Tuesday, July 29 2014 11:55 AM EDT2014-07-29 15:55:20 GMT
The driver of a 2002 Chrysler 300 who was killed on Highway 215 on Monday afternoon was not wearing a seatbelt, the South Carolina Highway Patrol said. Highway Patrol Sgt. Bob Beres said the crash happenedMore >>
The driver of a 2002 Chrysler 300 who was killed on Highway 215 on Monday afternoon was not wearing a seatbelt, the South Carolina Highway Patrol said.More >>
Tuesday, July 29 2014 9:02 AM EDT2014-07-29 13:02:46 GMT
Two people were killed following a two-vehicle accident on Interstate 95 in Clarendon County, according to the South Carolina Highway Patrol. Highway Patrol spokesperson David Jones says the accident happenedMore >>
A mother and her son died after the rear tire of their vehicle blew while they were traveling on Interstate 95 Monday afternoon.More >>
Tuesday, July 29 2014 10:25 AM EDT2014-07-29 14:25:10 GMT
A homeowner was shot following an attempted robbery in a northeast Richland County neighborhood, according to the sheriff's department.Richland County Sheriff's Department spokesperson Lt. Curtis WilsonMore >>
A homeowner was shot following an attempted robbery in a northeast Richland County neighborhood, according to the sheriff's department.More >>
COLUMBIA, SC (WIS) – State Law Enforcement Division agents have finished preliminary DNA testing on samples Columbia Police investigators collected from Zinah Jennings' car. The results, according to sources close to the investigation are "inconclusive," but may not be human blood.
Investigators executed a search warrant of Jennings' 2004 Dodge Neon on Dec. 30, looking for any evidence that could show what happened to Jennings' now 19 month old son, Amir. Inside, investigators found, "stains consistent with blood stains were seen on items of clothing and blankets," according to the warrant. Police also used a cadaver dog, trained to find human remains.
On a separate search warrant executed five days later at Jennings' mother's Lady Street home, warrants show that investigators took a shovel as evidence after Zinah's stepfather spotted her "with a shovel in her backyard within the time frame her son went missing," the warrants show. Investigators went looking for, "Any human remains, items containing human remains, anything that could be used to dispose of human remains, including any shovels, hoes, rakes, or like tools or any items that may lead to the location of the missing juvenile to further aid in the aforementioned property being searched a cadaver dog will be used," according to the search warrant.
Sources also tell WIS that agents did not find any DNA on the shovel police took from the Jennings' home.
Columbia Police Chief Randy Scott said he has not seen the final report, but confirmed the preliminary SLED results came back as "inconclusive." "My guys are still digging," Scott said Friday.
SLED would not discuss the case or provide answers to WIS' request to explain exactly what their agents found in the DNA testing, and what an "inconclusive" result means. "It's still ongoing," SLED spokeswoman Katherine Richardson said, "You'll have to check with the local agency on the results."
Richardson said SLED does not comment on other agencies investigations. SLED does DNA testing for nearly every local law enforcement agency in the state.
Police charged Zinah Jennings with cruelty to children on Dec. 30. Police were looking for Jennings after her mother, Jocelyn Jennings, filed a missing persons report on her grandson Dec. 8, after seeing Zinah the day before, but she didn't see her grandson.
Investigators think the last time Amir was seen was Nov. 29, according to the search warrants. Police told WIS, Zinah has not given investigators any new information concerning her son since her arrest.
On Dec. 31, a Columbia judge set Jennings' bond at $150,000. Jennings has no prior criminal convictions and her attorney has argued that the bond amount was, "set so high as to have the same effect as denying Mrs. Jennings bond," Hemphill Pride told reporters following a bond reduction hearing last week in Columbia. Pride wanted a circuit court judge to reduce the bond amount, but that motion was denied.
Jennings' case file shows no tangible evidence that police have to support the cruelty charge. The evidence police point to in affidavits shows that Jennings "misled" investigators about where her son is, and what happened to him. Police said the fact that Amir would need "constant care and attention," is one of the reasons to support the charge.
Pride made that argument Jan. 30 before circuit court judge Casey Manning. It took the judge less than 24 hours to issue his ruling, to keep Jennings' bond amount at $150,000.
As of this report, there are no plans from Jennings' side to contest Mannings' order.
