Originally created 11/07/02

Across South Carolina



Ex-coach is sentenced for molesting athlete

LEXINGTON -A former Lexington County school employee has pleaded guilty to sexually assaulting an athlete with the mental capacity of a 9-year-old.

Anthony Golston, 34, was sentenced to 7 1/2 years in prison.

Mr. Golston was a Special Olympics coach for 12 years.

He pleaded guilty to five counts of third-degree sexual assault involving a former powerlifter he trained for five years.

"To take advantage of an individual who nature has not blessed with the ability ... to defend themselves ... is reprehensible," Judge Kenneth Goode said.

Autopsy reveals man was shot in the back

COLUMBIA -A Richland County man whose body was found lying at the bottom of a 15-foot embankment had been shot, an autopsy shows.

Jesse Smith, 24, of Columbia, bled to death from a gunshot wound in his lower back, Coroner Gary Watts said Tuesday.

Mr. Smith's brother last saw him about 1 a.m. Sunday at a nightclub a few miles away from where his body was found, Mr. Watts said.

Police arrest man on child-porn charge

GREENVILLE -A Piedmont man was arrested after a repairman found photos of naked boys stored on his computer and called police.

John E. Straub, 58, was charged with sexual exploitation of a minor and was being held in the Greenville County jail without bond Tuesday.

World War II veterans will join Hall of Fame

MYRTLE BEACH -Two World War II veterans will be inducted into the South Carolina Hall of Fame in February.

Retired Gen. Jacob Edward Smart spent 11 months as a prisoner of war after his plane crashed and he was captured by the Germans. The Ridgeland native was commander of the 97th Bomb Group of the 15th Air Force during the war.

Maj. Thomas Dry Howie, a native of Abbeville, will be honored posthumously for his efforts in the war. He participated in a raid on Ploesti, Romania, a mission that produced five Medal of Honor winners.

Maj. Howie served in the 3rd Battalion, 116th Infantry and 29th Division during World War II.