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Building Evacuated After Chemical Spill

A frightening scene on Millwood Avenue in Columbia Tuesday. That’s where Deputy Fire Chief Aubrey Jenkins tells ABC Columbia News haz mat crews had to evacuate the Pinous and Loomis Law Firm, after eight ounces of chloroform was spilled inside. Jenkins says one person was treated on site. We will have more information as it becomes available. Related Existing home…

Chase Leads to Death

A high speed chase lead to a death in Lee County Monday. Sheriff E.J. Melvin says just after 8:00 last night deputies clocked a driver from North Carolina at 99 miles an hour on I-20. A chase ensued and Sheriff Melvin says it reached speeds of up to 140 miles an hour before the driver crashed into several trees in…

ESC Sends Out Duplicate Checks

If you got a second unemployment check this month, its not your lucky day. Tre Taylor with the Employment Security Commission tells ABC Columbia News that due to a programming error about 150 duplicate checks were sent out. If you received one of these checks, Taylor says they can be returned in the mail or dropped off at any Employment…

Federal Govt. Cracks Down on Poultry Co.

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) _ Federal prosecutors are giving a SouthCarolina poultry plant facing immigration violations two years toget in line with federal practices. U.S. Attorney Walt Wilkins said Tuesday that Columbia Farms,Inc., had also agreed to pay the government $1.5 million to settlepending claims against the company. Two accused employees willenter a supervised program aimed at clearing them of charges….

Fugitive Pleads Guilty to Shooting Officer

(AP) _ Federal prosecutors say a South Carolinaman is facing a possible 30-year prison sentence after admitting toshooting a law enforcement officer. Authorities say 30-year-old Terrell Mallard pleaded guilty toattempting to kill a federal officer and other charges Tuesday. Investigators say Mallard was hiding in a locked bathroom in aCharleston area home in February when federal and local officerscame to…

Gov. Debate Preview

Tuesday night Republican and Democratic candidates for governor are squaring off in a one-of-a-kind debate. According to SCETV, it’s the first time both Democrats and Republicans have debated on the same stage before the June primary. For a debate preview, click on the video player under the “News” section. You can also tune in to the debate. It will air…

Irmo Voters: Yes to Sunday Beer Sales

Many Irmo residents have a reason to toast. A landmark decision at the polls Tuesday, will allow the retail sale of beer and wine on Sundays. Just over 700 voters cast their ballot: 499 voted in favor; 212 voted against. Supporters believe the decision will be an instant economic boost and level the playing field between convenience and grocery stores…

Missing Couple Declared Dead

HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C. (AP) _ A judge has declared a SouthCarolina couple missing for more than a year and a half dead asfamily members plan a public memorial in Georgia. The Island Packet of Hilton Head reported Tuesday that a judgedeclared John and Elizabeth Calvert deceased during a hearing inGeorgia last month. Authorities say the Calverts were last seen…

Missing Inmate Apprehended in North Carolina

(AP) _ Authorities say a 42-year-old man whowalked away from a minimum-security South Carolina prison turnedhimself in a day later in North Carolina. State Corrections Department spokesman Josh Gelinas says VernonEdward Gardner was apprehended about 5 p.m. Tuesday in Lumberton,N.C. That’s about 170 miles from the Coastal Pre-Release Center inCharleston. Officials realized he was missing Monday afternoon. Gardner began serving…

Culliver Out, Spurrier Sensitive

A sensitive Steve Spurrier defended his team and announced a suspension at his weekly press conference. Junior safety Chris Culliver won’t make the trip to Arkansas this weekend. Spurrier is punishing his starter for not disclosing a shoulder injury that caused him to miss several tackles against Tennessee. Spurrier said he talked with the team about keeping injuries from the…