A missing Columbia girl was found Wednesday at a hotel in Cayce. According to WIS, authorities located 12-year-old Rashia Weller Wednesday night at a hotel on Knox Abbott Drive. Cayce Police located the girl, then called in Richland County deputies to identify her. The girl reportedly assaulted Cayce officers before the Richland deputies arrived. The girl was transferred to the custody of the Department of Juvenile Justice. Weller reportedly had left her foster parents’ home in Eastover and was missing for several weeks.
Two male suspects – reportedly students – are being questioned by University of South Carolina Police after allegedly entering several female students’ dorm rooms in the middle of the night recently, according to a report from the State’s Harrison Cahill. USC Police received a complaint of suspicious activity at Columbia Hall. A resident advisor there told officers that female victims in six different rooms said two men, believed to be students, came into their rooms between 3 and 5 a.m. on Aug. 22. While two suspects have been identified, no charges have been filed.
Texas Gov. Rick Perry was in Columbia Wednesday, gathering with about 200 supporters at the First Citizens Café. According to the Post and Courier, Perry, who is a potential presidential candidate in 2016, spoke for about 15 minutes, touching on immigration, the economy and, of course, football. Perry also took time to address his recent indictment in Texas on a charge of abuse of power. The indictment came after the governor followed through on a veto threat. Perry says the indictment is politically motivated.
Just when you thought it was safe to go back in the water. According to a report from WLTX, a woman who was standing in fairly shallow water Wednesday at Surfside Beach suffered what police believe could be a shark bite. The incident occurred at about 3 p.m. Wednesday and the woman was bitten on the foot. The beaches along South Carolina’s Grand Strand will likely be quite crowded over Labor Day weekend.
Now Hiring in the Vista!
Hickory Tavern is opening mid-December and looking for bartenders, servers, hosts and kitchen staff. Apply in person: Click for details!
Going someplace cool this weekend?
Let The Backpacker help you go lightweight, comfortable and in style! Patagonia, Prana, Merrell, The North Face and more! Click for location, hours and more info.
Make Your Own Beer and Wine!
Come get started on your “liquid hobby” and help us celebrate our 46th year in the Columbia area. Bet Mar Liquid Hobby Shop: 736 St. Andrews Road.
A Re-Imagined Christmas Carol at Trustus
Watch as five actors perform all the characters of Charles Dickens’ classic story and create a live musical score in a production that had audiences and critics raving last year. Get your tickets here!
Surreal Innovation Salon Now Open
Columbia’s newest total care spa is now taking appointments and offering $10 off services $25 or more for first time clients. Location, hours, and more info here.
Relaxation, Pain Management, and Stress Relief
Licensed massage therapist Allison Morris of AMR Massage offers 50% off your first session and every 5th session free of charge. Click here for location, hours, and more information.
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