Originally created 03/15/03

Across South Carolina

Former fire official is accused of embezzling

ANDERSON - A former chief and treasurer of the Homeland Park volunteer fire station in Anderson County has been arrested and charged with embezzling.

State Law Enforcement Division agents arrested 39-year-old Phillip K. McAlister at his home Thursday on a charge of breach of trust for more than $5,000, officials said.

The warrant did not include the amount of money investigators accused Mr. McAlister of embezzling.

School fires substitute after marijuana class

CLINTON - A substitute teacher at an elementary school has been dismissed after being charged with contributing to the delinquency of a minor.

Rose Marie Baldwin, 18, of Clinton, is accused of instructing fifth-grade pupils at M.S. Bailey Elementary School about the cultivation, processing, packaging and selling of marijuana.

The warrant also charges that one pupil was confronted in a violent manner and that a teacher made threats that if anyone reported the incident she would have her boyfriend "do a drive-by at their house."

Ms. Baldwin was arrested after parents complained to the district and police, authorities said.

Access will be limited for King Day debate

GREENVILLE - Security will be tighter and access will be limited to the Greenville County Council's Tuesday night meetings as debate continues over the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday.

Council meetings have been overflowing with 350 people or more since the Rev. Jesse Jackson has been pressing the council to establish a holiday. Now, only 217 people will be allowed inside the chambers. They will have to pass through a metal detector to get into the meeting room, signs and flags will be prohibited, and more deputies will be on hand, officials said.

Black Hawk helicopter fells utility pole

CHARLESTON - A Black Hawk helicopter used by an Army medical unit clipped and severed a utility pole Friday as it was taxiing to refuel.

There were no injuries, authorities said.

The helicopter was one of seven from Fort Bragg, N.C., that landed in Charleston, officials said.

Officials said there were no injuries, but they did not immediately have additional details.


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