News from around The Carolinas

February 24, 2013 

South Carolina

Galivants Ferry

Missing Mullins boater’s body discovered

The body of a Mullins boater missing for five days was discovered by Department of Natural Resources officers Wednesday afternoon in Galivants Ferry.

Horry County deputy coroner Darris Fowler said Michael Shelley, 55, of Mullins was recovered yesterday on the Horry County side of the Little Pee Dee River. According to a preliminary autopsy report completed later that day, Fowler said the cause of death was drowning and there was no reason to suspect any foul play.

DNR spokesman Robert McCullough said Shelley disappeared in the Little Pee Dee River off S.C. 917 in Mullins near a private landing on Cox’s Lake Rd. last Friday morning.

DNR officers along with Marion and Horry country rescue squads, family and friends all took part in an extensive search that included dive teams and a helicopter. More than three days searching in and around the river was difficult considering rain and snowfall this past weekend.

McCullough said officers made the recovery in a swamp three-tenths of a mile from where they found boat, which was four miles up the river near Galivants Ferry.

Inman

Man struck and killed after jumping from truck

Investigators in Spartanburg County are trying to figure out why a man jumped from a truck just before he was struck and killed by a car.

The coroner’s office said 39-year-old Gene Pearson Jr. died at the hospital shortly after being injured Friday night.

Witnesses told troopers that Pearson appeared to jump from a truck on a road not far from U.S. Highway 176 in Inman.

Authorities say Pearson was then struck by a 2007 Cadillac driven by an 80-year-old man. Troopers say no charges have been filed in the incident.

Orangeburg

SC State will fix Massacre marker

The family of one of three South Carolina State University students killed in a shooting known as the Orangeburg Massacre is trying to fix a mistake in his name on a marker honoring the three men.

The Times and Democrat of Orangeburg reports that the campus marker has the wrong middle initial for Delano H. Middleton. It lists him as Delano B. Middleton instead.

The family isn’t sure how the mistake happened. One theory is the wrong initial was pulled from Middleton’s nickname, “Bump.”

Interim University President Cynthia Warrick says the school is now aware of the mistake on the monument erected in 1969 and plans to fix it.

Middleton and two other students were shot and killed by state troopers during a February 1968 campus civil rights protest.

Columbia

Teen charged with shooting at bar district

Investigators say an 18-year-old man fired several shots as the bars closed in Columbia’s entertainment district.

Authorities say Shiquan Cwiklinski was shooting at a Columbia police officer and the man he was arresting around 2 a.m. Saturday. Dozens of people were also in the area as bars had just closed. No one was injured.

Columbia Police have increased patrols of the Five Points entertainment district after several other reports of gunshots in recent weeks. Chief Randy Scott says 20 officers were in the area at the time of Saturday’s shooting.

Cwiklinski was charged with two counts of attempted

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Kannapolis

Troopers have a mystery after body found on I-85

N.C. troopers are trying to figure out how a body ended up on the shoulder of Interstate 85 near Kannapolis.

Authorities were called around 12:30 p.m. Saturday, but say the person had been dead for hours and the body was so injured that they weren’t even sure at first whether the victim was a man or a woman.

Investigators said Sunday they likely know the identity of the dead man, but are awaiting a check of dental records to confirm.

Troopers say they were no calls for wrecks in the area. They are trying to determine if the victim jumped from a moving car, was walking on I-85 or jumped and fell from a nearby overpass.

The investigation shut down the southbound lanes of I-85 for several hours Saturday.

New Bern

Mom charged with DWI in wreck that killed daughter

N.C. troopers say a 24-year-old New Bern woman has been charged with driving while intoxicated in a crash that killed her 6-year-old daughter.

Authorities said Amber Sandvig crossed the center line Friday while driving near New Bern and hit an SUV head on.

Troopers say Sandvig’s daughter was wearing a lap belt, but not the shoulder strap of her seat belt. She died a short time after the wreck at the hospital.

Authorities say Sandvig was taken by helicopter to a hospital. Prosecutors and troopers are considering additional charges. The driver of the SUV, her 32-year-old passenger and Sandvig’s 2-year-old son also were taken to the hospital. Their conditions were not known.

From wire reports

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