CAMDEN, SC (WOLO)– It was a beautiful day Friday and hundreds of Athletes competing for gold took full advantage of the weather.

“It brings back good old memories of everything you’ve accomplished and you never hold back by doing it,” Matthew Jones said, one of the many Special Olympic Athletes competing. Athletes were not the only ones pumped up for the big day. 

“And it is the most wonderful day of the year. My favorite day,” Dawn Carnell said, one of the Special Olympics Committee members.

“It means a lot for everybody to come out and celebrate these kids,” Melissa Lett said, a mother of a 4-year-old with special needs. 

The event required hundreds of volunteers to ensure it went off without a hitch. Many of the volunteers were students at Camden Military Academy.

“What sticks out to me is how much character they have and how much fun they have. They come here with a big smile on their face and knowing all these people are having a great time and I get to participate and make sure they have a great time is just the best feeling to me,” Joshua Eakin said, a volunteer and Camden Military Academy senior.

But for many, the part of the day was the sportsmanship.

“Good luck and try your best,” Madison Zila said, an athlete. 

“Being a role model is very important in most life. It shows courage and pride and a job well done,” Jones said. 

“The smiles on their faces are just insanely contagious and it’s just the best day. It’s better than Christmas to me,” Carnell said. 

“They did a great job. They did a great job,” Lett said. 

The only thing exceeding the athletic talent out on the field were all of the smiling faces. To volunteer for the Special Olympics next year click here. 

Nice weekend on tap. Rain returns on Monday.

Columbia, S.C. (WOLO) – Are you looking for a way to celebrate Earth Day this weekend? There are a few local events for you and your family to enjoy!

Riverbanks Zoo & Gardens is hosting the “Party for the Planet” event starting at 10 a.m. tomorrow (4/21). The link below has a complete list of the schedule.

P4P-HKD Event Schedule 2018

Columbia, S.C. (WOLO) – Columbia Police Department investigators are working to determine who stole a man’s wounded warrior service dog during a recent burglary.

The incident occurred on April 16, 2018 at a home at the 6800 block of Gavilan Avenue.

Investigators believe that at least two men broke into the home and stole a flat screen TV and the wounded warrior service dog, a black and white Husky named ‘Blu’ with black paws.

 

The suspects left in a white, 2001-2003 model Toyota Sienna CE with a SC license plate and trailer hitch.

Citizens with information about the case, vehicle and in particular, the dog’s whereabouts are encouraged to contact CRIMESTOPPERS in any of the following ways: CALL toll-free, 888-CRIME-SC.

Carban Kiaeem Epps

Yevett Michelle Pratt

Columbia, S.C. (WOLO) – Richland County Sheriff’s Department Fugitive Task Force and the U.S. Marshals arrested a mom and son after they allegedly recruited a 16-year-old to perform sex acts out of a Columbia massage parlor.

Yevett Pratt and her 18-year-old son, Carban Epps, have been charged with trafficking/trafficking a person under the age of 18.

Officials say and Pratt and her son recruited a 16-year-old girl into prostitution at Eve’s Haven & Spa on Broad River Rd. in Columbia between September 1 and October 31 of last year.

Pratt was arrested in Greenville and has been transported to Alvin S. Glenn Detention Center. Her son is being held at Newberry County Jail on unrelated charges but will be transported to Alvin S. Glenn at a later date.

CLEMSON — Clemson University’s board of trustees approved plans for several athletic facilities and academic programs in its quarterly meetings on campus this week.

The trustees approved:

  • the phase one concept plan — and funding of $160,000 from private gifts — to begin design of a 13,000-square-foot operations complex for men’s and women’s NCAA soccer programs. Facility plans include locker rooms, offices, a student commons area, meeting and storage spaces and a sports medicine area. Total project cost is estimated to be $8 million funded with a mixture of athletic facility revenue bonds, athletic operating revenues and private donations
  • phase two plans, including $13 million, to construct a complex for the new softball program, with play slated to begin in 2020. The complex will include a NCAA standard playing field; stadium seating for 1,000; a press box; and a 10,000-square-foot operations facility with locker rooms, team meeting and lounge space. The project will be funded with $6.5 million in athletic facility revenue bonds and $6.5 million in athletic operating revenues and gifts.

The trustees also approved a resolution for the issuance and sale of a series of athletic facility revenue bonds, not to exceed $7 million, for the softball complex, which will be located near the university’s baseball complex.

