Authorities have arrested a California man who allegedly traveled across the country to have sex with a Lexington County boy. According to a story from the Associated Press, state Attorney General Alan Wilson said Charles Henry Ross, 28, of San Diego, California, is being charged with criminal solicitation of a minor and criminal sexual conduct with a minor. The teenage victim’s mother reportedly found Ross in her son’s bedroom last week in Lexington County.
As has been reported by a wealth of media outlets, beloved comedian and actor Robin Williams was found dead Monday at his Northern California home. He was 63. Williams’ death is being investigated as a suicide, with law enforcement officials saying a preliminary investigation shows the cause of death to be a suicide due to asphyxia. The famously manic Williams was an extraordinarily versatile actor, excelling in physical comedies such as Mrs. Doubtfire, but also showing dramatic chops in films such as Good Will Hunting, for which he won an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor.
Former longtime Lugoff Fire Chief William “Steve” McIntyre died Sunday night, according to a report from The State newspaper. McIntyre, who was 60, had been facing extended health issues. A native of Abbeville, McIntyre was with the Lugoff Fire Department for 29 years, spending 20 of those years as its chief. He retired in 2007. Funeral services for McIntyre will be at 4 p.m. Wednesday at El-Bethel Faith Community Church’s Family Life Center.
A man who allegedly lied about a missing mountain lion in Aiken has been arrested. According to a report from WIS, authorities in North Augusta arrested Billy J. Lunsford, 55, and charged him with providing false information to a public safety officer. Police say Lunsford told authorities that a 100-pound mountain lion had escaped from a pet store on Richland Avenue in Aiken. Based on that false report, officers warned residents throughout the area about the supposedly missing animal. Lunsford was jailed at Aiken County Detention Center, as of Tuesday morning.
Democratic gubernatorial candidate Vincent Sheheen’s campaign has released a web video questioning why Gov. Nikki Haley declined a national interview with ABC News for its recent story on the problems facing the state Department of Social Services. According to a blog post from the Post and Courier, the ABC News report featured anonymous DSS workers who claimed DSS sent children into unsafe conditions. DSS has faced a wave of criticism and scrutiny in the past year.
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Ice Skate on Main Street
Columbia’s famously hot skating rink is now open! Additional information and discounts can be found here.
Relaxation, Pain Management, and Stress Relief
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Great Gifts for the Whole Family
Don’t miss Half Moon Outfitters’ holiday sale! Up to 30% off Prana, Patagonia, The North Face, and other great brands. Location and hours here.
New Year’s Eve at Social
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