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 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 12:19 PM EDT2014-08-19 16:19:09 GMT
A Kansas City police officer is being investigated for his posts on social media, one of which claimed a photo of an Oregon murder suspect was Michael Brown, the unarmed 18-year-old who was shot at leastMore >>
This is not Michael Brown. But a Kansas City Police Department officer may be in hot water for saying it is.More >>
COLUMBIA, SC (WIS) -
We told you about the legislature's plans to ban South Carolina towns from creating their own speeding laws and then charging drivers inflated fines.
After our reports aired, we heard from many viewers through email, social media, and our tip lines identifying other towns with speeding laws similar to Turbeville, the subject of our stories.
These messages identified several other towns that are offering no license point penalties in exchange for a fine. We dug deeper and found 18 towns offering this deal. There are likely many more.
State Sen. Larry Grooms, chair of the Senate Transportation Committee, is looking into the fines.
"It didn't look right on face value and we have a history in South Carolina of small towns overstepping its boundaries," said Grooms.
Grooms is working to stop small towns across the state from trading drivers high speeding fines, in exchange for no point penalties. Some call the ticket "careless operation," while others call it "thoughtless operation." Both offer drivers the same deal.
Grooms says the legislature passed a point penalty for a reason. Not following it, he says, is putting lives at risk.
"The points system was put in there for public safety," said Grooms. "Once you take that out and try to extract more money out of a motorist, then you have to ask yourself, is this about public safety or is this about generating revenue?"
The highest fines we found came out ofTurbeville. They're handing out $588 fines to speeders. Turbeville created its own law and refuses to follow the state's uniform traffic code.
There is a list of other towns we found with speeding ordinances: Andrews, Aynor, Bowman, Greeleyville, Hartsville, Heath Springs, Ridgeway, Salley, Santee, Society Hill, South Congaree, Springdale, St. Matthews, Summerton, Swansea, Turbeville, Wagener, and West Columbia.
The highest fine we found was $300 out of St. Matthews. The rest are charging drivers between $100 and $280. We found no uniformity between any of the 18 towns we checked on.
"We want uniform enforcement. We want uniform actions," said Grooms. "This is not uniform, this is something different. This is unusual instead of what's occurring across our state. So, we need to look at it and we need to address it legislatively if that's what it takes."
That's exactly what Grooms and a house lawmaker are doing right now. They want towns with these speeding ordinances to know they're possibly violating state law and the legislature is working this year to stop it.
The Senate Transportation Committee has a group of senators investigating the legality of the municipal ordinances. Those senators are working to schedule their first hearing.
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 >>
Wednesday, August 20 2014 4:00 AM EDT2014-08-20 08:00:09 GMT
Some of the most beautiful places in South Carolina are just a short drive away from the Midlands. And some of the most interesting places in the state are right in our back yard.Local author and formerMore >>
Some of the most beautiful places in South Carolina are just a short drive away from the Midlands. And some of the most interesting places in the state are right in our back yard.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 >>