Originally created 05/17/02

Across South Carolina



78-year-old charged in husband's death

GREENVILLE -A 78-year-old woman has been charged with shooting and killing her husband earlier this week.

Sara Louise Jackson, of Greenville, was charged with murder of James Leon Jackson, 77, at their home.

Mr. Jackson was shot in the neck and chest and died minutes later, said Mark Edmonds, of the Greenville County coroner's office.

Mrs. Jackson was released on a $25,000 bond in the custody of her daughter, Peggy Jackson, 57, who lived with the couple.

Mrs. Jackson suffers from diabetes, high blood pressure and heart problems, sheriff's Sgt. James McCann said.

It would have been expensive to keep her in the county jail and she poses no flight risk, Sgt. McCann said.

Bond release upheld in urine-sale case

GREENVILLE -A Marietta man convicted of selling his urine has not violated the terms of his bond with his Internet business, a Circuit Court judge says.

Kenneth E. Curtis, owner of Privacy Protection Services, has been free on a $30,000 bond while he appeals his December conviction of violating a new state law banning the sale of urine to defraud a drug test.

Prosecutors argued that Mr. Curtis has violated the bond terms because he continues to sell kits that include rubber hoses, and heating packs that could allow someone to pass a drug screening.

Developers win battle to build on wetlands

COLUMBIA -Developers have won a court battle in their quest to begin building on isolated wetlands in the state, but environmental officials are confident the state Supreme Court will overturn the decision.

Circuit Judge Thomas Kemmerlin's ruling limits the ability of the state Office of Ocean and Coastal Resource Management to regulate development on the swampy depressions that are not connected to waterways.

Clean Beaches Council honors clean coasts

WASHINGTON -Beaches in 17 states and the U.S. Virgin Islands have been declared safe and clean ahead of the summer season by a nonprofit watchdog group.

In South Carolina, the beach at the Isle of Palms was deemed adequate in public safety, cleanliness and environmental quality, according to the Clean Beaches Council of Fredericksburg, Va.