Originally created 07/06/06

Across South Carolina



Man dies from burns in mobile home fire

SENECA - A Seneca man has died nearly three months after he was burned over more than half of his body when his mobile home caught fire.

Ezekiel Thomas, 46, died from organ failure related to his burns at the Joseph M. Still Burn Center at Doctors Hospital in Augusta, Oconee County Coroner Karl Addis said.

Mr. Thomas' home caught fire the morning of April 13. He suffered second- and third-degree burns over 54 percent of his body.

Staph infection at jail brings call for doctor

GREENVILLE - A federal judge has ordered a doctor to inspect the Greenville County jail after a staph infection caused more than 30 prisoners and officers to develop sores.

The order was issued at the request of two lawyers who are investigating conditions at the jail. The attorneys expect the doctor's report soon.

Some of the sores got so bad that the infected inmates and officers had to be taken to the hospital, including one prisoner who had to have a finger amputated, the lawyers said in court papers.

Man drowns after slipping in ocean

FOLLY BEACH - A man has died after slipping in the surf while taking a break from fishing.

The victim was from North Charleston and was in his early 30s, the coroner's office said Tuesday. His name was not released because not all of his relatives had been notified, Deputy Coroner Dottie Lindsay said.

The man had taken a break from fishing and went in the water at about 12:30 p.m., according to a James Island couple who saw him go under.

Authorities found the body about 30 yards from shore about 3:30 p.m.

Radar program can boost coastal safety

CHARLESTON - A new radar program scanning the ocean off South Carolina's Lowcountry could help find lost boaters, predict rip currents and help pinpoint forecasts for wave heights and storm surge during hurricanes.

An array of antennas has been placed on the beach at remote Pritchards Island near Beaufort.

They beam high-frequency signals all the way out to the continental shelf more than 130 miles offshore, covering the coast from Savannah, Ga., to Charleston.

"It creates a big map of the movement of the ocean," said Richard Styles, University of South Carolina physical oceanography professor. "You can see the currents get really fast at the edge of the Gulf Stream."

The new radar complements a series of fixed buoys, towers and platforms that now take measurements offshore.

- Edited from wire reports