Author: Associated Press

South Carolina mental hospital patient died at bottom of dogpile

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) – A patient at a state mental hospital in South Carolina has died after being at the bottom of a dogpile of several employees – something specifically prohibited in their training. The State newspaper reports three of the 13 employees involved in the death of 35-year-old William Avant in January had not been through training on physically…

South Carolina man faces murder charge in shooting of father

LADSON, S.C. (AP) – Authorities say a 25-year-old South Carolina man faces murder charges in the fatal shooting of his father. The Post and Courier reports Robert Edward Millen was initially charged with two counts of attempted murder after shooting his father and a brother Monday. But the father, 54-year-old Bradley Millen, died later. Lt. Chris Brokaw of the Charleston…

Orangeburg County won’t pay to have storm debris hauled away

ORANGEBURG, S.C. (AP) – Some residents of a South Carolina county hit hard by severe thunderstorms last month aren’t getting help from the government to haul away the debris. The homeowners association of The Landing neighborhood in Orangeburg County asked County Council to use its workers to haul away branches and other debris after June’s storms, which included gusts to…

Rare sea turtles smash nesting records in Georgia, Carolinas

by Russ Bynum, The Associated Press

SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) — Rare sea turtles are smashing nesting records this summer on beaches in the Southeast, with scientists crediting the egg-laying boom to conservation measures that began more than 30 years ago. Giant loggerhead sea turtles weighing up to 300 pounds (136 kilograms) crawl ashore to dig nests in the sand every summer along the southern Atlantic coast….