Originally created 01/12/04

Across South Carolina



Man gets 15 years for shooting deputy, dog

CHARLESTON -A Summerville man convicted of shooting Dorchester County sheriff's Deputy Michael Deese and his police dog in April has been sentenced to 15 years in prison.

Timothy M. Phillips was found guilty of assault and battery with intent to kill, malicious injury to a police dog and possession of a firearm during the commission of a violent crime, deputies said.

Deputy Deese and his dog, Bailey, were on their way to a domestic dispute when Mr. Phillips' wife, Ashley, flagged them down. She said her husband had a loaded shotgun.

Mr. Phillips came out of the bushes. Deputy Deese ordered him to drop the gun, but the man began firing. Deputy Deese shot back from inside his car.

The deputy was hit in the arm, face and chest with birdshot. The 4-year-old bloodhound was also hit. Both recovered.

Black educators hear speech from Braun

MYRTLE BEACH -Democratic presidential candidate Carol Moseley Braun visited the Grand Strand this weekend, but she didn't visit Georgetown Steel to talk about job loss like most of the candidates.

Instead, she talked about education. The former ambassador and U.S. senator from Illinois attended the South Carolina Alliance of Black School Educators' winter meeting at Kingston Plantation.

She said South Carolina's problem with education is the same as that of many other states: Federal education spending is being shoved off on the state level, and states can't keep up.

Charleston agency shrinks bus service

CHARLESTON -With Charleston's bus service curtailed, people might have to rely more on cabs to get around.

On Sunday, the Charleston Area Regional Transportation Authority began operating only about a third of its usual routes because of a state Supreme Court decision that has left it one of the state's most cash-strapped public transportation concerns.

The decision threw out the results of a referendum that raised Charleston County's sales tax by a half-cent on the dollar. In August, justices said the ballot wording on a referendum on the tax, earmarked for transportation items, appeared to favor passage.

More than a dozen local elected officials, concerned about the wording of the question, sued after the tax passed by 865 votes out of about 100,000 ballots cast.