Candidate filings end for state offices
COLUMBIA -A seven-candidate race for the Republican nomination for governor highlights this year's elections for statewide offices.
By the time filing ended at noon Saturday, Republicans had candidates for every statewide office, while Democrats will field someone to run for every position expect adjutant general.
The battle for Strom Thurmond's Senate seat also has shaped up, with Republican Rep. Lindsey Graham taking on former judge, lawmaker and college president Alex Sanders for the Democrats.
Primaries will be June 11, with the general election Nov. 5.
Police charge man in rape, slaying
BATESBURG-LEESVILLE -A man free on bail on a previous rape charge has been charged with raping and killing a 71-year-old woman in her home.
Police charged Darrell Barr, 34, with murder, first-degree criminal sexual assault, first-degree burglary and kidnapping in the death of Ella Harrison.
Homemade explosives planted around houses
CHARLESTON -Twenty homemade bombs were found surrounding two Charleston County homes, police say.
About half the bombs, which were made from plastic bottles filled with household chemicals, exploded before police arrived about 8:30 a.m. Friday. The devices create a caustic spray and toxic fumes that can maim and burn, authorities said.
The bombs appear to have been placed around the homes after dark. In South Carolina, making or possessing an explosive device is a felony punishable by up to 15 years in prison.
Forgeries may be part of larger crime ring
COLUMBIA -Authorities say two Division of Motor Vehicles employees arrested on fraud charges last week may be part of a multistate counterfeiting ring.
The men are linked to a Revenue Department supervisor who was charged earlier this month with issuing fake vouchers so the agency would issue fraudulent checks, police said.
The arrest started an investigation that now involves the U.S. Secret Service, the State Law Enforcement Division and the Richland County Sheriff's Department.
Neal Dolan, the special agent in charge of the Secret Service in Columbia, said the DMV employees "are on the periphery of a group" headed by Mundel Dwayne White, 29, of the Hopkins area.
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