Originally created 06/02/04

Across South Carolina



Bikefest sees fewer bikers than estimated

MYRTLE BEACH - Attendance at this year's Atlantic Beach Bikefest was up slightly this year compared with last year, but it did not reach the 300,000 that officials had estimated.

Between 250,000 and 275,000 people attended this year's four-day event, officials said Monday.

Those at the event cited rainy weather Sunday, restrictive traffic patterns and more visible law enforcement as contributors to lower than expected attendance.

No biker deaths were reported this year. Last year, seven bikers were killed in wrecks.

Fugitive wanted in shooting is caught

CHARLESTON - FBI agents captured a fugitive who was wanted in Oregon on charges of shooting at two deputies in April, the agency said.

Manuel Franco-Cruz, 34, was apprehended Friday afternoon by FBI agents, Charleston County sheriff's deputies and Summerville police, according to Agent Stephen Grimaldi.

Mr. Franco-Cruz was sought after Clackamas County deputies in Oregon tried to stop the vehicle he was driving April 12.

When the car came to a stop, Mr. Franco-Cruz got out and fired several shots at deputies, Agent Grimaldi said.

None of the deputies was injured, the agent said.

18-year-old drowns in swimming pool

CHARLESTON - A rising senior at Stratford High School in Goose Creek drowned in a swimming pool in Marion, the coroner's office says.

Britt Simmons Linning, 18, was found at the bottom of the pool Saturday afternoon, Marion County Coroner Jerry Richardson said. He was pronounced dead at the Marion County Emergency Medical Center.

Woman found dead floating in marina

BEAUFORT - Officials have opened an investigation after finding a St. Helena Island woman floating dead near the Beaufort Downtown Marina.

Beaufort County Coroner Curt Copeland said Tifiney Holmes Allen was discovered Sunday night. She had no identification.

The coroner said Ms. Allen's body had been in the water for eight to 10 hours before it was found. He did not know the cause of death.

Mr. Copeland said Ms. Allen was never reported missing.