2019-02-08 / News

Columbia City Council supports independent investigation into Allen Benedict Court Apartment deaths


Angell Conwell and members of her family pose for a picture after Conwell received a proclamation from Mayor Steve Benjamin proclaiming February 5, 2019 “Angell Conwell Day.” Angell Conwell and members of her family pose for a picture after Conwell received a proclamation from Mayor Steve Benjamin proclaiming February 5, 2019 “Angell Conwell Day.” Columbia City Council held its monthly meeting Tuesday, February 5.

Councilman Ed McDowell Jr. read a motion, which council approved, calling for the council to support an independent investigation by the Columbia Police Department, supported by the Columbia Fire Department and the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division in consultation with the circuit solicitor and the HUD office of the inspector general, to the events which led to the deaths of Calvin Witherspoon and Derrick Roper at the Allen Benedict Court Apartments. Before the motion was made, Mayor Steve Benjamin said he wants to make sure the right thing is done and there is accountability.

The update comes more than two weeks after the deaths of Witherspoon and Roper due to carbon monoxide poisoning.

Council also approved a contract for the Capital City Ballpark demolition. The contract was awarded to Carolina Wrecking, Inc. in the amount of $136,500.

Council approved a resolution for the release and abandonment of a five foot portion of the city’s existing 30 foot water line easement along a portion of Richland County TMS# 16606-03-03, 1890 Shady Lane.

Council also passed the first reading of an ordinance amending the 1998 code of ordinances regarding careless operation of drones.

Council approved a request for the installation of one speed hump, along Shirley Street, in the Melrose Heights Neighborhood.

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