Friday, January 10 2014 2:41 PM EST2014-01-10 19:41:57 GMT
The owner of a sexually-explicit business on the verge of closing has filed a civil suit in federal court asking for an injunction against the City of Columbia.The suit, which was filed Friday, accusesMore >>
The owner of a sexually-explicit business on the verge of closing has filed a civil suit in federal court asking for an injunction against the City of Columbia.More >>
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) -
The owner of the sex shop on Devine Street on the verge of closing appeared in federal court Friday to testify in his case against the City of Columbia.
Jeff White filed his suit against the city just shortly before Christmas. The suit alleges the city tried to "thwart or prevent plaintiff's operation of his business," and asks for a temporary and permanent injunction "requiring the City of Columbia to issue the 2014 and subsequent years' business license and to cease interfering in the operation of the plaintiff's business."
The business, Taboo, opened in December 2011 to the dismay and criticism of city and neighborhood officials. Critics said the store would only encourage crime in the area.
In his remarks, White says the city cannot prove the store created crime and they have only held back business development.
The suit also claims the City of Columbia "engaged in a series of shifting, arbitrary, and dilatory tactics to prevent vesting of the business license because the City objects to the plaintiff's use of the property to sell lawful adult material even though such material is protected by the First Amendment."
City attorneys, led by Scott Bergthold, tried to downplay the First Amendment claim. He says the city provided White with a list of 45 sites where he could relocate. The city says it makes no difference whether those sites are actually available to buy or lease.
White further defended the store and claimed some of the items sold at Taboo were also sold at Target and Spencer's.
"Some citizens have spoken up because they
have problems with you know anything dealing with sex possibly," said Taboo supporter
Ellen Cooper. "I'm not sure what they're talking about. I
know there was talk today about the thriving restaurants," Cooper said. "I've
actually been in the area going over to Whole Foods. That's it. Whole Foods is
thriving right incredibly close to Taboo."
White is now seeking a temporary injunction to keep Taboo open.
Friday's hearing lasted more than six hours.
Judge Terry Wooten will decide the request for an injunction.
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 >>