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FREE AT LAST: Charges against Rock Hill’s Friendship 9 tossed out

Wednesday morning, the eight living men known as Rock Hill’s Friendship 9 walked in to a city courtroom, each carrying a 54-year-old misdemeanor trespassing charge on their criminal record. Just before lunch, they walked out of that same courtroom; records expunged and an official apology from the state in hand. Circuit court judge John Hayes […]

[photos + video] The exoneration of the Friendship 9

Hundreds of people — including dozens of media outlets from across the globe — packed into the Rock Hill law center Wednesday morning to watch in person as the nine Friendship Junior College students and four others from Atlanta had charges of trespassing vacated in court.   Judge John Hayes explains his decision to vacate […]

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3 charged in armed robbery…of the wrong house

Two teenagers and a third Lancaster man face felony charges in an armed robbery that landed the suspects at the wrong house. Shortly before 11 p.m. the night of January 14, investigators say Austin Collins, 17, Matthew McManus, 25 and Carlos Romero, 16, walked into an Edgemont Drive home and held two people inside at […]

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Search for next permanent Winthrop University president progresses

The search for Winthrop University’s next president continues to evolve. In a letter sent to campus this morning, Winthrop presidential search committee chair Kathy Bigham and co-chair John Bird wrote what Bigham told WRHI weeks ago–that the original list of 140 applicants has been reduced to 80 viable candidates. The letter says preliminary confidential interviews […]

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Clover High teacher resigns after arrest

A Clover High School teacher was arrested and charged with sexual battery of a student, officials said. Michael P. Landreth, 24, was charged with sexual battery with a student 16 or 17 years of age and contributing to the delinquency of a minor, according to the arrest record from the York County Sheriff’s Office. The […]

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Cop, utilities employees honored for saving eight-month-old Lilly

Rock Hill police officer Rex Hernandez and utilities employees Graham Boatwright, Desmond Campbell and Dahh Ross were hailed for their quick actions Monday night in saving eight-month-old Lilly Smith. Smith was not breathing when her mother ran to them on the side of Cherry Road January 21 begging for assistance. Hernadez, who joined the police […]

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Man wanted in Publix pharmacy armed robbery

Rock Hill police are searching for a man wanted in the armed robbery of a grocery store pharmacy Monday afternoon Shortly before 4 p.m. Monday, a man dressed in a black sweatshirt and white baseball cap walked up to the Publix pharmacy, demanding prescription drugs. “The suspect stated he had a gun, but did not […]

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