Richland sheriff's deputy charged in wreck

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — A Richland County sheriff's deputy has been charged with running a red light and causing a wreck in Columbia that injured a woman.

WIS-TV reported that the South Carolina Highway Patrol has charged Cpl. Ken Proffitt with disregarding a traffic signal.

Sheriff's Lt. Curtis Wilson says Proffitt was on duty at the time, but was not responding to a call when his patrol car hit another car at an intersection Friday night.

Proffitt was treated for his injuries at a Columbia hospital. A woman driving the other car was treated for scratches and bruises.

Sheriff Leon Lott said his department is investigating the wreck and will take appropriate action.

It was not clear if Proffitt has an attorney.

Coroner: Grandfather was drunk in Sumter wreck

SUMTER, S.C. (AP) — Authorities say a 65-year-old man was extremely intoxicated when he crashed his car in Sumter, killing himself and his 7-year-old grandson.

Sumter County Coroner Harvey Bullock said Ronald Winston Holmes' blood-alcohol level was nearly three times the legal limit to drive at the time of the wreck around 5:30 p.m. Sunday.

Bullock said Homes' Lincoln Town Car crossed the center line and struck an SUV head-on. Holmes' 7-year-old grandson also died in the wreck, and six people in the SUV were hurt.

They were taken to hospitals in Columbia and Sumter. There was no word on their conditions.

The S.C. Highway Patrol is investigating the cause of the wreck.

Fort Jackson general offers public tours of base

FORT JACKSON, S.C. (AP) — The commanding general of the Army's largest training base is inviting members of the public to see how soldiers train at Fort Jackson.

Army spokeswoman Kara Motosicky says Tuesday is the last day to sign up for the tours, which are being held on Thursday, Aug. 7.

Maj. Gen. Bradley Becker invites the public to view soldiers in training, eat in the soldiers' dining hall, and learn how to fire a combat rifle in a computer simulation.

Visitors may attend a graduation ceremony for soldiers who completed basic combat training.

The seven-hour tour begins at 7:30 a.m. and is open to people 13 years of age and older. Reservations are required and lunch costs $4.65.

For reservations call 803-751-1471 at Fort Jackson Community Relations.