The Carolinas | Man takes to streets in plea for kidney

September 3, 2012 

South Carolina


Man takes to streets in plea for kidney

A 76-year-old Anderson man is walking the streets wearing a sign begging for help to get his wife a kidney transplant.

Larry Swilling says he didn’t know what else to do.

The sandwich board reads “Need Kidney 4 Wife.”

Swilling says he and Jimmie Sue have been married 56 years. He says his wife developed kidney problems after their first child. Swilling says it’s gotten progressively worse.

Medical workers have told the couple they will need several hundred thousand dollars to help pay for the transplant.

Swilling say he’s still working nine hours a day because of the couple’s financial situation. He walks the streets on his days off from Consolidated Southern Industries, wearing the sign with his phone number, 864-314-0212.

He believes God will help him find a donor.


Vigil held for missing teen girl

Dozens of people gathered for a vigil for a teen missing for two weeks.

The prayer service for 15-year-old Gabrielle Swainson was held at Elgin Town Hall on Sunday evening.

Fifty-two-year-old Freddie Grant was charged with kidnapping last week, but Richland County Sheriff Leon Lott says Grant has been uncooperative and officers l don’t know where the teen is.

Officials say the girl’s blood has been found on duct tape at Grant’s home in Elgin, as well as at a junkyard near his home. Lott says those areas have been searched thoroughly.

He says officers are awaiting DNA tests on items found in Grant’s car.

Grant’s lawyers have filed a request to stop Lott from talking about the case.

Lott says Grant knows where the girl is.

Rock Hill

Dogs get credit for saving couple

Barking dogs woke up two people – including a woman in a wheelchair – inside a burning Rock Hill home Monday morning, allowing the couple to escape just seconds before an explosion.

James Jennings, 49, who is disabled with a back injury, said after the dogs woke him at about 2:30 a.m., he walked into the front room and smelled something like burning wires.

“Smoke so thick, you couldn’t see the front window,” Jennings said. “All I could see was black.”

Jennings’ fiancee, Rita Melton, 52, had been home about 10 days following surgery for a broken leg after a hip replacement. Jennings helped Melton into a kitchen chair and pulled her out of the Confederate Avenue home and into the yard.

Jennings credited his dogs – pit bulls named Beauty and Trouble – for barking and waking Melton and him up before it was too late.


Mom jailed over newborn’s drug test

A Florence woman was arrested Monday morning on a charge of unlawful neglect of a child after she gave birth to a child who tested positive for drugs.

Debra McCaw, 27, 2105 South Vance Drive, was booked into the Florence County Detention Center shortly before 9 a.m., according to the center’s Web site.

Florence County Sheriff’s Office Public Information Officer Capt. Mike Nunn said she gave birth in June.

Richland County

Stray bullet grazes 8-year-old

Two males have been taken into custody by the Richland County Sheriff’s Department after a shooting around 1 p.m. Monday on Aster Circle between Shop and Bluff Roads. A stray bullet from the outdoor gunfire went into a nearby house and grazed an 8-year-old child inside, Deputy Curtis Wilson of the sheriff’s department said.

The gunfire occurred after a verbal altercation between the two males. The child, of undisclosed gender, was taken to a local hospital for treatment of what appears to be non-life-threatening injuries, Wilson said.

North Augusta

Meeting to address nuclear site

Federal officials are meeting to discuss mixed-oxide fuel at an old nuclear weapons site in South Carolina

The U.S. Energy Department is holding a public hearing Tuesday at the North Augusta Municipal Center.

The Aiken Standard reports the meeting is one of several the Energy Department is holding around the country to discuss an environmental impact statement for the MOX facility at the Savannah River Site.

Construction on the MOX facility began in 2007. Officials say the plant will be used to convert weapons grade plutonium into fuel that will be sold to run commercial power reactors.

North Carolina


Dad runs over 16-month-old daughter

A 16-month-old toddler has been run over by her father in the driveway on their home outside Charlotte.

The N.C. Highway Patrol says the girl was killed late Saturday morning at the home in Waxhaw.

Authorities say 29-year-old Ryan Keziah was backing out of the driveway and somehow ran over his daughter.

The girl was flown to a Charlotte hospital where she died.

No charges have been filed.

From wire reports

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