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) -
Emma's Law, the law that would require ignition interlock devices in the vehicles of repeat offenders and first time offenders with certain blood-alcohol content levels, passed a House subcommittee Thursday with amendments watering down the law.
House Criminal Laws Subcommittee members passed the bill unanimously, but voted 3-2 to update the BAC level forfirst time offenders from .12 to .15 on an amendment from committee member Rep. Chris Murphy (R-District 98).
The committee also cleaned up what they called some technical language when it came to issues with child endangerment and if the driver has a violation of their interlock device it requires a hearing before penalties may be increased.
State Sen. Joel Lourie (D-District 22), one of the bill's sponsors in the Senate, says he's pleased with the bill's passage, but questioned the amendment changes.
"They've weakened it some and I have concerns about that. Point one-five is almost twice the legal limit. We went with .12 since that's 50 percent above the legal limit. That means if you leave a bar and you blew a .12, you're 50 percent above the limit, you're drunk. No question about it," said Lourie. "You've got no business being behind the wheel of a car."
Despite that, Lourie says he's optimistic about strengthening the bill and seeing its passage to Gov. Nikki Haley's desk before the end of the legislative session.
More changes are coming to the law once it hits the House floor, including an amendment from committee member Rep. Todd Rutherford (D-District 47).
"I've got another amendment that I want to look at putting everybody on interlock devices as soon as they're charged with DUI," said Rutherford. "My goal is to modify behavior."
Emma's Law is named after 6-year-old Emma Longstreet, a Midlands child killed in a drunken driving accident on New Year's Day in 2012.
Emma and her family were heading to church that morning when investigators say Billy Hutto, Jr. crashed into the Longstreet family's car.
Hutto was charged with felony DUI in connection with the crash. The accident spurred Emma's father, David Longstreet, into action. Since then, he has been an advocate for a change in the state's DUI laws and testified in the subcommittee hearing.
"This potential law will save hundreds of lives. We know the statistics. They're here. The facts are here. If Emma's Law were in place that day in 2012, and had interlocks been a part of the state's system on first time offense, it's a fact: Emma would still be alive today," said David.
In his remarks, David held up a signed affidavit from Hutto, which stated Hutto had been drinking for up to five hours the previous evening in various bars in Columbia.
"More importantly, I heard him tell the judge that day that if he had an ignition locking device in his car, that he would not have been able to start his car or operate that vehicle from midnight that evening to the morning hours," said David. "What does that say? The collision would have never taken place."
Joining David in testimony was Columbia Fire Chief Aubrey Jenkins, whose family was also struck by tragedy two weeks ago when his 3-year-old grand-nephew, Josiah Jenkins, was killed in a drunken driving crash.
Drawing upon his experience as chief, Aubrey issued a plea of his own with Josiah's mother and father by his side.
"I'm sworn to protect people," said Aubrey. "That's my job, but I felt so helpless because I could not do a thing for Josiah. Couldn't do a thing for him. This is something that just devastates families when people are out there drinking and driving."
"I've got a phone on my side that goes off every day with some type of emergency, whether it be fire, but also for wrecks and many of those wrecks we respond to are because of drunk driving. People don't die all the time because of drunk driving, but it devastates lives."
The bill now moves to the full House Judiciary Committee for further debate.
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 8:40 AM EDT2014-08-20 12:40:14 GMT
The Columbia City Council approved a $2.2 million contract with a Kansas City, Missouri firm to design the ballbark at the Bull Street development.Council member Moe Baddourah was the lone "no" vote. CouncilMore >>
The Columbia City Council approved a $2.2 million contract with a Kansas City, Missouri firm to design the ballbark at the Bull Street development.More >>
Wednesday, August 20 2014 8:11 AM EDT2014-08-20 12:11:12 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 >>
Wednesday, August 20 2014 8:09 AM EDT2014-08-20 12:09:03 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 >>
Wednesday, August 20 2014 6:58 AM EDT2014-08-20 10:58:00 GMT
Firefighters say a coffee pot is to blame for starting a fire that caused $50,000 in damages to a Columbia strip mall. Multiple fire trucks and SCE&G crews responded to the scene in the 5100 block ofMore >>
Firefighters say a coffee pot is to blame for starting a fire that caused $50,000 in damages to a Columbia strip mall.More >>