Originally created 11/27/03

Across South Carolina



Woman faces charges over sexual conduct

YORK -York police obtained an arrest warrant for an 18-year-old woman on charges she had a sexual relationship with a 14-year-old boy.

April Hollener, of York, is charged with second-degree criminal sexual conduct with a minor, according to arrest warrants. Ms. Hollener, who is a student at York Comprehensive High School, says she is pregnant with the boy's child.

The boy's mother reported the incident Nov. 18 after Ms. Hollener told her she was pregnant, according to a police report.

According to state law, juveniles can't give consent to have sex. Both Ms. Hollener and the boy have admitted having sex last summer, York police Lt. Sarah Robbins said.

Police tried to alert of burglar's release

CHARLESTON -Officials say they tried to alert a Charleston woman found strangled in her home that the man who had burglarized her home was released from jail.

An unanswered telephone and a backup in mail delivery apparently kept Mary Lynn Witherspoon from learning of the release of Edmonds Tennent Brown IV. Just days later, he was charged with strangling her during a burglary.

An automated victim alert system used by the Charleston County Sheriff's Office was unsuccessful in reaching Ms. Witherspoon and a form letter sent to her home by victim advocates didn't arrive until after Ms. Witherspoon's death. Even if it had arrived in time, the letter said Mr. Brown had been transferred to a state prison - not released.

Ms. Witherspoon had requested notification of Mr. Brown's release after he was charged with breaking into her laundry room in June and stealing her clothes and undergarments.

Bodies found in woods were shot in the head

DALZELL -The two bodies found in the woods last weekend were shot in the head, Sumter County Sheriff Tommy Mims said.

The bodies were found Saturday and could have been in the woods for seven months or possibly a year, Sheriff Mims said, adding that it is possible they are the bodies of migrant workers.

Police suspect deaths were homicide-suicide

GOOSE CREEK -The shooting deaths of a couple in their home are being investigated as an apparent homicide-suicide, authorities said.

The bodies of Ronald Albert Kabasta Jr., 34, and Dawn Hearn, 39, were found Tuesday in the bedroom of a home.

Each had been shot once, said Berkeley County Coroner Glenn Rhoad.

The coroner said the couple had lived together at the address for about four months and the deaths might have occurred Sunday.