The Richland County Sheriff's Department on Oct. 16, 2017, unveiled a policy that trains deputies to better recognize students with emotional, mental or intellectual disabilities and assess during an incident whether a student poses a threat to their own safety or the safety of those around them.
An 81-year-old Sears employee and Air Force veteran was killed when two shoplifters violently shoved him to the ground as they fled the Columbia store with two TVs on Aug. 22, 2017. One suspect has been charged with murder and the second is being sought by authorities.
On August 8, 2017 on the 2100 block of Green Oaks Road, the suspects shattered the back window to the victim’s residence, entered inside, and stole several electronics as well as a handgun. The suspects were captured on a nearby store surveillance camera fleeing the area in a burgundy Nissan Altima
Levar Jones, the black motorist shot by a South Carolina trooper during a Columbia traffic stop in 2014, says he might be open to meeting former trooper Sean Groubert when Groubert is released from prison, if God tells him to.