Originally created 11/04/04

Across South Carolina



Leaking package leads to post office closure

SENECA - A leaking package forced the closure of the U.S. Postal Service Office on Wednesday and sent a number of workers to the hospital.

Employees noticed a foul-smelling liquid coming from the package at about 8 a.m., postal spokesman Harry Spratlin said.

Hazardous materials crews evacuated the building and the Department of Health and Environmental Control tested the air and told employees they could go back about 9 a.m.

But some employees began complaining of nausea and lightheadedness and the building was evacuated again.

Board OKs background check for doctors

CHARLESTON - The state Board of Medical Examiners has tentatively agreed that new doctors should undergo criminal background checks.

State lawmakers still must approve the idea.

The idea was developed over two years and has attracted new attention after the case of West Columbia alternative medicine physician Dr. James Shortt. The medical board wants to suspend Dr. Shortt's license in connection with his treatment of two patients, one of whom died in what a coroner has ruled a homicide.

Man gets prison term in death of girlfriend

CHARLESTON - A man charged in the shooting death of his girlfriend in Dorchester County two years ago has pleaded guilty to voluntary manslaughter.

Eric Lester Brown, 25, has been sentenced to 25 years in prison for killing Stacey Denise Fogle, 29, who was shot twice in the head Nov. 9, 2002, while her toddler was in the room.

Ms. Fogle's six children were home the night she was shot with Mr. Brown's 20-gauge shotgun. Her body was found in the doorway of a bedroom.

USC honors college dean will resign early

COLUMBIA - The dean of the University of South Carolina's honors college plans to retire early, leaving vacant another top faculty position at the school.

Honors college Dean Peter Sederberg will resign in June, a year earlier than expected because he says he wants a smooth transition for the college.

The college, which offers small, tough classes, will be going through some changes. Another longtime honors college employee is scheduled to resign after the 2006 academic year.