Lancaster man dies in motorcycle wreck
Mechanical failure apparently caused a motorcycle accident that killed a 46-year-old Lancaster man Sunday afternoon on Interstate 77, according to the S.C. Highway Patrol.
James Milburn Funderburk was northbound on I-77 between the 79- and 80-mile marker on a Harley Davidson at about 4 p.m. when he lost control due to mechanical failure and ran off the right side of the road, said Lance Cpl. Josef Robinson of the Highway Patrol. The motorcycle overturned, and Funderburk was thrown from it.
He was not wearing a helmet and suffered multiple head injuries, which caused his death at the scene, according to York County Deputy Coroner David Chambers. There were no other passengers, and no other vehicles involved, Robinson said.
Fisherman finds body near Little River
LITTLE RIVER -- Authorities say a fisherman found a dead body in the ocean near Little River.
Lt. Bob Carr of the Horry County Police Department told The (Myrtle Beach) Sun News on Sunday that authorities had been investigating a missing persons case. Carr said the woman has not been identified but that the missing persons case is probably related.
The fisherman reported the body to a police officer in the area.
Officials investigate new Charlotte chief's degree
CHARLOTTE -- Officials at a university and an accrediting agency are investigating whether the new Charlotte-Mecklenburg police chief completed enough credit hours to earn a degree last year.
Incoming chief Rodney Monroe told the Charlotte Observer in an e-mail that the allegation is utterly ridiculous.
Belle Wheelan, president of the Commission on Colleges at the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, said officials are following an anonymous tip to investigate whether Monroe completed the necessary 30 credit hours of study. Virginia Commonwealth University awarded the 51-year-old a bachelor's degree in interdisciplinary studies.
Charlotte police chief applicants must have a bachelor's degree, and Monroe was chosen from a field of dozens of other applicants. The former Richmond, Va., chief begins in Charlotte on June 16.