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Suspects arrested after Chapin Bank Robbery

Posted on Monday, March 5th, 2018 at 11:11 pm. Posted to Community.

Chapin,SC (March 5, 2018) – Two armed suspects robbed the Wells Fargo bank in the Town of Chapin located at 168 Columbia Avenue at approximately 10:50 a.m.
Witnesses described the two suspects as black males, wearing hooded sweatshirts. Witnesses also advised the suspects fled the scene in a black Chevrolet sedan with a North Carolina license plate.
A Lexington County deputy spotted the vehicle on Hwy 76 and attempted to initiate a traffic stop, but the suspects initiated a pursuit.

The suspects fled to I-26 East toward Columbia until they experienced a vehicle malfunction and lost control at Harbison Boulevard. The suspects then fled on foot toward Home Depot, but they were quickly apprehended by deputies from the Richland County Sheriff’s Department.
The suspects are identified as Ryan Anthony Newell, B/M, 31 YOA, of 6812 Brookfield Road Columbia, SC 29206 and Cory Ramon Woods, B/M, 24 YOA, of 2020 Oakside Lane Columbia, SC 29223.  Both suspects will be charged with Armed Robbery, multiple counts of Kidnapping, and Possession of a Weapon During a Violent Crime.
The suspects are currently housed at Lexington County Detention Center awaiting bond hearings.


Posted on Sunday, February 18th, 2018 at 9:57 pm. Posted to Community.

The Morrow Companies, of Tuscaloosa, Ala., has requested a zoning compliance letter from the Town of Chapin regarding a proposed 48-unit development on a 4.65-acre site fronting on Virginia Street.adjacent to Aquarius Spa and between Bi-Lo and Food Lion centers.

The requested letter would confirm that the site currently meets the local zoning and land use restrictions and has been zoned by the Town as located within an MF (multi-family residential) zoning district.

The company’s Acquisitions Manager Jonathan Wolbach said This would be a 44-48 unit community on 4.65 acres.  Per the zoning, we can fit 11 units per acre.  May do one building. May do two.”

In a letter to Mayor David W. Knight, Wolbach asked for a letter of support for affordable housing initiatives in Chapin, as indicated in the Town’s 2011 Comprehensive Plan. We are proposing a workforce housing community for existing citizens working at local businesses, government, and organizations to help them find affordable housing alternatives. This 44-48 unit community, located on Virginia Street, will be a safe, well-managed, and aesthetically pleasing addition to the town.”

The current Town Zoning Ordinance apparently would not prohibit such development.

But a similar project proposed in 2016, referred to as “Peaks At Chapin” met with heavy public opposition. That proposed plan to build a low income apartment complex in the Town of Chapin was halted, after the development failed to receive the grant they needed to keep the housing affordable.

Plans then had been to construct two 24-unit buildings, each with one-, two- and three-bedroom apartments, according to a developer with the Atlanta-based Resource Housing Group.

The Peaks at Chapin was one of 42 applications for tax credits submitted to the South Carolina Housing Finance and Development Authority (SC Housing) in the 2016 funding cycle. About 20 project proposals are chosen each year, according to data from the state agency.

Any changes that may be desired by area leaders would probably need to be made prior to the land going under contract. That would be an issue for attorneys to decide. Chapin currently is in the process of contracting a town attorney.  Chapin had no town attorney during the previous administration.   Chapin also is currently without a Zoning Administrator, and has contracted with Central Midlands Council of Governments for Planning Assistance for a six-month period until the position of planning and zoning administrator can be filled.

The Morrow Companies specialize in multi-family, commercial and investment properties throughout the Southeast.  Read more about them on their web page:  www.morrowcompanies.com

Chapin Town Council Agenda Nov. 15

Posted on Tuesday, November 14th, 2017 at 8:09 am. Posted to Community.

The Chapin Town Council will hold its Rescheduled Regular Town Council Meeting at 6:00 p.m. on Wednesday, November 15, 2017 in the Council Chambers at Town Hall (157 NW Columbia Avenue, Chapin, SC 29036).

Court Ruling Lets Council Majority Call Special Meetings

Posted on Monday, October 23rd, 2017 at 10:01 am. Posted to Community.

The Supreme Court of South Carolina will not review an appeals court ruling that three members of the Chapin Town Council may legally call a special meeting of the Town Council and set the agenda to be considered.
A Court order issued on Oct. 19, denies the petition for a writ of certiorari petitioned by Mayor James R. “Skip” Wilson and Council Member Gregg White, against an appeals court ruling some 15 months ago favoring Council Members Bibi Atkins, Kay Hollis and Robbie Frick.

The ruling means that special meetings called by Atkins, Hollis and Frick on April 10 and 17, 2014, were legal, and actions taken during those meetings were official and binding. Mayor Wilson and Councilman White did not attend the meetings.

The three council members, constituting a majority, had voted to amend the ordinance governing meeting agendas. Their provisions allowed any member of council to add an agenda item and also gave residents the opportunity to recommend items.

Circuit Judge Thomas Cooper declared the special meetings “illegal because the members did not present the agenda to the mayor for his approval.”

On March 9, 2016, the SC Court of Appeals overturned Cooper’s order that gave Wilson sole authority to decide what items will be discussed at all council sessions.

The court said allowing the mayor to veto topics other town leaders want to discuss and possibly adopt is “effectively stripping the majority of its authority to call the meeting.”

Since there can be no further appeal of the Supreme Court’s decision, a majority of council members may call special meetings and set the agenda to be discussed and voted on at those meetings, with or without the mayor’s approval.

Council member Kay Hollis said she is pleased with the Supreme Court decision. Mrs. Atkins did not seek re-election and is not currently a member of Council. Council member Robbie Frick will complete his term this year and is not seeking re-election.

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