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Former Friend Sought in Florida Woman's 1995 Murder
Cops Seek Former Friend in
Woman's 1995 Cold Case
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Cops Seek Former Friend in Woman's 1995 Cold Case

'Finding Carlos is of critical importance' to solving Maria Telles-Gonzalez's killing, authorities say

(Newser) - A woman's body was found in a drainage ditch off Interstate 95 in Yemassee, South Carolina, on May 24, 1995. She was wearing only underwear and had no possessions. Apart from a couple of scars, there were no identifiers. As a result, it took authorities more than 27 years...

Campaign Backtracks on Trump Gun Purchase

Social media post said former president picked out a Glock in South Carolina

(Newser) - Donald Trump apparently was just browsing at a South Carolina gun store on Monday, which works because it's not clear that he's allowed to buy a firearm anyway. A campaign spokesman had tweeted that the former president purchased a Glock firearm while in Summerville for a campaign appearance,...

Gunmen Open Fire on Teens, Killing 3, Over Old Grievance

South Carolina schoolmate arrested on murder counts

(Newser) - Two people showed up at an abandoned South Carolina house where four teenagers were hanging out and opened fire, killing three of them and wounding the fourth in an escalation of an old quibble over a burglary, authorities said Monday in Columbia. A 17-year-old Eau Claire High School student was...

911 Recording: 'Ma'am, a Military Jet Crashed. I'm the Pilot'

Marine tried to convey urgency of medical help to dispatcher

(Newser) - A military pilot whose advanced fighter jet went temporarily missing over the weekend is heard repeatedly requesting an ambulance in a perplexing 911 call from the South Carolina home where he had parachuted to safety, according to an audio recording released Thursday to the AP . The four-minute recording captures the...

South Carolina Gets Its Hands on Death Penalty Drug

State has obtained pentobarbital to carry out lethal injections, will resume executions after 12 years

(Newser) - South Carolina has obtained a drug needed to carry out lethal injections and is ready to perform the state's first execution in over 12 years, officials announced Tuesday. South Carolina used to be one of the most prolific states in the nation when it came to putting inmates to...

Pilot Parachuted Into Backyard After Ditching Fighter Jet

Many questions remain regarding Sunday's incident

(Newser) - The pilot of a $100 million stealth fighter jet parachuted safely into the backyard of a home in South Carolina after a malfunction forced him to eject from the aircraft, causing the plane to crash into a wooded area about 60 miles away, the AP reports. A US Marine Corps...

Murdaugh Lost a Lot of Prison Privileges This Week

Inmate can't use phone, tablet, or prison canteen after participating in Fox docuseries

(Newser) - Imprisoned double murderer Alex Murdaugh just lost his cell phone, tablet, and canteen privileges for breaking prison rules to participate in a Fox Nation docuseries. Murdaugh—a former high-profile lawyer who was sentenced to life in prison without parole in the June 2021 killings of his wife, Margaret, and their...

Cops: Homeowner's Shooting of USC Student Was Justified

Nicolas Donofrio was shot after he broke window, tried to open door, police say

(Newser) - In what the police chief of Columbia, South Carolina, says is a "heartbreaking case for all involved," a homeowner who shot and killed a University of South Carolina student early Saturday will not face charges. The Fifth Circuit Solicitor's Office and the Columbia Police Department have determined...

Zoo Accused of Being 'One of the Worst' Is No More

South Carolina's Waccatee Zoo has been shuttered as part of a settlement with PETA

(Newser) - Three months ago, PETA removed nine animals from what it called "one of the worst roadside zoos in America." Now, that venue has been shut down for good. The animal rights group has reached a settlement with the Waccatee Zoo, located in South Carolina's Myrtle Beach area,...

Student Tries to Enter Wrong House, Is Shot Dead

Tragedy took place days after start of fall semester at University of South Carolina

(Newser) - A South Carolina college student went to the wrong house Saturday, and it cost him his life. The 20-year-old sophomore at the University of South Carolina lived on the same street in Columbia, the state capital, where he was shot; police say he was trying to get into the wrong...

