Originally created 06/04/06

Across South Carolina



Couple plead guilty in death of toddler

SUMTER - A Sumter couple has pleaded guilty in the death of a boy who died four years ago on his second birthday.

An autopsy found Tyrell Moore died in October 2002 from a blow to his abdomen.

Thad Rose, 27, pleaded guilty Thursday to manslaughter and was sentenced to 20 years in prison, prosecutor Kelly Jackson said.

The boy's mother, 24-year-old Patricia Moore, pleaded guilty to unlawful neglect Friday and was sentenced to three years of probation and given credit for the nearly three years she spent in jail after she was arrested in June 2003, Ms. Jackson said.

Arts school to open branch in Charleston

CHARLESTON - Just a few weeks after Johnson & Wales University graduated its last class, Charleston has a new culinary school to take its place.

Mayor Joe Riley said Friday that the Art Institutes of Pennsylvania will open a branch downtown by next summer.

The school will start with fewer than 100 culinary students but expects to increase that to 750 students seeking degrees in design, fashion and media arts, such as Web design and photography.

2-year-old's drowning is ruled an accident

SUMTER - The drowning death of a 2-year-old has been ruled an accident by Sumter County Coroner Verna Moore.

Madison Rogers, of Paxville, was pronounced dead Thursday afternoon at Tuomey Regional Medical Center.

The girl and her mother, Lindelle Rogers, were at a friend's home when the girl drowned in the swimming pool. Investigators say she was underwater for three to five minutes.

New York governor visits for GOP dinner

CONWAY - New York Gov. George Pataki told the crowd at the annual GOP Elephant Stampede Bog-off what they wanted to hear Friday night.

Mr. Pataki said he came to the event to encourage voters to cast ballots for Republicans.

Mr. Pataki also talked about his record in New York, saying he turned the state around after Democratic governors had brought it down.