Originally created 01/05/03

Across South Carolina



Husband is charged in woman's shooting

NORTH CHARLESTON -A man has been charged with murder in the shooting death of his wife in their home.

Clarence Wright, 38, was arrested last week after North Charleston police received a tip that he was asleep inside his car in a restaurant parking lot.

A neighbor heard gunfire at about 3 p.m. and called police, who found Truemetria Wright, 35, dead in the living room.

Teen is found dead outside apartment

MARION -Police are searching for clues in the shooting death of a Marion High School senior whose body was found outside an apartment complex.

James David Dozier III, 17, of Marion, was shot in the chest and probably dumped from his own vehicle, police said.

State Law Enforcement Division agents were called to the scene and asked to assist in the investigation.

Man wanted in death of toddler is caught

BEAUFORT -Wisconsin police arrested a man wanted in Beaufort County for the September death of a 21-month-old child he was baby-sitting, police say.

James Robert Raddatz, 29, of Oshkosh, Wis., was charged with homicide by child abuse after Oshkosh police arrested him during a traffic stop, Beaufort County sheriff's spokeswoman Debbie Szpanka said. He is scheduled to be arraigned in Wisconsin this week.

Mr. Raddatz was baby-sitting Addeline Josephine Maseman when she died, police said. Jennifer Gaston, 24, found her daughter dead the morning of Sept. 29.

Historic bridge work could start early

COLUMBIA -Work to preserve the historic Poinsett Bridge in northern Greenville County could begin this year now that options for the state to buy the stone structure have been completed, officials say.

"We have it all put together now," said state Sen. Verne Smith, R-Greer. "We have the options signed by both property owners, and we have the money to pay for it."

The bridge, which extends 130 feet over Little Gap Creek, was of major economic importance to the county and state in the early 19th century.

Completed in 1820, the bridge was part of the State Road leading from Charleston to the settlements in the Blue Ridge mountains of North Carolina and Tennessee.