Friday, August 9 2013 11:04 AM EDT2013-08-09 15:04:45 GMT
A hearing to put a gag order on the case against Freddie Grant, the suspect in the case of a missing 15-year-old Ridge View High School girl, began Friday morning with both sides meeting in court.Grant'sMore >>
A judge is taking a gag order against Richland County Sheriff Leon Lott under consideration Friday morning following a hearing.More >>
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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A Richland County judge has denied a request to impose a gag order in the case of missing teen Gabbiee Swainson.
Judge DeAndrea Benjamin released her ruling Wednesday denying a request by attorneys for Freddie Grant asking that Sheriff Leon Lott not release any more information in the case. But she warned investigators limit their comments to the media to "serve a legitimate law enforcement purpose."
Grant's attorney argued that comments from Lott, which include calling Grant a "monster" and saying that Grant "makes him sick at his stomach," are demonizing language that could influence the public against Grant.
Dan Goldberg with the Solicitor's office argued Lott has a right to inform the public about the case, and that's what's he's done. Goldberg sent a letter to the sheriff reminding him of the rules of conduct public officials must abide but when it comes to making statements to the media.
Grant's attorney asked that the judge put some restrictions on what Lott can say about the case. The Judge Benjamin disagreed.
In her ruling, Judge Benjamin wrote: "The degree of community interest and concern in this matter helps to further show that the issue of investigating and finding a missing fifteen year- old girl (sic) is a 'matter of public importance.'"
Grant is charged with kidnapping 15-year-old Gabbiee Swainson, who has been missing since August 18th. Richland County Sheriff's Deputies have been searching for Swainson, but they have found few clues in her disappearance.
Judge Benjamin's ruling concluded, "This court finds the Defendant's motion to impose a Gag Order is overbroad and the relief sought is extreme...the grant of such a motion in this case would violate the First Amendment because material prejudice cannot be shown. However, this court strongly caution (sic) all trial participants and law enforcement personnel to abide by the...South Carolina Rules of Professional Conduct."
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 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 >>