Crime & Courts

11 charged in drug raid in West Columbia

The West Columbia Police Department has charged 11 people in connection with a Friday night drug raid at 701 Osage Ave.

Six were charged with trafficking cocaine.

Police officers, along with members of the Lexington County Narcotics Enforcement Team, conducted the raid, according to the police department.

Seized were: about 20 grams of cocaine, about 1 gram of crack cocaine, two marijuana plants, several crack pipes, a stolen handgun, a stun gun and a set of brass knuckles.

Columbia launches emergency center

City of Columbia officials announced Monday the launch of its Emergency Operations Center.

The center will be activated at the onset of an incident or natural/manmade disaster, officials said.

In addition to staffing from the city of Columbia, staffing may include personnel from county, state, federal or other agencies and volunteer organizations as deemed necessary by the Columbia's city manager.

Fetus found in waste plant wasn't viable

GREER - Authorities say the human fetus discovered over the weekend at an Upstate wastewater treatment plant was only 18 weeks old and not viable outside the womb.

Media outlets reported Monday that Greenville County Deputy Coroner Scott Ramsey said an autopsy showed the female fetus was stillborn.

Workers at the Pelham Waste Water Treatment Plant in Greer discovered the fetus Sunday morning in a waste bin.

Ramsey said it was uncertain how long the fetus had been there, but he said it came through the water system at some point.

A spokeswoman for the Greenville County Sheriff's Office said authorities would continue to investigate to ensure that the woman who was pregnant with the fetus is OK.

Teen dies after jumping off bridge into water

SUMTER - A 15-year-old boy died after jumping from a bridge and panicking when he hit the water, authorities said.

Media outlets reported that Rashadd Jamal Jackson died around 10:30 a.m. Saturday. Clarendon County Deputy Coroner Bucky Mock said Jackson drowned and no autopsy was planned.

Jackson and another boy leaped from a bridge that runs parallel to Interstate 95 in Clarendon County. Authorities said something caused Jackson to panic once he hit the water about 30 feet below.

The other boy tried unsuccessfully to save Jackson, who was a member of Manning High School's football team. A spokeswoman for Samuels Funeral Home of Manning said the family was planning Jackson's funeral Monday.