Orangeburg man paid $205k after leading deputies on a chase, complained of leg hurting

An Orangeburg County man who received a payment of $205,000 from a county insurance policy after leading deputies on a chase, jumped from his moving car and ran into the woods during that incident, newly-released incident reports state.

  Live 5 Scambusters: Avoiding disaster scams after Hurricane Dorian

SC authorities warn residents about property repair scams after Hurricane Dorian

  Live 5 Investigates: Baby’s photo posted by hospital worker without permission

  Live 5 Scambusters: The importance of reporting every scam

  You Paid For It: State-funded Pre-K

  Researcher sues MUSC, receives $35K settlement

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  You Paid for It: Charleston introduces ‘Bigbelly’ trash cans

  Live 5 Scambusters: Scam warning for college students as fall semester begins

  Locked Down: Inside the prison where inmates set each other on fire and gangs have more power than guards

  Woman sues police, bank for false arrest after ATM visit

  Live 5 Scambusters: Social Security is now the top target for government imposters

  You Paid For It: Community funds Back-To-School Festival in Berkeley County

Orangeburg County man paid $205k after leading police on a chase

Orangeburg County paid out $205,000 in damages and more than $56,000 in expenses to a man court records state pleaded guilty to not pulling over for police in June 2014.

  Measure of Hate documentary explores the undercounting of crimes in America

InvestigateTV shows issues with undercounting hate crimes, including the FBI failing to meet a federal mandate to report. After months of reporting on this issue, this documentary also highlights results of the investigation, including police departments amending their records.

  Live 5 Investigates: Medical records listed on auction site

The reality show Storage Wars gives you a peek at what happens when people renting storage units fail to pay the bill.In South Carolina, if a storage unit renter doesn’t pay the bill for 30 days, facilities can start the auction process.

  Live 5 Scambusters: Refunds coming to victims of tech support scam

Thousands of victims of a tech support scam are getting refund checks courtesy of the Federal Trade Commission.

  You Paid For It: New Park-And-Ride option in N. Chas

  Trident Medical allowed to add beds for psychiatric patients after paying a fine for health violation

  Watching Your Wallet: Decade-by-decade, experts help you save for retirement

You (Didn’t) Pay For It: VW Settlement funds propane school buses

  Live 5 Scambusters: Beware of fake websites targeting the Equifax settlement

  College of Charleston dealing with a shortage of public safety officers

  Tarnished badges: Officers charged with protecting us ending up charged with a crime

Over the last two years, 96 officers have been charged with a crime, 21 of them in the Lowcountry.

  You Paid For It: School grants to help trauma patients

Teachers are expected to educate students, discipline them and keep them safe.

  Discipline concerns from CCSD alternative school paint picture of what’s going on inside school walls

New plans are in the works after concerns were raised about a North Charleston alternative high school.

  You Paid For It: Berkeley County raises

Berkeley County’s Council voted to approve some big raises this year.Some employees are now getting as much as thirty and forty percent more in their paychecks.

  Detectives turn to genetic genealogy to solve cold cases, debate over the privacy of your DNA

The Beaufort County Sheriff’s Office is turning to genetic genealogy to help close some of its oldest cases, but it comes at a cost to law enforcement agencies and to your privacy, some argue.

  Live 5 Scambusters: The truth behind secret shopper scams

Secret Shopper programs are real, but scammers are using the opportunity to take your money.

  You Paid For It: Water main repairs, testing

People who live in St. George were told three times last month they needed to boil their water before drinking or cooking with it.

  Fake Filters? Companies falsely claim to have prestigious water safety certification

With water quality and safety concerns across the country, many families are turning to water filters. But there are counterfeit filters and filters carrying fake certification marks.

  Live 5 Scambusters: Scammers are 'spoofing’ bank phone numbers to send out phony alerts

Banks offer all types of fraud alerts and protection for your accounts, but scam artists are trying to use that security against you.

  Documents: Gethers was trained in child sex abuse prevention

New evidence shows the former Dunston Elementary school employee charged with molesting students was specifically trained in preventing child sexual assault.

  You Paid For It: $950k in school travel over three months

Three local school districts spent nearly a million dollars total in travel at the end of the school year.

