2 state investigations delay Columbia’s police chief hunt
COLUMBIA — Columbia will wait for two state investigations to finish before continuing with its search for a new police chief.
Councilwoman Leona Plaugh said it will be hard to get the best candidates to apply until the State Law Enforcement Division’s investigations into corruption and the handling of a petty cash account are complete.
Interim Chief Ruben Santiago will continue to run the department. He stepped into the job in April, when Randy Scott resigned after less than three years on the job. Columbia has had six police chiefs in seven years.
School cleared for day after US flags set on fire outside
MURRELLS INLET — A Horry County high school was cleared Monday after someone burned several American flags outside the front entrance before school started.
Officials at St. James High School found the burned flags around 6:20 a.m. When police reviewed surveillance video, they saw the suspect do other suspicious things and decided to keep students and teachers outside.
Police said Monday afternoon that they had arrested a 17-year-old boy and that charges were pending.