Measuring Hate: Lowcountry crimes and errors uncovered

The Lowcountry is known for hospitality and friendliness, frequently named a top destination for people from all over the world to visit. Yet even here, there are violent crimes every year rooted in hatred.

  Watching Your Wallet: Experts explain the new tax code in simple terms

Live 5 Scambusters: Scammed for love and money

Charleston County School District releases cost of report on Gethers case

Untested water: 99.9 percent of foreign fish goes without testing for unsafe drugs

Gethers emails released detailing “IOU” to CCSD supervisor

CCSD responds to lawsuit from alleged Gethers victim, seeks dismissal or jury trial

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  Calculating hate: Federally mandated count leaves out untold number of crimes in America

Punishing hate: Paper tiger laws serve up little to no penalties for attackers

Live 5 Investigates: Where you are most likely to win the lottery

Multiple sex offenders found on Facebook despite ban

SC’s most powerful politicians spend Leadership PAC money on ‘lives of luxury’, watchdog group wants reform

You Paid For It: Flooding and drainage project on James Island

  Internal CCSD report details Gethers case, loan by district superior

A confidential report on a Charleston County School District employee accused of accessing child pornography on a district laptop reveals that employee owed money to a key decision maker at the district.

Additional victims allege sex abuse by former CCSD employee

A total of six alleged victims have now come forward claiming they suffered sexual abuse at the hands of a former Charleston County School District employee, according to a Charleston attorney representing four of the six.

  Live 5 Scambusters: Promise of extra cash turns into potential check fraud

If you spent more than you planned over the holidays and are looking for extra income, you need to be on high alert for scammers disguised with opportunities for quick and easy money.

Attorneys representing alleged CCSD abuse victim vow questions will be answered

Attorneys representing the third alleged victim of a Charleston County School District employee say they intend to depose people who were in positions of authority at the district to get answers about how the alleged abuse could have happened.

Watching Your Wallet: How much could you earn if you invested your coffee money?

Lawsuit details sexual assault allegations against Marvin Gethers from 3rd victim

Live 5 Investigates: More than 100 items deemed missing from Ralph H. Johnson VA Medical Center

Attorneys: CCSD breaking law by not answering public records request

Concerns raised after CCSD teacher gets moved to different school following investigation

Charleston Co. superintendent apologizes for district’s handling of Gethers case

  Watching Your Wallet: Strengthen your financial fitness before 2019

While many people think about health and wellness resolutions for the new year, financial experts recommend thinking about money goals too.

Parent of child sent home from school via Lyft sues CCSD over records

A lawsuit filed against the Charleston County School District claims it broke the law by failing to release records on an incident in which a child was sent home through a ride-hailing service.

Berkeley County releases details of former deputy supervisor’s departure

Newly-released documents in the resignation of Berkeley County’s former deputy supervisor show he threatened legal action against the county if council members voted to fire him or make “disparaging comments” about him.

Lawmakers hear from public as officials launch investigation into CCSD

Lawmakers heard from the public Monday night as they officially launch an investigation of Charleston County School District personnel policies and procedures.

Live 5 Investigates: Jailed Unjustly

Our State Supreme Court ruled in that case and court documents indicate the officer lied, making false statements in the search warrant affidavit. Officers need reliable information in order to make an arrest. It’s called probable cause.

Live 5 News Investigates: Jailed Unjustified

Hauled off to jail for a crime you didn’t commit? It has happened to dozens of people involving law enforcement across the Lowcountry.

  Date set for CCSD legislative committee to meet

In one week, state representatives and senators will meet for the first time in a newly-formed Ad Hoc committee.

Examining the transparency of South Carolina’s body camera law

Officials were optimistic that the electronic third eye would create a layer of transparency and build trust between the community and officers.However, one of the original sponsors of the bill, state Sen. Marlon Kimpson admits the law, as it was written, does not go far enough.

CCSD Investigation in Gethers case complete, report not yet released

A report produced by an attorney hired by the Charleston County School District regarding the Marvin Gethers case is done, but it will not be publicly released yet.

Inmates waiting up to four years to go to trial at taxpayers' expense

Some inmates in Lowcountry jails are waiting as long as four years to go to trial as cases continue to move slowly through the system. That’s even after a State Supreme Court order to move them more quickly.

