ABBEVILLE STANDOFF ANNIVERSARY
Home stands 10 years after Abbeville standoff
ABBEVILLE, S.C. (AP) - The family who ambushed two police officers 10 years ago in Abbeville because they were angry they were going to lose 20 feet of their land to a highway project has now lost their entire property to the government for the road.
But what happens next to the home where one of the most intense firefights ever in South Carolina happened is unclear.
Abbeville County officials refuse to release the name of the person who bought the home at a delinquent tax auction in November 2012 because they said the deed turning over control of the land has not been finalized.
So the home sits like a macabre reminder of the most horrible day Abbeville has seen in a generation. The standoff happened 10 years ago Sunday.
Pickens County sheriff won't honor Mandela
PICKENS, S.C. (AP) - Pickens County Sheriff Rick Clark says he won't lower the flag outside the sheriff's office to half-staff to honor Nelson Mandela because the South African civil rights leader was not a United States citizen.
Clark made the announcement Friday on his Facebook page, saying Mandela did great things for his country but he was not an American.
He says the sheriff's office American flag was at half-staff Friday to honor a Florence County deputy killed in a wreck and Saturday for Pearl Harbor Day, but will fly at full staff on Sunday and Monday. He says he would have done the same if he was in office when Pope John Paul II died.
VA OPERATING ROOMS
Columbia VA halts surgeries again because of dust
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - The operating rooms at the Department of Veterans Affairs hospital in Columbia have closed again after dust was found in the operating room.
Officials say the dust was discovered Thursday, just four days after surgeries resumed following a nearly two-month closure of the operating rooms for a similar problem.
Authorities blamed the disintegration of a special air filter for the original problem, but before surgeries resumed, had said they felt they had thoroughly cleaned the operating rooms and fixed the situation.
Officials say the recent problem appears to have a similar cause, but their investigation continues.
Surgeries scheduled for the VA have again been moved to other hospitals in the area.
FOOTBALL COACH ARRESTED
High school assistant arrested on way to game
WINNSBORO, S.C. (AP) - The defensive coordinator for the Fairfield Central High School football team has been arrested on his way to the school's state championship game.
State troopers said 36-year-old David Toney was charged with simple possession of marijuana after the drugs were found on his car when he was stopped for speeding on state Highway 34 around 6 p.m. Friday.
Fairfield Central would go on to lose 41-3 to Dillon High School in the Class 2A Division I title game.
Fairfield Central head coach Demetrius Davis says assistants sometimes drive to games because there isn't enough room on the bus. He didn't want to talk about the arrest.
Toney has coached at the school for three years. It wasn't known if he had a lawyer.
Man admits vandalizing more than 40 SC churches
ORANGEBURG, S.C. (AP) - A man who vandalized more than 40 South Carolina churches because he said he was angry at God has pleaded guilty.
The Times and Democrat of Orangeburg reports that 56-year-old Blake Hiscox was ordered to serve five years of probation.
Hiscox told the judge he realized he needed help for his anger after his arrest in July and was working with several community programs. People with several of the damaged churches also asked the judge to show Hiscox mercy.
Most of the churches had windows broken, although a few reported feces thrown at their buildings.
The judge gave Hiscox a five-year prison sentence, but that will be suspended if he successfully completes his five years of probation.
MAYOR'S BROTHER-IN-LAW KILLED
SC mayor's brother-in-law killed in Charlotte
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) - The brother-in-law of the mayor of Columbia, S.C., has been shot and killed outside a Charlotte store.
Police say Donald Gist Jr. was pronounced dead in the parking lot of the store north of Charlotte's Uptown around 1:15 p.m. Friday.
Investigators say they think Gist was killed by someone he knew and issued a murder warrant for 40-year-old Arthur Given. They have not given a motive for the killing.
Gist's sister is Circuit Court Judge DeAndrea Benjamin, who is married to Columbia Mayor Steve Benjamin.
The Gist and Benjamin families released a joint statement that said they will remember Donald Gist as a loving husband, father, son and brother and are trying to use their faith to make sense of the tragedy.
Union County inmate found dead in his cell
UNION, S.C. (AP) - Authorities say an inmate has died at the Union County jail.
Investigators said 34-year-old Robert Gregory was found unconscious in a cell around 5 a.m. Friday as he awaited a bond hearing. Paramedics could not resuscitate him.
Gregory was behind bars after he was arrested on a criminal domestic violence charge.
Union County Sheriff David Taylor says the State Law Enforcement Division is investigating the death and an autopsy on Gregory has been ordered.
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