In Brief: September 25, 2013

Sumter County man stabbed with screwdriver

A Sumter County woman allegedly stabbed her husband with a screwdriver Monday after an argument at their home.

Jerelene Pack Boatwright, 42, is charged with aggravated domestic violence.
Boatwright told police she accidentally hit her husband with a screwdriver during an altercation, according to The (Sumter) Item.

The man told officers he was stabbed while attempting to resolve a fight between Boatwright and their daughter.

When the man stepped in to intervene, police say she began to “swing her arms erratically” with the screwdriver in hand, stabbing the man’s forehead, The (Sumter) Item reported.

— Brian Almond, Photography Editor

Boy on bike killed after hitting tractor trailer

A tractor-trailer collided with a 9-year-old Whitmire boy who was riding his bicycle Monday evening, killing the child, The State reported.

Newberry County coroner Craig Newton identified the child Tuesday as Bennett Dalton.
Dalton was riding his bike out of a driveway just after 6:30 p.m. Monday when his bike hit the side of a westbound 18-wheeler, according to The State. He was not wearing a helmet.

He was airlifted from Whitmire to Palmetto Health Richland hospital and died from his injuries around 9 p.m., according to The State.

Officials are investigating the incident.

— Sarah Ellis, Assistant News Editor

Former USC football coach Dietzel, 89, dies

Former USC football coach and athletics director Paul Dietzel died Tuesday in Baton Rouge, La., at the age of 89.

Serving as head football coach and athletics director from 1966-74, Dietzel led the Gamecocks to their only conference championship — in 1969 in the Atlantic Coast Conference.

His 26-year coaching career included stints at Army, Cincinnati, Kentucky and LSU. He claimed a national championship in 1958 at LSU.

“He taught us to think big,” Columbia attorney Johnny Gregory, who captained the 1968 Gamecocks team, told The State.

Dietzel died after a brief illness. He and his wife, Anne, would have celebrated their 69th wedding anniversary today, according to The State.

— Sarah Ellis, Assistant News Editor


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