Shaw F-16s to provide Super Bowl protection

January 29, 2010 

SHAW AIR FORCE BASE - Pilots from Shaw are flying F-16 fighter jets over Miami to train to protect the skies over the Super Bowl.

Air Force Lt. Col. Michael Richardson of the 20th Fighter Wing from Shaw Air Force Base said the exercise was to begin after midnight Thursday and continue into this morning.

Air Force officials say the training is in cooperation with the Federal Aviation Administration, Customs and Border Protection, the Civil Air Patrol and the U.S. North American Aerospace Defense Command.

Units from Shaw have flown such protective missions repeatedly since the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.

Officials declined for security reasons to divulge the number of aircraft involved.

- The Associated Press

Navy facility leader reassigned

CHARLESTON - The commander of the Charleston Naval Weapons Station has been reassigned after he was arrested on a charge of soliciting a prostitute.

Media outlets reported that 55-year-old Capt. Glen Melvin Little of Goose Creek was arrested Tuesday morning in an undercover prostitution sting by North Charleston police.

The public affairs officer at the weapons station, Scott Bassett, says Little has been temporarily reassigned to the office of the commander for the Navy's regional office in Jacksonville, Fla.

A police report says Little approached an undercover officer who was posing as a prostitute and offered her $20 for a sex act.

Bassett says Little will be assigned to Jacksonville until the case is reviewed.

- The Associated Press

Islands designated important bird areas

HILTON HEAD ISLAND - The National Audubon Society has named some barrier islands along the South Carolina coast as an important bird area.

The (Hilton Head) Island Packet reported the designation is designed to identify and protect habitats for local and migrating birds.

The designation covers more than 16 miles along Harbor, Hunting, Fripp, Pritchards's, Old and Capers islands.

Fripp Island Audubon president Pete Richards says the group had been asked by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to monitor piping plovers. Richards says a review of the islands found a much larger variety of birds.

There are 49 important bird areas designated in South Carolina.

Richards says bird inventories on the islands will help national research efforts and help set priorities for preserving bird habitats.

- The Associated Press

North Myrtle Beach police chief demoted

NORTH MYRTLE BEACH - The police chief in this coastal city has been demoted as the investigation continues into how his gun was stolen.

Media outlets reported that North Myrtle Beach city manager John Smithson this week demoted public safety chief William Bailey to lieutenant.

The decision comes four weeks after Bailey admitted he lied about the circumstances surrounding the theft of his police handgun. Bailey had initially said the gun was stolen from the locked glove box in his pickup truck. That model truck doesn't have a locking glove box.

Bailey had been placed on leave Dec. 30 and now is suspended without pay for two weeks.

Smithson says he'll decide if Bailey returns as a lieutenant or remains on suspension. A further suspension could be counted against Bailey's vacation time or taken without pay.

- The Associated Press

Richland 1 offering health fairs

Richland 1 is offering two Community Health Fairs on Saturday, open to the public:

- 9-11 a.m., Alcorn Middle, 5125 Fairfield Road: Exercise techniques, food, plus free screenings for prostate cancer, diabetes, and vision (preregister for screenings, (803) 296-2273).

- 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Logan Elementary, 815 Elmwood Ave.: Free Women's Symposium, including lunch. Information on fitness and nutrition, finances and more. BMI and blood pressure screenings plus massages.

- Staff Reports

Suspect charged in bank hoax case

CONWAY - A man is facing a federal charge after police say he took thousands of dollars in cash after convincing a bank teller he needed the money to pay a ransom for two people being held hostage.

Court documents show 55-year-old Chester Wodecki was arrested Tuesday and charged with bank robbery a day later.

Police say Wodecki went into the First Citizens Bank in Conway Jan. 19 and told the teller a man was holding a woman and a child hostage at a grocery store near the bank and would kill them unless he was paid a ransom.

Witnesses saw a man leave the bank with the money alone in a pickup truck.

Authorities say the hostage story was a hoax. Wodecki later told police he needed to pay his rent and other bills and took about $2,400 from the bank.

- The Associated Press

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