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COLUMBIA, S.C. (WOLO)- Columbia Police are looking for a man they say robbed a Family Dollar at gunpoint Tuesday night.

According to police, the suspect walked into the Family Dollar at 5304 Fairfield Road around 6:30 p.m. and demanded cash.

Authorities have not disclosed the amount of money that was taken.

No injures have been reported.

To receive up to $1000 for information about the crime or if you know the identity of the suspects, citizens are encouraged to contact CRIMESTOPPERS in any of the following ways: call 888-CRIME-SC (888-274-6372), text to CRIMES (274637), and mark the beginning of the message with “TIPSC,” followed by the tip information or go to: www.midlandscrimestoppers.com, and click on the “Submit a tip” tab.


RICHLAND COUNTY S,C. (WOLO)- Investigators are piecing together clues to find the cause of an apartment fire that left 25 midlands residents without a home Monday night.

Investigators and some of the displaced residents returned the apartment complex in the 400 block of Burnside Drive on Tuesday.

Authorities said the fire started on the first floor and spread in a matter of seconds while at least 13 people were inside their homes.

“Smoke came from the vents, and the walls,” resident Latoya Davis said. “It was coming everywhere.”
 It was a scary scene for Davis who was inside her home when the fire started. She said the only thing she could do was grab her child and get out alive while flames and smoke gutted through her apartment.
“When you’re in something like this, you’re not really thinking about what you have to get, or what you really need,” Davis said crying. “We’ve got kids and at the end of the day this is where we stay and we can’t be home.”
Now 6 of the 16 apartments on Burnside Drive are completely destroyed.
“We’ve just got to start all over,” Davis said.
Residents took a second look at the aftermath on Tuesday and said they’re thankful to be alive.
“The only thing I can do is thank God that we’re alive,” Davis said. ” Material things can be replaced, but our lives can’t.”

A woman who lived on the top floor of the apartment building had to jump out of a window because of how fast the flames were coming. Two residents were taken to the hospital because of the fire, while four firefighters had to be treated on scene for dehydration.

Davis and her neighbors have been placed in hotels and are getting assistant from the American Red Cross.

BLACKSBURG, Va. (CAC) — Seth Allen hit a three-pointer with 3.8 seconds to play to lift Virginia Tech to a 71-70 victory over Clemson on Tuesday in Cassell Coliseum. Allen’s clutch three was his second of the season against the Tigers, both in one-point victories. Tech improved to 19-8 overall, 8-7 in the ACC. The loss dropped Clemson to 14-13 (4-11 in league play).

Allen finished with just eight points, but came away with the biggest shot of the night for the Hokies, who made 12-22 to continue their hot three-point streak. Zach LeDay led the Hokies with 19. Clemson featured four players in double figures, led by Marcquise Reed with 18.

A frantic first-half pace saw the Hokies make seven of their first eight attempts from three-point range. But Clemson was just as hot. After a steal by Avry Holmes, the senior converted an old-fashioned three-point play to give the Tigers a 27-21 lead. But Justin Bibbs continued his hot start, and after hitting a fallaway three, delivered a 38-36 lead for Tech. The Hokies took a 41-38 edge into the locker room after Justin Robinson knocked in free throws on an untimely foul with 10 seconds left.

Despite a poor shooting start, Clemson was able to cut the lead to one at 54-53 on a steal and conversion by Holmes. But Tech answered with back-to-back trifectas to prompt a Clemson timeout with 8:42 to play. Still ahead 63-57, the Tigers put together a 7-0 run to take their first lead of the second frame. Reed hit a three to put Clemson ahead. Bibbs again delivered an answer, this time with a three that lifted Tech to a 68-65 advantage with 2:30 to go.

Reed turned in some dramatics for the Tigers, hitting the tying three and go-ahead runner with 22 seconds left. After Tech called a timeout, Clemson’s initial defense forced a miss by Allen. But LeDay came away with the loose ball, setting up Allen’s heroics.

The Tigers return to Littlejohn Coliseum for a three-game homestand to conclude the regular season. Clemson squares off against Florida State on Saturday at noon. The game will serve as alumni weekend, where former players, coaches and staff will be honored.

Florida guard Kasey Hill (0) drives to the basket between South Carolina guards Duane Notice (10) and PJ Dozier (15) during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game Tuesday, Feb. 21, 2017, in Gainesville, Fla. (AP Photo/Matt Stamey)

GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) — KeVaughn Allen scored 26 points, a considerably better performance than his last game against South Carolina, and No. 13 Florida beat the Gamecocks 81-66 on Tuesday night.

