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2 men found shot to death in Columbia home

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - Richland County deputies say two men have been shot to death in a Columbia home and a man and a teen girl are being questioned.

Investigators said a 22-year-old man and a 26-year-old man were found dead in the home about 2 miles from downtown Friday morning.

Deputies say that troopers took two people into custody in Aiken County - a 15-year-old girl and a man in his 20s. Detectives are talking to them. No charges have been filed.

Investigators are trying to determine a motive for the shootings. The names of the victims have not been released.


Testimony in SC Episcopal break winds up

ST. GEORGE, S.C. (AP) - Testimony in the trial on the split in the Episcopal church in eastern South Carolina has ended after three weeks.

Conservative Episcopal churches left the national church almost two years ago amid differences over theological issues, including the authority of Scripture and ordination of gays. Those parishes went to court to protect the name and symbols of the diocese and title to a half billion dollars in property.

The last witness at the trial in St. George was Bishop Mark Lawrence who heads the diocese that left. He says he's optimistic and has worked to make sure the trial didn't distract from the church's mission.

Bishop Charles vonRosenberg, who heads the churches that remained with the national church, said his reaction is sadness that the church groups oppose each other.


Patient data on Greenwood hospital's stolen laptop

GREENWOOD, S.C. (AP) - A Greenwood hospital is warning more than 500 patients that their personal and medical information could be at risk after a laptop was stolen during a break in.

Officials at Self Regional Healthcare told The Index-Journal of Greenwood that the laptop was taken May 25.

Police arrested two suspects a few weeks later who said they threw the laptop into Lake Thurmond. Divers have not been able to find the computer.

Hospital officials say the laptop was password protected, but the patient files were not encrypted to provide extra security.

Self Regional Healthcare says there is no evidence the patients' information has been compromised. Hospital officials are beginning to notify patients by mail and will offer a year of free credit monitoring. They also have improved security.


Homeless couple: Man shot their dog in Sumter park

SUMTER, S.C. (AP) - A homeless couple in Sumter says a man came up to them in a park and shot and killed their dog without any warning, then ran away laughing.

Sumter police are investigating the incident, and told The Sumter Item that the man drove to the police station after the shooting to report it.

Investigators say the man told them he shot the dog in self-defense after it growled and charged him at Memorial Park on Thursday morning.

Brady and Nina Lambert say they didn't know the shooter. His name was not released.

The couple says their two dogs helped them deal with the stress of Nina Lambert losing her job and being evicted from their home in April.


Extra patrols mounted on road onto Hilton Head

HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C. (AP) - Beware if you are driving onto Hilton Head Island.

The Island Packet of Hilton Head reports that police and the South Carolina Highway Patrol have increased traffic enforcement on U.S. 278, the only road onto the resort island.

Agencies are stepping up enforcement because of a recent spike in the number of crashes. Five people were injured, one critically earlier this month when an accident was caused by a motorists following another too closely.

Bluffton police have issued 56 tickets this month, compared with only 33 in July of last year.

Highway Patrol troopers have handed out almost 150 tickets this month, compared with about 100 during the previous three weeks.


Moncks Corner man gets 30 years in shooting death

MONCKS CORNER, S.C. (AP) - A Moncks Corner man has been convicted of killing his son and wounding his son's fiancee during a fight two years ago.

A Berkeley County jury returned the guilty verdict on charges of murder and attempted murder against 62-year-old Johnny Irby on Thursday.

Irby was sentenced to 30 years in prison.

Prosecutors say Irby killed 35-year-old Telly Irby and wounded 32-year-old Michelle Wiggins in August 2012.

Witnesses said Telly Irby had hit his father in the head during an argument about the son's plans for the future, and his father got a gun and shot him.


Minor league GM gets prostate exam

MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. (AP) - A minor league baseball manager in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, has done his part to spread prostate cancer awareness - he had a prostate cancer exam before a field packed with baseball fans.

Myrtle Beach Pelicans' general manager Andy Milovich stuck his head out of the press box to sing "Take Me Out to the Ball Game" during the 7th inning stretch while a doctor below and out-of-sight performed the screening.

Milovich agreed to have the exam in support of a 10-year-old girl suffering from brain cancer if her Facebook page got 10,000 "likes." That number was reached Monday.

The team has held several events to help raise funds for the girl.

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