  Untested Waters: Feds take small steps toward inspecting more seafood

The FDA has a new strategy for imported food safety, and Congress has increased seafood inspection funds. But the U.S. still lags behind some other countries when it comes to inspections and regulations.

  Charleston mayoral candidates race to raise money before November election

Just four months from now, people in Charleston will be voting for mayor. It's not cheap to run for office and candidates are busy raising money to get their message out to voters.

  Live 5 Investigates: More than 166K parking tickets written in downtown Charleston last year

A parking ticket can make anyone’s day go south really quickly, but what are the chances of you getting one in downtown Charleston?

  You Paid For It: Cypress Gardens

After devastating flooding, Cypress Gardens in Moncks Corner was closed for more than three years.

  Live 5 Scambusters: Genetic test scam targets Medicare recipients

Genetic testing can be helpful to assess the risk of disease, but scammers are also using the tests for identity theft and Medicare fraud.

  You Paid For It: July 4th patrols, security

Local law enforcement officers were set to work overtime Thursday night to make sure families are safe as they celebrate the Fourth of July.

Live 5 Scambusters: Lowcountry woman warns about RV Scam on Craigslist

Thousands of recreational vehicles are for sale online, but not all of them are what they seem.

  You Paid For It: Lowcountry Fireworks events

Cities and towns across the Lowcountry will fire up more than $118,000 worth of fireworks over the next two days.

Watching Your Wallet: Experts say to shop around for the best deals on car insurance and cell phone plans

A NerdWallet financial expert offers tips on saving money on car insurance and cell phone bills: Watch this and don't pay for what you don't need.

  Live 5 Scambusters: Homeowners victimized by rental scam on Craigslist

House hunters looking for a place to rent have to be on guard for rental scams. Homeowners need to be aware too.

  CCSD pays out more than $600K in legal settlements since Jan. 1, 2018

The Charleston County School District has paid out more than $600,000 in settlements since the beginning of last year.

  Local mother wants stronger child care oversight

Many working parents depend on child care year round, especially in the summer months while school is out.

  N. Charleston nursing home improves after two years on national list of concerning facilities

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) recently published a list of nursing homes with serious quality issues, which included five facilities in South Carolina.

  Live 5 Scambusters: Scam callers are pretending to be Publishers Clearing House, promising fake winnings

Publishers Clearing House gives away between 3 and 13 million dollars every year. Scam artists are using the company name to take your money.

  You Paid For It: Sewage divers clearing out wipes

Hundreds of pounds of solid waste, mostly wipes, is clogging up parts of the Charleston Water System. This week, specialized divers were hired to dig deep to clear out the pumps.

  Judge: Training records must be disclosed in Gethers case

A judge ruled Tuesday documents showing whether certain Charleston County Schools employees were trained in sexual abuse prevention must be turned over to attorneys in the Marvin Gethers case.

  No rules for SC summer camps: What parents need to ask

School is out for the summer and Lowcountry families may be looking for summer camps to keep kids busy until August.

  Live 5 Scambusters: Scam targets Dominion Energy customers, threatens to shut off power

Scam artists may be using the recent merger between SCANA and Dominion Energy to find new victims.

  Live 5 Investigates: Women claim nurse gave them ‘unnecessary’ pap smear at Berkeley Co. jail

Four women have filed lawsuits claiming a contracted nurse at the Berkeley County jail gave them "medically unnecessary" pap smears that were not sent for testing.

  37 S.C. inmates wait on death row as state works to find drugs required for execution

There are 37 inmates on South Carolina’s death row amid a national struggle to purchase the drugs required to execute them.

  Live 5 Scambusters: Summerville woman nearly fell for Facebook imposter account pushing fake government grant

Money-for-nothing promises through fake Facebook accounts are becoming more common among scam artists.

You Paid For It: Self-checkout kiosks at libraries

Community libraries are expanding and upgrading all over Charleston County, thanks to a $108.5 million bond referendum voters approved in 2014.

  Cost and locations for sunscreen dispensers

Skin cancer is the most common cancer in the United States, according to the American Academy of Dermatology, and research suggests one in five Americans will develop skin cancer in their lifetime.

