July 28, 2014

Nearly 39,000 affected by potential data breach at Greenwood hospital

Image: Self Regional Healthcare

Image: Self Regional Healthcare

Officials at a hospital in Greenwood are sending notifications to nearly 39,000 patients whose sensitive information may have been contained on a laptop that was stolen earlier this year and remains missing.

Self Regional Healthcare revealed the potential data breach in a press release and statement on its website Thursday. The hospital said two unauthorized individuals broke into one of its support facilities on Sunday, May 25 and stole a laptop. Due to the Memorial Day holiday, employees did not discover the burglary until May 27.

The two suspects, identified as David Smith, 23, and Samuel Hall, 22, were later arrested by Greenwood Police and confessed to stealing the laptop, according to Self Regional’s vice president of corporate compliance and integrity Craig White. White said the pair told officers that they panicked after realizing what they had stolen and threw the laptop into Lake Thurmond. Dive teams were not able to find the laptop, he said.

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Governor names new Fairfield County sheriff

Interim Sheriff Dunstan Padgett (Image: Fairfield County)

Interim Sheriff Dunstan Padgett (Image: Fairfield County)

Governor Nikki Haley has appointed an interim sheriff in Fairfield County, one day after longtime sheriff Herman Young announced his resignation due to health reasons.

Haley announced her decision Wednesday, naming Capt. Dunstan Padgett, 58, to the post. He was sworn into office later that day. Padgett’s term will last until voters choose a permanent sheriff in a future special election.

Padgett is a 26-year veteran of the Fairfield County Sheriff’s Office, working in narcotics and in the patrol division. He also served 27 years in the South Carolina National Guard. While in the guard, he was deployed to Kosovo in 2004 and in Afghanistan in 2007 and 2008.

In a statement Tuesday, Young said he was leaving after 22 years on the job for health reasons. He later told WIS he had been having heart troubles in recent years.

Padgett also plans to run for the office again in the special election, according to The State newspaper.


Converse College basketball coach resigns after shoplifting arrest

Former Converse College Head Basketball Coach Kaye Waldrep (Image: Spartanburg County Sheriff's Office)

Former Converse College Head Basketball Coach Kaye Waldrep (Image: Spartanburg County Sheriff’s Office)

The head women’s basketball coach at Converse College in Spartanburg has resigned after being charged with shoplifting on Tuesday.

A Converse spokeswoman said in an email Wednesday that the college had accepted the resignation of head basketball coach Kaye Waldrep, effective immediately. The spokeswoman said the college was unable to make any further comment on a personnel matter.

According to WSPA, the 35-year-old Waldrep was seen trying to hide and steal over $500 worth of merchandise from a Kohl’s Department store.

The Spartanburg County Sheriff’s office incident report said Waldrep and 38-year-old Ricky Dean Ponder were seen selecting perfume and tennis shoes and trying to hide the items in Waldrep’s purse before attempting to leave without paying. The pair were detained by security guards until deputies arrived.

The police report says Waldrep and Ponder admitted to the deputies that they attempted to steal the items and were arrested and issued tickets for first-offense shoplifting under $2,000.

Waldrep was hired by the college in 2012 after she spent four seasons as the assistant basketball coach for the College of Charleston women’s team. Waldrep began her coaching career in 2001 at her alma mater, Newberry College.

Converse College has removed Waldrep’s profile from the school’s athletics page.

Patrick Ingraham contributed to this report

Longtime Fairfield County sheriff resigns

Fairfield County Sheriff Herman Young (Image:  Fairfield County)

Fairfield County Sheriff Herman Young (Image: Fairfield County)

Fairfield County’s sheriff has announced that he will step down from his position after more than two decades of serving the county.

According to The State Newspaper, Sheriff Herman Young said he will tenure his resignation effective Tuesday due to health concerns.

“This has not been an easy decision to make.  On one hand, I have a strong passion to continue serving this great community that has supported me for so many years.  On the other hand, I must think of my health and what really matters in life- my family,” Young said in a statement.

Young, elected in 1992, is the first African-American to serve as Fairfield County’s sheriff.

County officials made a statement listing some of Young’s achievements and programs started during his time as sheriff.

“Young implemented the Summer Kids Camp; the Home Alone Program which has been nationally recognized; selected as Sheriff of the Year by his colleagues; nationally recognized for solving a twenty year old murder; and also was responsible for the largest drug arrest in the history of Fairfield County. Sheriff Young has also served as President of the S.C. Sheriff’s Association,” the statement said.

Governor Nikki Haley also released a statement thanking Young for his service to the county and the state.

“We are proud to celebrate his wonderful years of service,” said Haley in the release. “He is moving on from this post the same way he led the community of Fairfield County, with strength and grace. Michael and I, along with everyone in South Carolina, owe him a debt of gratitude.”

The Sheriff’s Office said Chief Deputy Keith Lewis will act as interim sheriff until voters chose a permanent replacement in an October special election.

Patrick Ingraham contributed to this report

Former Westminster police chief sentenced to two years for embezzlement

Bannister's mug shot after his March 2013 arrest (Image: Oconee County Sheriff's Office)

Bannister’s mug shot after his March 2013 arrest (Image: Oconee County Sheriff’s Office)

A former police chief in Westminster has been sentenced to two years in prison for embezzling thousands of dollars that prosecutors say was supposed to be used to buy protective vests for officers.

46-year-old Johnny Scott Bannister pleaded guilty Monday to embezzlement and misconduct in office, according to the Tenth Circuit Solicitor’s Office. A circuit judge ordered the former chief to pay nearly $114,000 in restitution. He had been police chief in Westminster for 11 years until his resignation in July 2012. Bannister was arrested in March 2013 by the State Law Enforcement Division, seven months after the Oconee County Sheriff’s Office said it noted discrepancies in the town’s funds. Incoming sheriff Mike Crenshaw had been the town’s acting police chief after Bannister’s resignation.

Bannister was accused of stealing more than $100,000 in town funds between January 2009 and July 2012. He was also accused of forging a check in someone else’s name for $1,400.

The former chief apologized in court Monday. His defense attorney Druanne White said her client could not explain his actions.

Prosecutors said the sentence was appropriate. “Scott Bannister betrayed the public trust. His actions were not only criminal but a direct contradiction to the responsibility he had to keep the citizens and taxpayers of Westminster safe from crime,” Tenth Circuit Solicitor Chrissy Adams said in a statement. “I hope that (Monday’s) sentence, which is consistent with that of similar cases in past, will allow the people of Westminster to begin repairing their trust in the police department and know that my office will prosecute anyone who violates the law regardless of their position.”