David Travis Bland, The State Newspaper

David Travis Bland

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Columbia, SC, United States

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  • The State Newspaper
  • Durham Herald-Sun
  • Rock Hill Herald
  • newsobserver.com
  • MercedSunStar
  • Bradenton Herald
  • McClatchyDC
  • The Island Packet

Past articles by David:

Woman jailed, snake released in carjacking that used reptile as weapon, police say

Greenville police identified Hilmary Moreno-Berrios as the suspect in a carjacking in which a snake was thrown at the victim, cops said. GPD said Berrios stole the car then drove into a pole vaulting event. → Read More

Why does the suspect in this SC police sketch look just like rapper DMX?

SC Police used a picture of DMX to make a suspect sketch after a witness said the two looked similar. The suspect is connected to an attempted murder shooting on Blossom Street. DMX is not a suspect. → Read More

Woman used a snake to steal car, SC police say. She then drove into pole vaulting site

A woman used a snake to steal a vehicle and then drove in the site of the Liberty Bridge Jump Off on Main St in downtown Greenville, SC police say. The woman crashed into another car before police arrested her. → Read More

Woman used a snake to steal car, SC police say. She then drove into pole vaulting site

A woman used a snake to steal a vehicle and then drove in the site of the Liberty Bridge Jump Off on Main St in downtown Greenville, SC police say. The woman crashed into another car before police arrested her. → Read More

SC woman who police say left her child in car on 99 degree day out of jail

Jennifer Wise bonded out of jail after being arrested with leaving her infant daughter in a car alone on a hot day while she was in Walmart in Florence County, SC, police say. She was charged with neglect → Read More

Federal authorities in SC get high marks for pursuing human trafficking, report says

The Federal Human Trafficking Report shows how federal authorities are doing in South Carolina in pursuing and convicting human trafficking. The state ranks high in restitution and new cases of sex trafficking → Read More

Is disorderly conduct worse than drug possession? SC law used to kind of say it was

SC representative Seth Rose and Micah Caskey sponsored a bill that allows disorderly conduct charges to be removed from a first-time offenders’ records under the conditional discharge program. → Read More

Marcus Lattimore just got the key to this SC city

Marcus Lattimore was presented the key to the city of Conway by Mayor Barbara Bellamy in June. Lattimore called the honor humbling and said he loved SC. Lattimore is a former USC Gamecock football running back → Read More

Woman and Richland deputy assaulted by man in Forest Acres, police say

Timothy Cooper was charged with domestic violence and assaulting an officer while resisting arrest after a Richland sheriff’s deputy said he hit a woman. Cooper also assaulted the deputy, police said. → Read More

She ran drugs, money for inmate dealers. SC teen’s mom says she’s more than that story

Kerrie Edgerley’s abduction made headlines in 2018. Now, she pleaded guilty to her part in an Aiken County drug ring, feds said. Edgerley’s mother defenders her daughter, saying she’s better than her portrayal. → Read More

Suspect denied bond in collision that left Lexington deputy severely injured

A judge denied bond to Michael Nichols in a felony DUI that left a Lexington deputy injured. Police accused Nichols of crossing into the wrong lane, hitting Roy Hall. A fundraiser for Hall was organized. → Read More

She ran drugs, money for inmate dealers. SC teen’s mom says she’s more than that story

Kerrie Edgerley’s abduction made headlines in 2018. Now, she pleaded guilty to her part in an Aiken County drug ring, feds said. Edgerley’s mother defenders her daughter, saying she’s better than her portrayal. → Read More

Lexington County deputy refused a Breathalyzer and was suspended after arrest

Lexington County Sheriff’s deputy Robert Smith was arrested for DUI after failing a sobriety test and refusing a breathalyzer. He is on paid leave. Smith is charged with hitting a car when lane changing → Read More

More severe weather possible Saturday night after 2nd storm causes outages in Midlands

After a Saturday morning storm, Columbia, Richland, Lexington are dealing with power outages and downed trees. Fort Jackson was without power. This was 2nd bad storm in 3 days. More severe weather is possible → Read More

SC man who police say shot at car carrying kids arrested after Georgia SWAT standoff

Police sought Kevis Price on warrants for attempted murder in Newberry, Georgia. He was arrested after by SWAT in Gwinnett County near Atlanta. He is accused of shooting at a car with 2 children inside in May. → Read More

Columbia construction worker dies after materials fall at building site, coroner says

Lazaro Ramirez died while working at a Columbia construction site in the neighborhood of Burnside Farm. He was crushed by a pallet of supplies, Richland County Coroner Gary Watts said. OSHA was called. → Read More

SC woman arrested, left her baby in crib to die, police say

South Carolina Law Enforcement Division charged Rondasha Steward of Manning in Clarendon County with homicide by child abuse in the June 10 death of her four-month-old son. She could spend life in prison → Read More

Don’t panic. Rosewood Dairy Bar still open despite being damaged by storm

Rosewood Dairy Bar is back open after losing power following a severe storm in Columbia that brought down trees and killed one. An awning from the fried chicken and burger stand was ripped down also. → Read More

Richland coroner identifies person killed during Thursday storm

George Lebby, 61, died after a tree fell on him during a storm in Columbia, Richland County Coroner Gary Watts said. Lebby was killed in his backyard in the Earlewood community. The storm caused other damage → Read More

Children were inside when teen fired on home, Midland’s sheriff says

The Orangeburg County Sheriff’s Office charged Demondre Wright, 19, with five counts of attempted murder after a May shooting on Kings Road in which a house with children inside was struck by bullets. → Read More