Local Updates from ABC News Radio for Charleston.


Two Sought in Aiken Shooting

(AIKEN, S.C.) -- Police are searching for two men in connection with a shooting in Aiken on Tuesday.

Kenneth Lamon Richardson, Jr. and Ricky Lorenzo Harden, Jr. are wanted on multiple charges stemming from a shooting in the area of York Street and Edgefield Avenue on Monday afternoon.

The Aiken Department of Public Safety said a drug transaction gone bad led to a man being shot in the arm.

Investigators believe Richardson and Harden were involved. Richardson is wanted for attempted murder, and assault and battery by a mob.  Harden is also wanted for assault and battery by a mob.

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Valmet Corporation to Add 40 Jobs to Lancaster County Facility

(COLUMBIA, S.C.) -- Valmet Corporation plans to expand its Lancaster County manufacturing facility that serves the pulp, paper, and energy industries.

The expansion will create 40 jobs at the plant, which is slated to be completed in January 2015.

“It’s always exciting to see one of our existing companies make the decision to expand -- it proves that South Carolina has the workforce and business environment that they need to be successful," said Governor Nikki Haley in a statement.

The company operates service locations in 30 countries with 11,000 employees, including South Carolina operations in Lancaster and Aiken counties.

Those interested in for positions within Valmet are encourage to apply online at SCWorks.

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Search Continues for Missing Charleston Teen

Charleston Police Department(CHARLESTON, S.C.) -- Charleston Police continue to seek the public's help with locating a missing teenage boy from the area.

Marquis Lesston, 17, has been missing since Monday, and on Friday Charleston Police said the teen still hasn't been located.

However, investigators still don't suspect foul play is involved.

According to police, Lesston attended classes at James Island Charter High School on Monday, and after school rode the bus to Ferguson Road, where he got off. He hasn't been seen since.

Police said he may be in James Island, North Charleston or Summerville.

Anyone with information on Lesston's whereabouts is asked to contact police at 843-743-7200.

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Stall High School Student Arrested for Gun Possession 

(CHARLESTON, S.C.) -- Police arrested a 15-year-old high school student after he was spotted with a gun at a nearby bus stop.

Michael Reidenback, deputy director of security for Stall High School, told police he received a call from a citizen who saw the student at a stop on Pickens and Greenwood Street on Thursday. Officials were informed the student possibly possessed a handgun.

Upon arrival, Charleston Police noticed a car parked nearby with the teen inside. As the officer exited the vehicle, the student "began making furtive movements" and had "a deer in the headlights" look. A pat-down revealed the teen had the weapon in the front of his pants.

The student told officials he had found the gun in a ceiling tile of the high school's bathroom on Tuesday. Police said the gun was "old and rusted but appeared...operable."

The student's grandmother, Betty Johnson, was in the vehicle with the teen at the time of the arrest. Police said she was wanted on a check warrant and subsequently arrested her following the incident.

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Woman's Body Found in Goose Creek Pond

(GOOSE CREEK, S.C.) -- An investigation is underway after a person was found dead in Goose Creek on Wednesday night.

The Berkeley County Coroner's Office told ABC affiliate WCIV-TV that the body of a 54-year-old woman was found around 11 p.m. in a pond at the back of a home in the Liberty Hall Plantation subdivision.

An autopsy is to be done to determine the cause of death.

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