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New SC Law Requires Officer Training on Mental Illness

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) – A new law requires every police officer in South Carolina to be trained in recognizing mental illness and de-escalating confrontations with people who are manic, not malicious. State Law Enforcement Division Chief Mark Keel says officers increasingly encounter people with mental health issues and need to be able to “see it for what it is.” The…

SLED: Armed Man Wounded by Newberry Officers

NEWBERRY, SC (WOLO)–The South Carolina Law Enforcement division is investigating a shooting of an armed man by two police officers in Newberry. State Law Enforcement spokesman Thom Berry says the two Newberry Officers heard gunshots and found a man on a nearby street.  Berry says the initial reports showed the man fired at the officers, the officers then returned fire….

Exclusive Series: SLED Takes Strong Stand Against Medical Marijuana

The chief of SLED opposes a bill that would legalize medical marijuana in South Carolina.

COLUMBIA, S.C. (WOLO) – The road to legalizing medical marijuana in South Carolina stops abruptly at the doorstep of law enforcement in the state. S.C. Law Enforcement Division (SLED) Chief Mark Keel has been a steadfast opponent to the idea. “This is still a federally prohibited schedule one controlled substance,” Keel said, “it’s an illegal drug.” 28 states and the…

SLED Investigating After Orangeburg County Deputy Fired

ORANGEBURG, S.C. (AP) – The State Law Enforcement Division is investigating after an Orangeburg County sheriff’s deputy was fired after a woman said he forced her to perform a sex act. Sheriff Leroy Ravenell released a statement to media outlets Sunday saying the deputy was fired June 13 when the allegation came to his attention. SLED spokesman Thom Berry confirms…

Inmate Charged with Threatening Judge

FAIRFIELD COUNTY, S.C. (WOLO) — A South Carolina inmate has been charged with threatening a judge and deputy sheriff following an incident that occurred in September 2015. 30-year-old Marvin Workman, was  charged with two counts of Threatening Life, Person or Family of a Public Employee. Records indicate that Workman threatened to kill Judge Brian McDowell Gibbons and Deputy Oren Gadson during…

Police: Ga. Couple Steals $2M from SC Dealership

HARDEEVILLE, S.C. (AP) — South Carolina state police say a Georgia couple stole nearly $2 million from a car dealership in Hardeeville. Arrest warrants from the State Law Enforcement Division say 54-year-old Deanne Ogden and her 56-year-old husband David stole the money for seven years from O.C. Welch Ford Lincoln. Police say Deanne Ogden was the assistant comptroller for the…