Originally created 09/26/03

Across South Carolina



1-year-old drowns in relative's pool

ELGIN - A 1-year-old Elgin boy has drowned after falling into his grandmother's pool, police say.

The grandmother called 911 at about 5 p.m. Wednesday and said the boy had fallen into the pool at her home near Pontiac, Richland County sheriff's spokesman Lt. Joseph Pellicci said.

Elijah Mims was taken to Palmetto Health Richland, where he died about an hour later.

Two other siblings were staying with the grandmother, Lt. Pellicci said. The boy fell into the pool while the grandmother was caring for one of the other children, said Richland County Coroner Gary Watts.

U.S. Senate OKs cash to buy state land

CHARLESTON - The U.S. Senate has approved millions of dollars to buy South Carolina land next year, but final approval is pending.

The proposals include $11 million toward the purchase of the historic Bonneau Ferry tract in Berkeley County.

The state has been working to buy the 10,697-acre tract on the Cooper River, which MeadWestvaco Corp. plans to sell.

Jury date is set in grandparents' deaths

CHESTER - The case of a boy charged with killing his grandparents is expected to go before a grand jury in October, solicitor John Justice said.

If the boy is indicted, his trial could begin as early as November, Mr. Justice said.

The boy, who was 12 at the time, is accused of shooting his grandfather, 66-year-old Joe Frank Pittman, and his grandmother, 62-year-old Joy Roberts Pittman, while the couple lay in bed Nov. 29, 2001.

Convicted killer gets acquitted in shooting

CHARLESTON - A man serving a life prison sentence for murder has been cleared of charges in a second shooting death.

A Charleston County jury deliberated nearly four hours Wednesday before acquitting Antwon Goodwin on charges of murder and assault and battery with intent to kill.

Dewayne D. Brown, 19, was killed and Tikahia Parker was wounded as they sat in a car on a city street Nov. 18, 2001.

- Edited from wire reports