North Carolina builder dipping toe in Charleston market again after two-year hiatus

While tweaking its development strategy, Charlotte-based Simonini Builders continues to build multi-million dollar homes in the Cassique neighborhood of Seabrook Island.

Body found inside submerged van

ADAMS RUN — Divers with the Charleston County Sheriff's Office found a body inside a van after a deputy spotted the vehicle partially submerged in the water off Willtown Road boat landing Tuesday, authorities said.

The discovery around 5:15 p.m. came as local authorities were searching for Leroy Wade, a missing 81-year-old Johns Island man.

The license plate on the submerged vehicle came from the van Wade was thought to be driving, sheriff's Maj. John Clark said. Authorities pulled the van from the Edisto River around 10:30 p.m. and discovered the body of an elderly man inside.

The Charleston County Coroner's Office could not be reached to confirm the man's identity.

Wade hasn't been seen since he left the Ralph H. Johnson Veterans Affairs Medical Center driving a blue 1990 Dodge Caravan around 7 p.m. Friday.

Man dies in wreck on S.C. Highway 61

A 29-year-old Charleston man died late Monday in a two- vehicle collision in West Ashley, authorities said.

Jason Smythe was driving near 2135 S.C. Highway 61 when his Nissan Pathfinder crossed the center line and struck another vehicle head-on at 11:44 p.m., Charleston County Deputy Coroner Kelly Myers said.

Smythe was pronounced dead at the scene from blunt force injuries, Myers said. The other driver was taken to Medical University Hospital. The name and condition of that driver were not available Tuesday. Charleston police are investigating.

Victim of hit and run dies in hospital

A 20-year-old woman died Monday as a result of injuries she received in a Nov. 28 hit-and-run incident in North Charleston.

Jayda Stambaugh had been hospitalized since the crash, Charleston County Deputy Coroner Dottie Lindsay said. An autopsy is planned for today.

A vehicle struck Stambaugh while she was trying to cross Rivers Avenue, near Greenridge Road. The vehicle left the area. Police found her lying unconscious in the roadway.

North Charleston police are still looking for suspects in the case, public information officer Spencer Pryor said.

Accident in Berkeley claims one man's life

SANDRIDGE — A Holly Hill man was killed Tuesday morning when his car was hit on U.S. Highway 176 at Old Gilliard Road.

Don Herman Gentry, 59, died at the scene of the 4:50 a.m. crash, Berkeley County Deputy Coroner George Oliver said. Gentry was on his way to work at Alcoa in Goose Creek.

Gentry was traveling east on U.S. 176 in a 2004 Chrysler, S.C. Highway Patrol Cpl. Paul Brouthers said. His car was struck by a 2006 Toyota sport utility vehicle driven by Andrea Edwards, 51, of Eutawville, Brouthers said. Edwards was northbound on Old Gilliard Road.

Edwards was cited for failure to yield the right of way, Brouthers said.

Gun violation nets man 15 years in jail

Lancy Ellithorpe McClary, 27, of Charleston, has been sentenced to 188 months in prison for being a convicted felon in possession of a firearm, the U.S. Attorney's office said Monday.

McClary also will be monitored by a federal probation officer for five years after he completes his sentence.

A North Charleston police officer stopped McClary's car in July 2005 for failing to use a turn signal and found a loaded firearm under the driver's seat, the U.S. Attorney's office said. McClary was prohibited from possessing a firearm due to several prior felony convictions.