Originally created 04/13/02

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Punished officers stay on slaying case

MYRTLE BEACH -Four Horry County Police detectives, who authorities said were disciplined for continuing to question a suspect after he asked for a lawyer, will not be pulled from the case.

The officers continue to work the slaying case because "we have limited resources with the expertise to do this kind of investigation," Chief Paul Goward said.

The prosecutor approved the move after Chief Goward assured him the detectives would have no more contact with the suspect, 19-year-old Jeremy Williams, who has been charged with killing a man at his home in February.

Two men charged in tennis pro's death

COLUMBIA -Authorities have charged two men in the 1996 shooting death of a Blythewood tennis pro outside a popular nightclub, clearing a third man in the case, prosecutor Barney Giese said.

Antonio Darrell Hudson, 26, and Dante Ricardo Scott, 24, who were already in the Lexington County jail on federal gun possession charges, were charged after police pieced together years of investigation.

Until new leads began developing four years ago, federal and state investigators had only an inkling about who killed John Newcomb, 33, and attacked a 35-year-old woman.

SLED investigates coroner over fees

GEORGETOWN -The State Law Enforcement Division has launched a preliminary inquiry into a complaint that Georgetown County Coroner Kenny Johnson kept $720 in fees in his personal bank account for a year.

Agents say they will look into allegations Mr. Johnson charged fees for copies of certain reports and deposited the money in his personal bank account for two years.

Police arrest pair after 15-mile chase

GAFFNEY -A Spartanburg couple faces charges of assault and battery with intent to kill after leading police on a chase that damaged five patrol cars, Gaffney police say.

The chase began after Wal-Mart employees called authorities to report a shoplifting. A man and a woman sped off in a car and refused to pull over.

Five patrol cars pursued the car along Interstate 85 for more than 15 miles at speeds of up to 80 miles per hour.

Two patrol cars boxed the vehicle in, eventually forcing the driver to stop, authorities said.