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 >>
COLUMBIA, SC (WIS) -
The personal information of millions of South Carolinians could be in the hands of an international hacker. You don't know if your information has been compromised, but what happens if it actually gets used?
Identity theft is more common than you may think. Just ask Samantha Leitner.
Leitner has spent years trying to clear her name after thieves repeatedly stole her identity.
"They tried to purchase a new car in my name," said Leitner. "It took about three years to get it off my credit report."
That was the first time. It happened again seven years later.
"We actually took out a home equity line of credit on our home and someone somehow got our information from that info -- opened up credit cards in both my husband and my name," said Leitner.
The third time was a few months ago.
"When I moved earlier this year a bag of financial information went missing," said Leitner. "I thought I'm sure I shredded that and apparently I didn't. They had a copy of our checks, had a copy of our banking information and Lord knows what else they had a hold of."
Now Leitner gets calls three or four times a week from creditors for accounts she never opened. She also has a hard time getting credit.
"It dramatically drops your credit score, so it makes it very hard to do anything," said Leitner.
It took about a week for Leitner to set up fraud alerts and a security freeze but years to try to erase the damage.
"I'm monitoring my checking accounts. I changed all my cards just so I wouldn't have the same numbers being used out there that might possibly have been compromised," said Leitner.
At a press conference on Monday, Gov. Nikki Haley stressed the 3.6 million people who had their Social Security numbers hacked at the state Revenue Department have until the end January to sign up for credit monitoring.
"If you have not called, you don't have to call today. You don't have to call tomorrow. You have until the end of January of 2013 to call and it will be retroactive," said Haley.
But Leitner says you can't afford to wait when thieves get ahold of your personal information.
"Stop it right then," said Leitner. "Don't say, 'Oh, I'll give it a couple days and see.' No, because they've had a hay day with your account. They've taken you for several hundred or thousands of dollars."
If your identity gets stolen, it's a long, frustrating process to get it back. Experts say you need to constantly monitor your bank records with a fine toothed-comb. If anything looks suspicious, call your bank immediately and the credit bureaus. If someone has stolen money or made unwanted purchases on your behalf, you need to file a police report. Start the paper trail so you can work with the creditors and lenders to clear up your account. You can even file a complaint with the Federal Trade Commission if someone steals your identity.
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 >>