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Local Updates from ABC News Radio for Columbia.

Monday
Oct202014

Two Men Wanted in Radcliffe Place Robbery

(CHARLESTON, S.C.) -- Police are on the lookout for two men wanted in connection to a Radcliffe Place robbery.

The 22-year-old victim told Charleston Police she was robbed outside her home at 21 Radcliffe Place just before 3 a.m. Sunday.

Two unknown black men allegedly approached the woman as she was entering her residence, with one pointing a firearm-shaped object at her and demanding her purse.

The victim told officials there was a small struggle over her property, and the suspect pressed the object against her face while the other struck her arm to loosen her grip on the purse.

Both men fled on foot toward Radcliffe.

The suspects are described as being between 16 and 19 years old, both approximately 6'0" with thin builds. One had dreadlocks while the other suspect had a buzz cut.

Anyone with information is asked to contact local law enforcement.


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Friday
Oct172014

Medical University of SC Held Drills to Prepare for Ebola Patients

(COLUMBIA, S.C.) -- The Medical University of South Carolina announced Thursday that it has held extensive drills to prepare properly for any Ebola patients.

A team of doctors reportedly volunteered at the Columbia facility to make sure they were prepared.

Chief Quality Officer Dr. Danielle Shore said at a news conference, "We are using our existing infrastructure for planning in conjunction with our subject matter experts here on site. We are watching very closely recommendations from the CDC and the World Health Organization and we're very diligent about applying all of those recommendations in real time."


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Thursday
Oct162014

Police Looking for Armed Robber in Bluffton

Bluffton Police Department(BLUFFTON, S.C.) -- Authorities are looking for an armed man who robbed a gas station in Bluffton.

The Bluffton Police Department says the robbery took place on September 1 at the Parker's gas station, located at 6200 Jennifer Court.

The weapon was described as a shotgun.

Anyone with information is urged to call Detective M. Mayers at 843-706-4550.


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Wednesday
Oct152014

Authorities Investigating Shooting in Seabrook

(SEABROOK, S.C.) -- Authorities are still investigating a Sunday night shooting in Seabrook that left one man injured.

The Beaufort County Sheriff's Office reports that a 28-year-old man was a passenger in a car when he was hit in the back during a drive-by shooting.

The victim was taken to Beaufort Memorial Hospital in stable condition.

No arrests have been made. Anyone with information can call 843-255-3426.


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Tuesday
Oct142014

Restaurant Owners Get Prison Time for Tax Fraud, Illegal Hiring Practices

(CHARLESTON, S.C.) -- A Charleston couple was sentenced to prison after failing to collect and pay withholding taxes and hiring undocumented workers at their restaurant, officials said Friday.

Dao Ping Lin, 52, and Jin Xian Yang, 52, employed undocumented individuals and payed their workers under the table at Osaka Restaurant, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office.

An investigation revealed that the business' payroll paid checks to Lin's family and other legal workers, while the other employees were all paid in cash and kept off tax forms.

Lin filed false documents and under reported wages totaling $38,000.

The couple housed the undocumented workers in a residence they owned and transported the employees to and from the house via a restaurant-owned passenger van. Officials conducted surveillance and a traffic stop of the Osaka van, resulting in the arrest and deportation of five individuals.


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