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Posted on August 18, 2013 at 6:00 PM

Updated Sunday, Aug 18 at 6:00 PM


Memorial service planned for SC teen

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Memorial services are being held for a South Carolina teenager allegedly kidnapped and killed by a man who was dating her mother.

Relatives say services for Gabbiee Swainson were being held Sunday at Right Direction Church International.

A man who had been charged with kidnapping the girl led officers to her body earlier this month. Freddie Grant is now charged with murder and is also serving a federal sentence on an ammunition charge.

Gabbiee was 15 years old when she went missing from her home a year ago. Authorities have said Grant dated her mother and used a key he claimed to have lost to enter the family's home and take Gabbiee from her bed as she slept.

Sunday's service was open to the public.


Mom accused of abducting children arrested in SC

CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — South Carolina highway troopers have arrested a woman accused of abducting her two children from their grandparents' home in Maine.

Senior Trooper Bridgent Wyant says 34-year-old Bethmarie Retamozzo was arrested about 10:15 p.m. Saturday after troopers spotted her van with New York tags at a rest area off Interstate 95 in Colleton County.

Police in Waterville, Maine, say she disappeared with her 6- and 7-year-old children before a planned supervised visit. She was supposed to take them to a park to meet a supervisor Thursday.

The children were unharmed and turned over to the Department of Social Services. Retamozzo is charged as a fugitive from justice.

Wyant says she will remain in Colleton County jail until FBI agents take custody.


SC mother's death prompts calls for bond reform

(Information in the following story is from: The State,

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — The shooting death of a single mother during a botched early-morning robbery in Columbia has become a rallying cry for not letting suspects of violent crime post bond and return to the streets.

The State newspaper reports about 50 people attended a rally Saturday at the Statehouse to call for reform in the criminal justice system, including how suspects are given bond.

Kelly Hunnewell was working alone at a bakery July 1 when three teenagers broke in and demanded money. The 33-year-old mother of four fought back and was shot. The men left without anything. Two of the three charged with murder were out on bond while awaiting trial on other violent crimes.

The outcry has prompted Mayor Steve Benjamin to form a panel to make suggestions for reform.


SC teen charged with felony DUI for 2012 crash

(Information in the following story is from: Herald-Journal,

SPARTANBURG, S.C. (AP) — An 18-year-old Greer High School student is charged with reckless homicide for a fiery crash that killed a 40-year-old man last summer.

The Herald-Journal of Spartanburg reports that Daniel Woosley's bond was set at $50,000 Friday.

The Highway Patrol says Woosley's vehicle crossed the center line on Highway 101 in Greer about 5 a.m. on July 24, 2012, and crashed head-on with a vehicle driven by Daniel Nelson of Boiling Springs. Nelson was trapped inside and died at the scene. Woosley was hospitalized for 11 days with serious injuries.

Woosley was initially charged with driving too fast for conditions. His charges were upgraded Thursday after prosecutors subpoenaed his medical records.

Prosecutors say Woosley's blood tested positive for methamphetamine, benzodiazepines and marijuana, and his blood-alcohol level was 0.03.


Contractors at SRS cut 1,550 jobs over 2 years

AIKEN, S.C. (AP) — Contractors for the U.S. Department of Energy at Savannah River Site have cut nearly 1,550 jobs over two years.

The Aiken Standard reports Sunday that about 11,100 people worked for contractors at the site last December. Workforce reports show that's down from 12,630 two years earlier.

Spokesman Bill Taylor says the federal stimulus created a lot of jobs starting in 2010, but that money is gone.

The site has five major contractors. Two of the five posted some growth.

The contractor that manages the site took the biggest hit. Savannah River Nuclear Solutions lost nearly 1,600 workers over the two years.

The 310-square-mile site once produced plutonium and tritium for atomic bombs. Work there is now focused mostly on research and cleaning up contaminated areas.


Paddling trail mapped along 800 miles in Southeast

CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — An unbroken saltwater trail along 800 miles of the Southeastern coastline has been mapped out for those who like canoeing, kayaking and other paddle sports.

The Southeast Coast Saltwater Paddling Trail maps routes along the coast, as well as access points and places where people can find food, supplies, lodging or camping between the Chesapeake Bay and Saint Mary's, Ga. The trail also connects with other paddling trails to the north and south.

The trail provides the information on one interactive website. In the past, paddlers had to find the information on numerous sites, and through publications and brochures.

The map is a joint project of state, federal and local governments that consulted with private groups and paddling enthusiasts in mapping the routes.


Charleston holds 11th First Day Festival

CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — Charleston is welcoming thousands of students and their families to the 11th annual First Day Festival that celebrates the coming school year.

Sunday's festivities on the Charleston waterfront allow students to get backpacks full of school supplies, as well as learn about student services and healthy eating. There's also entertainment, free tours of the South Carolina Aquarium and free boat rides.

The idea is to get students and their parents engaged and excited about the new academic year. Public school students in Charleston County start classes Wednesday.

The event is being held at Liberty Square and the Charleston Maritime Center, both on the Cooper River.

Last year, about 5,000 students got free backpacks full of school supplies.