Originally created 07/27/06

Across South Carolina



Second man sought in shooting death

COLUMBIA - Arrest warrants have been issued for a second man in connection with the shooting death of a Columbia man, authorities said Wednesday.

Yarnell S. Greenlee, 28, had gunshot wounds to the abdomen and back when he was found Monday lying face-down behind his apartment complex, according to an incident report.

Larry Bernard Dean, 21, of Columbia, is wanted on charges of assault and battery of a high and aggravated nature, the Richland County Sheriff's Department said Wednesday. Investigators believe he hit Mr. Greenlee in the head with a brick during a fight.

Investigators believe Mr. Greenlee was later shot by Jason Ryan Craig, who lives at the same complex. Mr. Craig, 25, is wanted on murder charges.

Woman found dead after home burns

HILTON HEAD ISLAND - A 76-year-old woman has died after her home caught fire.

The body of Dorothy Hoover was found in her bedroom by firefighters who were alerted to the fire by an automatic alarm.

Hilton Head Island Fire and Rescue Division Chief Tom Fieldstead said the alarm had gone off hours earlier Monday night, but Ms. Hoover wouldn't let firefighters in her home.

Chief Fieldstead said firefighters saw no sign of fire during the first call. The cause did not look suspicious, the chief said.

Body on railroad tracks is identified

COLUMBIA - A man whose body was found on railroad tracks in Columbia has been tentatively identified, authorities said.

Alexander Smith, 46, died after being struck by an oncoming train near the University of South Carolina's baseball stadium, Richland County Coroner Gary Watts said Tuesday.

Mr. Smith might have been hit Friday, Mr. Watts said. His body was found Saturday. He has not been able to locate any family members to confirm the identification, Mr. Watts said.

Wanted sex offender found with 5 teens

DAYTONA BEACH, FLA. - A registered sex offender on South Carolina's Ten Most Wanted list was found Wednesday with five missing teens in a hotel, police said.

Allen Lee Biddix, 18, was convicted as a juvenile in 2002 of first-degree criminal sexual conduct with a minor age 11 or younger, according to the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division's sex offender registry.

Mr. Biddix left Marion County, S.C., sometime around July 17 with three girls and two boys, said Tim Stec, a spokesman for the U.S. Marshals Service. The girls are 13, 14 and 15, Mr. Stec said. Both boys are 15. Mr. Biddix and the teens were detained by Daytona Beach police Wednesday. Police are investigating whether they were involved in several burglaries in the area.

- Edited from wire reports