Cat Ladies: Just like an episode of Hoarders, authorities went to a home in Irmo where two women were housing more than 70 cats. The home was so full of filth and an ammonia smell that it seemed like Walter White and Jesse Pinkman were cooking a batch of blue meth. Animal Control seized the cats and hopes to get them cleared for possible adoption. The two women opted to stay in the home after the cats were confiscated. Let’s remember, people: Have your pets spayed and neutered.
It’s Cold Outside: Rick James had a hit called “Cold Blooded,” and a 23-year-old suspect could argue that he is definitely that. The suspect pulled a gun on a victim leaving a club in Eastover. Instead of just taking the guy’s wallet, the suspect forced the man to strip down to his drawers, put him in the car and drove off. The victim’s friends attempted to follow until the suspect shot at them. (Nobody was injured.) Eventually, the suspect kicked the victim out of the car. Cops caught the assailant, too, and he was charged with armed robbery, kidnapping, carjacking and fleeing from police.
Clean House: Cops got a search warrant to check out a Lexington home after getting a tip about some dogs at the place. When they showed up, there was a lot more going on than just some loose animals: Cops found 300 grams of cocaine, eight guns, $25,000 in cash, and digital scales with white powder on them. (We’ll go out on a limb here and say the scales weren’t for measuring the flour in a Bundt cake.) Sounds like the cops stumbled onto a reproduction of the final scene in Scarface; they arrested a 34-year-old man and a 27-year-old man.
Take the Loot: Two men walked into a pharmacy in the Forest Acres area at around 3 p.m. and held it up. They weren’t content just to rob the pharmacy, though; they also took a wallet from one of the employees. One of the suspects was wearing a letterman jacket with the number three on it, which might make it easier to identify him. So far, though, no arrests have been made.
Broken Glass: Video on a security system at a northeast Columbia home shows a suspect breaking into the home. The video recorded the suspect looking around through a glass door at the house before taking a chair, breaking the glass and going inside. The owner of the residence told cops that only a wallet was taken. Depending on how much money was in the wallet, the broken glass might cost more than what the robber took. No arrests have been made.
Tip of the Week: If you’re gangster enough to steal a car, you might want to drive somewhere and hide instead of falling asleep in it in the middle of an intersection. A 25-year-old man stole a vehicle from an auto shop in Lexington. Not only did this dude steal the car, but he parked in an intersection, fell asleep and told cops who showed up that he was there because he’d run out of gas. This dude is now locked up, along with his dumb ideas.
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.
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!
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!
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.
Ice Skate on Main Street
Columbia’s famously hot skating rink opens Thanksgiving Day! Additional information and discounts can be found here.
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Holiday Wish ListWhere to shop for gift ideas in Columbia this season: