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Sumter, SC

Sheriff declares war on crime

Let's see. It's been five months since Sheriff Dennis made this statement about declaring war on crime in Sumter county. Has his force made a dent in the crime here since that statement? Uh, no. In fact, we have had more shootings here this year alone than we have had in the same time span in the last 9 years. And we still have several unsolved homicides. Gang activity here is off the scale. It's not as organized as they think but it is a large problem. And police empathy is so common as far as dealing with the gangs here. I do believe that the local police force lets the gangs control certain sections of the county (turning a blind eye), thus freeing up their police units until something major happens that garners the publics' attention. Besides, in order to win a war of any kind, you must have the majority of your "troops" involved. That is definitely NOT happening here.  (May 10, 2009 | post #2)

Sumter, SC

Collision kills man

My friend was the paramedic who arrived on scene just after the accident. He's a former paramedic but still knows his medical training. He said that they could not remove his helmet because of the damage that was done to it and trying to do so would have inflicted even more to this man's suffering. He had no equipment with him that he could use to render aid. Besides, a rule of thumb with any accident victim suffering a head injury or trauma involving hitting the road is you do not move them unless you take the risk of them suffering from paralysis due to a unseen neck injury or unseen back injury. That is why you let the people trained in such accidents to move the individual. The Items' story was so error filled that the reporter on scene did not garner facts from some of the people involved, only getting some heresey statements.  (May 10, 2009 | post #6)

Sumter, SC

Police officer caught in gambling raid

This raid happened just down the street and around the corner from where I live. The back yard of this house is visible from Guignard drive. It is normally a quiet neighborhood. But I guess looks are deceiving. No surprise there about a law officer being involved. Not in this city and county. Surprised that the police chief wasn't there. It could possibly add to her so called "community involvement". Now I'm just waiting to hear how many police officers have gang affiliations or gang sympathies.  (May 10, 2009 | post #1)

Sumter, SC

Toddler, father shot; airlifted

Wow, another drive by in Sumter. Surprised? No. Surprised that someone shot a toddler? No. Surprised it happened in broad daylight (according to WLTX - according to WIS, it happened around midnight)? No. No surprise at all. And what is the usual suspected cause of this? Either drugs or gang related. And, of course, where did it occur? South of Liberty street in South Sumter. People here have such a common like of street drugs here that there is no surprise when you look at the crime blotter in the local paper and see when most folks are pulled over for a moving violation, the officers find drugs, alcohol or guns in the vehicle. There is no longer a public outcry about the amount of drugs in this community or the amount of guns being carried by the youth of this community or by the number of people being charged with DUI. I can walk down my street right at this moment and find beer cans and beer bottles that were thrown out of vehicles and I live at a school zone. Think about that the next time your child walks to school. Where's the public outcry in that? And this morning, I heard someone shoot off a shotgun south of my location within city limits. No sirens, no cops driving by. Nothing. This inept department they call a police force in this city and county is the almost the most lax I have ever seen as far as enforcement. The most lax award is New Orleans Police Department. And you know how bad crime and corruption is there!  (May 10, 2009 | post #1)

WLTX Columbia

Man Drowns At Lake Murray

As summer winds up, we will see these types of accidents more and more. So far, I didn't hear about this being alcohol related or not but jumping from a bridge into 12 feet of water is not very smart. You don't know what the bottom is like, how strong the current is and if there are any obstructions. Law enforcement can't be everywhere at once but I wonder if DNR at least fined the folks for jumping from the bridge? I had a similar experience last year on I-95 at Lake Marion. My wife and I were driving northbound and had just crossed the lake and were approaching the second bridge when we had a kid jump out from the lake, run across the second bridge into traffic then dive off the bridge back into the lake. Now THAT was STUPID. I came within 3 or 4 feet of hitting this KID doing something THIS STUPID ON THE INTERSTATE! I wonder where his parents were? Must not of been a brain cell to split between them!  (Jun 8, 2008 | post #14)

WLTX Columbia

Navy Sailor Killed in Car Accident

I know some folks in trouble! No seat belts! I'm very sorry for the needless and senseless loss of a fellow sailor and shipmate (I'm retired Navy) but DOD regulations state that you will not hazard yourself and that means you wear a seat belt. When you sign your leave papers, there is a statement about seat belt use and about no hitchiking. Now a mourning family or whoever he designated may not get his SGLI (Life Insurance). What a shame.  (Jun 1, 2008 | post #5)

WLTX Columbia

Columbia Searches for Another Slogan

How about this: Columbia - In the Middle of it All. Or this: Columbia - where the roads lead to nowhere in particular Columbia - where our roads were planned by a madman Columbia - what else is there?  (May 29, 2008 | post #112)

First Coast News Jacksonville

Mother Arrested at Lee High School

The closer it gets to the end of the school year, the more fights there are in school. It's senseless that the parent had to be involved in her childs' fight. I can understand that the parent should be concerned if their child is picked on, bullied, or beat up on school grounds and nothing is being done about it by the school administration, but to actually get physically involved in her daughter's problem at or near the school grounds is just irresponsible. Shows that the parent may not be as grown up as the child and may be settling her own scores from her school days. JSO or the school administration can't search every car near school grounds (they can on school grounds) but I feel that within so many feet of a school zone, there should be a NO GUN ZONE as well.  (May 21, 2008 | post #2)

First Coast News Jacksonville

Surveillance Snapshots of Store Clerk's Killer Released

Still, I say that if they want someone to recognize something from these pics, there needs to be a way for the public to just click on them and the pic becomes enlarged. Even WJXT's web site has these images as small pics. That's not doing the public or the JSO any service when you want the public (the viewers and readers of the web sites) to help find the person responsible. Something else I have to wonder: Do the news sites actually read these comments and take them into advisement or utilize them for perhaps a followup on the story?  (May 17, 2008 | post #49)

First Coast News Jacksonville

Surveillance Snapshots of Store Clerk's Killer Released

Hey First Coast News, here's something you might want to do. Make it where you can click on the pics of the suspect and enlarge the pics. Can't see much details in the pics in the story. If someone could click on the pics and get a larger image, then maybe someone could help identify this scum.  (May 14, 2008 | post #1)

First Coast News Jacksonville

Elementary Art Teacher Suspended

So they suspend the teacher for doing the right thing, hunh? Crazy school board. They don't have the fortitude to support a teacher who was protecting his other students. Well, I hope this teacher is looking for work in a different school district or even private schools. The school board has wronged him. Good thing he has a lawyer. I do believe that they need cameras in the classrooms like they have on the school buses. Then we'll see the school board sing a different tune.  (May 8, 2008 | post #5)

First Coast News Jacksonville

Police Say Broken Tail Light Led them to Large Amounts of...

In this area, around half of the folks driving around with non working tail lights, headlights and illegal lights have something else illegal in their vehicles, are driving under the influence, or have either expired tags or driver's licenses. If his lights were functioning properly, I doubt they would have stopped him. Maybe it was profiling but not because of race. Profiling for all of the defects on the vehicle would be more like it. And that gives probable cause - the vehicle violations - then the police can ask for consent of the driver to search the vehicle for the officer's safety.  (Apr 30, 2008 | post #6)

WLTX Columbia

Gas Prices Continue to Rise

Definitely starting to stock up here as well. Wish I could stock up on gas. In fact, I just might start doing that soon and buy a few 5 gallon gas cans. I just know how broke I am regardless of getting a so called pay raise. And when I get that tax "bone" from the Feds, it's already spent just to make up for the extra I have had to pay for food, gas, you name it, this year. Just wait for Memorial Day and the "Summer Driving Season".  (Apr 27, 2008 | post #7)

WLTX Columbia

Scammer Contractors Targeting Seniors Citizens

I can't believe they haven't caught these guys yet. They must live close to the area they are hitting because somehow they blend in quick after they do their criminal activity. Can't be too hard to find a dual cab red truck with a contractor sign on it. Irish Travelers? Sounds like the Roma Gypsies of Europe that I dealt with on and off. Chased one out of my house with a baseball bat threatening to beat his brains in while I ran him out of my house - he just walked in while we were home. Had two of them break into my neighbors home by kicking out some glass bricks and crawling through the hole. They were reported and the cops caught them on my adjoining rooftop trying to get away. These so called contractors are probably using the Internet to search for elderly victims that live in certain neighborhoods. Hope they do catch them soon.  (Apr 25, 2008 | post #8)

WLTX Columbia

Police: Woman Embezzled $295,000.00 From Past Employer.

Did you just hear that sound? It's the sound of her wrist being slapped by the judge when she goes to court. The punishment on stealing from your employers is so weak in this state that the place where she worked will be lucky to get anything back from her. But, because she didn't file the company's taxes - not her personal taxes - I wonder how the Feds will want to prosecute. She probably did not declare any of that stolen money on her personal taxes so she will definitely be audited by the state and IRS. If she put the money in her kid's names (if she has any), noone can recover it (that happened here in Sumter county with the folks stealing from the school district).  (Apr 25, 2008 | post #43)

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