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Mother says carjacker smothered 7-year-old


GREENVILLE - Authorities on Monday were investigating the death of a 7-year-old boy, whose mother said a carjacker smothered her child with a pillow and then fled into the woods.

The mother, whose name was not made public, told police she was at a stop sign near Interstate 85 when a man armed with a knife got into her car and told her to drive to a wooded area, said Greenville County sheriff's Master Deputy Michael Hildebrand.

Few other details of the attack were released by authorities.

The boy, Devon Epps, was pronounced dead at a Greenville hospital Sunday night.

Land is largest gift in university's history

CLEMSON - Clemson University reported Monday that it received a record $113.9 million in private donations to academics and athletics in the fiscal year that ended June 30.

A $39.3 million land gift at the old naval base in North Charleston boosted the donation total above $100 million.

The 82-acre property includes the Warren Lasch Lab, a dry dock and a wharf. It was given to the Clemson University Restoration Institute by the city of North Charleston and is the largest single gift in Clemson's history.

Excluding the North Charleston land gift, there was a 28.9 percent increase of gifts to academics over last year.

Police arrest 2 after car drives into crowd

MYRTLE BEACH - A dozen people were injured when a car ran onto the sidewalk of a popular boulevard and crashed into another vehicle, authorities said.

None of the injuries from Sunday night's wreck were life-threatening, The Sun News of Myrtle Beach reported.

Two men in the car that hit the pedestrians tried to run away after the accident. Bystanders tackled one of the men, and the other was found by police about an hour after the wreck, according to the newspaper.

The driver, Kentrel Carter, 19, faces several charges including resisting arrest and destruction of personal property, Myrtle Beach Police Capt. David Knipes said Monday.

Deputy says he fired on suspect in defense

CHARLESTON - A Dorchester County sheriff's deputy shot and wounded a man suspected in a burglary after a car chase. The sheriff's deputy says the man fired first.

Ronald Daniels, 34, of Summerville, was treated for a chest wound after Saturday's shooting, sheriff's spokesman 1st Sgt. Michael Miller said.

He did not release the name of the deputy involved in the shooting.

"This deputy is a seasoned veteran, and I have full confidence in him," Sheriff Ray Nash said in a statement.

- Edited from wire reports