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SC Early Autism Project pays $8.8 Million to Settle False Claims

Columbia, S.C. (WOLO)–South Carolina’s largest provider of behavioral therapy for children with autism is paying the federal government $8.8 million to settle fraud allegations. After an investigation the US Attorney’s Office says the EAP submitted false claims to Tricare and the South Carolina Medicaid programs for therapy services for children with autism. Officials say those services were misrepresented, or not…

Former DJJ Employee Sentenced for Hog-Tying Inmates

Columbia, S.C. (WOLO)– A former lieutenant with the Department of Juvenile Justice will spend a year in prison after pleading guilty to hog-tying two inmates for making too much noise. According to the US Attorney’s Office, Nicole Samples was sentenced Thursday for depriving the teens of their civil rights. Prosecutors say in January of 2017 Samples ordered guards to tie…

21 Displaced Following Apartment Fire

Courtesy:@ColaFire Forest Acres, S.C. (WOLO)– 21 people including seven children are out of their home after fire tore through an apartment complex. A spokesperson for the Columbia Fire Department says it happened around 10PM Wednesday night at the Landings apartment complex in Forest Acres. No injuries were reported and the cause remains unknown at this time. The Red Cross is…

Blythewood Warning Residents About Coyotes

Photo Courtesy: Town of Blythewood Blythewood, S.C. (WOLO)– Officials in Blythewood are warning neighbors to be on the lookout for coyotes. According to the Blythewood Town Hall’s Facebook page, a pack of coyotes has been seen in Cobblestone by the ponds and meadows over the last several days. Officials say to make sure to bring in your pets at night…

School District eliminating snow days

File Anderson County, S.C. (AP) –  Snow days will soon be a thing of the past in one Upstate school district. According to the Anderson Independent Mail, Anderson School District 5 will be the first in the state to replace snow days with e-learning days. In those cases, when the roads are too icy for buses teachers will send assignments…

Mother Pleads Guilty to Killing Daughter With Salt

Spartanburg Co., S.C. (AP)–An Upstate woman pleaded guilty to killing her 17 month old daughter with salt to try to convince her husband to come home. Spartanburg prosecutor Barry Barnette says 25 year old Kimberly Martines was sentenced Wednesday to 30 years in prison. Emergency responders found the girl severely dehydrated on July 31st of last year, she died three…

Suspect Sought in Springdale Armed Robbery

Springdale, S.C. (WOLO)–Springdale Police are looking for a man they say robbed the Quick Trip 3 Mobile Gas Station Wednesday morning. Investigators say they responded to the Platt Springs Rd. business around 11:30 am in reference to an armed robbery. According to police just after 11am a man entered the gas station, presented a firearm, and demanded money from the…

Deputies Seeking Suspect in Swansea Shooting

Lexington Co., S.C. (WOLO)–Deputies in Lexington Co. are searching for a suspect in a Wednesday night shooting in Swansea. Investigators say Charlie Robinson of Gilbert is wanted in connection with the shooting death of Robert All on Toole Smith Rd. If you know where Robinson is call the Lexington Co. Sheriff’s Dept. or Crimestoppers at 1-888-CRIME-SC.