Originally created 08/25/02

Across South Carolina



Student collapses, dies at band tryout

ORANGEBURG -A 19-year-old Claflin University student collapsed and died during band tryouts at neighboring South Carolina State University.

South Carolina State officials said Erin Patrice Stewart, of Columbia, died about 8:30 p.m. Friday.

University police are investigating the incident.

Judge files complaint on courthouse mold

LEXINGTON -A Family Court judge says the mold in the Lexington County courthouse has given him asthma and migraine headaches.

Judge C. David Sawyer Jr. is the second courthouse employee to complain to the South Carolina Workers' Compensation Commission about the mold.

More complaints are coming, said attorney Richard Breibart, who represents about 40 county employees with various health problems.

Judge Sawyer is asking for total disability benefits dating to Nov. 29, about a week before the courthouse was closed for the first time last fall.

Slaying suspect says he shot homeless man

COLUMBIA -A man accused of killing four people across the Carolinas this summer shot and injured a homeless man in a downtown park before the first slaying, Richland County Sheriff Leon Lott said.

Quincy Allen, 22, told deputies he shot at the man days before Dale Evonne Hall, 45, was killed July 10, investigators said.

The information from a police report matched what Mr. Allen told investigators, Sheriff Lott said.

The report says a 50-year-old man told police he was shot in the right shoulder and left forearm by a man with a rifle-type weapon about 4 a.m. July 7.

Alzheimer's patient dies sitting in car

ROCK HILL -A 75-year-old Alzheimer's patient died from heat-related injuries after she climbed out a window at an assisted-living facility and sat in an unlocked car parked in a nearby driveway.

About 10:30 p.m. Thursday, a man found Iva Cline slumped over the steering wheel in a car he no longer uses, police Capt. Mark Bollinger said.

Ms. Cline, who had been a patient at Sonshine Village Behavioral Management Center since 1998, was in the car for five to six hours, York County Coroner Doug McKown said.