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Nightclub owner accused of killing patron

ORANGEBURG, S.C. (AP) - A retired New York corrections officer is accused of killing a man at the Orangeburg nightclub he owned.

The Times and Democrat of Orangeburg reports 69-year-old James Williams was charged Saturday with murder in the July 19 death of 26-year-old Phillip Brunson at the Corner Pocket Club.

According to an incident report, Williams told deputies Brunson tried to enter his club with a pistol, and when Brunson shot at a glass door, Williams returned fire.

A woman told investigators she and Brunson were kicked out after a fight. Another witness said Brunson returned with a gun, and Williams gained control of the weapon during a struggle and shot Brunson.

Williams told the judge he's a retired New York corrections captain who has lived in Orangeburg for 20 years.


14-year-old boy drowns at Lake Wateree

GREAT FALLS, S.C. (AP) - A 14-year-old boy drowned at Lake Wateree State Park while swimming with his family.

The Herald of Rock Hill reports that Jeramie Coleman drowned Saturday. Fairfield County Coroner Barkley Ramsey says the teen swam too far into the lake and began struggling. Bystanders tried unsuccessfully to rescue him.

Coleman's 18-year-old sister Jasmine Cohen says her brother was a father figure to his eight siblings. She says Coleman "stepped up" after his father died.

Coleman and his family had been at Lake Wateree just days earlier to celebrate his 14th birthday. He was a rising freshman at Great Falls High School.

A hit-and-run driver fatally struck his father, 43-year-old London Coleman, in June 2012, just a few hundred feet from his home. The crash remains unsolved.


Iva police chief arrested for domestic violence

IVA, S.C. (AP) - The police chief of an Anderson County town has been arrested on criminal domestic violence charges and suspended from duty.

The Anderson County Sheriff's Office says Iva Police Chief Tommy Miller was charged Saturday with criminal domestic violence and third-degree assault.

Arrest warrants accuse the 39-year-old police chief of repeatedly striking his 14-year-old son with a piece of wood and attempting to harm his wife by grabbing and throwing her. The incident report says deputies reviewed video footage and spoke with Miller's wife and son before arresting Miller.

Miller was taken to the Anderson County jail and released on personal recognizance bonds.

Town officials have suspended Miller while they look into the charges.

Iva has about 1,200 residents.

Voicemail messages left on Miller's home phone were not immediately returned.


Panthers sign Nelson to add depth at safety

SPARTANBURG, S.C. (AP) - The Panthers announced they have signed free agent Tom Nelson, giving them added depth at safety.

Nelson, 27, has played in 24 regular season games during his career and has 36 tackles and one interception. He has not played in an NFL game since 2011.

Nelson signed with the Cincinnati Bengals as an undrafted free agent in 2009 and played two years with the Bengals. He has also spent time with the Philadelphia Eagles and Chicago Bears. He attended training camp with the Bears last summer but did not make the 53-man roster.

The Panthers needed some help at safety with rookie Tre Boston on the active-PUP list with a sports hernia.

The move leaves the Panthers roster at 90 players.

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