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Suspect in killings is arrested in Tennessee


SPARTANBURG --- A suspect in the deaths of two of his relatives was arrested after police in Tennessee found him in a truck that had been reported stolen from one of the victims, police said Saturday.

Spartanburg County investigators and forensic detectives are heading to Nashville, Tenn., to build a case against Phillip Tapp, 54, sheriff's spokesman Maj. Dan Johnson said.

Mr. Tapp faces immediate charges of property theft and driving under the influence, police said.

Maj. Johnson said Mr. Tapp is a suspect in the deaths of his relatives, Marshall Scott Tapp and Kenneth Leroy Tapp.

Driver in deadly crash was drunk, police say

FLORENCE --- Authorities say an adult and two children were killed after a drunken driver crashed into their vehicle in Florence County.

Troopers say the wreck happened around 2 a.m. Saturday on U.S. Highway 76 near Francis Marion University.

Coroner Bubba Matthews said Phillip Roland Marshall, 34, was speeding when his car crashed into another vehicle with five people inside.

Teen charged in death of 67-year-old woman

SUMTER --- Police say a teen has been arrested in the beating death of a 67-year-old Sumter woman.

Investigators charged Tevin Goodman, 17, with murder, first-degree burglary and auto theft Friday.

Police Chief Patty Patterson said Mr. Goodman is connected to the death of Mary Horger Hunter, whose body was found in her home Thursday.

Four other people have been charged with other crimes in the case, including two men who police say were riding in Ms. Hunter's stolen car Thursday.

Man gets 6 years for crash that left 3 dead

YORK --- A York man has pleaded guilty to drunken driving in a crash that killed his brother, cousin and cousin's girlfriend.

The Herald of Rock Hill reported that Kevin Leon Loggins, 29, was sentenced to six years in prison Friday.

Prosecutors say Mr. Loggins was supposed to be the designated driver but had a blood-alcohol level of 0.114 after the November crash.

Authorities say Mr. Loggins was driving 98 mph on state Highway 5 when he lost control.

In other news

ROBERTA ADKINS GOES to a number of Circle K stores in her job as traveling manager for the convenience store chain. She says it's no longer a surprise to see people lose their temper over gas prices. "It is not all that uncommon for people to come in upset. They scream, they holler, they cuss," Ms, Adkins told The Post and Courier of Charleston on Friday.