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 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 10:27 AM EDT2014-08-19 14:27:43 GMT
A Maine teenager's mug shot is going viral online after he decided to make a statement with what he wore. Robert Edward Burt, 19, was booked in the Somerset County Jail earlier this month, to performMore >>
Robert Edward Burt, 19, was booked in the Somerset County Jail earlier this month, to perform a sentence from an arrest earlier this year.More >>
WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) - A Wilmington woman recently found out her husband of five months is still married to someone else. She thought she was his first wife, but was surprised to learn she is actually his fourth wife, and that he has a history of overlapping marriages.
Kelly Butler married Sgt. Timothy Pennock last May in Wrightsville Beach, while the active duty Army soldier was home on leave. They struck up a romance a few months earlier while he was deployed in Afghanistan. After a series of love letters, emails and phone calls, they got married when he came home.
On their marriage license, Pennock indicated it was his first marriage. But after they said their vows, Butler said her husband started mentioning women from his past. That's how she realized she wasn't his first wife, or even his second.
Then - the real bomb shell came during marriage counseling, when Butler says the counselor got suspicious and insisted that Pennock produce divorce papers from his third wife. "The next day he confessed that he couldn't get me the divorce papers because he wasn't divorced," Butler recalled.
Even though Butler says she lived on base with Pennock at Fort Bragg for four months, and says the Army paid for their marriage counseling, she says the Army has now turned their back on her because she's technically not his wife. Moreover, Butler says they chewed her out for going to the media.
Aside from a huge emotional toll - the financial toll this has taken on Butler has been devastating.
After the truth came out, Butler says Pennock left the state, and she just got an eviction notice from her landlord because without his help she can't afford their rent. She's also no longer eligible for military health insurance.
But Butler says she fared better than the wife number three, who was left with maxed out credit cards and a baby.
We talked to Tiffany Pennock by phone from her home in California. She told us about her recent discovery that her husband had married another woman. "I do remember my very first feeling - was not being angry at him. I felt very sorry for Kelly. Because I was in that place and it's such a life shattering, destroying, lonely place to be."
Tiffany Pennock says she married Timothy in 2005, before learning he was still married to his second wife.
Ironically, wife #3 and wife #4 say they count on each other as a support system, and have teamed up to try to keep their husband from doing this to anyone else.
"He's done this multiple times, and it's been documented multiple times, and that multiple people have reported it and nobody's done anything to stop him," a frustrated Butler told us about efforts to get help from authorities.
Bigamy is a felony in North Carolina, but it's rarely reported or prosecuted. Butler says when she tried to take out charges, she got the runaround. So we made some calls on her behalf. A Wrightsville Beach Police detective took the case, and it should soon be in the hands of the New Hanover County District Attorney.
"What we are talking about now is protecting the public," New Hanover County DA Ben David told us about prosecuting bigamy cases. "Making sure that individuals who have been victimized, maybe great economic harm has befallen them, maybe they are denied benefits or had to get kicked out of their home because of some of this conduct, that's what we're looking for, and as for the willfulness, we're looking for whether there's a pattern of conduct."
So where is Timothy Pennock now? Neither wife knows for sure, but at last check, they say he was in California.
Pennock didn't return our phone call, but we did get up with officials at Fort Bragg, who say Sgt. Pennock is transitional leave status from the Army, slated for an honorable discharge November 20th.
Army officials would not say if they are pursuing any kind of action against Pennock stemming from the bigamy allegations. They say if Pennock is charged with bigamy by civilian authorities that should not affect his honorable discharge from the military.
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 >>
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 >>
Tuesday, August 19 2014 9:29 PM EDT2014-08-20 01:29:29 GMT
The Columbia City Council approved a $2.2 million contract with a Kansas City, Missouri firm to design the ballbark at the Bull Street development.Council member Moe Baddourah was the lone "no" vote. CouncilMore >>
The Columbia City Council approved a $2.2 million contract with a Kansas City, Missouri firm to design the ballbark at the Bull Street development.More >>