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Ian Becomes Hurricane Again as South Carolina Braces

Storm becomes stronger after slamming Florida

(Newser) - Ian strengthened into a hurricane again on Thursday evening, bringing 75mph winds toward South Carolina, where it's projected to make landfall at midday Friday near Charleston. The National Hurricane Center warned of "life-threatening" flooding and storm surge for the South Carolina coast, the Washington Post reports. With the...

Judge Rules Against 2 Execution Methods in SC

Electric chair, firing squad are unconstitutonal, she says

(Newser) - A South Carolina judge ruled this week that the state's newly created execution firing squad, as well as its use of the electric chair, are unconstitutional, siding with four death row inmates in a decision sure to be swiftly appealed as the state struggles to implement its new execution...

COVID Interrupts Jill Biden's Vacation
First Lady Leaving
COVID Isolation

First Lady Leaving COVID Isolation

Jill Biden tests negative

(Newser) - Update: The first lady is COVID-free again. Jill Biden has tested negative for the coronavirus and will leave isolation in South Carolina, per the AP . The 71-year-old tested positive last week but had only mild symptoms. She now plans to join her husband at their Delaware beach house, her office...

She Was Gardening Before She Was Killed by an Alligator

88-year-old was found dead near pond

(Newser) - An 88-year-old South Carolina woman was killed by an alligator Monday in the country's fourth confirmed fatal gator attack this year. The woman was found after an alligator was spotted "guarding what was believed to be a person" near the edge of a pond in a gated 55-and-over...

SC Woman Killed by Umbrella on Beach Outing

Tammy Perreault, 63, died Wednesday in South Carolina

(Newser) - A midweek beach outing turned tragic for a South Carolina woman after an umbrella blew over and fatally impaled her. WMBF reports that 63-year-old Tammy Perreault of Horry County was struck in the chest Wednesday around 12:40pm by the umbrella. It had toppled with the wind on the shore...

Murdaugh: I Want to Be Tried by 'God and My Country'

He pleads not guilty to killing wife, son

(Newser) - Alex Murdaugh, the disbarred South Carolina lawyer charged with murdering his wife and son last year, appeared in court Wednesday and pleaded not guilty. In answer to a prosecutor's question on how he wanted to be tried, he said, "By God and my country," the State reports....

Report: Murdaugh to Be Charged in Deaths of Wife, Son
Alex Murdaugh Indicted
in Murder of Wife, Son

Alex Murdaugh Indicted in Murder of Wife, Son

South Carolina attorney is charged in double-homicide

(Newser) - Update: This summary has been updated with Thursday's indictment. A grand jury in South Carolina has indicted attorney Alex Murdaugh in the high-profile murders of his wife and son last year, reports the AP . The indictments are for two counts of murder and two counts of possession of a...

Workplace Discovery Solves Missing Man's Disappearance

Alex Gordon fell into industrial shredder at South Carolina plant weeks ago

(Newser) - A 20-year-old employee at a recycling plant in South Carolina seemed to vanish without a trace in May. Now, the coroner in Spartanburg County has solved the mystery: Alex Gordon fell into a giant plastic shredder at the Industrial Recycling and Recovery plant in Greer, reports the State . The revelation...

'Tragic, Freak Accident' in SC Pond Also a Rare One

Officials say alligator yanked victim into retention pond, killed him in Myrtle Beach

(Newser) - There have been only three recorded human deaths due to alligator attacks in South Carolina, but on Friday, a fourth fatality was added to that list. In a Friday Facebook post , the Horry County Police Department reported that shortly before noon that day, a call came in to local firefighters...

Lottery Winner Credits TV Show for His Luck

South Carolina winner uses strategy from TLC program

(Newser) - Odds are that most people who try this strategy are going to lose about $300. A South Carolina man, however, got lucky and won a $100,000 prize. And as CNN reports, the unidentified man credits the strategy he picked up while watching TLC's show The Lottery Changed My ...

