Originally created 12/29/04

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Woman dies in fire; coroner awaits report

PIEDMONT - A woman has been killed in a house fire in Piedmont, the sheriff's office said Tuesday.

Wanda Gail Romine, 41, was found dead inside her home after firefighters put out the blaze, Greenville County Deputy Coroner Karie Kain said.

The coroner's office said it is awaiting a toxicology report to determine a cause of death, Ms. Kain said.

The fire happened just before midnight Monday, said Sgt. Shea Smith, a spokesman for the sheriff's office.

Two men wanted for questions in shooting

GREELEYVILLE - Two men are wanted for questioning in a Christmas morning shooting that left a Williamsburg County nightclub owner dead.

Louis Henry Jr., 61, was shot several times in an apparent robbery as he closed Louis' Club at about 2:30 a.m. Saturday, authorities said.

A second man, Benjamin George, was wounded in the shooting. He played dead until the robbers left, then called 911, deputies said. He was taken to the hospital, and his condition was not available.

Mr. George told deputies one of the suspects shot him twice shortly after coming in the door. The man then demanded money from Mr. Henry before several more shots were fired, investigators said.

Deputies want to question Glen Wilson, 29, and Michael Hilton, 21, Sheriff Kelvin Washington said. He would not call them suspects but said the pair are "armed and dangerous."

SLED is investigating shooting by officer

HARTSVILLE - The State Law Enforcement Division is investigating the shooting of a Hartsville man by a city police officer.

Police Chief Tim Kemp said the shooting occurred in a furniture store parking lot at about 9 a.m. Monday when the suspect flagged the officer down. Mr. Kemp said the officer responded when the suspect became irate and produced a weapon.

He said the suspect was injured and taken to a hospital, where he is in stable condition.

The officer, a sergeant, has been placed on administrative leave with pay. Mr. Kemp said the sergeant has been on the force for five years or more.

Police to file charges in death of 2-year-old

ROCK HILL - Police expect to file charges in the next few days in a shooting that left a 2-year-old girl dead.

Kenyatta Dixon was shot in the forehead with a .38-caliber revolver Sunday night and died a day later, authorities said.

People in the home said a 3-year-old relative accidentally pulled the trigger, police said.

It's also possible the gun went off after slipping from a table.