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Records discovered in abandoned school


GREENVILLE - Boxes of personnel records - including the Social Security numbers of thousands of teachers - were accidentally left behind by the Greenville County school district when it vacated its office for renovations, officials say.

The 10 boxes held lists of every teacher employed by the district between 1972 and 1990, along with their Social Security numbers, district spokeswoman Oby Lyles said. Several other boxes contained personnel records as recent as 1998.

Ms. Lyles promised the district would investigate and take appropriate action. There was no evidence the records had been duplicated, she said.

District officials and police searched the empty building after The Greenville News told the district it had received an anonymous call about the boxes.

Police chief pleads innocent in death

GAFFNEY - The police chief of Jonesville has pleaded not guilty to reckless homicide in the death of an 8-year-old girl struck by a pickup near her home in rural Cherokee County.

David Parker, 35, was placed on administrative leave after he was indicted Jan. 11.

He was driving his truck July 8 when he hit and killed Peechis Sierra Moore, who was off the road, authorities said.

After entering his plea in court, Chief Parker was released on a $15,000 personal recognizance bond. He faces as much as 10 years in prison if convicted.

Denial of permit halts bridge's construction

COLUMBIA - State environmental officials have refused to issue a water quality permit for a new bridge over Lake Marion.

The Department of Transportation cannot begin construction on the bridge, championed by U.S. Rep. Jim Clyburn, until it gets the permit.

The Department of Health and Environmental Control denied the permit because the DOT didn't provide enough information on the project, agency spokesman Thom Berry said.

Man says he killed mother, burned home

LADSON - A Ladson man has been arrested and charged with murder and arson after telling authorities he killed his mother and set her house on fire, authorities say.

Lester Antonio Simmons, 24, called 911, saying he had killed his mother, the Charleston County Sheriff's Department said.

Deputies met Mr. Simmons at a gas station and went with him to a nearby house, which was engulfed in flames, said Capt. John Clark, a spokesman for the sheriff's department.

Deputies found the body of 43-year-old Thomasina Simmons in the house, Deputy Coroner Kelly Myers said.