Crime & Courts

Eight arrested on gun, drug charges

Eight people were arrested Thursday on gun and drug charges by the Richland County Sheriff's Department.

Deputies confiscated an assault rifle, "several" handguns, $1,500 in cash, gang paraphernalia and a pound of marijuana at a home on Oak Drive, according to a news release.

Among those arrested were Frankie Brown, 18; James Davis, 29; Betty Felder, 40; and Carnell Felder, 20.

Also, DeAndre Felder, 24; Devante Felder, 20; Melquan Felder, 19; and Jessica Jacobs, 23.

Sheriff Leon Lott said deputies discovered small amounts of marijuana during two recent traffic stops in north Richland County. They gathered enough information to ascertain the drugs were coming from a home in Hollywood Hills.

Deputies conducted surveillance on the home, then got a search warrant.

- Dawn Hinshaw

Three charged with making meth

Three people are in jail after Lexington County narcotics agents caught them cooking methamphetamine in a camper in the backyard of a Pelion home.

Joni Travis Lamberth, 32, of Lexington, and Christopher Allen Hayes, 30, and Paul Walter Peck, 49, both of Pelion, were charged with manufacturing methamphetamine. They are being held in the Lexington County Detention Center.

Officers went to the home Thursday after neighbors complained of the meth lab. When police arrived, they found the three in a camper trailer behind the house.

- Noelle Phillips

Doctor sentenced to 41 months in prison

A convicted Hilton Head doctor will serve 41 months in prison for illegally distributing oxycodone, the U.S. Attorney's Office in South Carolina said.

Dr. Roger Hershline, 54, of Hilton Head, was sentenced Thursday.

According to the U.S. Attorney's Office, witnesses and records established that Hershline wrote prescriptions for painkillers for recreational users in 2006 and 2007. The office said the patients were given the prescriptions with little physical examination, medical history or need.

The prosecution alleged Hershline sold prescriptions for "thousands of doses" of oxycodone in exchange for cash, cocaine or marijuana for his personal use.

The federal Drug Enforcement Administration and Beaufort County Sheriff's Office assisted in the investigation.

- Kelly Davis

Jail time avoided in domestic violence case

GREENVILLE - A businessman who avoided jail for driving his Maserati into a house, killing a man last year, has avoided jail on a domestic violence charge.

Media outlets reported that John Ludwig was convicted Thursday of criminal domestic violence for an assault last year on his estranged wife.

Magistrate Matt Hawley said Ludwig had the option to avoid a 30-day maximum jail sentence by paying a $1,000 fine, which his attorney says he will do.

The incident with his wife occurred before the April wreck in which Ludwig drove his sports car into a house, killing 62-year-old Bill Bardsley.

Ludwig got probationary sentences following his guilty plea to reckless homicide in that case, as well as to assault for an attack on his wife's lover.

- The Associated Press

Man who killed child gets life in prison

MONCKS CORNER - A man has been sentenced to life in prison after being convicted in the death of a toddler more than a year ago.

Media outlets reported 27-year-old Justin Hillerby of Summerville was convicted of homicide by child abuse Thursday in Moncks Corner in the death of his girlfriend's child.

Twenty-two-month old Blaise Spoerl died in September 2008 after being struck in the head and face.

Hillerby told jurors he had no idea how the boy suffered 23 blows. Hillerby says Blaise was fine when he put him to bed.

Prosecutors say Hillerby showed he was responsible in a call to the boy's mother from jail more than a week after Blaise died.

Defense attorney Michael Bosnak said the case was based on false confessions, none of which was recorded.

- The Associated Press

22-year-old man charged in hit-and-run

Richland County authorities have arrested a 22-year-old man after an injury hit-and-run wreck that resulted from a chase.

Sheriff's deputies patrolling in the Bush River-Broad River Road area around 1:15 a.m. Thursday saw a Dodge Charger that had been reported stolen, the department said.

Deputies tried to stop the car, but the driver led them on a chase down River Road toward North Main Street. The Charger hit another car with two occupants, injuring both of them, the department said.

The driver of the Charger fled on foot from the wreck and was arrested a short time later.

He was identified as Lamar Rahad Jackson, last known to live on School House Road.

Jackson is being held at the Alvin S. Glenn Detention Center, charged with possession of a stolen vehicle, failure to stop for blue lights, felony driving under the influence resulting in great bodily injury, and driving under suspension.

The occupants injured in the other car were treated at Palmetto Health Richland and released, the department said.

- Kelly Davis