Originally created 11/20/02

Across South Carolina



Tax amnesty program claims $11 million

COLUMBIA -The state has collected about a tenth of the money that delinquent taxpayers owe through an amnesty program.

So far, $11.5 million has been collected in the program, which began Oct. 15 and ends Dec. 2, state Revenue Department spokesman Danny Brazell said.

When the state used a similar program 17 years ago, it collected $7.1 million.

Beginning Dec. 3, taxpayers still owing late taxes will be hit with a 20 percent collection assistance fee.

Small plane crashes into Lake Moultrie

BONNEAU -A small white plane crashed into Lake Moultrie about 5 p.m. Tuesday, said Mike Willis, a spokesman for the South Carolina Natural Resources Department.

Three fishermen saw the plane spiral into the water between Short Stay, a military personnel and retiree recreation park on the lake, and Pinopolis, Mr. Willis said.

He said he did not know the type of plane or how many people were aboard.

The plane crashed in a channel in the Santee Cooper lake that is up to 60 feet deep, Mr. Willis said.

Columbia man pleads in 12-year-old's death

COLUMBIA -A Columbia man has pleaded guilty in the death of a 12-year-old boy five years ago.

Michael Saltz Jr., 22, pleaded guilty to voluntary manslaughter and kidnapping in the death of Joe Barefoot. Mr. Saltz was sentenced to 15 years in prison.

Joe's mother, Jackie Barefoot Creech, had wanted Mr. Saltz to spend life in prison.

Mr. Saltz was convicted of murder in 1999 and sentenced to 42 years in prison. The South Carolina Supreme Court granted him a new trial last year.

Woman's body found hidden under house

GREENVILLE -A woman's body was found wrapped in plastic beneath a house Tuesday, Greenville police said.

Authorities were called after several people saw a man drag or carry a rolled-up piece of plastic across a street at 3:30 a.m., said Capt. Dave Henderson.

Capt. Henderson said an autopsy was scheduled. Blood was found on the road, which was temporarily closed as investigators gathered evidence, he said.