Coroner says murder-suicide killed couple
Authorities say a Seneca man shot his girlfriend in the chest and neck before turning the gun on himself outside their Seneca home.
Oconee County Coroner Karl Addis says an autopsy confirmed the 1 a.m. Saturday shooting happened the way deputies suspected.
Addis says 58-year-old Gwendolyn Hiott bled to death after being shot and 50-year-old James Wesley Foxx died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head.
Investigators say a handgun was found near Foxx’s body.
Someone passing by the home called 911 after seeing two bodies in the yard after sunrise Saturday.
Shots fired outside nightclub
Gunfire erupted outside a Columbia area nightclub early Sunday morning but no one was hurt.
A man wearing a black sweatshirt fired “multiple shots” at two women who were leaving Club Crush around 4:30 a.m., said Richland County Sheriff’s deputy Curtis Wilson.
The man’s shots only hit their vehicle and other cars in the area, Wilson said.
Detectives are investigating but have made no arrests.
Masked man robs store
Authorities are searching for a suspect in a Laurinburg armed robbery Thursday night that left a store clerk injured, according to police.
At 10:30 p.m. on Thursday, a masked subject entered the Shop and Win Dollar Store at 1104 South Main St. The store was open for business at the time, although no other customers were on the premises and only one clerk was on duty.
The suspect displayed a handgun and demanded money from the clerk, according to Lt. Cliff Sessoms of the Laurinburg Police Department. An undisclosed amount of money was stolen, as well as the clerk’s cell phone and the business phone.
The suspect struck the clerk in the head with the weapon and locked him in a room before fleeing the scene. The clerk suffered a “minor laceration” and was able to escape from the locked room shortly.
Police are searching for the suspect, who has been identified as 28-year-old Deangelo Terry.
Carpet plants to close, cutting 550 jobs
Gulistan Carpet will idle a plant in Wagram, eliminating 150 jobs, county officials have confirmed.
The company also plans to close a plant in Aberdeen for a total job loss of 400.
Based on information filed with the N.C. Division of Employment Security about the closing, both of the plants will close effective June 30. The reason given for the closings was that the facilities were “not profitable.”
It is unclear how many of the jobs lost belong to residents of Scotland County. In the past the Wagram facility has operated as a dye house for Gulistan’s carpet manufacturing operation.
The Aberdeen facility has been in operation since 1957, with Gulistan setting up shop there in 1995.
Gulistan notified its employees of the closings last week.
Detective says victim caught thief
Authorities arrested a man last month they say was caught coming out of his neighbor’s unattended home.
Detective Nathan Mace of the McDowell County Sheriff’s Office charged Joseph Raymond Fix, 27 with one felony count each of burglary and larceny. He was taken into custody in lieu of a $30,000 bond.
On Friday Paul Philbeck said he had gone to his brother’s house nearby. As the two were walking back to Philbeck’s camper, they noticed a jumper box had been taken from inside the home and placed outside, according to Mace.
As they got closer, the victim and his brother saw Fix, Philbeck’s neighbor, come out of the camper with a beer in his hand, the detective said.