Originally created 12/14/03

Across South Carolina



Suspect in standoff had threatened judge

WARREN, N.H. -More than 20 years ago, the man accused of killing two police officers this week in South Carolina had run-ins with a New Hampshire judge that were deemed so threatening she was given round-the-clock security.

In the early 1980s, Steven, Rita and Arthur Bixby posted signs in Warren demanding that then-Superior Court Judge Linda Dalianis get out of town.

Judge Dalianis is now a New Hampshire Supreme Court justice.

Steven Bixby, 36, and his parents, Rita, 71, and Arthur, 74, are in custody after a 13-hour armed standoff Monday in Abbeville that ended with two officers being killed.

Man killed, two hurt during home invasion

CHARLESTON -Intruders killed a man and severely beat his nephew and 78-year-old aunt at a North Charleston home that was raided by police earlier this year for suspected drug activity, police said.

Two masked men burst into the home at 4:30 a.m. and demanded cash, authorities said. They attacked three residents and a fourth resident jumped out a second-floor window and called police, authorities said.

Lamont Archield, 34, was pronounced dead at the scene from head trauma, said Deputy Coroner Judy Koelpin. Dominick Archield, 18, and Charlotte Moultrie were taken to a hospital with serious wounds, authorities said.

Unreleased drug raid tapes raise questions

CHARLESTON -A prosecutor is questioning why school officials are refusing to publicly release additional surveillance camera recordings from a drug raid at Stratford High School where police drew their weapons and restrained students.

Prosecutor Ralph Hoisington said the additional recordings show students handcuffed in a stairwell for no apparent reason, and at least two officers pointing their weapons directly at students.

Auditor had limited impact on company

GREENVILLE -The chairman of an accounting firm that audited Carolina Investors says his company had a limited impact on how the company ran its business and faulted then-state Attorney General Charlie Condon for allowing the company to continue to sell high-risk unsecured notes.

Todd Mitchell, who heads Greenville accounting firm Elliot Davis, said the company was hired only to audit books for Carolina Investors and its parent company, HomeGold. It was not Elliot Davis accountants' job to analyze or implement recommendations that had to do with how the company ran its business, he said.