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South Carolina reserve DB Cook dismissed after arrest

Oct. 20, 2019 7:10 PM EDT

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — South Carolina reserve defensive back Jamel Cook has been dismissed from the team after his arrest for domestic violence Friday. Cook was charged with second-degree domestic violence. He was released on a $5,000 personal recognizance bond and has a court hearing date of Nov. 18,...

Trump to join 2020 Democrats at South Carolina justice forum

Oct. 18, 2019 4:27 PM EDT

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — President Donald Trump is visiting South Carolina as part of a bipartisan event on criminal justice reform, the White House confirmed Friday. Trump is slated to appear on Oct. 25 at a forum sponsored by the 20/20 Bipartisan Justice Center, the self-proclaimed "only nationwide...

SC senators start look at accelerating interstate expansion

Oct. 16, 2019 2:22 PM EDT

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — With South Carolina's rapid growth over the past 20 years, a group of senators says it is vital that the state's interstate highways keep up. The Special Interstate Subcommittee met Wednesday for the first time, getting an overview of more than $1 billion in interstate widening...

South Carolina looks for another upset against No. 9 Florida

Oct. 15, 2019 7:14 PM EDT

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — While South Carolina players have enjoyed their big win over Georgia last week, the Gamecocks understand they need to build on success instead of reveling in it. "You go to sleep, you wake up and you realize you've got another game to play," said Javon Kinlaw, who was named...

Untrue gunshot reports at SC State Fair were groups running

Oct. 13, 2019 10:45 AM EDT

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Officials say the South Carolina State Fair closed early Saturday after unfounded rumors that shots had been fired. Videos posted on social media showed dozens of people running for the exits, but Richland County deputies said on Twitter no shots were fired. Instead, State Fair...

Suspect in $1M South Carolina arson captured in New Jersey

Oct. 11, 2019 7:26 AM EDT

HOLLY HILL, S.C. (AP) — A suspect accused of intentionally starting a blaze that destroyed three South Carolina buildings has been caught in New Jersey. The Times & Democrat reported Wednesday that Marvin Leroy Capers-Smith is set to appear in Columbia for a bond hearing next week. He's charged with...

Trial starts for man charged in S Carolina dog fighting ring

Oct. 9, 2019 2:08 AM EDT

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — A federal animal cruelty trial is underway for a South Carolina man accused of raising pit bulls for a dog fighting ring. The State reports the trial of 31-year-old Santerrio "Terrio" Smith opened Monday and will continue Thursday. Smith, of Columbia, and over a dozen other men were...

New SC area code coming for central part of state

Oct. 8, 2019 5:58 PM EDT

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — South Carolina is adding a new area code. The latest set of digits will augment the Palmetto State's oldest area code — 803. In the region stretching from Aiken to Rock Hill with Columbia at its center, new numbers beginning with 839 will be available in the Midlands starting...

Train, truck collide in SC

Oct. 8, 2019 5:08 PM EDT

WEST COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Authorities in South Carolina are investigating a collision between a train and a truck in Lexington County. The South Carolina Highway Patrol says the crash happened just after 4 a.m. Tuesday in West Columbia. Lexington County Sheriff's Capt. Adam Myrick tells The State the...

Principal: Student suspended for "joke" about having a gun

Oct. 8, 2019 12:58 PM EDT

LEXINGTON, S.C. (AP) — Officials at a South Carolina high school say they suspended a freshman who joked that he had a gun in his book bag. The State Columbia reports the 15-year-old student at Lexington High School was suspended Monday. Principal Melissa Rawl sent a letter to parents saying the freshman...