Authorities find teen with special needs dead in car

WALTERBORO (AP) — Authorities in South Carolina say a teenager with special needs has died after being left in a car for hours. They've arrested two people in connection with the girl's death.

The Colleton County Sheriff's Office stated in a news release that investigators responded Monday to a report of a child locked in a vehicle 60 miles outside of Charleston. First responders pronounced the 13-year-old girl dead at the scene. Colleton County Fire official Barry McRoy told news outlets the victim appeared to have been in the car for at least two hours.

Investigators arrested Rita Pangalangan and Larry King. Both were awaiting bond hearings Tuesday.

Pangalangan is a teacher in the Colleton County School District. District spokesman Sean Gruber told news outlets she's been placed on paid leave.

Police fear missing 5-year-old dead along with mother

SUMTER (AP) — Police say they now think a missing 5-year-old girl in South Carolina was killed the same time as her mother.

Sumter Police spokeswoman Tonyia McGirt said Tuesday afternoon that 28-year-old Daunte Maurice Johnson is trying to help police find Nevaeh Lashy Adams' body.

Authorities say Johnson was arrested Monday after he was seen running away from a Sumter apartment where a family member found 29-year-old Sharee Bradley dead. Police haven't said how she was killed.

McGirt says it appears both the mother and child were killed at the same time, several hours before Bradley's body was found.

McGirt said in a statement Johnson is also a suspect in a homicide in Missouri, but didn't provide details.

Johnson is charged with murder. Jail records don't indicate if he has an attorney.

Inmate dies in fight at high-security prison

COLUMBIA (AP) — An inmate at a high-security prison in South Carolina has died in what officials are calling an "inmate on inmate altercation."

Citing a South Carolina Department of Corrections tweet , news outlets report the Broad River Correctional Institution inmate was injured Monday afternoon and later died at a hospital. It's unclear how many inmates were involved. The DOC says it and state law enforcement are investigating the death as a homicide.

Prison records identify the slain inmate as 43-year-old Damon Latroy Doyle, who was serving life sentences for kidnapping and assault with intent to kill. He was transferred to the facility in Columbia last year. The DOC lists the prison a high-security institution designed to primarily house violent offenders with longer sentences and inmates with behavioral problems.

Solar industry wants regulators to drop consultant

CHARLESTON (AP) — The solar industry and several environmental organizations want South Carolina's utility regulators to drop a consulting firm with ties to the state's largest investor-owned utilities.

The Post and Courier reports that the South Carolina Solar Business Alliance and Southern Alliance for Clean Energy were among the groups that sent letters to the state Public Service Commission on Monday. They asked the panel to reconsider its contract with Pegasus Global Holdings.

The consulting firm picked by the seven utility commissioners is tasked with helping set prices big power companies will pay for electricity from independent solar providers.

The critics say Pegasus and one of the firm's top leaders have a history with Duke Energy and Dominion Energy.

Duke and Dominion said they had nothing to do with the selection of Pegasus.

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