Man accused of fondling girls

A 39-year-old Charleston man is accused of fondling two girls Tuesday in a public library branch on King Street.

Shone Jerome White of Athens Court is charged with two counts of lewd act on minor. He was being held in a Charleston County jail on $100,000 bail set Wednesday.

Charleston police were dispatched to the John L. Dart branch library at 1067 King St. shortly before 5 p.m., according to a police report.

A 10-year-old girl told police a man had followed her from James Simons Elementary School to the library and tried to get her to look at something on a computer he was using. The girl said the man grabbed her arm and her buttocks. The 10-year-old and three other girls tried to leave the library when the man grabbed a 12-year-old girl, touching her private parts, according to the report.

The students told police they were familiar with the man and knew where he lived. Officers went to Athens Court and arrested White. Investigators were unable to interview him because he was intoxicated, the report said.

Maritime fest to be held in May

MOUNT PLEASANT -- The Blessing of the Fleet, which was canceled Sunday because of inclement weather, has been rescheduled for May 16 at Memorial Waterfront Park.

However, instead of blessing the Shem Creek shrimp fleet as originally planned, the event will open with a memorial wreath tossed into the harbor to honor mariners and those who earn a living on the water.

Details of the rescheduled event are still being finalized. So far, the East Coast Party Band will play as originally scheduled. Other events still happening include a shagging and shrimp-eating contest, a craft show, kids' activities and restaurant booths.

The exact starting time has not yet been set. Parking and admission are free.

Tractor-trailer wreck stalls traffic

Eastbound traffic on Interstate 26 was delayed for nearly nine hours Wednesday after a tractor-trailer crashed into a piece of construction equipment and another vehicle near the Aviation Avenue exit.

The wreck occurred about 3:30 a.m. when the driver of a tractor-trailer fell asleep, S.C. Highway Patrol Lance Cpl. Bob Beres said. The rig overturned and spilled diesel fuel. No one was hurt, Beres said.

Rush-hour traffic was backed up as far as the U.S. Highway 78 interchange.

The wreck eventually was moved to the shoulder, but authorities said motorists slowing down to look at the wreckage caused delays, as did the effort to right the overturned trailer and tow it away. The interstate was cleared about 12:30 p.m.

Man killed during Upstate robbery

GREENVILLE -- A man has been shot to death during a store robbery.

Multiple media outlets reported 26-year-old Josh Bryant of Travelers Rest died Tuesday afternoon after he was shot at a Greenville store.

Greenville County sheriff's Lt. Shea Smith said Bryant had gone to the store with his mother to buy a toothbrush. Smith said investigators think Bryant had stayed in the car, but went inside and may have confronted the gunman.

No arrests had been reported Wednesday.

Spanish teacher named state's best

COLUMBIA -- An elementary school Spanish teacher has been selected as South Carolina's teacher of the year.

Kelly Nalley of Fork Shoals School in Pelzer wins $25,000, a BMW to use for a year, a computer, a set of tires, and a Jostens ring. She will represent the state's 50,000 teachers over the next year at the state Center for Educator Recruitment, Retention and Advancement.