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September 28, 2018 - 12:00 am

MOTORCYCLE WRECK

Coroner: Biker dies crashing into wall while fleeing police

GAFFNEY, S.C. (AP) — Authorities say a 20-year-old motorcycle driver has died after crashing into a brick wall while trying to get away from police.

Cherokee County Coroner Dennis Fowler said a state trooper was trying to pull David Engwiller over in Gaffney on Friday morning because he didn't have a license plate on his motorcycle when he sped off.

Fowler says the trooper turned off his blue lights and didn't chase Engwiller after he fled on state Highway 11. But the coroner said in a statement that witnesses saw Engwiller continue to speed until he lost control of the motorcycle and crashed into the brick wall of a garage.

Fowler says Engwiller was wearing a helmet and died at the scene.

MILITARY PLANE CRASH

New military jet crashes, pilot ejects in S Carolina

BEAUFORT, S.C. (AP) — Authorities say a military jet has crashed but the pilot was able to eject from the aircraft in coastal South Carolina.

The Beaufort County Sheriff's Office said the crash was reported about 11:45 a.m. Friday near the Grays Hill community and the pilot is being checked for injuries. No one on the ground was hurt.

A military official says the plane is a Marine F-35B fighter jet on a routine training mission. The official spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss information before it is made public.

The Marine version of the jet is capable of short takeoffs and vertical landings. One flew its first combat mission Thursday in Afghanistan. The jet costs about $100 million.

The crash happened about 4 miles (6 kilometers) west of Marine Corps Air Station Beaufort.

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Associated Press writer Lolita C. Baldor contributed to this report.

TROPICAL WEATHER-VOTER REGISTRATION DEADLINE

Top SC prosecutor wants voter registration deadline

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — South Carolina's top prosecutor says people should get more time to register to vote because of historic flooding caused by Hurricane Florence.

Attorney General Alan Wilson's office says he filed a lawsuit late Thursday against the State Election Commission.

Currently, people must register before October 7 to vote in the November 6 general election. Wilson says that deadline should be extended 10 days because some voter registration offices and many roads are still closed due to flooding in some parts of the state.

Wilson wants the extended deadline to apply to both in-person and mail-in registration. Officials with the Election Commission didn't immediately return a message seeking comment.

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SUPREME COURT-KAVANAUGH-LINDSEY GRAHAM

Kavanaugh aided by Graham's fiery defense

WASHINGTON (AP) — Brett Kavanaugh looked in desperate need of a fighter on his behalf at about the time Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham offered a fiery defense.

Kavanaugh had been giving impassioned testimony to the Senate Judiciary Committee, denying allegations of sexual assault.

Graham, a South Carolina lawmaker, told the judge straight out Thursday, "You've got nothing to apologize for."

Kavanaugh alternated from anger to tears during fiery testimony. Democratic senators pressed Kavanaugh over and over again to request an FBI investigation if he had nothing to hide.

TROPICAL WEATHER-FLORENCE

Flooding in Florence's final stand not as bad as feared

GEORGETOWN, S.C. (AP) — Officials in the final place to see flooding from Hurricane Florence say the waters aren't as high as originally feared.

Officials in Georgetown County, South Carolina, say the floodwaters spread out as they moved toward where five rivers flow into the Atlantic Ocean.

County emergency management officials said on their Facebook page that the Waccamaw River should crest at record levels Saturday but will be well below the destructive forecasts from earlier in the week. The river is influenced by tidal flow, so it will recede at low tide before reaching the record at high tide.

South Carolina transportation officials say they will begin removing a temporary flood wall that narrowed the main U.S. Highway 501 bridge to Myrtle Beach to two lanes starting Monday.

PILOTS KILLED

2 seasoned Florida pilots killed in South Carolina jet crash

GREENVILLE, S.C. (AP) — Authorities say the two pilots killed when their mid-sized jet ran off a runway and split in two at a South Carolina airport were seasoned pilots.

National Transportation Safety Board investigator Dan Boggs said the Dassault Falcon that crashed Thursday at the Downtown Greenville Airport had a voice recorder, but he will need to examine the wreckage for a data recorder.

The 10-passenger jet broke in two after overshooting the runway. Authorities say two people on the plane were injured and are in serious condition.

The Greenville County Coroner's Office identified the pilots as 49-year-old John Caswell of Port Saint Lucie, Florida, and 66-year-old Stephen Fox of Indian Rocks, Florida.

Boggs said at a news conference the plane took off from Tampa, Florida, and the weather was clear.

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