SC Candidate, 40, Seeks Age Limit for Politicians

Joe Cunningham says country is being run by 'geriatric oligarchy'

(Newser) - Democratic gubernatorial nominee Joe Cunningham is proposing an age limit for South Carolina politicians—a cap that would cut off the 75-year-old incumbent Gov. Henry McMaster—and making a veiled argument that even fellow Democrats like President Biden are staying "in office way past their prime." "Our...

Republicans Who Criticized Trump Face Tough Primaries

In South Carolina, Rice has 6 challengers

(Newser) - Two Republican US House incumbents in South Carolina who have drawn the ire of former President Donald Trump now find themselves facing tough primary challenges on Tuesday from candidates he has endorsed. Reps. Nancy Mace and Tom Rice criticized Trump after the Jan. 6 insurrection, with Rice among the 10...

Deputy's Crash Brings Reckless Homicide Charges

Cruiser hit car carrying a woman and 2 daughters

(Newser) - A South Carolina sheriff's deputy has been charged with reckless homicide, a month after officials said she ran a stop sign and slammed into a car carrying three people. Deputy Emily Pelletier's car did not have the blue lights or the siren on at the time, said Charleston...

Boy Dies on Vacation in SC in 'Senseless, Senseless Act'

Quarius Naqua Dunham of NH was fatally shot by man who allegedly was firing randomly at cars

(Newser) - A family vacation in South Carolina turned tragic after an 8-year-old boy was fatally shot by a man who was randomly firing at cars, according to local police. NBC News reports on the incident near Florence, where third-grader Quarius Naqua Dunham of New Hampshire was driving with his family around...

Deputy Sentenced to 18 Years in Drowning of 2 Detainees

Women were trapped in back of van after Stephen Flood tried to drive through water

(Newser) - A former deputy in South Carolina who ignored supervisors' suggestions of alternate routes and tried to drive through floodwaters has been found guilty on all charges in the deaths of two women trapped in the back of a sheriff's department van. Stephen Flood, 70, was sentenced to 18 years...

Arrest Made in 2009 Myrtle Beach Disappearance

Brittanee Drexel, 17, vanished during spring break

(Newser) - A full 13 years after Brittanee Drexel disappeared while on spring break in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina authorities said Monday that a suspect has been charged in her death. Raymond Moody, 62, is in custody, officials said, and has been charged with rape, murder, and kidnapping, WCIV reports. The 17-year-old'...

Sheriff: Man Killed Girlfriend, Died While Burying Her Body

Joseph McKinnon's body was found first outside South Carolina home

(Newser) - Joseph McKinnon would be a good candidate for a Darwin award if the details surrounding his demise weren't so grim. Officials say the South Carolina man died of a heart attack during the process of burying his girlfriend, whom he'd strangled to death. The Edgefield County Sheriff's...

7-Car Crash on SC Interstate Caused By ... Pony

It's not clear how the animal got there

(Newser) - A seven-car crash on a South Carolina interstate was caused by a pony, authorities say. The small pony was captured on video prancing through traffic in Spartanburg County on Saturday morning, WYFF-4 reports, and police say it caused a chain reaction of crashes. One person was hospitalized with minor injuries,...

Cops: Frightened Patron Shot Haunted House Performer

Keal Latrell Brown told police he thought gun was a prop

(Newser) - A haunted house performer in South Carolina was shot Saturday for doing his job: scaring people, police say. The performer at the Zombie Experience at the Hollywood Wax Museum Haunted House in Myrtle Beach had scared a group of visitors before he was struck with a bullet to the shoulder,...

Police Identify 2 More Suspects in South Carolina Mall Shooting

One of them has already been arrested

(Newser) - Authorities on Monday announced the arrest of a second man in connection with Saturday's shootout inside a busy shopping mall in South Carolina's capital, one of two mass shootings that rocked the state over the Easter holiday weekend. Marquise Love Robinson, 20, was taken into custody overnight and...

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