Man to be deported after serving prison sentence
A man arrested in York County on drug charges will be deported again after serving a federal prison sentence.
Ofel Hernandez-Ramirez, 36, of Mexico was sentenced to 46 months in federal prison for illegally re-entering the United States after his deportation for drug smuggling, according to a release issued by U.S. Attorney Walter Wilkins.
Hernandez-Ramirez was convicted for smuggling drugs into California in 1990, and was deported to Mexico. Last September, he was arrested again by York County deputies on drug charges, and admitted that he came back into the United States illegally, the release states.
After he completes his prison sentence, Hernandez-Ramirez will be returned to Mexico.
The case was investigated by agents of the Department of Homeland Security, Immigration and Customs Enforcement and the York County Sheriff's Office.
-- Kimberly Dick
S.C. mom sentenced for setting house fires
COLUMBIA -- Friends said Kimberly Wooten was the kind of person who would watch the church nursery on a moment's notice and beam with pride as she described her sons' accomplishments.
But they never saw the suburban mother's demons -- severe mental problems that a psychiatrist said led her to set a series of fires that destroyed four homes and terrorized neighbors. She was ordered Monday to spend 13 years in prison.
Wooten, likely wearing a wig, drove around her neighborhood, setting small fires in pine straw, grass or other vegetation, usually late in the morning or afternoon, prosecutor Robert Elam said. The last was set as she walked her dog.
All but one were put out quickly, causing minimal damage. But on March 22, 2006, Wooten set a fire that quickly spread, burning four houses. No one was injured.
Wooten, 43, pleaded guilty but mentally ill to seven counts of second-degree arson and several other charges. Her plea meant she knew right from wrong but couldn't conform her behavior to the law.
Beaufort mayor resigns amid controversy
BEAUFORT -- Embattled three-term Beaufort Mayor Bill Rauch resigned Monday, satisfying the Beaufort City Council's calls for his removal after an insider trading scandal and an accusation that he attempted to solicit a bribe.
Rauch, who was elected a city councilman in 1993 and mayor in 1999, said in a Monday e-mail to The Beaufort Gazette that he loves Beaufort and only wanted to improve the city.
"Now there's the suggestion by some council members that I may be hurting Beaufort. If that even might be so, I won't be a party to it," he wrote. "So I'm going to step aside for the general election campaign season in Beaufort this year."
Rauch had said he would not seek re-election in November.
Rauch paid $44,000 to the Securities and Exchange Commission on Wednesday to settle an insider trading charge.
-- The Beaufort Gazette