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) -
Columbia mayor Steve Benjamin, Orlando businessman Richard Zahn and businessman Jonathan Pinson visited an Orlando strip club and took two women back to their hotel, a witness testified Wednesday, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office.
According to testimony, Zahn flew the men, including himself, to Florida in an effort for South Carolina State University to buy a property in Orangeburg.
In December 2010, the group had dinner, visited a strip club and ended up taking two of the women back to their hotel, the witness testified.
Pinson and Benjamin were with the women in the hotel room but the witness did not know what happened after.
"It's one thing to go out with the boys on a night on the town," said former mayoral candidate Joe Azar. "It's another thing, especially when you're married, to take the girls home with you when you're out of town."
Azar said the developments put Columbia back in the spotlight but not in a good way.
"Do we look like Detroit, D.C., New Orleans?" Azar said. "Yes, we sure do, don't we. It does detract from us. Very much so, especially with this case, River's Edge, Pinson, and all. The so-called fertilizer is starting to hit the fan. I think he's gotta go."
Pinson's federal corruption trial began this week in Richland County.
Pinson is accused of accepting kickbacks while chairman of the SC State University Board of Trustees.
On Monday, federal prosecutors tied Pinson to Benjamin who had been Pinson's business partner.
Benjamin has not been charged in the investigation.
Zahn, a Florida developer and Orangeburg County resort property owner, pleaded to conspiracy to defraud the federal government. Zahn owned Sportsman's Retreat, a 121-acre property located about 10 miles from the Orangeburg campus.
WIS has reached out to Benjamin for comment on Wednesday's testimony.
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 >>