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January 27, 2018 - 12:00 am


Final SC officer shot in ambush is recovering at home

YORK, S.C. (AP) — Police say the last of three South Carolina law enforcement officers shot and injured by a domestic violence suspect is recovering at home.

The Herald of Rock Hill reports York County Sheriff's Lt. Buddy Brown had several surgeries at Carolinas Medical Center in Charlotte. York police Sgt. Kyle Cummings and sheriff's Sgt. Randy Clinton were released earlier.

A fourth officer, sheriff's Det. Mike Doty died Jan. 17, a day after the ambush. The four officers were shot while searching for 47-year-old Christian McCall, who fled after his wife called 911 to say he was beating her.

Police shot McCall, who hasn't been charged because he remains hospitalized. Prosecutors say they plan to charge him with murder in Doty's death, and attempted murder in the other shootings, among other charges.


Coroner offers to help with burial of homeless SC veteran

(Information from: WYFF-TV,

LEXINGTON, S.C. (AP) — A South Carolina coroner says that if the body of a homeless veteran isn't claimed, then she will help get him cremated and buried.

The body of 69-year-old Dennis Reidy was found Tuesday in a corner of a park in Lexington. Coroner Margaret Fisher tells WYFF-TV that Reidy was found in "a type of garage storage box" wearing a South Carolina Gamecocks jacket.

Since Tuesday, Fisher has learned that Reidy was a Vietnam War veteran, a Richland County deputy for more than 10 years and a University of South Carolina graduate.

Fisher says she will pay for him to be buried at Fort Jackson National Cemetery if his remains aren't claimed.

The park where Reidy's body was found is a short walk from a shelter for homeless veterans.



SC mayor: No need for researcher to test town's water

(Information from: The State,

DENMARK, S.C. (AP) — A South Carolina mayor says a researcher who worked with the water crisis in Michigan doesn't need to test the his town's drinking water even though he's already found lead pollution at some homes.

Denmark Mayor Gerald Wright tells the State newspaper in Columbia that the testing isn't necessary because state environmental officials have declared the water is safe.

But Virginia Tech professor Marc Edwards has found lead pollution in the tap water of some homes in Denmark and wants to do further testing. He says he can't access the wells without permission.

Edwards is credited with confirming the crisis of lead in the water supply in Flint, Michigan. He tested the water in some Denmark homes in response to complaints from residents of the town of about 3,300.



The Latest: Sheriff: NC child's death appears accidental

LAURINBURG, N.C. (AP) — The clearly emotional sheriff of a North Carolina county where a body believed to be that of a missing 4-year-old was found in a drained pond says the death appears to be accidental.

Scotland County Sheriff Ralph Kersey said at a news conference Saturday that what's believed to be the body of Raul Gonzalez Johnson was found about 1:45 p.m. Saturday after about 8,000 gallons of water were pumped from the pond.

A medical examiner must confirm the identity and cause of death. But Kersey and another investigator said they had met Raul last year so they knew what he looked like.

Kersey's voice cracked, and he struggled to speak during the news conference. He described the discovery of the body as heartbreaking.

Scotland County authorities have said Raul left his home Wednesday while his grandfather was babysitting him.


S Carolina prosecutor suggests firing squads for executions

(Information from: The Post and Courier,

CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — A South Carolina prosecutor is suggesting that a firing squad be considered as an execution method since the state has run out of the drugs needed for lethal injections.

The Post and Courier of Charleston reports 1st Circuit Solicitor David Pascoe suggested the firing squad Friday after a former death row inmate became the latest killer to get a reprieve.

Pascoe agreed to a life sentence for 50-year-old John Edward Weik, who originally was sentenced to death for the 1998 murder of his girlfriend.

Lawmakers are considering a bill to make electrocution the primary means of execution if the lack of the drug for lethal injections continues.

South Carolina considered a legislative proposal on the firing squad alternative in 2015. Its sponsor says that after hearing Pascoe's comments, he'll likely reintroduce the bill.



70-year-old man gets life for beating 80-year-old woman

MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. (AP) — A man has been sentenced to life in prison for beating an 82-year-old woman to death in a South Carolina motel room.

Prosecutor Jimmy Richardson said 70-year-old Rickey Wilson was found guilty of murder in a trial this week.

Police say Wilson met Virginia Eakers in May 2016 and was seen entering and leaving her room at the Rodeway Inn in Myrtle Beach.

Authorities say two days later workers at the motel found Eakers' body in the room. Police say she had been beaten to death.

Richardson's news release did not say why Wilson killed Eakers or how they met.

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