Originally created 11/05/04

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Officer shoots man during drug sting

CHARLESTON - A North Charleston policeman shot and killed a man who police say fired at officers during a drug sting at Northwoods Mall.

Police Chief Jon Zumalt said that the sting was set up by undercover officers and that uniformed police showed up to make the arrest.

"Our police unit pulled up behind the vehicle," he said. "Two officers approached the vehicle, one on the driver side and one on the passenger side."

Chief Zumalt said the passenger got out of the car and fired at the officer.

He said the officer was not hit and no one else at the scene was injured.

The dead man was identified Thursday as Jamar Antwan West, 20, of North Charleston.

The driver of the car, Lavon S. Drayton, 18, of Johns Island, was charged with trafficking cocaine and possession with intent to distribute near a school.

Lawmaker marks end of campaign, shots

ST. GEORGE - Rep. George Bailey celebrated twice Tuesday - first when he got his final rabies shot after being bitten by a dog while campaigning and again when he retained his House seat.

Mr. Bailey had to run hard after Democrats targeted him for defeat after his switch to the Republican party in March.

Election Day also marked the end of rabies treatment for the longtime lawmaker, who was bitten by a stray dog while campaigning in early October.

The dog nipped Mr. Bailey on the leg after he left campaign literature at a home in Dorchester, then followed him to a couple of other houses. By the time Mr. Bailey realized the bite had broken his skin, the dog had run away.

But with the shots over and another two-year term secure, Mr. Bailey can laugh about the incident. For one thing, he said, he's not sure if it was a yellow-dog Democrat that bit him.

Strong odor shuts down sewage plant

GOOSE CREEK - A strong odor, believed to come from an area industry, forced the Berkeley County Water and Sanitation Authority to send 45 workers home and close the offices of its sewage treatment plant on the Charleston Naval Weapons Station.

Only workers who operated sewage treatment remained on the job Wednesday at the plant.

"We think it came from one of our industries, but we don't know which one," Berkeley County Supervisor Jim Rozier said.