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 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 10:27 AM EDT2014-08-19 14:27:43 GMT
A Maine teenager's mug shot is going viral online after he decided to make a statement with what he wore. Robert Edward Burt, 19, was booked in the Somerset County Jail earlier this month, to performMore >>
Robert Edward Burt, 19, was booked in the Somerset County Jail earlier this month, to perform a sentence from an arrest earlier this year.More >>
Do you have information about a crime? If so, call Crimestoppers at 1-888-CRIME SC or text "TIPSC plus your message" to CRIMES (274637). You will remain anonymous and are eligible for a cash reward of between $50 and $1,000.
COLUMBIA, SC (WIS) -
There have been nearly a dozen armed robberies or attempted robberies that have been reported throughout Richland County in the last two months that all follow a similar pattern, authorities said.
In Columbia, the victims have been approached between 9 and 11 p.m. while making deposits for their employer.
"When we got to the bank, we don't show the money or we don't make it obvious that we are going to the bank to deposit anything," said Le Peep store owner at the Village at Sandhill Gabriela Hernandez.
Hernandez said she tries to take the right precautions when making a deposit.
Last weekend, a suspect held up a woman trying to make a deposit at the Wells Fargo right across the street from Le Peep.
"I don't actually send any of my employees to do deposits," Hernandez said. "Either my father or I take care of it, which we are the owners, and we make sure we do it during the daytime."
Authorities said in the last six weeks, thieves have targeted employees who are making nighttime drop-offs.
"They've done their homework," said Jennifer Timmons with the Columbia Police Department. "They know when stores are closing. They know when the patrons are counting the money and they know around a certain time of the evening, the store is going to be closing and the employees are going to have to go to the bank to drop off their deposits for the end of the day or the end of the week."
The suspects will hide and then approach the unsuspecting employee, authorities said.
"The suspects have been disguising their faces -- either a mask or hat, wearing all black or dark clothing and it seems to be a blue bandana to cover up the face," Timmons said. "The ones that we've had, the individuals are armed and they point the guns right at the window of the driver's side."
Local law enforcement offer free escorts if you are making a nighttime deposit.
And if you're simply going to the ATM, day or night, always be aware of your surroundings.
"Night deposits are certainly where the risk increases but we know that criminals are looking for that fast cash and an easy opportunity," Timmons said. "It could happen during the daytime as well."
Authorities always encourage those who find themselves victims of a crime to comply with demands.
"We want them to comply with their demands," Timmons said. "We don't want them to resist in anyway. Just give them the money because no amount of money is worth risking your life."
No one has been hurt in any of these cases.
If you are an employee, making a deposit day or night, you're encouraged to call police for an escort.
For reach Columbia police, call their non-emergency dispatch number at 252-2911.
You should call about 30 minutes before you're ready to make the deposit.
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 >>