Sheriff Metts expected in court on federal charges

MEG KINNARD, Associated Press

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — South Carolina's longest-serving sheriff is expected in court in a federal bribery case.

Records show Lexington County Sheriff James Metts has a pretrial conference scheduled for Wednesday. Jury selection is currently scheduled for later this month.

Metts has pleaded not guilty to charges including bribery, conspiracy and wire fraud. Federal prosecutors say he allowed friends to buy favors, accepting cash in return for agreeing to assist people who were in the country illegally and who were being detained.

Metts is free on $100,000 bond and has been suspended from the office he has held since 1972. He is the eighth sheriff in South Carolina to be charged or investigated in the last four years.

1 dead in shooting in Dillon County

LATTA, S.C. (AP) — Sheriff's deputies in Dillon County are investigating the shooting death of a man in the community of Latta.

County Coroner Donnie Grimsley tells local media outlets that a man was shot around 8 o'clock on Tuesday evening and died later at a hospital.

Captain Cliff Arnette of the Dillon County Sheriff's Office says the man was shot and then went to another house seeking help. The man's identity is not being released until relatives are notified.

Deputies say they are looking for a man in connection with the slaying but have not made an arrest.

Former Myrtle Beach real estate agent sentenced

MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. (AP) — A former Myrtle Beach real estate agent has been sentenced to prison after failing to pay restitution.

The Sun News of Myrtle Beach reported that Kevin Mayberry was ordered last year to make $500 monthly payments to PNC Bank because of a fraudulent real estate transaction.

Mayberry had been sentenced to one day in jail if he paid restitution for the $500,000 transaction in 2008.

Mayberry has now been sentenced to nine months because of the failure to make the payments.

U.S. District Judge Bryan Harwell on Tuesday signed the order sending Mayberry to prison.

Mayberry must serve probation for 27 months after he is released from prison. He also must make the restitution payments. Harwell said he realizes Mayberry probably will not be able to pay full restitution.