This information comes from local police reports. It does not mean anyone is guilty. This is not a court of law.
Squirreling Around: A Lexington school was on lockdown after a bus driver saw a man with a rifle in a wooded area near the facility. Cops looked into the situation, and it turned out the man in question was hunting squirrels (think Swamp People) and had killed two before the cops showed up. Though some might find it disturbing, authorities determined that the man was allowed to hunt as he was hunting lawfully on private property. No crime was committed, but let’s all pour some liquor for our fallen squirrels.
Delivery Downers: Pizza guys have it the worst, driving around for little pay, fielding customers’ complaints and dealing with the wear and tear on their 1996 Honda Accords. Sometimes they have to deal with crooks, too. A pizza delivery guy pulled up to drop off a pizza in the downtown Columbia area when a man ran up with a gun and robbed him, running off into the night with the pizzas. No arrests have been made, but here’s an idea: When pizza places start making people pay up front when they order, then some of these robberies will end. Side note: All this pizza talk is making me hungry. I’ll call for delivery.
Meth-Lab Six: Six people ranging from age 19 to age 59 were busted at a meth lab in Lexington. Authorities got a tip that an operation was going on at the home in the woods, and when the authorities showed up, it was like an episode of Duck Dynasty mashed up with Breaking Bad. Let’s hope A&E doesn’t try to make a show like that.
Father & Son: A dad and his boy should always find new ways to bond. Fishing, sports or even playing PlayStation 4 are pretty good ideas, but a 38-year-old man and his 17-year-old son decided to try something else. The father-and-son team was arrested and charged with stealing trailers, vehicles and more in the Lexington area — totaling to more than $80,000 worth of stolen property. If this kid dreamed of being like his pops when he grows up, he really should reconsider his options.
Necklace: A 21-year-old woman got into an argument with an ex-boyfriend. The woman went to her ex’s home to retrieve a necklace. Her ex told her that it wasn’t there, but the driver of the car she’d come over in got out and attempted to start a fight. The woman and the driver eventually got back in the car, but as they left they fired shots at the ex-boyfriend’s home. The woman was arrested. Was it worth it?
Tip of the Week: Robbing one of the most recognizable venues in the city might not be the best idea in the world. A 41-year-old man parked his car outside of Williams-Brice Stadium, went inside and took six TVs, an Xbox and a PlayStation (wonder if it was the new PS4). It didn’t take too long for someone to report that a suspicious vehicle was outside the stadium and for cops to find the suspect in question. Let’s hope that he had some time to enjoy the new Madden or Call of Duty before getting arrested.
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!
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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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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.
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.
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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