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Bond granted for disgraced fmr sheriff Will Lewis during his appeal

(WSPA)–Former Sheriff Will Lewis will soon be released from prison–at least for now. A judge approving a request for his release during the appeal process. The judge setting bond at $50,000.

Attorney Rauch Wise appearing in Laurens County Court on his client’s behalf on Tuesday. “I think this statute is definitely overly broad,” said Wise. Wise explaining after court that his appeal focuses on what he calls a vague charge against former sheriff Will Lewis. “That doesn’t get away from the basic premise that we had originally that it was a vague indictment and it’s a vague statute,” said Wise

Townville shooting gunman to begin sentencing today, Tuesday.

TOWNVILLE, S.C. (WSPA) – Locals in Townville said they’re ready to move on three years after a school shooting that killed a six year old boy.

Sentencing will begin Tuesday for Jesse Osborne, the teenager who pleaded guilty to killing his father and a first grader at Townville Elementary School.

As this latest chapter in the tragedy begins to unfold, 7 News went to Townville Monday to speak with folks who tell us they are ready to put this in the past and move on...

Greenville students remember Troops overseas with candy and Thank you cards.

(WSPA) – In honor of Veterans Day, students at the Sylvan Learning of Greenville, gave up some of their Halloween candy and wrote letters to military members serving overseas.

Center Director, Wendy Green, said the idea was a challenge from Amy Green, Sylvan Franchisee, to connect the center with the community for the holiday.

“I wanted to give [the students] something to do, that was, other than school, related. Writing letters to the soldiers really appealed to them. They understood that they were writing for a purpose and they were gonna bring some cheer to these soldiers,” Green said...

Climate Activist Greta Thunberg will be in the Carolinas

(via WGHP by and ,) Greta Thunberg, the 16-year-old student from Sweden who captured the world's attention after shaming climate change negotiators at a United Nations climate summit, is coming to North Carolina.

Thunberg, who describes herself as a "climate and environmental activist with Asperger's," said on Twitter that she plans to join the climate strike in Charlotte from 12 p.m. to 2 p.m. on Friday at the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Government Center.

Beware! Scammers take local Seniors for 80 Thousand Dollars

(WSPA) – Police are warning of increased telephone fraud after two recent cases resulted in senior citizens losing nearly $80,000 from their life savings.

The first case occurred when a fraudster targeted a victim in her 80s. He claimed he needed access to her computer to help process an unexpected refund. The fraudster then convinced the victim she had to purchase thousands of dollars’ worth of gift cards in order to receive the refund...

Gateway Project Update: 85/385 Bridge opening delay until possibly this weekend

(via WYFF) The opening of the tallest bridge at the I-85/I-385 Gateway Project has been delayed.

Gateway Project officials announced early Thursday an "equipment issue" is forcing them to delay the opening of the bridge until at least this weekend. Exit 51B from I-85 southbound to I-385 southbound will open to the public about a half mile north of its current location, officials said...

No Peach Drop this year. The popular Atlanta New Years event is cancelled, for now.

ATLANTA (AP) – For the first time in three decades, Atlanta will not host a Peach Drop to ring in the new year.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms broke the news Tuesday during an interview. Bottoms says they’re taking a break to reevaluate the location and how the event is planned. She says the city no longer owns Underground Atlanta, which adds complications to hosting the event, which has at times drawn 100,000 people.

You may have seen the smoke, recycled fabric bales burn near a business in Spartanburg

SPARTANBURG CO., SC (WSPA) – Several fire departments responded to a large fire near a business along Simuel Road in Spartanburg County.

According to Westview-Fairforest Assistant Fire Chief Tracy Williams, the fire started as a grass fire around 5 p.m. Sunday near Simuel Road and Spring Street.

The fire spread to 300 large bales – each weighing 400-500 pounds – of recycled polyester fiber located in a fenced-in area across from Polysols.

Crews say the fire was under control by 7 p.m. Sunday...

Another Dem candidate calls it quits. Beto O'Rourke tweets the end to his bid for the White House in 2020

(via Fox Carolina) Former Rep. Beto O'Rourke of Texas ended his bid for the Democratic presidential nomination on Friday, telling supporters he couldn't raise enough money to remain competitive with his party's leading 2020 contenders.

He announced his exit hours before Iowa Democrats began their biggest evening of the year -- with most of the party's presidential field set to speak at the packed Wells Fargo Arena in Des Moines for the Liberty and Justice Celebration.

The Time Change is This Weekend! Don't forget to fall back!

(WDTN) – Daylight Saving Time comes to an end this weekend. Are you excited for an extra hour of sleep?

The clocks will roll back one hour at 2 am, November 3, 2019.

Sunrise and sunset will be about an hour earlier on this day compared to November 2, and there will be more light in the morning.

Its also a good time to change batteries in you smoke detectors...

