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Man in Car With Walter Scott Speaks, Just Once

Pierre Fulton doesn't know why he ran

(Newser) - Why Walter Scott bolted during a routine traffic stop is a mystery even to Pierre Fulton, the man in the Mercedes with Scott when he was pulled over by South Carolina police officer Michael Slager. "Walter was a dear friend and I miss him every day," Fulton says... More »

After Scott Shot Dead, Talk of 'Pumping' Adrenaline

Dashcam captured conversation between officers

(Newser) - The dashcam in Michael Slager's patrol car captured more than the now-fired officer stopping Walter Scott for a busted taillight. The Guardian reports the camera recorded for an hour following that stop, and it picked up a conversation between two officers just after the shooting. It captures a senior... More »

Man Who Filmed SC Shooting Considered Erasing Video

But he turned it over to Scott family instead

(Newser) - The disturbing video that resulted in murder charges for a North Charleston, SC, police officer almost never saw the light of day. In an MSNBC interview, Feiden Santana says he feared for his life after taking video of Michael Slager shooting Walter Scott in the back as the 50-year-old Scott... More »

Arrest Made in Case of 300K Dead Chickens

James Laverne Lowery was a former Pilgrim's Pride employee

(Newser) - An arrest has been made in the bizarre case of 300,000 chickens that were killed in South Carolina roughly two months ago. Former chicken farmer James Laverne Lowery, 44, was arrested at his Sumter County home last night and hit with second-degree burglary and malicious injury to personal property... More »

South Carolina Cop Fired After Fatal Shooting

Mayor says every officer in North Charleston will wear body cameras

(Newser) - With protests gaining steam, the city of North Charleston is trying to stay aggressive in its reaction to a white police officer's fatal shooting of an unarmed black man: Officer Michael Slager, who already has been charged with murder , has been fired from the force, the mayor said today.... More »

SC Cop Charged With Murder After Shooting Unarmed Man

Post and Courier: Video shows him firing 8 times as victim fled

(Newser) - A police officer in North Charleston, South Carolina, is being charged with murder after a bystander's video appears to show him firing at a fleeing suspect eight times or more, reports the Post and Courier . (That story includes the video, which is graphic.) The video appears to contradict... More »

300K Chickens Killed in Possible Revenge Attack

South Carolina sheriff thinks culprit was upset over layoffs

(Newser) - South Carolina authorities have a bizarre crime on their hands—involving the deaths of more than 300,000 chickens. The culprit or culprits broke into 16 commercial farms across the state over the last two weeks and killed the birds by manipulating the temperature in the chicken houses, reports the... More »

Hunt Is On for Fugitive Treasure-Hunter's Loot

Investors want bounty worth millions they say Tommy Thompson got on 'Ship of Gold'

(Newser) - Deep-sea treasure hunter Tommy Thompson made headlines in 1988 when he found the legendary "Ship of Gold" (aka the USS Central America) shipwreck off the coast of South Carolina, which sank to the ocean floor with thousands of pounds of gold in 1857. Now he's in the news... More »

Confederate Sub May Finally Reveal Secrets

Cleaning of hull should shed light on why 'HL Hunley' sank

(Newser) - A Confederate sub that sank with its eight-man crew 150 years ago is nearing the end of a painstaking cleaning process expected to shed light on why it never returned to shore, reports AP . About 70% of the HL Hunley's hull has now been revealed at a lab in... More »

SC Schools May Teach Gun Training

House bill calls for 3-week study of 2nd Amendment

(Newser) - Two new bills could bring gun education, including gun training, to South Carolina students. The first is from Rep. Alan Clemmons, who tells WCIV that teachers don't focus enough on the Second Amendment, and that a lack of knowledge about guns and gun safety implies "the gun is... More »

Deeded to God, Healing Springs Draw Believers

South Carolina Healing Springs are site of 1781 legend

(Newser) - A natural spring in South Carolina was deeded to God, and those who have visited it over the past 233 years have no trouble seeing why. "I'd take a shower in it if I could," Annabelle Galik says of the Healing Springs of Barnwell County. "Jesus... More »

Judge Tosses 1944 Conviction of Black 14-Year-Old

George Stinney was executed after jury deliberated 10 minutes

(Newser) - It took an all-white jury in South Carolina all of 10 minutes to convict 14-year-old George Stinney in the murder of two white girls in 1944, and the black teen was executed in the electric chair three months later. Today, a state judge exonerated him, reports WLTX . Judge Carmen Mullen... More »

Ex-Cop Charged for Murder of Unarmed Black Man

Richard Combs, former SC police chief, indicted for shooting Bernard Bailey in 2011

(Newser) - On the same day a New York City grand jury declined to indict white police officer Daniel Pantaleo for killing unarmed black man Eric Garner (and not even two weeks after Michael Brown shooter Darren Wilson escaped indictmen t), a South Carolina grand jury took the other path. Richard Combs,... More »

Piece of America's Slavery History Uncovered

Dig finds timbers from Gadsden's Wharf

(Newser) - Over the course of just a few decades at the turn of the 19th century, some 100,000 slaves arrived in the US at Gadsden's Wharf, in Charleston, South Carolina. With a new African American Museum set to begin construction at the site in 2016, researchers decided to launch... More »

SC Trooper Charged for Shooting Unarmed Man

Victim was just reaching for license

(Newser) - Officials say a former South Carolina state trooper is charged with a felony in the shooting of an unarmed man during a traffic stop earlier this month. The SC Law Enforcement Division says in a news release that 31-year-old Sean Groubert was charged yesterday with assault and battery of a... More »

SC Dad Probed for Abuse Before Child Murders

Timothy Ray Jones faces 5 counts of murder

(Newser) - Questions remain as to how a man once described by a therapist as "a highly intelligent, responsible father" could be accused of killing his five children . But as the New York Times reports, Timothy Ray Jones "was leading a fractured life fraught with feelings of betrayal, anxiety, and... More »

House Speaker Blew $1M in Campaign Cash: SC Indictment

South Carolina politicians call for Bobby Harrells' resignation

(Newser) - South Carolina House Speaker Bobby Harrell is the first sitting speaker in recent memory to be indicted. A grand jury handed down a nine-count indictment yesterday that accuses him of spending $1 million in campaign funds to pay credit card debt, the $70,000 salary of a secretary who works... More »

Cops: SC Dad Killed His 5 Kids

Timothy Ray Jones led police to bodies in garbage bags

(Newser) - Grim news from the South: Police in Mississippi say a South Carolina man has confessed to murdering his five young children, who were found in individual garbage bags buried near a highway in Alabama. Timothy Ray Jones, who had primary custody of the three boys and two girls ages 1... More »

Court: Workers' Comp Justified Over Kickball Game

Employee got injured at company game, can collect

(Newser) - If the company softball or kickball game gets a little too violent, the South Carolina Supreme Court says you may be entitled to workers' compensation. The court today ruled that Stephen Whigham, who was injured in his firm's kickball game, is entitled to workers' compensation benefits because he was... More »

Mailman Saves Choking Baby

Chris Brown in right place at right time

(Newser) - A letter carrier in South Carolina went far beyond the call of duty when he saved the life of an 11-month-old last week. When young Eli stuffed a plastic wrapper in his mouth, he began to choke, his mother, Stephanie Cooper, tells WYFF . "I turned around and started beating... More »

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