C of C student dies in fall from roof

A College of Charleston student died when he fell off a roof early Sunday.

The Charleston County Coroner’s Office identified him as Spencer Pitts, 23, from Greenwich, Conn.

Pitts was a senior economics major and a member of Kappa Alpha fraternity, according to a school spokesman.

Pitts was on the roof at 23 Corrine St. with a group of friends when he fell about 3:25 a.m., police spokesman Charles Francis said. No foul play is suspected at this time, he said.

Pitts died shortly afterward at Medical University Hospital, Chief Deputy Coroner Bobby Jo O’Neal said. Toxicology reports are pending.

Easement to protect Boy Scout camp

The Lowcountry Open Land Trust has accepted a conservation easement to protect the landscape of Camp Ho Non Wah, a 146-acre Boy Scout camp near the southern edge of Wadmalaw Island. The Boy Scouts’ Coastal Carolina Council received $1.167 million from Charleston County’s rural greenbelt fund for the deal.

The Bailey family first welcomed Boy Scouts to its former plantation property in 1930, and council President Bill Snow said the easement will ensure future generations of Scouts can continue to use the land for camping, hiking and other outdoor activities.

Lowcountry Open Land Trust Director Elizabeth Hagood said the camp helps children develop a love of nature. “It is critical that our children find a way to slow down, disconnect from technology and the fast pace of our daily lives, and reconnect with the outdoors,” she said.

The camp also has a partnership with Charleston County schools, which use the site as an outdoor classroom and as a venue to teach Frierson Elementary students how to swim.

Goose Creek council runoff election today

Goose Creek voters will return to the polls today for a runoff election between Councilman Sal Gandolfo and Planning Commission Chairman Franklin Moore.

Voting will take place at Goose Creek City Hall Municipal Court from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Jerry Tekac and John McCants were returned to office after the April 3 election, but the third seat is still up for grabs, when a runoff was required between Moore and Gandolfo. The winner will represent the at-large district for a four-year term that ends in May 2016.

Dorchester 2 teacher to vie for Mrs. U.S. title

A Dorchester District 2 elementary school teacher will represent South Carolina later this year in the Mrs. United States pageant in Las Vegas.

Jillian Marie Stratton won the title of Mrs. South Carolina-United States in March. She teaches second grade at Eagle Nest Elementary School in North Charleston and is active in anti-bullying campaigns, including “Stand Together Against Bullying.” She was born in Lexington and first competed in pageants while attending Lexington High School.

The national competition is scheduled for July. To keep up with Stratton’s progress, visit www.jillianstratton.com.

Sheriff: Money dispute led to fatal stabbing

LANCASTER — Lancaster County deputies say a man has been arrested and charged with stabbing his great-grandmother to death after an argument over money.

Sheriff Barry Faile said deputies went to the home of Verdie Mackey on Sunday night after a relative found the woman dead inside. Faile said the 87-year-old had been stabbed to death.

Investigators said they arrested Mackey’s great-grandson and charged him with murder and weapons possession. Faile said authorities found evidence linking William Richard Greene, 28, to the stabbing but would not provide specifics.

Faile said Greene stabbed Mackey after she refused to give him money.

Staff and wire reports