  Live 5 Scambusters: Subscription renewal call threatens to take your money

A phone call about a subscription renewal charge was enough to get one Lowcountry man to call back.

  You Paid For It: Firefighter breathing kits

The breathing mask a firefighter wears is one of the most important parts of his or her uniform.

You Paid For It: Upcoming fireworks shows

While this Memorial Day weekend marks one of the busiest holidays of the year, Isle of Palms City Council is already looking ahead to Fourth of July celebrations.

  CCSD staff member recovering from concussion after being attacked by student

The Charleston County School District is investigating after they said two staff members, one of whom suffered a concussion, were injured at Liberty Hill Academy on Wednesday morning.

Live 5 Scambusters: Privacy Awareness Week

Protecting your money and identity should always be a top priority and responsibility.

  Live 5 Investigates: Sexual assaults inside lowcountry schools

A Live 5 Investigation uncovered more than a hundred sexual assaults and rapes have happened inside lowcountry schools over the last three years.

  Internal memo reveals staffing shortages, slower response times for Charleston Co. EMS

Charleston County EMS experienced a staffing shortage and slower average response times this past weekend, according to an internal memo obtained by Live 5 News.

  Live 5 Investigates: More than half of domestic violence offenders get lesser charges

A Live 5 Investigation analyzing state court data shows more than half of domestic violence offenders were sentenced to a lesser charge than they originally faced.

  Live 5 Scambusters: Goose Creek man warns about scam targeting grandparents

A scam targeting older victims is not only growing but is also taking more money from victims.

  BCSD releases six months worth of documents at center of finance report investigation

After months of telling us it simply wasn't possible, the Berkeley County School District has released six months worth of documents at the center of a Live 5 investigation.

Watching Your Wallet: Spring housing market secrets revealed

Want to get top dollar for your home this spring? Or are you looking to buy your first home? NerdWallet gives tips for those on both sides of the equation.

  Live 5 Scambusters: Be aware of work-at-home scams

Anyone looking for seasonal jobs or the chance to work from home needs to be aware of employment scams.

  You Paid For It: Local mosquito control

There are more than 60 different species of mosquitoes in South Carolina, and DHEC reports more than 60 local mosquito control programs in South Carolina.

  DNA Detectives: Scientists combining forensics with genealogy break ‘unsolvable’ cases

Scientists are using forensic genetics to help solve decades-old cold cases.

  Police documents released on investigation of former CCSD employee accused of molesting students

State police files show the Charleston County School district was questioning how a Supervisor handled the Marvin Gethers case well before a Live 5 News investigation exposed what happened.

  Live 5 Scambusters: Data shows imposter scams are still most common

Scam artists may be finding new ways to trick you, but victims still fall for one scam more than any other.

  You Paid For It: Firefighter wellness

Firefighters have one of the highest rates of injuries and illness of all occupations, according to the U.S. Department of Labor.

  Alleged Marvin Gethers victim asking CCSD to settle case as offered

The attorney of one of the first-known victims alleged in the Marvin Gethers case is asking the courts to make CCSD settle the case as promised, according to a new court filing in Charleston County today.

  Live 5 Investigates: The biggest deadbeat parents in the Lowcountry

A Live 5 News investigation has uncovered the biggest deadbeat parents in the Lowcountry.

  Live 5 Investigates: Who is more likely to get a speeding ticket in the Lowcountry?

In part two of our speeding ticket series, Live5News investigated who gets ticketed more often for speeding: men or women.

  Failed and Forgotten

The deaths of hundreds of children because of abuse or neglect goes unnoticed every year by agencies that protect kids. Congress and a 45-year-old law are largely to blame.

  A trifecta of failures puts kids at risk

When children die because of abuse or neglect, child protection agencies are often blamed – they are underfunded and overworked. But there are many other culprits who failed children.

  Digital rollbacks: Millions of cars have false mileage on odometers

Carfax experts say there are potentially more than one million cars on the roads with false odometer readings - meaning their mileage has been rolled back to make the vehicles look like they have less wear and tear.

  You Paid For It: $290k ‘crime-fighting’ commode

A trendy new toilet turned up at a park off Riverland Drive on James Island. And the people who developed that restroom claim it fights crime, too.