News In Brief - March 30, 2008

StateHouse candidate Belton to hold town hall meeting Monday

Montrio Belton, a candidate for the S.C. House District 49 seat, will hold a town hall meeting Monday in Rock Hill at Clinton Junior College.

The 7 p.m. event will be held in the H.B. Shaw Dining Room at the college, 1029 Crawford Road.

The meeting is free and open to the public. For more information, visit www.montriobelton.com.

Man charged in 2005 fire in downtown St. George

ST. GEORGE -- Authorities say a man running from police more than two years ago set a fire that destroyed nearly an entire block of downtown St. George.

Dorchester County deputies say 30-year-old John Johnson's diversion worked at the time. It took about 100 firefighters to put out the blaze in September 2005, which destroyed three buildings and damaged two others.

Authorities say Johnson already was in jail for a probation violation when he was charged Thursday with first-degree arson.

State officials remove patients from Winnsboro nursing home

WINNSBORO -- State officials have removed 16 patients from a Fairfield County nursing home after learning they were not receiving proper care.

Department of Health and Environmental Control spokesman Thom Berry said the patients weren't getting their medicine.

Berry says the phones are dead at the home and it may be without garbage and other services.

Peachtree Manor owner David Donnelly told WIS-TV that the patients did not have medicine because the home had just switched pharmacies.

Berry says the home's license has been revoked, but it was appealing the ruling.

The owners of the home will must appear in court in five days to explain the condition of the facility.