Crime & Courts

Graffiti clean-up planned

Law enforcement teams in Richland County are spring cleaning this weekend.The Richland County Sheriff's Department Gang Task Force, Community Action Team and Code Enforcement deputies will remove trash and graffiti in the Busby Road Area off Farrow Road on Saturday morning, Richland County Sheriff Leon Lott said in a news release today.The clean up will begin at 11:00 a.m. The sheriff’s department will be assisted by 40 University of South Carolina students. The effort is being supported by Keep the Midlands Beautiful and Palmetto Pride through the donation of supplies for the deputies and students, according to the release.Lott said in the news release the sweeps are conducted to improve the quality of life in Richland County by having deputies partner with the community in beautifying their neighborhoods and collectively sending a message to the bad guys that the sheriff's department and community stand together.— From staff reports