Questions surround DC gun arrest of SC poultry exec

WASHINGTON (AP) — There are questions this morning about the arrest of a South Carolina pork-and-poultry executive who allegedly tried to enter a congressional office building in Washington with a loaded, 9mm handgun in his bag.


U.S. Capitol Police say 59-year-old Ronald William Prestage of Camden, South Carolina, was arrested as he tried to enter the Cannon Building Wednesday morning. Prestage was charged with carrying a pistol without a license.


Prestage is an executive of Prestage Farms, a pork-and-poultry producer based in Clinton, North Carolina, and a member of the North Carolina State University Board of Trustees.


He also is the president-elect of the National Pork Producers Council, an industry lobbying group.


Telephone messages left Thursday with U.S. Capitol Police and Prestage Farms were not immediately returned.


Orangeburg County officials identify body

HOLLY HILL, S.C. (AP) — Orangeburg County officials have identified a body found off Interstate 95 near Holly Hill earlier this month.


Sheriff Leroy Ravenell said the remains found July 8 were those of 26-year-old Adelso Corado Barrientos of North Charleston.


Chief Deputy Coroner Sean Fogle said the cause of death has not been determined. Authorities say they don't know if foul play was advised.


Barrientos' body was located off a frontage road that runs parallel to I-95. A man working on a water tower in the area called law enforcement to the scene.


University of South Carolina players to urge reading

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — The University of South Carolina men's basketball team wants kids to take an interest in reading.


Spokesman Jeff Stensland says USC students who participate in the "Cocky's Reading Express" literacy initiative will join the team and Cocky at the Richland County Library on Assembly Street on Thursday.


The team and school mascot Cocky are attending.


Cocky's Reading Express is a collaboration of the university's student government and the USC School of Library and Information Science.


Students travel the state with Cocky visiting elementary schools. While the students read to the children, Cocky helps them understand the importance of life-long reading.