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Escorting adoptive couple cost $4,600

CHARLESTON, S.C. — It cost Charleston County just over $4,600 to send three sheriff’s deputies to Oklahoma to assist and escort the adoptive parents from the county in a dispute over a Cherokee child.

Chief Inspector C.W. Brokaw of the Charleston County Sheriff’s Office released an accounting Friday outlining the lodging, air fare and other costs for three deputies sent to Oklahoma on Monday.

Matt and Melanie Capobianco of James Island were given custody of 4-year-old Veronica after a multi-year custody dispute with her biological father Dusten Brown.

The sheriff’s office accounting includes costs for the deputies from Monday through Wednesday.

Investment board picks ex-professor

COLUMBIA, S.C. — A retired University of South Carolina economics professor is the newest member of the board that invests South Carolina’s $27 billion pension portfolio.

The Retirement System Investment Commission unanimously chose Ronald Wilder to replace outgoing commissioner Travis Pritchett.

Wilder joined USC’s economics department in 1970. His 36 years there included 15 as the department chairman.

The board voted following an executive session Thursday.

Pritchett has held the seat that represents state retirees since the board’s creation in 2005.

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