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July 20, 2018 - 12:00 am


South Carolina deputies wound shooting suspect

SPARTANBURG, S.C. (AP) — South Carolina authorities say a vehicle chase in which a man fired at deputies through a sunroof with an assault rifle ended with deputies shooting and wounding the suspect.

Spartanburg County Sheriff's Lt. Kevin Bobo said in an email that deputies tried to stop a Spartanburg man and woman Wednesday to serve warrants.

Bobo said 33-year-old Jurrell Keith Thompson and 35-year-old Jodi Lea Stapleton drove away. Sheriff Chuck Wright says Thompson stood up through the sunroof and fired at deputies with what the sheriff called an "AK-47-style" weapon, striking several deputies' vehicles. Wright said when the vehicle stopped, Thompson ran and continued firing and deputies shot him in the leg.

The deputies weren't hurt. Thompson was released from a hospital and now faces three counts of attempted murder. Stapleton faces accessory charges.

The State Law Enforcement Division is investigating.


Arrest made in shooting of teen at South Carolina complex

CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — A suspect has been arrested in the death of one of two teens found shot to death at an apartment complex near the South Carolina coast, while authorities say one of the teen killed shot the other one before dying.

Charleston Police charged a 17-year-old male from James Island in the Sunday shooting of a 15-year-old.

Investigators said the 15-year-old was shot after he killed 17-year-old Juquel Young.

Police Chief Luther Reynolds says the teens' bodies were found near a basketball court after police were called to an apartment complex about gunshots.

Reynolds said there had been an argument before the shootings, but investigators have not determined the subject of the disagreement.


Investigator: Suspect asked for autopsy photo of victim

(Information from: The Index-Journal,

GREENWOOD, S.C. (AP) — An investigator has testified that a man on trial for murder told him he didn't do it, but asked for a copy of the autopsy photo of the victim's body.

Demorris Andrews is on trial for murder for an October 2016 shooting in Greenwood.

The Index-Journal of Greenwood reports that Greenwood Police investigator Matt Blackwell spoke to Andrews about a week after Barry Warren was killed in his home.

Blackwell testified that Andrews told him he was playing video games and smoking marijuana at another house when the shooting happened.

Blackwell said after he showed the photo of Warren's body, Andrews asked for a copy to hang in his room. The investigator says he told Andrews that was sick.

Andrews' trial is continuing.



S Carolina man gets 30 years in girlfriend's shooting death

(Information from: The Island Packet,

BEAUFORT, S.C. (AP) — A South Carolina man has been sentenced to prison in the 2016 shooting death of his girlfriend.

The Island Packet of Hilton Head reports 45-year-old Jamie Jermaine Robinson was convicted Thursday of voluntary manslaughter in the death of 47-year-old Eulia Moon. He was sentenced to the maximum penalty of 30 years in prison.

A Beaufort County Sheriff's Office release says Robinson provided accounts in an interview that were contradictory to evidence found at the scene and other witness statements. He initially claimed a masked assailant robbed him and shot Moon. Prosecutor Kimberly Smith called Robinson "a violent, abusive man" and "liar" in another statement.

He also received five years in prison on a weapons charge that will be served concurrently.



Steel company to create 180 jobs in South Carolina

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — A new steel manufacturing company says it will start operations later this year, creating 180 jobs in South Carolina.

The South Carolina Commerce Department said in a news release Thursday that Schuff Steel Company will spend $9 million to renovate an existing fabrication plant in Rock Hill.

The commerce department said Schuff Steel is one of the largest and most experienced structural steel fabricators and erectors in North America.

Rustin Roach with Schuff's parent company DMB Global said the Rock Hill plant will enhance company operations in the eastern United States.

Hiring is expected to start soon.


McConnell withdraws Trump judicial pick minutes before vote

WASHINGTON (AP) — In a surprise move, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has withdrawn one of President Donald Trump's judicial nominees just minutes before he was set for a confirmation vote.

McConnell announced Thursday on the Senate floor that he was pulling the nomination of Ryan Bounds. Trump had nominated the assistant U.S. attorney in Oregon to be a judge on the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.

The withdrawal of the nomination is a blow to the White House. Judicial nominations are rarely pulled back at such a late stage in the process unless a nominee does not have the support to pass.

The two senators from Bounds' home state, Democratic Sens. Jeff Merkley and Ron Wyden, had objected to the nomination and protested his confirmation in speeches on the Senate floor.

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