Tuesday, July 29 2014 7:06 PM EDT2014-07-29 23:06:45 GMT
Columbia Blowfish owner Bill Shanahan had been searching for about three years to find a home for his team. On Monday, Shanahan announced that the Blowfish will be moving away from Capital City StadiumMore >>
Columbia Blowfish owner Bill Shanahan had been searching for about three years to find a home for his team.More >>
Monday, July 28 2014 10:27 AM EDT2014-07-28 14:27:53 GMT
West Columbia fire crews are working to contain a large structure fire on Meeting Street. A fire has the 700 block of Meeting Street shutdown both ways for an unknown amount of time, the West ColumbiaMore >>
A fire at a furniture store in West Columbia had crews busy Sunday evening.More >>
Tuesday, July 29 2014 8:50 PM EDT2014-07-30 00:50:30 GMT
Rowan County Sheriff Kevin Auten will take questions from reporters and provide an update into the investigation of the disappearance missing Rowan County teenager Erica Parsons. This is only the secondMore >>
The investigation began on July 30 of last year when Erica's adoptive brother Jamie Parsons visited the sheriff's office to report that Erica had been missing for nearly two years. More >>
Tuesday, July 29 2014 6:42 PM EDT2014-07-29 22:42:31 GMT
ATLANTIC BEACH, SC (WMBF) - Reporter Lauren Weppler is in Atlantic Beach Tuesday morning, live-tweeting from the town's meeting with Governor Nikki Haley. Follow Lauren's tweets below: Tweets by @LMore >>
Governor Nikki Haley still vows to put an end to Atlantic Beach's annual Memorial Day weekend Bikefest, and the town's Mayor still vows to keep it. More >>
Tuesday, July 29 2014 6:17 PM EDT2014-07-29 22:17:45 GMT
Douglas Clayton O'Neal's fate was seemingly decided on June 12, 1991.As a 31-year-old man, O'Neal, a man prosecutors called a pimp and a serial killer, was found guilty by a jury of his peers for the secondMore >>
Douglas Clayton O'Neal's fate was seemingly decided on June 12, 1991.More >>
Tuesday, July 29 2014 4:36 PM EDT2014-07-29 20:36:33 GMT
South Carolina's Attorney General says he will defend out state's marriage law despite a federal court's decision against a same-sex marriage ban in other states.The ruling still has 21 days to take effect,More >>
South Carolina's Attorney General says he will defend out state's marriage law despite a federal court's decision against a same-sex marriage ban in other states.More >>
Tuesday, July 29 2014 4:34 PM EDT2014-07-29 20:34:08 GMT
Authorities in North Carolina say a Greenwood man, who posed as a pastor and state law enforcement agent, was part of an elaborate scheme to steal money from people who believed they had found an onlineMore >>
Authorities in North Carolina say a Greenwood man, who allegedly posed as a pastor and state law enforcement agent, was part of an elaborate scheme to steal money from men who believed they had found an online friend who was comfortable enough to share nude photos of herself with them.More >>
Tuesday, July 29 2014 3:43 PM EDT2014-07-29 19:43:30 GMT
A Richland County deputy and a suspect involved in an alleged drug transaction were both taken to a nearby hospital after a pursuit ended on Claudia Drive, Richland County Sheriff's Department officialsMore >>
A Richland County deputy and a suspect involved in an alleged drug transaction were both taken to a nearby hospital after a pursuit ended on Claudia Drive, Richland County Sheriff's Department officials said.More >>
Tuesday, July 29 2014 2:20 PM EDT2014-07-29 18:20:10 GMT
A Richland County sheriff's deputy was involved in a traffic accident near Interstate 77 and Two Notch Rd Friday, Lt. Curtis Wilson with the Richland County Sheriff's Department said. Wilson said theMore >>
The Richland County Sheriff's Department was set to discuss a weekend accident involving a deputy during a news conference, but that event has been canceled.More >>
Tuesday, July 29 2014 2:18 PM EDT2014-07-29 18:18:16 GMT
Who is making sure your child's home daycare is safe? WIS' investigation discovered a large portion of home daycare centers in South Carolina have no oversight from the Department of Social Services. HomeMore >>
Who is making sure your child's home daycare is safe? WIS' investigation discovered a large portion of home daycare centers in South Carolina have no oversight from the Department of Social Services.More >>