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Metts Set to Appear in Court Wednesday

Plus, Drive-In Theater Coming to Columbia
By Chris Trainor
Tuesday, September 2, 2014 |

Suspended Lexington County Sheriff James Metts is set to appear in federal court Wednesday for a pre-trial hearing, according to a story from the State’s John Monk. Attorneys could ask Judge Terry Wooten to schedule Metts’ trial for late fall or winter. The longtime Lexington sheriff has been indicted on bribery charges and has pleaded not guilty in the case.

Columbia residents will soon be able to watch movies under the stars. Joe Barth, who owns the Highway 21 Drive-in in Beaufort, says he plans to open a new drive-in near the airport in Columbia. Barth says he eventually hopes to have seven screens at the Columbia drive-in. He hopes to open in November or December. Currently there are three drive-ins operating in South Carolina: the Highway 21 Drive-in in Beaufort, the Big Mo in Monetta and the Auto Drive-in in Greenwood.

A man who was allegedly running from police was impaled on a fence, according to WLTX. Late Monday night, Columbia Police responded to a domestic dispute complaint at Hampton Greene Apartments. When officers approached the suspect, he ran away and tried to jump over a fence. That jump didn’t work out, apparently, as the man impaled himself on the fence.  Members of the Columbia Fire Department helped remove the man from the fence and he was taken to an area hospital.

A lawsuit is set to be filed on behalf of an Anderson teen boy who was forced to remove his makeup before having a driver’s license photo taken. The Transgender Legal Defense and Education Fund says it will file the suit, in conjunction with Teresa Culpepper, who is the mother of 16-year-old Chase Culpepper. The suit will reportedly ask the court to “rule that denying Chase the freedom to wear his everyday makeup in his license photo constitutes sex discrimination and violates his right to free speech and expression under the United States Constitution.”


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