S.C. prison officials have recaptured the last of three minimum-security inmates to escape in the past week.
Prison spokesman Josh Gelinas said 22-year-old Patrick Frazier turned himself in to Aiken County authorities Monday, four days after he walked away from the Lower Savannah Pre-Release Center.
In March, Frazier started a four-year sentence for criminal conspiracy. Now, he faces a possible 15 years in prison on an escape charge.
On Friday, 31-year-old Nikita Brannon was found in Shelby, N.C., two days after she walked away from a work release job at an Irmo KFC. Also Friday, 23-year-old David Edwards was arrested at a Columbia apartment, about 16 hours after he left his work release job at a West Columbia poultry plant.
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Sheriffs target medicine cabinets
Richland County Sheriff Leon Lott and Lexington County Sheriff James R. Metts have launched a "Clean out your medicine cabinets" initiative to prevent prescription drug abuse.
Throwing away unused prescription drugs, they say, will help prevent prescription drug abuse and misuse and protect young children from harm.
Residents can drop off prescription medications for disposal in lockboxes at the sheriffs departments' regional headquarters and at participating pharmacies across the Midlands.
The sheriffs remind residents to keep medications in original containers to prevent accidental misuse and advise people against flushing medications down the toilet as it is a danger to the environment.
Woman named prison teacher of year
An instructor at a medium-security facility has been named teacher of the year for the S.C. prison system.
The Department of Corrections said Monday that Ernestine Mickens is this year's honoree. Officials said Mickens has taught for 13 years at Turbeville Correctional Institution.
Many of the inmates at the medium-security men's prison near Sumter are under age 25 and were sentenced as youthful offenders. Mickens teaches reading, math and social studies and helps prepare inmates for the GED, or high school equivalency, exam.
The department said about 60 percent of the state's 24,600 inmates never finished high school. Over the past 10 years, the prison school district has awarded more than 8,700 GED diplomas and about 17,000 vocational certificates.
Prosecutor: Trial set for ex-S.C. deacon
GREENVILLE - Solicitor Bob Ariail says he is planning to take a former church deacon to trial next year on state kidnapping charges.
Ariail said Monday he is set to take Bruce Windsor to trial in March in Greenville County.
Windsor pleaded guilty earlier this month to federal bank robbery and weapons charges and faces up to 25 years in prison. Authorities say the 43-year-old father of four donned a mask and wig, entered a Greenville bank in February and pointed a gun at workers, demanding they give him cash.
Windsor surrendered peacefully 90 minutes later. The kidnapping charges are tied to the two bank employees Windsor held at gunpoint.
Windsor has been held on $3 million bond. His family has blamed the financial downturn for his crimes.