Across South Carolina

Report shows efforts by fire department


CHARLESTON --- The Charleston Fire Department released a progress report Friday that shows it is making improvements but still does not require four firefighters aboard each fire truck.

The improvements were recommended by a safety panel in October after the Sofa Super Store fire that killed nine firefighters.

One of the key recommendations made by the panel was that no city fire trucks roll unless there are four firefighters aboard.

A department spokesman says that it will take time to hire and train firefighters to meet that requirement.

Murder suspect was freed by mistake

HARTSVILLE --- Authorities were looking for a Darlington County murder suspect who was freed from custody by mistake this week.

Sheriff's Lt. Robin Bryant said the State Law Enforcement Division and the U.S. Marshals service have joined in the search for 22-year-old Mardrall Deon Addison.

Mr. Addison was released Monday from the Broad River Correctional Institution in Columbia after serving time for a probation violation. He was supposed to be returned to the Darlington County jail to await trial on a murder charge. But Chief Deputy Tom Gainey said a Darlington County official wrongly told the state prison to release the man.

Soldier is killed by bomb in Afghanistan

SPARTANBURG --- A National Guard soldier from Wellford died Wednesday in Afghanistan after his vehicle struck a bomb, according to the Department of Defense.

Sgt. Shawn F. Hill, 37, joined the National Guard 12 years ago and was serving his second tour overseas, his wife Julie said. The Hills had been married for 16 years and had three sons. He joined the National Guard to provide for them as he studied electrical engineering and continued to serve after becoming an electrician, his wife said. Sgt. Hill was assigned to the 178th Engineer Battalion, 218th Infantry Brigade, based in Rock Hill.

Man who tattooed drunken teen charged

ANDERSON --- Authorities have issued an arrest warrant for an Anderson County tattoo artist who a woman says gave her teenage daughter a tattoo even though she was drunk.

Sherie Burroughs said her 16-year-old daughter went into Aggression Studios two weeks ago and some men in the shop thought it would be funny to give her a tattoo. Ms. Burroughs said her daughter was drunk and thought it would be funny at the time. But she said her daughter now regrets it. It is against the law to tattoo anyone under 18 without permission or anyone who is intoxicated. Bryan McCall has been charged with illegally tattooing a person under the age of 21.

-- Edited from wire reports