Originally created 10/07/04

Across South Carolina



Debris dumped on reef must be leveled

BEAUFORT - A contractor working on a road widening project will have to repair an artificial reef created by dumping debris from an old bridge, officials said.

The problem is that some of the debris rises too high and presents a problem for boaters.

The contractor, Balfour Beatty, is working on a $105 million widening of state Route 170 between Beaufort and Okatie. The debris from the old two-lane highway bridge was put on the Parris Island reef.

Bob Martore, artificial reef coordinator for the state Department of Natural Resources, said the company will have to go back out to the reef and spread out the debris.

Abusers may pay if acts affect children

CHARLESTON - A Charleston prosecutor wants to hold abusers responsible for the psychological effects children suffer when they see a parent or guardian beaten.

Assistant prosecutor Linda Seabrook wants to charge people arrested for criminal domestic violence with an additional charge of unlawful conduct toward a child.

Defense attorneys said the charge adds to the punishment but won't stop the crime.

Antonio Wayne Champaigne is one of the first people to face the dual charge of unlawful conduct toward a child and aggravated criminal domestic violence.

Ban on casino boats is unconstitutional

GEORGETOWN - A circuit judge ruled that a Georgetown County ban on casino boats is unconstitutional. County officials say they will appeal Judge Jackson Gregory's order.

Georgetown County was the first in South Carolina to be sued for using home rule powers to stop the boats from operating, even though there is no state law that prohibits the gambling boats from operating offshore.

Greenville businessman Wallace Cheves, the president of Palmetto Princess LLC, challenged the county's use of home rule to keep the businesses out. Home rule, which has been in effect in South Carolina for almost three decades, gives counties more authority to pass laws affecting their areas.

Councilman is arrested on stalking charges

COLUMBIA - A Duncan councilman was arrested Wednesday on stalking charges.

Charles John Hornack, 27, was arrested by State Law Enforcement Division agents. Warrants state that beginning about June 24, Mr. Hornack "did make threats to kill the victim and cut her body up."

Mr. Hornack confronted the victim in a threatening manner in public, and physically barred her from leaving at least once, according to the warrants.

SLED officials did not release the victim's name.