South Carolina

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Cops: Husband Waving Gun During Card Game Kills Wife

His child was present during the shooting but wasn't hurt

(Newser) - South Carolina deputies say a 25-year-old man killed his wife when his gun fired while he waved it around during a card game Saturday. The Spartanburg County Sheriff's Office said in a statement that Jeremy Sims had been drinking and smoking marijuana before the shooting around 2:30am local... More »

Students Protest: Bring Back Deputy Fired After Rough Classroom Arrest

About 100 of them stage walk-out

(Newser) - A twist in the story of the South Carolina school resource officer fired after a classroom arrest turned violent—and went viral : About 100 Spring Valley High School students peacefully walked out of class Friday morning and gathered in the school's atrium to show support for former deputy Ben... More »

Lawyer: Deputy Who Threw Teen Acted 'Professionally'

Her lawyer says she's in a cast

(Newser) - A police officer in Columbia, SC, who's faced previous accusations of excessive force and racial bias was on Wednesday fired after the violent arrest of a student at Spring Valley High School. Now, new details are emerging about the African-American student Fields allegedly threw across the classroom. The 16-year-old'... More »

SC Deputy Fired After Violent Classroom Arrest

His use of force was 'unacceptable,' says sheriff's department

(Newser) - The school resource officer suspended after videos of him throwing a black female high-school student around a South Carolina classroom went viral Monday has been fired, CBS News reports. Richland County Sheriff Leon Lott announced the firing of Ben Fields Wednesday after an investigation found his "use of force... More »

FBI Now Investigating Violent Classroom Arrest

Sheriff says video made him sick

(Newser) - The rough arrest of a girl in a Columbia, SC, classroom has become international news—and a federal case. Richland County Sheriff Leon Lott has contacted the FBI and the Justice Department about the case, and a US attorney tells the State that there will be a "thorough and... More »

No Charges for Cop Who Shot Man on 'First Date'

SC prosecutor cites teen's 'Outlaw' tattoo

(Newser) - Newly released dashcam footage of the fatal shooting of an unarmed teenager in a Hardee's parking lot doesn't match the police version of events , but South Carolina state prosecutors have decided not to file charges against the officer involved. Tenth Circuit Solicitor Chrissy Adams says the video—which... More »

Cop Makes Rough Arrest of Girl—in Classroom

Video from South Carolina goes viral

(Newser) - A police officer in Columbia, SC, can be seen throwing a girl to the ground and dragging her across a high school classroom in a video that even the local sheriff admits is disturbing. After the video went viral on Monday, resource officer Ben Fields was shifted to administrative duties... More »

Cops: We Found a Guy Hoarding 7K Guns

Sheriff believes most of them were stolen

(Newser) - Authorities say they have seized thousands of guns from a house and warehouse in South Carolina. Chesterfield County Sheriff Jay Brooks tells WBTV that deputies seized more than 7,000 guns from the property near Pageland, and that he believes the vast majority were stolen. The guns filled up a... More »

Inmates Get Unreal Punishment for Rap Video

7 inmates given combined 20 years in solitary confinement

(Newser) - A " music video " filmed at South Carolina's Kershaw Correctional Institution made inmates famous on the Internet last year. They're now paying the price, big time. Public documents obtained by the Electronic Frontier Foundation show seven inmates were handed a combined 20 years in solitary confinement for... More »

Grandma Clings to Giant Cross for 5 Hours in SC Flood

Clara Gantt and her grandson thought they were done for

(Newser) - "When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and through the rivers, they shall not overwhelm you." That's the Bible passage Clara Gantt read out loud as she was interviewed by WIS about an ordeal she won't soon forget. The South Carolina woman... More »

Cops Called After Mom Tries to Shame Son at Walmart

SC mother being investigated for publicly shaming her child

(Newser) - Authorities say a South Carolina mother is under investigation by the Department of Social Services after dressing her son in women's clothes and parading him around a Walmart store as punishment. The Herald reports that officers were called to the Rock Hill store Sunday evening and found the boy... More »

SC Devastated Yet Again as 18 Dams Let Loose

Governor says it may just be start of crisis after 'storm of historic proportions'

(Newser) - Eleven deaths have been reported and at least 18 South Carolina dams have breached or failed completely since Saturday, per the state's emergency management agency, leaving the region reeling in the aftermath of its torrential weekend storm , CNN reports. Of the 11 deaths, seven were from drowning and four... More »

Flooding Kills 12, Serves Up 'Cruel Twist'

Governor warns that waters may still rise

(Newser) - After a week of steady rain, the showers tapered off Monday and an inundated South Carolina turned to surveying a road system shredded by historic flooding, and in a cruel twist, thousands of residents faced the prospect of going days without running water. Gov. Nikki Haley warned communities downstream, near... More »

750 Rescue Calls Made in Just 12 Hours in SC

At least 7 dead in 'once-in-1,000-years' rain

(Newser) - Hundreds were rescued from fast-moving floodwaters Sunday in South Carolina as days of driving rain hit a dangerous crescendo that buckled buildings and roads, closed a major East Coast interstate route, and threatened the drinking water supply for the capital city. The powerful rainstorm dumped more than a foot of... More »

SC Clobbered By Once-in-1,000-Years Rain

Two feet of water fell out of the sky in places

(Newser) - The southeastern United States is pretty soaked right now, but don't complain to South Carolina, which has taken an eye-popping amount of rain since Saturday and is under a state of emergency. A look around at the wake of Hurricane Joaquin:
  • Columbia apparently bore the brunt of the storm,
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Pulled From SC River: 3 Civil War Cannons

Archaeologists say they were dumped off Confederate warship in Pee Dee River

(Newser) - Over the past two decades, Bob Butler has dived down to the bottom of South Carolina's Pee Dee River and discovered not one (in 1995), not two (in 2006), but three (final one in 2013) Civil War-era cannons he says were dropped off a Confederate warship, the State reports.... More »

Mom Trying to Help Crash Victim Plunges to Own Death

SC's Jessica Smith apparently misjudged how high bridge was

(Newser) - A South Carolina family is burying its second family member in two months and a 9-year-old boy is left without a mom after a 29-year-old Good Samaritan fell to her death while trying to help an injured truck driver, WYFF reports. "Heartbroken and empty" is how Hope Smith describes... More »

Survivor: Dylann Roof 'Caught Us With Eyes Closed'

'He should have to think about this the rest of his life,' says Polly Sheppard

(Newser) - Felicia Sanders says she had just bowed her head in prayer when it happened. Dylann Roof, whom the Bible study group in Charleston had welcomed with open arms, opened fire, killing nine black parishioners. Only Sanders, her 11-year-old granddaughter, and another woman, Polly Sheppard, were left alive. "We were... More »

Prosecutors to Seek Death Penalty in Church Massacre

Dylann Roof won't go on trial before July 2016

(Newser) - Prosecutors will seek the death penalty for Dylann Roof, the 21-year-old charged with killing nine people in the June shooting massacre at a church in Charleston, South Carolina. In court documents filed today, the prosecutors cited reasons for pursuing the death penalty, including the number of people killed and the... More »

Parents Sue After Doctors Decide Their Child Is a Girl

Pam and Mark Crawford say intersex surgeries raise important issue of consent

(Newser) - Pam and Mark Crawford of Greenville, SC, adopted MC when he was just 20 months old and then considered female. Born with "true hermaphroditism" or both male and female anatomy—including a penis, vagina, testicle, and ovarian tissue—doctors had performed surgery to remove MC's male anatomy two... More »

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