Originally created 06/14/06

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Man, 22, charged in rape of woman, 82

CHARLESTON - A 22-year-old Summerville man is accused of holding an 82-year-old woman captive inside her James Island home and repeatedly raping her.

Brandon Vernard Johnson is charged with first-degree criminal sexual conduct, first-degree burglary, kidnapping and stalking. He was being held Tuesday without bail at the Charleston County jail.

Charleston County investigators accuse Mr. Johnson of locking the woman inside her home after escorting her back from a grocery store.

Authorities say the assault lasted from 8 p.m. Friday until 4:45 a.m. Saturday. A neighbor called authorities after hearing a noise and spotting Mr. Johnson inside the woman's home, Lt. Mikel Benton said. Deputies arrived as the rape was taking place, he said.

The woman told deputies the man had escorted her home a couple of days earlier and said he wanted to have sex with her. She told the man that the idea was absurd.

Ex-deputy gets prison for killing girlfriend

ANDERSON - A former Anderson County deputy and Iva police officer has been sentenced to 12 years in prison for killing his girlfriend.

Jay Carl Brooks pleaded guilty to voluntary manslaughter Monday.

Mr. Brooks shot 39-year-old Lisa Holcombe in the neck outside their home in October 2004.

The two were fighting and were extremely intoxicated, prosecutor Chrissy Adams said.

Revolutionary War map hangs in library

WALHALLA - A map of North and South Carolina from 1775 that was said to be so accurate that troops from both sides used it in the Revolutionary War has found a home in Oconee County.

The copy of Henry Mouzon's map hangs in the South Carolina Room of the Oconee County Library in Walhalla.

"The thing that I find most interesting about this map is that it shows the locations of the Cherokee towns of Seneca, Oconee and Keowee as they were in 1775," said Luther Lyle, the chairman of the Oconee County Arts and Historical Commission.

An anonymous donor gave the map to Oconee County.

New law is effort to end animal fighting

COLUMBIA - South Carolina has a tougher animal fighting law after Gov. Mark Sanford signed legislation Monday.

The law started out as an effort to end hog-dog rodeos, events where dogs maul and maim hogs to subdue them and people bet on how fast that bloody work is done. But it was broadened to include any animal blood-sport and imposed heftier penalties, including property forfeiture.

The law also raises cockfighting penalties, currently a misdemeanor with a $100 fine or as much as 30 days in jail.

- Edited from wire reports


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