Originally created 01/04/06

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Editor resigns after his home is burned

COLUMBIA - The editor of the Columbia City Paper has resigned after an angry reader or source tried to burn his home down.

Corey Hutchins said he discovered someone had tried to set his place ablaze when he came home Saturday from a holiday trip.

A Columbia police report said there was mostly smoke damage but also noted $320 in damage to bedding and books.

Police have no suspects.

Mr. Hutchins said he has received anonymous calls and e-mails about some of his stories in the alternative weekly - some complaining about the paper and others threatening to sue.

There are plenty of people upset with Mr. Hutchins and the paper, which started in August, publisher Paul Blake said.

Mr. Hutchins wrote about a sexual discrimination lawsuit at the University of South Carolina and published Gov. Mark Sanford's personal telephone numbers as part of an editorial about a pending execution, Mr. Blake said.

Deputies investigate death in house fire

BLUFFTON - A woman was found dead in her burning home, and Beaufort County sheriff's deputies are investigating whether the blaze is the work of an arsonist.

Ellen Anna McCormick, 50, died from head injuries, authorities said. Her body was found Sunday night.

Her husband, Charles William McCormick, 49, was arrested early Monday and was charged with threatening Beaufort County Coroner Curt Copeland near the scene.

New Year's accident kills two, injures six

CHARLESTON - Two people were killed and six were injured in an accident along state Route 162 in Charleston County, authorities said.

The New Year's night accident took the lives of two men riding in a 1997 Mercedes that crossed the center line and was struck broadside by a Dodge Caravan minivan, said Capt. John Clark of the Charleston County Sheriff's Office.

The victims were identified as the driver of the Mercedes, 32-year-old Thaddeus Scott of Ravenel, and a passenger, Michael Seabrook, 31, of the Hollywood-Ravenel area, said Charleston County Chief Deputy Coroner Rae Wooten.

Couple dies in wreck in Anderson County

ANDERSON - A Fountain Inn couple died in a wreck Monday on state Highway 24 in Anderson County.

The elderly couple were in a 1992 four-door Nissan Stanza that pulled in front of a 2003 Dodge pickup, Highway Patrol Lance Cpl. Dan Marsceau said.

The couple's names were not immediately released. They were wearing shoulder belts, but not lap belts, Lance Cpl. Marsceau said.

- Edited from wire reports


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