Originally created 03/27/06

Across South Carolina



Pavilion planner is arrested in California

LOS ANGELES - A business lecturer at the University of Southern California, who briefly worked on a plan for redeveloping the Pavilion Amusement Park in Myrtle Beach, was arrested Friday and accused of running a Ponzi scheme that authorities say bilked at least $1.5 million from investors.

Barry Landreth, 36, was taken into custody at his home in Orange County.

In January 2005, he quit working on a plan to redevelop the Pavilion Amusement Park into a year-round attraction after questions were raised about his credentials and his firm's financial stability.

Fatal shooting is 6th N. Charleston slaying

CHARLESTON - A morning shooting Saturday marked the sixth homicide of the year in North Charleston.

Antwan Bryant, 23, died of gunshot wounds shortly after 6 a.m. Saturday, said Charleston County Chief Deputy Coroner Rae Wooten.

A woman in the house where the shooting happened told police she heard people arguing outside and then shots inside the house moments later. Police had no suspects Saturday.

School debts will have some eating crackers

COLUMBIA - Students in one Lexington County school district whose parents let their school lunch debts go unpaid will be handed a lunch of saltine crackers and a 4-ounce juice box next fall.

Although the federal government pays for lunch for students whose parents cannot afford it, school districts have struggled with how to handle students whose parents don't qualify and refuse to pay.

Charleston will set up free wireless Internet

CHARLESTON - Free, public wireless Internet will be unleashed in Charleston at the end of the week, but only 20 to 30 percent of residents initially will have access.

Charleston will be one of 56 cities in the country with citywide networks.