Loaded Weapon: A 45-year-old woman went to the restroom at a fast food restaurant in Camden. That doesn’t seem like a crime, but then she left a loaded pistol on the toilet paper dispenser (‘cause you know, you don’t want the gun interfering when you’re on the potty). Later that day, a girl and her friends saw the weapon and alerted a parent, who turned the pistol into the manager and called the cops. Oh, there’s more. The woman then remembers, ‘Oh snap! I left my gun in the bathroom’ and showed up to get it back. It wasn’t the same as picking up a jean jacket from the lost and found, though. She was arrested.
Richland County, Nebraska: Remember that Oscar-nominated movie about an elderly man who thinks he won a million bucks? Well, it’s usually a scam when you think you’re getting money that you didn’t earn — unless your Aunt Gertrude is leaving you a bunch of money. An elderly Richland County man got a “check” in the mail for about $2,000; along with the document were weird instructions on how to use the funds from the fake check to get calling cards. Pretty soon, large amounts of money starting being withdrawn from the man’s bank account. After getting a second check in the mail, the man called the police. No arrests were made, but let’s make it clear to anyone who might fall into a similar trap: No one is going to send you free money, and Ed McMahon is never coming to your house. Sorry.
Stabbin’ Johns: A man took a woman to his home in the north Columbia area. After the two were at the man’s home, the woman stabbed him in the upper body. The man called the police and said he had “no idea” why the woman had stabbed him. The guy also admitted to police that the woman was indeed a prostitute. No arrests have been made.
Cocaine Cowboy: What do you do if you’re on bond for cocaine trafficking? You set up another drug operation, of course. Cops got a tip about possible drug activity going on at the home of a 47-year-old man. When authorities showed up, they found half a pound of weed and 125 bags of heroin (sounds like it’s 1970s post Vietnam). Cops also staked the area out and found drugs in people’s cars that were leaving the home. With any luck, this guy will get out on bond again and set up another drug operation somewhere else; clearly he’s not a quitter.
Tip of the Week: If you’re going to go through the trouble of breaking into someone’s home and stealing a television, you might not want to leave the s#!t just laying around when you get away. Two suspects broke into a home in north Columbia. Victims told authorities that the suspects took nothing but a 32-inch television that was later found in the woods behind the home. (Maybe they dropped it to speed their getaway; or maybe they just decided a 32-inch TV wasn’t worth their while.) No arrests were made, but these guys don’t seem like the brightest crayons in the box.
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!
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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U.S. Security Associates
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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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