Every prospective employee at the Charleston County School District undergoes a criminal background check that uses national databases, such as the sex offender registry. But the district says that just isn’t cutting it these days.
WIS has obtained two anonymous letters sent to elected county leaders which allege low dispatcher morale and under-staffing which they fear might lead to unsafe scenarios for first responders and the public.
WIS has obtained a letter from the Executive Director of the Richland County Recreation Commission to commission board members where she alleges some board member's behavior toward herself, commission employees and toward their roles has created a "hostile" work environment.
Richland County financial records show thousands of taxpayer dollars went to a current and a former county councilmember in salary and benefits while those councilmembers regularly missed council meetings over the last two years.
Council minutes and videos show District Six Councilmember Joe Walker III and former District Seven Councilmember Gwen Kennedy missed more than 40 meetings combined in the years studied, resulting in almost 600 missed votes.
The council will vote on the second and final reading of an ordinance which would specify unusable and broken-down vehicles as a nuisance, and grant the Columbia Police Department (which oversees code enforcement) the power to mandate landowners correct the situation.
The disclosure brings an end to a months-long debate between elected leaders over whether the Irmo Future Growth Corporation (IFGC) should release how it spent taxpayer funds to help struggling town businesses.
SLED has opened a third investigation into allegations of excessive use of force by former Kershaw County Deputy Johnathan Goldsmith. The investigation was requested by Kershaw County Sheriff Lee Boan. No additional information is available at this time while the investigation is ongoing.
A WIS investigation into Kershaw County law enforcement records found the sheriff was presented with concerns about one of his deputy’s uses of force at least twice before an alleged assault resulted in the deputy’s firing, criminal charges, and a lawsuit.