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Police say slaying tied to dog’s death

COLUMBIA — Investiga­tors in Lexington County say the suspect in the shooting death of a 56-year-old man was upset because his dog was struck and killed by a car.

Sheriff James R. Metts said William Rush Falls was killed as a result of a dispute involving the death of the dog owned by 19-year-old Jeffrey O’Neal Kight Jr.

An arrest warrant says Falls was in the kitchen of his home Wednesday when someone fired a round from a shotgun while standing outside in front of a glass window. Falls was hit in the neck and face.

Kight is charged with murder and possessing a weapon during the commission of a violent crime. He’s being held without bond in the Lexington County Detention Center.

Elementary school fights bat problem

GREENVILLE, S.C. — Parents of children who attend a Greenville County elementary school are receiving warnings of bat sightings in the building.

The school district used an automated calling system to notify Fountain Inn Elementary parents about the bats appearing at the school again.

Oby Lyles, a spokesman for Greenville County Schools, said bats were seen Thursday coming and going through the gym’s exterior walls. Lyles said no bats have been seen in the building.

Lyles said district officials are getting help from a pest-control company to deal with the bats. He said a trap is being installed over the access area to allow the bats to exit but not re-enter, and that all drains and roof flashing are being checked.


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