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.
Tax-Free Weekend at Best Mattress
With big savings from July 31st-August 2nd, you can afford handcrafted quality. Free bed frame and pillows on any Full, Queen, or King set $599 and above! Click for locations and hours.
Happy Hour and Sushi Specials All Week
Red Bowl in Lexington now has great early bird and late night sushi specials 7 days a week, as well as 99-cent kids meals on Saturdays! Click here for special information and hours.
Columbia’s Largest Sidewalk Sale
Shop local this tax free weekend! Devine Street and Five Points are teaming up for a massive sidewalk sale featuring great in-store specials from all your favorite retailers and a Saturday art stroll. Read more hereand here!
A Healthy Happy Hour
4-7 p.m at Good Life Cafe on Main St. Try our $4 local draft beers, $4 organic wine, 1/2 off select bottles of house wine and $5 handcrafted house cocktails with juices cold pressed and made daily. Click here for more info.
Relaxation, Pain Management, and Stress Relief
Licensed massage therapist Allison Morris of AMR Massage is offering 50% off your first session and every 5th session free of charge. Click here for location, hours, and more information.
New Downtown Dessert and Coffee Bar!
Tony’s Italian Eatery has teamed up with Southern Charm Sweets to bring you the highest quality dessert selection in the downtown area. 1120 Washington St., Suite 2. Find us on Facebook!
SEARCH FREE TIMES
Local restaurants serving locally grown food during Palmetto Tasty Tomato Restaurant Feast, July 11-18:
U.S. Security Associates
Now hiring immediately for armed and unarmed security officers. WE TRAIN YOU! Columbia & surrounding areas. ussecurityassociates.com
Real Estate Spotlight
Concord Park From the $150’s. Off 12th St. Extension. 803.419.2227. mungo.com
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WATERFORD APARTMENTS 1 & 2 BR’s available with many amenities. Prime location, and plenty of space. Live large at Waterford Apartments. Bring in our ad in Free Times for $50 off your application fee. 1340 Longcreek Dr., Columbia, SC. Click here for more info.
ST. ANDREWS COMMONS APARTMENTS 1 & 2 BR’s available with many amenities. Close to everywhere YOU WANT TO BE! 1200 St. Andrews Rd., Columbia, SC. Click here for more info.
GABLE HILL APARTMENTS 1, 2 & 3 BR’s available with many amenities. Surround yourself with Southern comforts at Gable Hill Apartments! Bring in our ad in Free Times for $50 off your application fee. 310 Ross Rd, Columbia, SC. Click here for more info.
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