Originally created 09/22/03

Across South Carolina



Officer kills man during drive to jail

LEXINGTON -Officials with the State Law Enforcement Division are investigating how a South Congaree police officer killed a Lexington man who tried to grab the officer's handgun.

Officer Jason Pruitt, 31, was shot in the hand as he struggled with Leavy Costell Rish, who was being taken to the Lexington County jail Saturday, officials said.

Mr. Rish, 44, leaped through a window between the front and back seats of the patrol car and tried to grab Officer Pruitt's gun, said Jake Moore, the town attorney for South Congaree.

Mr. Rish was shot many times, Mr. Moore said.

Authorities arrest man in beating death

SPARTANBURG -A Spartanburg man has been charged with murder in the beating death of another man.

A newspaper carrier found the victim's body early Saturday on a secondary road near Interstate 26 and South Carolina Highway 11.

Ronnie Lee Cash, 34, was arrested after he was spotted by police driving the victim's car, Spartanburg County sheriff's Lt. Ron Gahagan said.

Lt. Gahagan said authorities are working to identify the body.

Citadel graduate's gift to fund ethics program

COLUMBIA -The Citadel will use a gift from a 1963 graduate to pay for a $2 million ethics and leadership program.

Retired Gen. John Grinalds, the president of South Carolina's military college, announced the program at a recent budget presentation to state officials.

The Krause Initiative in Leadership is being funded with a gift from Citadel graduate William Krause.

Leading the effort for the initiative is retired Army Lt. Col. Jeffrey Weart, a former chief of staff of the U.S. Military Academy at West Point.

Satellite failure stops educational broadcast

COLUMBIA -A satellite used by South Carolina Educational Television has stopped working, meaning pupils from kindergarten through college won't receive instruction via closed-circuit television for several weeks.

The Telestar4 satellite used to beam the programs into schools began malfunctioning Friday. Tom Fowler, ETV's vice president of broadcasting, said a plan is under way to switch to another satellite.

Mr. Fowler said the Loral Space and Communications Ltd. satellite's main power supply failed.