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 >>
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.More >>
Tuesday, August 19 2014 4:10 PM EDT2014-08-19 20:10:07 GMT
The police chief for Gulf Shores along Alabama's coast is weighing-in on the actions of the law enforcement commander in charge of Ferguson, Missouri's in the wake of an escalating crisis brought on byMore >>
Gulf Shores Police Chief Ed Delmore wrote a blistering open letter to Captain Ronald S. Johnson, who was given command of law enforcement operations following days of looting and rioting in the city.More >>
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 >>
This is not Michael Brown. But a Kansas City Police Department officer may be in hot water for saying it is.More >>
WAVELAND, MS (WLOX) - When Hurricane Katrina struck on August 29, 2005, the world of Waveland first responders was turned upside down. As the fifth anniversary nears, they gather at the trailer that serves as the fire station to collect their thoughts and share their memories of that awful day. The memories are painful and bring out the raw emotion of that moment in time.
Lt. Mac Cowand is a police officer, and he remembers how he felt.
"Helpless, and you're looking for help. We were lucky," Cowand said. "We had people from Florida come in who had been through it. Three or four days later, we had Orange County, Polk County and they really helped us out."
In an ironic twist of fate, first responders like Assistant Fire Chief Mike Smith almost became victims themselves.
"When the water came in the fire station and started coming up the hallway, that was very unique and so at that point, it was just survival honestly," Smith said. "We went from being a rescuer to almost needing rescue."
Cowand said it was very frustrating for the men and women who were so used to helping those in need.
"You have no patrol car, no cell phones, no communication whatsoever with the outside world. You have no way to get around and do anything for anybody because everything is completely inundated."
But Smith said they managed to get out and walk through what was left of the city, and offer what little aid and comfort they could.
"And I remember the morning after walking down Gulfside and I was walking over trees and through the debris and people were emerging from their homes that morning and it was like, I related to the after effects of a bomb dropping. People walking out, they looked dazed and confused and everybody looked like that."
But even in the midst of all that misery, the presence of the first responders stood out.
"Just to see us, I think made it a lot better for the citizens because they knew that not everything was gone," Fire Captain Tony Mallini remembered. "They were just happy to see somebody else."
Standing and walking along the still desolate parts of the Waveland beachfront, it brings to mind the incredible sacrifices made by the first responders. Those sacrifices did not go unnoticed by the public in the days and weeks after the storm. There was a sense of real gratitude for what they brought to the table.
Howard Parker, a detective with the police department, recalled the tears of joy from desperate citizens.
"Some people would cry and they would just thank you. Something as simple as a bag of ice meant the world to some of the people after the hurricane," Parker said. "They would show emotion and break down and cry and let you know they appreciated what you were trying to do, and let you know that they were thinking about us and were wishing they could give something back to help us at that time."
The final death toll in Hancock County was 56. Despite the danger, and their own losses, every first responder told us they wouldn't think twice about doing it all over again if another Katrina should ever strike the coast.
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 >>
It was a big pay day for Anthony Gagliardi Sunday.More >>
Wednesday, August 20 2014 4:00 AM EDT2014-08-20 08:00:09 GMT
Some of the most beautiful places in South Carolina are just a short drive away from the Midlands. And some of the most interesting places in the state are right in our back yard.Local author and formerMore >>
Some of the most beautiful places in South Carolina are just a short drive away from the Midlands. And some of the most interesting places in the state are right in our back yard.More >>
Tuesday, August 19 2014 11:55 PM EDT2014-08-20 03:55:40 GMT
You may not have heard of Morgan Reeves or seen any of his election ads on television. That's because the state gubernatorial candidate doesn't have any and he doesn't have any campaign contributions.More >>
Independent candidate Morgan Reeves is looking to level the playing field when it comes to campaigning for elections. More >>
Tuesday, August 19 2014 11:53 PM EDT2014-08-20 03:53:16 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 >>
Tuesday, August 19 2014 10:30 PM EDT2014-08-20 02:30:17 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 >>
Tuesday, August 19 2014 9:52 PM EDT2014-08-20 01:52:08 GMT
The suspect wanted for shooting into an occupied Sumter home has turned himself in. Terrance D. Haynesworth, 32, was wanted by the Sumter Police for a shooting that took place on Sampson Street on MondayMore >>
Terrance D. Haynesworth turned himself after being wanted for a shooting on Sampson Street. More >>