Originally created 12/16/01

Across South Carolina



Mother files suit against Wal-Mart

COLUMBIA -A Fairfield County mother has filed a lawsuit against a former Wal-Mart employee and the corporation, alleging the employee fondled her then-10-year-old daughter.

The lawsuit claims Wal-Mart should have known that the employee, Bobby Devon Randall, was a convicted sex offender and listed on the state's sex offender registry.

Mr. Randall, 45, is in jail, accused of two sex offenses, one related to the lawsuit.

When the mother reported the incident to the store, she was given a $25 gift certificate.

"What kind of message is that to send to a child, that something this terrible could be forgotten with a $25 gift certificate?" said David Massey, an attorney representing the girl.

Researchers find no clues about wall

CHARLESTON -Archaeologists found a lot of dirt but little else during a three-day dig to find part of the old wall that maps say surrounded the city.

Workers dug through most of a bank parking lot downtown looking for the northwest corner of the wall, which 18th century maps show circling the city.

Ex-rescue squad chief must pay for thefts

PENDLETON -A former Pendleton Rescue Squad chief was ordered to pay $75,000 in restitution after he pleaded guilty to taking money from the squad.

Ron Hart, 49, was also sentenced to two years of probation Friday.

He was charged with 14 counts of breach of trust in April, officials said.

Mr. Hart, who faced more than 80 years in prison and $100,000 in fines for the charges, apologized at the hearing.

He was in charge of the squad's finances from 1993 until he resigned in 2000. He used money for truck payments and dues for a hunting club, assistant solicitor Kathy Hodges said.

Allegations about man don't worry leaders

ANDREWS -Town leaders say they are impressed with the interim administrator's performance and not worried about a job he left after allegations of wrongdoing.

Charles Williams, who worked in Columbia for 24 years, was assistant city administrator when he resigned in February during an investigation that led to the firing of his boss.