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Shoplifting suspect dies in Walmart fight

CONWAY, S.C. --- Authorities say a shoplifting suspect has died after a fight at a Walmart.

Conway police said Sunday that police got a call about a fight just after 8 p.m. Friday. Police spokeswoman Catina Hipps says Walmart employees were trying to stop two shoplifting suspects.

One of the suspects collapsed at the scene and was taken to a hospital, where she was pronounced dead. Horry County Deputy Coroner Tony Hendrick says 41-year-old Dorina Williams of Nichols appears to have died from natural causes.

Ms. Williams' mother says her daughter had asthma but couldn't get to her inhaler in time. A juvenile was charged with shoplifting.

Longtime deputy will seek solicitor position

COLUMBIA --- A top aide says he will run to replace a longtime South Carolina prosecutor who is not seeking re-election a year after a plea deal on a driving under the influence charge.

Deputy Solicitor John Meadors, a prosecutor since 1987, said Saturday he intends to enter the race to replace Barney Giese. Mr. Giese said Friday he wouldn't run again in 2010 to spend time with his family. He has been the chief prosecutor in Richland and Kershaw counties since 1994.

Mr. Giese was charged with DUI in Charleston last year, but that charge was dropped in exchange for a plea to lesser charges of driving the wrong way down a one-way street and improper turning.

In other news

FLIGHTS ARE BACK on schedule at Charleston International Airport after a runway light outage about 6 p.m. caused cancellations and diverted two flights. The deputy airport director said maintenance personnel from Charleston Air Force Base worked Saturday night to fix the problem.


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