Alleged intruder shot by SC homeowner, charged

WALHALLA, S.C. (AP) — A Walhalla man has been charged after deputies said he was shot by a homeowner in an act of self-defense.


Deputies said in a news release Monday 41-year-old Bradley Michael Payne was charged with assault and battery and burglary.


Deputies said they responded July 28 to a shooting at 4:15 p.m. in Tamassee. Authorities found Payne had been shot, and he was taken to a hospital.


Investigators said Payne had been outside the home, threatening the homeowner. Deputies say the homeowner got a gun, yelled for Payne not to come inside, then shot Payne in the hip as he forced his way in.


The homeowner called 911, and authorities say he won't be charged. Payne has been released from jail, and it wasn't known if he had an attorney.


Military police company returns to West Columbia

WEST COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — A military police company from South Carolina has returned home from Afghanistan.


More than 50 members of the 132nd Military Police Company returned to West Columbia on Monday after eight months of deployment.


The National Guard held a short ceremony to welcome the unit back before dismissing the soldiers to their waiting families at Eagle Aviation.


There are still 15 more members of the 132nd serving in Afghanistan, and officials have not said when they are expected to return to South Carolina.


Ailment of beached SC whale still unclear

MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. (AP) — Officials still aren't sure what sickened a pygmy sperm whale that washed ashore in Myrtle Beach and was later put to death.


A team of veterinarians and marine specialists discovered during a necropsy Monday that the animal had a heart condition. But officials told local media outlets more testing is needed to see how the animal died.


The whale washed onto the beach Sunday evening. A veterinarian was called and determined the whale was too sick to rehabilitate. But it took several hours, and police say beachgoers were unhappy that so little was being done.


Police say state and federal laws prevent people who aren't experts from handling beached whales because they can spread disease or hurt others.