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Discipline crossed the line

...policeman displayed a bygone era where physical force was the norm.Thank goodness this is no longer the case, and Richland County Sheriff Leon Lott was correct in firing the officer. The officer's actions were disgraceful, distasteful and disgusting...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/opinion/letters/2015-11-15/discipline-crossed-line
Ex-SC House member indicted for misconduct after sexual harassment claim

...House staffer, South Carolina's top prosecutor announced Monday.According to Attorney General Alan Wilson, the Richland County Grand Jury last month indicted the Surfside Beach Republican on a charge of misconduct in office after an investigation...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/news/2015-11-02/ex-sc-house-member-indicted-miscond
Sheriff fires deputy for tossing teen across classroom floor

...by her classmates show the girl posed no danger to anyone."What he should not have done is throw the student," Richland County Sheriff Leon Lott said. "Police officers make mistakes too. They're human and they need to be held accountable...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/news/2015-10-28/sheriff-fires-deputy-tossing-teen-a
South Carolina School district bans officer after video shows him tossing student across classroom floor

...authorities investigate his handling of the female student, Richland County sheriff's Lt. Curtis Wilson said.The video shows...her hands behind her back and applied handcuffs.Richland County Sheriff Leon Lott said the video shows the officer removing...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/news/metro/2015-10-26/south-carolina-school-distric
Homeowners across South Carolina face big bills to fix dams following historic flood

...dams before they breached.Across the state, 75 dams are under emergency repair orders ? 28 of them in hard-hit Richland County, where floodwaters busted through or spilled over a series of earthen dams built decades ago along Gills Creek...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/news/metro/2015-10-26/homeowners-across-south-carol
Lack of flood insurance hurts in SC disaster's aftermath

...he will have to take to get financial aid to help him rebuild.In the meantime, he is staying with friends.In Richland County, among the hardest hit by the flooding, there are only about 1,500 National Flood Insur ance Program policies...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/news/metro/2015-10-16/lack-flood-insurance-hurts-sc
South Carolina traffic deaths pass 2014 totals with nearly three months left in year

...our interstate highways."Those designated 16 areas include high-traffic areas near U.S. 1 and S.C. 48 in Richland County, U.S. 301 in Orangeburg County and I-26 in Lexington, Berkeley and Charleston counties, among others.Bianca...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/news/crime-courts/2015-10-09/south-carolina-traffic
Receding waters engage new floods

...divers later found the bodies of two men, authorities said.The workers were in town to repair washed out tracks.Richland County Sheriff Leon Lott said officers have located the cars belonging to several other missing people."I'm fearing...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/news/metro/2015-10-07/receding-waters-engage-new-fl
SC roads hit hard by powerful storm

...veered out to sea.The latest death reported was a woman killed when her SUV was swept into floodwaters in Columbia. Richland County Coroner Gary Watts said the woman's body was found Sunday afternoon, about 12 hours after she disappeared near...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/news/weather/2015-10-04/sc-roads-hit-hard-powerful-
SC man died after choking on bag of marijuana, authorities say

COLUMBIA, S.C. - Authorities say a man from Richland County died after he choked on a bag of marijuana after a...family took him off life support on Sept. 6.The Richland County Sheriff's Office said McDaniels and another man...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/news/2015-09-12/sc-man-died-after-choking-bag-marij