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TODAY: Sunny with some clouds. High of 90. FORECAST, 8A Index-Journal is published with pride for the people of the Lake- lands. You are important to us. If you miss your paper, please call 223-1413 (before noon on weekends). Inside today's edition ■ ABBY 5A ■ BUSINESS 8A ■ CALENDAR 2A ■ CLASSIFIEDS 6B-8B ■ COMICS 5B ■ EDITORIALS 6A ■ ENTERTAINMENT 5A ■ MARKETS 4B ■ LOTTERY 5A ■ OBITUARIES 4A ■ SPORTS 1B-3B Index-Journal is committed to editorial excellence. To report an error, contact Executive Editor Richard Whiting at 943-2522 or rwhiting@indexjournal.com. 2 SECTIONS, 16 PAGES TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 1, 2015 DAILY 75¢, SUNDAY $1.50 VOL. 97, NO. 183 indexjournal.com State task force issues 50 solutions for curbing domestic violence COLUMBIA — A task force's recommendations for combating domestic violence in South Carolina include training more 911 operators, improving documentation of the crime scene and increasing the num- ber of shelters statewide. Many of the 50 recommendations issued Monday involve uniformly training law enforcement officers statewide on how to investigate domestic violence cases. Gov. Nikki Haley, who created the group by executive order in January, said there's a lot of work to do on recommendations that would seem to be common sense. She said she was shocked, for exam- ple, that officers often don't inter- view children at the scene or even document they were witnesses. Many officers don't interview the victim separately, allowing nonverbal intimi- dation from the abuser. Roughly one in five law enforcement agencies don't even require officers to file a report on a domestic violence call, according to the group's findings. Prosecutors reported that, while photographs are important in getting a conviction, officers had failed to take a photo of the victim in 40 per- cent of their domestic violence cases. Sixty percent had no photo of the crime scene. Haley called it a "kick in the gut" to learn that not all 911 operators are trained on handling domestic vio- lence calls. The Criminal Justice Academy offers a two-week course for 911 operators. But it costs $700 per per- son, and many smaller agencies simply can't afford the school, said Department of Public Safety Director Leroy Smith. "If they don't know the right ques- tions to ask, the officer doesn't know what he's walking into," Haley said. Nationwide, South Carolina con- sistently ranks among the worst per capita in women killed by men. But the extent of the state's domestic vio- lence problem is unknown. The task force discovered there's no uniform reporting system. Some of the recommendations are aimed at supplying reliable numbers. The Legislature passed a law in June that increased penalties for domestic violence convictions and gave prosecutors more options for punishment. Haley asked her group to come up By SEANNA ADCOX Associated Press Ending domestic violence NIKKI HALEY See VIOLENCE, page 4A Four arrested after gun threat What started as a school- yard fight in Abbeville escalated off campus to a point where a gun was drawn. "City and county law e n f o r c e - m e n t , p l u s s c h o o l of f icials, are dedi- c ate d to m a k - i n g t h i s s c h o o l as safe as possible," A b b e v - ille High S c h o o l principal C h a r l e s C o s t n e r s a i d . " I was very h a p p y with how law enforcement handled it. It was handled very profes- sionally and in an efficient manner." According to an inci- dent report, four Abbev- ille High School students were arrested and charged in the incident: — Travious D. Hill, 17, of 109 Cherokke Street in Abbeville — James Albert Camp- bell Jr., 17, of 75 Oakgrove Road — Diokevius Ortrezz Jackson, 17, of 506 Sunset Drive — A minor All were charged with disturbing s cho ol. Hill a n d t h e m i n o r w e r e charged with possession of a weapon on school property. The minor also faces a pointing and pre- senting a weapon charge. The weapon was found in a vehicle after school hours, said Costner. Campbell told officers he was in an argument with By DAMIAN DOMINGUEZ ddominguez@indexjournal.com ■ ABBEVILLE HIGH TRAVIOUS D. HILL JAMES A. CAMPBELL JR. See GUN, page 4A NEED A HERO? PHOTOS BY MARY KATE MCGOWAN | INDEX-JOURNAL United Way supporters from area businesses announce this year's campaign goal of $1.3 million during the United Way's campaign kickoff Monday afternoon. Heather Simmons Jones, left, and Julie Wilkie help launch this year's United Way campaign as the first team of women co-chairs. Deborah Parks, left, and Lindsay Henrichs from Greenwood's United Center welcome campaign coordinators to the kickoff. Superheroes swoop in to kick start United Way campaign Fog crept between the tables and legs of local business people and non- profits at Greenwood's Fire Station 1 mid-day Monday, only to be dis- turbed by two superheroes sweeping in for a big announcement. The superheroes were clad in trou- sers and high-heels and not armor, but they did have capes. Although known in the commu- nity by other titles, Julie Wilkie and Heather Simmons Jones presented themselves as superheroes and co- campaign chairs during the United Way's campaign kickoff. "Women can be heroic, right?" Wilkie, who is Greenwood assistant city manager, said. The first year to have two women as campaign-co-chairs, Wilkie and Simmons Jones are ready to take down and surpass their fundraising goal: $1.3 million. "We're really excited, and we don't want to be outdone," Wilkie said. "Heather and I are both go-getters." With the theme of "Live heroic. Live United," it only seemed fitting to house the campaign kickoff in a fire station. "I think we can all agree that fire- fighters and police officers are every- day heroes," Wilkie said. As Tuesday marks the beginning of the campaign season and will include a golf and softball tournament and other events to engage different demographics, Monday's kickoff helped jump start local fundraising efforts and created enthusiasm for the campaign, which ends Nov. 30. Jones, who is Greenwood Part- nership Alliance CEO when not a campaign superhero, said the event connects employees from contribut- ing companies and offices with the United Way agency partners. "This gives the campaign chairs and the respective workplaces an opportunity to interact with those agencies and also get excited about By MARY KATE McGOWAN mmcgowan@indexjournal.com See HERO, page 4A Want to help? ■ Contact Kendall Gunter, United Way of Greenwood and Abbeville Counties director of resource development, by phone, 864-229-4103, or email, kgunter@unitedway- gac.org. GREENWOOD HALL OF FAME INDUCTEES ANNOUNCED SPORTS 1B

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