Morning roundup: News from around the state on Aug. 18
Anderson man charged after chase, crash
ANDERSON, S.C. (AP) — An Anderson man has been arrested after a chase by a state trooper and a wreck.
Multiple media outlets reported the wreck happened on state Highway 86 around 1 a.m. Sunday near Piedmont.
Anderson County Sheriff's Lt. Sheila Cole says the two-minute chase ended when the vehicle spun out of control and hit a fence post.
Thirty-five-year-old Otis Curry Griffin III and a female passenger were taken to AnMed Health Medical Center in Anderson for treatment of injuries that did not appear to be life threatening.
South Carolina Highway Patrol Cpl. Bill Rhyne says Griffin is charged with driving under the influence, driving under suspension, failure to stop for police and driving with an open container of alcohol.
It was not clear if Griffin has an attorney.
Former SC football player arrested after punch
CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — A former South Carolina football player is charged with assault and battery after police say he punched a man in the face and left him in a Charleston hospital with a fractured skull.
Local media report that a judge set a $20,000 bond for 27-year-old James Hutton of Greenville, who was released from jail Saturday. The South Carolina athletics website says Hutton was a walk-on fullback for the Gamecocks in 2006 and 2007. He has no listed telephone number and could not be reached for comment Sunday.
Hutton is accused of punching 26-year-old Billy Schilling, who was on a date with his wife when he was punched last week. Police say Schilling was knocked unconscious by Hutton's alleged blow to the face and hit his head on the sidewalk.
NC man accused of taking golf balls from SC course
YORK, S.C. (AP) — A North Carolina man has been arrested and accused of stealing golf balls from a South Carolina course.
The Herald of Rock Hill reported York County sheriff's deputies followed tire tracks to arrest a man who said he was collecting golf balls to sell.
A sheriff's report says deputies were called to the Carolina Crossing golf course late last week to investigate a report of a suspicious man. A deputy followed moped tracks and found a man behind some trees.
The deputy said 46-year-old David Clinton Burris of Gastonia, North Carolina, was carrying a duffel bag and said he was looking for golf balls.
Burris has been charged with trespassing and possession of marijuana. It was not clear if he has an attorney.
SC hospital gets 4 tablets to reach young patients
CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — The Children's Hospital at the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston is being presented with four tablet computers to help young patients learn more about medical procedures and eases their fears.
The tablets are being presented in a ceremony in the hospital's pediatric sickle cell clinic on Monday. They are housed in a protective cover that complies with the hospital infection control standards.
The devices can also be used to play games, complete homework and message friends during long hospital stays. The units are donated by Colgate-Palmolive and Harris Teeter.