Originally created 06/26/02

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Town loses its third police chief in 5 years

PENDLETON -Pendleton Mayor Carol Burdette says it could take a year to replace the town's police chief - the third it has lost in five years.

Ken Arthur, chief since September 2000, resigned Thursday, saying he could not discuss why under terms of a settlement.

Ms. Burdette said she could not discuss reasons for Chief Arthur's resignation or reveal terms of the settlement.

Former chief Robert Griffin had left the department in June 2000 after only eight months on the job, saying the town did not adequately support the department. Gene Cope, Chief Griffin's predecessor, had resigned after 18 months to head security at Lander University.

County board rejects plan for plastics plant

MONCKS CORNER -The Berkeley County Council has refused to rezone a site in the Sangaree community to allow construction of a plastics plant.

The council voted 6-2 Monday against rezoning the area outside Summerville for the proposed plant. Coronet wanted to make toothbrush handles at the plant.

Residents expressed worries that the plant would increase truck traffic, noise and odors.

Mom's boyfriend goes to jail for child's death

COLUMBIA -A 28-year-old man has been sentenced to 35 years in prison for killing the 2-year-old son of his teen-age girlfriend.

Toriano Green pleaded guilty Monday to homicide by child abuse. He must serve at least 85 percent of his sentence before he is eligible for parole.

Jatavius Moorer bled to death in April 2001 from a slashed liver after being punched. The boy's body showed signs of earlier beatings.

Jatavius' mother, 19-year-old Daineller Moorer, was charged with accessory after the fact. That charge is pending, assistant prosecutor Luck Campbell said.

Police confiscate gambling machines

CLINTON -Police have seized 11 video gambling machines and are trying to determine who owns them.

An officer on patrol Saturday found the machines while investigating a break-in at a store, Clinton Police Chief Carroll Barker said. The machines were seized Monday.

Video gambling payouts were outlawed in 2000, and the machines have been illegal since July 1 of that year.