Rock Hill teen charged after knife found on campus
A 16-year-old Rock Hill girl was charged with carrying a weapon on school grounds after authorities at the Renaissance Academy found a knife in her purse.
Jamie Quinn, director of the Rock Hill alternative school for suspended or expelled students, told officers that an anonymous caller tipped school officials off to the knife, according to a Rock Hill Police report.
The caller told Quinn she was afraid the person with the knife would hurt her daughter, the report states. School officials found a knife in the teen's purse and, according to the report, the teen said someone else placed it in her handbag.
Officials charged the teen with carrying a weapon on school grounds Thursday. Further information about the charges was not available on Monday.
-- Kimberly Dick
Chester police search for 3 suspects in beating
CHESTER -- Chester police have obtained arrest warrants for three suspects wanted in connection with the Fourth of July beating of a 28-year-old man, authorities said.
Officers found Antonio Tyrone Mayfield lying in the Brooklyn Street area just after 1 p.m. Friday, according to a police report. Mayfield, who lives in Chester, was incoherent and bleeding from his nose, mouth and ear.
Witnesses told police three people kicked and punched Mayfield, the report stated. Mayfield's older brother, Christopher, was at the scene with a swollen chin and cut lip. He refused medical treatment and didn't want to talk to officers at the scene.
Chester Police Chief Mike Brown declined to release the name of the suspects Monday, citing the ongoing investigation. He said police are still trying to determine a motive for the beating, but witnesses told investigators the conflict began outside the city limits and spilled into Chester.
Mayfield was in critical condition Monday at Palmetto Health Richland Hospital in Columbia, according to a hospital spokeswoman.
100-year-old S.C. church destroyed by fire
BELTON -- A church which served Anderson County residents for at least 100 years has been destroyed by fire.
The Independent-Mail of Anderson reported that New Hope Baptist Church went up in flames Monday, minutes after members preparing for Bible school noticed smoke.
Anderson County Fire Chief Billy Gibson said fire was coming through the roof by the time firefighters from seven stations responded. Gibson said investigators would wait until the ashes cool before a cause could be determined.
Gibson said firefighters had to rely on a hydrant, which was more than 3,000 feet away. He also said tankers hauled in more than 12,000 gallons of water.
Procedures call for notification to the State Law Enforcement Division and agents with the federal Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms to investigate a church fire that involves a minority congregation.
Body found after several Lowcountry shootings
BURTON -- Beaufort County authorities are trying to figure out if three separate shootings over the holiday weekend are related to the death of Yemassee man found floating near a dock.
Authorities say someone at a community dock found the body of 31-year-old Darrell Frazier in a creek Monday morning. An autopsy has been scheduled to determine how he died.
Investigators say Frazier was last seen leaving Friday night for the Studio Seven nightclub in Burton, where a man was shot and wounded early Saturday morning. Deputies say there was a second shooting at a different nightclub that wounded two people a few hours later.
An hour after that, investigators say several shots were fired at a home, but no one was injured.