Originally created 05/13/05

Across South Carolina



Pupil accidentally fires deputy's gun

ANDERSON - A gunshot was fired into the floor in an Anderson County middle school after a pupil accidentally pulled the trigger of a deputy's holstered gun.

The gun fired Wednesday morning after a pupil at Lakeside Middle School grabbed it as the deputy told them how hard it was to take a gun from an officer's holster, Sheriff David Crenshaw said.

The pupil's finger apparently was small enough to get inside the holster and pull the trigger, the sheriff said.

"The officer there today had a major lapse in judgment," Sheriff Crenshaw said. "The good Lord blessed us that nobody got hurt."

10-foot-long weenie vanishes from grill

ROCK HILL - Rock Hill police are looking for a hot hot dog.

Someone appears to have stolen a sign featuring a giant wiener in a bun from the Ebenezer Grill after it closed Tuesday afternoon.

Investigators think the suspects should be easy to spot.

"It's tough to hide a 10-foot weenie," Rock Hill police Lt. Jerry Waldrop said.

The smiling hot dog has welcomed customers to the restaurant for the past 18 months, after owner Loyd Ardrey bought it to replace the aging dog that sat atop the roof for years.

The stolen sign cost about $600.

"I just want my weenie back," Mr. Ardrey said.

Man charged in death of pregnant girlfriend

FLORENCE - A 27-year-old woman who was more than six months pregnant with her first child was killed and her live-in boyfriend has been charged with murder, police said.

Eric Dale Tessner, 24, was arrested Wednesday in the death of Jennifer Denise Stonerock, whose body was discovered Tuesday night in her apartment.

Authorities think the killing occurred Saturday night, Florence County Sheriff Kenney Boone said. An autopsy found Ms. Stonerock had been beaten and stabbed to death.

Neighbors told investigators they heard a violent argument coming from the apartment Saturday. Ms. Stonerock's body was found after her ex-mother-in-law and a close friend knocked on the door and didn't get a response, authorities said.

Wealthy man buried in pauper's grave

ROCK HILL - A man who was friend to many, but whose relatives were unknown, was laid to rest Thursday in a pauper's burial even though a cousin had been located.

The cousin - the son of Joel Fox's mother's sister - told authorities to go ahead with plans to bury the 43-year-old engineer and teacher as planned because many of Mr. Fox's friends wanted to attend, said York County Coroner Doug McKown.

Mr. Fox died three weeks ago. He lived in an upscale neighborhood and left more than $100,000 in bank accounts.

- Edited from wire reports