Across South Carolina

Kmart worker accused of tampering with beef


CHARLESTON - A former Kmart employee was arrested and accused of putting rat poison in packages of ground beef at one of its stores last week, authorities said.

Officials said nobody bought the three packages of tainted meat.

Karen L. Wyndham, 45, was charged with tampering with consumer products, according to the FBI.

She was arrested Monday and released on a personal recognizance bond after appearing in court.

The Kmart where Ms. Wyndham worked took all packaged meat off its shelves after an employee conducting a routine inspection found three packages had been tampered with, The Post and Courier reported.

A spokeswoman for the state health department said no illnesses have been linked directly to the tampering. A company spokeswoman told the newspaper that Ms. Wyndham no longer works at the store.

Swimmers' naked run takes them off team

COLUMBIA - Two South Carolina swim team members who ran through a Columbia neighborhood without clothes on were kicked off the team after the incident was caught on tape.

Coach Don Gibb has dismissed Adam Middleton and Ciro Sauaia for "conduct detrimental to the team," said Steve Fink, an athletic department spokesman.

The students, who are both 18, were charged with indecent exposure by the Richland County Sheriff's Department.

A Columbia resident told WIS-TV that surveillance cameras at her house caught an image of two men running naked down her street Friday night.

The two were caught in the glare of headlights from a vehicle that was slowly following them.

"Being a female and having to witness something like that is just something you don't want to see," Kerry Flake told the station.

Multiple agencies battle 80-acre blaze

COLUMBIA - Firefighters struggled Tuesday to battle an 80-acre blaze in mountainous terrain in the Jocassee Gorges Natural Area in the northwest corner of South Carolina.

"They are creating fire breaks by hand, using shovels and rakes," said Scott Hawkins, a spokesman for the state Forestry Commission. "It's very tricky, because they are working on steep terrain."

No structures were threatened by the fire, which was being battled by about 50 Forestry Commission firefighters, volunteer firefighters from across Pickens County, members of the Greenville County Sheriff's Office and workers from the Department of Natural Resources, Mr. Hawkins said.

A helicopter from the Greenville Sheriff's Department was also dropping water, he said.

- From wire reports