Originally created 09/30/05

Across South Carolina



Dog discovers bomb in student's pickup

GREENWOOD - A dog checking for drugs instead found a bomb inside a student's pickup at a Greenwood School District 50 career center, authorities say.

The bomb, which was gunpowder stuffed inside a pipe, was likely meant to create a loud noise instead of destroying property, officials said.

The 16-year-old boy driving the truck admitted the bomb was his and led deputies to two more in his home, officials said.

State pressures city for decision on ramp

MYRTLE BEACH - The chances of a boat ramp being built in Myrtle Beach have grown slimmer since state transportation officials demanded the city decide soon whether to commit to the project.

The lowest bid for the four-lane boat ramp, fixed pier and 100 parking spaces at the old Myrtle Beach Air Force Base was $5 million, officials said.

The proposed ramp would be the only public boat entry on a 25-mile stretch on the Intracoastal Waterway.

The state Transportation Department asked the city to make a decision on the project so it could figure out how much road improvements to the area will cost.

Cigarette caused fatal home fire, query finds

COLUMBIA - A cigarette sparked a house fire that killed two men earlier this week, a Columbia Fire Department investigation showed.

Alton Eugene Harvey, 73, and David Patrick Haynes, 38, died of smoke inhalation in the fire in Mr. Harvey's home Monday morning. The cigarette set a couch on fire in a back room, officials said Wednesday.

Police officer cleared in exploitation case

BLUFFTON - Beaufort County prosecutors dropped a felony conspiracy charge against a Bluffton police officer because of lack of evidence, but the case against his co-worker will proceed.

Town officials are deciding whether Benito Reyes should get his job back.

Mr. Reyes, 49, was indicted in July 2004 on a charge of conspiring with part-time officer Lisa Cramer to bilk Eleanor and Bernard Breedlove, a couple in their 90s.

Ms. Cramer, who took care of the Breedloves for at least 10 years, faces a criminal charge of financially exploiting a vulnerable adult. She is accused of taking $4.5 million in real estate, cash and other property. from the couple.