News In Brief - June 11, 2007

Hickory Grove man charged in shooting

YORK -- A Hickory Grove man surrendered to police early Sunday in connection with a shooting Saturday night, according to a York police report.

Anthony Glenn Carr, 20, of 5126 Hickory Grove Road in Hickory Grove turned himself in around 1:30 a.m., the report states, after a shooting hours earlier sent a York man to the hospital.

Police believe Carr shot James Lee Fleming, 22, of York in the shoulder around 10 p.m. Saturday during an argument between a group of people at 110 First St. in York, the report states.

Fleming was in serious condition Sunday evening, after being airlifted to Carolinas Medical Center in Charlotte, a hospital spokeswoman said.

According to the report, several witnesses told police Carr and two other people arrived at the house in a car minutes before the shooting. Witnesses say Carr got out of the car and began arguing with people in front of the home, the report states. During the argument, Carr pulled a handgun out of his waistband and shot Fleming, according to the report.

After initially fleeing the scene, Carr called police to surrender several hours later, the report states. He faces charges of assault and battery with intent to kill and gun law violations, according to the report.

Name of dirt bike accident victim released

Authorities on Sunday released the name of a Rock Hill man who died Saturday in a dirt bike accident.

Dennis Copenhaver, 39, of 119 Hovis Road died Saturday night from injuries suffered when he wrecked his dirt bike around 5 p.m., said York County Deputy Coroner Ev Amick.

Amick said Copenhaver was riding in a field behind his house when he crashed.

"It appears he just lost control of the bike," Amick said. He said Copenhaver was wearing a helmet.

An autopsy is scheduled today to determine the cause of death, Amick said.

Charleston prosecutor dies after cancer battle

CHARLESTON -- Ralph Hoisington, solicitor for Charleston and Berkeley counties, died Saturday night after a battle with pancreatic cancer, said Bobbi Jo O'Neal, a deputy coroner for Charleston County. Hoisington was 59.

After he was diagnosed with cancer last year, Hoisington had remained optimistic about his chances for recovery and continued to advise on cases deep into the final stages of his illness, his friends say.

"Ralph has always been a champion for the victim in the courtroom," Charleston attorney Bart Daniel, a close friend for decades, told The (Charleston) Post & Courier for a story on its Web site Sunday.

Director of ecology research lab at SRS quits

COLUMBIA -- The director of an independent research laboratory at the Savannah River Site has resigned after challenging federal plans to close the facility.

Paul Bertsch, director of the Savannah River Ecology Laboratory for eight years, says he will leave the post later this month but hopes to stay on as a researcher -- if the lab stays open.

Bertsch had been fighting to restore federal funding to the lab, which studies the effects of the nuclear weapons complex on the environment around it.

Trial set to begin in shooting death of teen

SUMTER -- Jury selection was expected to begin this week in the trial of a Sumter County man charged with shooting a 16-year-old high school student to death two years ago.

Steven Galloway, 38, was one of four people arrested in the Sept. 4, 2005, death of De-Andre Cover. Police said Galloway shot at Cover, a student at Lakewood High School, and three other teens after he thought they had broken into his car.

One of the bullets fatally pierced his Cover's aorta, according to Sumter County Coroner Verna Moore.

After the shooting, Galloway led to Alabama, where Galloway had family.