On TV: A 49-year-old man broke into a grocery store in the North Main area and stole more than $1,000 worth of smokes. He probably thought he’d gotten away with it until he saw himself on the local news, after which he turned himself in. (Wonder if he called his family to TiVo it.) He shouldn’t have committed the crime, but he should get a little credit for coming clean.
Must Be the Shoes: There’s such huge hype surrounding sneakers that it causes some people to pay more money for a pair of Kanye West-inspired Nikes than for a used Honda Accord. Meanwhile, it causes others to look for an opportunity to profit. A 34-year-old man from Lexington was pulled over for a traffic stop, but when the cops looked in the back of his vehicle, it looked like the back room of a Foot Locker. The officer got permission to search the car and found out that the suspect had more than $10,000 worth of counterfeit Jordans. (Yeah, beware if you’ve been buying your shoes at the flea market.) The suspect also had knockoff jewelry and other stuff, proving once again: If you spot a new Rolex for the price of a Fossil, more than likely you should pass.
Pop the Trunk: Except for Eminem, guys usually adore the hell out of their mothers. So, when a 20-year-old man driving on I-95 was pulled over after reports of a possible kidnapping, police must have been surprised to find his mother in the trunk. Luckily, the mother wasn’t harmed and the son was arrested. Let’s just say Christmas is going to be pretty frickin’ awkward this year.
Hotel Meth: A 26-year-old woman and a 37-year-old man were arrested after attempting to manufacture meth in a hotel room near Airport Boulevard. The suspects were found pretty quickly, because the room reeked of chemicals. Someone at the hotel contacted the cops, and when they showed up they found everything used to make the drug in the room in plain sight. Not only were the two suspects arrested, they also lost the money they’d paid for the room and won’t get any complimentary breakfast in the morning.
Chop Shop: Authorities got a tip that there was an illegal car facility (i.e., chop shop) operating in Lexington. Cops discovered several vehicles that had been stolen and whose VINs had been changed. They also found weapons, leading to the arrest of a 34-year-old suspect. Lingering question: Was the person who called in the tip just trying to get rid of the competition? That’s how it works on The Wire. The suspect apparently isn’t a small-time operator, as he was able to post bail set at $250,000.
Tip of the Week: If your kid is 2 years old, you should take him or her with you if you plan on going somewhere. A 29-year-old woman was arrested after her 2-year-old daughter was found walking down the road alone. Luckily someone in the area recognized the child and caught her before anything could happen. The woman was then called and told cops that two of her other children were at school and she had her 1-year-old with her while she left the 2-year-old asleep in the bed. The mother has likely dropped out of consideration for Parent of the Year.
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.
Limited Seating—Reserve Now!
VIP Tables available for David Nail on August 22 at Jillian’s. Call to reserve: (803) 799-1688. More tickets available online.
Not Your Typical Greek Restaurant
Ariana’s in West Columbia serves up delicious all-natural, low carb dishes, as well as homemade bread and baklava. Come try the best salad dressing in town! Location info and hours here.
Delicious Downtown Breakfast
Tony’s is open for breakfast every day from 7:30-10:30! Conveniently located on Washington St. right off Main. Stop in for something filling and delicious before work! Follow us for updates on specials.
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.
Back to School Tattoo Specials
Magnum Ink is offering 1/2 off all tattoos for students over 18 as well as 2 for $60 on letters or numbers for state employees. 1405 Rushmore Road, Suite B, right off of Broad River.
SEARCH FREE TIMES
Pool Cleaning-Full and part time available. Must have a clean driving record, be organized and have a professional appearance. Starting Pay is $10.00 per hr, please call for an interview, please bring a copy of your Driving record and a list of all past employers with duration of employment listed as well as telephone numbers for references. Cal 803-865-1200
Company seeking carpenters, plumbers, masons work is year around with a 40 year old company. Starting pay is $10.00 but experienced individuals will be compensated accordingly. Must have a clean driving record and must bring a copy of your driving record to the interview. Please call 803-865-1200.
U.S. Security Associates
Now hiring immediately for armed and unarmed security officers. WE TRAIN YOU! Columbia & surrounding areas. ussecurityassociates.com
Real Estate Spotlight
Mungo Homes. Celebrating 60 years of our family building for your family. mungo.com