Five people injured in apartment shooting
CHARLESTON - Police in Charleston are investigating a shooting that injured five people, including a 3-year-old girl.
Several media outlets reported that the child was shot in the leg after a group of men ran into an apartment.
Two women at the scene were arrested and charged with marijuana possession. Officials would not say whether drugs were involved in the shootings.
Drug raids in Upstate yield 18 indictments
COLUMBIA - Police raids in the Upstate rounded up 18 people indicted last month on charges of trafficking cocaine, marijuana and a particularly dangerous form of methamphetamine, the attorney general's office announced Monday.
A state grand jury indicted 23 people Aug. 8 on a total of 63 charges, which could result in almost $4 million in combined fines and sentences nearing 1,300 combined years in prison. State and local law enforcement conducted the raids between Aug. 28 and Sept. 4. Five of those indicted remain fugitives, Attorney General Henry McMaster said.
According to the indictments, drug busts across the Upstate between January 2006 to May 2007 led to the seizure of more than 11 pounds of cocaine, 433 pounds of marijuana and 11 pounds of meth "ice," a pure, professionally manufactured form of the drug.
Bear sightings prompt information sessions
MYRTLE BEACH - An increase in bears coming into contact with humans has led the state Natural Resources Department to hold a program aimed at teaching people what to do - and what not to do - should they encounter one.
"Calls and public inquiries concerning black bear encounters on the coast have more than tripled in the past three years," said Deanna Ruth, a wildlife biologist at the state Department of Natural Resources.
A rash of recent sightings include bears in downtown Conway and downtown Georgetown. Wildlife officials say the drought could be bringing some of the animals out to look for food.
The coastal black bear is not dangerous, but should not be approached.
Jury selection begins in kidnapping case
BEAUFORT - Attorneys are picking a jury in Beaufort for the trial of a man accused of keeping a 14-year-old girl captive in an underground bunker in Kershaw County.
The trial of 37-year-old Vinson Filyaw was moved to Beaufort because of publicity. There are about 100 potential jurors.
The teen was rescued last year after she managed to send a cell phone text message to her mother more than a week after her abduction.
- Edited from wire reports