Across South Carolina

Teenager is charged with killing 8-year-old

GREENVILLE, S.C. --- A 14-year-old boy was charged Wednesday in the death and sexual assault of an 8-year-old Greenville County girl whose body was found in an abandoned mobile home, authorities said.

Sheriff's Deputy Michael Hildebrand said the teenager turned himself in Wednesday and was charged with murder and first-degree criminal sexual conduct. Officials filed charges in part because of DNA testing results, Deputy Hildebrand said.

Dymia Janae Woody was reported missing Monday evening. Deputies found her body early Tuesday in a nearby mobile home that had no electricity. An autopsy showed she died of asphyxia after being sexually assaulted.

Deputy Hildebrand said the teenager lived in the same neighborhood and is believed to have known the girl. His name hasn't been released.

The teen is being held in a juvenile detention facility pending a Family Court hearing today.

State buys land for wildlife management

COLUMBIA --- South Carolina now owns a bit more of Jocassee Gorges.

The state Natural Resources Department says it purchased 63 acres of the scenic land in the northwest corner of the state from developer Crescent Resources.

The sales price on the deed was $37,980.

The newly acquired land on a peninsula on Lake Jocassee will be managed as part of the agency's Jocassee Gorges, a 33,000-acre tract of Wildlife Management Area.

Natural Resources director John Frampton welcomed the acquisition. He said if that area had been developed, it would have affected the area's beauty and habitat.

-- Edited from wire reports