News In Brief - June 16, 2008

Man breaks into home, puts teen in pantry

FORT MILL -- Police are looking for a man who broke into a Fort Mill home around 11:30 a.m. Friday.

The 15-year-old girl home at the time told police the man kicked in the door between the garage and kitchen after no one answered the front door when he knocked. The girl confronted the burglar and tried to escape. He grabbed and hit her and made her show him where her parents kept their jewelry, according to the report. The burglar then stuffed the girl in the pantry, and told her he would stab her if she tried to escape, the report stated.

A man who was cutting grass outside told officers he didn't see or hear anything while the robbery was happening, the report stated. The home's address was not released by police.

-- Jonathan Allen

Man struck and killed by train in Columbia

COLUMBIA -- A coronor is conducting an autopsy on a man struck and killed by a train in Columbia.

Twenty-six-year-old Justin Almond was lying on the tracks when a train struck him Saturday morning. He died at the scene.

Richland County Coroner Gary Watts told The (Columbia) State that an autopsy would be conducted Sunday.

Greenville police officer cited in crash

GREENVILLE -- A Greenville police officer who crashed his cruiser on Interstate 385 has been cited for driving too fast for conditions.

South Carolina Highway Patrol Lance Cpl. Scot Edgeworth said Gerald Sims was driving southbound on I-385 in Greenville when he lost control of his vehicle shortly after 7 a.m. Sunday. Edgeworth said Sims overcorrected and crashed into the concrete median barrier.

Edgeworth said Sims was wearing a seat belt but was transferred to Greenville Memorial Hospital to be treated for injuries.

The interstate was partially closed for several hours Sunday morning.


Road work is scheduled this week in York County for the following locations and lanes, which may be closed to traffic.


• Paraham and Mount Gallant roads, daytime lane closures due to intersection improvements.

• S.C. 901 from S.C. 72 to S.C. 901, daytime lane closures due to road construction.

• S.C. 274 from Allison Creek Church Road to S.C. 49, daytime lane closures.

• Bird Street and University Drive intersection, daytime lane closures.

• S.C. 55 from Green Pond Road to Quinn Street for storm drain installation.