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Sentencing date is set for ex-treasurer


COLUMBIA --- Former South Carolina Treasurer Thomas Ravenel will be sentenced Jan. 28 on a federal cocaine charge.

Mr. Ravenel pleaded guilty to conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute cocaine in September.

He faces up to 20 years in prison and a $1 million fine, though his plea agreement calls for a reduced sentence because he is helping prosecutors with their investigation.

Mr. Ravenel's attorneys have argued in court documents that he should not be given any prison time.

The U.S. attorney's office said Mr. Ravenel will be sentenced Jan. 28, along with his co-defendant, Michael Miller, of Charleston.

Warrant is issued in deliveryman's death

SUMTER --- Deputies said they have issued a murder warrant for a man wanted in the killing of a 46-year-old pizza deliveryman during a robbery.

Sumter County Sheriff Anthony Dennis said 20-year-old Daniel Deangelo Jackson took part in the Saturday night robbery, which ended in the death of William Flexon from a gunshot to the chest.

Sheriff Dennis said charges might be filed against more suspects.

Someone called Sambino's Pizza and requested a delivery at an abandoned house, authorities said.

Sheriff Dennis said the pizza was taken, but investigators found money in the victim's pockets.

Blaze at cabinet shop shuts state highway

AYNOR --- State Highway 501 was shut down in both directions Wednesday in the town of Aynor as firefighters battled a blaze at a shop where cabinets are built.

Horry County Fire Rescue Sgt. Todd Cartner said there were people in a building when the fire started but no injuries were reported.

Sgt. Cartner said sawdust at Cabinet Makers kept the small building on fire Wednesday afternoon.

Anynor is about 30 miles northwest of Myrtle Beach.

Vandals flatten tires on 39 school buses

LEXINGTON --- Lexington County school officials said 39 school buses were vandalized and several schools had to delay start times while tires were repaired or replaced.

Lexington 1 district spokeswoman Mary Beth Hill said at least one tire on each bus was deliberately deflated.

Valve stems on some of the tires were broken and had to be replaced.

Total damage is estimated to be more than $1,000.

The buses serve about 650 students and seven schools.

-- Edited from wire reports