Originally created 05/07/02

Across South Carolina



Girl hit at bus stop dies of her injuries

COLUMBIA -An 8-year-old girl who was struck by a car as she boarded a school bus last week died Monday.

Wanda Gibbs died of a brain injury at 11:30 a.m., Richland County Coroner Gary Watts said.

Wanda was hospitalized April 29 after being struck by a car that careened out of control near a school bus stop. The car hit the right end of a school bus and then struck the girl, said Lance Cpl. Kelley Hughes of the state Highway Patrol.

The car's driver, Shonte Allen, 31, remains in critical condition in a Columbia hospital, officials said.

The Highway Patrol is still investigating the accident, Lance Cpl. Hughes said.

Man falls to his death while working on ship

NORTH CHARLESTON -A man working on a ship at the old Charleston Navy Base fell to his death Sunday morning.

Edy Fernando Rojas-Hasegawa, 36, fell 60 feet from an open area on the ship, Charleston County Coroner Susan Chewning said.

Drug program relies on renewal of grant

CHARLESTON -A lack of federal funding could shut down a Charleston County program credited with helping drug offenders kick their habits.

Charleston County's Adult Drug Court started the program in July 1999 with a federal grant. The program allows defendants to receive suspended sentences for drug violations so long as they work and get treatment and counseling. Once they finish the program, charges can be dismissed.

Without the $300,000 grant, the program could end in June, Probate Judge Irvin Condon said. Officials plan to seek funds from the Charleston County Council and other groups if the grant is denied.

Attorney questions municipal court fee

HILTON HEAD ISLAND -First-time offenders across the state have been paying additional municipal court fees for participating in an intervention program, but the practice could violate state law, an official says.

Municipal courts on Hilton Head Island and in Charleston are among a handful in South Carolina that charge for referring defendants to the state program. Hilton Head charges $100 over the state's $350 fee. Charleston charges $25.

State law gives prosecutors the authority to charge for intervention programs. But a constitutional standard requires criminal fees to be uniform statewide, said attorney Bob McCurdy, of the South Carolina Court Administration.