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Sep 7, 2009

Michigan coach sued in S.C. over Va. condo deal

COLUMBIA (AP) — Michigan head football coach Rich Rodriguez has been sued in federal court by a bank claiming he failed to pay back millions on a loan for a struggling Virginia condominium project, according to court documents. The suit filed Aug. 13 in U.S. District Court in Spartanburg and served on Rodriguez at his […]

Sep 7, 2009

Judge: Ex-Greenville County councilman must go to prison

GREENVILLE (AP) — A federal judge has told a former Greenville County councilman he can appeal his conviction of illegally accessing the county administrator’s computer from prison. The Greenville News reported that U.S. District Judge Henry Floyd was angry with Tony Trout about a suggesting he was pressured by the family of U.S. Attorney Walt […]

Sep 7, 2009

Hearing wraps up for S.C. man in Zoloft case

WINNSBORO (AP) — Testimony has concluded in the hearing that will determine if a South Carolina man who was 12 when he killed his grandparents will get a new trial. Christopher Pittman testified late last month during the hearing in Winnsboro. He said he would have taken a potential plea deal if he’d had more […]

Sep 7, 2009

Feds: 3 more plead guilty in $5 million DSS scheme

COLUMBIA (AP) — Federal authorities say three more people have admitted to participating in a scheme prosecutors say defrauded the South Carolina social services agency out of more than $5 million. U.S. Attorney Walt Wilkins says 51-year-old Jacqueline Smith Ross, 55-year-old Dianne White and 28-year-old Lenardo Demarctics Smith pleaded guilty to theft of federal program […]

Sep 7, 2009

Clemson councilwoman denies forgery, other allegations

CLEMSON (AP) — A Clemson city councilwoman facing forgery, obstruction of justice and other charges says none of the allegations against her is true and the case is a farce. Prosecutors say Elouise James lied about her daughter having cancer to get her out of legal trouble, even forging a letter from the Cancer Centers […]

Sep 7, 2009

Avondale Mills appeals injunction on water rates

AIKEN (AP) — Avondale Mills has filed an appeal challenging a South Carolina court’s order that stops it from collecting higher water rates from its customers. The Aiken Standard reported that the former Graniteville mill owner has filed an appeal with the South Carolina Supreme Court. Avondale Mills won the higher rates in June, saying […]

Aug 10, 2009

Judge mulls whether to make Charleston defendant in fire suit

CHARLESTON — An attorney for the furniture store where nine Charleston firefighters perished in a blaze two years ago argued last week that the city of Charleston should be a defendant in a lawsuit arising from the disaster. “The city’s response to the fire was largely the cause of the deaths of these firefighters,” Richard […]

Aug 3, 2009

Court reprimands ex-judge charged with larceny

COLUMBIA (AP) — South Carolina’s highest court has reprimanded a former county magistrate who had been charged with larceny. The state Supreme Court on July 27 issued a public reprimand against former Lexington County Magistrate Jamie T. Lucas. Lucas, his wife and their friend were arrested in January 2008 and charged with petit larceny after […]

Jul 27, 2009

Justice Dept. relocating some operations to USC

The U.S. Department of Justice is relocating some of its U.S. attorney operations from Washington to South Carolina under a 20-year lease agreement with the state’s flagship university, officials announced last week. The federal agency will be relocating its Executive Office for United States Attorneys to the building that now houses the University of South […]

Jul 27, 2009

Around the State

DUI charge against Solicitor Giese dropped CHARLESTON (AP) — A drunken driving charge against the chief prosecutor for two South Carolina counties has been dropped in exchange for a plea to lesser charges. The State newspaper of Columbia reported that Fifth Circuit Solicitor Barney Giese pleaded guilty to two traffic offenses that carry no jail […]

Jul 20, 2009

State Briefs

Judge: Teen not guilty in homeless man’s death MYRTLE BEACH An Horry County teen has been found not guilty of killing a homeless man more than three years ago. The Sun News of Myrtle Beach reported that Circuit Judge Steven John ruled there was not enough evidence to send Bilal Harris’ case to the jury. […]

Jul 20, 2009

Probe of school's test scores has no conclusion

CHARLESTON — A state probe into alleged tampering on a standardized test at a struggling, inner-city Charleston school has ended without conclusions or arrests, leaving lingering questions over how test scores shot up so dramatically. Before the investigation, Sanders-Clyde Elementary a predominantly black school in Charleston with a poverty index of more than 99 percent […]

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