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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SPARTANBURG COUNTY, SC (WYFF) -
Two children are in protective custody and their parents charged after deputies said they found them in a filthy home with what deputies described as a "sniper's nest" in the master bedroom.
The incident started when a Department of Social Services worker and a Spartanburg County Sheriff's Office deputy went to check on the welfare of Derrick Lister's children, ages 3 and 5, at a home on Sheldon Drive in Moore. Lister had earlier been arrested for charges of growing marijuana.
The deputy said Lister was found outside the home working on a vehicle, and when he was asked if the social worker could see the children, Lister said that was a "violation of his federal rights."
Lister said that he would file a lawsuit against the deputy and the sheriff's office.
An incident report states there were several surveillance cameras mounted on different parts of the home, a confederate flag nailed on the home's roof, and several signs that said, "I don't dial 911," "There is nothing here worth risking your life for," and "No trespassing, Violators will be shot, Survivors will be shot again."
The social worker said she believed the children might be in danger, so she and the deputy went to the home and knocked on the door. A woman, later identified as Catherine Lister, answered the door.
The deputy reported that the home was in disarray with soiled clothing piled around, and the house smelled of rotting food and garbage. Once in the home, the deputy said that in the nearby master bedroom, there was a 12-gauge shotgun and a .22-caliber rifle that were both loaded and had all the safety mechanisms disengaged.
The deputy said when Derrick Lister was confronted about the loaded weapons, Lister began to yell at his 5-year-old daughter to tell her mother to "lock the guns up."
According to the deputy, a bay window in the bedroom had frosted glass with what appeared to be view ports in it that provided a "field of fire covering the entire approach from the street," leading the deputy to believe that Lister had created a "sniper's nest."
The report said the children's room was in extreme disarray with soiled clothing, broken toys and stained linens.
The sheriff's office says there was a home office that had an Arabic prayer rug hanging on the wall with printed information on the deployment of U.S. troops in the Middle East. There were also several framed certificates indicating that Derrick Lister had served in the U.S. Army as a military police officer.
The deputy and social worker said because of the conditions of the home and the accessible loaded weapons, they removed the children from the home and placed them in protective custody.
According to investigators, the weapons in the home were seized and will be kept by the sheriff's office until "it can be determined if Mr. Lister suffers from a mental or emotional condition related to post-traumatic stress disorder as a result of his military service."
The Listers are both charged with two counts of unlawful neglect of a child.
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 10:35 PM EDT2014-09-02 02:35:14 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 >>