Red Light: Waiting at a traffic light is bad enough, but it sucks even more when the traffic light falls on your car. An unlucky driver was at a stoplight in northeast Columbia when the traffic light fell on top of the vehicle, damaging the glass on the windshield. No injuries were reported, but when life turns into one of those insurance commercial skits it becomes quite eerie. Are you in good hands?
Full Frontal: Authorities were called to a scene that involved a naked man threatening to jump off the Lake Murray Dam. After eight hours, the authorities were able to convince the man not to jump. No one was injured unless you count anybody driving in the area and seeing some random guy’s junk while on the way to work.
Got Nothing: A man attempted to steal money from a store in northeast Columbia, but things didn’t go as planned. The suspect pulled out his handgun to rob a store, but an employee saw what was going on before the suspect approached and got the hell out of there. Too bad for the would-be crook, the register couldn’t be opened without the help of an employee; surveillance cameras caught the suspect leaving the building empty handed after he couldn’t open it. Only thing that would’ve been funnier is if the guy had been locked in the store after trying to rob it, like in the movie Snatch. No arrests have been made.
Mad As Hell: A 22-year-old man and a 23-year-old woman were arrested after an argument got out of hand. The couple were watching a movie when the boyfriend became angry because he felt his girl was intentionally attempting to make him angry. The argument continued and the boyfriend hit her with his anger management book. (He was taking an anger management class.) It didn’t get to the level of Ravens running back Ray Rice — who just married his fiancée even though he’s been indicted for allegedly assaulting her — but both of them continued to argue until the cops arrived. Here’s a tip for the guy: If your girl makes you that angry, you may want to try and find another.
Big Gun: A man wearing a ski mask and gloves and carrying an assault rifle attempted to rob a north Columbia gas station, handing an employee a gym bag that he demanded be filled with money. Look, in a situation like that, it’s probably overkill to have an assault rifle. Nonetheless, it worked for now: No arrests have been made.
Tip of the Week: If you’re going to steal a credit card from someone’s car, maybe you should use it for something other than a copy of the new Call of Duty: Black Ops or Madden ‘15. Someone broke into a car in northeast Columbia and stole a credit card and a gift card. The suspect then charged about $700 worth of stuff, most of it at a video gaming place. (He also went to a dollar store.) Not that there’s any place you should go with a stolen card, but doesn’t this guy have bills to play? Where are the fiscally conservative crooks who would use a stolen credit card to pay the utility bill? No arrests have been made.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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!
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
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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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