Across South Carolina

Mother is charged in death of toddler


BEAUFORT - A woman has been charged with homicide by child abuse in the death of her 14-month-old son after the baby overdosed on prescription anti-itch medicine, authorities said.

RaSaan Cortez Avery Young died from having too much hydroxyzine in his system, investigators said.

During a search of his mother's home, deputies found a half-empty bottle of liquid prescription anti-itch medication the baby had been given for eczema and was filled just two days before he died, sheriff's Capt. Allen Horton said.

Paris Genici Avery, 24, who now lives in Maryland, was charged last week with homicide by child abuse, authorities said.

Wigs lead to arrest of robbery suspect

BLUFFTON - A police officer who noticed wigs and fake mustaches in a suspect's vehicle led to the arrest of a man the FBI thinks might have robbed up to 40 banks across seven Southern states, federal agents said.

William E. Cobb, 43, was taken into custody after investigators spent two weeks collecting evidence against him, according to the FBI.

Mr. Cobb has only been charged with a March 29 bank robbery in Bluffton, but federal agents said they have connected him to as many as 40 robberies in Alabama, Georgia, Florida, South Carolina, North Carolina, Tennessee and Kentucky.

Warden's win could trigger more suits

SUMTER - State authorities say a recent jury award for a former prison warden who accused officials of conspiring to remove him from his job could open the door to other lawsuits against individual supervisors.

Calvin Anthony, the former warden at Lee Correctional Institution, sued after he lost his job in June 2004. Last week, a federal jury awarded him $510,000, The (Sumter) Item reported in Tuesday's newspapers.

Mr. Anthony had accused individual Corrections officials of conspiring to have him removed for personal reasons.

Councilman assaults officer, mayor says

EASTOVER - An Eastover town councilman has been charged with assaulting a police officer outside of Town Hall, acting Mayor Cleveland Wilson said.

Councilman Anthony Gibson, his nose and forehead bloody, was led away from Town Hall in handcuffs Monday.

Mr. Gibson said the incident started when he came to Town Hall to return some checks he had borrowed to copy as part of his investigation into the Richland County town's finances.

Mr. Wilson said the town has completed its most recent audit without problems and that he didn't know what financial issues Mr. Gibson was investigating.

- Edited from wire reports