Originally created 09/23/04

Across South Carolina



Officers charge aunt in child's drug death

COLUMBIA - A Columbia woman has been charged with murder after tests determined her 3-year-old grandnephew had been given a lethal combination of prescription drugs.

Evelyn Benjamin Buckle, 47, was charged in the August death of Cameron Buckle, Richland County sheriff's spokesman Joseph Pellicci said. The woman had raised the boy since birth, he said.

Officials originally thought the boy choked on chewing gum. But tests found evidence of Darvocet, Loritab, Tylenol 3 and Benadryl in his system, Coroner Gary Watts said.

Corpse is found in car; authorities arrest 4

FLORENCE - Four people, including three teenagers, have been arrested after the body of a woman who had been beaten to death was found in the trunk of her car.

Cheryl White, 57, of Quinby, was found in the vehicle, which had been abandoned in a wooded area near Marion. Ms. White, a retired nursing home manager, died from broken bones resulting from blunt force trauma, Coroner Jerry Richardson said.

A 16-year-old has been charged with murder and a second 16-year-old is charged as an accessory to a felony. Tanjula Harley, 20, and Wondell Timmons, 17, both of Marion, are charged with accessory to a felony.

Insurer refuses to pay in boating accident

MYRTLE BEACH - An insurance company has refused to pay about $500,000 to the family of a Myrtle Beach man killed when his boat crashed in April in the Intracoastal Waterway.

Markel American Insurance Co. has refused to pay the family of John Nance Jr., 43, because the company thinks Nathan Clemens, 26, of Myrtle Beach, was driving the boat before it flipped.

Markel Insurance has asked for all claims to be dismissed because the policy did not cover Mr. Clemens or accidents caused by drunken driving.

Man gets 23 years in worker's shooting

GAFFNEY - A North Carolina man has been sentenced to 23 years in prison after he admitted shooting a migrant worker at a Cherokee County peach orchard last year.

Circuit Judge Mark Hayes on Tuesday sentenced Jorge Tadeo Pedro, 25, after he pleaded guilty to voluntary manslaughter in the Aug. 4, 2003, death of Sylvester Castillo, 23.