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Accident claims two lives

Jerry E. Halmon, Staff Reporter

A Norway woman and a teenage relative died Friday when their SUV overturned several times in a wooded area a few miles outside of Bamberg on the Charleston-Augusta Road. Bamberg County Coroner Willard “Billy” Duncan said 59-year old Barbara M. Glover and 15-year old London Glover died as a result of blunt force trauma suffered during a single-car crash around 12:10 p.m. S.C. Highway Patrol Lance Cpl. Judd Jones said Friday’s crash happened on the Charleston-Augusta Road when the driver lost control of a Ford Explorer. Duncan noted it appeared that the Ford rolled several times before coming to a rest off the roadway.

Four people were ejected from the SUV, including London Glover, Jones said. Barbara Glover was wearing a seat belt, according to investigators. The driver, 40-year old Frankie Glover of Norway, and two passengers were airlifted to Palmetto Health Richland where they were believed to be listed in serious condition. The names of the two passengers were unavailable. Jones said the crash is undetermined and its cause is under investigation.

Denmark Police Officer on leave

Jerry E. Halmon, Staff Reporter

A Norway man is dead and a Denmark Police Officer has reportedly been placed on administrative leave after a chase that ended in Orangeburg County on Thursday August 4. An article in the Orangeburg Times and Democrat on Saturday stated that Orangeburg County Corner Samuetta Marshall said that 50-year old Warren Robinson of Norway was shot by an officer on Thursday. According to the article the State Law Enforcement Division has jurisdiction over the investigation. WIS-TV reported SLED said Denmark Officer Horace Brunson shot Robinson but won’t say why or how it happened.

“We are investigating an officer-involved shooting,” State Law Enforcement Division spokesperson Kathryn Richardson said. “It is still under investigation at this time and would be inappropriate to comment further.”

The article noted that Denmark Police Chief Leroy Grimes would not comment on the shooting other than to confirm as “standard protocol,” an officer involved in any shooting is placed on administrative leave pending the outcome of the investigation. (A call to the Denmark Police Department Monday morning was not returned). Officials close to the investigation could not give their names but said the incident began with a car chase involving the Denmark Police Department and the Bamberg County Sheriff’s Office.

The chase began around 4:45 p.m. Thursday. It is not clear if it began in Bamberg County or within the city limits of Denmark. Orangeburg County officials were dispatched to assist around 4:57 p.m. after receiving a call from the Bamberg County Sheriff’s Office, according to an Orangeburg County Sheriff’s Office incident report.

The report states that officers got into a chase that entered Orangeburg County and resulted in (Robinson) being shot and dying on the scene. Near the junction of Highway 70 and Good Hope Road, Robinson’s vehicle was found down a gully. Note: (Calls to the Bamberg Sheriff’s Department and SLED Monday morning were not returned by press time.)

Eagles release Ricky Sapp

Jerry E. Halmon, Staff Reporter

According to a number of recent news article the last few days the Philadelphia Eagles announced that they have released former B-E and Clemson University standout defensive end Ricky Sapp. Ricky was a fifth-round draft pick in 2010. According to reports Sapp had been placed on the Reserve/Left Squad list on Thursday. A check of the team’s website on Monday did not show Sapp listed on the team’s roster.

B-E hires new band director

Jerry E. Halmon, Staff Reporter

“Forgetting about the past and moving forward” is the first goal of newly hired Bamberg-Ehrhardt High School Band Director Jordan Smith. Smith, a Hampton SC., native, and 1986 graduate of the University of South Carolina, with a degree in Music Education said Thursday, in an interview that he wanted to come back to the low country after college and Bamberg was “a good fit”. He acknowledged that he was aware of the ups and downs the B-E band program has experienced over the last few years, but he is up to the task of rebuilding the program.

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