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July 05, 2018 - 12:00 am

SIDEWALK SHOOTING DEATH

Man found shot to death on sidewalk in South Carolina

NORTH CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — A man has been found shot to death on a city sidewalk in South Carolina.

North Charleston police spokesman Spencer Pryor told news outlets that officers were called about a shooting around 10 p.m. Tuesday and found a man who was pronounced dead on the scene.

Charleston County Deputy Coroner Sheila Williams said the victim was 49-year-old Saul Sosa-Orozco of North Charleston.

No arrests have been reported so far.

PINE BEETLES

South Carolina again facing threat from pine beetles

(Information from: The Post and Courier, http://www.postandcourier.com)

CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — The Southern pine beetle has returned to South Carolina.

David Jenkins with the South Carolina Forestry Commission told The Post and Courier of Charleston that entire forests have been taken down by pine beetles in the past.

Jenkins says infestations have begun showing up around the Southeast. He says the outbreak could last for a couple of years. Experts say trees that have been weakened by storms, fires and a long drought are susceptible to damage by pine beetles.

Clemson University reported the last outbreak in 2000 caused about $1.5 billion in damage in the Southeast.

South Carolina has about 13 million trees with an estimated value of $21 billion.

Jenkins says pines on residential property are not likely to suffer, unless they are near a large, infested forest.

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LAKE KEOWEE DEATH

South Carolina man dies after jumping in South Carolina lake

LAKE KEOWEE, S.C. (AP) — A South Carolina man has died after jumping into Lake Keowee (KEE-oh-wee).

Charles King with Oconee County Emergency Services said in a news release said first responders were called to the lake shortly before 5 p.m. July 4.

King said witnesses said a man had gone under water at a "jumping off rock." King says dive teams found the man's body about half an hour later.

Oconee County Coroner Karl Addis said in a news release that the victim was a 21-year-old Greenville man. Addis said the man's name will be released once relatives are notified.

BURGLARY DEATH

Man arrested in beating death during South Carolina burglary

AIKEN, S.C. (AP) — A man has been arrested in a beating death during a burglary in South Carolina earlier this year.

Aiken County Sheriff's Capt. Eric Abdullah said in a news release that Christopher Wayne Trueblood was arrested Tuesday in the death of a man in Wagner.

Abdullah says Trueblood was picked up by Lexington County sheriff's deputies on state Highway 6.

The body of 76-year-old Kenneth Goodwin was found under a tarp at his home May 28. Investigators say items were taken from his home, including a pickup truck.

Trueblood is also charged with grand larceny. He's being held in the Aiken County jail. It was not known if he has an attorney yet.

SWEETGRASS ROSES-ARREST

Teen selling sweetgrass roses arrested at S Carolina market

(Information from: The Post and Courier, http://www.postandcourier.com)

CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — Authorities say a 16-year-old has been arrested selling sweetgrass roses without a permit at a popular South Carolina market.

A police report says an officer had noted the teen selling the art, called Palmetto Roses, for several weeks as he walked in traffic near Charleston's City Market.

The report says the 16-year-old fought with the officer and it took several witnesses to get the teen in custody.

Charleston Police Chief Luther Reynolds says the teen was charged with breaking a city ordinance requiring a license to sell Palmetto Roses. Charleston created the Palmetto Artisan Program a decade ago to regulate selling the art.

The teen's lawyer, Marvin Pendarvis, told The Post and Courier of Charleston the teen was released from juvenile jail and there are conflicting stories about what happened.

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AP-US-ALLIGATOR-CROSSING

Crossing gator gets the right of way in South Carolina

(Information from: The Island Packet, http://www.islandpacket.com)

HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C. (AP) — How did the alligator cross the road? With some help from police officers in South Carolina.

Beaufort County deputies helped direct traffic Friday after the 8-foot (2.5-meter) alligator was seen walking around construction equipment and rubble piles near a road project on Hilton Head Island.

The scene attracted a large number of bystanders and video was posted on several social media sites.

Sheriff's spokesman Capt. Bob Bromage told The Island Packet of Hilton Head that deputies routed traffic around the gator and protected bystanders for about an hour.

The alligator took its time, resting for several minutes on the warm pavement before finally crossing the road into woods near a pond.

No one was hurt.

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