Monday, September 1 2014 1:31 PM EDT2014-09-01 17:31:17 GMT
The South Carolina Highway Patrol says a man on a motorcycle was killed in a crash Monday morning.Troopers say the crash occurred on Bookman Rd. about three miles west of Elgin at about 6 a.m. The motorcycleMore >>
The South Carolina Highway Patrol says a man on a motorcycle was killed in a crash Monday morningMore >>
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CONWAY, SC (WMBF) - Conway police are investigating the death of a woman at the Walmart store in Conway.
According to police, officers were called in reference to a fight in progress at the store located at 2709-A Church St. in Conway shortly after 8 p.m. Friday. Investigators learned two Walmart asset protection employees stopped the woman because they suspected her of shoplifting.
The woman, a juvenile, and the two employees got into a fight, police said.
The woman, identified by authorities as Dorina Williams, 41, of Mullins, collapsed and was taken to Conway Medical Center where she was later pronounced dead.
Deputy Coroner Tony Hendrick said Williams died of natural causes. An autopsy was performed Sunday, and test results could take 10-12 weeks.
Williams' mother Patricia Jackson said she has a lot of questions about what happened. She said Williams has eight children, and she doesn't know what to tell them.
"What am I going to tell them?" Jackson asked. "Go ask the man from Walmart who choked her to death?"
Williams' 16-year-old daughter Myiesha Williams said she was with her mother as they left the Walmart.
"She said, 'Hold on, I'll give you my bag,' and he just started choking her," Williams said about the confrontation between her mother and one of the store employees. "He wouldn't let her go. I told them, 'She can't breathe, she can't breathe,' and they wouldn't listen. They wouldn't."
Williams' niece Lakeisha Williams said she was waiting in the car when she noticed something was wrong. She explained that her aunt had asthma, and it appeared she was having trouble breathing.
"She asked me for an inhaler and I gave it to her, and the man took it from me," she said.
Williams' family members said they know Williams was breaking the law, but they feel the store employees went too far in trying to physically stop her.
"If this man would have just called the police like he should have, we wouldn't be sitting here now," commented Williams' uncle Rickey Nichols. "He may have been doing his job, but I think he overdid it."
Family members say they hope eyewitnesses will come forward to help them figure out what happened. They believe a man recorded video, and they say a nurse came to help Williams. Jackson said anyone with information can call her at 843-423-0321.
"Maybe [that will] give us some closure because I know we're not going to get it from the police department, and we're not going to get the closure from Walmart," she said.
Walmart spokesman Dan Fogleman said the company's condolences go to Williams' family. He said the company will work with police to figure out what happened at the store. He said surveillance video will likely help with that investigation.
According to Conway Police spokeswoman Catina Hipp, a juvenile was arrested and charged with shoplifting and assault and battery.
Sunday, August 31 2014 4:12 PM EDT2014-08-31 20:12:10 GMT
CONWAY, SC (WMBF) – Dozens of videos are all over Twitter from parties held at Coastal Carolina University. Many of the posts lead back to a group called I'm Shmacked. It makes videos at universitiesMore >>
Dozens of videos are all over social media from parties held at Coastal Carolina University.More >>
Friday, August 29 2014 12:21 PM EDT2014-08-29 16:21:29 GMT
An Alexander County woman is facing charges after deputies say she molested a four-year-old at a church while services were happening. According to the Alexander County Sheriff's Office, 52-year-old CarolMore >>
According to the Alexander County Sheriff's Office, 52-year-old Carol Diane Britto, of Taylorsville, was charged with one count of first degree statutory sex offense and one count of indecent liberties with a child.More >>
Monday, September 1 2014 8:58 PM EDT2014-09-02 00:58:33 GMT
You've likely noticed a spike in gas prices across the Midlands. They have jumped almost 15 cents after a steady drop nationwide.Prices are about $3.11 in the area on Labor Day, which, when compared toMore >>
You've likely noticed a spike in gas prices across the Midlands. They have jumped almost 15 cents after a steady drop nationwide.More >>
Monday, September 1 2014 8:32 PM EDT2014-09-02 00:32:26 GMT
With a severe thunderstorm moving its way through the Midlands, customers across Richland and Lexington counties currently find themselves without power. South Carolina Electric & Gas is reporting overMore >>
Over 4,000 outages have been reported across the Midlands according to SCE&G.More >>
Monday, September 1 2014 7:54 PM EDT2014-09-01 23:54:12 GMT
Whitney Hempsey remembered what doctors told her before she gave birth to her second child years ago. "It's like, 'Hey, are you tired of being pregnant?" Hempsey recalled. "'We can give you this and youMore >>
Mothers come together at Improving Birth Rally in an effort to stop rushed births.More >>
Monday, September 1 2014 6:18 PM EDT2014-09-01 22:18:34 GMT
Under a bright Carolina sun, citizens across the state enjoy going out and making a few waves on the lakes. Some like Johnathan Crossland enjoy fishing as a method of recreation and relaxation for a while.More >>
Boaters and law enforcement officials provide safety advice when making waves on the lakes.More >>
Monday, September 1 2014 3:55 PM EDT2014-09-01 19:55:16 GMT
As America's population of World War II veterans continues to shrink, respect for their role in history appears to be growing. Among those heroes are the thousands of troops who brought Hitler's EuropeMore >>
As America's population of World War II veterans continues to shrink, respect for their role in history appears to be growing.More >>