Across South Carolina

State wants to charge tolls on Interstate 95


MYRTLE BEACH - State transportation officials have asked the federal government for permission to charge tolls on Interstate 95.

South Carolina is joining Florida, Georgia, North Carolina and Virginia in asking the Federal Highway Administration to charge people who drive I-95, said Michael Covington, the state Department of Transportation's director of administration.

The interstate runs from Maine to Miami.

The money would pay to maintain and improve I-95, officials said.

Even with federal permission, the five states would have to agree on tolls and South Carolina lawmakers would have to give permission, Mr. Covington said.

The state has also received permission to collect tolls to help pay for construction of Interstate 73 through northeast South Carolina, Transportation Secretary Buck Limehouse said.

Mr. Covington said transportation officials have not decided whether to put tollbooths on I-73.

Officer who shot man to death is cleared

SUMMERVILLE - Prosecutors have cleared a Summerville officer who shot a man to death when he charged at the officer with a Taser.

Steven Edward Dahlke, 43, was being booked on suspicion of breaking into a car when he wrestled away Officer Michael Files' Taser and stunned him with it, chief Charleston County prosecutor David Pascoe said.

"The overwhelming evidence is that Dahlke charged Officer Files with the Taser pointed at him," Mr. Pascoe said. "The officer, literally, had seconds to react."

Parents visit man found with explosives

CHARLESTON - The parents of Youssef Megahed, one of two men charged last week with possession of explosives found in a car during a traffic stop, have met with their son.

The Megaheds traveled from Tampa, Fla., to visit their son Friday and brought him a prayer rug and a copy of the Islamic holy book, the Quran.

"They are satisfied with his conditions and with his safety," said Ahmed Bedier, the executive director of the Tampa, Fla., chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations.

Mr. Megahed and Ahmed Mohamed, both studying at the University of South Florida, were charged last week after police said they found pipe bombs in their car during a traffic stop.

The men said the devices were fireworks. They were driving through Goose Creek to vacation at a North Carolina beach, their attorney has said.

No federal charges have been filed but investigators are still looking into the case, said Berkeley County Chief Deputy Butch Henerey.