Originally created 07/15/06

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Officials confirm year's first case of West Nile

COLUMBIA - State health officials have confirmed the first case of the West Nile virus this year in South Carolina in a blue jay found in Charleston County.

The state sees most of its cases of the mosquito-borne illness in August and September, said Chris Evans, a medical entomologist for the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control's Bureau of Labs. Charleston County accounted for more than half the state's cases of the virus last year.

"Because mosquitoes can transmit diseases and because the risk of exposure can never be eliminated, citizens need to learn how to avoid mosquito bites to reduce the chances of getting mosquito-borne diseases such as West Nile virus and eastern equine encephalitis," said Dr. Jerry J. Gibson, the director of the agency's Bureau of Disease Control.

2-year-old boy found safe after kidnapping

COLUMBIA - A 2-year-old boy who was the subject of an Amber Alert was found safe in North Charleston early Friday morning, the State Law Enforcement Division said.

SLED said Noah Scott Myatt of James Island was found safe shortly after 2 a.m. The boy was taken by Stephanie Renea Crosby, 30, of Goose Creek at about 2:30 p.m. Thursday in North Charleston, police said.

Ms. Crosby was spotted in a car Friday morning and was captured after a short chase. The boy was in the car.

She has been charged with kidnapping, child endangerment, motor vehicle theft and failure to stop for police, said Spencer Pryor, a spokesman for the North Charleston Police Department.

Town planner is run over, killed by van

MONCKS CORNER - A Greenville man driving a van hit a parked car, lost control and ran over the town planner, killing him, authorities said.

Jonise Kelvin, 18, was charged Thursday with involuntary manslaughter and driving without a license after he turned the corner too quickly, hit a car parked on the side of the road and ran over Michael Mitchum, 48, of Mount Pleasant, authorities said.

Mr. Mitchum had parked his town-owned car halfway off the road to inspect a job site before he was hit by the van, Highway Patrol spokesman Lance Cpl. Paul Brouthers said.

Woman gets 5 years in grandfather's death

SPARTANBURG - A Spartanburg woman has been convicted of involuntary manslaughter in the shooting death of her grandfather last year.

Latrancia McCollum, 30, shot George Albert Scott in the head, stole his money and went shopping, prosecutors said.

Ms. McCollum was sentenced by Circuit Judge Derham Cole on Thursday to five years in prison.

Ms. McCollum had been on trial since Monday on a murder charge and had admitted killing Mr. Scott, 80, but said it was an accident.

The victim was found dead Sept. 17, locked in his house. A passer-by spotted him through a bedroom window.

- Edited from wire reports


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