Originally created 09/14/03

Across South Carolina



Teenager is sentenced in 12-year-old's death

YORK -A 17-year-old has been sentenced to 10 years in prison after he pleaded guilty to involuntary manslaughter in the death of a 12-year-old boy in April.

Quancy McNeil was playing with a handgun in a bedroom when Dontavius Thompson was shot once in the heart and died April 16, prosecutors said.

Several other children were in the bedroom of the house at the time of the shooting, said prosecutor Kevin Brackett.

Mr. McNeil pleaded for mercy and said his best friend's death was an accident, but a judge gave him the maximum sentence.

Ex-officer receives probation for crash

ORANGEBURG -A former police officer won't spend time in prison after pleading guilty to involuntary manslaughter in the high speed collision that killed a 39-year-old Salley man.

A Highway Patrol investigation showed that Keith Leifer, 31, was traveling "somewhere in the neighborhood of 100 mph" in a 45 mph zone in April 2001 when his patrol car struck the car that Marion Schofield was riding in. Mr. Schofield died.

Mr. Leifer will serve 18 months on probation.

Company must remove its vending machines

CHARLESTON -A vending company has until midnight Monday to remove its Chess Challenge I machines from the state.

State officials said they involved chance and were no more than updated slot machines. Castle King, a vending company, previously agreed to remove them.

"Any machines in the state after midnight Sept. 15 are subject to being seized, and we intend to take that action as expeditiously as possible," State Law Enforcement Division Chief Robert Stewart said.

Video gambling became illegal in July 2000 after the state Supreme Court closed down the industry.

Traffic stop turns up More than $1 million

WALTERBORO -A Colleton County deputy found more than $1 million in suspected drug money in a rental car's trunk during an Interstate 95 traffic stop this week.

Police, who think the money might have come from multiple drug deals, have not identified the driver. The money, neatly stacked in a suitcase and bound by elastic bands, came in an array of denominations mixed with several counterfeit $100 bills, said Chief Deputy Steve Bazzle of the Colleton County Sheriff's Office.

The driver was headed from New York to Florida when he was pulled over Wednesday for a traffic violation, Chief Deputy Bazzle said.