Teen's hand severed by zip line

South Carolina


A teen's hand was severed by a zip line that he and his friends were using to slide into the Saluda River, authorities say.

Maj. Larry Shea of the Lexington County Sheriff's Department says a 16-year-old boy was sliding down a nylon rope line and somehow got his hand caught between the rope and a wire or cable running parallel to it, causing a “traumatic amputation” above the wrist. The hand fell into the water, was recovered by witnesses and was brought to the hospital in a cooler. Shea did not know the condition of the youth or whether attempts were being made to reattach the hand.

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Regional briefs

York County, S.C.

Rock Hill

Authorities say a 33-year-old York man died in the Sumter National Forest, shot by another hunter who thought he was shooting a deer.

Chester County Coroner Terry Tinker said Touna Xiong was shot in the back Saturday evening in the apparent accident.

Tinker told The Herald of Rock Hill that Xiong was wearing camouflage gear but no reflective clothing that would have made him easier to recognize. The state Department of Natural Resources is investigating.

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Eastern N.C.


A North Carolina prosecutor says a Marine who fled to Mexico before he was charged with killing a pregnant Marine near Camp Lejeune may never have a trial in the U.S.

Onslow County District Attorney Dewey Hudson said Monday that 21-year-old Cpl. Cesar Laurean is appealing his extradition, arguing that North Carolina's life-without-parole sentence for first-degree murder is barred under Mexico's extradition treaty.

Laurean is charged in the slaying of 20-year-old Lance Cpl. Maria Lauterbach of Vandalia, Ohio.

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Police digest

Lincoln County


Authorities are searching for a Denver man wanted in an Oct. 9 home invasion on Triangle Circle.

Aric Doran Torrence, 27, is wanted on charges of felony breaking and entering and robbery with a dangerous weapon.

The suspect in the home invasion didn't find the man he was looking for in the home and proceeded to steal cash and point a rifle at another occupant, Lincoln County sheriff's Detective Darrell Hutchens said in a news release.

Joe Marusak