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 >>
COLUMBIA, SC (WIS) -
The state's highest court stopped a recount of Richland County votes just an hour after state election officials began the 8-hour process Friday afternoon.
"There's no reason to celebrate the Supreme Court stepping in," said SC Republican Party Director Matt Moore. "But we simply asked the Supreme Court this morning to take a look and be sure the law was followed the way this recount was ordered."
The ruling comes after the SCGOP filed a 107-page petition to block a circuit court-ordered recount in Richland County's now infamous election. The South Carolina Supreme Court has agreed to hear the request for injunction early next week.
SLED agents were gathering ballots, memory devices and voting machines on Friday afternoon to store them until the Tuesday hearing.
"It's the court's decision to decide whether or not it was right for a circuit court judge instead of the Supreme Court or any other body to order a recount and that's what the question here is," said Moore.
"It's unusual for the State Elections Commission to be ordered by a court to count ballots," said Chris Whitmire with the South Carolina Election Commission. "This is something a county elections commission would normally do."
Whitmire helped count thousands of ballots by hand Friday.
When asked why the county was not trusted to conduct the recount, Whitmire responded: "I have no reason to believe that the count was being conducted by the county was incorrect, but there was something about it that some of the parties to the election--candidates and political parties didn't trust."
Early Friday, the SCGOP filed the petition to halt the recount after a Richland County circuit judge ruled Thursday all ballots in all races in Richland County be tallied again in the wake of Tuesday's election, which was marred by a lack of voting machines and voter machine troubles that caused many people to stand in line for as long as six hours.
"We've got to fix it going forward," said Moore. "This election cycle has been filled with these sorts of debacles. We have to make it right. It has really eroded people's belief in our most fundamental right to vote."
The Supreme Court will hear the Republicans' request to kill the recount Tuesday morning.
The recount started just after 3 p.m., but was halted around 4:10 p.m. when the court's decision was received.
Election officials were to scan absentee ballots first. They were then going to scan Personal Electronic Ballots, which contain votes cast on voting machines, and the memory devices that contain records of votes cast and audit data.
Following those counts, absentee ballots from the contested SC House District 75 race were to be hand counted. After an audit, results reports would have been issued. Provisional and fail safe ballots will not be included in the state's recount. County board of canvassers must hold provisional ballot hearing prior to certification of the results to determine if provisional and fail safe ballots will be counted.
"I know the Richland County Election Commission is looking into getting all the answers to all of the questions - how many machines were sent to what precincts?" said Whitmire. "What was done during the day to get other machines out there? What was done to repair broken machines? All of those questions. Voters deserve answers on that."
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 >>