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Bennettsville Police ask for public's help to identify person

BENNETTSVILLE, S.C. -- Investigators are asking for the public's assistance to identify a person of interest in connection with a burglary and larceny. The Dec. 29 incidents took place at the Bennettsville Pizza Hut and Floyd's jewelry, according to a release from the Bennettsville Police Department


Person of interest sought in Bennettsville burglaries

BENNETTSVILLE, S.C. (WPDE) — Police are asking for the public’s help in identifying a person of interest in connection with burglaries and larcenies last month at Pizza Hut and Floyd’s Jewelry.


More than 400 people leaving South Carolina public housing

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — More than 400 people have been ordered to leave a public housing complex in South Carolina because of natural gas leaks. Columbia firefighters began checking for gas leaks after two men were found dead in separate apartments Thursday morning.


Various events planned to celebrate Martin Luther King Day

Martin Luther King Jr. Day is Monday and various events have been planned for the weekend and Monday. Here are some events happening in honor of King's legacy. The Marlboro County Branch of the NAACP will hold their annual Martin Luther King Jr. Day Parade in partnership with the Bennettsville Bicen


Deputies searching for missing Scotland County teen

Scotland County, S.C. — Deputies are searching for 15-year-old Alverner Marquis McLeod,Jr. who has been missing since Wednesday, according to Detective Tina Dunn with the Scotland County Sheriff’s Office.


Bennettsville FD, Marlboro County Schools aim to protect families from deadly fires with new grant

MARLBORO COUNTY, SC (WBTW) - The Bennettsville Fire Department will be partnering with the Marlboro County School District for a fire prevention initiative, following the announcement of a new grant.


Trash pickup resumes in Marlboro Co.; money woes continue

MARLBORO COUNTY, S.C. (WPDE) — American Waste Systems (AWS) will resume trash pick up for residents in the Marlboro County town of McColl, according to AWS Chief Financial Officer Leland Parker.


South Carolina Legislature introduces bill to increase tax on cigarettes, but aim to help teachers

Columbia, SC (FOX Carolina) - Legislators with the South Carolina House have introduced a bill aimed at getting teachers pay raises. On Thursday, a bill was introduced to amend the surtax on cigarettes to provide an additional 5 cents per cigarette that would be credited to the department of educati


Tax returns could see delay with shutdown

LAURINBURG — Tax season is gearing up but, with no end in sight for the government shutdown, there will be a delay in residents getting their refunds. However, IRS employees have been called back to work, without pay, to make sure all the paperwork and filings are processed. According to the IRS’s c


3 arrested in Chesterfield Co. gun shop burglary

CHESTERFIELD COUNTY, S.C. (WPDE) — Three arrested in a gun shop burglary in Chesterfield County. The burglary occurred last Friday at Joyner Sales on Highway 1 in the Patrick community, according to Captain Wayne Jordan worn the Chesterfield County Sheriff’s Office.


South Carolina school district may move closer to year-round education

WALHALLA, S.C. - A South Carolina school district is considering adopting a modified calendar for the 2020-21 school year that would move it closer to year-round education. [ALSO READ: CMS steps up security in the wake of a series of issues at local schools]


Bennettsville correction officer charged with sexual misconduct with inmate

MARLBORO COUNTY, S.C. (WPDE) — A Lumberton corrections officer was arrested in December after having a sexual relationship with an inmate, according to arrest warrants. Arrest records were released Monday for Cheryl Huggins. She is charged with sex, first degree sexual misconduct with inmate of corr


South Carolina Department of Corrections staffer arrested on forgery charges

COLUMBIA, S.C. (WOLO) – A South Carolina Department of Corrections staffer was arrested by Richland County Sheriff’s Department on Monday for charges of forgery and false pretenses.


School leaders hold up their end of the bargain after students win challenge

Marlboro County, S.C. (WPDE) — Marlboro County School District Superintendent Dr. Gregory McCord stood on the roof of Bennettsville Intermediate School Thursday in the cold after students met a challenge proposed by him.


Local man charged after chase

LAURINBURG — A Lumberton man has beeen arrested after leading police on a chase through Laurinburg. Amond Young, 24, was charged with felony fleeing to arrest, and hit and run after his arrest on Wednesday, according to police reports. Young also was issued citations for failure to wear a seat belt,


Body of missing 85-year-old man with Alzheimer's found near his Chesterfield Co. home

CHESTERFIELD COUNTY, S.C. - Officials said the body of a missing 85-year-old man who had Alzheimer's disease was found near his home in Chesterfield County. Clerow Myers was last seen Sunday, when he reportedly walked away from his home in Ruby around 11 p.m. without a coat or hat.


Lawmakers tackle affordable housing crisis in South Carolina

COLUMBIA, SC (WIS) - Wages are not keeping up with rent increases in South Carolina. According to officials, there is an affordable housing crisis in the state. Representative Marvin Pendarvis (D-Charleston) has filed a bill proposing to help create incentives for developers to see more affordable h


Man charged in drunken burglary

ROCKINGHAM — The Richmond County Sheriff’s Office arrested a Hamlet man Saturday accused of breaking into a home while drunk. Brad Steven Taylor, 38, of Stutts Lane allegedly broke the window of a home on Edwin Street in Rockingham with the intent to commit a larceny, according to warrants for his a


Suspended deputies no longer working for Robeson Co. Sheriff's Office after investigation

LUMBERTON, NC (WBTW) - Two Robeson County deputies are no longer working after an investigation with the DA's office. "Recently an Internal Investigation was conducted regarding information received from the Robeson County District Attorney’s Office," says a press release from the Robeson County She


Man wanted for kidnapping, assault turns himself in

DARLINGTON, SC (WMBF) – A man wanted for allegedly assaulting a woman and holding her against her will has been arrested. According to a news release from the Darlington Police Department, 40-year-old Edward A. Agbo III turned himself in without incident. Agbo III was wanted for kidnapping and assau