Originally created 04/09/03

Across South Carolina



Health department receives dental grant

COLUMBIA - The state health department has received a three-year, $960,000 grant to lead a program aimed at improving dental care for young children and handicapped adults.

Chesterfield, Marlboro, Marion, Greenwood, McCormick and Hampton counties will launch the program, More Smiling Faces in Beautiful Places, from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation grant.

The program will emphasize prevention and early detection of dental decay by reaching children and their families by the child's first birthday, said the state dental coordinator, Dr. Raymond Lala.

Police chief is fired over secret account

WILLIAMSTON - The mayor says he has let the town police chief go after finding a secret police bank account that apparently held money from drug seizures and police fines.

Mayor Philip Clardy told Chief Richard Turner on Monday he could resign or else be fired. Mr. Clardy also suspended police Lt. Danny Hart indefinitely with pay.

Both Chief Turner and Lt. Hart said they would file formal grievances with the town. The chief has been on the Williamston force for more than 30 years.

Pedestrian dies after being hit by minivan

CHARLESTON - A Johns Island man was killed when he was struck by a minivan as he tried to cross a road.

Hermenejildo Morales Velasquez, 55, died shortly after suffering a head injury from the crash Sunday night, Charleston County Coroner Susan Chewning said. Mr. Velasquez was wearing dark clothing as he crossed the road, authorities said.

The minivan's driver has not been charged, and the accident remains under investigation, deputies said.

Gunman fires shots, hits officers with car

CHARLESTON - A man awaiting sentencing on a federal gun charge tried to run down two deputies at the Hollywood bar, authorities say.

Richard Damian Heyward's monitoring bracelet on his leg had stopped working, and federal authorities had been unable to track him down, officials said.

Mr. Heyward, 21, fired shots in the air after he was kicked out of the club early Sunday morning, and police say he knocked the officers to the ground with his car when they came looking for him.

Both deputies suffered minor injuries.