Originally created 12/15/03

Across South Carolina



State's National Guard sees heavy action

COLUMBIA -South Carolina is one of eight states that has had more than half of its National Guard mobilized since the Sept. 11 attacks, according to a National Guard Bureau report.

About 6,000 South Carolina National Guard members have been mobilized or alerted since the attacks. That is about 60 percent of the soldiers and airmen in the state's Army and Air National Guard.

Currently, 2,100 are on active duty and 1,200 are in Iraq. Another 1,000 Guard members, all of whom will head to Iraq, will be called up in the next three weeks.

South Carolina ranks 26th in population but boasts the 10th-largest National Guard in the nation.

Forum hears students' accounts about raid

GOOSE CREEK -Students told their side of the story about the police raid on Stratford High School to a community forum that included the Rev. Jesse Jackson.

Ninth-grader Carl Alexander told the crowd of about 50 who met Saturday night at a church that a coach pulled $3 from his pocket during the raid.

"I said, 'My mother gave it to me for lunch,"' the youth said. "He just rolled his eyes."

The raid, captured on surveillance cameras and other videotape, showed Goose Creek officers with their weapons drawn moving through a hallway lined with students on the floor. A police dog sniffed drug residue on several book bags, but no illegal narcotics were found.

Seventeen students have filed a civil suit in federal court against Goose Creek and the Berkeley County school district, alleging they were terrorized during the raid.

Police charge woman in father's death

CATAWBA -A York County woman has been charged with murder in the shooting death of her father.

Janice C. Smith, 49, of Catawba, also was charged with possession of a firearm during the commission of a violent crime after she was arrested Friday.

George Clark, 73, of Catawba, died Thursday night of three gunshot wounds in his chest, York County Coroner Doug McKown said.

York County authorities recovered the small-caliber weapon in some woods about two miles from the crime scene, sheriff's Lt. Tim Hager said.