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FLORENCE, S.C. – A Florence man has extradited from Guilford County, North Carolina to face a murder charge.  The Florence County Sheriff's Office announced that Demarcus Lee Bluett, 26, of Florence, had waived extradition and would be returned to Florence County to face charges related to the murder of Mary Brown. The booking website of the sheriff's office indicates that Bluett has also been charged with murder, first degree arson, armed robbery. possession of a weapon during a violent crime, malicious injury to property valued at less than $2,000 and two counts of failure to appear. 

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More than once, I winced at something the seemingly guileless main character, Ted Crutcher, spouts in Downing’s sly, smart thriller. Crutcher is Teacher of the Year at a private high school in the Northeast, one built on entitlement and wealth (Crutcher has little of either), where parents are not helicopters, but diabolical drones. Crutcher feels obligated, even driven, to “fiddle” with his students’ lives, to cajole, crusade, even murder on their unsuspecting behalf. Everything Crutcher does is for his students’ good. He’s a Dickens-loving Dexter, a psychopath with literary tendencies. When the consequences of one of his “fiddles” spirals out of control, Crutcher is caught in a battle of wits with three students out to uncover his demented machinations with a few of their own.

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FLORENCE, S.C. -- A man already in custody on charges of discharging a firearm into vehicle was served with two murder warrants in connection with the shooting deaths of two people in their car near the intersection of Alligator Road and US 76.

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