Attic fire damages Rawlinson Acres home
An attic fire did about $100,000 damage to a home and its contents in Rawlinson Acres late Sunday afternoon and displaced a resident there, according Rock Hill Fire Department Battalion Chief Mark Simmons.
Firefighters were called to 2301 Raven Drive at about 4:30 p.m. and were able to contain the fire to the attic, which had extensive damage, Simmons said. Other parts of the home had smoke damage, he said. Firefighters were at the scene for nearly three hours.
No one was injured. A resident, Lisa Belk, is staying with family.
Fire burns outside of two apartment buildings
A blaze that began Sunday afternoon as a brush fire between two Patriots Parkway apartment buildings did $50,000 to $60,000 in damage, according to the Rock Hill Fire Department.
The fire, which began at about 12:45 p.m., started in shrubbery between the Arborwood Apartments at 723 Patriots Parkway and Mallard Pointe apartments at 2365 Eden Terrace, Battalion Chief Mark Simmons said. It took firefighters about half an hour to extinguish the blaze and contain it to the outside of the buildings. No one was injured.
Orangeburg fisherman drowns in Santee River
EADYTOWN -- The Berkeley County coroner's office says an Orangeburg fisherman has drowned after his boat capsized in the Santee River.
Berkeley County Chief Deputy Coroner Bill Salisbury says the body of 45-year-old Anthony Simmons was found a little after noon Saturday.
Salisbury told The (Charleston) Post and Courier that Simmons and Tony Robinson of Orangeburg were fishing Saturday in 14-foot aluminum boat below the Lake Marion spillway. The boat capsized when Simmons stood up and threw the anchor overboard.
Robinson was rescued by two fishermen.
Salisbury said Simmons went under before he could be rescued. His body was found a little more than an hour later in six to eight feet of water.
Record number apply to Charleston Law School
CHARLESTON -- The Charleston School of Law says it has received a record number of applications for 2008-2009.
Interim Dean Andy Abrams said 1,250 students applied for 135 spaces available for full-time students. The deadline for applications was Sunday. Another 250 students have applied for 65 part-time slots. The deadline for part-time student applications is May 1.
Abrams told The (Charleston) Post and Courier that part of the increase is because the school earned provisional accreditation from the American Bar Association in December 2006. That means students are now eligible for federal loans to help cover the $30,000-a-year tuition and fees for full-time students. Part-time students pay more than $23,000 a year.
Blue light, speed radar found in man's car
BELMONT, N.C. -- A 32-year-old man was arrested this weekend after a North Carolina Highway Patrol trooper found equipment in his car similar to those used by law enforcement officers.
Milan Krivsky was charged with operating a vehicle resembling a law enforcement vehicle and possession of a blue light, said Trooper J.J. Letcavage. He's in the Gaston County, N.C., jail under a $1,000 bond.
Letcavage said he pulled Krivsky over around 11:30 a.m. Saturday because he was traveling 81 miles per hour in a 60 mph zone on Interstate 85 near Belmont. But Letcavage said as he looked inside the vehicle, he saw a video camera and surveillance equipment.
Letcavage said Krivsky agreed to let authorities search the vehicle. Among the items found: a blue light, a hand-held radar used to detect vehicle speed, a siren, a TV screen and a Department of Homeland Security sticker.
Authorities also found a laptop with pornographic images on it, audio recordings, financial records, duct tape and a utility knife.
-- The Charlotte Observer