Originally created 08/06/02

Across South Carolina



Burned teenager dies after July 8 house fire

ROCK HILL -A 14-year-old who was severely burned in a house fire a month ago has died.

Dustin Ray White had been at the Joseph Still Burn Center at Doctors Hospital in Augusta since the July 8 fire that badly burned his legs, shoulders and face.

Investigators say his 12-year-old brother started the fire while playing with a cigarette lighter in his bedroom.

Man drowns in lake despite rescue efforts

ANDERSON -An Anderson man drowned at a recreation center on Lake Hartwell despite two bystanders' attempts to revive him.

Bulmaro Velazquez Perez, 22, was walking with four friends along a narrow strip of land between the recreation center and a small island when he slipped into the water Sunday, sheriff's deputies said.

Two women swimming nearby performed CPR until firefighters arrived. Mr. Perez's heart was not beating when medical personnel arrived, emergency medical technician Terry Herrlein said.

He was flown to Greenville Memorial Hospital, where he was pronounced dead shortly after arrival, Anderson County Deputy Coroner Charlie Boseman said.

Man charged in fatal DUI returned to state

GREENVILLE -An Easley man wanted for the traffic deaths of a Liberty woman and her 4-year-old daughter was being escorted from Texas to Greenville, police said.

Olin Earl Young Jr. is charged with five counts of felony driving under the influence in a 1999 wreck that killed Lisa Jackson Sinclair and her daughter Monica Elizabeth. He was released on a $150,000 bond at the time.

Mr. Young did not appear for a trial in December 2000.

Elementary schools suspend more pupils

GREENVILLE -School administrators suspended 1,330 elementary school pupils in Greenville County last year, an increase of about 250 pupils from five years ago.

Some experts say suspending children in their first few years of school is inappropriate and could have long-lasting implications for the pupil and the community.

But local educators said that suspension is a last resort.

"A lot of students just aren't adjusting to their new environment and the type of behavior that's expected in school," said Superintendent Bill Harner. "We can't let them disrupt the education of the other students."

- Edited from wire reports