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) -
Members of the Columbia Police Department spent Tuesday night answering questions from neighbors concerned about crime in the city.
Residents in North Columbia spoke directly to officers about making communities safer.
Questions from citizens ranged from the city's gang issue, guns, and to how the strong mayor decision will affect the city's police department.
"We in Gable Oaks see these guys out in the community, doing things that they should not be doing, such as transacting drugs, having weapons on the property, hiding them when they see the police cars drive by," said one woman attending the meeting.
The woman, one of the many people who took the mic at this meeting, asked what police they are doing to keep her part of town safe. The meeting that started off addressing concerns following a violent weekend in the city of Columbia.
"Maybe sometime we need to change this dialog, and have the government leaders sitting out here, and the people affected sitting out here," said another member of the audience.
On the panel taking questions from the crowd, Columbia's Interim Police Chief Ruben Santiago, and representatives from the housing division and code enforcement. Santiago says he expected the questions at the forum to be heated following the weekend shootings.
"We understand that there have been some frustrations," said Santiago. "This has been an area that has experienced its fair share of violence when it comes to guns. At the same time, it's a time for me to really share what we can do to improve what we have been doing, and what we need to do that's going to make it better."
Santiago says a big part of making it better involves continued help from the community, and people speaking out when they see others doing wrong. But one audience member said there's a lot of work to be done in her neighborhood.
"The gang members were out there continually throwing up gang signs, hollering out the gang name, and they were let go," said the woman. "I feel like the police could have done something at that point and time."
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 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 >>