Originally created 11/18/02

Across South Carolina



State investigates juvenile justice leader

GREENVILLE -The State Law Enforcement Division is investigating whether the director of the state's juvenile justice agency ordered the destruction of public records.

The review comes after a request by two Republican lawmakers.

House Majority Leader Rick Quinn and House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jim Harrison released an affidavit from a DJJ employee who said she had been asked three times by Department of Juvenile Justice Director Gina Wood to destroy records the Republicans sought in a Freedom of Information Act request.

The lawmakers had asked for records from several agencies to determine whether Gov. Jim Hodges had requested agencies to send business to a client of his former chief of staff.

Homeless figures are rising, officials say

COLUMBIA -It's difficult to know how many people are homeless in South Carolina, but officials think the problem is getting worse.

"Our last study we did showed that 800 students didn't have homes and were forced to double up with other families or move around from place to place," said Deborah Boone, who works with homeless children in Richland School District 1.

Homeless people told their stories and activists called for action at a statewide rally this weekend to show solidarity with South Carolina's homeless.

Former officer faces charges in assault

SPARTANBURG -A former Spartanburg Public Safety officer accused of using too much force during an arrest has been charged with aggravated assault.

Patricia Ann Moss was fired in August after the alleged victim filed a complaint with the department for the July incident.

Police investigate nightclub shooting

CHARLESTON -Police are investigating the death of a man shot outside a North Charleston nightclub.

Keith Coardes, 32, died at Medical University Hospital from gunshot wounds, Charleston County Coroner Susan Chewning said.

Mr. Coardes ran into the Grieve Land club and asked people inside for help before he collapsed, Capt. Mary Henderson said.

Police searched the area near the nightclub. It was not clear where the shooting happened or what led to it, Capt. Henderson said.