Bail set for inmate on escape charge
A judge on Saturday set bail at $50,000 for a jail inmate who walked out of the Charleston County Detention Center as a result of a glitch and spent 11 hours on the run.
Prince Albert Porter, 24, now faces an escape count in addition to the charge that landed him in jail in the first place, criminal domestic violence of a high and aggravated nature.
Porter, 24, escaped at 9:15 a.m. Friday and was noticed to be missing at 9:45 a.m., authorities said. He reportedly walked out of the facility as a result of a mistake that allowed him to leave with other inmates who were being released, jail officials said.
Porter surrendered later in the day near his Hollywood home, turning himself over to sheriff's deputies working with the U.S. Marshal's Fugitive Task Force.
Toddler killed crossing street
GREENVILLE -- South Carolina officials are investigating the traffic death of a 2-year-old Greenville boy.
Greenville County deputy coroner Kent Dill told The Greenville News that Austin J. Septon died Friday from injuries he got earlier in the week when he was hit by a pickup truck.
Dill said Austin was crossing the road with other children at a relative's house. When the children went back across the street, Austin lagged behind. Dill said the driver who had waited for the other children did not see Austin when he decided to cross the street.
Bikers reportedly avoiding Myrtle
MYRTLE BEACH -- Hotel operators in South Carolina's biggest beach town say they are not getting the business they usually do from the second of the year's motorcycle rallies.
The Sun News of Myrtle Beach reported Saturday that business is off by half at some Ocean Boulevard motels as bikers are avoiding the city because of restrictions put in place two years ago in an effort to get rid of the rallies.
Smaller hotels are reporting the biggest drop in visitors, while larger hotels and those outside the city limits say they are still filling up.
Bikefest typically draws about 200,000 bikers to the weeklong rally that starts Memorial Day weekend. The Cruisin' the Coast rally earlier this month saw bikers avoiding Myrtle Beach in large part because of a helmet law.
Doctor, hospital found negligent
MYRTLE BEACH -- A jury has ordered a hospital and doctor to pay $2.88 million to a South Carolina man after finding them liable for his wife's death in 2002.
The Sun News of Myrtle Beach reported that an Horry County jury on Friday found Grand Strand Regional Medical Center and Dr. Stephen Law were negligent in the care of Kelly Fay.
Fay died in 2002, about 48 hours after she had been sent home with a diagnosis of kidney stones. She was given a prescription for pain medication and told to come back in two days. Before her appointment, she had a seizure and went into septic shock.
The jury also found that Fay's husband, Sean Fay, was partly negligent. His attorney Russ Foster said that was likely because he didn't take his wife back to the hospital when her condition worsened.
ATV flips, killing Swansea man
Steve Brickhouse, 43, of Swansea died after he lost control of an ATV and it turned over late Friday while he was riding near the south shore of Lake Murray, the Lexington County corner's office said.
The all-terrain vehicle accident occurred in the 1300 block of Rock Island Road in the Shull Island area, officials said.