In academics, the board approved a new center: the Hayek Center for Business Prosperity, funded by a private gift and named for Nobel Prize-winning economist Friedrich Hayek.

The trustees also gave the nod to a new, additional site location of the Charleston Design Center for the master in real estate development program and for the master in city and regional planning program, effective in summer 2019.

DURHAM, N.C. (WOLO) — Spartanburg Day’s Zion Williamson made it official Friday, signing a letter of intent to play for the Duke Blue Devils.

“It’s unbelievable that Zion will be joining our program,” Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski said in a statement. “He and his family are first class. We’re not only bringing Zion in, but his entire family. Zion is a unique player and certainly one of the most gifted athletes that has come into the ACC. He’s heck of a basketball player and a young man, and an outstanding leader.”

Duke announced the official class on twitter Friday. Williamson will wear the #12 at Duke.



ABC News – A lawyer representing the family of a 26-year-old black man shot and killed in a Walmart parking lot two weeks ago in California is demanding authorities release dashcam video footage to show that the use of force was unwarranted.

Diante Yarber died April 5 after Barstow Police fired at his vehicle, which contained three passengers, all of whom also are believed to be unarmed, more than two dozen times. Authorities said Yarber rammed a police car while accelerating in reverse and then sped toward officers.

“Our initial investigation has revealed that statements police made about Yarber attempting to ram a squad car at the time police shot into his vehicle are not true,” Lee Merritt, the family’s attorney, told ABC News in a statement. “Video evidence shows the black Ford Mustang Yarber was operating backing slowly away from police when they opened fire.

“We can see no justification for violating policy and procedure and employing deadly force in a situation where the vehicle presented no immediate danger to law enforcement. Moreover, firing over 30 rounds into a car occupied by four unarmed pedestrians in a crowded Walmart parking lot in the middle of the day was massively irresponsible and reckless.”

Police have said that video, shot by a bystander, is from after Yarber rammed the squad car.

According to a statement from Anthony Riley, a public information officer for the Barstow Police Department, the incident began when “officers left their vehicles and commanded the driver to exit his vehicle.”

The statement continued: “The suspect/driver began accelerating his vehicle in reverse striking a police vehicle. The vehicle then accelerated forward towards the officers, and then accelerated in reverse towards officers and striking another patrol vehicle. Afterward, an officer-involved shooting ensued.”

One officer involved suffered non-life-threatening injuries.

A woman in the car struck by the gunfire was airlifted to Loma Linda Medical Center, according to the statement. The other two men in the car exited the vehicle and were detained by Barstow Police.

FILE – In this Aug. 30, 2013 file photo, Swedish DJ-producer, Avicii poses for a portrait in New York. Swedish-born Avicii, whose name is Tim Bergling, was found dead, Friday April 20, 2018, in Muscat, Oman. He was 28. (Photo by Amy Sussman/Invision/AP, File)

ABC News – The Swedish-born producer and DJ known as Avicii has been found dead in Oman.

Publicist Diana Baron said in a statement that the 28-year-old DJ, born Tim Bergling, was in Muscat, Oman.

“The family is devastated and we ask everyone to please respect their need for privacy in this difficult time,” the statement said.

Avicii was a pioneer of the contemporary Electronic Dance Movement and a rare DJ capable of worldwide arena tours. He won two MTV Music Awards, one Billboard Music Award and earned two Grammy nominations. His biggest hit was “Le7els.”

His death comes just days after he was nominated for a Billboard Music Award for top dance/electronic album for his EP “Avicii (01).” He was nominated alongside his peers, who have taken EDM mainstream of late — The Chainsmokers, Calvin Harris and Kygo.

Avicii’s hits include “Wake Me Up!” ”The Days” and “You Make Me.” He is the subject of the 2017 Levan Tsikurishvil documentary “Avicii: True Stories.”

Avicii had in the past suffered acute pancreatitis, in part due to excessive drinking. After having his gallbladder and appendix removed in 2014, he canceled a series of shows in attempt to recover. He quit touring in 2016 but continued making music in the studio.

“It’s been a very crazy journey. I started producing when I was 16. I started touring when I was 18. From that point on, I just jumped into 100 percent,” Avicii told Billboard magazine in 2016.

“When I look back on my life, I think: whoa, did I do that? It was the best time of my life in a sense. It came with a price – a lot of stress a lot of anxiety for me – but it was the best journey of my life.”

Last year, he posted this message on his website, promising to keep creating: “The next stage will be all about my love of making music to you guys. It is the beginning of something new.”

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