Morning roundup: News from around the state on Aug. 15
Feds probe cause of plane crash that killed 2
MOUNT PLEASANT, S.C. (AP) — The Federal Aviation Administration is investigating the cause of a small plane crash that killed two men in Mount Pleasant.
The Charleston County Coroner's Office identifies the victims of the Thursday crash as 20-year-old Matt Gaither of Johns Island and 33-year-old Graham Borland of North Charleston, a flight instructor.
Officials say the crash happened about 11:30 on Thursday morning when the plane went down shortly after taking off from the Mount Pleasant Regional Airport. The plane crashed in a swampy area several hundred yards off the end of the runway.
No charges for SC cop who shot 70-year-old NC man
YORK, S.C. (AP) — The South Carolina deputy who shot a 70-year-old North Carolina man after mistaking his cane for a shotgun during an after-dark traffic stop will not be charged.
Prosecutors told media outlets Thursday that the February shooting was an accident and that York County Deputy Terrance Knox had no criminal intent.
Dash cam video shows the driver, Bobby Canipe of Lincolnton, North Carolina, reaching for a cane in the back of his truck. Authorities say Knox thought it was a gun and fired several shots, some of which hit Canipe. He survived.
Knox was placed on administrative leave after the incident and has since returned the work. The video also captures the deputy sobbing when another officer arrived at the scene minutes later.
NJ-based toy company opening plant in Winnsboro
WINNSBORO, S.C. (AP) — A New Jersey-based toy company is opening a facility in Fairfield County to supply Wal-Mart Stores.
Enor Corp. announced plans Thursday to make toys at a former golf-cart distribution facility in Winnsboro, creating 151 jobs. Hiring starts immediately. Limited operations are expected to begin next month. Production should ramp up over the next nine months.
The 35-year-old, family-owned company makes plastic toys, outdoor games and junior sports items. Enor is the fifth Wal-Mart supplier to announce a new facility in South Carolina since August 2013.
Company officials say the announcement represents their commitment to manufacture exclusively in the U.S. They intend to transfer most of the company's overseas production to Winnsboro.
The company received $300,000 from the state for building improvements.
Gov. Nikki Haley was among officials at the announcement.