South Carolina

2 seek Republican nomination for South Carolina Senate

ANDERSON, S.C. (AP) -- Voters are choosing a Republican candidate for a vacant South Carolina Senate seat. Former Pendleton mayor Carol Burdette and Powdersville businessman Richard Cash are on Tuesday's ballot for the Anderson County seat. Burdette led the April 11 primary, getting 31 percent of the vote among eight candidates. Cash was second with 26 percent.

Publishers to step down amid McClatchy restructuring

MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. (AP) -- South Carolina's The Sun News and Georgia's The Telegraph will see their respective publishers step down next month. Both papers are part of The McClatchy Co., which recently announced a new regional publishing structure. News outlets report that Sun News president and publisher Mark Webster and Telegraph president and publisher Don Bailey will each step down from their positions effective May 5.

Rare leatherback sea turtles wash up dead in South Carolina

ISLE OF PALMS, S.C. (AP) -- Two dead leatherback sea turtles have been discovered along South Carolina's coast. The Post and Courier reports ( ) that the large sea turtles are rarely seen in the area. One was found dead on the beach in front of Fort Moultrie on Friday, while another was first spotted already decomposing behind a sea wall on Isle of Palms on Saturday.

Teen charged with attempted murder in attack on Clemson man

CLEMSON, S.C. (AP) -- A 19-year-old has been charged with attempted murder for attacking a man in South Carolina after borrowing his cellphone. The Greenville News reports ( ) that Clemson Police Chief Jimmy Dixon says in a statement that Rocco Michael Recchia of Greenville approached a 67-year-old man who was standing in his yard Saturday morning. The resident, who hasn't been identified, allowed Recchia to use his cellphone to make a call.

Killings suspect won't be allowed to go to mother's funeral

SPARTANBURG, S.C. (AP) -- A South Carolina man accused in a number of killings won't be allowed to leave jail for his mother's funeral. Spartanburg County Sheriff's Office spokesman Lt. Kevin Bobo tells the Spartanburg Herald-Journal ( ) that Kohlhepp also won't be allowed to view the funeral on video and inmates are generally not allowed to attend funerals.

House speaker creates committee to study painkiller abuse

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) -- South Carolina's House leader has created a legislative committee to study how the state can fight the rising problem of abuse of painkillers. Speaker Jay Lucas said in a news release Monday he is asking the committee to meet for the rest of the year to figure out what kind of laws South Carolina can pass to stop the abuse and trafficking of opioids. Lucas appointed Rep.

2 teens charged in death of man found in burning home

NEW ELLENTON, S.C. (AP) -- Authorities have charged two South Carolina teenagers with murder after deputies in Georgia found them with a dead man's car. Aiken County Sheriff's Capt. Eric Abdullah said in a news release that the teens killed 74-year-old David Mackie and set his mobile home on fire Saturday night in New Ellenton. Coroner Tim Carlton says Mackie was beaten and stabbed to death, dying before the fire.

Man charged in South Carolina deaths faces another lawsuit

SPARTANBURG, S.C. (AP) -- Another lawsuit has been filed against a man accused of killing seven people in South Carolina. Local news outlets report the mother of Chris Sherbert has sued Todd Kohlhepp, a former real estate agent charged with killing Sherbert and three other people at a Spartanburg County shop. The lawsuit accuses Kohlhepp of negligence and intentionally inflecting emotional distress.

Rains bring street flooding, power outages in South Carolina

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) -- Heavy rains moving across South Carolina have left street flooding and scattered power outages. Duke Energy reported more than 2,500 customers without electricity Monday morning. Most of those were in Greenville County. South Carolina Electric and Gas Co. reported about 200 customers without service, most in Lexington County.

66-year-old man arrested on child sex charges

PICKENS, S.C. (AP) -- A judge has denied bail for a 66-year-old man arrested on child sex charges. News outlets report that Tony Calhoun Fulmer is accused of engaging in sexual intercourse with a victim under 16 years old but more than 10 years old between September 2016 and January 2017. Pickens County Chief Deputy Creed W. Hashe says Fulmer was arrested Sunday morning.

Mother of South Carolina cold case suspect dies

SPARTANBURG, S.C. (AP) -- A South Carolina woman whose son faces seven murder charges has died. Spartanburg County Coroner Rusty Clevenger said that 70-year-old Regina Ann Tague was found dead Sunday morning in her home by her husband. Clevenger says she is the mother of Todd Kohlhepp, who is charged with four notorious slayings at a motorcycle store in 2003 and three more recent killings.

Beach tent bans spread in Myrtle Beach area

MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. (AP) -- Restrictions on beach shade tents may be spreading further around the Myrtle Beach area. The Post and Courier ( ) reports that Surfside Beach is considering whether to ban the canopy-like structures that are larger than a typical beach umbrella. Surfside Beach Mayor Bob Childs said a ban on the tents will be considered on Tuesday at a Council meeting, but a compromise may be worked out.

SC driver dies after car rolls down embankment

WESTMINSTER, S.C. (AP) -- South Carolina authorities say a driver has died after his car ran off the road and caught on fire following an after-prom party. Highway Patrol Lance Cpl. Gary Miller tells The Greenville News ( ) that the single-vehicle accident happened early Sunday on a highway near Westminster.

2 victims identified in fatal South Carolina boat crash

CHAPIN, S.C. (AP) -- The coroner has identified two people who died in a boat crash on Lake Murray. Lexington County Coroner Margaret Fisher said in a news release that one of the victims of the Friday night collision between two boats was 37-year-old Mark Daniel Phillips of Columbia. He died of blunt force trauma. The news release identifies the other victim as 28-year-old Christopher Shawn Lanier of Blythewood. His cause of death was pending.