Across South Carolina

TV show prompts leads in murder case


HAMPTON - New leads recently have been generated in a 2-year-old case concerning Daniel Hiers, a former Hampton resident who was identified by authorities as the person wanted in the death of his wife, Ludimila, on March 15, 2005, police said.

Mr. Hiers, a former Town of Hampton and City of Charleston police officer, was featured for a third time on America's Most Wanted on April 14.

"The show always generates leads, and we're following up on all of them," United States Marshals Office public relations officer Tim Stec said.

Police believe Mrs. Hiers was shot with a handgun while lying in bed March 15, 2005.

Principal reassigned during investigation

GREENWOOD - Former Ware Shoals High School Principal Jane Blackwell has been reassigned to work in the school district's technology department, officials said.

Ms. Blackwell was charged with obstruction of justice in January during an investigation of allegations of misconduct by the school's cheerleading coach.

Sheriff's investigators said Ms. Blackwell knew about the misconduct but did not report it. Ms. Blackwell has denied any wrongdoing.

School district trustees decided Tuesday to reassign Ms. Blackwell until the criminal case is over.

Contractor chosen for courthouse project

HAMPTON - Brunson Construction Co. of Hampton will be the general contractor for the upcoming renovation of the Hampton County Courthouse.

The county council voted to accept Brunson Construction's bid of $5.4 million for the work.

Brunson Construction was the lowest bidder on the project. All bids were at least a million dollars over the $4.3 million the county had estimated for the work.

Officials said one reason for the bids coming in higher than expected appears to be concerns over the exact nature of work that will need to be done

Judge throws out suit against hospital

HILTON HEAD ISLAND - A federal lawsuit claiming a Hilton Head Island hospital and a former cardiologist performed unnecessary heart procedures during a three-year period has been dismissed.

U.S. District Judge Patrick M. Duffy ruled the suit should not be heard because it was filed too late and relied on information that previously had been publicly disclosed.

In the suit, Dr. Bruce Lowman claimed that as many as two-thirds of the therapeutic cardiac catheterizations performed by Dr. James D. Johnston between 1997 and 2000 were medically unnecessary and done in violation of the law.

- Edited from wire reports