Originally created 11/23/05

Across South Carolina



8-year-old boy beaten, made to go out naked

ROCK HILL - A Rock Hill mother and grandmother were jailed on felony child neglect charges after the mother's 8-year-old son was found beaten and naked outside his family's home, police reported.

It was unclear how long the boy had been outside on a night when temperatures hovered around 50 degrees, police said.

Detectives said the boy reported his mother and grandmother took turns slapping him with an extension cord and switch before forcing him to sit naked outside the family home.

The 33-year-old mother and 53-year-old grandmother face as much as 10 years in prison if they are convicted.

Special license plates honor Vietnam vets

GAFFNEY - Special license plates honoring South Carolina's Vietnam veterans go on sale Monday after a four-year battle by a former Marine Corps gunner from Gaffney.

Dean Wyatt had noticed many states on the Eastern seaboard had the plates, but South Carolina didn't.

The plate goes on sale Monday to those who served on active duty in Vietnam from Feb. 28, 1961, to May 7, 1975.

Besides an application, an owner must present a DD214 or documentation that he was awarded the Vietnam Service Medal or that he served on active duty in Vietnam.

Child taken from home after police find bodies

GREENVILLE - A child has been removed from a home where the bodies of a man and a woman were found Monday.

Police went to the home after a day-care center reported a child hadn't been picked up.

A small child pulled back the curtain and peered out at the deputy who responded to the call, authorities said. The deputy opened the unlocked door and saw what appeared to be blood. The man and woman were found in separate rooms.

Accident kills man inside concrete mixer

GOOSE CREEK - A man died when a concrete mixer began turning while he and a co-worker were working in the drum.

Robert Burgess, 64, died Monday afternoon at Trident Medical Center, officials said.

Mr. Burgess and the second employee were replacing a dust seal in the mixer when it began turning, officials said.

No one was at the controls when the mixer started, employees told the coroner.

- Edited from wire reports