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Gaffney Police needs help locating a wanted man

GAFFNEY, S.C. (WSPA) - Gaffney Police officers have been searching Thursday for a wanted man. Ryan Anthony Lyles is wanted for first degree criminal domestic violence, first degree burglary and kidnapping, according to police. He is also wanted by Spartanburg County authorities.


Spartanburg Co. business owner charged for tax evasion, accused of not reporting more than $1.6 million in sales

SPARTANBURG, SC (FOX Carolina) – The SC Dept. of Revenue said their agents arrested Spartanburg County business owner Dusian Bhikhabhai Patel, 54, on Thursday. Patel is charged with three counts of tax evasion and two counts of assisting in the preparation of false tax returns.


Cherokee County investigators seize 15 pounds of marijuana, dozens of edibles in bust

A Cowpens man faces a charge after investigators say they found him in possession of dozens of marijuana laced snacks and candies, 15 pounds of marijuana, and hash oil, according to a statement from the Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office.


SC sheriff, residents react to large edibles bust with 44 glass jars of products

CHEROKEE COUNTY, SC (WSPA) - An upstate sheriff and residents are speaking out after a recent drug bust that netted 15 pounds of marijuana and hundreds of marijuana-infused foods.


SC lottery winner letting kids reap benefits of $275,000 win

CHESNEE, S.C. — A resident in Chesnee is $275,000 richer today, but it looks like their kids are getting the best parts of the win!. The plan was to stay cool and in control after scratching off a win from a Lucky Numbers tickets. However, this winner couldn't help but get a little excited about the


Move to Gaffney is life-changing experience for Navy officer

PENSACOLA, Fla. – Ensign Marquay Byrd never expected he would become a naval officer. His original plan did not include signing a contract as a cryptologic warfare officer. As he worked his way through college to earn his degree in applied physics, he never anticipated to one day be sitting in a cla


Bids for Cherokee Co. Schools mold contract from $270K to $1M

CHEROKEE COUNTY, S.C. (WSPA) - Cherokee County school leaders are finally learning the cost of cleaning up mold at all 21 district schools. 7News has learned several contractors submitted bids for the H-VAC coil cleanup contract. Those were submitted just a week after school leaders were forced to e


SC resident wins $275k in a scratch-off, plans to take children on vacation

COLUMBIA, S.C. (WOLO) – A Chesnee resident tried their best to remain cool and in control after winning $275,000 playing the South Carolina Education Lottery. The winner plans to pay off their credit cards and start a trust fund for their kids after scratching off the $275,000 win on a Lucky Numbers


South Carolina mother outraged after kids told to pick cotton, sing slave song as “game”

ROCK HILL, S.C. – A South Carolina mother said her 10-year-old son and his classmates were told to pick cotton and sing a slave song during a class field trip. WJZY reported that cellphone video shows fifth-grade students from Ebenezer Avenue Elementary in Rock Hill picking cotton.


Teenager dead after ‘accidental shooting’ in moving car, SC cops say

A South Carolina teenage boy was killed in an “accidental shooting,” Wednesday night, the Spartanburg County Sheriff’s Office said in a news release. Caleb Jamar Elijah Roach was identified as the teen who died, according to Spartanburg County Coroner Rusty Clevenger. The 18-year-old was pronounced


Cherokee County NAACP makes donation

The Cherokee County NAACP recently made a donation to the Giving Back to the Community Organization. The donation will be used to sponsor a basketball team for community youth this summer.


Four more Upstate Bi-Lo stores slates to close by end of March

GREENVILLE, SC (FOX Carolina) – Southern Grocers on Thursday announced plans to close four Upstate Bi-Lo stores. Southern Grocers said the stores are underperforming and the company did not take the decision to close them lightly.


Inman man accused of sexually assaulting 9-year-old

An Inman man faces charges after investigators say he sexually assaulted a 9-year-old multiple times, according to a statement from the Spartanburg County Sheriff's Office. Thursday morning, Spartanburg County deputies arrested Hunter Marquise Butler, 20, of 23 Ladson St., and charged him with four


Woman killed in single-vehicle crash in Cowpens, coroner says

COWPENS, S.C. (WSPA) - A woman was killed Thursday night during a single-vehicle crash in Cherokee County. Cherokee County Coroner Dennis Fowler said a woman was driving south on Battleground Road at about 8 p.m. when she drove off of the right side of the roadway. The car entered a pasture and over


Spartanburg Dist. 7 mourns another unexpected death after senior accidentally shot

Friends and family are remembering Caleb Roach, a Spartanburg High School senior killed in what appears to be an accidental shooting. This is the latest death in a district that has been rocked by one tragedy after another this past year.


South Carolina mom, boyfriend allegedly tortured kids, 5 and 7, with hot sauce and peppers

A South Carolina mother and her live-in boyfriend were arrested Wednesday, accused of subjecting the woman's children to “horrific” abuse with hot sauce and peppers, authorities said.


South Carolina is the 7th worst state for break-ins in the US, study says

COLUMBIA, S.C. — A purse stolen from a car; a TV taken from a home; a business robbed. These cases may seem unlikely but, with a "Top Ten" ranking for most break-ins, South Carolina residents may be wary.


Spartanburg man charged in six-vehicle wreck

A Spartanburg man faces a charge after a six-vehicle wreck Thursday morning sent two people to the hospital, according to Trooper Joe Hovis with the state Highway Patrol. Damian Marques Henderson, 25, was charged with disregarding a red light after the wreck at the intersection of Oak Grove and Reid


Coroner investigating teen's trauma-related death at Spartanburg hospital

SPARTANBURG, SC (FOX CAROLINA) - The Spartanburg County Coroner's Office is investigating a trauma-related death that unfolded at a local hospital Wednesday. According to coroner Rusty Clevenger, 18-year-old Caleb Jamar Elijah Roach died earlier in the evening at Spartanburg Regional Medical Center.


Gaffney baseball to honor baby lost during pregnancy, help family raise awareness to ICP

GAFFNEY, SC - A Union mother is raising awareness to a rare condition that took the life of her son, before she got the chance to welcome him into the world. Allison Gardner said she knew something was wrong with her pregnancy when what began as regular itching, became far more severe.