Originally created 08/21/05

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Police think man shot himself after chase

COTTAGEVILLE -- Authorities think a man shot himself in the head in front of a Cottageville gas station after leading police on a chase through Colleton County.

Deputies said they heard gunshots Friday from the man's vehicle after they used their patrol cars to block him in a parking lot on U.S. Highway 17A.

Deputies dragged the man from the car as it caught fire and noticed a gunshot wound to his temple, Chief Deputy Ted Stanfield said. His identity has not been confirmed, Colleton County Coroner Richard Harvey said. The State Law Enforcement Division is investigating because the man died while he was fleeing police.

Remains could end search for woman

SPARTANBURG -- A forensic anthropologist is working to determine whether remains found in Duncan last week are those of a missing Spartanburg woman.

Rick Snow of the Georgia Bureau of Investigation said he was piecing together bones found Aug. 12 to determine whether they belong to 24-year-old Tamika Huston. Mr. Snow said he should have answers by the middle of next week.

Police believe Ms. Huston was killed around May 9, 2004.

Mr. Snow said a positive identification of the remains would be determined if dental records or fingerprints are available.

Hydroplaning blamed for deadly accident

ROCK HILL -- The state Highway Patrol said a wreck that killed two people this week on U.S. Highway 21 was caused by a car hydroplaning.

Troopers first thought Thursday's accident was caused by Halley Brooke Miller , 19, making an illegal U-turn. Authorities changed their theory after further investigation , Lance Cpl. Josef Robinson said.

He said Ms. Miller's car hydroplaned and veered into the path of a car driven by Daniel R. Kimbrell, of Rock Hill.

Ms. Miller, of Lancaster, was killed along with Wayne Allen Smith, 21, of Kershaw, who was riding in the other car.

City leaders have no plans for $1 million

GREENVILLE -- The city of Greenville has been awarded $1 million in federal transportation funds for a "multi-modal station," but officials don't have any specific plans for it.

Mayor Knox White said officials learned a few years ago that the multi-modal concept - connecting different types of transportation at one point - was popular in Washington. So the city put in a funding request for the money, thinking it might move the bus system's transfer station soon.

It wasn't a high priority , Mr. White said. Still, $1 million for the city's concept showed up in the $286.4 billion transportation spending bill signed by the president last week.


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