Originally created 03/05/02

Across South Carolina



Woman's body found beside road in woods

MYRTLE BEACH -The body of a Myrtle Beach woman has been found on a roadside in a wooded area just west of the city, police said.

The woman was identified as Vanessa E. Nelson, 18, said Horry County Coroner Robert Edge. She was pronounced dead at the scene when the body was found late Sunday afternoon, Mr. Edge said.

A suspect was in custody but no charges had been filed by midday Monday, Horry County Sgt. Jamie Hughes said.

Police chase ends in motorist's death

CLEMSON -An Anderson man died after a Clemson police chase in which his sport utility vehicle fell from an incomplete section of a bridge and landed on U.S. Highway 76.

Robert James Brown Jr., 23, died in the Anderson Area Medical Center emergency room at 5:20 a.m. Sunday, said Pickens County Coroner James Mahanes.

The accident took place about 4:10 a.m. when Mr. Brown's vehicle drove into the construction area on the right side of the South Carolina Highway 93 bridge's westbound lane and ran off an embankment, said Highway Patrol spokesman Lance Cpl. Dan Marsceau.

Authorities identify one teen fire victim

LYMAN -Two teen-agers died of carbon monoxide poisoning in a fire that gutted a Spartanburg County mobile home, the coroner says.

Derrick Dean Venesky, 17, of Greer, was identified Sunday, and dental records will be used to identify the other victim, Coroner David Councilman said.

Tyger River fire investigators suspect a wood-burning stove is to blame for the blaze in the single-wide home early Saturday.

Sonya Raines lived in the home with her son, authorities said. Ms. Raines was not at home when the fire started.

Officials investigate man's shooting death

RIDGELAND -Jasper County investigators are searching for clues in the shooting death of a Georgia man whose body was found half submerged in the New River.

Two men discovered the body of Gary Johnson, 35, of Savannah, on Sunday at the New River Landing on South Carolina Highway 170 at the line between Jasper and Beaufort counties, said Jasper County sheriff's Chief Deputy Roy Hughes.

Mr. Johnson's body had nine bullet wounds in the head, neck and chest, Jasper County Coroner Martin Sauls said Sunday.