Christmas fire kills 68-year-old man
MCCLELLANVILLE — A 68-year-old man died inside his single-wide mobile home after it caught fire early Christmas morning, authorities said.
William Winbush was home alone at 8572 Old Georgetown Road when the first emergency calls went out at 5:39 a.m., Charleston County Chief Deputy Coroner Judy Koelpin said.
An autopsy showed that Winbush died of smoke inhalation. His wife lived with him but was visiting relatives at the time.
The Awendaw Fire Department doused the flames quickly but remained on the scene several hours to keep an eye on a leaky propane tank and to assist the Charleston County Sheriff's Office with the investigation, Battalion Chief Barney Howard said. The cause was not immediately available.
Sheriff's investigators found no signs of foul play, Maj. John Clark said.
Family left homeless by Christmas Eve fire
A Christmas Eve fire destroyed a house near Clements Ferry Road and left a family homeless, authorities said.
Firefighters from the Charleston, Cainhoy and Huger rural fire departments responded to 810 Jalap Lane about 7 p.m., said Mark Ruppel, the Charleston Fire Department's public information officer.
There were no injuries and the cause remained under investigation.
The Carolina Lowcountry Chapter of the American Red Cross offered financial assistance to replace food and clothing, and arranged for temporary housing, a release says. Volunteers also made referrals to other local organizations to help with long-term recovery.
Roof inspections in Sun City almost over
HILTON HEAD ISLAND — Inspectors say they are nearly done checking 2,600 roofs on homes in the Sun City Hilton Head development.
The inspectors are seeing if trusses were properly built and can handle high winds.
They have been checking since an investigation in April found a dozen improperly built roofs.
Sun City developer Pulte Homes says about 300 homes have needed repairs. The company has agreed to pay for the work.
Sun City Hilton Head is a sprawling development for people over age 55 started in the 1990s that will have 8,000 homes once it is finished.
Police arrest 2 men in Conway killing
CONWAY — Police say they have arrested two men in connection with the shooting death of a Conway man last weekend.
Authorities say the men are being held at the Horry County jail and will likely be charged later Tuesday.
Investigators say an acquaintance of 23-year-old Ricardo Cruz found him dead at a mobile home Sunday morning.
The coroner's office says Cruz died from a gunshot.
Police say both of the suspects knew the victim, but they would not release a motive for the killing.
2 Fountain Inn teens died in SUV crash
GREENVILLE — Authorities say two Fountain Inn teens have died after the sports utility vehicle they were in rolled over and crashed into a tree in one of their yards.
Authorities say 18-year-old Jacob Riggins lost control of the 1997 Chevrolet Blazer around 2:40 p.m. Christmas Eve, striking a guardrail and rolling the SUV over before it slammed into a tree.
The coroner's office says the vehicle came to rest in the yard of the second victim, 18-year-old Gideon Piper.
Authorities say it took them nearly an hour to free the teens from the wreckage.
Troopers say it appears the driver was speeding before the wreck.