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Police Search for Man in USC Armed Robbery

(COLUMBIA, S.C.) -- Police are searching for a man wanted for armed robbery on the campus of the University of South Carolina.

Police say Kevin Rick Oneal approached a person walking on the USC Horseshoe, then confronted the victim with a gun and demanded money.

The suspect was last seen approaching the Five Points area of Columbia.

Oneal is described as a black man with a goatee, and was wearing a grey T-shirt, khaki pants, and green and white tennis shoes.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the police.

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Man Wanted in Charleston Robbery

(CHARLESTON, S.C.) -- Authorities are searching for a man wanted for robbery in Charleston.

The Charleston Police Department reports early Friday morning, a man stole several soap products from the Family Dollar at 1015 King Street.

Police say the suspect is described as a thin black man who stands at about 5 feet 6 to 5 feet 9 inches tall.

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State Museum Invests $23 Million in Renovation, Expansion 

(COLUMBIA, S.C.) -- The South Carolina State Museum announced a $23 million investment for its recent expansion and renovation at the downtown Columbia facilities.

The project, called "Windows to New Worlds," adds three major elements, according to the state Department of Parks, Recreation & Tourism.

The expansion includes the Boeing Observatory, complete with a refracting telescope; the BlueCross BlueShield of South Carolina Planetarium; and the Rev. Dr. Solomon Jackson, Jr. 4-D Theater. A new lobby will also be featured, along with a museum store and cafe.

The additions are expected to make the museum be at the "cutting edge of education, particularly science, technology, engineering, and mathematics," according to officials.

“What we have built represents a quantum leap forward for South Carolina in the areas of cultural tourism, recreation and, especially, education,” said Willie Calloway, executive director, South Carolina State Museum. “Our new facility is building opportunity -- opportunity for students to thrive, opportunity for our economy to grow and opportunity for our guests to be entertained in new ways.”

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State Highway Patrol Seeks Help in Fatal Hit-and-Run Investigation

(COLUMBIA, S.C.) -- The South Carolina Highway Patrol is asking for the public's assistance in a deadly hit-and-run investigation.

The unidentified victim was killed Tuesday evening on Trojan Road near Fryes Lane in Berkeley County, according to officials.

Law enforcement is on the lookout for a car with passenger side damage. The vehicle may also have headlight, fender, and side mirror damage, officials announced Wednesday. The make and model are unknown.

Anyone with information on the incident or vehicle of interest is asked to contact law enforcement at 843-953-6010 or 800-768-1506.

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Police Investigating Burglary, Aggravated Assault in Charleston

(CHARLESTON, S.C.) -- Police in Charleston are investigating a  burglary and aggravated assault that occurred early Wednesday morning.

The Charleston Police Department says a woman came to the door of an apartment and said she was looking for someone. When the victim said he didn't know the person, a man appeared armed with a knife and the two suspects forced their way into the apartment.

The victim then yelled to his roommates to flee. The suspects then reportedly assaulted the victim and robbed the apartment.

The victim said he noticed another suspect, a man armed with a gun, also inside the apartment during the robbery.

The victim then fled and called police.  He was not seriously injured.

Anyone with information is asked to call the police.

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