Originally created 04/28/04

Across the region



12-year-old arrested in death of 8-year-old

CARROLLTON, GA. - Authorities arrested a 12-year-old boy Tuesday in the death of an 8-year-old girl who went missing after a bike ride to a friend's home in a trailer park.

The boy was charged with murder in the slaying of Amy Michelle Yates, who disappeared Monday evening and whose body was found hours later in tall weeds about 100 feet outside the trailer park.

Chief Deputy Brad Robinson, of the Carroll County Sheriff's Office, said the boy was transported to the Paulding County Youth Detention Center.

The district attorney will determine how to proceed with charges, Chief Deputy Robinson said.

Man police wanted to question found dead

CEDAR GROVE, GA. - A man who was wanted for questioning in his wife's killing has been found dead of a self-inflicted gunshot wound, authorities said.

Michael Stephen McClain Jr., 45, was found dead in his mobile home Saturday, Laurens County Sheriff Kenny Webb said.

Laura McClain was found dead Thursday.

Students, employee charged in assault

CLEMSON, S.C. - Three Clemson University students and an employee have been charged with criminal sexual conduct, the school said Tuesday.

Students Brian Brown, 21, of Charleston; Aaron Harvey, 24, of Columbia; and Jawarus Smith, 24, of Pendleton, and employee Armond Honore, 24, of Clemson, are charged in connection with an assault on a woman at Thornhill Village Apartments earlier this month.

Ports Authority seeks funding for project

SAVANNAH, GA. - The Georgia Ports Authority contributes more than $35.4 billion a year to the state's economy, a study commissioned by the authority says.

The Ports Authority is seeking $34.4 million in state-issued bonds for a $110 million container project in Savannah.

Man is sentenced in fatal police chase

COLUMBIA - A man involved in a fatal police chase last year has been sentenced to 21 years in prison for crimes that led to the crash and death of a woman.

Andre Roach, 30, got the maximum sentence Monday in each of five crimes he pleaded guilty to in the May 27 traffic death of Beverly Meyers, 50.

Mr. Roach was fleeing from Forest Acres police when the car he was driving hit the car in which Ms. Meyers was riding.

Sanford signs Internet predator bill into law

COLUMBIA - State law enforcement now can prosecute Internet child predators before physical contact takes place.

South Carolina is joining 29 other states by making it illegal to stalk, lure or entice a minor for abduction or sexual assault, said Laura Hudson, of the South Carolina Victims Assistance Network. Gov. Mark Sanford signed the bill into law Monday.

The law mandates a 10-year sentence for each offense.

Boy hospitalized after playing ball with man

FLORENCE, S.C. - An 11-year-old boy was hospitalized with bruises he got from playing football with a man who has been charged with child abuse.

Timothy Uriah Mitchell, 32, of Florence, was released on $5,000 bond Monday.

The boy told police Mr. Mitchell took him to play football at the park and began tackling him and forcing him to do sprints.

The boy walked as the man rode behind him in a car and ran to a nearby house when the man stopped at a grocery store, Lt. Ron Swaggard said.

NAACP branch to file complaint in shooting

COLUMBUS, GA. - The Columbus branch of the NAACP has said it will file a complaint with the U.S. Justice Department alleging that two Muscogee County sheriff's deputies used excessive force when they shot a man earlier this month.

Quinta Marquis Randall, 23, was shot April 4 by deputies after he pointed a gun at them, authorities have said.

At a news conference Monday, Columbus NAACP President Edward DuBose and family and friends of Mr. Randall objected to the way the arrest was handled.