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Woman charged with killing her husband


PIEDMONT --- A 78-year-old woman has been charged with murder after deputies say she attacked her husband with a hammer and gardening tool.

Anderson County Sheriff's spokeswoman Susann Griffin said Thursday that Gwen Rice was arrested Thursday in the June 16 death of her husband. Ms. Griffin said the woman had been recovering in a hospital after she cut her arms and tried to overdose on medication after the attack.

Investigators think Mrs. Rice's husband, Paul Norman Rice, was playing solitaire on a computer June 16 when he was hit. He died the same day on his way to the hospital of a heart attack, not blows to his head and body.

Mrs. Rice was being held at the Anderson County jail Thursday.

A call to her home in Piedmont and to her attorney was not immediately returned Thursday.

Finance report shows Sanford's $1.7 million

COLUMBIA --- Gov. Mark Sanford doesn't have his sights set on a state political race anytime soon, but he's still got a pile of cash.

The Republican governor's campaign finance report Thursday showed he had $1.7 million on hand at the end of June.

Mr. Sanford is in his second term as governor and can't run for a third under the state Constitution.

He spent $25,606 from April through June. Nearly all was paid to political consulting firm Red Sea LLC.

Man held in theft, sale of bleachers

BEAUFORT --- A 28-year-old man was arrested after Beaufort County authorities say he stole, cut up and sold a $13,000 set of county-owned aluminum bleachers to a scrap metal dealer.

The Beaufort Gazette reported that Harry Lee Singleton was arrested Wednesday afternoon at his home and charged with receiving stolen goods and obtaining goods under false pretenses. Authorities say he stole the bleachers from a field last week.

The Beaufort County Sheriff's Office says the man dismantled and cut the bleachers into smaller pieces to make them easier to haul to a scrap metal dealer.

Sheriff P.J. Tanner says the dealer called his office after hearing chatter between other dealers.