Originally created 03/30/03

Across South Carolina



Inmate walks away from detention center

COLUMBIA -An inmate walked away from the Lower Savannah Pre-Release Center near Aiken on Saturday morning.

Inmate Theodosious Aubrey Archie, 31, was missing from a 9:30 a.m. roll call, Corrections Department spokeswoman Kay Robinson said.

He was serving five years for forgery.

3 workers charged in child's killing

MONCKS CORNER -Berkeley County deputies have charged two more workers in the death of a 9-year-old boy who died at a home for troubled youth near Summerville.

Josette Lee Pearson, 35, of Moncks Corner and Robyn Nutzman, 23, of North Charleston are accused of restraining Jamal Odum while another worker lay on top of the boy for seven minutes.

Ms. Pearson held the boy's legs and Ms. Nutzman held one of Jamal's arms as William Brightharp, 39, sat on the boy, prosecutor Blair Jennings said. A videotape of the incident showed that 105-pound Jamal, of Newport News, Va., was unable to move under the 200-pound man.

All three are charged with homicide by child abuse.

Parents are arrested in shaken girl's death

CHARLESTON -A Lowcountry couple have been charged with killing their 4-month-old daughter after tests showed the baby was shaken to death, authorities said.

Bobbie Pennington III, 21, and Dari Pennington, 19, surrendered to police and are charged with homicide by child abuse in the January death of Jamie Pennington.

Mrs. Pennington told hospital staff on Dec. 30 that her daughter had the flu, but medical personnel noticed bruising to the girl's forehead and signs of hemorrhaging in the eye, and called police. The girl died three days later.

Police suspect man was shot near eatery

IVA -A tip led police to suspect that Conies Eugene Thomas, 30, was shot at noon March 22 in a Burger King parking lot in Iva.

Mr. Thomas was found in a shallow ditch about 4 miles north of Iva on Wednesday. He had been shot in the head.

A tip prompted the Anderson County Sheriff's Office to turn over the homicide investigation to the Iva Police Department on Thursday.