Tuesday, August 19 2014 8:46 AM EDT2014-08-19 12:46:09 GMT
Twenty people have been rounded up in a month as part of a crackdown on drugs in Saluda County, according to the sheriff's office.Saluda County Sheriff John Perry said most of those arrested on chargesMore >>
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Tuesday, August 19 2014 4:10 PM EDT2014-08-19 20:10:07 GMT
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Tuesday, August 19 2014 7:55 PM EDT2014-08-19 23:55:24 GMT
Deep in a mine shaft in the California desert, the body of a pregnant wife of a U.S. Marine was discovered after a search of nearly two months.More >>
A former Marine charged Tuesday with murder after the body of his alleged lover was found in an abandoned California mine shaft had been looking into how to dispose of a human body, a sheriff's investigator said.More >>
Tuesday, August 19 2014 12:19 PM EDT2014-08-19 16:19:09 GMT
A Kansas City police officer is being investigated for his posts on social media, one of which claimed a photo of an Oregon murder suspect was Michael Brown, the unarmed 18-year-old who was shot at leastMore >>
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COLUMBIA, SC (WIS) - A Richland County woman is being charged with dealing drugs after her husband was killed by a sheriff's deputy in a drug raid Wednesday.
Richland County Sheriff Leon Lott says April Bosket was fully aware of her husband's actions, and is therefore responsible.
"There's no doubt she knew those drugs were in her bedroom. There's no doubt she knew what he was doing."
A deputy was wounded and the suspect killed in a shooting off Laredo Drive near Broad River Road and I-20 on Wednesday morning.
Richland County Coroner Gary Watts identified the shooting victim as 34-year-old Larry Darnell Bosket.
Investigators say a photo taken March third shows Bosket caught in the act of selling pot to a couple of teenagers near Broad River Road. Richland County Sheriff Leon Lott says deputies seized a bag of marijuana from that sale.
Then, Sheriff Lott says, Wednesday at about 10:30am, deputies knocked several times on Bosket's door and identified themselves as deputies. Once deputies entered the house, Mrs. Bosket tried to stop them from going down the hall.
"The deputy sheriffs did not go in that house with the intent to kill him. That was not their mission. Their mission was to go in there and arrest him, seize the drugs he had in that house that he was selling to our kids," says Sheriff Lott.
Agent Marcus Brown entered the bedroom where Mr. Bosket was. Bosket opened fired with a .357 revolver, striking Brown, who was wearing a bulletproof vest, in the arm.
Sheriff Lott says no one could have missed the fact that they were law enforcement. He points to the way Brown was wearing his bulletproof vest and displaying his badge on the front of it.
Sheriff Lott said Wednesday, "When you go in someone's house you don't know what someone's going to do. Today they pulled out a gun and started shooting."
That same uncertainty is why April Bosket says her husband fired first. "We have had our home broken into before. That's the purpose of being that ready when someone intrudes."
"If you hear that noise and it wakes you up out of your sleep, what's your first natural instinct is to protect your family and your home. He reached for his gun and he shot."
Lott said Brown fell to the ground and fired back, emptying his weapon. Sixteen rounds were fired.
April says, "All I heard was, 'Get down! Get down! Get down!' Then boom, boom, boom, boom, boom."
Other agents assisted in getting Brown out of the line of fire, and another deputy shot and struck Bosket one time.
Richland County Sheriff Leon Lott said he believes Brown acted appropriately in returning fire after he was shot.
Sheriff Lott said, "After getting shot, you should return fire and he eliminated a threat that was shooting at him. He was hit, our officer was hit first. The first shot was fired by the suspect, our officer was hit, he returned fire."
Sheriff Lott also says, "We wish it never happened the way it did. Found the drugs, made the arrest and went on."
The deputy, Marcus Brown, who has eight years with the department and two serving at the Orangeburg Department of Public Safety, was shot in the arm. Brown was to have surgery Thursday morning - he is expected to be OK.
Authorities say drugs were visible throughout the house and they eventually recovered four pounds of marijuana throughout the house.
The State Law Enforcement Division is investigating.
Bosket's rap sheet includes charges for assault and battery with intent to kill in 1991, but he was found not guilty. He was also charged with possession of a pistol by a felon and trying to sell a stolen pistol. The most glaring of the charges is possession of drugs. He had more than 10 marijuana charges and two crack cocaine charges.
