Originally created 07/10/02

Across South Carolina



Fishing boys drown in golf-course pond

SPARTANBURG -Three young boys drowned in a golf-course pond near their home when they went fishing, the Spartanburg County coroner's office says.

The victims were Arnold Syliphone, 7, and 8-year-old twins Sunny and Sammy Philavong, coroner's investigator Brad Wall said Tuesday.

The boys went fishing after 8 p.m. Monday in a pond on the 16th fairway at Cotton Creek Golf Course.

Arnold apparently went into the water first, and the twins went in after him, Mr. Wall said.

An autopsy Tuesday showed the boys drowned accidentally.

Authorities say sister paid fugitive's hotel bill

COLUMBIA -The sister of a man suspected of killing several girls paid for his hotel room as he fled, police say.

At the time, police were searching for Richard Marc Evonitz in connection with the June 25 kidnapping and rape of a 15-year-old Lexington County girl.

The search ended two days later when Mr. Evonitz, 38, put a gun to his head and pulled the trigger as police caught up with him in Florida.

Kristen Weyand told detectives she drove to Orangeburg on June 25 after her brother called her about 3 p.m.

Ms. Weyand knew police were looking for Mr. Evonitz when she check him into a hotel under her name, said Richland County Sheriff's Department spokesman Joseph Pellicci.

State slaughters chickens to stop fowl diseases

SPARTANBURG -A Spartanburg County poultry breeder says he's out of business after state officials destroyed 80 game chickens to avoid spreading a respiratory disease.

Poultry offices started looking at the Roebuck flock two months ago to determine whether chickens were infected with mycroplasma gallisepticum or other diseases.

Tommy Arnold said the slaughter has wiped out the breeding business he and his brother run.

Councilman resigns over banking probe

ROCK HILL -A Rock Hill city councilman has resigned, five days after he was fired as president and chief financial officer of Rock Hill Bank & Trust over banking irregularities and a resulting investigation.

Rob Herron resigned Monday in a letter delivered to city officials by his attorney, Thomas McKinney. He was first elected in 1997.