AIKEN, S.C. (AP) – Authorities in South Carolina are investigating the accidental gunshot death of a 2-year-old child. The Aiken Standard reports that Aiken County authorities believe the child somehow shot himself Saturday night. Aiken County Coroner Darryl Ables said it happened at the child’s home in Graniteville around 8:30 p.m. The boy was identified as Jamarious Rogers. He was pronounced dead at a hospital around 11:30 p.m. Saturday. The Aiken County Sheriff’s Office is investigating. Ables said an autopsy is planned.
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) – A special South Carolina House committee reviewing all facets of law enforcement from police tactics to forfeiture and sentencing reform is about to meet for the first time. The 18-member House Equitable Justice System and Law Enforcement Reform Committee will hear from several experts Tuesday afternoon. House Speaker Jay Lucas said he created the committee in the wake of protests about police. The committee will look at law enforcement training and tactics, civil forfeiture, sentencing reform and criminal procedure. Testifying Tuesday before the committee will be two prosecutors and two law enforcement experts. The committee also plans to create several subcommittees,
GREENVILLE, S.C. (AP) – A Democrat running for sheriff in upstate South Carolina says the Republican incumbent’s failure to enforce social distancing rules is to blame for a nightclub shooting that killed two and wounded at least eight others. Paul Guy made the remarks about Greenville County Sheriff Hobart Lewis at a Friday news conference, saying he failed to enforce rules set down by Gov. Henry McMaster to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Lewis says it would be impossible for him to monitor and enforce the guidelines across Greenville County. The dispute spun out of earlier comments by Lewis that George Floyd and Rayshard Brooks would be alive “if both men had complied” with police. The deaths of the men sparked nationwide protests.
FLORENCE, S.C. (AP) – Organizers for the annual South Carolina Pecan Festival said Thursday this year’s gathering will be cancelled to prevent the spread of the coronavirus. The Florence Morning News reported that organizers held off on cancelling the festival for as long as possible to see if daily reported COVID-19 cases would decrease in the state. But cases have continued to rise in the state since Memorial Day. The event, scheduled for Nov. 6 this year, usually draws 50,000 people to downtown Florence. Festival chairman George D. Jebaily said the event committee would use the time to prepare for a “bolder and more vibrant” return in 2021.