Mother Sentenced in Slaying of Her Newborn in 1992

Infant girl was found in a South Carolina river

(Newser) - A South Carolina woman was given a life sentence Wednesday in the 1992 death of her newborn daughter. Stacy Michelle Costner Rabon, 50, had been found guilty of homicide by child abuse this month by a York County jury. She'll be eligible for parole in 2031 because she was...

No Bail for Woman Accused of Killing Bride in DUI Crash

Judge says Jamie Komoroski must remain in custody until March 2024 trial

(Newser) - The woman accused of slamming into a newlywed couple's golf cart while driving drunk, killing the bride and seriously injuring the groom, has been in jail for three months—and she won't be getting out any time soon. At a hearing Tuesday, a South Carolina judge rejected 25-year-old...

Man Who 'Repeatedly' Enabled Alex Murdaugh Gets 7 Years

Russell Laffitte was found guilty of wire and bank fraud in November

(Newser) - The man who once headed a highly respected bank in the South Carolina Lowcountry will spend seven years in federal prison for helping convicted murderer Alex Murdaugh steal nearly $2 million from clients' legal settlements. Russell Laffitte was sentenced Tuesday after a jury found him guilty of six charges related...

Tim Scott Is Suddenly a Hot Topic in GOP Field
Tim Scott
Is Suddenly
a Hot Topic
in GOP Field
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Tim Scott Is Suddenly a Hot Topic in GOP Field

South Carolina senator is rising in the polls and drawing donors in the 2024 race

(Newser) - The two big narratives in the GOP race are that Donald Trump has cemented himself as the formidable frontrunner and Ron DeSantis is languishing . But now a third narrative is emerging, one that has South Carolina Sen. Tim Scott on the upswing. If it's true that voters seem to...

After Heuermann Arrest, Cold Cases in 3 States Get New Look

Long Island architect owns property in Nevada, South Carolina; Atlantic City looking its cases over

(Newser) - Unsolved murders "around the nation" are getting a fresh look this week in light of the arrest of suspected serial killer Rex Heuermann, Suffolk County, New York, Police Commissioner Rodney Harrison tells WABC . Heuermann is charged with killing three sex workers on Long Island, and is considered the prime...

SC Woman Walking Dog Killed in Alligator Attack

69-year-old was attacked near golf course on Hilton Head Island, authorities say

(Newser) - A woman who was walking her dog near a golf course in South Carolina Tuesday morning was killed in what authorities believe is the county's second fatal alligator attack in less than a year. The 69-year-old woman was found unresponsive near a lagoon bordering a golf course on Hilton...

6 Killed, One Injured in Suspected Arson

Ryan Lenard Manigo charged with attempted murder; more charges are pending

(Newser) - A South Carolina man stands charged after six people were found dead in a house fire Sunday in Green Pond, with the lone survivor airlifted to a nearby hospital in critical condition. Ryan Lenard Manigo, 33, is charged with the attempted murder of the survivor, and CNN reports that further...

Trump Crowd Boos Graham for Six Minutes

This took place in South Carolina, the senator's home state

(Newser) - Amost 75% of those voting in South Carolina's Pickens County backed then-President Donald Trump in the 2020 election, and it showed Saturday. As many as 50,000 supporters swarmed Main Street in Pickens, the county seat, on a hot and muggy day to hear the candidate speak at the...

Lawsuit: SC Fire Chief Chased Teens, Held Them at Gunpoint

They were pursued after using chief's driveway to turn around

(Newser) - A fire chief in South Carolina is being sued over what the mothers of two teenagers say was conduct "utterly intolerable in a civilized community." According to the lawsuit, Townville Fire Chief Billy McAdams and his son chased two 17-year-olds at high speeds and held them at gunpoint...

College Intern's Grueling 1.2K-Mile Commute Goes Viral

Sophia Celentano actually saves money by flying from SC to gig in NJ every Wednesday

(Newser) - College student Sophia Celentano gets up around 3am every Wednesday to get ready for her summer internship—not because her gig starts very early (it's a traditional 9-to-5), but because she's a "super commuter," flying 600 miles one way from her home in Charleston, South Carolina,...

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