Originally created 09/19/06

Across South Carolina



Sheriff urged to talk about jail job moves

ANDERSON - Anderson County authorities must explain publicly why the director of the county jail has been reassigned, a Columbia media attorney says.

Anderson County Sheriff David Crenshaw cannot hide behind claims of "internal personnel matters," said Jay Bender, a lawyer who represents a number of newspapers in South Carolina.

That was the reasoning given for not releasing any information about changes at the jail, according to a statement released Friday by sheriff's spokeswoman Susann Griffin, who also said the changes were part of a restructuring.

Mr. Bender, who also wants Sheriff Crenshaw to reveal why four jail officers have been fired, says courts have previously ruled that similar records are open to the public.

John Sackett was named the director of the jail this year when Sheriff Crenshaw assumed control of the jail's management. Mr. Sackett has been reassigned to the warrants division, where he worked previously, Ms. Griffin said.

Jeff Black, who oversees the Sheriff's Office Internal Affairs division, is serving as interim jail director, Ms. Griffin said.

Girl dies after truck hits tandem bicycle

CHARLOTTE, N.C. - A ninth-grade girl died from injuries she sustained on a South Carolina highway when a pickup truck hit the tandem bike she and her brother were riding in a charity event.

Rachel Giblin, 15, and her family were biking from Rockingham to North Myrtle Beach, S.C., for the Multiple Sclerosis Society.

South Carolina Trooper Sonny Collins says the wreck occurred Saturday on U.S. Highway 15-401, north of Society Hill. The trooper says the family was riding in single file with traffic and seemed to be doing everything correctly.

The girl, her brother and her mother were hit by a truck driven by Rudy Robinson, of Hartsville, S.C. Trooper Collins said a decision on whether to file charges hadn't been made.

Man dies after crash during police chase

SUMTER - A Rembert man was killed and two others were injured when their van crashed during pursuit by a Sumter County sheriff's deputy.

Leroy Porter, 32, was pronounced dead at the scene after the crash at about 3 a.m. Sunday about 10 miles north of Sumter, Coroner Verna Moore said.

The driver of the van and a second passenger were taken to hospitals for treatment.

The incident began when Deputy Manuel Kennedy stopped to assist the van, which was rolling slowly and appeared to be broken down.

"When he pulled over to assist them, (the driver) realized it was law enforcement and just took off," Sheriff's Maj. Hampton Gardner said.

- Edited from wire reports