Crime & Courts

Boy, 11, charged with armed robbery

An 11-year-old Richland County boy has been arrested and charged with armed robbery.

The victim, a girl also 11, was walking back from a Broad River Road convenience store Thursday when a boy she knew came up to her brandishing a knife, said Richland County Sheriff Leon Lott.

The knife-wielding boy demanded the girl hand over the food she had just bought. She gave the items to him. He then fled on foot.

The girl gave a detailed account of the holdup, which helped deputies catch the suspect.

Lott said a Family Court judge has released the boy to his parents. He is on house arrest.

Lott did not say whether the knife had been recovered.

- John Monk

Police seek answers in shooting of four

Columbia police continued Monday to investigate the weekend shooting of four people outside a Vista nightclub.

One of the four remained hospitalized in stable condition Monday evening, city spokesman Brick Lewis said.

According to an incident report, the four were involved in a fight at a club at 920 Lady St., Club Ice. Shortly after 2 a.m. Sunday, security told them to leave.

Once outside, the four were approached "by unknown subjects." One of the victims was shot in the face, one in the mouth and two in the hand.

- Dawn Hinshaw

Boy, 16, dies after jumping from ambulance

GREENVILLE - A teenager has died after jumping from a moving ambulance on an interstate highway.

Media outlets reported the 16-year-old boy died shortly after the leap near Greenville while being driven to a psychiatric hospital in Columbia.

Coroner Mike Ellis said the teen was restrained on a gurney in the back of a Greenville Hospital Systems ambulance when he loosened his restraints, moved past an emergency technician, opened the door and jumped.

Ellis said the teen had been brought to the Greenville hospital Friday for aggressive behavior and was being sent for a psychiatric evaluation.

Emergency workers treated the teen before taking him back to the Greenville hospital, where he was pronounced dead minutes later.

Autopsy results were not known late Monday.

- The Associated Press

Ex-hospice nurse charged in robbery

A former hospice nurse and her boyfriend were arrested in Lexington County for allegedly robbing a home where she once took care of an elderly patient.

Tonya Leigh Corder, 31, of Gilbert and James Bentham Butler, 28, of Batesburg-Leesville have been charged with first-degree burglary, robbery while armed with a deadly weapon and possessing a weapon during the commission of a violent crime, the Lexington County Sheriff's Department reported.

The two are accused of breaking into a home on Walter Taylor Road near Gilbert on Feb. 7. Corder once worked at the home to care for its owner's late mother, the sheriff's department reported.

The couple first went to the home in the early evening so Corder could borrow $30 from the 74-year-old homeowner, according to the sheriff's report. While borrowing the money, she noticed he had a lot of cash in his wallet.

About 45 minutes later, the couple returned. Butler allegedly broke into the home and pointed a gun at the 74-year-old owner, the sheriff reported. He took the wallet, which contained about $1,000.

Corder allegedly drove the getaway car, the sheriff said.

Sheriff's deputies arrested the two arrested last week. Both are being held in the Lexington County Detention Center awaiting bond hearings in circuit court.

- Noelle Phillips

Wilson says there was no plot to poison food

An Army probe into allegations of verbal threats involving a base's food supply has revealed that none of the five soldiers detained was involved in any plot to poison food at the base, a congressman said Sunday.

U.S. Rep. Joe Wilson, R-S.C., said Sunday that information he received as a member of the House Armed Services Committee showed there was no plot. The five Muslim soldiers who were connected to a translator training program had been detained in December while the Army investigated.

"The investigation revealed that there was not an effort to poison food," Wilson said. The probe also showed the men had not been disloyal.

Four of the soldiers were discharged from the Army for petty crimes, Wilson said, and the fifth was returned to his National Guard unit in Virginia. None of the soldiers has been identified.

U.S. Army Criminal Investigation Command spokesman Chris Grey said Sunday that the base's food was never in danger, and the investigation didn't turn up any credible information to support the allegations.

An investigation continues into other possible crimes relating to information found on their laptops, Wilson said. The laptops were turned over to the FBI for analysis.

Neither Grey nor Wilson would elaborate on the ongoing investigation.

- The Associated Press

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