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Driving test thwarts sheriff on first try

ANDERSON - Anderson County Sheriff David Crenshaw has been driving for 14 months on an expired license. He said he flunked the driving test the first time he tried to get his license back.

Sheriff Crenshaw calls it a mistake - he thought he had a 10-year license instead of a five-year license.

"Apparently, they quit sending out renewal notices. I just wasn't aware that it had expired," he said.

It had been so long since Sheriff Crenshaw had a valid license that he had to take the driving test to get it back.

"I did my three-point turn backwards," he said. "But I did OK when I took the test again."

Police said man made, sold fireworks

SPARTANBURG - A 38-year-old man has been arrested after he sold his homemade fireworks to an undercover agent, Spartanburg County deputies said.

Authorities raided the duplex home of Steven Escudero on Thursday and said fireworks filled every room of the house. Many of them were commercial-grade - much more powerful than individuals are allowed to possess without a proper license, authorities said.

Mr. Escudero used some of the ingredients of the powerful fireworks to make other fireworks and bombs, which he sold to teens and over the Internet, deputies said.

Cause of plane crash will remain mystery

MYRTLE BEACH - The reason a pilot lost control of his small airplane and crashed while trying to land, killing all six people on board more than a year ago, will never be known, according to a National Transportation Safety Board report.

Pilot Jon Kraut, of Ewing, N.J., his wife, three daughters and their baby sitter all died in the Feb. 3, 2006, crash near Grand Strand Regional Airport in North Myrtle Beach.

Federal investigators determined that Mr. Kraut lost control of the Raytheon Beechcraft King Air 200 and flipped as he tried a second landing around 8:45 p.m.

After aborting a first landing, Mr. Kraut told controllers the left engine didn't appear to be working properly, according to the NTSB report released Wednesday.

Worker dies after falling from tower

BLUFFTON - A 30-year-old worker fell 150 feet to his death from a communications tower Thursday, authorities said.

Charles Moore, of Woodstock, Ga., was working with two people about a third of the way up the tower when he fell, said Kirk O'Leary, a spokesman for the Bluffton Township Fire District.

"The victim had cut his finger and was bandaging the cut with electrical tape," Mr. O'Leary said. "And all of the sudden, he just fell."

- Edited from wire reports


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