Originally created 06/03/04

Across South Carolina



Lawmakers OK bill on hair-braider training

COLUMBIA - Individuals who make money by braiding hair would be required to undergo 60 hours of training under a bill approved by lawmakers Wednesday.

Hair braiders have argued that the service, which is popular in tourist areas, should not require licensing. But the state Labor, Licensing and Regulation Department's cosmetology board insisted the practice requires a license.

The cosmetology board originally demanded 1,500 hours of training for braiders, then offered a compromise of 350 hours.

Teenager is accused in slaying of father

COLUMBIA - A 16-year-old boy was charged with murder Wednesday after his father was stabbed to death during an argument with his son, deputies said.

Douglas Presson, 48, of Lexington, died at his home after he and his son argued about the boy leaving home and staying out all night, Lexington County Sheriff James Metts said. The boy and his father were wrestling on the floor when his son grabbed a kitchen knife and stabbed his father once in the chest, Sheriff Metts said.

Daniel Andrew Presson will be charged as an adult and is being held at the state Department of Juvenile Justice detention center in Columbia, Sheriff Metts said.

Drowning victim's body is recovered

SULLIVANS ISLAND - Rescue workers have found the body of a 21-year-old man who drowned while swimming to a sandbar.

The body was found at about 11:30 a.m. Wednesday near the area where he was last seen at about 5:30 p.m. Tuesday. The man was identified as Rodolfo Cabaitan, of Summerville.

Mr. Cabaitan went under water as he swam to join about five friends, Sullivans Island Fire Chief Anthony Stith said.

Pilot drowned after crashing in water

NORTH MYRTLE BEACH - An Atlanta man whose plane crashed in the Intracoastal Waterway drowned while he tried to swim to shore, Deputy Coroner Dan Bellamy said.

James Moore, 34, and three friends were stopping at the Atlantic Beach Bikefest for a few hours before flying home to Atlanta.

The three passengers swam to safety after the plane crashed in the water, but Mr. Moore went under.