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Fire at golf course destroys 75 carts

BLUFFTON, S.C. — A fire in a cart shed at a Bluffton golf course has destroyed as many as 75 carts, and authorities say it’s the second such blaze in Beaufort County since November.

The fire ripped through the shed at Eagle’s Pointe Golf Course about 7:30 p.m. Friday. Though the fire was under control by 8:15, firefighters had to continue spraying the ruins with flame-retardant foam because of battery acid from the carts. No injuries were reported.

General manager Brent Carlson declined to comment because he hadn’t spoken with authorities at Textron Financial Corp., which owns Eagle’s Pointe.

Authorities said a fire in a cart shed at Bear Creek Golf Club in Hilton Head Plantation on Nov. 26 was intentionally set and destroyed 52 golf carts.

Man made fake 911 calls, police say

GREENVILLE, S.C. — Authorities in Greenville County have accused a man of making almost 40 fake 911 calls dating back to July 2010.

The Greenville County Sheriff’s Office said Ralph Roan Lawson, 43, called emergency personnel last week to report his wife was unconscious. When deputies and emergency personnel reached his home, they determined there was no emergency.

Deputies said while they were investigating the case, a second call made by the same person early Tuesday said there was a fire at a church in Anderson County and that people were trapped inside.

Investigators said they determined Lawson had made 38 false emergency calls, 21 of them since Nov. 24, 2012.

Lawson was arrested Thursday and released on a $3,000 bond.


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