Police find no evidence of gun on school bus
A report of Rock Hill student bringing a gun on a school bus Wednesday turned out to be a false alarm, police have determined.
"We checked all of the students' bags and ended up not finding a gun," said Sgt. Joe Johnson of the Rock Hill Police Department.
Around 8:30 a.m. Wednesday, police responded to a call that someone had a gun at a bus stop near Lewis Street off Mount Gallant Road. Students on the bus told police which student had the gun, described as a BB gun that "looked like a real gun," Johnson said.
Authorities went to the home of a middle-school-age student. The student's name was not available.
"We checked his bags but couldn't find a gun," Johnson said. "We found out the student supposedly handed it (the gun) off to another student."
Another search that yielded no gun was done when the bus reached Rock Hill High School, Johnson said.
"With all the recent school shootings that have happened around the county, we want everybody to be cognizant and keep safety in mind," he said.
Tuesday twister damages trees near Great Falls
COLUMBIA -- Surveys conducted by the National Weather Service have determined that two tornadoes struck South Carolina as severe thunderstorms rolled through the state.
One tornado briefly touched down Tuesday afternoon outside of Great Falls. A short time earlier, a tornado touched down for about 2 miles near Prosperity.
Only trees were damaged.
As many 20,000 outages were reported throughout South Carolina at the height of the storms, but by Wednesday night, Duke Power and SCE&R reported less than 100 customers without electricity.
The National Weather Service received at least 28 reports of wind damage with the storms.
No serious injuries were reported.
Man gets life in prison for killing ex-girlfriend
CONWAY -- A man has been sentenced to life in prison for gunning down his estranged girlfriend outside an Atlantic Beach church two years ago.
The (Myrtle Beach) Sun News reported a jury deliberated for less than two hours Wednesday before finding 49-year-old Billy Lee guilty of murder.
Lee testified that he brought a gun to church to scare ex-girlfriend Carma Russell, but said the gun fired accidentally in March 2006.
Prosecutors say the shooting couldn't have been an accident because the gun misfired a few seconds before Russell was shot in the face.
Lee will not be eligible for parole.