CHARLESTON - A Berkeley County Intermediate School teacher was arrested Monday on charges of helping her students cheat on a mandatory state sponsored PACT test.
The teacher, LouAnn K. Williamson, 52, of Summerville, allegedly used hand signals to communicate with her students during PACT testing last May, according to a warrant in the case.
If convicted, Williamson could face a fine of up to $1,000 or up to 90 days in jail. Williamson also could have her teaching license suspended or revoked by the state Board of Education. State Department of Education officials will use SLED's findings and conduct a separate investigation to determine whether test scores from Williamson's class should be invalidated or upheld.
SLED investigated the case.
Bank robbery suspect seeks return to Tenn.
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. - A man suspected of robbing 14 banks in six states, including South Carolina, told a federal judge Monday he wants to return to Tennessee to face charges of robbing two banks.
Chad Schaffner, 37, was arrested Saturday at a motel about 30 miles northeast of Missouri's capital. A former state trooper recognized Schaffner at a restaurant in Kingdom City after seeing his picture during a news report about a bank robbery in Caseyville, Ill., and on the television show "America's Most Wanted."
During a 10-minute hearing Monday, Schaffner waived his right to a hearing to verify his identify, saying that he wanted to return to Tennessee to face charges there.
Schaffner, of Indianapolis, was wanted on felony warrants for bank robbery, burglary, armed robbery and receiving stolen property. He is suspected of robbing banks in Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, North Carolina and South Carolina and Tennessee.
Police said Schaffner would enter banks with a handgun, threaten to use it and then demand money. He sometimes wore a red baseball cap but did not try to conceal his face.
The FBI posted bank surveillance video of the suspect on electronic highway billboards in Alabama, Kentucky, Georgia, North and South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia and West Virginia. Within 24 hours, police had identified the suspect.
Girl dies, baby delivered after bus stop shooting
CHARLOTTE - A man identified as Royce Mitchell turned himself in to police late Monday in connection with the shooting death of a pregnant Charlotte teen at her school bus stop earlier that day, police said.
Mitchell, 36, was wanted on warrants for statutory rape and indecent liberties with a minor, Charlotte-Mecklenburg police said. Homicide detectives are questioning him about the shooting.
The 15-year-old girl, Tiffany Wright, was waiting for the bus near her home in north Charlotte. The girl's unborn baby was delivered safely at Carolinas Medical Center a few hours after the shooting.
The girl was 32 weeks pregnant. She was an 11th-grader at Hawthorne High School, Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools officials say. Hawthorne offers a special program for pregnant students and those with young babies.
Early Monday afternoon, police told reporters that they believed the shooting was the result of a domestic dispute.
Man found hanged in jail cell
LANCASTER - Authorities are investigating the death of an inmate at the Lancaster County jail after he was found hanging in his cell.
The Herald of Rock Hill reported Monday that 41-year-old Henry Clark Hearn, Jr., of Lancaster was found hanging in his cell Sunday night. He was pronounced dead at the jail.
Officers found Hearn around 6 p.m. in a private cell and tried unsuccessfully to revive him.
Sheriff Barry Faile said Hearn had been arrested Sunday afternoon on burglary and domestic violence charges.
The State Law Enforcement Division is investigating.