News In Brief - August 27, 2007

York man beaten, robbed outside his home

A 56-year-old York man was beaten and robbed of $300 early Sunday morning outside his home, according to a York County Sheriff's office report.

The man was bleeding from facial injuries when he went to his neighbor's home on Brown Neal Road for help shortly before 1 a.m., the report states. The victim told deputies that two men came into his yard and beat him with sticks.

Emergency medical technicians treated him at his home.

Citadel's dining hall gets back in grade-A shape

CHARLESTON -- The food might not taste any better, but according to state health inspectors, the kitchen at The Citadel has earned back its A rating.

Last week, the military academy's mess hall got the lowest grade possible -- 71 out of 100 points -- during a surprise health inspection.

Among the violations that dropped the dining hall to a C grade were roaches and other bugs in the dry-food storage area, a dishwasher in which the water wasn't hot enough and holding food at improper temperatures.

"It's the first time it's happened in my 10 years here, and it's the last," said Col. Curt Holland, The Citadel's vice president for finance and business affairs.

The mess was reinspected by an official from the state Department of Health and Environmental Control on Friday and had fixed its problems, winning an A rating.

A spokesman for the state health department said the agency randomly conducts inspections at food establishments. If a grade drops, the food service provider can request a follow-up inspection within 10 days, DHEC spokesman Adam Myrick said.

The school pays $6 million a year to contractor Aramark to provide food service.

Students likely didn't even notice the brief change in grade, said Chase Mohler, regimental commander of the Corps of Cadets.

Usually, the mess hall is clean, Mohler said, even if "it's not mom's cooking."

Shooting suspect turns himself in

GREENWOOD -- A man wanted in the shooting death of another man outside a nightclub has turned himself in, Greenwood County Sheriff Dan Wideman said Sunday.

Akiva Lamont Tolbert, 28, of Greenwood turned himself in Sunday morning and handed over the weapon police think was used in the shooting, Wideman said in a news release.

Warrants had been issued charging Tolbert with murder in the shooting death Saturday of Ricky Sherman Williams. Wideman said witnesses identified Tolbert as the shooter outside the nightclub Fat Daddy's.

"Our investigators were on this guy for 24 hours straight," Wideman said. "We also had some good cooperation from citizens and family members, which we greatly appreciate."

Coast Guard suspends tour boat captain's license

CHARLESTON -- A tour boat captain had his license suspended for three months following an investigation into a collision last month with a sailboat in Charleston Harbor, the Coast Guard says.

The collision was between the 97-ton Spirit of Charleston on its way to Fort Sumter with 250 passengers and a Laser sailboat with a 130-pound hull that was sailing in the Charleston Yacht Club Open Regatta.

No one was injured.

Tour boat captain O.C. Polk was charged with negligence and misconduct. The Coast Guard also faulted Polk for failing to report the incident.

As part of the settlement agreement approved by an administrative law judge, Polk will serve a three-month suspension of his license to operate the vessel, the Coast Guard said. Polk will have to complete a vessel piloting and navigation course.

The Coast Guard said the pilot of the other boat, 57-year-old Joel Lambinus, a construction company owner who holds a captain's license, was partly to blame for the crash.

"The nautical rules of the road required all vessels to maintain a proper lookout, proceed at a safe speed consistent with traffic conditions and take necessary action to avoid collision," U.S. Coast Guard Cmdr. John Mauger said. "This collision occurred due to failure to follow these important rules by both parties."