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Computer breach hits 12,500 SC insurance policies

South Carolina's insurance department says hackers might have stolen key personal information for about 12,500 Nationwide Insurance policy holders after breaking into the company's computer network.

The state agency said Wednesday that Nationwide reported its computer system was attacked seven weeks ago by crooks who collected Social Security numbers, drivers license numbers and possibly birth dates.

Insurance officials say Nationwide quickly contacted the law enforcement authorities who are investigating.

The state agency says the risk of identity theft doesn't involve any South Carolina state government computers.


2 at Ft. Jackson failed duty in sex assaults case

An Army drill sergeant is being reprimanded and a company commander counseled after each failed to report sexual assault allegations at South Carolina's Fort Jackson.

The State newspaper of Columbia reported Thursday that commanders at the Army's largest training center promise to look into allegations that other drill sergeants intimidated a victim who accused Staff Sgt. Louis Corral.

He was convicted last week of forcible sodomy, cruelty and maltreatment of subordinates, and other charges. Three female soldiers testified the drill sergeant attacked them during basic training.

Pfc. Natasha Woodruff of Defiance, Ohio, said Corral groped her, and a female drill sergeant tried to intimidate her out of complaining to officers. The 20-year-old now stationed at Fort Bragg, N.C., says Fort Jackson officials told her they planned to investigate further.


Machete assault suspect captured in Atlanta

South Carolina police say they've arrested the man wanted for attacking his housemate with a sledgehammer and a machete in Spartanburg.

The Spartanburg Public Safety Department says 21-year-old Ricky Lee White was arrested by police at the Atlanta Greyhound bus station on Tuesday. Spartanburg police were told that White bought a ticket to Atlanta, and they notified police in Georgia.

A warrant accuses White of attempted murder after authorities say he struck his roommate with a sledgehammer and cut him with a machete on Monday. Arriving officers found a man with several cuts and bruises to his face and torso.

The victim told officers he got away by running out the front door when White was not looking.


Second person charged in repo man killing

A second person is facing charges along with an 81-year-old South Carolina man who police say shot and killed a man trying to repossess a truck.

Sumter County Sheriff's Office says 44-year-old Denise Michelle Livingston has been charged with two counts of accessory after the fact of a felony.

Deputies say 45-year-old Todd Showell of Lee County and another man arrived at the Sumter home looking for a burgundy GMC pickup truck.

Deputies say 81-year-old Alton Shelley came out of the home with a handgun.

The repo men were driving away from the home in a tow truck when deputies say Shelley fired the fatal shots. Shelley is charged with murder and aggravated assault.

North Carolina


Lottery players split pot 1,700 ways

Nearly 1,800 North Carolina lottery players kept it simple when choosing their numbers, and their 10,000-to-1 shot is paying off.

The North Carolina Education Lottery said Thursday the winning numbers of Wednesday night's Carolina Pick 4 drawing was 3-3-3-3. The drawing produced 1,793 winning tickets that matched all four numbers. The winners divide $6.6 million.

The game's top prize of $5,000 will go to 848 players across the state who bought a $1 ticket. A $2,500 prize goes to 945 players who gambled with a 50-cent ticket.

Winners can't claim their prizes until Monday. That's because the state lottery's regional offices are closed through the weekend for the Thanksgiving holiday.

Winners have 180 days to claim their prizes at regional offices in Raleigh, Asheville, Charlotte, Greensboro, Greenville, and Wilmington.


Probe at UNC-CH has months to go

A district attorney says criminal investigators will need until at least next year to pore over emails and financial documents in the academic scandal at North Carolina's flagship public university.

Orange County District Attorney Jim Woodall said the investigation is focused on the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill's African-American studies department, where athletes were enrolled in no-show classes.

Woodall said one State Bureau of Investigation agent is assigned to the case full time. The DA says the investigation is looking for potential fraud, forgery, misuse of state property and putting false information on state documents.

The university's two-year scandal has led to sidelined football players, NCAA penalties, the end of a big-name football coach and resignation of Chancellor Holden Thorp.

From wire reports