Mt. P. man dies from I-26 crash injuries

LEBANON — A Mount Pleasant man died Saturday from injuries he received when his pickup truck ran off Interstate 26 westbound and hit some trees.

Johnny McAlhany, 60, died around 1:10 p.m. at Medical University Hospital, Berkeley County Chief Deputy Coroner Bill Salisbury said.

McAlhany's 1996 Chevrolet truck veered off the right side of the interstate between the Jedburg and Ridgeville exits at 10 a.m., S.C. Highway Patrol Lance Cpl. Sonny Collins said.

McAlhany was on his way to his hunting club, Salisbury said.

Force Protection employee burned

A maintenance worker at Force Protection Inc. was burned Saturday morning while making electrical repairs at the company's Ladson plant, authorities said.

A short-circuit occurred around 9 a.m., burning the man's arms from his elbows to his hands, Charleston County sheriff's Maj. John Clark said. The man was transported to an area hospital for treatment, he said.

The plant, which produces blast-resistant military vehicles, was shut down for about two hours as a precaution while officials checked to make sure there were no further problems, said Tommy Pruitt, the company's communications director. Officials aren't sure if the problem was caused by a transformer or fuses, he said.

The company did not release the worker's name, but Pruitt said the man's injuries did not appear to be severe.

Boy Scouts robbed of copper wire

ROCKVILLE — Burglars broke into the Boy Scout camp and stole thousands of dollars in copper wiring.

The property manager of the camp on Boy Scout Road found Wednesday that a door to the storage building had been damaged. Inside, he discovered that 14 rolls of electrical copper wire worth about $2,890 was missing, a police report said.

The manager last saw the wiring in place Dec. 8, the report said.

Man dies after being stung by fire ants

SPARTANBURG — Authorities say a 45-year-old Spartanburg man has died after being stung by fire ants.

Bradford McChyne Cogdell was driving a backhoe to help move rocks off a friend's property when he was attacked by fire ants just before 5 p.m. Wednesday. County coroner's investigator J. Dwayne Corn says the man went into shock and was taken to a hospital, where he was pronounced dead at 5:52 p.m.

Man sentenced to life for fatal beating

YORK — A man has been sentenced to life in prison for beating an 81-year-old Fort Mill man to death during a robbery.

Prosecutors say Isaias Gutierrez beat Clarence Cubley with a cinderblock in December 2003, then cut his phone line and left. Cubley was found unconscious two days later and survived another five days before dying in the hospital.