State news in brief for Oct. 27

October 27, 2017 GMT

Man arrested in S.C. stabbing death

NORTH CHARLESTON — A man has been arrested in a stabbing death in South Carolina.

North Charleston police spokesman Spencer Pryor told local media outlets that officers were called a home early Thursday morning and found a man lying on the living room floor. Pryor said a knife was found nearby.

The man’s name has not been released.

Twenty-year-old Denardo Felder was found nearby and arrested a short time later and charged with murder.

Police said the relationship between the men was unclear.

It was not known if Fowler has an attorney yet.

Clemson student vice president impeached

CLEMSON — Clemson University’s student senate has voted to impeach the student government’s vice president, a black man who recently refused to stand during the Pledge of Allegiance.

But Clemson spokesman John Gouch said Thursday the impeachment proceedings started before the pledge protest by Jaren Stewart.

Student Senator Miller Hoffman, who is white, introduced the resolution to impeach Stewart, citing a leaked document describing alleged misconduct. Hoffman denied that the motion was motivated by Stewart’s pledge protest, or his race.

Clemson University says its student body is 83 percent white and 7 percent African-American.

The vote to impeach Stewart was 40-18, by secret ballot, held Monday while he was out of town. It sets up a closed-door impeachment trial to determine whether he should be removed from office, during which he will be able to defend himself. However, any senator who reveals details of the proceedings also will face impeachment, according to the student newspaper, the Clemson Tiger.

Stewart and other students sat through the pledge at a student government meeting on Sept. 25, in solidarity with NFL players protesting police brutality and racial oppression.

S.C. deputy fired after sex charged filed

CHARLESTON — A deputy at a South Carolina jail has been accused of having sex with an inmate.

The Charleston County Sheriff’s Office said Deputy James Wagner was charged on Tuesday with sexual misconduct with an inmate.

On Thursday, the sheriff’s office said Wagner has been fired. He had been with the sheriff’s office since January 2016.

Wagner was placed in the county jail. His status couldn’t be determined on Thursday.

Woman accused of embezzling $750K

CHARLESTON — Federal prosecutors have accused a South Carolina woman of embezzling more than $750,000 over five years from a business which manages money for homeowners associations.

The Post and Courier of Charleston reports authorities say 48-year-old Donna Haynes was arraigned on Thursday on five counts of interstate wire fraud and four counts of federal tax evasion.

The indictment handed down on Oct. 12 says Haynes opened two bank accounts in her company’s name and diverted checks for ancillary services into those accounts. Payments for ancillary services weren’t entered into the accounting system until the checks were deposited, allowing some to be diverted without the business knowing. Prosecutors say after the checks were deposited, Haynes used the firm’s signature stamp to write checks to herself.

Haynes is jailed on a $50,000 bail.