Devin Robinson added 14 points for Florida, which won its ninth consecutive game and locked up one of the top four seeds in the upcoming Southeastern Conference Tournament. Chris Chiozza and Kasey Hill chipped in 12 and 10 points, respectively.

South Carolina (20-8, 10-5 SEC) dropped its third in a row and fourth in five games.

The Gators (23-5, 13-2) looked much more comfortable in their second game without center John Egbunu, who is out for the season with a torn ligament in his left knee. Sophomore Kevarrius Hayes finished with seven points, six rebounds and three steals.

Getting Allen going helped even more. The shooting guard made 5 of 7 shots, including 3 of 5 from 3-point range. He also made 13 of 14 from the free throw line and chipped in six rebounds and three assists.

Allen missed all three shots and scored a single point in a 57-53 loss at South Carolina a month ago. An even bigger issue for the Gators that day was missing all 17 shots from 3-point range, the first time they went scoreless from behind the arc since 1992.

Allen made sure it didn’t happen again. He swished his first 3 of the game on Florida’s opening possession.

South Carolina trailed by 12 points in the first half, but used a 17-2 run to take the lead. Coach Frank Martin gambled by putting leading scorer Sindarius Thornwell back in the game with two fouls.

Thornwell led the Gamecocks with 23 points and 10 rebounds. Duane Notice added 16 points.

Florida pulled away in the second half with a barrage of 3s. It started with Allen’s swish from the top of the key. Justin Leon hit two from the corner, and Robinson made two. The Gators finished 9 of 19 from behind the arc. They also hit 22 of 27 from the free throw line.


South Carolina: The Gamecocks need to win out and have Florida lose three in a row to get one of the top two seeds in the league’s tournament. If not, they likely will have to face Kentucky or the Gators in the semifinals in Nashville, Tennessee.

Florida: The Gators can move considerably closer to clinching the top seed in Nashville with a win at Kentucky on Saturday. Regardless of what happens at Rupp Arena, though, Florida has improved its chances of landing a top-four seed in the NCAA Tournament and opening play in nearby Orlando.


South Carolina: After consecutive road games, Gamecocks return home to play Tennessee on Saturday.

Florida: Gators conclude a huge week by playing at No. 11 Kentucky on Saturday, a game that could decide the league’s regular-season champion and top seed in the SEC Tournament.

COLUMBIA, S.C. (USC SID) – Alex Destino and Jacob Olson each homered and fourth ranked South Carolina scored five runs in the first five innings on the way to a 5-4 victory over Charlotte on Tuesday night at Founders Park. The Gamecocks improve to 3-1 with Charlotte dropping to 2-2 on the season.

Senior right-hander Colie Bowers earned the win in relief and is 1-0 on the year. He threw two scoreless innings with no walks and one strikeout. Junior right-hander Tyler Johnson closed out the contest in 1.1 innings and struck out a pair to earn his first save of the season.

Despite not recording a hit, South Carolina took a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first after TJ Hopkins stole third base and made it home on a wild pitch. Charlotte answered in the top of the second when T.J. Nichting led off with a single to right field, advanced on a throwing error and went on to score to tie the game at 1-1.

The Gamecocks took a 2-1 lead in the bottom of the second when Jacob Olson launched his first home run for the Garnet and Black.

The 49ers went ahead 3-2 after Brett Netzer led off in the top of the third with a double to right center and Nichting knocked him in with a double to left field followed by a groundout by Drew Ober to score Jackson Mims.

The Gamecocks regained the lead in the fifth inning with three runs to go ahead 5-3.  Justin Row tied the game at 3-3 for Carolina in the bottom of the fifth with a double to left field to score Carlos Cortes, who got on base with a double to center. Alex Destino followed with a  two-run homer to right field to give the Gamecocks a two-run advantage.

Charlotte put a run on the board with three singles by Zack Smith, Reece Hampton and Netzer in the top of the ninth, but with runners on the corners and one out, Johnson reared back and struck out Jackson Mims and coaxed a fielder’s choice off the bat of T.J. Nichting to preserve the Carolina victory.

The three-run third inning, highlighted by Destino’s two-run homer, gave the Gamecocks the cushion they needed on the way to a 5-4 win over Charlotte.

Eight of nine Gamecock starters had at least one hit on the way to an 11-hit afternoon.

•  Danny Blair has hit safely in all four games this season for the Gamecocks.
• Jacob Olson recorded his first career home run as a Gamecock and the first home run of the season for South Carolina.
• Riley Hogan notched his first career hit for South Carolina. Hogan went 2-for-4 on the day with two singles.

