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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COLUMBIA, SC (WIS) - Cayce police say a car that caused a deadly, three-vehicle crash early Friday morning was stolen and officers found drugs and a gun inside.
Cayce police say officers attempted to stop 23-year-old Shyborn K. Belton at the intersection of State St. and Knox Abbott Dr. at about 12:30 a.m. Friday. Officers say Belton drove as fast as 70 mph as he took off across the Blossom St. bridge.
Police say Belton ran a red light at the intersection of Blossom St. and Huger St. and slammed into a mini-van driven by Chamberlain E. Branch, 48.
"When he got to the intersection the 2011 Hyundai disregarded the stoplight, and that's when he struck the minivan traveling on Huger street," said Lcpl. Brent Kelly with the South Carolina Highway Patrol.
According to troopers, the Hyundai Belton was driving collided with Branch's Ford mini-van which was traveling west on Huger Street and a Dodge mini-van taxi that was traveling south on Blossom Street. The Ford hit the Columbia Antique Mall and caught fire.
As a result of the incident, Branch and Belton died at the scene. The taxi driver was uninjured.
Three passengers in the Hyundai were transported to Palmetto Richland Hospital. Their conditions are not known.
Cayce police say the vehicle Belton was driving had been stolen from Columbia and he was driving under suspension. Police say they also found crack cocaine and a stolen pistol in the vehicle.
Cayce police say after an initial review of the crash, it was determined that departmental policy and procedures were followed by officers involved.
"Haven't determined that yet," said Kelly. "That will all be determined in the investigation the MAIT team does. As soon as they get that done we can get that out but right now it's still all under investigation."
Branch was a supervisor at the Governor's Mansion Complex.
Governor Nikki Haley said late Friday morning that she and her family are heartbroken over Branch's death. "Everyone who knew him loved him," said Haley in an emailed statement. "His smile and laugh were contagious. He was a very special part of our family, and his gentle soul, good humor, and care will always be treasured memories for each of us."
Branch leaves a wife, Cherisse, and three children.
According to online court records, Belton was most recently arrested in Richland County for possession of crack. That charge came on November 28. Belton was also charged with unlawful carrying of a weapon and possession of a stolen pistol in April. Since 2007, he had been convicted of various other charges including larceny, burglary, and resisting arrest.
The South Carolina Highway Patrol, Cayce Department of Public Safety and Richland County Coroner's Office are investigating.
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 8:58 PM EDT2014-09-02 00:58:33 GMT
You've likely noticed a spike in gas prices across the Midlands. They have jumped almost 15 cents after a steady drop nationwide.Prices are about $3.11 in the area on Labor Day, which, when compared toMore >>
You've likely noticed a spike in gas prices across the Midlands. They have jumped almost 15 cents after a steady drop nationwide.More >>
Monday, September 1 2014 8:32 PM EDT2014-09-02 00:32:26 GMT
With a severe thunderstorm moving its way through the Midlands, customers across Richland and Lexington counties currently find themselves without power. South Carolina Electric & Gas is reporting overMore >>
Over 4,000 outages have been reported across the Midlands according to SCE&G.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 >>