Summerville man dies in pond at sand mine

WALTERBORO, S.C. (AP) — A 29-year-old Summerville man has died after he fell into a pond at a sand mine in Colleton County.

Emergency responders were called to the mine on state Highway 61 around 4 p.m. Monday.

Colleton County Fire-Rescue director Barry McRoy said an employee at Murray Mines Inc., Kyle Martin, fell into the pond where he and other employees were pumping out sand.

McRoy said it was not clear why Martin fell into the water.

Martin was pronounced dead at a hospital. Coroner Richard Harvey ordered an autopsy to determine the cause of death.

Conn. man wanted for murder killed by police in SC

ST. GEORGE, S.C. (AP) — A man wanted on a murder charge in Norwalk. Connecticut, has been shot and killed by police outside a motel in St. George.

The U.S. Marshals Service said in a news release that 37-year-old Vamond Elmore was holding a gun as he tried to run away Tuesday morning from a hotel room near Interstate 95.

Authorities say officers shouted for him to drop the gun, but he turned it toward them instead and was killed.

U.S. marshals, Dorchester County deputies and State Law Enforcement Division agents were working together to arrest Elmore.

Charleston County deputies are investigating the shooting, and said two SLED agents fired on Elmore.

Investigators say Elmore had family around St. George.

Riverbanks Zoo tops 1 million visitors

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Riverbanks Zoo and Garden in Columbia has a fifth straight year with attendance of more than 1 million people.

Zoo officials say attendance for the year that ended June 30 was 1,053,377. That's up about 14,000 from last year.

Officials say the opening of zip line canopy tours last August helped boost attendance. The zip line has attracted nearly 5,000 customers.

The zoo is in the midst of a $36 million expansion. It will include a sea lion exhibit, new grizzly bear and otter habitats, a children's garden at the Botanical Garden, a new entrance plaza and more parking.

Riverbanks first topped 1 million visitors in 1990 after opening the aquarium-reptile complex. It topped 1 million again in 2002 after the opening of the gorilla exhibit.