Originally created 06/20/02

Across South Carolina



Court denies review in 1969 race slaying

YORK, Pa. -The state Superior Court has rejected a request by former York Mayor Charlie Robertson that the court review the merits of the murder charges against him in the death of a black South Carolina woman during the city's 1969 race riots.

The Superior Court, without comment, denied Mr. Robertson's petition.

Attorneys for Mr. Robertson in April appealed a ruling by York County President Judge John C. Uhler, who refused to drop charges against Mr. Robertson in the shooting death of Lillie Belle Allen, 27, of Aiken, on July 21, 1969.

Mr. Robertson's attorneys had argued that the ammunition Mr. Robertson is accused of providing to white gangs did not kill Ms. Allen.

Council revisiting city-vehicle policy

NORTH CHARLESTON -The city is reviewing its policy of letting workers take city vehicles home after police cruisers were seen as far away as Myrtle Beach and at such places as golf courses and tanning salons.

"The bottom line is police cars should not be used for personal use," said A.C. Mitchum, a city councilman. "I've seen them at the golf course. I've seen them in Moncks Corner. I've seen them with officers' children riding in them."

But Police Chief Jon Zumalt says off-duty officers in cruisers give the impression of more police and are an added deterrent to crime.

Feuding candidates sic police on each other

MYRTLE BEACH -Two candidates vying for the Republican nomination for a newly created House seat called the police on each other Tuesday in a dispute over negative campaign materials.

Thad Viers said he called police because he found Helen Smith distributing negative literature about his campaign in a neighborhood near Socastee.

Ms. Smith said she drove to the neighborhood after someone told her Mr. Viers and others were removing the fliers from newspaper boxes.

Woman will command battalion at Citadel

CHARLESTON -A cadet from Montville, N.J., will be the first female battalion commander at The Citadel when cadets return to campus in August.

Amanda Marie Orson, 20, will command one of the four cadet battalions at the state military college and be in charge of about 450 cadets, school officials said.

"I was trying to stray from the female cadet part. I am just one of many," Ms. Orson said.