Originally created 09/17/06

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Missing 14-year-old is found alive in ditch

COLUMBIA - A 14-year-old girl missing more than a week was found alive Saturday morning about a mile from her home, Kershaw County officials say.

Elizabeth Shoaf was found by deputies at about 7:30 a.m. in a 15-foot deep ditch or bunker that had been dug in a wooded area, Kershaw County Sheriff Steve McCaskill said.

Elizabeth had not been seen since she was walked off her school bus the afternoon of Sept. 6.

Sherrif McCaskill said the girl appeared to be unharmed but was taken to Kershaw County Medical Center for evaluation.

3 men plead guilty in shooting death

SUMTER - Three men charged in a shooting that killed a Sumter County man five years ago will spend at least a decade in prison.

Authorities said 24-year-old Robert Pack was shot in the chest in April 2001 as he tried to drive away from a robbery during a drug deal.

Timothy Jerome Vaughn, 22, pleaded guilty to murder and armed robbery and was sentenced last week to 30 years in prison, prosecutor Jason Corbett said.

Mr. Vaughn's co-defendants, 23-year-old Bryant Joseph Hodge and 21-year-old Gregory Woods, pleaded guilty earlier this month to armed robbery, and prosecutors dropped murder charges against them as part of a plea deal.

Mr. Hodge was sentenced to 13 years in prison and Mr. Woods was given 20 years, according to court records.

Ex-worker accused of assaulting patient, 74

UNION - A former nursing home employee has been charged with sexually assaulting a 74-year-old patient, the State Law Enforcement Division says.

John Richard Gregory, 31, of Union, faces two counts of third-degree criminal sexual conduct.

Death penalty sought for man after mistrial

MANNING - Prosecutors say they will seek the death penalty again against a man whose capital murder trial ended in a mistrial.

Anthony Woods, 42, is charged with killing and raping a 53-year-old schoolteacher in the bedroom of her Manning home three years ago.