Models wanted for fundraiser
The Quad County Alumni chapter of Denmark Technical College is seeking models to participate in its fundraiser program at 5 p.m. Saturday at Trinity Baptist Church, 802 Crawford Road, Rock Hill.
Men in suites and full-figured women are needed to model their own attire. Those interested in participating are asked to arrive at the church at 4:30 p.m. A donation will be accepted to enter the program. The event will help raise money for the school's athletic department. For more details, call Verta P. McCree at 322-7167.
Deputy sues, says he was fired over shoe complaint
BEAUFORT -- A former Beaufort County deputy has sued the sheriff's office, saying he was fired because he complained about the shoes the sheriff made his officers wear.
Lee Harris says he wrote a letter to Sheriff P.J. Tanner in May 2004, saying the shoes were causing foot pain and injuries in officers.
Harris says he was a courthouse officer who spent most of his workday on his feet.
Harris says he was suspended seven months after writing the letter.
The attorney for the sheriff's office says Harris served at the pleasure of the sheriff and was fired for insubordination.
Sheriff's lawyer Marshall Waldron also calls Harris a good guy who thinks he got a raw deal.
Man won't face charges for shooting roommate
SUMMERVILLE -- Prosecutors have decided not to charge a man who shot his roommate three times.
Authorities say 25-year-old Joseph Harriott threw 24-year-old Brian Sessoms out of his Summerville home New Year's Day after Sessoms hit his 16-year-old girlfriend, then warned him he would shoot if he broke back in the home.
Police say Sessoms climbed back into the house through a window on the second floor, and Harriott shot him as he came down the stairs.
Prosecutors say Harriott then tried to treat Sessoms' wound to the stomach, but Sessoms kept fighting. Harriott shot his roommate two more times.
Prosecutor Scarlett Wilson says she decided not to charge Harriott because state law for self-defense says if the first shot is justified, a person can keep shooting until a threat is eliminated.
Charleston wants more firefighters on duty
CHARLESTON -- It will be at least another year before all city fire trucks roll with four firefighters, according to a progress report on improvements at the fire department released Friday.
Requiring four firefighters on every truck was a key safety recommendation after a furniture store blaze that killed nine firefighters in June. It was the single greatest loss of firefighters since the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center.
The report comes after a team of experts made 200 recommendations on everything from protective clothing to training and department administration. Spokesman Mark Ruppel said the department was moving quickly to implement them.
"The report came out Oct. 16 and we're a little over two months. We are very positive about the progress," Ruppel said.
While some changes have already been made, it will be some 18 months before the department can meet the four-man requirement. Currently four firefighters are assigned to city ladder trucks, but vacation and sick time aren't factored in.
"We have to train the firefighters we're hiring. We just can't put them on the truck," Ruppel said.
The city also agreed last month to a new pay structure to reward firefighters more for overtime, which will encourage more firefighters to work overtime to man the trucks.
The city also plans to hire 12 new firefighters a year for the next three years, and last month the city council approved spending $800,000 to purchase new air packs with more capacity for firefighters.
Investigators have said the Sofa Super Store fire started in a loading dock area where employees took cigarette breaks.
The investigation into the cause of the fire continues, Ruppel said.