Originally created 11/04/02

Across South Carolina



Woman sues sheriffs over mistaken identity

MYRTLE BEACH -A 21-year-old Dorchester County woman is suing two counties and their sheriffs, alleging that she was mistakenly held for 20 days on an arrest warrant for another woman.

Krystal Herring filed her lawsuit against Horry County Sheriff Phillip Thompson, Dorchester County Sheriff Ray Nash and the two counties Oct. 23.

She says she was sent to J. Reuben Long Detention Center in late December after Summerville police stopped her Dec. 27 for a minor traffic violation. The officer arrested her on an Horry County bench warrant. The woman charged in the warrant was Crystal Herring.

Krystal Herring's driver's license number, Social Security number and photograph do not correspond to that of the wanted woman, the lawsuit says.

Police kill man who slashed his girlfriend

WILLIAMSTON -Police said they killed a Williamston man who was carrying a knife after he slashed his girlfriend and set a house on fire.

Salomon Reyes, 45, died at the scene after he refused to drop a knife and moved toward three police officers who had responded to a call for help.

Anderson County Coroner Greg Shore said Mr. Reyes died of a gunshot to the chest. He said Mr. Reyes' girlfriend, Rosa Maria Acosta, 45, summoned police after Mr. Reyes cut her and threatened to burn her home.

OxyContin suspect found in New Zealand

MYRTLE BEACH -A doctor being sought on federal charges of illegally prescribing OxyContin has been found in New Zealand, investigators say.

Deborah Sutherland, 52, is being held in New Zealand awaiting extradition, U.S. Assistant Attorney William E. Day II said Friday.

Dr. Sutherland was indicted along with six other physicians and three other employees at Myrtle Beach Comprehensive Care and Pain Management Center on charges of illegal distribution of painkillers and health care fraud.

Youths rescued from car fire; mom charged

DARLINGTON -A Hartsville woman has been charged with neglect after her children had to be rescued from a fire in her car, where she had left them while visiting with a friend, police said.

Sena Larrantte Easterling, 21, told police she left her 4-year-old and 1-year-old sons in the car when she saw a friend.

One of the children apparently started a fire in the car with a book of matches. A passer-by saw the car filled with smoke and got the children out. The car doors were unlocked.