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Army Captain surprises son at baseball game

PIEDMONT, SC (WSPA) – One Upstate child got a very big surprise at his baseball game this afternoon.

Campbell Conley’s normal Saturday means spending time on the baseball diamond. Another part of that routine, is not hearing his dad cheer him on from the stands.

“It’s been very challenging. Lots of days of having to think ‘Oh my goodness, I can’t believe my husband’s missing first milestones, or missing baseball games,” says Amanda Conley, Campbell’s mom.

Captain Matthew Conley has been deployed in Afghanistan since July 2016, and told Campbell he wouldn’t be able to make his game on Saturday. Instead, Cpt. Conley dressed as an umpire, and waited behind home plate.

“I was trying not to let him see me...

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Spartanburg police officer dies days after motorcycle crash

SPARTANBURG, S.C. (WSPA) – A Spartanburg officer has died after a crash that happened on Union Street Tuesday night, according to the Spartanburg County Coroner’s Office.

The coroner says that 39-year-old Jason Gregory Harris has died from the injuries he received in the crash.

The accident happened at about 9:45 p.m. Tuesday.

Officer Harris was driving east on Union Street when he struck a car that was turning left into a driveway, according to S.C. Highway Patrol.

Troopers say he was thrown from his motorcycle.

Harris was wearing a helmet at the time of the crash but was taken to the hospital with serious injuries.

The driver of the car was wearing a seatbelt but was also injured and taken to the hospital.

Union Street was closed for several hours while the crash was being investigated.

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GA Pastor pressured 2 teens to have sex while he watched

BRUNSWICK, Ga. (AP) – A Georgia jury has convicted a pastor of molesting two teenagers who attended his church in coastal Brunswick.

Media outlets report 57-year-old Kenneth Adkins was found guilty Monday of eight criminal counts, including aggravated child molestation.

Prosecutors said the pastor pressured to two teenagers – a boy and girl, both 15 – to have sex while Adkins watched in his office at Greater New Dimension Church in 2009.

They said the pastor also touched the girl inappropriately.

The male victim testified against Adkins during his trial. But the young woman testified the allegations were false.

Jurors took about an hour to convict Adkins. Glynn County Superior Court Judge Stephen Scarlett scheduled sentencing for April 25.

(Copyright 2017 The Associated Press...

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Worker electrocuted while paving road in Greenville Co.

GREENVILLE, SC (WSPA) – The Greenville County coroner says a man was electrocuted when a dump truck struck a power pole causing the lines to fall and hit his body.

48-year-old Marty Dale Whitmire of Liberty died at the scene on East Mountain Creek Road around 2:20pm.

The coroner says Whitmire was operating a piece of equipment being used to pave the road near Biddeford Place.

According to the SC Department of Transportation, a crew from King Asphalt was at the scene paving the road at the time.

East Mountain Creek Road was closed for a short time while the investigation took place.

Duke Energy says they had up to 2,100 customers without power earlier due to the incident.

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Officer-involved shooting in Pendleton, SLED responding

PENDLETON, SC (WSPA) – Pendleton Police are at the scene of an officer-involved shooting, according to the Pendleton Police Chief.

The shooting happened near Poplar Street and Woodland Circle.

Chief Doyle Burdette says the officer is okay.

SLED says they are sending agents to the scene.

Source: WSPA News

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Inmate dies at Buncombe Co. Detention Facility

ASHEVILLE, SC (WSPA) – An inmate at the Buncombe County Detention Facility has died after officers found him unresponsive in his cell, Monday morning.

According to the Sheriff’s Office, 40-year-old Christopher Coe Boyd, Jr of Black Mountain was found after he did not come out of his cell for breakfast shortly after 6:00am.

Deputies say officers checked Boyd’s pulse and then began chest compressions.

The Sheriff’s Office says Boyd was being held for a Confinement in Response to Violation for three days related to felony probation.

Source: WSPA News

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Man accused of hitting mailboxes with baseball bat in Spartanburg Co.

A man is accused of damaging several mailboxes on Holly Springs Church Rd., according to Spartanburg Co. deputies.

Deputies says they spoke to one of the victims who said he was sitting outside as a green Ford Ranger came down the street.

He says he heard someone say “It’s a trio.”

The report say he heard the suspect hit his mail box.

The was able to catch up to the truck at the end of Holly Springs Church Rd. and get the license plate.

He said it appeared to be two teen boys in the truck.

Several other mailboxes on the street were also damaged with a baseball bat.

Matthew Sloan Weaver, 19, is charged with 11 counts of Malicious Injury to personal property = < $2,000 according to the detention center.

Source: WSPA News

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Suspects in KFC shooting wore masks & jackets, Spartanburg police say

SPARTANBURG, SC (WSPA) – Police say the suspects involving the shooting death of Anthony Tiffany at a KFC in Spartanburg were wearing masks.  One may have worn a “black leather type “Members Only” jacket.”

Police say the suspects may also have been using an older model Nissan Altima with a paper tag.

Tiffany, an employee at the Kentucky Fried Chicken on Cedar Springs Road, was killed during a shooting and possible attempted robbery Friday night around 10:30pm.

7News spoke to a Josephine Hill who knew another employee who was with Tiffany that night.

“One of the guys put a gun to him too. And he told him, please don’t shoot me, please don’t shoot me...

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Shark photo-bombs kid surfer as they share wave

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — A 10-year-old surfer has had a close encounter with a photo-bombing shark that shared a wave with him off an Australian beach.

Chris Hasson said Thursday that he was taking photos of his son Eden riding a wave off Samurai Beach at Port Stephens, 180 kilometers (110 miles) north of Sydney, on Tuesday when something unexpected and indistinct caught his eye.

He discovered he had photographed the face of a twisting shark just below the surface with his son on an apparent collision course.

“I saw the second photo and (thought) — no way,” Hasson told the AP. “I quickly called him in and whistled.”

“He (Eden) saw a shape in the wave and thought it was seaweed and felt something as he went over the top — he got his leg rope caught on something — but he though...

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Man stabbed couple with Samurai sword after meeting to sell items

BERKELEY COUNTY, SC (WCBD)- A man who is accused of attacking a woman and her estranged husband with a “samurai sword” was arrested today.

27-year-old John Michael Juba was arrested today by the U.S. Marshal service on the Isle of Palms.

On December 5th 2016 a woman and her estranged husband arranged to meet a man to buy a few items through the ‘Offer Up’ app. The couple came to the home of the seller on Berkshire Drive where they purchased a printer then returned later on in the evening to also purchase some tools. When they returned to the home the second time there was a man present with a “katana like sword” and without any provocation the man attacked the female victim and her estranged husband.

While trying to flee the home the female victim was stabbed in the rear left ...

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