What to do in the Upstate in case the rain washes out your Halloween plans

GAFFNEY, S.C. (WSPA) – Don’t let the trickle of rain impact your trick-or-treating. For those who want to avoid a soaked costume, there are other indoor options. Some of those options include nursing homes and assisted living facilities. And if anyone’s ready for Halloween, it’s those at Brookview Healthcare in Gaffney. “I just like everything about it,” one of the residents, Louise Duncan, said about Halloween. “It’s one of my favorite holidays,” resident Betty Parker added. “Then, Christmas would be next.”

While some folks are worried the Halloween forecast could hinder kids’ trick-or-treating time, folks at Brookview said they will not let it rain on their spooky parade. They’re getting their costumes together and are ready to greet your little ones with candy...

Halloween is here and there are special events for some special little ones to enjoy the holiday!

(via WSPA) There is a free Halloween event Tuesday night open to all children, especially those that may not always enjoy aspects of the holiday. The Advanced Institute for Development and Learning will set up 19 car trunks for an inclusive trunk-or-treat event, complete with food allergy friendly candy and more.

Organizer Bri Miluk says for those children with food allergies, enteral feeding, and for those who may need sensory friendly fun this trick-or-treat will cater to your family...

Fmr sheriff reports to prison to begin 1yr sentence. Will Lewis mugshot released

GREENVILLE, S.C. (WSPA) – According to a spokesperson with the South Carolina Department of Corrections, Former Greenville County Sheriff Will Lewis is beginning his year behind bars with processing at Kirkland Correctional Institution in Columbia, where all male South Carolina inmates are processed.

There is no word yet on where Lewis will serve his time, but his attorney Rauch Wise has asked that he be placed in protective custody...

Will Lewis Sentenced to 1 Year in jail for misconduct

GREENVILLE, SC (WSPA) – Suspended Greenville County Sheriff Will Lewis will continue his testimony during the fourth day of his trial in Greenville Thursday. On Wednesday, Lewis took the stand in his own defense, as he faces criminal charges and stands accused of using a taxpayer funded trip to have an extramarital affair with his assistant, Savanah Nabors...

UPDATE (10:30 p.m.) – The jury reached a verdict Thursday night in Will Lewis’ trial. In the fourth day of trial, the jurors found Lewis guilty of one count of statutory misconduct of a public officer but not guilty of misconduct in office. The jurors reached a verdict just after 10:30 p.m. That charge can carry up to one year in jail. Lewis will return to court at 10 a.m. for sentencing.

UPDATE (Friday 10:00a) - Will Lewis in court now for sentencing and received 1 year behind bars

The prosecution rests and Will Lewis took the stand to complete day 3 of his misconduct trial. Lewis returned to the stand this morning

GREENVILLE, S.C. (WSPA) – What happened in Charlotte in 2017 between suspended Greenville Co. Sheriff Will Lewis and his assistant on a business trip was at the center of Wednesday’s proceedings as Lewis took the stand in his own defense. Lewis faces criminal charges and stands accused of using a taxpayer funded trip to have an extramarital affair with his assistant Savanah Nabors. Nabors on Tuesday testified she was sexually assaulted by Lewis on the trip to Charlotte in 2017. Wednesday, Lewis described what happened as consensual.

Ultimately, it’s two charges of misconduct in office that this jury is considering. The state said he used public funds to plan the out of state trip to have the affair. On the stand Wednesday, Lewis admitted what he did was wrong but it wasn’t misconduct. Lewis’ defense attorneys asked him how the incident in Charlotte impacted him...

Savannah Nabors took the stand in day 2 of the Will Lewis trial. Solicitor hopes to wrap up today.

Greenville, SC (FOX Carolina) - Day two of the trial for suspended Greenville County Sheriff Will Lewis unfolded Tuesday with other county workers and Lewis' former assistant, Savanah Nabors, taking the stand. As the trial got underway for day two, prosecutors called Greenville County Sheriff's Office Chief Deputy Marcus Davenport to the stand to testify. When the defense questioned Davenport, he told them he didn’t notice anything out of the ordinary in the behavior or mannerisms the next morning between Nabors and Lewis after the alleged assault took place...

Will Lewis trial Day 1 is in the books. Day 2 is today and expected not to disappoint

GREENVILLE, S.C. (WSPA) – The jury is seated and the first witnesses have taken the stand as the trial began Monday for suspended Greenville Co. Sheriff Will Lewis.

Lewis is charged with misconduct in office related to a taxpayer funded trip to Charlotte where he’s alleged to have an extra-marital affair with his personal assistant, Savanah Nabors.

The first prosecution witnesses focused on drawing a comparison between Nabors’ salaries and perks and other administrative coordinators and assistants.

Nora Sullivan took the stand first. She’s been an administrative assistant with the department for more than 20 years...

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