Friday, July 25 2014 8:20 AM EDT2014-07-25 12:20:56 GMT
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COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - New federal data show at least 350 children caught at the U.S. border this year have been sent to stay with relatives or other sponsors in South Carolina. They are among more thanMore >>
New federal data show at least 350 children caught at the U.S. border this year have been sent to stay with relatives or other sponsors in South Carolina. More >>
Thursday, July 24 2014 6:50 PM EDT2014-07-24 22:50:46 GMT
A 27-year-old Camden woman has been arrested in connection with a gang-related homicide that took place in California last year.Kershaw County Sheriff's Office investigators, and detectives from the Oceanside,More >>
A 27-year-old Camden woman has been arrested in connection with a gang-related homicide that took place in California last year.More >>
(Columbia-AP) March 28, 2006 - Lieutenant Governor Andre Bauer has been stopped at least twice for speeding in the past four months, but did not get a ticket.
WIS obtained a copy of Bauer's driving record. It show's that since 1997, the lieutenant governor has had two accidents, four tickets and one suspended license for failure to pay a ticket.
That does not include the warning he got in late December for speeding in Laurens County, or the time he was stopped and still not ticketed for going more than 100 miles an hour down I-77 in Chester County.
On the day after Christmas on Interstate 385 in Laurens County, a highway patrol officer pulls up on a 2006 BMW. The patrolman has clocked the car at about 77 in a 65 mile-an-hour zone. Behind the wheel is Lieutenant Governor Andre Bauer. Looking for his registration, Bauer warns the officer he might have a gun in the glovebox, and he wants to know if he's being videotaped.
Bauer's explanation for going too fast? "Just running late as usual."
The trooper recognizes the lieutenant governor and Bauer gets a warning but no ticket.
Two months later, on February 25 in Chester County, two troopers target a state-issued Crown Victoria blasting down I-77 at over 100 miles an hour. As the troopers try to catch up, someone on their police radio calls to let them know the driver of the car is "SC-2," code for the lieutenant governor.
When the car finally stops, one trooper pulls alongside, sees that it's Bauer, and waves him on. No ticket is issued, not even a warning.
Public safety director Jim Schweitzer says, "What we're telling our troopers is that we treat everyone, no matter their status, fairly and equitably."
The lieutenant governor has had at least one other run-in with law enforcement. In 2003, a police officer stopped Bauer for speeding and running red lights in downtown Columbia. Bauer was going 60 miles-an-hour in a 35 miles-per-hour zone. The officer briefly held Bauer at gunpoint.
Bauer said he was late for a Senate session and later, apologized, "I understand that as lieutenant governor, the citizens of South Carolina have elected me to a position of great trust. With that great trust comes responsibility, including holding myself to a higher standard of conduct which includes safe driving."
In the current incident, Bauer has also issued an apology, "I made a mistake, I am embarrassed by these events, and I accept responsibility for having a lead foot.
"In my role as Lieutenant Governor, I am called upon to participate in many events across the state, and I am honored to do so. Unfortunately, this often leads me to over-extend myself, and in my eagerness I have made honest mistakes.
"However, I don't expect to be treated any differently than other citizens of South Carolina.
"I would like to apologize for the negative attention that my actions have brought to the Office of Lieutenant Governor and for the time and attention that has been taken away from the important issues facing the citizens of South Carolina because of it."
Bauer says he's just going to have to cut back on the commitments that have him dashing from place to place.
But there are political leaders that aren't okay with the apology. Joe Erwin, Chairman of the South Carolina Democratic Party, for instance, released the following statement: "Andre Bauer has demonstrated once again his unbelievable immaturity and lack of good judgment. His continuing actions endanger the safety of other drivers and pedestrians."
Senator Jake Knotts, on the other hand, talks about the pressures that fueled the speeding, "You can't condone the speeding, but the people out there demand he be there. They want him there. They want him there speaking and carrying on the business of the Lt. Governor's office. "
But Senator John Courson says no one in South Carolina should be pushing speed limits over 100 without paying the penalty, "I think no one should be above paying the penalties involved in breaking the law. I think it would be appropriate for him to offer to pay whatever the fines may be."
Governor Mark Sanford has also issued a statement on the stops, "This isn't about any one individual. This is about making sure that whether it's a mayor, a judge, a legislator or a constitutional officer, preferential treatment should never enter the realm of law enforcement."
As for the highway patrol, Schweitzer is making it clear to his officers that traffic laws must be enforced in a fair and impartial manner, even when the offender is a prominent person, or a public official.
The patrol says Bauer asked for the two-way radio to be put in his car for security reasons. Schweitzer says Bauer misused that radio in Chester County. The director also says Bauer should have been given a ticket in that case.
Bauer plans to run for re-election. His challenger is Mike Campbell. Bauer predicts his speeding will be the biggest issue, "The voters will learn more about a bad driving habit in the next 12 hours than they will about everything I've done in the past 10 years being a public servant."
Friday, July 25 2014 10:01 AM EDT2014-07-25 14:01:12 GMT
MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) – True to his word, Myrtle Beach Pelicans GM Andy Milovich took one for the team Thursday night, and had a prostate exam performed on him in front of a sold out crowd of thousands. MilovichMore >>
True to his word, Myrtle Beach Pelicans GM Andy Milovich took one for the team Thursday night, and had a prostate exam performed on him in front of a sold out crowd of thousands.More >>
Thursday, July 24 2014 6:02 PM EDT2014-07-24 22:02:17 GMT
Columbia's former Interim Police Chief Ruben Santiago says he has been to the Malaysia Airlines crash site in Ukraine. Santiago is currently working in Europe for a private security company.He told WISMore >>
Columbia's former Interim Police Chief Ruben Santiago says he has been to the Malaysia Airlines crash site in Ukraine as an observer.More >>
By BRUCE SMITH Associated Press Millions of dollars in health insurance rebate checks will be coming to consumers in South Carolina and North Carolina from companies the government says spent too...More >>
Millions of dollars in health insurance rebate checks will be coming to consumers in South Carolina and North Carolina from companies the government says spent too much of premium dollars on profits and red tape last year.More >>
Friday, July 25 2014 2:03 PM EDT2014-07-25 18:03:21 GMT
The South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control says three people have been exposed to rabies by a cat in Kershaw County. The three people were given preventative treatment by healthMore >>
The South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control says three people have been exposed to rabies by a cat in Kershaw County.More >>
Friday, July 25 2014 1:46 PM EDT2014-07-25 17:46:44 GMT
The Richland County Sheriff's Department is on the scene of a double-homicide in the Olympic community.Spokesperson Curtis Wilson says two people are dead at a home on Kentucky Street. He was not ableMore >>
The Richland County Sheriff's Department is investigating a shooting in the Olympia community of Columbia that killed two men.More >>
Friday, July 25 2014 1:34 PM EDT2014-07-25 17:34:30 GMT
A fatal accident and hazardous materials spill has a portion of Interstate 26 in Orangeburg closed.According to the South Carolina Department of Transportation, the incident happened in the eastbound lanesMore >>
A fatal accident and hazardous materials spill has a portion of Interstate 26 in Orangeburg closed.More >>
Friday, July 25 2014 9:33 AM EDT2014-07-25 13:33:11 GMT
A woman was attacked Thursday night on Two Notch Road in what investigators are calling an attempted kidnapping. The woman was able to fight off the attackers and escape, according to Lt. Curtis WilsonMore >>
A woman was attacked Thursday night on Two Notch Road in what investigators are calling an attempted kidnapping.More >>