Originally created 08/07/02

Across South Carolina



More alligators surfacing in lake

LAKE WYLIE -It's not time to call in The Crocodile Hunter, but wildlife agents are on the lookout for more alligators on Lake Wylie.

Officers from the state Natural Resources Department last Thursday caught an 8-foot-long gator in the Crowders Creek cove. It was the third such reptile take from the lake since May 2001.

Derrell Shipes, chief of statewide projects for Natural Resources' wildlife management division, said the department removes about 200 alligators each year.

Officials went searching after several resident complaints.

State considers new kidnap alert system

GREENVILLE -Law enforcement leaders are considering a system to use television and highway message boards in the first hours after a child's abduction to alert residents across the state.

State Law Enforcement Division Chief Robert Stewart said he met with representatives of the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children and the South Carolina Sheriff's Association to consider expanding the Child Alert Plan created in 1993.

The plan needs to be updated and expanded statewide, Chief Stewart said. Alerts are now broadcast regionally over the radio and apply only to children ages 12 and younger.

Inmate recaptured after yearlong escape

SPARTANBURG -An inmate who escaped more than a year ago has been captured at a Spartanburg hospital.

Sheriff's deputies and state authorities arrested Fred Parker III, 34, on Monday after he arrived at Mary Black Memorial Hospital, according to the sheriff's office.

Mr. Parker was charged with escaping March 18, 2001, from a York County prison, where he had been serving a 20-year sentence imposed in 1995 for second-degree burglary and larceny, the Corrections Department said.

Autopsy identifies body found near road

COLUMBIA -A decomposed body found on the side of U.S. Highway 321 was identified as a 77-year-old Lexington man, the coroner said Tuesday.

Callie Austin Harmon died of a heart condition and was found near his car parked off Bray Park Road in the Dixiana community, said Lexington County Coroner Harry Harman.

Mr. Harmon had left his home to go shopping Saturday.