Originally created 07/18/04

Across South Carolina



Locksmith is charged in vehicle break-ins

MYRTLE BEACH - A Myrtle Beach locksmith has been arrested for using a master key to break into cars.

Charles Michael Stanley, 40, was arrested Thursday and charged with breaking into automobiles, larceny, possession of criminal tools and resisting arrest.

Police said the man would open vehicle doors and take the valuables inside before locking and closing the doors.

Surfside Beach Department of Public Safety Director Clyde Merryman said Mr. Stanley worked as an independent locksmith and could have gained the keys and other entry tools that way.

Parents of infant are charged with neglect

POWDERSVILLE - Anderson County investigators arrested the parents of a 3-week-old infant who died Tuesday and charged them with neglect.

Joshua Worthy, 22, was charged with neglect along with his wife, Amanda Worthy, 21. She also was charged with homicide by child abuse.

The arrest came after an autopsy on the couple's daughter, Olivia, who suffocated early Tuesday morning. A pacifier, left in Olivia's mouth before she went to sleep, choked her.

Two men die in crash in construction zone

CHARLESTON - Two men were killed in a crash in a construction zone on the John P. Grace Memorial Bridge.

Charleston police said speeding was a primary cause in the deaths of Aaron Schoeler, 26, of New Hampshire, and Brandon Stephenson, 23, of Vermont.

They died when the Jeep they were traveling in crashed into a tractor-trailer parked in a closed lane in a construction zone at 2:30 a.m. Friday.

Deputy isn't charged in shooting of man

SPARTANBURG - The state Attorney General's office says it will not seek criminal charges against a Spartanburg County deputy who cited a man for a noise violation and later shot him.

Mark Tallent, 38, died after being shot by Deputy William Gary. A State Law Enforcement Division investigation said Mr. Tallent had a blood alcohol level of .233, twice the legal limit, and cocaine in his system.

The deputy apparently shot Mr. Tallent when he swung a cane at the officer. The bullet hit his arm and moved into his heart. Mr. Tallent's mother, Rebecca Tallent, said she did not agree with the ruling.