News In Brief - June 25, 2007

Two arrested after multi-county chase

Five law enforcement agencies engaged in a chase that wound through York and Chester counties early Saturday morning after a car did not stop for a blue light, according to a York Sheriff's Office report.

A York County deputy saw a green Nissan cross the center lane several times on Lesslie Highway shortly after 2 a.m., the report states, and turned on his blue lights. The Nissan accelerated near S.C. 21 and continued toward Chester County at speeds close to 100 mph, where Chester County, the S.C. Highway Patrol and Fort Lawn police were notified. The commander of the York County Drug Enforcement Unit joined the chase in Chester County.

A Fort Lawn Police lieutenant pulled in front of the Nissan to slow it down, and the Nissan pulled off onto the shoulder and headed back toward York County. When the Nissan stopped at Blade Run Road and the driver fled on foot, officers struck the suspect in the back with a Taser.

The Nissan's driver, Billy Shane English, 36, of 1044 Woodland Drive, Rock Hill, was charged with failure to stop for a blue light, driving under the influence second offense and driving under suspension.

A passenger in the Nissan, April Michelle Licea, 28, of 1575 Hunt Club Drive, Rock Hill, also was arrested on an outstanding fraudulent check charge, the report said.

Convicted killer charged in Gaffney shooting

GAFFNEY -- A man who police said shot and killed an acquaintance on a street in Gaffney was sentenced to 10 years in prison for manslaughter in 1997, according to State Law Enforcement Division records.

Travis Sentell Parker, 27, turned himself in Friday night after he found out police were looking for him, Gaffney Police Chief John F. O'Donald said.

Parker shot Maraine Charles Edward Foote, 27, in the chest from a passing car Friday afternoon, police said.

Foote died in the hospital about an hour later, Cherokee County Coroner Dennis Fowler said.

Investigators haven't determined a motive for the shooting, but Parker and Foote knew each other, O'Donald said.

Parker was convicted of manslaughter in 1997 for killing his 17-year-old girlfriend, Danisha Evette Garret. She was shot in the back of the head, authorities said.

Manslaughter carries a maximum sentence of 25 years, prosecutor Trey Gowdy said.

"That's a question you'd have to ask the judge," Gowdy said. "Why out of a possible 25 years, did he only get sentenced to 10?"

Coastal Carolina to raise tuition slightly

CONWAY -- Coastal Carolina University is raising its tuition, but at a much slower pace than many other colleges and universities in South Carolina.

The university is raising in-state tuition $100 to $7,600 per year and out-of-state tuition $400 to $16,590 a year.

The increase is only 1.3 percent for in-state students, well under increases at other universities, like a 7 percent increase at the main University of South Carolina campus and a 5 percent increase being considered by Clemson University.

Coastal Carolina also has decided to drop a $250-per-year health services fee, required for on-campus students. The university decided to pay for the health services with tuition money and make them available to all students.