Originally created 07/04/05

Across South Carolina



Woman is beaten in state-run facility

COLUMBIA - The mother of a 26-year-old woman says it was just happenstance that her family learned that her daughter had been beaten by workers at a state-run facility in Columbia.

Loretta Mack, of Lancaster, says two of her daughters were in Columbia on May 10 to visit their sister at the Midlands Center.

They said she looked as though she had been in a car accident, and they called police.

Midlands Center officials say they didn't know about the injuries until Richland County deputies arrived to investigate. Three employees were fired, and the state attorney general's office is investigating the case.

Ms. Mack says her daughter has been mentally disabled since she was in a motorcycle accident at age 15.

Freight train hits man released from prison

GREENVILLE - A man who had just been released from prison was killed when he was hit by a freight train, county officials said.

Charles Brantley, 52, of Taylors, was hit early Saturday morning.

The conductor of the Norfolk Southern train told investigators that he saw Mr. Brantley but couldn't stop the train.

No one on the train was injured.

Mr. Brantley had been released from the state's Broad River Correctional Facility in Columbia on Friday, said Kent Dill, a deputy Greenville County coroner.

Mr. Dill said he didn't know why Mr. Brantley had been in prison.

Girl backs car into bingo hall, hurting 17

COLUMBIA - A young girl backed a car through the front door of a Cayce bingo hall Saturday night, sending 17 people to the hospital with minor injuries, witnesses said.

The 12-year-old girl driving the vehicle was not identified.

Ray's Bingo Hall manager Ray Mason said the girl got the car into reverse and backed through the front door.

Mr. Mason said the car hit five or six tables and pinned two people underneath it.

About 80 people were in the bingo hall.

A co-owner of the building estimated the damage to be as much as $75,000.

Police charge 80 with animal cruelty

FLORENCE - Police have arrested about 80 people on cockfighting and animal cruelty charges in Chesterfield County.

Chesterfield County Sheriff Sam Parker said the arrests were the result of investigations during the past two years.

Police seized chickens, cockfighting equipment, thousands in cash and two pounds of marijuana.

The also found evidence of cockfighting, with about 100 chickens at the site, including several that were dead.