News from around The Carolinas

October 21, 2012 

South Carolina

Charleston

Man shot to death near downtown

A man was shot and killed near downtown Charleston on Saturday morning.

Police say someone reported a shooting to 911 around 6 a.m. Saturday at an intersection not far from the end of Interstate 26 in Charleston.

Authorities said 37-year-old Albert Brown was dead when paramedics and officers arrived.

No arrests have been made and investigators have not released a motive for the killing.

Orangeburg

2 claim to be chair of SC State trustee board

South Carolina State University has two trustees who are both claiming to be chairman of the board.

The Times and Democrat of Orangeburg reports Walt Tobin was elected chairman on Sept. 27 when he won five votes in a three-way election. But six trustees say that election was invalid and called their own meeting Wednesday, unanimously electing Patricia Lott chairwoman of the board.

Tobin and his supporters say the second meeting and election was illegal because there wasn’t a five-day notice. They say any challenge to his election should have been made at the September meeting.

Trustee John Corbitt says Tobin’s election was invalid because he did not get a majority of the votes. Tobin got five votes, Lott got four and Corbitt got two at the September meeting.

Charleston

Machinists union talks to Boeing employees in SC

Union officials are meeting with workers at Boeing’s North Charleston plant.

The Post and Courier of Charleston reported that the informal sessions with the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers have only attracted a few dozen employees.

But the meetings are especially sensitive after the fight between the union and Boeing when the company announced it was building an assembly plant in South Carolina.

Machinists union spokesman Tommy Mayfield says more than 50 workers have talked to him about their concerns with overtime, scheduling and opportunities for promotion. He says the South Carolina workers are aware the union employees at Boeing plants in Washington were paid more.

U.S. Sen. Jim DeMint says S.C. Boeing employees would be foolish to even talk to unions.

Newberry

Police arrest 3 carjacking suspects

Authorities say three men suspected of carjacking in Greenville County have been arrested after trying to run from police in Newberry County.

Investigators said a trooper who was stopping to check on a disabled car on the shoulder of Interstate 26 near Newberry late Saturday night saw three men run into the woods.

Newberry County Sheriff Lee Foster says deputies linked the men to the carjacking in Greenville County. The sheriff says one of the men was arrested a short time later, but it took officers hours of searching in the woods to find the other two suspects.

Darlington

Deputies search for stolen U-haul truck

Darlington County investigators need help locating a stolen 17-foot 2010 Ford U-haul truck.

The truck was taken Tuesday night from Jack’s Radiator Service on U.S. 52 in Darlington.

Investigators say that the vehicle was spotted Wednesday night as the suspects tried to cut a fence at a small engine shop just down the street. When the alarm went off, the bandits fled the area.

The truck has a horse and buggy photo on the side and the name of Quebec. If you have any information about this case, call the Darlington County Sheriff’s Office at 398-4501 or your local law enforcement agency.

North Carolina

Salisbury

Rowan County deputy fired after stalking charge

Authorities say a Rowan County deputy has been fired after he was charged with stalking a former girlfriend.

Chine Grove Police arrested 33-year-old Brian Long late Saturday night. He was an officer at the county jail.

Investigators say Long placed a tracking device on his former girlfriend’s car. The sheriff’s office fired Long on Friday.

Long was being held at the Cabarrus County jail, awaiting a court hearing Monday.

It wasn’t known if he had a lawyer.

Greensboro

Greensboro convenience store robbed Sunday morning

A convenience store was robbed early Sunday morning.

Police say a man went into the Kangaroo Mart on Yanceyville Street at 3:20 a.m. After walking inside, he hopped over the counter, showed a handgun to the clerk and demanded money.

After the clerk gave it to him, the man fled on foot.

The robber is a black male in his 20s, 6 feet tall and has a stocky build. He was wearing a hooded silver coat and black jeans.

A police K-9 unit tried to run a track on the suspect but was unsuccessful.

From wire reports

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