Nuclear fallout: $15.5 billion in compensation and counting

Thousands of nuclear weapons workers are seeking compensation from a federal program that has ballooned far past initial projections - and some say they're being denied based on incorrect information.

Punched by students, dragged by their hair: Report details a year’s worth of incidents at CCSD alternative school

Newly-released documents show 26 incidents in which staff members at a Charleston County School District alternative school were injured on school grounds.

Live 5 Scambusters: Spotting a fake job scam

If you're hunting for a new job, be aware of scam artists posing as employers with enticing job offers. If the offer sounds too good to be true, it probably is.

Live 5 Scambusters: Avoiding a secret shopper scam

As holiday shopping season ramps up and people look for extra spending money, secret shopper scams are starting to pick up.

Charleston County School District releases public records requested by Live 5 News

The Charleston County School District released public records on $4.03 million in settlements the district has paid out over the past five years.

Watching Your Wallet: Company offering to help lower student debt under investigation

A company offering to help people reduce their student loan debt is now under investigation. One St. Louis woman says her debt actually increased after trying to work with the company.

Mice. Mold. Messes.

Hundreds of Americans live in deplorable rental properties and their landlord is the federal government. The properties need $50 billion in repairs. Uncle Sam now is hoping that private investors will save public housing.

Watching Your Wallet: Will Social Security be there when you retire?

Research shows many Americans are concerned with whether Social Security will be available when they retire, but many aren’t saving. NerdWallet experts help explain the realities of Social Security and what you can do.

Classrooms of chaos: Nearly 2,000 disciplinary referrals go unprocessed in CCSD school

Documents from the Charleston County School District show thousands of disciplinary reports went unprocessed for an entire school at a CCSD alternative school.

CCSD: Gethers-related emails would cost $11K to pull

In September, we asked for a copy of any CCSD emails related to the discovery and/or investigation of inappropriate material on Marvin Gethers’ computer.

Secret groups make tracking Facebook political ad origins a challenge

Facebook’s crackdown on misleading political ads continues with suspicious pages being taken down, but there are still questions about political ads that are paid for by secret groups.

Haunted Charleston: USS Yorktown

The USS Yorktown is a legendary World War II aircraft carrier docked in the Charleston Harbor. The great ship set sail in 1943 and participated in three wars.

  CCSD fails to provide public records for 7 months

The Charleston County School District failed to follow the law when it comes to turning over public information.

Charleston Co. School District under fire for failing to respond to FOIA requests

A judge ruled earlier this month that the Charleston County School District was “grossly negligent” in failing to preserve video that allegedly showed attacks on a student despite Freedom of Information Act requests to produce them.

You’re in a political ad. (But you don’t know who’s behind it)

Political organizations with shadowy origins are spending millions on Facebook ads, and some people featured in the ads don't know who the groups are either.

Haunted Charleston: Battery Carriage House Inn

While the owners have never seen the supernatural themselves – guests and employees have had some odd encounters.

Dominion/SCANA hearing one week away

One week from today, the Public Service Commission will begin a hearing that could ultimately decide how much you pay for electricity for decades.

Watching Your Wallet: Travel More, Spend Less

Brad Barrett took $4,000 Disney trip for a family of four for only $150. Seriously.

Watching Your Wallet: Budget now for holiday spending

Planning travel and shopping months in advance can pay off in the long run, financial experts say.

Every SC school district will get less money for P.E. teachers because of state law mistake

Every school district in South Carolina will get less money for Physical Education teachers this year because of a mistake in a state law proviso last year.

Report: Customers are overpaying on a quarter of all prescriptions

A new study shows patients are overpaying on prescriptions sometimes because they are using insurance, rather than paying the cash price.

SCDNR: Serious problems with Charleston’s flood program

According to the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources, there are “serious” problems with the city’s floodplain management program and regulations.

CCSD board names law firm, addresses Gethers investigation

The Charleston County School District confirmed it hired Wilbur Johnson at Young Clement Rivers Law firm to investigate how the district handled former employee Marvin Gethers.

You Paid For It: More than 100 price gouging complaints in SC so far

Hurricane Florence left more than flooding in its wake. The Attorney General’s office now has more than a hundred price gouging complaints to investigate, too.

