Lott said 44-year-old Aaron Evans and 25-year-old Simeon Miller were arrested Wednesday and charged with murder. Lott says...

5 SC youths hurt in crash between bus, logging truck, semi

Nov. 7, 2019 7:21 AM EST

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Five youths in the South Carolina National Guard's cadet training program were injured in a three-way crash between their bus, a semitrailer and a logging truck. The State newspaper reports the Youth ChalleNGe program participants and their driver suffered injuries not considered life...

Minaya leads South Carolina to 77-55 win over Lions

Nov. 6, 2019 10:43 PM EST

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Justin Minaya felt the emotions before stepping onto the court for his first game in nearly a year. Once things started, Minaya was his old self — making the right play, the critical basket and leading South Carolina to a season-opening victory Wednesday night. Minaya had 17...

Charleston Southern beats Columbia International 99-71

Nov. 5, 2019 10:37 PM EST

CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — Dontrell Shuler scored 22 points, tying his career high, as Charleston Southern defeated NAIA Columbia International 99-71 in a season opener on Tuesday night. Ty Jones added 20 points and seven rebounds for the Buccaneers. Phlandrous Fleming Jr. had 13 points and six rebounds for...

South Korean man crossing US on bicycle killed in crash

Nov. 5, 2019 3:24 PM EST

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — A 27-year-old South Korean man riding his bicycle across the United States has been killed in a wreck in South Carolina. Richland County Coroner Gary Watts said in a statement Sangyoon Jeon of Busan, South Korea, died around 12:15 p.m. Monday on U.S. Highway 378 east of Columbia. The...

15-year-old arrested in fatal shooting of another teen

Nov. 2, 2019 5:05 PM EDT

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — A 15-year-old has been arrested for the August shooting death of another 15-year-old. The State reports the Columbia Police Department arrested the suspect Friday on a charge of murder in the homicide of Jalen Qadir Islam. Because the suspect is a juvenile, his name has not been...