Monday, May 20 2013 7:13 AM EDT2013-05-20 11:13:42 GMT
ORANGEBURG COUNTY, SC (WIS) - The SC Highway Patrol is investigating a fatal crash that involved a motorcycle.Troopers say the crash happened on Coach Road in Holly Hill around 10 p.m. Sunday night whenMore >>
The SC Highway Patrol is investigating a fatal crash that involved a motorcycle.More >>
Sunday, May 19 2013 5:50 PM EDT2013-05-19 21:50:26 GMT
A century and a half before social media and reality television made celebrities out of nobodies, Columbia had its own "it girl" whose notoriety could make the Kardashians, Hiltons and Real HousewivesMore >>
A century and a half before social media and reality television made celebrities out of nobodies, Columbia had its own "it girl" whose notoriety could make the Kardashians, Hiltons and Real Housewives jealous. More >>
(Columbia) May 7, 2003 - Officer J.L. Vanhouten caught up with a vehicle shortly before noon Tuesday in the 1500 block of Assembly Street. Vanhouten says the car raced through two red lights at Calhoun and Assembly and Assembly and Blanding.
The officer says the driver, Lieutenant Governor Andre Bauer, had been traveling at speeds up to 60 miles an hour in a 35 mile an hour zone. Police say the 34-year-old Bauer pulled over about four blocks after a police officer tried to stop him.
In a police report, Vanhouten says once the vehicle was stopped Bauer ran back toward the patrol car in what Vanhouten says was "an aggressive manner." The Republican lieutenant governor says he was "in no way aggressive or threatening." Bauer says he would never threaten a police officer.
Unable to get out of his car in time, Vanhouten drew his service revolver and ordered the Bauer to stop and raise his hands. The report says the man complied, at which time, Vanhouten frisked Bauer.
It was only then that the officer recognized the lieutenant governor.
Lieutenant Governor Bauer was issued a ticket for reckless driving. Vanhouten saying Bauer's actions showed, quoting from the report, "a total disregard for public safety."
Bauer's Chief of Staff Randy Page issued a brief statement early Tuesday evening. In it, Bauer says he, "wants to be treated as any other citizen would be treated."
The Lieutenant Governor told WIS Tuesday evening he meant no harm, "My intention was just to go back and apologize and say, 'Hey, I apologize, I'm running late.' Looking back at it now I wish I hadn't gotten out of the car. I can't tell you how horrified and actually trembling I was to have a firearm pulled on me on Assembly Street on my way to session. It definitely got my attention."
Bauer was on his way to the Senate, where he presides as president.
Police Chief and interim City Manager Charles Austin says police will conduct an internal investigation to determine whether the officer acted properly by drawing his gun.
Bauer has called a news conference at 2:30 Wednesday in the Lieutenant Governor's Office located in the State Capitol to address the stop.
Bauer himself has a permit to carry a concealed weapon. The police report says the officer found no weapons when he frisked the Lieutenant Governor.
Monday, May 20 2013 2:37 PM EDT2013-05-20 18:37:05 GMT
WIS now has the 911 calls from a bold daytime robbery in which the homeowner came face to face with the suspect. That suspect broke through two doors and stole generators, lawn equipment, and a big screenMore >>
WIS now has the 911 calls from a bold daytime robbery in which the homeowner came face to face with the suspect.More >>
Monday, May 20 2013 2:32 PM EDT2013-05-20 18:32:59 GMT
Traffic on Two Notch Road near Providence Hospital is being detoured while emergency crews investigatee a suspicious bag.According to a police department spokesperson, Two Notch Road is closed betweenMore >>
A suspicious bag that garnered the attention of fire and police crews and closed a major Columbia road turned out to be harmless, according to the Columbia Police Department. More >>
Monday, May 20 2013 1:27 PM EDT2013-05-20 17:27:55 GMT
A 27-year-old Batesburg-Leesville woman is in trouble with the law after police say she left one of her children in her car and carried the other one in a shopping cart while she attempted to steal clothesMore >>
A 27-year-old Batesburg-Leesville woman is in trouble with the law after police say she left one of her children in her car and carried the other one in a shopping cart while she attempted to steal clothes from Walmart.More >>
Remember the record-setting $587 million Powerball® jackpot from late last year? Time is running out to claim three Powerball® tickets sold for that drawing. Two of the tickets are worth $40,000 and one is worth $10,000. The winning tickets were sold in Columbia and Orangeburg.More >>