Waltki Williams (Source: Facebook)

SUMTER, S.C. (WOLO) – The Third Circuit Solicitor will release the findings Wednesday afternoon of the investigation into a deadly officer-involved shooting that happened in Sumter in December 2016.

Solicitor Ernest A. Finney III will announce his decision regarding the fatal use of force that was used by Sumter Police Department officers against Waltki Williams.

In March, Williams’ family filed suit against the department, claiming his wrongful death after they say he was shot by officers 19 times.

The announcement will take place at 2 p.m. at the Sumter County Judicial Center.

The shooting happened back in December when police were chasing Williams after getting reports that he was threatening his ex-girlfriend outside the Sumter mall. The chase ended when Williams crashed into two cars a few blocks down. Police say after he got out on foot, there was a brief struggle and then an exchange of gunfire.Williams’ family say he was unarmed.

COLUMBIA, S.C. (WOLO) – The American Red Cross of Central SC is hosting its annual 24-hour giving blitz, to provide hope and urgent relief like food and other essentials to people coping with disaster.

Each year, the Red Cross responds to nearly 64,000 disasters nationwide. That means every eight minutes, the organization responds to a disaster, most of which are house fires. A gift to this one-day awareness effort can provide urgent relief like a day’s worth of food, plus blankets and other essentials.

The blitz lasts until 11:59 p.m. Wednesday. To give, click here and encourage your friends and family to do the same, by using the hashtag #help1family on social media.

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) – Gov. Henry McMaster has signed a bill designed to stabilize South Carolina’s pension system for public workers.

The Republican governor called the law signed Tuesday “just the first step of many” needed to secure long-term stability. He’s particularly disappointed it doesn’t address moving new hires to a defined contribution plan such as a 401K.

Under the law, employers and their workers will pay more starting July 1. But workers’ rates won’t rise again, while their taxpayer-supported employers will pay increasingly more through 2022.

Legislators have already pledged more changes are coming. A House-Senate study panel is set to start meeting next month on the next round.

Its co-chairman, Rep. Bill Herbkersman, has said other possibilities to explore include closing the system to employers that aren’t state agencies and school districts.

Columbia, SC (WOLO)–Richland County deputies say they arrested Berrino McClary for indecent exposure.

 Deputies were notified on April 4 about a man exposing  himself in the parking lot of Muv Fitness in the Village of Sandhills.

This isn’t McClary’s only indecent exposure charge.

He was also charged in a similar incident by the Columbia Police Dept.

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CLEMSON, S.C. (CAC) – Reed Rohlman upped his hitting streak to 19 games by going 3-for-3 with a homer, two doubles and three RBIs in No. 3 Clemson’s 7-2 win over College of Charleston at Doug Kingsmore Stadium on Tuesday night. The Tigers (34-8) won both games of the home-and-home season series over the Cougars (20-21).

 
Rohlman started the scoring with an RBI double in the first inning, then Seth Beer added a run-scoring single in the opening frame. After the Cougars tied the score with two runs in the top of the second inning, Clemson responded with two runs in the bottom of the second inning, capped by Rohlman’s run-scoring double. The Tigers added single runs in the fourth and fifth innings, then Rohlman, who tallied his fourth three-hit game in a row, blasted his fourth homer of the year to lead off the seventh inning.
 
Tiger starter Tyler Jackson (7-1) earned the win, as he gave up eight hits, two runs and one walk with four strikeouts in 7.0 innings pitched. Tucker White (1-5) suffered the loss for College of Charleston, the school where Tiger head coach Monte Lee played and served as head coach.
 
The Tigers travel to Chapel Hill, N.C., to take on No. 3 North Carolina in a three-game series starting Friday at 6:30 p.m., on ACC Network Extra.

COLUMBIA, SC – Gabriel Llanes was very sharp for the Fireflies in his fourth start of the season. The righty lasted six innings and hasn’t allowed a walk in his last two outings (13 innings). Asheville outlasted Columbia 2-0 (11 innings) in just two hours and 28 minutes.

The first nine frames were played in less than two hours and it was Columbia’s (11-9) first extra-inning game of the season. Asheville (10-10) tallied both of its runs in the top of the 11th. Jacob Bosiokovic led off with a double. With Max George at the plate, Bosiokovic scored on a passed ball that went between Brandon Brosher’s legs. The Tourists added their second run on a suicide squeeze from Jose Gomez.

Joel Huertas (L, 0-1) logged five innings for the Fireflies out of the bullpen – the longest by a reliever this year. The southpaw was the only arm used in relief. Asheville’s Alejandro Requena pitched eight innings and had nine strikeouts. J.D. Hammer (W, 3-0) paved the way with two shutout innings for the Tourists.

Columbia produced just four hits and did not have one after the fifth inning. Tim Tebow registered his third double of the season in the second frame. The Fireflies had a chance with two runners on base in the third inning. Tebow hit into a rare double play, which ended the stanza. Dash Winningham rounded third base too far and was caught in between bases. Moments later, Reed Gamache attempted to take third and was thrown out.

