Originally created 11/22/04

Across South Carolina



City police often use tasers, report says

ROCK HILL - Rock Hill police use tasers to control people who are punching, kicking or biting, or for suspects who are fleeing or refusing to be handcuffed, according to a newspaper's report.

Rock Hill police came under nationwide scrutiny last month when Officer Hattie Macon used a taser to subdue a 75-year-old woman accused of trespassing.

The Charlotte (N.C.) Observer reviewed incident reports and other police documents detailing the use of tasers since January, when the department equipped patrol officers with the device.

According to department records, police shocked at least 44 people with tasers between January and mid-October - an average of about once a week.

Machinery accident kills 49-year-old man

CHARLESTON - A large piece of machinery came loose from its bolts, striking and killing an electrical worker, authorities said.

Donald Lemen Jr., 49, was running cables underground near the Medical University of South Carolina when the machine hit him in the back at about 12:30 p.m. Saturday, Deputy Coroner Judy Koelpin said.

Trauma medics came out of the hospital to help Mr. Lemen, but he died a few minutes later, authorities said.

Jurors watch video in dogfighting trial

GREENWOOD - Jurors deciding the fate of a Charleston County man on trial for dogfighting watched a videotape of two pit bulls fighting.

The tape, which the jurors viewed Saturday, ended with one of the dogs pacing at the edge of a concrete pit, looking for a way out, The (Greenwood) Index-Journal reported in its Sunday edition.

Saturday was the first full day of testimony in the trial.

Also on Saturday, Dale Cobb, defendant David Tant's attorney, again asked Circuit Court Judge Wyatt Saunders to let Mr. Tant out of jail on bond. The judge denied the motion.

Mr. Tant is charged with 41 counts of dogfighting and assault and battery with intent to kill. Authorities say a railroad company surveyor was shot in the leg after tripping a trap on Mr. Tant's Charleston County property in April.

The trial was moved from Charleston to Greenwood County because of pretrial publicity.