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Police chief ready to take on gang problem

MAULDIN - Police Chief Bryan Turner says he's ready to take on his community's gang problem, a week after eight were arrested in what was called a gang initiation in a high school restroom.

"It's not a problem we can turn our back on," he said.

The Greenville News reported a juvenile who asked to join the Bloods was told that "they would jump him in the gang" in a restroom, according to an incident report.

One of those charged with striking him several times during the Aug. 28 incident has also been charged in a series of area armed robberies.

County considers halt in subdivisions' pace

COLUMBIA - Richland County is considering a proposal to stop construction of large subdivisions for three months so roads and water service can catch up to growth.

The measure, to be discussed Tuesday by a County Council committee, is the first time county leaders have considered putting limits on development.

Some residents are asking for more controls to relieve traffic congestion and preserve the countryside.

However, homebuilders, bankers and real estate agents say a moratorium would slow an already slowing economy around the state capital.

Man molested as child by officer sues town

SPARTANBURG - A man who was molested as a child by a Duncan police officer is suing the town and its fire department, claiming both were negligent in the case.

The victim was 12 when he and two other boys were assaulted by former officer Joseph Dale White in 2000 and 2001. The Associated Press usually does not identify victims of sexual assault.

Mr. White, 35, was sentenced to 20 years in prison in 2003 after admitting to misconduct in office and committing lewd acts on three boys, ages 12 through 16, while on duty.


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