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) - A 21-year-old man arrested for shooting his estranged wife outside a Columbia mall and killing her father has been charged in the shootings, and officials think they may have found the murder weapn.
Michael James Young, Jr. has been charged with murder in the Wednesday shooting death of 49-year-old Robert Bell of Gaston.
Young also has been charged with assault and battery with intent to kill for shooting 21-year-old Shaunna Lynn Bell.
Sgt. Florence McCants says Columbia police searched a residence Michael James Young, Jr., had access to. During the search they found and took three hand guns. They are sending the handguns off for analysis from SLED. They suspect one could be the murder weapon.
The ownership of the handguns is still unknown, but none of the handguns came up stolen.
Young was taken into custody by the Richland County Sheriff's Department and the Columbia Police Department near the Super 8 on Fairfield Road, near I-20.
Columbia Police Chief Dean Crisp says friends of the shooting victim's family convinced Young to turn himself in. Crisp says Young and the friends were on their way to meet with officers, when Young became anxious about turning himself in and jumped out of the car.
At that time, Crisp says, a Richland County deputy who was in the area stopped to assist. Then Columbia officers arrived.
Earlier Thursday, Chief Crisp said Columbia police arrested and charged 21-year-old Brian Christian Leagones, of Columbia, with obstruction of justice and accessory to murder. He's being held at the Lexington County Detention Center.
Officers think Leagones was the driver of the car that was waiting for Young.
Officials think the shooting started with an argument in the mall, where Young's estranged wife Shaunna Bell worked.
A police report says Young went to the Columbiana Centre on Wednesday. He threatened to damage Bell's parents' car, as well as tear up the Dell computer kiosk and burn it.
Later, after being kicked out of the mall by police and mall security, Young is said to have threatened to commit suicide.
Officials say Bell called her father, at which time Young followed her to the parking lot and shot both her and her father.
Police say it happened at about 6:48pm Wednesday in the lot on the main entrance side, near the JC Penney store.
Shaunna Bell's father, 49-year-old Robert Bell of Gaston, died from multiple gunshot wounds. Shaunna Bell, was taken to Palmetto Health Richland and is now recovering from surgery.
Police say they began looking into Young's activities May 16th because he'd been calling his wife at work. At first, the case was treated as unlawful communication but later upgraded to stalking.
Police took him into custody June 5th. Chief Dean Crisp says Young was arrested on a charge of stalking.
Crisp says Young got out on $75,000 bond the next day. The judge in that case ordered him not to have any contact with the victim.
Columbia Police Sgt. Florence McCants says after Young violated that order Wednesday, officers were issuing new arrest warrants - and that's when they got the call about the shootings.
Young's rap sheet is three pages long and dates back to 2004. He's been convicted on gun and drug charges. He's also done time on various misdemeanor charges.
As for Shaunna Bell, she was in stable condition at a Columbia hospital until Thursday evening, when she was released home.
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 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 >>
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 >>