York man awaits sentence for weapons violation
A 41-year-old York man has admitted to a firearm violation in federal court, according to a press release issued by U.S. attorney Walter Wilkins.
Joel T. Bristol pleaded guilty to being a felon in possession of firearms and ammunition. Bristol, who faces up to 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine, will be sentenced at a later date, according to the release.
Bristol is prohibited from having guns or ammunition because of his prior convictions for possession of cocaine, indecent liberties with a child and escape.
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On Nov. 16, 2006, York County sheriff's deputies went to Bristol's residence with a warrant to arrest him after an assault. Authorities arrested Bristol after finding him in a car. According to the release, Bristol had a 12-gauge shotgun and shells in his pants pockets.
Deputies found a stolen pistol and another shotgun in the car.
The case was investigated by agents of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and the York County Sheriff's Office.
-- Kimberly Dick
Troopers on lookout for impaired drivers
The state Highway Patrol has stepped up its search for impaired drivers and speeders for the July Fourth weekend.
Motorists are advised to be on the lookout for public safety checkpoints, radar and more troopers on high-traffic and crash-prone roads.
The area has seen an increase in fatalities this year, up 12 over this time last year, according to the Highway Patrol. Last year, four people were killed in the state during the July 4 holiday travel period.
The special enforcement during the holiday weekend will include:
• Radar enforcement on U.S. 521 and S.C. 9;
• DUI patrols in the Great Falls area; and
• Public safety checkpoints on river access roads to prevent DUI-related collisions.
The official July Fourth travel period begins 6 tonight and ends at midnight Monday.
-- Kimberly Dick
Authorities seek dog that bit Chester Co. deputy
CHESTER -- The Chester County Sheriff's Office hopes to find the dog that bit a deputy this week.
Deputy Randy Marsh stopped to check an abandoned vehicle on Woods Ferry Road on Monday night when the attack happened, said Sheriff Robby Benson.
"He saw the dog, but the dog didn't act aggressive with him," Benson said. "All of sudden, it just came up and bit him."
Marsh fired a round and thought he'd shot the dog, but the animal got away, Benson said. The bite left a gash on Marsh's leg, but he wasn't seriously hurt and is taking antibiotics.
Deputies hope to find the dog so it can be tested for rabies.
Gardner-Webb business school named for couple
Gardner-Webb University has named its School of Business after Rock Hill couple John and Linda Godbold, according to a press release.
The school was named in recognition of the multimillion dollar gift from the Godbold family to Gardner-Webb. The Godbold School of Business will house the Broyhill Undergraduate School of Management and the Graduate School of Business.
John Godbold graduated from the University of South Carolina with a degree in marketing and spent nearly 50 years in the banking industry, including 17 years in Cleveland County, N.C. In 1989, he founded Carolina State Bank in Shelby, N.C., where he began his relationship with Gardner-Webb.
"I've always been impressed with Gardner-Webb and its leadership and the position it has taken in the community and the region," John Godbold said in the release.
Located in Boiling Springs, N.C., Gardner-Webb is home to nearly 4,000 students.
-- Kimberly Dick
S.C. teen faces charges in girl's death, assault
GREENVILLE -- A 14-year-old boy was charged Wednesday in the death and sexual assault of an 8-year-old Greenville County girl whose body was found in an abandoned mobile home, authorities said.
Sheriff's deputy Michael Hildebrand said the teenager turned himself in Wednesday and was charged with murder and first-degree criminal sexual conduct. Officials filed charges in part because of DNA testing results, Hildebrand said.
The girl was reported missing Monday evening. Deputies found her body early Tuesday in a nearby mobile home that had no electricity. An autopsy showed she died of asphyxia after being sexually assaulted.
Sanford vetoes DNA collection bill
COLUMBIA -- South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford on Wednesday vetoed a bill that would have expanded the use of genetic information in criminal cases, saying collecting DNA samples when suspected felons are arrested is an invasion of privacy.
"We see this legislation as a reach past that very foundation upon which this country was founded," Sanford told legislators in his veto. He called the bill a "further encroachment on our civil liberties and privacy rights."
The legislation required a DNA sample to be taken when people are arrested for felonies as well as for eavesdropping, peeping or stalking. Those samples could be destroyed if suspects are not convicted.
Sanford's action wasn't surprising given his veto of a similar bill last year. Sanford said Wednesday government shouldn't have access to genetic information without a conviction, warrant or court order.
Extending that DNA collection to arrests breaches constitutional rights protecting people from illegal searches, Sanford said. He cited statistics showing only about 40 percent of the people arrested on felonies are convicted of those charges.
Sanford OKs $19 million for school bus fuel
COLUMBIA -- South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford signed a bill Wednesday intended to set aside about $19 million to fuel school buses next spring, but a slowing economy and rising costs could leave that effort a little short.
The legislation, passed last week, sets aside the school bus fuel money and $3 million to run the state's elections in November. Both were shortchanged in the fiscal 2009 budget, which took effect Monday.
Sanford used the bill signing as an opportunity to again blast the Legislature about its spending practices that he says have ignored his repeated warnings that a weaker economy would set in. Had legislators sustained even half of his $72 million in budget vetoes last month, special funding for buses and elections wouldn't be needed, Sanford wrote in a letter to House Speaker Bobby Harrell, a fellow Republican.