Neighbors are reacting to the incident by speaking out about drugs in the area. "It's not like it used to be," says Louise.
She's owned a house in Pine Valley for 20 years. She says it's still a quiet neighborhood, but Wednesday morning's drug bust down the street doesn't surprise her. "No, because, like I tell you, where I come from, this is where they sell drugs, in quiet areas."
Sheriff Lott says, "There's been some issues in this neighborhood with gangs and with drugs, so this neighborhood has worked very closely with the sheriff's department trying to eliminate this problem."
It's a problem that Sheriff Lott takes personally. "Kind of ironic, I lived in this neighborhood 23 years. This is my neighborhood that I lived in for a long time, my kids grew up, so I'm quite familiar with these streets, and these people who live here, have a lot of friends who still live here."
"The surveillance we did on the suspect was selling drugs not too far from here, right up on Broad River Road in a close vicinity, so what we're doing in this neighborhood is in response to the community saying, 'Hey, we need some help here.'"
The community's been on the look-out in recent weeks. A neighbor encouraged Louise to get an alarm system, which she installed two weeks ago. "One of the guys called me and told me to be very careful going in and out because things are happening in this neighborhood."
But Sheriff Lott and a longtime neighborhood leader say the incident does not reflect a decline in the community. James Whitmire says, "It's unfortunate what has happened. But I feel like it could happen in any community within Richland County."
Monday, August 18 2014 4:58 PM EDT2014-08-18 20:58:47 GMT
One lane of the interstate has been reopened after it was shut down due to a deadly crash early Monday morning. The South Carolina Highway Patrol reports the collision happened around 3:21 a.m. on theMore >>
One person is dead and five others were injured when a tire blew on the vehicle they were riding in early Monday morning on Interstate 26.
Monday, August 18 2014 4:39 PM EDT2014-08-18 20:39:10 GMT
A home was badly damaged in a fire on Quail Rd Sunday. (Source: Beth Baldauf)
A home is likely a total loss after a fire swept through most of the structure Sunday afternoon. Crews were called to a home on Quail Lane near Trenholm Rd and found the home engulfed in flames. No injuriesMore >>
A home is likely a total loss after a fire swept through most of the structure Sunday afternoon. More >>
Sunday, August 17 2014 8:10 PM EDT2014-08-18 00:10:48 GMT
Forrest Wood Cup weigh-in Sunday. (Source: Tom Round)
It was a big pay day for Anthony Gagliardi Sunday. The Prosperity native took home the $500,000 grand prize in the Forrest Wood Cup held in Columbia. Anglers from across the nation headed to Lake MurrayMore >>
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Wednesday, August 20 2014 8:40 AM EDT2014-08-20 12:40:14 GMT
The Columbia City Council approved a $2.2 million contract with a Kansas City, Missouri firm to design the ballbark at the Bull Street development.Council member Moe Baddourah was the lone "no" vote. CouncilMore >>
The Columbia City Council approved a $2.2 million contract with a Kansas City, Missouri firm to design the ballbark at the Bull Street development.More >>
Wednesday, August 20 2014 8:11 AM EDT2014-08-20 12:11:12 GMT
A slow speed chase in Kershaw County by a 92-year-old man raised a question of how old is too old to drive. The call came in near dusk in Kershaw County. "A reckless driver headed east on I-20 towardsMore >>
A slow speed chase in Kershaw County by a 92-year-old man raised a question of how old is too old to drive. More >>
Wednesday, August 20 2014 8:09 AM EDT2014-08-20 12:09:03 GMT
For many businesspeople like real estate Jennifer Harding, Fort Jackson is worth fighting for. A loss of jobs on the Army post would have an especially drastic impact on her business."It means a loss ofMore >>
The loss of 3,100 Fort Jackson personnel could have a heavy affect on businesses around the Army post. More >>
Wednesday, August 20 2014 6:58 AM EDT2014-08-20 10:58:00 GMT
Firefighters say a coffee pot is to blame for starting a fire that caused $50,000 in damages to a Columbia strip mall. Multiple fire trucks and SCE&G crews responded to the scene in the 5100 block ofMore >>
Firefighters say a coffee pot is to blame for starting a fire that caused $50,000 in damages to a Columbia strip mall.More >>