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Associated Press

Posted on February 22, 2014 at 6:00 AM

Updated Saturday, Feb 22 at 6:00 AM

WINTER STORM-POWER OUTAGES

SC ice storm power outages down to 200 customers

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Officials say almost everyone in South Carolina who lost power in last week's winter weather has had their electricity restored nine days after the ice storm.

The Electric Cooperatives of South Carolina say less than 200 people remain without power from the winter storm that started Feb. 12. All the customers are with Santee Electric Cooperative in Clarendon, Florence, Georgetown and Williamsburg counties. Officials say their power should be restored Saturday.

At the peak of the storm, almost 350,000 customers lost their power.

Utility officials say there still may be some scattered outages around the state with people who had to repair the wiring leading into their homes.

TEACHER-SEX CHARGE

Teacher's lawyer says sex accusations are false

SUMTER, S.C. (AP) — The lawyer for a Sumter middle school teacher charged with committing a sex act on a student says her client is innocent.

Attorney Rose Mary Parham says the allegations against 31-year-old music teacher Elizabeth Moss came as revenge after she disciplined her students. Parham says Moss looks forward to her day in court.

Sumter County sheriff's deputies say Moss had inappropriate sexual contact with a 13-year-old student at Chestnut Oaks Middle School. Authorities say they are investigating whether she also sexually assaulted other students.

School officials say they found messages from Moss to students on Facebook and contacted investigators.

Moss is charged with criminal sexual conduct with a minor and is in jail on $150,000 bond.

GUNS-MENTAL HEALTH

SLED: 65 gun permits revoked due to reporting law

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — The chief of South Carolina's law enforcement agency says 55 handgun sales have been stopped because of a mental health reporting law.

Chief Mark Keel said Friday that the State Law Enforcement Division also has revoked 65 concealed weapon permits and denied 12 permit applications because of the law approved last year.

The law requires courts across South Carolina to send SLED 10 years' worth of records on residents who have been declared mentally ill or committed to a mental institution.

Keel says the agency's new mental health reporting unit has entered more than 22,000 names in a federal database since October.

The entries mean their names now show up in gun stores' background checks.

Of the 55 attempted purchases it has stopped so far, six occurred outside South Carolina.

BLUES FESTIVAL

Denmark set to host 5th annual blues festival

DENMARK, S.C. (AP) — The legacy of a blues musician is being recognized once again at a festival in the town of Denmark.

The fifth annual Julius Daniels Memorial Blues Festival is slated for this weekend at the Dane Theater in Denmark.

Daniels was born in Denmark around 1901 and lived in Charlotte, N.C. He was one of the first black artists to record in the southeastern United States.

The festival runs from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. and features Anthony Charles and The Blue Dolphins as well as The Hartness and Charles Project, featuring Lawrence "Luckyman" Beall on upright bass. The event is sponsored by the Historic Society of Bamberg County and is a fundraiser to establish a Bamberg County museum.

Tickets may be reserved online at info@bambergcountychamber.org or by phone at 803-245-4427.

TEEN KILLED

Sheriff says teen killed in mistaken retaliation

(Information in the following story is from: The Times & Democrat, http://www.timesanddemocrat.com )

ST. MATTHEWS, S.C. (AP) — Calhoun County sheriff's deputies say a 17-year-old girl has been killed by two brothers who thought she set them up to be robbed.

Sheriff Thomas Summers told The Times and Democrat of Orangeburg that 17-year-old Kymmara Randolph had nothing to do with the robbery.

Summers says Randolph was killed shortly after she was last seen leaving an Orangeburg home with a man Feb. 13. Authorities found her body Friday in a swamp after several days of searching.

Deputies say the men lured Randolph from her home by saying they were taking her to a party.

Forty-five-year-old Jerry McKnight and 32-year-old Bryant McKnight have been charged with murder. It was not known if they had lawyers.

JAIL GUARD ARRESTED

Richland County jail guard charged with assault

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — A former Richland County jail guard is charged with assault after authorities say he threw a mixture of bleach and water on two inmates.

Deputies said 25-year-old Phillip Young was arrested Friday after a three-week investigation.

Authorities say Young was captured on video throwing the bleach and water at the inmates after an argument at the jail on Jan. 31. Both prisoners were taken to the hospital and treated.

Other jail employees reported the incident immediately. Young was fired before his arrest. He worked as a guard for three years.

Young remains in jail. It wasn't known if he had a lawyer.

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