Across South Carolina

Elderly SC woman found shot in her car trunk

WALTERBORO, S.C. - Authorities say a 78-year-old South Carolina woman kidnapped in a home invasion has been found with gunshot wounds.

Hampton County Sheriff T.C. Smalls said Monday that Margaret Gooding of Miley was found around 4 p.m. in the trunk of her car near Walterboro in Colleton County, more than 14 hours later and about 25 miles from her home. Smalls said she was shot at least once in the abdomen, possibly twice.

The sheriff said Gooding was flown to the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston and was in stable condition.

Authorities said they are investigating persons of interest in the case.

Smalls said he expects to release more details Tuesday.

3 SC men plead guilty to attacking black man

FLORENCE, S.C. - Three men, including a father and son, have admitted attacking a black man at a South Carolina convenience store solely because of his race and threatening two white men for helping him.

The U.S. Justice Department announced 49-year-old Thomas Blue Sr., 28-year-old Thomas Blue Jr. and 35-year-old Judson Talbert pleaded guilty Monday to the December 2007 assault and carjacking of Dahndra Moore as he tried to use a restroom.

The three Marlboro County men admitted the elder Blue forced Moore out of the store, and the younger Blue threatened him with a chainsaw. Talbert admitted stealing Moore's car, which he and the elder Blue burned. Moore escaped to a local home.

The elder Blue agreed to a 13-year prison sentence. Talbert agreed to nine years and Blue Jr. to three years.

Feds investigate collision in Charleston Harbor

CHARLESTON, S.C. - The National Transportation Safety Board is investigating a collision in Charleston Harbor involving a 25-foot Coast Guard boat and a commercial catamaran.

The federal agency said Monday it has sent a team to investigate the accident that happened Saturday evening, not long after the annual Christmas Parade of Boats down the Cooper River.

The Coast Guard evacuated 24 passengers from the catamaran. Three passengers were hurt but there were no deaths.

The Coast Guard said the catamaran suffered some damage to its hull above the water line but the Coast Guard vessel was not damaged.

The weather was fair at the time.