Live 5 Investigates: Charleston mayoral race attracted $175k in developer-related money

A look at their donations through State Ethics Commission filings showed both candidates accepted tens of thousands of dollars from people and companies connected to development.

Costco says $75 coupons are a scam

  You Paid For It: Repairs for the storm-damaged Moncks Corner DMV

  Charities breaking the law, soliciting donations while on suspension

  Live 5 Scambusters: Scam artists impersonate Social Security more than any other agency

Missed Opportunity: Federal initiative meant to help poor neighborhoods benefits the rich

  Live 5 Scambusters: Medical brace scam targets Medicare recipients

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  Hidden Damage: Wrecked, flooded border patrol truck sold at dealership without damage declared

  Lowcountry teacher’s certificate reinstated after plea in DUI case

  Live 5 Scambusters: FTC sends out scam alerts for Charity Fraud Awareness Week

  You Paid For It: Police tasers lease

  New safety measures planned for Moncks Corner intersection after deadly accident

  Two Charleston police officers on leave during investigation into pay for off-duty jobs

  Live 5 Scambusters: DirecTV imposters scam Lowcountry man using fake eBay promotion

If you're thinking about cutting the cord or looking for ways to save on your cable bill, beware of scammers who may offer deals too good to be true.

  You Paid For It: Hurricane Debris Clean-up

It’s been nearly two months since the powerful Hurricane Dorian had a deadly impact in the Bahamas and caused quite a mess here in the Lowcountry.

  Charleston County libraries have banned almost 50 people over last 5 years

A review of Charleston County Public Library records show that 49 people have been banned from county libraries since 2014 for a variety of reasons.

  You Paid for It: Classroom supplies

The state budgeted $17.4 million this year to help more than 53,000 public school teachers statewide buy classroom supplies.

  Fake Filters? Made-up addresses, strange receipts and copycat websites reveal knock-offs on the market

  Hearing held over files in case of former CCSD employee Marvin Gethers

  Former CCSD official agrees to retroactive suspension of teaching certificate

  Live 5 Scambusters: Scammers impersonating Dominion Energy target Lowcountry restaurant

  You Paid For It: 86 new CCSD websites, mobile app

  Watching Your Wallet: Student loan debt reaches all-time high

  Former Orangeburg County Sheriff’s deputy receives $25,000 after suing for wrongful termination

A former deputy has received a payout after he claimed he was wrongfully terminated and defamed.

  Live 5 Scambusters: Email scam asks church members to donate gift cards for cancer patients

A scam artist tried to use a Mount Pleasant pastor’s identity to scam a congregation.

  Mt. Pleasant town attorneys under fire for questioning candidate’s qualifications

Attorneys for the Town of Mount Pleasant are under fire for questioning the qualifications of a candidate for town council.

  Settled in Secret: Court records hide who’s behind a string of child molestation cases

There are tens of thousands of settlements that wind through the court system in our state each year, according to the South Carolina Judicial Department.

  Live 5 Scambusters: FTC sues largest online dating site for playing role in romance scams

The Federal Trade Commission is going after the biggest online dating service for playing a role in a scam that costs victims more than any other.

  South Carolina chase suspect gets $205k payday after he says deputy ran him over

An Orangeburg County man said a deputy with the county sheriff’s department ran him over during a July 2014 chase that he was leading them on, according to a newly-released lawsuit.

  Live 5 Investigates: No school zone signs on College Park Road

College Park Middle School sits right off College Park Road, which is a five-lane road with a speed limit of 45 miles per hour.

  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.

  Seabrook Island family warns of golf cart chargers following fire

A Seabrook Island family is raising the alarm after a rental golf cart ignited in their driveway, catching their home on fire.

  Live 5 Scambusters: Recognizing a car wrap scam

Companies will pay you to turn your own car into a rolling advertisement, but not every opportunity is real.

  Live 5 Scambusters: Avoiding disaster scams after Hurricane Dorian

A few common scams pop up after hurricanes and other natural disasters and scam artists target victims who may already be vulnerable.

SC authorities warn residents about property repair scams after Hurricane Dorian

Officials with the department of labor, licensing and regulation want to warn South Carolina property owners about scams following Hurricane Dorian

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

A Summerville mother was notified by MUSC that a picture of her baby was posted online without her permission and it’s not the first time the family received a letter about privacy violations at the hospital.

  Live 5 Scambusters: The importance of reporting every scam

As federal investigators track down scam artists, consumer scam reports could provide a key piece of evidence to solve a case.

  You Paid For It: State-funded Pre-K

Pre-kindergarten programs help kids improve social and academic skills and can even help reduce future crime, according to the National Education Association.

  Researcher sues MUSC, receives $35K settlement

A recent payout on behalf of the Medical University of South Carolina involves a doctor who sued the University of South Carolina alleging that an inappropriate relationship between a fellow researcher and a supervisor led to harassment and emotional distress.

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

The City of Charleston is excited to introduce new Bigbelly trash cans throughout downtown.

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

As thousands of college students start a new semester on campus, they need to be aware of common scams targeting them.

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

Widespread concern about understaffing in Mississippi's prisons has people calling for a change. They say inmates, correctional officers and surrounding communities are in danger.

  Woman sues police, bank for false arrest after ATM visit

A North Charleston woman is suing local police and her bank after she says she was wrongly arrested for forgery.

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

Pretending to be a government official is the top option for scam artists, according to new data from the Federal Trade Commission.

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

The OneBerkeley Initiative raises money all year long to support education 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

The white paint still looks fresh on the parking lot, which is already full of cars. A new Park-and-Ride facility is now located off Rivers Avenue in North Charleston.

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

Trident Medical paid a $20,000 from DHEC. The hospital says, "a positive outcome of the consent order is we were granted permission to increase the number of our inpatient behavioral health beds to 25 from 17."

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

By retirement, financial experts say you should have at least eight times your annual salary saved up. NerdWallet explains how to get there, decade-by-decade.

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

Several state school districts are getting new propane-fueled school buses worth more than $100,000 each.

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

The Federal Trade Commission put out a warning about attempts to use the Equifax settlement to steal your money or identity.

  College of Charleston dealing with a shortage of public safety officers

The College of Charleston has a shortage of public safety officers, with eight vacancies on the force.

  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.