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News In Brief - March 11, 2008

Former S.C. Governor and U.S. Secretary of Education Dick Riley and family members follow as the casket of Ann "Tunky" Riley is carried out of a chapel at Furman University in Greenville on Monday. Former President Bill Clinton, rear, left, accompanies the family.
Former S.C. Governor and U.S. Secretary of Education Dick Riley and family members follow as the casket of Ann "Tunky" Riley is carried out of a chapel at Furman University in Greenville on Monday. Former President Bill Clinton, rear, left, accompanies the family.

Pizza delivery driver beaten, robbed of $42

A pizza delivery driver was beaten and robbed Saturday night during a delivery, according to a Rock Hill Police report.

The 26-year-old male driver told police he arrived at a Poag Street address around 10:30 p.m. when three men surrounded him, beat him with a wooden board and stole $42 in cash, the report states. The attack started when the first suspect approached the driver and said he didn't have any money to pay for the pizza. Then, two other men jumped the victim from behind, and all three began to beat him, the report states. He was treated and released from the hospital for minor injuries.

The driver identified the first man as a young black man, about 6-3, 200 pounds, wearing blue jeans with neon green trim around the knees, the report states. He did not provide a detailed description of the other suspects' clothing.

No arrests have been made.

Gang members blamed in shooting of SUV

Gunshots struck an SUV in Rock Hill on Sunday night, and neighbors told police a gang might be to blame, according to a Rock Hill Police report.

Police responded to a report of shots fired on the 1900 block of Ellis Street near Cherry and Mount Gallant roads around 8 p.m. Sunday. After talking with neighbors in the area, authorities located a black SUV with bullet holes in a nearby grocery store parking lot, the report states.

The vehicle's occupants told police they were at the intersection of Ellis and Sapaugh streets when three men approached and one fired a handgun at them, the report states. The bullet entered the driver's side window and exited the passenger's window. No one was injured.

Officers interviewed neighbors who said the suspects were members of the South Side 13 gang, the report states. Police have not yet made any arrests.

Boy, 14, faces weapons charge at bus stop

Police have charged a 14-year-old boy with carrying a weapon on school property and assault in connection with last week's BB gun incident at a Rock Hill bus stop, according to a Rock Hill Police report.

On Wednesday, the boy told police he shot a 13-year-old school mate with a BB gun while waiting for the bus that morning at the intersection of Linwood Street and Mount Gallant Road, the report states. The BB did not break through the victim's coat, and no one was injured.

The suspect said he gave the gun to another student, the report states. It has not been recovered. Both students attend Sullivan Middle School, the report states.

Spartanburg couple found dead in home

SPARTANBURG -- Police say an 82-year-old Spartanburg man shot and killed his 79-year-old wife in their bed over the weekend, then killed himself.

Authorities say William and Mary Blalock were found Monday morning after a family member called police asking for officers to check on them.

Coroner's investigator Stephen Lully told the Herald-Journal of Spartanburg that the Blalocks were confined to their home because they had emphysema.

But Lully said family members didn't think they were depressed and were stunned by the deaths.

Woman enters Alford plea to taking $6 million

BEAUFORT -- A woman has pleaded guilty to taking millions of dollars from an elderly Hilton Head Island couple, but won't have to go to prison if she makes restiution.

Lisa Cramer entered an Alford plea Monday, where she agreed that the evidence against her could result in a conviction but didn't have to acknowledge guilt.

The Island Packet newspaper reported that a judge sentenced Cramer to three years of probation, but also ruled the 38-year-old mother of four would have to serve 16 years in prison if she doesn't pay back $3 million to settle a civil suit invovling the couple's estate.

Authorities say Cramer took nearly $6 million from Bernard and Eleanor Breedlove over more than a decade. Cramer says the money and other items were gifts from a couple that treated her like a daughter.

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