Big Pharma was supposed to self-police fentanyl prescriptions. It failed. Patients died.

Internal documents show lax enforcement, missed opportunities by the federal government.

You can help uncover political ad targeting on Facebook

Use the Facebook Political Ad Collector to help categorize ads and understand why they are targeting you.

State lawmakers demanding answers after Live 5 CCSD Investigation

State lawmakers are considering taking action to investigate the Charleston County School District's decisions regarding an employee accused of accessing child pornography on his school laptop.

Records: CCSD promoted employee despite discovery of child porn on district laptop

Personnel documents and police records obtained by Live 5 News under the Freedom of Information Act show an employee whose district-issued laptop contained child pornography was not fired or suspended while the investigation was underway.

  Live 5 Scambusters: Scammers are targeting new Medicare cards

Medicare is taking steps to prevent fraud and fight identity theft for its members by sending out new cards. Those cards have opened the door to new scams.

Live 5 Scambusters: Mother and daughter "escape" kidnapping scam

A frightening threat to a loved one is turning out to be a gut-wrenching scam popping up around South Carolina. Imposter scams continue to be the most common cases of fraud in South Carolina.

Live 5 Scambusters: A warning from victims of jury duty scams

Lowcountry victims of an ongoing jury duty phone scam are sharing their stories to warn others and stop the scammers.

You Paid For It: Top state salaries

Who are the state's top-paid people? A look at the highest-dollar salaries in state agencies reveals 1,078 people make more than $150,000.?

Live 5 Investigates: School lunch crunch

With a new school year about to begin, school leaders know lunchrooms can rack up large lunch debts when student lunch accounts become delinquent, taking a bite out of school expenses.

Live 5 Scambusters: Scammers impersonate lottery jackpot winner

As the country waits for the winner of July's Mega Millions jackpot to claim the half-billion dollar prize, scammers are waiting too.

You Paid For It: Port access road on schedule to meet deadline

This week, construction workers hit a milestone building the Port Access Road: the project is now halfway complete.

Live 5 Investigates: Solitary for social media

Inmates like Derrick Williams, Jason Mathis, Jamaal Mack and Jose Rivera are all serving years in South Carolina prisons for crimes ranging from drug dealing to weapons charges.

Live 5 Scambusters: ‘Sextortion’ scams target online dating apps

As the world of online dating continues to grow, it's becoming a new feeding ground for scammers. About one in five people begin relationships through an online dating app.

Live 5 Scambusters: Scammers disguised as tech support

Malware and viruses are nothing new, but this week the Federal Trade Commission is warning about a scam disguised as an attack on your computer.

Former BCSD superintendent paid more than $371K to consult district

A former Berkeley County School District superintendent has been paid more than $371,000 to consult the district.

Live 5 Investigates: Law and Order at School

We checked with the seven Lowcountry-area school districts and learned that all either have full time SRO's or armed security officers at all of their high schools and their middle schools.

Live 5 Scambusters: How to spot phishing emails

As various email services work to secure your account and identity, scammers are trying to use that extra security to trick you.

Live 5 Investigates: Rare, but deadly brain-eating amoeba

On strings of hot summer days, kids head to the nearest swimming hole.

Live 5 Investigates: Hundreds of politicians not paying fines to SC Ethics Commission

Hundreds of people who run for political office to represent you owe millions of dollars in unpaid ethics fines to the state of South Carolina.

Live 5 Scambusters: Military targeted by imposter calls

July is Military Consumer Month and the Federal Trade Commission is posting weekly alerts about scams targeting service members, veterans and their families.

Live 5 Investigates: 750 deficient bridges identified across SC

On May 14, Charleston's usual rush hour traffic turned into a driving nightmare when thousands of cars came to what was essentially a standstill that stretched for miles.

Records: 41 civil rights violation cases investigated in Tri-County school districts

Tri-County school districts are among thousands across the country being investigated by the US Department of Education for alleged civil rights violations.

Live 5 Scambuster: Phone call claims to be from Berkeley Co. deputies

The Berkeley County Sheriff's Office says you may be getting a phone call that appears to be from one of it's deputies, but it won't be a real deputy on the other end of the line.

Live 5 Investigates: Solar Sales

In sunny coastal cities, solar can mean savings. But it can also ignite problems.