Originally created 09/23/05

Across South Carolina



Man dies at hospital following his arrest

COLUMBIA - A 28-year-old man died after Columbia police arrested him Thursday morning.

Police arrested Hakeem Abdul Shaheed after hearing that someone had tried to force their way into several apartments, according to a release from the Richland County Sheriff's Office.

Police heard cries for help from residents in an apartment and found Mr. Shaheed inside in an agitated state, the department said. After trying to talk with him, police said they decided to handcuff him and wait for EMS to arrive.

The man died at Palmetto Richland Memorial Hospital, Richland County Coroner Gary Watts said.

Agriculture appointee wants to be elected

COLUMBIA - The man Gov. Mark Sanford tapped to run the state's Agriculture Commission says he'll run as a Republican for the office next year.

Bowman dairy farmer Hugh Weathers says he'll formally announce his bid Monday.

Mr. Sanford appointed Mr. Weathers to run the Agriculture Commission last year after Charles Sharpe was indicted after an FBI investigation of a cockfighting operation.

Mr. Weathers is the only Republican or Democrat to announce for the office.

Line failure leaves 5,000 without power

BLUFFTON - Nearly 5,000 homes and businesses lost power when a utility line fell in a heavily wooded area.

Wednesday's outage left gas stations unable to pump fuel, forced dentists and doctors to cancel appointments and left some businesses unable to serve customers. Power was restored by 1 p.m., South Carolina Electric and Gas spokesman Robin Montgomery said.

A piece of bracing that supported a cross arm on a 75-foot-tall utility pole in Sun City Hilton Head broke around 8 a.m., causing a high voltage transmission line to fall to the ground..

Man gets 30 years in killing at card game

CONWAY - A Loris man has been sentenced to 30 years in prison for a fatal shooting during a robbery at a card game more than two years ago.

Terrence Leon Cox was found guilty of murder, armed robbery and four counts of assault and battery with intent to kill.

- Edited from wire reports