South Carolina

Concerns about investigation stall picks for Ports board

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) -- A widening investigation into potential Statehouse corruption prompted a screening panel to delay voting Wednesday on whether to advance Gov. Henry McMaster's picks for the South Carolina Ports Authority board. The Ports Authority oversight board wants to thoroughly review the two nominees' associations with veteran political and public relations consultant Richard Quinn, said its chairman, Sen. Larry Grooms, R-Charleston.

Ex-guard targeted in hit via inmate's cellphone to testify

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) -- An ex-South Carolina prison guard who was nearly killed in a hit orchestrated by an inmate using an illegal cellphone is traveling to Washington this week, asking federal authorities for help to make sure nothing like it happens again. On Thursday, former corrections officer Robert Johnson is scheduled to testify before the Federal Communications Commission in a hearing about preventing inmate access to cellphones.

Man drowns after falling into well at his Ware Shoals home

WARE SHOALS, S.C. (AP) -- Authorities say a man has drowned after falling into a well at his Greenwood County home. Ware Shoals Fire Chief Rodney Boyter told The Index-Journal of Greenwood (http://bit.ly/2nJ788i ) that the pump was disconnected from Haskell Henderson's well, but authorities don't know if he was trying to draw water from the well or check its condition. Authorities say rescuers found Henderson's body around 11:55 p.m. Monday.

Man stabbed to death in Goose Creek; woman held

GOOSE CREEK, S.C. (AP) -- A man has been stabbed to death at an apartment in Goose Creek. Police Maj. John Grainger told local media outlets officers were called around 1 p.m. Tuesday. Grainger said officers found a man who had been stabbed several times. The Berkeley County coroner's office says 53-year-old Chicoba Crabtree died from his wounds. He had been taken to Trident Medical Center in North Charleston and died shortly after 2:30 p.m.

Berkeley deputies do not expect charges in shooting death

RIDGEVILLE, S.C. (AP) -- Berkeley County sheriff's deputies say a man who shot and killed a man in Ridgeville earlier this week was apparently acting in self-defense. Local media outlets reported that 23-year-old Ishmel Taquan Rivers was shot and killed Sunday in Ridgeville after he pulled two guns during a fight. Deputies say Rivers had been out of prison for just two months when he exchanged gunfire with a man.

More than 2,000 without power after South Carolina storms

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) -- More than 2,000 customers are without electricity after storms moved across South Carolina. The storms late Tuesday and early Wednesday left more than 20,000 customers without power at the height of the storms. South Carolina Electric & Gas Company reported about 2,000 customers without service Wednesday morning. Most were in Lexington County. Duke Energy had about 400 customers without service. Dillon County had about 300 without service early Wednesday.

Tearful friend of Dylann Roof apologizes at sentencing

CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) -- During a night of vodka, cocaine, marijuana and video games, Joey Meek listened as a childhood buddy confided that he hated blacks so much he was going to kill them at a South Carolina church. Meek said he thought his friend was all talk until a week later, when news broke of a deadly shooting rampage at Emanuel AME Church in Charleston.

Bill letting adults openly carry guns sent to House floor

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) -- A bill allowing adults to openly carry a gun in South Carolina without a permit is heading to the House floor. The House Judiciary Committee voted 15-7 Tuesday to advance the bill that lets anyone who can legally buy a gun carry it around in public. Businesses could still post signs keeping weapons out. And state law barring guns from schools and other places would remain.

The Latest: 27-month sentence for friend of Dylann Roof

CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) -- The Latest on the sentencing of man who lied to FBI about Dylann Roof's plan to massacre worshippers at a South Carolina church (all times local): 12:35 a.m. The only person with whom Dylann Roof shared his plans to massacre worshippers at a South Carolina church has been sentenced to 27 months in prison for failing to report a crime and lying to the FBI.

Judge to feds: Move a ton of plutonium from South Carolina

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) -- A federal judge has handed a partial victory to South Carolina in its lawsuit over an unfinished nuclear fuel project, ruling that federal authorities must find somewhere else to store 1 metric ton of plutonium. In an opinion issued Monday, U.S. District Judge Michelle Childs ruled that she can't make the government immediately remove the materials from South Carolina, as the state had asked.

North Charleston mayor delivering Meals on Wheels

NORTH CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) -- North Charleston Mayor Keith Summey is taking part in the March for Meals campaign for the Meals on Wheels program. But a spokesman for the city told the Post and Courier of Charleston (http://bit.ly/2mJx8eG) Summey does not want to talk about a proposed sharp cut in federal funding for the program that provides meals to the elderly. City spokesman Ryan Johnson says Summey considers funding a federal issue.

4 people killed, 1 hurt in South Carolina house fire

LEXINGTON, S.C. (AP) -- State police are trying to determine the cause of a fire that killed four family members and injured another person at a home in central South Carolina. The fire was reported about 1 a.m. Tuesday in Lexington County, just west of Columbia. Coroner Margaret Fisher said in a news release that the victims were 42-year-old Scott A. Kelly, 34-year-old Amanda G. Kelly, and two of their children, 9-year-old Elizabeth M.

Dylann Roof's friend gets over 2 years for hindering FBI

CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) -- During a night of vodka, cocaine, marijuana and video games, Joey Meek listened as a childhood buddy confided that he hated blacks so much he was going to kill them at a Charleston church. Meek said he thought his friend was all talk until a week later, when news broke of a deadly shooting rampage at Emanuel AME church.

3 SCDOT workers plead guilty in kickback schemes

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) -- Three South Carolina Department of Transportation employees have pleaded guilty in kickback schemes at the agency's Richland County office. The state attorney general's office said in a news release that Allen Ray ran a fake company to which road work money funneled.

Deep South freeze means fewer blueberries and peaches

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) -- Last week's deep freeze in the Southeast appears to have nearly wiped out Georgia's blueberries and South Carolina's peaches and seriously damaged a number of other crops like strawberries and apples. In South Carolina, 85 percent of the state's peach crop is gone while the small pink blooms remain on the trees, according to the South Carolina Department of Agriculture.