Originally created 05/31/97

Local and area briefs



Murder confirmed in recent killing

Weapon test results Friday confirmed the murderer in a recent Turpin Hill slaying, said Richmond County Chief Deputy Ronald Strength.

The test results from the state crime lab in Atlanta confirmed that the .38 caliber pistol used to kill Robert Law Jr. on Mar. 30 at the corner of Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard and Mill Street belonged to Fred Willie Burton Jr., 19, Chief Deputy Strength said.

The gun was recovered on Mr. Burton's dead body after he was gunned down April 13 in a retaliation shooting, Chief Deputy Strength said. The two shootings were among a string of violence in Turpin Hill that mobilized citizens groups in the neighborhood.

The test Friday is similar to one Tennessee officials are using on James Earl Ray's rifle to determine definitively if it was the weapon that killed Martin Luther King Jr.

Drew to fill industrial slot

Westinghouse Electric Corp. has named Ernest H. Drew to head the industrial operations the company will spin off this fall.

A senior manager at Germany's Hoechst AG, Dr. Drew will become chief executive officer July 1 of Westinghouse's Industries and Technology Group. The group includes Westinghouse Savannah River Co., the Savannah River Site's operator.

Dr. Drew later will become president and chief executive of Westinghouse Electric Co., which will be formed when Westinghouse splits into separate industrial and media companies.

24-year-old pleas guilty

ALBANY - A 24-year-old woman has pleaded guilty in the scalding death of her 5year-old son almost four years ago, just days before her trial was to begin in Dougherty Superior Court.

Topeka McCray, 24, who once faced a possible death sentence, was sentenced Thursday to life in prison plus 60 years

Crook caught via pager

COLUMBUS - When police wanted to find a man who burglarized a home and stole $3,000 in belongings, all they had to do was check with his paging company.

He had left his pager behind.

Assistant District Attorney Alonza Whitaker said Thursday police got Anthony D. Sumbry's name from the paging company, got an informant to tell them where Sumbry could be found, then got a warrant and arrested him Phenix City, Ala.

When police raided Mr. Sumbry's rented room, they found more than $2,000 worth of video recorders, cameras and other items so recently stolen that the owner didn't even know his home in Columbus had been burglarized.

Ordinance ban wearing caps

COLUMBUS - A bare head may soon be required for watching city government at work in Columbus.

Council member Nathan Suber, tired of all the baseball caps he sees on spectators at Columbus Council meetings, has introduced an ordinance banning the wearing of hats in the council chambers.

"It's rude and it's improper," said Mr. Suber, whose ordinance will get its first reading Tuesday.

Funds go to projects

COLUMBIA - About $1 million from the sale of half of Providence Hospital is going to 58 community projects to help relieve poverty.

The Good Samaritan grants range from $2,500 to $25,000.

Thirty-three recipients are in Richland and Lexington counties.

The grants are the first to be awarded from the November 1995 sale of the half interest in Providence, worth about $75 million, to Columbia/HCA Healthcare Corp.

Columbia/HCA is the nation's largest health care provider.

Man sentenced to life term

LEXINGTON Ä A West Columbia man has been sentenced to life in prison for the 1994 shooting death of his former girlfriend.

A Lexington County jury returned the verdict Thursday against Thomas Stutts, after deliberating about six hours during two days.

Patricia Gayle Greenwood, 38, of West Columbia died after being shot in the forehead and shoulder with a .38-caliber pistol she kept in her apartment.

Columbia students tapped

COLUMBIA Ä Two Columbia students have been named to a national advisory panel that will work to reduce violence and drug use by young people.

Frances "Cassie" Markham of Hand Middle School and Kara King of Dreher High School join 50 other young people from around the country on the board.

Their appointment was announced Friday by Andrew Chishom, director of the Southern Region Violence and Substance Abuse Prevention Center at the University of South Carolina.

In 1996, the U.S. Justice Department set up a network of youth agencies from around the country to work on ways to divert young people from violence and drug use.

- Compiled by Mike

Hill