Originally created 01/03/06

Across South Carolina



New officer to be suspended for DUI

CHARLESTON - A Moncks Corner officer fresh from the police academy will be suspended after her arrest on drunken-driving charges, police Chief Chad Caldwell says.

Summer R. Cassels, 25, was arrested Sunday morning, said North Charleston Police Department spokesman Spencer Pryor.

Officer Cassels graduated Sept. 30 from the state Criminal Justice Academy.

Man with bloody shirt admits killing woman

ST. GEORGE - State troopers say bloody clothes worn by a driver during a traffic stop helped investigators solve the killing of a North Carolina woman before her body was discovered.

A South Carolina trooper pulled over Christopher Levon Terry, 42, of Dunn, N.C., for speeding Saturday night on Interstate 95 near St. George, said Dorchester County Sheriff's Lt. Tom Marshall.

Mr. Terry's shirt was covered in blood, and he told the trooper he had killed 83-year-old Alice West McNair in her Newton Grove home. Troopers called authorities in North Carolina, who found Ms. McNair's body.

Suit claims beaches aren't fit for disabled

MYRTLE BEACH - A lawsuit saying the beaches in Myrtle Beach aren't accessible to the disabled has been filed in federal court.

The lawsuit says the city constructed a walkway to the beach with steps over what was previously a flat route. It also says Myrtle Beach's portable bathrooms lack bars for the disabled and the handicapped parking is flawed.

Linda Vandeusen, of Columbia, and Edward Law, of Orlando, Fla., are asking for undisclosed monetary damages and an injunction forcing the city to comply with state and federal laws concerning access for the disabled.

County uses grant to hire investigator

MYRTLE BEACH - Horry County has used a federal grant to hire a special investigator to handle cases involving violence against women.

Since January 2005, there have been 16 deaths in Horry and Georgetown counties from domestic violence, more than each of the previous two years, officials said.

South Carolina ranks sixth in the nation for women killed by men.

- Edited from wire reports