S.C. prison escapee captured after chase
GREENVILLE -- A South Carolina inmate in prison for breaking into cars has been captured in Greenville County after a chase that ended in a wreck.
Authorities said 27-year-old Barry Scott Martin Jr. was caught Sunday afternoon after a chase that resulted in a wreck in Greenville. He had escaped June 30 from the minimum-security Manning Correctional Institution in Columbia.
Department of Corrections spokesman Josh Gelinas said a deputy spotted Martin in a stolen truck. He said a chase began, ending when Martin's vehicle struck a telephone pole.
Martin, who was thrown from the truck, was being treated Sunday at Greenville Memorial Hospital.
In February, Martin began serving a 10-year sentence for breaking into motor vehicles.
Manning now also faces felony escape charges, and Gelinas said he'll be housed at a medium- or maximum-security prison when he's released from the hospital.
S.C. Medicaid records to go online this month
GREENVILLE -- Starting this month, the Medicaid records of South Carolina's 700,000 poor and disabled will go online.
The Greenville News reported Sunday that the move is an attempt to make sure caregivers have access to all the information they need to provide the best care.
The state Budget and Control Board's Office of Research and Statistics built the South Carolina Health Information Exchange, or SCHIEx. It links hospitals, doctors, clinics and other health care providers with medical records.
Deputy chief of health and demographics said the exchange allows health care workers to provide care since they have access to a patient's medical history, including diagnoses, medications and test results.
Bauer wants to hear about elderly scams
GREENVILLE -- Lt. Gov. Andre Bauer will visit Greenville this week to hear about scams that target the elderly.
Bauer told The Greenville News that he wants to hear Tuesday from senior citizens about how they've been victimized or ways to reduce such fraud.
The visit is part of the Task Force on Senior Fraud, which brought together law enforcement, consumer and advocacy groups.
Scammers often target senior citizens to get personal financial information for identity theft. The Lt. Governor's Office on Aging says the scams can involve phony charities, Medicare discount cards, prizes and sweepstakes. They also involve official-looking documents in the mail and e-mail seeking bank information.
Lowcountry scuba diver dies while spearfishing
CHARLESTON -- A scuba diver from Mount Pleasant likely died of a condition that can occur when divers rise too quickly.
Forty-five-year-old Tim Edwards died Friday while spearfishing off the coast of Charleston. Charleston County Coroner Bobbi Jo O'Neal told The Post and Courier of Charleston that an autopsy performed Saturday showed the avid scuba diver likely died of an air or gas embolism.
The Coast Guard said Edwards and eight others were about 30 miles off the coast.
A Coast Guard helicopter based in Charleston airlifted Edwards to the Medical University of South Carolina, where he was pronounced dead.
Easley: N.C. flags flown at half-staff in Helms' honor
RALEIGH, N.C. -- Gov. Mike Easley has ordered all North Carolina state flags to be flown at half-staff in honor of former Sen. Jesse Helms, who died Friday at the age of 86.
Easley said Sunday that flags will be flown at half-staff from today until sunset Tuesday in memory of Helms, who represented North Carolina in the Senate from 1973 to 2003.
In addition, a condolence book will be available at the state Capitol to sign in memory of Helms from this morning through Tuesday.