Originally created 09/18/02

Across South Carolina



Three collegians suspected in slaying

SMOAKS -Police have charged two Orangeburg college students in the death of a convenience-store clerk and are searching for a third suspect.

Joshua Mikell, 20, and Jimmy Jones, 21, are being held at the Bamberg County Detention Center. An arrest warrant has been issued for 21-year-old Sylvester Black. The three are charged in the Thursday shooting death of 33-year-old Donna Mae Crosby.

Mr. Mikell and Mr. Black are enrolled at Claflin University. Mr. Jones is a student at South Carolina State University.

Ms. Crosby was shot during a robbery attempt at the Little Swamp Corner store.

Low water levels bring skeletons to surface

EUTAWVILLE -Low water levels in Lake Marion have revealed skeletal remains that Orangeburg County authorities say might be from an old cemetery.

A Eutawville man called deputies Saturday after finding a human skull at the water's edge. The deputies found a second skull.

Authorities suspect a former cemetery at the bottom of the man-made lake is being disturbed by low water levels.

Man charged after wife burns to death

COLUMBIA -A man has been charged with murder after he doused his wife with gasoline and set her on fire with a cigarette lighter, Richland County sheriff's officials say.

Dean Grayson, 39, of Columbia, was charged after his wife, Marva, 34, died Monday at the Joseph M. Still Burn Center in Augusta. She had third-degree burns over 73 percent of her body.

A store clerk who witnessed the incident used a fire extinguisher to help the woman. Officials said Mr. Grayson ran away from the scene, leaving the couple's 10-year-old son in a car. Mr. Grayson was arrested after he was spotted walking along Interstate 77.

Handyman sentenced to five years for fraud

CHARLESTON -The customers of a handyman who didn't do the work he was paid for agreed they would rather send him to prison than get restitution.

William Holmes will spend five years in prison after pleading guilty to eight counts of breach of trust Monday.

"It was more important that he did the time than pay the money back," prosecutor Ravi Sanyal said.