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June 30, 2018 - 12:00 am


SC fireworks sales permits show rich market along NC border

(Information from: WYFF-TV,

GREENVILLE, S.C. (AP) — South Carolina fireworks dealers are seeing strong sales opportunities along the North Carolina border, which bans the sale of fireworks that leave the ground.

WYFF reports that more than half of the state-issued permits needed to sell fireworks in South Carolina are for businesses within 50 miles of the North Carolina border.

About a quarter of the permits allowing seasonal fireworks sales are in counties that touch the Tar Heel state.

Five of the counties with three or more annual permits are in the South Carolina Upstate.

Richland County has the most temporary permits with 60. Charleston County has the second-most with 42, followed by Greenville County with 38, Lexington County with 36 and both Anderson and Spartanburg counties with 31.



Funeral home sued after woman's body found years after death

SPARTANBURG, S.C. (AP) — A South Carolina family is suing a funeral home, contending a loved one's body was left decomposing there for nearly three years.

Media organizations report that Mary Alice Pitts Moore's body was found in February at the Spartanburg funeral home, almost three years after her family thought she had been cremated.

Her husband and son allege in a lawsuit against First Family Funeral Home and its operators that Moore's remains were kept in an unrefrigerated room.

Spartanburg County Coroner Rusty Clevenger said the 63-year-old woman's embalmed body was found on a board covered with a cloth and surrounded by fragrances that masked the smell.

The funeral home's license had been revoked before operators accepted the body for cremation.

The funeral home has asked for the lawsuit's dismissal.


South Carolina congressional candidate out of ICU

CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — A congressional candidate in South Carolina seriously injured in a wreck last week has been moved out of the intensive care unit of a hospital.

A spokesman for 47-year-old Katie Arrington said in a news release Thursday night that Arrington was making good progress in physical therapy in a Charleston hospital.

The car Arrington was in was being driven by a friend, Jacqueline Goff, who was also seriously injured in a June 22 wreck.

The driver of the other car, 69-year-old Helen White, died from her injuries.

Arringon ousted First District Republican Rep. Mark Sanford in the June 12 primary.

Her Democratic opponent, Joe Cunningham, said Thursday he was resuming campaign activities. Cunningham said in a statement that he was thankful that Arrington is expected to make a full recovery.


Report: 17 hurt in South Carolina crash involving church bus

MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. (AP) — Emergency officials in South Carolina say 17 people were hurt in a traffic accident involving a church bus from Virginia.

Horry County Fire Rescue spokesman Mark Nugent told news outlets Friday that the bus carried 11 children and two adults, and officials identified it as being from Ridge Baptist Church from the Richmond, Virginia, area.

Nugent said three people are in critical condition, three have serious injuries and nine have minor injuries. One child had to be removed from the bus and two people refused medical treatment.

A white sedan and a red pickup truck appear to have been involved in the crash, but there was no immediate word on the occupants of that car.

The church's website said a youth group was attending a camp in Myrtle Beach.


South Carolina woman charged in death of dropped baby

CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — A South Carolina woman has been arrested and charged in the death of her baby that was dropped earlier this week.

News outlets report that a police statement says 31-year-old Tamika Yolanda Williams of North Charleston said she dropped 3-day-old Triton to the ground Tuesday, then placed him in a bassinet and waited 20 minutes before calling for help.

She's been charged with homicide by child abuse. It was not known if she has a lawyer.

Investigators say Williams deliberately dropped the boy, causing several skull fractures. The Charleston County Coroner's Office confirmed Thursday the child died of blunt head trauma.

The woman's husband, 38-year-old Marcus Williams said he doesn't know what his wife might have done, but he said he forgives her. He called her a "good mother."


Man arrested in South Carolina hit-and-run death

LEXINGTON, S.C. (AP) — A man has been arrested and charged in a hit-and-run death involving a teen in South Carolina last week.

South Carolina Highway Patrol Lance Cpl. David Jones told news outlets that 33-year-old Kyle Andrew Roach was arrested Thursday after a tip about his van.

Roach is charged in the June 22 death of 19-year-old Tijhee Dijon Salley of Lexington.

The Highway Patrol says Salley was riding a bicycle in the Red Bank area of Lexington County when he was struck by a van. He was taken to a hospital where he died the next day.

Roach is charged with leaving the scene of an accident involving death. He's being held in the Lexington County jail. It was not known if he has an attorney yet.

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