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Police Find Missing 12-Year-Old

Plus, Texas Gov. Rick Perry Visits Columbia
By Chris Trainor
Thursday, August 28, 2014 |

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.

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