Crime & Courts

Man robs drive-through pharmacy in Cayce, twice

The Cayce Department of Public Safety is investigating two robberies of a pharmacy on Charleston highway where a man in a vehicle presented a note at the drive-through window stating "I have a gun, give me all of your Oxycontin."

The first robbery was on August 23 at about 10:41 a.m., Cayce police said. The suspect was driving a burgundy or red full-size extended cab step-side GMC pickup.

Police said the second robbery was on September 14 at about 4:34 p.m. with the suspect driving a silver Honda Accord or Civic with tinted windows with a tinted sunroof.

Both times the suspect attempted to conceal his identity by placing articles of clothing across his face, police said.

Anyone with information on the crimes is asked to call CrimeStoppers at (888) CrimeSC or the Cayce Department of Public Safety at (803) 794-0456.

Man gets life in prison in deaths of 4 family members

ANDERSON - A 20-year-old Upstate man has been sentenced to life in prison with no parole after he admitted to the shotgun killings of four members of his family.

Nathan Dickson pleaded guilty Monday to four counts of murder, but didn't say why he killed his father, stepmother, stepsister and younger brother at their Easley home in April 2008.

Prosecutor Chrissy Adams read Dickson's detailed confession in court, which she said matched what investigators found.

In the confession, Dickson says his father rolled over and told his son that he loved him just before Dickson fired his final shot.

Dickson was arrested hours after the killing after riding four-wheelers with a friend.

Men killed in plane crash are identified

ABBEVILLE - Officials have released the names of two Tennessee men killed in the crash of a small plane in an Upstate lake.

Media outlets reported that 66-year-old Jimmy W. Cash of Maryville, Tenn., and his passenger, 30-year-old Justin Davis, of Knoxville, Tenn. died in the crash Saturday morning in Lake Russell.

Abbeville County Coroner James Ashley said the men were the only people in the plane. Ashley said they were flying to Georgia for a gun show.

Authorities say the single-engine Cessna flew out of Maryville and crashed about 11 a.m. Saturday.

The coroner said autopsies completed Sunday showed that both men died of trauma.

Ashley said the sheriff's office removed the plane from the lake Saturday night. The cause of the crash is under investigation.

Man dies after struggle with police officer

ANDERSON - The State Law Enforcement Division is investigating the death of a man who struggled with a police officer trying to arrest him.

The Anderson Independent-Mail reported Monday that 29-year-old Robert Lee Thompson lost consciousness during the struggle with an Anderson police officer Saturday night. Thompson died later at a hospital from injuries sustained in the fight.

Authorities said Thompson was one of five people in a car stopped by Officer Bradley Small. The officer ran identification and warrant checks on the group and found that Thompson had several outstanding warrants against him.

A city police spokesman said officials would decide Monday whether to place the officer on administrative leave.

Mayor bans foot chases after officer's injury

The mayor of Wellford said she banned her police officers from chasing suspects on foot after an officer was injured while chasing a man.

Mayor Sallie Peake said Monday she issued the order in August after the city had to pay for an officer who was hurt and missed work after chasing a "guy who had a piece of crack on him." She said the drug possession was not worth the cost to taxpayers.

Peake's decision came after two town-issued cars were totaled within a month, although her order applies only to foot chases.

When a reporter asked her about the policy, Peake would not answer and clapped her hands in mock praise.