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Bill wants more light during police stops


COLUMBIA - South Carolina drivers might have to flip on their cars' interior lights in addition to rolling down the window when a police officer pulls them over.

Rep. Catherine Ceips, R-Beaufort, has proposed a law that would require drivers to turn on their dome lights during a traffic stop in the dark or face a $25 fine.

The bill passed through the House of Representatives last year but went nowhere in the Senate.

"This is on request of several police officers to save lives," Ms. Ceips told the Beaufort Gazette.

Rescued fishermen are in good condition

MYRTLE BEACH - Three South Carolina fishermen whose boat was adrift and without power in 6- to 8-foot seas were in good condition after being rescued by the Coast Guard.

Anthony Culler, of Littler River; Charlie Lee, of Garden City and Clay Ware, of Cayce, were on the Bonney Anne when their anchor line broke Saturday night. An onboard electrical fire left the boat without power and dead in the water.

The men activated their emergency beacon Sunday morning, and the Coast Guard launched a helicopter from Charleston and a C-130 from Elizabeth City, N.C., and found them.

Police charge man with firing at trooper

IVA - An Anderson County man was charged Sunday with shooting a rifle at a state trooper after the officer went to a house to investigate an abandoned car. The trooper was not hit.

Robert Lee Crump, 53, of Iva, was charged with assault with intent to kill, driving under the influence and driving under suspension, according to Anderson County Detention Center records and Lance Cpl. Kathy Hiles, a Highway Patrol spokeswoman.

The incident took place Saturday at Mr. Crump's home, Lance Cpl. Hiles said.

Road fees likely for Sun City homeowners

BEAUFORT - Future Sun City Hilton Head homeowners will pay road impact fees after the community's developers got "a soft arm-twisting" from Beaufort County, according to a county councilman.

The county has been searching for ways to increase funding to improve its roads, and though the retirement community technically doesn't have to raise its impact fees, County Council Chairman Weston Newton told the developers it was possible the county could persuade a court to reopen the development agreement.

"It was a soft arm-twisting," Mr. Newton told The Island Packet. "It's a recognition that we're all in this situation together."

- Edited from wire reports