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Feds Seize $1.6M in Counterfeit Hoverboards

Counterfeit hoverboards are exploding—er, proliferating—in the US

(Newser) - Federal officers recently seized nearly 2,400 counterfeit—and possibly prone to explode —hoverboards in shipments that arrived at South Carolina's Port of Charleston, the Charleston City Paper reports. The hoverboards , which were made in China, would have been worth more than $1.6 million retail, according to... More »

Walter Scott Lawyer Jumps to Sanders in Critical SC

Justin Bamberg yanks his support for Clinton

(Newser) - Justin Bamberg, a South Carolina lawmaker and lawyer for the family of Walter Scott , the man gunned down by a North Charleston cop, made a surprise political announcement Monday: He's taking back his endorsement of Hillary Clinton and throwing it Bernie Sanders' way instead, the New York Times reports.... More »

Jewelry Thief's Crime Spree Spans 5 States

Woman and male accomplice have stolen $450K in bling: cops

(Newser) - A woman believed to be in her 20s or 30s held employees of a Jared Vault jewelry store in Mebane, NC, at gunpoint on Monday before making off with jewelry piled into a shopping bag. But this wasn't her first rodeo: The FBI says the same brunette has robbed... More »

Nikki Haley Chosen to Deliver SOTU Response

SC gov 'knows the American dream and wants to see every American share in it'

(Newser) - South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley, long described as a Republican rising star, is going to find out for herself whether delivering the response to the State of the Union address is a curse or a blessing. Haley, said to be a potential VP pick, has been chosen to deliver the... More »

SC Ex-Cop Who Shot Unarmed Man Is Out of Jail

Slager released on $500K bond after trial delay

(Newser) - Michael Slager, the South Carolina police officer arrested, jailed, and fired for shooting unarmed black motorist Walter Scott , is out of custody for the first time since a few days after the April 4 shooting. A judge granted bail to the former North Charleston officer on Monday, saying he was... More »

Fast Food Dispute Lands Couple in Hospital

I guess he really didn't feel like chicken tonight

(Newser) - South Carolina authorities say a husband and wife's fight over a chicken dinner landed them both in the hospital. Richland County Sheriff's Office spokesperson Lt. Curtis Wilson says the wife wanted to get food at Church's—a fried-chicken chain—and the couple got into an argument that... More »

Bill Would Make Men Wait 24 Hours for Viagra

SC pol wants to make it as tough to get ED meds as it is to get abortion

(Newser) - "I purposely tried to make it as invasive, as intrusive, as hypocritical and unnecessary as possible to make the point." This from South Carolina Rep. Mia McLeod, who pre-filed legislation Thursday designed to drive a point home about women's reproductive rights. To wit: She's attempting to... More »

Citadel Cadets Pictured in KKK-Like Garb

Investigation is underway

(Newser) - The Citadel, South Carolina's military college, has begun suspension proceedings after a photo surfaced online showing cadets wearing white clothing and white hoods, WCIV reports. A woman posted on social media late Wednesday that she was approached by a man, who was unknown to her, on a few social... More »

Guy Insults Stripper, Bad Things Happen

Florida man gets assaulted at a gentleman's club: report

(Newser) - Insulting a stripper about her weight may not be the world's best idea—as a young man discovered early Sunday morning in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. Unidentified by police, the 23-year-old apparently told a dancer at Derriere's Gentlemen’s Club to "go to the gym and lose... More »

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 »

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