The Fireflies aim to take the three-game series on Wednesday morning against the Tourists. First pitch is set for 11:05 a.m. at Spirit Communications Park. Right-hander Merandy Gonzalez (3-0, 0.00) makes his fourth start for Columbia. Righty Brandon Gold (1-1, 3.18) is scheduled to start for Asheville.

You can listen to the action on ESPN Columbia 94.9 FM and 1230 AM, ColumbiaFireflies.com and the TuneIn Radio app Starting at 10:45 a.m.

CHARLESTON (USC SID) Coastal Carolina allowed four runs in the first inning, but settled down and scored nine unanswered before allowing two runs in the ninth to claim a 9-6 victory over region rival The Citadel Tuesday evening at Riley Park.

After allowing the home run in the first to go down 4-0, Anthony Veneziano retired 14 straight with five strikeouts and no walks before exiting after five innings. Overall, CCU pitchers would retire 16 in a row after the home run and 24 of their next 28 through the eighth inning.  On the flip side, the CCU offense pounded out 14 hits with eight Chants getting at least one hit in the win – six getting two hits each.

Billy Cooke, Kevin Woodall Jr., Wood Myers, Peyton Isaacson, Dalton Ewing and Seth Lancaster each had two hits with Woodall, who had two doubles, driving in three and Isaacson getting two RBI. Jordan Gore scored a game-high three runs.

Bobby Holmes came in for Veneziano and picked up the win to improve to 3-3. The junior allowed one hit and one walk with three strikeouts.

The Citadel raced out to a 4-0 lead in the bottom of the first. Jonathan Sabo and Bryce Leasure had back-to-back singles. William Kinney followed with an RBI double. Joe Sabatini cleared the bases with a three-run home run go the early 4-0 lead.

Coastal answered with a run in the top of the second. Myers singled, stole second and scored on an RBI single by Isaacson.

While Veneziano was putting up zeros, the Chants were able to tie the game, 4-4, in the fifth. Lancaster doubled to right-center field and later scored on an RBI single to center by Cooke. After a walk to Gore, Woodall welcomed new Citadel pitcher Aaron Lesiak with a two-run double off the centerfield wall, scoring both Cooke and Gore.

In the seventh, Coastal took its first lead. Cooke hit a one-out double and Gore was hit by a pitch. After an out, Myers walked to load the bases. Kieton Rivers then delivered a sharp single to right field to bring home Cooke and put CCU on top 5-4. Isaacson ran the count full before drawing a walk to force home Gore to put the Chants up two.

In the bottom of the seventh, Bobby Holmes allowed a leadoff triple but rallied to strikeout the next three to leave the runner stranded.

Coastal rode that positive momentum into the top of the eighth, scoring twice for an 8-4 lead. Lancaster walked to start the frame and moved to second on a Matt Beaird sacrifice bunt. Two batters later, Gore lined a single back up the middle to bring home Lancaster. Then, for the second time, Woodall doubled to drive in Gore.

The Chanticleers padded their advantage in the ninth. Isaacson and Ewing had back-to-back singles. Lancaster followed with an RBI single off the left-center field wall for a 9-4 cushion.

The Bulldogs tacked on two runs in the bottom of the ninth to provide the 9-6 final.

Coastal Carolina will return home to face Sun Belt foe Troy for a three-game weekend set. Game times are 6 pm Friday, 2 pm Saturday and 1 pm Sunuday.

COLUMBIA, S.C. (WOLO) – Advocates met Tuesday to reinforce their call to add South Carolina to the list of almost 30 states that have passed comprehensive medical marijuana legislation.

Lawmakers from both sides of the political aisle expressed their desire to make it happen in 2018. A House panel advanced its version of the South Carolina Compassionate Care Act, back in February. The Senate did not bring up its version of the bill this year, but lead sponsor Tom Davis says they’ve provided testimony. Now, he says, it’s about crafting a thorough piece of legislation.

“This session has not been a failure, this session has moved the ball down the field considerably,” Davis said.

Janel Ralph made the drive to Columbia from Myrtle Beach. Her daughter Harmony has a rare genetic condition – she’s missing the whole top layer of her brain.

“She was on hospice three years ago, and the told us there was nothing they could do for her,” Ralph said, “and that’s when we started researching cannabis. Once we found it, it changed her life drastically.”

The group that hosted the news conference, Compassionate SC, says it will hold informational meetings until lawmakers reconvene, to continue educating South Carolinians about the benefits of the drug.

 

COLUMBIA, SC (WOLO)– The USC Women’s Basketball team was honored Tuesday at the State House for their National Championship win.

The team, along with head coach Dawn Staley were given the accolades during a special assembly at the State House.

Tuesday was also declared Gamecock Women’s Basketball Day.

Head Coach Dawn Staley also received the Order of the Silver Crescent Award from Governor Henry McMaster.

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