Accused molester recovering after suicide attempt

July 11, 2007

NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.---A former North Augusta city official accused of molesting a young boy 30 years ago is out of the hospital after an apparent suicide attempt. Investigators continue to build the case against Ed Meloan after the 74-year-old was arrested last Thursday (July 5) and charged with a lewd act on a minor.

Meloan was hospitalized over the weekend after his wife found him unresponsive in their home with empty pill bottles nearby.

The South Carolina Law Enforcement Division says the investigation is ongoing, and they're asking anyone with information about the case to call (803) 642-2076 or e-mail

Law enforcement sources tell News 12 they've had a number of people coming forward with information.

Before his time on the North Augusta Planning Commission- Meloan was host of "Shock Theater," a late night horror show on WRDW-TV during the 1970s.

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  • by Tiffany Location: Atlanta on Jul 31, 2007 at 02:53 PM
    Richard Roundtree is a poor excuse for a sargeant.
  • by Muffin Location: Appling on Jul 16, 2007 at 09:50 AM
    yeah...30 years ago.....we have people with issues when someone walks up to your car while you are at a redlight....asking for 74 they can go & buy illegal stuff!!!!!
  • by Calvin Location: Hephzibah on Jul 13, 2007 at 10:37 AM
    30 years ago!! we need to concentrate on all the unsolved murders that are constantly building up. Roundtree and the rest will not take action until its at there doorstep...
  • by sheila Location: usa on Jul 12, 2007 at 08:27 PM
    I just wonder how many more folks just like him needs to be found out about?
  • by Claude Pierce Location: Waynesboro on Jul 12, 2007 at 12:43 PM
    Thats scary....I used to stay up late to watch that show....& i would have nightmares....i am gonna really have them now.........wasn't he Count Just Insane on that show....maybe he really was insane.
  • by LISA STEWART Location: HARRISBURG on Jul 12, 2007 at 12:29 PM
    I was scared as a child watching the show,but now I'm really scared knowing he is walking the street.
  • by Barbara Hillis Location: Thomson on Jul 12, 2007 at 12:29 PM
    I remember him....I always thought something was wrong with him.
  • by Diana Kitchens Location: Burke County on Jul 12, 2007 at 08:58 AM
    You mean while I was a child watching that show he did that??? & what took so long for someone to come forward??
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