Head Coach Chad Holbrook
“We knew Charlotte was a really good team coming in, and they certainly were very impressive to me. Offensively they returned four hitters that hit .355 last year and added a couple of newcomers that were impressive as well. We’re lucky to get out of here with a win. I’ll certainly take it. We made it a little harder than we wanted to or needed to because of lack of execution a little bit offensively. We didn’t really do a nice job, particularly on one play on defense. But all in all, I was tickled for Colie Bowers, Sawyer [Bridges], Brandon Murray and Tyler [Johnson] there at the end.  It’s good to be in these kind of games because we’re going to be in a lot of them all year long and it was good that we found a way to win. For that I’m happy, but we have to play better. I certainly can make a few better decisions along the way as well. But all in all, it’s a good win. We’ll take it and move on to another challenge on Thursday.”

The Gamecocks are back in action on Thursday, Feb. 23 as they host Kansas State at 4 p.m. Founders Park. It will be broadcast live on SEC Network +.  The game can be heard on the Gamecock IMG Network including flagship station, 107.5 FM, “The Game.”

Orangeburg, S.C. (Claflin) —The Claflin University baseball team fought hard but came up just short, falling to Armstrong Atlantic University, 8-6, in a non-conference contest Tuesday at Historic Mirmow Field in Orangeburg.

Claflin falls to 1-11 overall while Armstrong Atlantic improves to 10-2 on the season.

The Pirates scored two runs in the first, one run in the second, three in the third and two in the fourth, to jump out to an 8-0 lead heading into the bottom of the fourth.

The Panthers got on the scoreboard in the bottom of the fourth as a sacrifice fly by Johnny Stevenson scored Rashad Bivens from third.

That run appeared to be the surge Claflin needed.

The Panthers held Armstrong Atlantic scoreless over the final five innings and put up one run in the fifth and four in the eighth to cut the deficit to two, 8-6.

Claflin had a couple of opportunities in the bottom of the ninth but could not capitalize, falling by the two run margin.

Reginald Rogers went 2-for-3 with one run and Silvaris Hooks, Jr., came off the bench to go 1-for-2 with a run for the Panthers.

Armstrong Atlantic was led by Ryan Patterson who went 2-for-4 with one run and three RBIs and Chandler Corley who went 3-for-5 with a run and two RBIs.

The Panthers will return to action this weekend when they host Bluefield State in a three game non-conference series beginning Saturday with a 1 p.m. doubleheader.

FLORENCE, S.C. (AP) (WOLO) -The man accused of plotting a Dylann Roof like attack appeared in Federal Court Tuesday.

29 year old Benjamin McDowell waived his right to a bond hearing. McDowell appeared before a judge Tuesday.

A lawyer for McDowell told the federal judge that the McDowell didn’t want a preliminary hearing where the judge would decide if the government did have enough evidence to charge him.

COLUMBIA, S.C (WOLO)- Leaders of businesses like Nephron Pharmaceuticals, BW Mitchum and Michelin North America say they unanimously stand behind House Bill 3516 which lays out a funding plan to fix state roads.

Michelin North America President Pete Selleck feels like the plan provides a solution for the long haul. “The house bill gives us a plan that is sufficient and sustainable in terms of the amount of money that is going to be applied to the roads and it’s sustainable over the long term. There may be other solutions as well as it goes to the Senate but that’s a tremendous place to start,” said Selleck.
If passed, leaders said this will be the first gas tax increase for the state in 30 years.

House Minority Leader Todd Rutherford said increasing the tax by two cents every year for five years will not provide enough funding.

“It’s not enough. It’s clearly not enough and this is just not me saying it, the department of transportation will tell you we need more money. We’ve got to have more money. We’ve got a 40 billion dollar shortfall with our roads and we’ve got to fix them and fix them right now. We’re not doing so,” said Rutherford.

Governor McMaster requested $5 billion in federal funding for infrastructure but legislators like Rutherford and House Majority Leader Gary Simrill said our state can not afford to wait on government aid.

They hope the bill will have enough votes to pass in the house and senate soon. Leaders say that bill will be debated sometime next week.

The warm weather will continue for the rest of the week.

COLUMBIA, SC (WOLO)– Gas prices at the pump have jumped a little this week.

According to Gas Buddy, prices have jumped early 2 cents, with the Midlands average at $2.01 per gallon.

ABC Columbia spotted gas as low as $1.93 off Bush River Road.

The national average is $2.27 per gallon.


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