Originally created 01/20/05

Across South Carolina

Attorneys, justices discuss ad changes

COLUMBIA - There will be no more calling in the "heavy hitter" or the "strong arm" if the state Supreme Court approves a change to its ethics guidelines that bars attorneys from using such nicknames in advertising.

On Wednesday, the high court heard from attorneys and law professors on proposed changes to the guidelines, which govern the state's 11,500 licensed attorneys.

Chief Justice Jean Toal said attorneys can advertise without using nicknames that imply their skills are superior to those of other lawyers.

Officers are paid less than peers in region

COLUMBIA - Rank-and-file law enforcement, prison and parole officers are paid far less in South Carolina than their peers in other Southeastern states, a new report shows.

Entry-level Highway Patrol troopers earn $26,632 a year in South Carolina, $8,300 less than their counterparts in neighboring states, the report from the state Budget and Control Board's Office of Human Resources said.

The pay disparity is smaller among Highway Patrol lieutenants, captains and majors, the report said. Its 14 captains are paid 1.4 percent below the region average, and its 39 lieutenants are paid 5 percent less.

The report recommends higher pay for nonsupervisory troopers, State Law Enforcement Division agents, Natural Resources officers, some prison officers and some troopers in first-level supervisory positions.

Police say man tricked relatives of victim

COLUMBIA - A man charged with killing his pregnant girlfriend used her credit cards and her car to travel through the Southeast and sent her family cell phone messages so they would think she was all right, police say.

Christopher Commander, 32, was arrested last week in a New Orleans hotel, Richland County deputies said.

Deputies found the body of Gervonya Goodwin, 34, in her Hopkins home Jan. 7. She hadn't been seen since late November.

Man died of natural causes, not in fire

LEXINGTON - Authorities have identified a victim in a West Columbia house fire.

Lexington County Coroner Harry Harman said Charles H. Derrick, 77, died Tuesday of natural causes and not as a result of the 1:30 p.m. fire.


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