Originally created 04/12/06

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Councilman not guilty of simple assault

FLORENCE - A jury has found Florence City Councilman Ed Robinson not guilty of simple assault in an incident that happened at a council meeting nearly two years ago.

At the Sept. 13, 2004, council meeting, Mr. Robinson shook his finger at Florence resident Murray Jordan and said, "We don't need no racist on the civic center commission," after Mr. Jordan had been appointed to the Florence City-County Civic Center Commission, the (Florence) Morning News reported.

Mr. Robinson's attorney Cheveron T. Scott said the councilman and Mr. Jordan had a long-running feud, but no crime happened. He pointed out Mr. Jordan was turned down four times before getting a warrant signed against Mr. Robinson.

Former councilman Maitland Chase said Mr. Robinson's behavior toward Mr. Jordan was disgraceful.

"There is no place for that type of behavior in council chambers," he testified.

Driver pleads guilty to DUI in child's death

COLUMBIA - A Kershaw County man has pleaded guilty to felony DUI in a crash that killed a 5-year-old boy riding his bike near his home.

Donald Earl Brown, 42, will remain in jail until he is sentenced at a later date, Circuit Court Judge Casey Manning said Monday after Mr. Brown's guilty plea.

Mr. Brown's license has been suspended four times, according to his driving record.

Mr. Brown ran over Sullivan Daniel Spradley on Father's Day in his Jeep Grand Cherokee after drinking with friends, said his lawyer, William Tetterton.

Defense secretary will address Citadel cadets

CHARLESTON - Marine Corps Gen. Peter Pace, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, will deliver the commencement address at The Citadel on May 6.

Gen. Pace, the first Marine to serve as the top military adviser to the president and defense secretary, was invited by Citadel President Lt. Gen. John Rosa, the school said Tuesday.

State investigates ex-police captain

BEAUFORT - State Law Enforcement Division agents opened an investigation into former Port Royal police Capt. Roger Karr in March for his possible involvement in an illegal video poker operation, Town Manager Van Willis says.

Mr. Karr resigned two months earlier after an internal investigation by the town prompted by the arrest of his fiancee Kathy Rose Byers. SLED said she operated an illegal gambling parlor in Burton.

- Edited from wire reports