Briefs: Boy shot in leg while sleeping in his home

March 24, 2013 



A 10-year-old boy was shot in the leg while sleeping at his Columbia home early Saturday morning, according to Columbia police.

The incident occurred around 2:30 a.m. at the Hammond Village Apartments, along Marlboro Street, between Lucius Road and River Drive.

The 10-year-old was asleep in an upstairs bedroom at the apartments when a handgun went off downstairs in the same residence, Columbia Police Department spokeswoman Officer Jennifer Timmons said.

Several adults, including the boy’s mother, were at home and were believed to have been arguing, she said.

Officers were questioning a man believed to have fired the gun, but circumstances surrounding the incident were unclear, Timmons said.

The boy was taken to an area hospital with non-life-threatening injuries, she said.

Mindy Lucas


Couple in apparent murder-suicide identified

Richland County Coroner Gary Watts on Saturday identified the couple who died in an apparent murder-suicide Friday in Northeast Richland as Reynettia Moseley, 44, and Steven B. Moseley, 50.

The two were found outside a home on Coralbean Way in the Brookhaven neighborhood about 9 a.m. Friday, Richland County Sheriff’s Department spokesman Deputy Curtis Wilson said. Deputies were responding to a shots-fired call.

Reynettia Moseley died from multiple gunshot wounds to the upper body, and Steven B. Moseley died from a single gunshot wound to the head, Watts said in confirming the deaths were a murder-suicide.

The couple recently separated, Wilson said Friday; the woman moved into the home two weeks ago.

Investigators believe the man came to the home just after the woman returned from dropping their two teenage children off at school and shot her. Then, Wilson said, the man turned the gun on himself. Both were dead when officers arrived.

There had been prior incidents between the two, Wilson said, but police hadn’t been called to either of their homes recently.

Mindy Lucas

Men wearing black sought after attempted home invasion

Deputies with the Richland County Sheriff’s Department are investigating an attempted home invasion with gunfire that occurred in a neighborhood northeast of Columbia Friday night.

The incident happened around 9:30 p.m. at a home in the 300 block of Cane Brake Circle, department spokesman Deputy Curtis Wilson said.

Residents at the home, which is near the intersection of Hard Scrabble and Clemson roads, said a number of unknown men wearing black clothes tried to force their way into the residence, but the victims were able to block the door using their bodies, Wilson said.

The suspects then slashed the tires of a vehicle outside the home, and one suspect fired a single shot from a handgun before the men fled the scene, he said.

No one was injured. Deputies are investigating.

Mindy Lucas


Suspended sheriff denies giving inmates treats

The suspended Chesterfield County sheriff is free on bond as he faces charges of official misconduct and giving favored inmates extra benefits.

Chesterfield County Sheriff Sam Parker appeared before a judge Friday. He was indicted last week and suspended from office by Gov. Nikki Haley.

Parker is charged with four counts of misconduct in office and two counts of furnishing contraband to inmates. Each charge is a misdemeanor with a possible sentence of up to 10 years in prison.

Parker is accused of letting friends carry badges without training, giving away weapons to people he knew and letting inmates have unsupervised visits with women and sleep outside the jail with access to TV and alcohol.

Parker’s attorney said his client didn’t witness or take part in any of the alleged crimes.

The Associated Press


Woman accused of threatening Ashley Hall officials with gun to undergo exam

Alice Boland was in a Columbia mental health facility Friday as she pleaded not guilty to federal firearms charges and was ordered for the second time in her life to undergo a psychiatric exam while at a prison hospital.

The Beaufort woman’s public defender stood in Boland’s stead as she was arraigned in Charleston on four counts connected with a case that has inspired legislation that could make it more difficult for people who have, like her, previously have been adjudicated mentally ill, to buy a gun.

Boland, 28, whose history of forced committal for schizophrenia didn’t stop her from getting a pistol last month, is charged with making false statements to purchase a firearm, illegally possessing a firearm because of mental incompetence, possessing a firearm in a school zone and attempting to discharge a firearm in a school zone.

She is accused of buying a .22-caliber handgun Feb. 1 and using it three days later to threaten officials at the Ashley Hall school. She also faces state charges of attempted murder and pointing a firearm.

The (Charleston) Post and Courier



FAA closing 3 S.C. air traffic towers

Air traffic control towers at three South Carolina airports will be closed as the Federal Aviation Administration is forced to cut hundreds of millions of dollars from its budget.

The closings starting next month will not force any of the airports to shut down. Pilots have to coordinate takeoffs and landings over a shared radio frequency with no help from ground controllers.

The FAA said control towers will be closed on Hilton Head Island, at North Myrtle Beach’s Grand Strand Airport and at Greenville’s Donaldson Center, a former Air Force base.

The FAA is closing nearly 150 control towers nationwide that have fewer than 150,000 total flight operations per year.

The Associated Press, The (Myrtle Beach) Sun News


Internal Citadel sex abuse investigation nears end

The Citadel’s internal investigation into the handling of a complaint about a former camp counselor who molested boys could be released early next month.

WCIV reports that special counsel Joe McCulloch said the report is nearing completion and its final version in early April will include recommendations for policy changes.

The investigation centers on how the college handled the complaint about former camp counselor and Citadel graduate Skip ReVille. The school looked into the complaint but never contacted police.

ReVille was sentenced in June to 50 years in prison after pleading guilty to 22 abuse counts.

The Associated Press


Horry County lifts burn ban

The Horry County burn ban was lifted Saturday after a fire last weekend that left 190 without homes.

Residents are encouraged to use caution if burning outdoors, according to information from Leslie Yancey, spokeswoman for Horry County Fire Rescue.

The ban has been in place since the Windsor Green fire in Carolina Forest a week ago leveled 26 buildings and left 190 people homeless.

The (Myrtle Beach) Sun News

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