Residents of liberated French town visit SC
MOUNT PLEASANT, S.C. (AP) - Residents of the first French town liberated from the Nazis after the World War II D-Day invasion are visiting South Carolina.
About 20 residents of the town of Sainte-Mere-Eglise, including its mayor, are being honored Sunday at a ceremony aboard the USS Yorktown at the Patriots Point Naval and Maritime Museum in Mount Pleasant.
Several of those visiting were children during the war and are now members of the Friends of the American Veterans Association. That group provides host families for American veterans who return to visit France and maintains American gravesites and memorials across Normandy.
During the ceremony, a wreath is being laid in memory of those who died in the fighting.
French citizens can visit the museum for free on Sunday.
Son charged in father's stabbing death in Mullins
MULLINS, S.C. (AP) - Investigators say a man has been charged with murder in the stabbing death of his father in their Mullins home.
Police Capt. Joe Graham told WPDE-TV that Thaddeus Legette was arrested after the stabbing Saturday night.
Marion County Coroner Jerry Richardson says Raymond Legette died shortly after he was stabbed Saturday night and his wife witnessed the attack.
Graham says Thaddeus Legette is in jail awaiting a bond hearing.
Man charged with DUI in crash with deputy
SPARTANBURG, S.C. (AP) - Authorities say a man who crashed into a Spartanburg County deputy has been charged with driving under the influence.
Investigators said in a news release that 33-year-old Drako Nesbitt's vehicle crossed the center line of U.S. Highway 221 around 1:30 a.m. Saturday and crashed head-on into the deputy's marked SUV.
Sheriff's office spokesman Kevin Bobo says the deputy is recovering from a concussion, whiplash and other injuries.
Authorities say Nesbitt was taken to the sheriff's office and booked charged with a first offense of DUI. It wasn't known if he had a lawyer.
DRUG LAB PROBLEMS
Columbia looks at lab merger with Richland County
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - Columbia's mayor says he will ask a City Council committee to study whether Columbia's troubled crime lab should merge with Richland County's lab.
New Columbia Police Chief Skip Holbrook closed the city's lab more than a week ago because an audit found inconsistencies in a technician's work and raised concerns about her training and methodology.
Mayor Steve Benjamin told local media outlets that he spoke to Holbrook and they decided to have the City Council's public safety committee review if it would be a good idea to have the Richland County Sheriff's crime lab takes over the city lab. The sheriff's lab is internationally accredited.
Prosecutors are currently reviewing if any evidence handled by the city lab will compromise criminal cases.
The committee will meet Wednesday.
Charleston buses spend $1 out of $27 counting cash
CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) - Charleston's bus authority spends about one in every 27 dollars it collects in its fare boxes just to count money.
The Post and Courier of Charleston reports that the Charleston Regional Area Transportation Authority pays an armored car company $100,000 a year to come in and count the coins and bills used to pay bus fares. That is more money than the authority pays to clean its bus shelters.
Authority interim executive director Jeff Burns says the organization doesn't have much of a choice because it doesn't have the technology to take smartcards. He says it is too much cash for employees with other duties to handle.
The authority does sell passes that magnetic strip passes that include a discount, but most rides still choose to pay with cash.
Pedestrian killed walking on Folly Beach road
FOLLY BEACH, S.C. (AP) - Authorities say a man who struck two pedestrians on Folly Beach, then drove away has been charged with reckless homicide after one of the victims died.
Charleston County deputies told local media outlets that 30-year-old Andrew Lanzaro was arrested after officers found a vehicle with damage to its front end and windshield that matching the description of the SUV that hit the pedestrians.
Authorities say the two people were walking around 2:15 a.m. Saturday when an SUV swerved off the road and hit them.
Lanzaro was awaiting a bond hearing. It wasn't known if he had a lawyer.
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