News In Brief - April 6, 2008

Lancaster men face drug charges

FORT MILL -- Authorities arrested a Lancaster man and his nephew Friday after police say the pair tried to sell drugs in a Fort Mill restaurant parking lot.

Authorities charged Paul Devaris Hall, 28, of 1926 Robert H. Kirk Road in Lancaster with possession with intent to distribute cocaine, second offense; possession with intent to distribute marijuana, second offense, and trafficking cocaine, second offense, according to Marvin Brown, commander of the York County Multijurisdictional Drug Enforcement Unit.

Authorities also charged Hall's uncle, Clifton Lendell Hall, 30, of 2205 Cane Mill Road in Lancaster with trafficking cocaine, fourth offense.

Around 5 p.m. Friday, officials found Paul Hall in possession of approximately 251.9 grams of cocaine during a drug investigation in the parking lot of Kentucky Fried Chicken at 3686 Foot Hill Way, according to a police report from York County Sheriff's Office.

The report states authorities found Clifton Hall in possession of approximately 7.1 grams of cocaine and 90 grams of marijuana.

Officials also seized $142, according to the report.

Bond was set at $50,000 for Paul Hall and $35,000 for Clifton Hall, according to an official at York County Detention Center. Both men were released on bond Saturday.

Beach cleanup proposal meant to help turtles

ISLE OF PALMS -- A proposed city ordinance that would require people to take their things off the beach at night and fill in holes was aimed at helping nesting sea turtles and their hatchlings, supporters say.

The ordinance, introduced last month, drew criticism from those who said it would require people to flatten sand castles when they left the beach.

"It has been misinterpreted by a number of people," Councilman Mike Loftus, who supports the cleanup requirement, told the Post and Courier of Charleston. "Obviously, we need to go back and review that."

The goal, supporters say, is to limit the amount of obstacles on the beach that can hinder the 200-pound loggerhead turtles from reaching a safe nesting site and that can block its hatchlings from reaching the ocean.

"A sand castle is not at all a problem, and no one ever thought it was," said Bev Ballow, a member of the Isle of Palms turtle team.

Man shot to death in Eutawville nightclub

EUTAWVILLE -- A 33-year-old man has been shot to death at a Eutawville nightclub called the Boom Boom Room.

Orangeburg County Sheriff Larry Williams says friends tried to rush Terrance Frazier of Bowman to the hospital after he was wounded around 6:30 a.m. Friday, but Frazier died.

Williams tells the Times and Democrat of Orangeburg that officers have taken a 43-year-old suspect into custody, but have not filed charges against him.

Investigators say the man admitted shooting Frazier during an argument, but only after he thought he saw Frazier with a weapon.

Authorities say this is the fifth homicide of the year in Orangeburg County.