Crime & Courts

Student charged in pornography case

A Lexington County high school student has been charged with distributing child pornography.

Matthew Craig Ulmer, 18, who went to Airport High School, is accused of having sexually explicit photos of children on his home computer, according to a news release Friday from the S.C. Law Enforcement Division.

According to arrest warrants, Ulmer is accused of distributing child pornography to two undercover SLED agents Dec. 7.

He was charged Thursday with two counts of second-degree sexual exploitation of a minor.

Agents confiscated material from his home in Lexington, the news release said.

The case will be prosecuted by the S.C. Attorney Generals Office.

- Dawn Hinshaw

Inmate to be moved from Death Row

The longest inhabitant of South Carolina's Death Row will not be executed for raping and killing a 75-year-old widow.

The Greenwood County clerk of court's office said Friday that Circuit Judge Mark Hayes has ordered that 51-year-old Edward Lee Elmore be sentenced to life instead. Hayes wrote in his 22-page order that Elmore could not be executed because he is mentally retarded.

Elmore has been on Death Row since 1982. He has been sentenced to death three times for the 1982 murder of Dorothy Edwards. The widow was stabbed 52 times.

Corrections Department officials said Friday they had not received the order and did not know when Elmore would be moved from death row.

- The Associated Press

Russell stepping down as tech college chief

Barry Russell, head of the state's technical college system, informed staffers this week of his intention to retire. Russell will officially step down on May 31.

Russell has served in his position since 2006.

The state's technical college system consists of 16 schools around the state that serve more than 200,000 students.

- Staff reports

Two police officers fired for alleged remarks

NORTH MYRTLE BEACH - Two police officers in the South Carolina coast town have been fired after allegations they made vulgar, sexual remarks about co-workers and crime victims.

Media outlets reported that a North Myrtle Beach spokeswoman issued a statement Thursday that police Maj. Walt Floyd and Lt. Don Repec had been fired.

Floyd was the interim director of the public safety department, replacing William Bailey, who was demoted to lieutenant for lying to city officials about the theft of his police handgun from his truck.

Repec headed the investigations division.

The statement from city spokeswoman Nicole Aiello did not provide details. Mayor Marilyn Hatley said the City Council stands by the decision by city manager John Smithson.

Neither officer could be reached for comment.

- The Associated Press

Band director accused of sex with student

BAMBERG - Police say the band director at a South Carolina high school had sex with a 14-year-old student twice at Bamberg-Ehrhardt High School.

The Times and Democrat of Orangeburg reported arrest warrants were issued Thursday for 36-year-old Michael Miller for two counts of lewd act on a minor under 16 and two counts of second-degree criminal sexual conduct with a minor.

Bamberg police say Miller had sex with the girl in August and December in the school's band room.

Police say Miller's wife is an assistant principal at the high school and confronted the girl. Miller's wife was not charged and school officials say she won't be punished.

Miller's attorney says he has resigned from the school, but didn't want to talk more until he spoke further with his client.

- The Associated Press

Court hears bike rally helmet lawsuits

MYRTLE BEACH - The state Supreme Court heard arguments this week over whether a city can require motorcycle riders to wear helmets, despite the lack of a state law requiring it.

State law doesn't require riders 21 years and older to wear helmets. But officials in Myrtle Beach passed 15 ordinances in 2008 to better regulate the two growing bike rallies held there each year.

Residents for years had complained about noise, lewd behavior and road congestion that at times cut off access to some parking lots. One of the laws approved was a requirement that all motorcycle riders wear helmets.

The court heard from litigants in two lawsuits Wednesday. The court will rule later.

- The Associated Press