Friday, July 25 2014 8:20 AM EDT2014-07-25 12:20:56 GMT
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COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - New federal data show at least 350 children caught at the U.S. border this year have been sent to stay with relatives or other sponsors in South Carolina. They are among more thanMore >>
New federal data show at least 350 children caught at the U.S. border this year have been sent to stay with relatives or other sponsors in South Carolina. More >>
Thursday, July 24 2014 6:50 PM EDT2014-07-24 22:50:46 GMT
A 27-year-old Camden woman has been arrested in connection with a gang-related homicide that took place in California last year.Kershaw County Sheriff's Office investigators, and detectives from the Oceanside,More >>
A 27-year-old Camden woman has been arrested in connection with a gang-related homicide that took place in California last year.More >>
COLUMBIA, SC (WIS) -
Lexington County Sheriff James R. Metts, the longest serving sheriff in South Carolina history, has been indicted by a federal grand jury on charges of public corruption and accepting bribes.
In the news release from the U.S. Attorney's Office, the federal government says the 68-year-old Metts "accepted bribes from friends in return for using his position, power, and influence as Sheriff to interfere with the proper identification and processing" of undocumented immigrants.
The 10-count federal indictment alleges Metts received cash from former Lexington Town Councilman Danny Frazier and Gregorio Leon, the owner of several Mexican restaurants in the Columbia area, for circumventing a federal immigration program designed to aid the Department of Homeland Security and the U.S. Immigrations and Customs Enforcement program in detaining those who were in the country illegally.
Frazier had been hired by the sheriff's department as a "business liaison", a role that had never been a position in the department before.
Federal investigators say that position allowed Frazier to serve as the middle man between Metts and Leon.
The indictments detail several instances between September 2011 and November 2011 where Leon would call Frazier and ask the councilman to talk to Metts about several undocumented immigrants who worked Leon that had been arrested by the Lexington County Sheriff's Department.
"When Metts was informed of an arrest and detention of an illegal alien working for Leon, Metts would contact his command staff and other employees to instruct that preferential treatment be provided to those specific illegal aliens," said the indictment.
The object, the indictment said, was to prevent those undocumented immigrants from being put in a federal database.
When the matters were settled, according to the indictment, Leon would provide Frazier with envelopes filled with cash to give to Metts.
Frazier, who resigned from his seat in January for reasons unrelated to the federal charges, was under a SLED investigation for his alleged involvement in a video poker ring.
In all, Metts has been charged with conspiracy to violate federal law and interfere with government function, use of interstate facility to facilitate bribery in violation of South Carolina code, use of interstate wire to defraud the citizens of Lexington County of their right to honest services, and conspiracy to harbor undocumented immigrants.
Metts faces years in prison or hundreds of thousands of dollars in fines if he is convicted.
"Public corruption at any level will not be tolerated," said U.S. Attorney Bill Nettles.
Metts has remained silent on the allegations. However, a statement from his attorney, Sherri Lydon, says Metts "looks forward to his day in court."
The state Sheriff's Association also released a statement, saying they were saddened to learn of the indictments.
"It is important to let the judicial process play out in this scenario to ensure the public maintains trust not only in its elected leaders, but also the Lexington County Sheriff's Office," said the statement. "We stand ready to offer our full support and assistance to Interim Sheriff McCarty while this situation unfolds."
Friday, July 25 2014 10:01 AM EDT2014-07-25 14:01:12 GMT
MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) – True to his word, Myrtle Beach Pelicans GM Andy Milovich took one for the team Thursday night, and had a prostate exam performed on him in front of a sold out crowd of thousands. MilovichMore >>
True to his word, Myrtle Beach Pelicans GM Andy Milovich took one for the team Thursday night, and had a prostate exam performed on him in front of a sold out crowd of thousands.More >>
Thursday, July 24 2014 6:02 PM EDT2014-07-24 22:02:17 GMT
Columbia's former Interim Police Chief Ruben Santiago says he has been to the Malaysia Airlines crash site in Ukraine. Santiago is currently working in Europe for a private security company.He told WISMore >>
Columbia's former Interim Police Chief Ruben Santiago says he has been to the Malaysia Airlines crash site in Ukraine as an observer.More >>
By BRUCE SMITH Associated Press Millions of dollars in health insurance rebate checks will be coming to consumers in South Carolina and North Carolina from companies the government says spent too...More >>
Millions of dollars in health insurance rebate checks will be coming to consumers in South Carolina and North Carolina from companies the government says spent too much of premium dollars on profits and red tape last year.More >>
Friday, July 25 2014 2:03 PM EDT2014-07-25 18:03:21 GMT
The South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control says three people have been exposed to rabies by a cat in Kershaw County. The three people were given preventative treatment by healthMore >>
The South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control says three people have been exposed to rabies by a cat in Kershaw County.More >>
Friday, July 25 2014 1:46 PM EDT2014-07-25 17:46:44 GMT
The Richland County Sheriff's Department is on the scene of a double-homicide in the Olympic community.Spokesperson Curtis Wilson says two people are dead at a home on Kentucky Street. He was not ableMore >>
The Richland County Sheriff's Department is investigating a shooting in the Olympia community of Columbia that killed two men.More >>
Friday, July 25 2014 1:34 PM EDT2014-07-25 17:34:30 GMT
A fatal accident and hazardous materials spill has a portion of Interstate 26 in Orangeburg closed.According to the South Carolina Department of Transportation, the incident happened in the eastbound lanesMore >>
A fatal accident and hazardous materials spill has a portion of Interstate 26 in Orangeburg closed.More >>
Friday, July 25 2014 9:33 AM EDT2014-07-25 13:33:11 GMT
A woman was attacked Thursday night on Two Notch Road in what investigators are calling an attempted kidnapping. The woman was able to fight off the attackers and escape, according to Lt. Curtis WilsonMore >>
A woman was attacked Thursday night on Two Notch Road in what investigators are calling an attempted kidnapping.More >>