California man accused of sex crime with SC teen

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Prosecutors say a 28-year-old California man has been arrested for having sex with a South Carolina teenager he met online.


Attorney General Alan Wilson announced Monday that Charles Henry Ross of San Diego, California, is charged with one count of criminal solicitation of a minor and two counts of criminal sexual conduct with a minor.


Investigators say Ross began chatting online several months ago with a Lexington County teenager and traveled to South Carolina last Wednesday.


Wilson says Ross fled on foot when the victim's mother found him in her son's bedroom last Friday, but he was later arrested by Lexington County deputies.


It was unclear if Ross had an attorney.


Wilson says the arrest is a reminder that predators are real and no longer only lurk on playgrounds.


Man gets 55 years for death of 2 SC women

MONCKS CORNER, S.C. (AP) — A Summerville man has been sentenced to 55 years in prison for the shooting deaths of two women in Berkeley County two years ago.


Multiple media outlets reported that 25-year-old Caleb Brad Matlock pleaded guilty in Moncks Coroner on Monday to killing 18-year-old Dana Woods and 22-year-old June Guerry.


Their bodies were found in the Francis Marion National Forest in August 2012.


Matlock's plea came as he was to face trial on two counts of murder, two counts of possession of a gun during a violent crime, armed robbery and third-degree arson.


Matlock will not be eligible for parole.


Matlock apologized to the families of the victims and said he knew the apology was inadequate.


A co-defendant, 25-year-old Arthur Ray Chavis of Cordesville, is awaiting trial.


Man last seen 6 days earlier safe in SC swamp

SUMTER, S.C. (AP) — A Sumter man is safe after he was rescued from a snake and alligator-infested swamp six days after he was last seen.


Tonyia McGirt, a public information officer for the Sumter Police, said that 52-year-old Fredric Richburg, hungry and covered with mosquito bites but otherwise doing well, was recovering on Monday at the Tuomey Regional Medical Center.


Police said fishermen heard shouts from Richburg in a swamp southwest of the city at about 8 Sunday evening after heavy rains drenched the area over the weekend.


Firefighters rescued Richburg from the swamp that had dense underbrush.


McGirt said that water in the swamp is about waist deep and Richburg was on grassy area when he was found. Firefighters were able to put an extension ladder across the water and Richburg crossed to safety, she said.


Police say Richburg had been last seen walking from his apartment about 5 miles away on the morning of Monday, Aug. 4. A friend reported him missing to the police three days later.


"We think he was out there Monday, Tuesday at the latest," McGirt said. "He said he didn't have any food but he did drink the water from the creek though."


It was not immediately clear how he Richburg ended up in the swamp.


"We were just happy we were able to find him," McGirt said.