Originally created 08/20/04

Across South Carolina



Mother is charged in death of stillborn

FLORENCE - Prosecutors say a 31-year-old Lake City woman has been charged with homicide by child abuse after tests showed her stillborn infant had cocaine in its system.

Prosecutor Ed Clements III provided The (Florence) Morning News with few details about the arrest of Brenda Elmore Black.

It is not clear when the baby was stillborn, how developed the fetus was or where she gave birth.

Student influx leaves housing shortages

COLUMBIA - The start of the school year brought housing headaches for students attending at least two universities.

South Carolina State University in Orangeburg leased dozens of apartments this week in two private complexes for 333 students, said Kevin Rolle, vice president for student affairs. The housing shortage was caused by a sharp spike in the number of freshmen, officials said.

At Allen University in Columbia, about 25 students were without housing because of an increase in the number of students enrolled, university spokesman Jason Darby said. The university has about 350 beds for more than 500 students.

Sisters are accused of attacking teacher

NORTH CHARLESTON - A middle school pupil is in juvenile detention after she and her sister were charged with hitting a teacher.

North Charleston police arrested the 13- and 14-year-old Brentwood Middle School pupils last week and charged them with lynching - defined as any act of violence by two or more people against another.

The teacher was slapped in the face and hit repeatedly by the girls when she attempted to break up a fight between them, a police report says.

Doctor says man who died in custody was ill

ANDERSON - Authorities say a man who died at the Anderson County Detention Center on Monday already had poor health.

William Teasley, 31, was arrested Monday for disorderly conduct, and police say he became violent and struggled when deputies booked him. He stopped breathing after officers used a Taser gun, which sends 50,000 volts through a body.

Dr. Brett Woodard, a pathologist, says Mr. Teasley had an enlarged heart and spleen, a liver that weighed twice as much as normal, hardened arteries and a constricted airway.