Originally created 05/26/06

Across South Carolina



Mixing toddlers, guns on video causes arrest

CHARLESTON - A mother has been charged after her 2-year-old son appeared in a video laced with guns and profanity, police said.

Jophilla Frazier, 24, was charged with unlawful conduct toward a child, a felony carrying a maximum prison sentence of 10 years, North Charleston police spokesman Spencer Pryor said.

The child was placed with the state Department of Social Services.

Police also arrested Ms. Frazier's boyfriend, Dante Washington, 18, who has been charged with contributing to the delinquency of a minor.

Stormy weather caused $10 million in damage

COLUMBIA - A series of violent storms that swept through the state last weekend caused at least $10 million in damage, according to the South Carolina Insurance News Service.

A survey by the news service, an industry group, shows at least 5,000 insurance claims have been made statewide as a result of rough weather spawned by a storm system that brought small tornadoes, hail and strong winds.

Deputy escapes charge in death of K-9 dog

COLUMBIA - A Richland County sheriff's deputy will not face criminal charges in the death of his police dog earlier this month, the sheriff's department said.

But Deputy John Paul Baker will be removed from the K-9 unit, the department said Wednesday.

Deputy Baker had been suspended without pay after a 17-month-old German shepherd, Atilla, died in his patrol car while he observed other handlers during a drug detection training exercise.

Shooting injures four at graduation party

COLUMBIA - Four teens were shot and wounded at a high school graduation party, but sheriff's deputies said none of the injuries was life-threatening.

The shooting occurred at about 11:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Jamil Shrine Temple, said Maj. John Allard of the Lexington County Sheriff's Department.

About 1,000 people were at the party for Spring Valley High School, officials said. The shooting is still under investigation.

- Edited from wire reports