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The Fifth Judicial Circuit Solicitor's Office

A former South Carolina Highway Patrol officer was arrested on Wednesday. The trooper was charged with assault for shooting at a man four times during a routine traffic stop.

The man was pulled over in front of a gas station in Columbia, South Carolina earlier this month for not wearing his seatbelt.

A three-minute dash-cam video of the shooting was released by prosecutors late Wednesday night.


City of Chester

A Chester City Council member was arrested Wednesday night and charged with two counts of threatening the life of a public official.

Odell Williams, who is 70 and African American, used racial slurs against the Chester City Police Chief Andre Williams and Assistant Police Chief Gene Gilmore, both of whom are also African-American, according to the arrest warrant.  The warrant says he met them in the Chester City Hall restroom after a council meeting on March 10.

Four Pounds Of Heroin Seized In Lancaster Co.

Feb 11, 2014
Courtesy of the Lancaster County Sheriff's Office

A tip from Charlotte police to Lancaster authorities led to the seizure of four pounds of heroin valued at half a million dollars.

South Carolina Law Enforcement Division chief Mark Keel says the high price of opiate-based prescription painkillers like oxycotin is making heroin more popular.

"Unfortunately heroin is coming back. We're starting to see more heroin today. And a lot of that has to do with narcotic drugs or prescription drugs that people are getting taking place for those drugs because prescription drugs can be very expensive."