Woman arrested after fight with trooper at DMV
A Gaffney woman faces disorderly conduct and assault charges after authorities say she got in a fight with an S.C. Highway Patrol trooper at the Newport DMV office.
Karen E. Thorne, 31, was arrested Wednesday at the Department of Motor Vehicles on Hands Mill Highway after the altercation, which followed a profanity-laced tirade over a fee she was told she'd have to pay, according to a York County Sheriff's Office report.
After Thorne became belligerent in front of customers -- including children -- a DMV worker contacted the trooper who was working in a nearby office. The trooper asked Thorne several times to calm down, the report states, but she refused.
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The trooper told Thorne she was under arrest and followed her to the door. Thorne slammed the door on the trooper, hit him in the face and kicked him in the groin, the report states.
The trooper called for backup and Thorne was arrested by York County sheriff's deputies on a charge of disorderly conduct. An assault charge is pending against Thorne from the Highway Patrol, the report states.
York County worker assaulted at landfill
YORK -- A Rock Hill man was arrested Thursday after police say he assaulted an employee at a county landfill during an attempted robbery.
Ronald Charles, 25, was charged with attempted armed robbery and assault and battery with intent to kill after the 6 a.m. incident at the York County landfill on Public Works Road.
Authorities say Charles walked up behind the landfill employee as he was opening for the day and hit him in the head from behind with some kind of object, according to a York County Sheriff's Office report. Charles also tried to take the employee's wallet, the report states.
The 59-year-old employee got up to run to his truck and Charles ran away, according to the report.
The sheriff's K-9 unit tracked Charles to the Derby Downs subdivision, where he was arrested.
The landfill employee was taken to the hospital with minor injuries, the report states.
Rock Hill Police investigate rape claim
Rock Hill Police are investigating a claim that a 33-year-old woman was raped by a friend of her sister's boyfriend.
The assault happened around midnight Wednesday, according to a police report. The woman told police an 18-year-old man who is a friend of her sister's boyfriend forced her into a room, forced her onto a bed and had sex with her. The man then left the house, according to the report.
The woman was taken to Riverview Medical Center for treatment.
Police: 8-year-old brought knife to school
An 8-year-old at Northside Elementary School faces suspension after he brought a utility knife to school, police say.
Several students told a teacher that the boy had showed them the knife at school Wednesday, according to a Rock Hill Police report. The teacher checked the student's bookbag and found the knife. The student told police he found the knife at school and wanted to show his classmates. He did not intend to hurt anyone, the report states.
The student was taken home to his mother and will be suspended, according to the report.
S.C. man set to die for killing family for insurance
COLUMBIA -- Investigator Don Bullock made a promise nearly two decades ago: He would watch Luke Williams die for killing his wife and son in a failed attempt to collect life insurance.
Bullock had hoped to be able a witness today, when South Carolina is set to execute Williams for the deaths of 39-year-old Linda Williams and 12-year-old Shaun Williams.
Their bodies were found in June 1991 in Sumter National Forest, where they had been doused with gasoline and set ablaze in the family's van. The van had been driven into a tree in what police called a botched attempt to stage an accident. Linda Williams had been beaten to death, Shaun strangled.
Williams was arrested the next year after trying to collect on $525,000 life insurance policies. Bullock, a retired investigator with the Edgefield County Sheriff's Office who spent hours interrogating him, says he never cooperated with investigators or expressed remorse.
"He never did get upset, he never did cry -- nothing like that," Bullock says. "He was very, very cold."
Bullock said he was disappointed he would not be able to witness Williams' execution, but that the seat will go to a retired Edgefield County deputy.
Authorities say Williams has exhausted his state and federal appeals.
He also has sued over the legality of lethal injection, and a South Carolina federal judge denied his request to delay execution while that case goes forward. A federal appeals judge turned down Williams' appeal of that decision, and his attorneys on Thursday petitioned the U.S. Supreme Court to reconsider.
It was not clear when the high court would rule.
20-year veteran named top S.C. prisons officer
COLUMBIA -- A 20-year veteran of the state's prison agency has been named the South Carolina Correctional Officer of the Year for 2008.
Sylvia Randolph has worked at Kirkland Reception and Evaluation Center since 1988. Kirkland is where recently convicted inmates are brought before being evaluated and put in one of the agency's 28 prisons.
Randolph is responsible each week for ensuring that more than 500 inmates are transported to the right institution.