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June 16, 2018 - 12:00 am


Students in recovery to find help at U of S Carolina in fall

(Information from: The State,

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — When students return to the University of South Carolina this fall, they'll find the school has added a full-time staff member who coordinates support programs for recovering addicts.

The State newspaper in Columbia reports the school has hired Larkin Cummings, who previously worked at the University of Texas-Austin in that university's recovery program.

A survey conducted in the fall of 2016 found 4 percent of the student body could use help recovering from a drug or alcohol addiction. That's about 1,350 students at one time.

USC spokesman Jeff Stensland said in an email that students in recovery told school administrators that such a position is needed.

About 200 colleges and universities have a recovery program for students.



S Carolina toddler dies; cause of death investigated

SPARTANBURG, S.C. (AP) — Authorities are investigating the cause of death of a South Carolina toddler whose body temperature was high when emergency responders began treating him.

Spartanburg police Lt. Doug Harwell says the father of 18-month-old King Trammel called emergency services Friday afternoon because his son needed medical assistance.

Harwell tells news outlets that the father began driving his son to the hospital, then followed an ambulance until it stopped.

Spartanburg County Coroner Rusty Clevenger said emergency responders then worked to lower the boy's body temperature because he was very hot.

The National Weather Service reports temperatures peaked at 90 degrees shortly before 4 p.m. Friday.


Charleston city council to consider apology for slave trade

CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — The South Carolina city that served as a port for slaves will consider an apology for its role in the buying and selling of people.

News outlets report Charleston's city council will consider a two-page apology resolution Tuesday, which is also "Juneteenth," a celebration of the end of slavery. The agenda says the resolution will recognize, denounce and apologize for Charleston's role in the slave trade.

The meeting will be held at City Hall, which slaves built.

Council member William Dudley Gregorie says the resolution is more than a symbolic gesture. It also says the city will commit to continuing to "pursue initiatives that honor the contributions" of slaves.

According to the National Park Service, about 40 percent of African slaves entered the U.S. through Charleston.


Sentenced as a juvenile, SC man gets life behind bars again

CHESTER, S.C. (AP) — A South Carolina man sentenced to life in prison when he was 16 has been sentenced again to life behind bars for the 1988 double homicide.

WSOC-TV reports 46-year-old Theodore Harrison was sentenced Friday. His case was in court again because of a U.S. Supreme Court ruling in 2012 that mandatory sentences of life without the possibility of parole are unconstitutional for juvenile homicide offenders.

In 2016, the court said the decision applied to more than 2,000 inmates already serving those terms nationwide.

Harrison admitted killing 22-year-old Renee Collins and 18-year old Brian Stephenson during a robbery in Chester County.

Harrison's lawyer said Harrison has been rehabilitated in prison, but prosecutors said Harrison had a history of violent behavior that can't be ignored.


Island preserve off Georgia coast celebrates 40 wild years

(Information from: Savannah Morning News,

SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) — The Ossabaw Island Heritage Preserve off Georgia's coast is marking its 40th anniversary since it became the state's first heritage preserve.

The Savannah Morning News reports that Friday was the anniversary of the day in 1978 when then-Gov. George Busbee signed an executive order with the designation.

Patricia Barmeyer, who helped to forge the deal as a young lawyer in the office of the Attorney General, says Georgia has achieved what it set out to do with the purchase of Ossabaw and its designation as a preserve.

The 26,000-acre (40.6 square mile) island in Chatham County is home to alligators, otters and bald eagles. It also serves as a nursery to sea turtles, with 314 loggerhead nests erupting with hatchlings on its beaches last year.



Police: Cop charged after sharing crime photos, other info

LEXINGTON, S.C. (AP) — Authorities say a sheriff's deputy in South Carolina sent driver's license information, crime scene photos and investigation information to his friends.

The State Law Enforcement Division says 32-year-old Brandon Jones was charged Friday with public official use or disclosure of confidential information.

Lexington County Sheriff Jay Koon said Jones accessed the information for six months in 2017 and was fired in August.

A warrant says Jones shared call logs, incident reports, crime scene photographs and other information. The warrant and sworn statement did not say who Jones gave the information to or why he was sharing it.

If convicted, Jones faces up to five years in prison and a $5,000 fine. It wasn't known if he had a lawyer.

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