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Cheating officers' punishment reduced

COLUMBIA - Columbia's interim police chief has reinstated more than a dozen officers accused of cheating on an online certification test, according to The (Columbia) State newspaper.

The paper reported that interim Chief Harold Reaves reversed suspensions and demotions for 20 officers who cheated by sharing test answers.

Chief Reaves told the paper he gave letters of reprimand to the officers instead. He said he thought the punishments that had been handed down by former Chief Dean Crisp were excessive.

Chief Reaves was appointed interim chief last month when Chief Crisp retired.

Guardsman will be buried in Kentucky

LONDON - A South Carolina National Guardsman who died in Afghanistan will be buried in eastern Kentucky.

Sgt. Edward Philpot, 38, of Latta, S.C., died Tuesday when his convoy vehicle rolled over, officials said.

Sgt. Philpot will be buried in Manchester, where he lived a few years after graduating from the University of South Carolina, said his father, Ottas Philpot, of London.

Sgt. Philpot was a member of the 1st Battalion 263rd Armored Regiment based in Mullins, S.C.

He was the first South Carolina National Guardsman to die in Afghanistan while serving with a massive brigade deployed in the spring, officials said.

Man to serve 3 years for throwing puppy

CHARLESTON - A judge sentenced a man to three years in prison for tossing a 10-week-old puppy off an apartment balcony during an argument with his girlfriend.

The Yorkiepoo was in a soft-sided container, suffered head injuries and had to be put to death.

Javon Patrick Morris, 22, apologized for throwing the puppy off a North Charleston balcony last March and pleaded guilty to animal cruelty.

The judge, who has owned nine dogs, said he was obligated to hand down a tough sentence.

Deputy hit by driver during traffic stop

BEAUFORT - Authorities say a suspect struck a Beaufort County deputy with his vehicle during a traffic stop Thursday night.

Sheriff's Col. Neil Baxley says the deputy managed to fire his gun, injuring the driver, who then led police on a chase that reached speeds of 100 mph.

Authorities say the vehicle wrecked near Exit 5 on Interstate 95, and the driver was taken to the hospital.

Col. Baxley said the deputy also was treated at the hospital. He wouldn't release the name of the suspect or the injured officer.

- Edited from wire reports


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