COLUMBIA — South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley hopes a judge allows law enforcement to boot Occupy Columbia protesters from Statehouse grounds by the weekend, but protesters contend there is no emergency.
A hearing is set for 11:30 a.m. today in federal court.
State attorneys want U.S. District Judge Cameron McGowan Currie to lift her injunction preventing the state from removing the protesters. The request follows the Budget and Control Board’s approval Tuesday of emergency regulations banning camping and sleeping on Statehouse grounds.
The state’s ability to enforce the rule hinges on Currie accepting the board’s decision as valid.
Man dies after eating cocaine
NORTH CHARLESTON, S.C. — Police in South Carolina have arrested a man they say encouraged his brother to eat cocaine to destroy evidence. The brother died shortly after.
Twenty-three-year-old DeAngelo Rashard Mitchell, of Charleston, has been charged with involuntary manslaughter and distribution of cocaine.
North Charleston police say 20-year-old Wayne Mitchell died less than an hour after eating cocaine when the brothers were arrested Nov. 30.
Pilot says plane accumulated ice
MORRIS TOWNSHIP, N.J. — The pilot of a small plane that crashed on a New Jersey highway and killed all five people on board told air traffic controllers he was accumulating ice as he ascended, federal investigators said Wednesday.
The single-engine turboprop plane spiraled out of control, broke apart and crashed in the wooded median of Interstate 287 in Morris Township on Tuesday morning about 15 minutes after it took off from Teterboro Airport en route to Georgia.
Audio recordings made available online Tuesday revealed that controllers cautioned pilot Jeffrey Buckalew and other pilots about icing occurring up to 17,000 feet.
Zais says opinion could settle dispute
COLUMBIA — South Carolina Education Superintendent Mick Zais says an updated opinion from the attorney general’s office could help resolve a dispute with the state Board of Education that stems from Zais’ refusal to seek federal grants.
Zais spokesman Jay Ragley said Wednesday the education agency’s attorney has offered to stem a threatened lawsuit from the board by seeking an opinion from Attorney General Alan Wilson. An opinion from the office is not binding in court.
The issue boils down to whether the state board can tell the elected schools chief what to do. The Republican superintendent argues the board has no authority over him.
Police investigate allegation at camp
CHARLESTON, S.C. — Charleston police are investigating another allegation of inappropriate sexual conduct at The Citadel’s former summer camp.
Citadel attorney Dawes Cook said Tuesday the school was notified last week by a lawyer whose client attended the camp in the 1980s.
The school has been criticized for its handling of a 2007 complaint involving a counselor, Louis ReVille. The school investigated but did not notify police.
ReVille is charged with molesting nine youngsters when a teacher and coach in the Charleston area.
Child tossed from balcony, police say
BEAUFORT, S.C. — A Beaufort woman has been charged with attempted murder after police say she threw her toddler off the balcony at an apartment complex.
Beaufort Police chief Matt Clancy said the toddler suffered serious injuries.
Twenty-two-year-old Shayla Jerea Bryan was arrested Monday night after officers were called about reports of a child falling off a balcony.
There was no word on the child’s condition.
– Associated Press