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Warrants: Deputy exchanged sex for leniencye

CHESTER (AP) — Authorities say a deputy in South Carolina has been arrested after he promised to go easy on a woman's criminal charges if she gave him nude photos and performed sex acts on him.

The State Law Enforcement Division charged 31-year-old Chester County deputy Bryant Joseph Thorpe Jr. with misconduct in office and taking bribes.

Arrest warrants obtained by The Herald of Rock Hill say Thorpe arrested the woman in September for harassment and filing a false police report.

The warrants say for the next three months, Thorpe "had her perform sexual acts on him" and asked her for nude photos, implying he would be lenient in her criminal case.

The Chester County Sheriff's Office fired Thorpe on Thursday.

It wasn't known if he had a lawyer.

Ex-police chief accused of robbery is wounded

PAWLEYS ISLAND (AP) — A former South Carolina police chief on probation for robbing a bank in 2017 is accused of robbing another bank and leading authorities on a car chase that ended when he was shot at and wounded.

News outlets report former Williamston police chief Richard Edward Inman was charged last week with offenses including armed robbery.

Authorities say he robbed a Pawleys Island bank by presenting a note that demanded money. He then led authorities on a car chase that ended when Charleston and Georgetown sheriff's deputies shot at him. Inman suffered non-life-threatening injuries. It's unclear if he was shot or wounded by debris.

Inman resigned as chief in 2011 at the request of the town's then-mayor over racist Facebook messages. The State Law Enforcement Division is investigating.

Meteor likely cause of bright flash in Florida night sky

ERIDU, Fla. (AP) — The National Weather Service says a bright flash across the Florida night sky over the weekend was likely a falling meteor.

News outlets report people in southern Georgia and the Big Bend area of northern Florida reported seeing a flash shortly before midnight Saturday. The National Weather Service in Charleston confirmed a mapping tool "detected the released light from the suspected fireball" over a spot about 35 miles (56.32 kilometers) east of Tallahassee just before midnight.

The Tallahassee office released a loop in which the meteor briefly blinks as a purple dot. It's unclear where the meteor landed.

Saturday's flash followed meteor sightings across the southeast early Friday. The American Meteor Society says more than 150 reports were recorded in Alabama, Georgia, Kentucky, North Carolina, South Carolina and Tennessee.

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