A 63-year-old Columbia man was found shot to death near a storage facility on Two Notch Road early Saturday morning.
The man, identified by Richland County coroner Gary Watts as Gerald McDaniels, last known to reside on Ranchero Drive, died of multiple gunshot wounds at the U-Stor self-storage facility at 3415 Two Notch Road, said Richland County Sheriff's spokeswoman Monique Mack.
Few details were available Saturday. Deputies learned of the shooting from a 911 call of shots fired, Mack said.
One family member of the victim was located, who said McDaniels went by the nickname "Apple Jack."
Investigators are interested in speaking to any other family or acquaintances of McDaniels for leads in the shooting, Mack said.
Tips can be left for investigators using the Crime Stoppers at (888) CRIME-SC.
Surveillance video from the location can be viewed at the bottom of this story.
Gunshot kills Columbia man
A bullet to the head killed Gary Reese, 24, who died at Palmetto Richland early Sunday morning, Richland County coroner Gary Watts said Sunday.
The death of Reese, of 2718 School House Road, has been ruled a homicide, Watts said.
Reese was shot on Colleton Street, said Watts, who had no details.
Columbia police are investigating but had no comment.
-- John Monk
Fire does $260,000 worth of damage to Lake house
A Lake Murray home sustained damage of $260,0000 to a two-story house at 305 Mooring Lane.
No injuries were reported, and no one was at home at the time of the fire.
Fishermen on Lake Murray reported the fire. Lexington County Fire Service responders were at the home within five minutes.
The fire appears to be accidental, said Battalion Chief Charles Wessinger. The cause is still under investigation.
-- John Monk
Deputy charged in collision
The S.C. Highway Patrol has charged a Richland County deputy who rear-ended an SUV on U.S. 378 Sunday afternoon with driving too fast for conditions.
Deputy Calvin Hill, driving a department 2010 Ford Crown Victoria, wound up in the hospital, as did the two people in the SUV he hit, the Highway Patrol said later Sunday. There was no word on their condition.
The accident happened about 12:30 p.m. in the eastbound land of U.S. 378, when the SUV, driven by Michael Morales, 15, of Hopkins, slowed to make a left turn. An 83-year-old relative, Lola Morales, of Hopkins, was with him in the passenger seat.
Hill was unable to stop and ran into the SUV, the highway patrol said.
-- John Monk
S.C. soldier dies of noncombat injuries in Iraq
A 41-year-old soldier from South Carolina has died in Iraq from noncombat-related injuries.
The U.S. Defense Department said in a news release Saturday that Capt. Michael P. Cassidy of Simpsonville died June 17 in Mosul.
He was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 9th Field Artillery, 2nd Heavy Brigade Combat Team, 3rd Infantry Division, Fort Stewart, Ga.
A spokeswoman for Fort Stewart said Saturday she had no details about Cassidy’s death.
-- The Associated Press
Chance to clear old warrants offered
Richland County Sheriff Leon Lott and Richland County magistrates are providing people with outstanding traffic or magistrate-level warrants a positive opportunity for a “Fresh Start.”
“Fresh Start” is an effort to clear those outstanding warrants. People can schedule a time to appear before a judge and have their warrants processed, including any financial obligation that may be connected with a charge.
Arrangements will be made for reasonable and affordable payments that can be made through cash or credit card, according to Sheriff Leon Lott’s office.
Fresh Start will be held July 21-23 at Central Traffic Court, 1400 Huger St., in Columbia.
People interested should call (803) 576-3167 or (803) 576-3042 to schedule an appointment to see a judge. People with appointments also can talk to an officer and learn more about their cases. Phone lines will open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, beginning July 6.
-- From Staff Reports
Geese removed from golf course
CHARLESTON -- Federal workers have removed about 50 Canada geese from a golf course after operators said the birds were damaging the greens.
The (Charleston) Post and Courier reported the geese were removed Thursday from the Coosaw Creek Country Club in North Charleston.
Some residents were unhappy about the removal of the birds.
Noel Myers with the U.S. Agriculture Department said the golf course requested the geese be removed.
Myers said workers planned to euthanize the birds and send the meat to area food banks. He said the agency has been doing that for several years.
Myers said there’s been a sharp increase in the Canada geese population along the coast.
-- The Associated Press
Video from U-Stor the early morning of June 19. The car in the video is believed to have transported the suspect, who also can be seen at the end of the video, provided by the Richland County Sheriff's Department.