Originally created 09/16/97

Local and area briefs



Fort Gordon to sell government surplus

Fort Gordon's Defense Reutilization and Marketing Office will auction surplus government property from 9 to 11:30 a.m. Sept. 24, at Building 994 on 10th Street at the fort.

Items for sale include camouflage clothing, medical equipment and furnishings, televisions, typewriters, shop equipment, beds, copying machines, vehicle parts, entertainment equipment, outboard motors, playground equipment and household items.

The property may be inspected from 8 a.m. until 3 p.m. Friday, Monday and next Tuesday. Payment is by cash, credit card or certified bank check.

Canal authority calls meeting

The Augusta Canal Authority will hold a called meeting at 5 p.m. today at the Historic Augusta office, 111 Tenth St., said Glenn Coyne, the authority's executive director.

The purpose of the meeting is to discuss acquisition of real estate, specifically a portion of the old Enterprise Mill building being renovated by Clayton Boardman III.

Herbicide treatment begins

Army Corps of Engineers contractors began work Monday to spray herbicides on about 300 acres of hydrilla patches in Thurmond Lake.

The project, which will last through mid-October and affect areas around nine major marinas and recreation areas, is designed to reduce the impact of the fast-growing weed on public recreation areas next summer.

Hydrilla was discovered in the 70,000-acre reservoir in 1995. Scientists believe the pesky weed was inadvertently transplanted via boat propellers and quickly spread to many areas of the lake.

Despite intense herbicide treatments in 1995 and 1996, the known patches of hydrilla grew from 200 acres to more than 500 acres.

Areas to be treated this fall include Cherokee, West Dam, Lake Springs and Clarks Hill recreation areas; Ridge Road and Petersburg campgrounds; and Tradewinds, Little River and Rayesville marinas.

Arrest made in driver killing

LAGRANGE - A LaGrange man has been arrested in the slaying of a cab driver, police said.

Latavious Cherenie Flowers, 19, was charged with murder Friday after he confessed to shooting Forest Nelson when he tried to rob his cab March 31, said Lt. Mike Pheil of the LaGrange police department.

Authorities said Mr. Nelson, a driver with Friendly Cab Co., had been shot once in the head. He was found slumped over the steering wheel of his cab.

Convicted killer disbarred

ATLANTA - Former Atlanta lawyer Fred Tokars, convicted of ordering the 1992 shotgun slaying of his wife, has voluntarily surrendered his license to practice law.

The step was tantamount to disbarment, the Georgia Supreme Court said in an order Monday announcing the action.

"We order that Tokars' name be stricken from the roll of attorneys licensed to practice law in this state," the court said.

Mr. Tokars' license had been suspended since 1994.

Mr. Tokars was convicted of state murder charges in March and sentenced to life in prison for the slaying of his wife, Sara, who was abducted with her sons and killed with a shotgun blast to the head while the children - then 4 and 6 - watched.

Lingerie-model rule restored

ATLANTA - The Georgia Supreme Court on Monday upheld a Columbus ordinance that prohibits private modeling lingerie sessions between customers and employees at adult entertainment businesses.

Owners of adult businesses said the city, which adopted the ordinance in 1996, did not have evidence it was necessary, such as proof of an increase in crime or lower property values in areas where such businesses operated.

In a 6-1 decision, the court said the city did not need to find those conditions.

Two die when struck by train

MARIETTA - A CSX train killed two men walking on a track near downtown Marietta on Sunday.

Police identified one as Ernest Dickey, 37, formerly of Pittsburgh, who had been living in metro Atlanta for about two years.

The other man was a foreign national. Police were withholding his name until his family could be notified.

"According to witnesses, they probably never saw the train that struck them," said Cliff Kelker, a Marietta police detective.

Accident victim possibly found

CONWAY - A body found in a ditch by a hitchhiker is thought to be of a man reported missing last month and possibly the victim of a hit-and-run accident, authorities say.

A shoe found 30 feet away matched one the man was wearing, Horry County Coroner Robert Edge said Sunday.

The decomposed remains were found along U.S. Highway 378 about five miles west of Conway, Mr. Edge said.

The body appeared to have been there at least 10 days, he said.

Authorities tentatively identified the man as someone reported missing Aug. 29 by relatives in Socastee. His name was not released.

Teen dies after falling from truck

SUMMERVILLE - A 15-year-old Lowcountry girl died this weekend after she fell from the back of a pickup truck while riding with friends.

Adrienne Siobhan Whaley suffered massive head injuries Saturday night and was pronounced dead at Columbia Summerville Medical Center, Dorchester County Coroner Chris Nisbet said.

Murder trial set to begin

CHESTER - A Chester man charged in the fatal shooting of a fellow Civitan Club member is on trial this week.

Solicitor John Justice said more than 20 witnesses could be called in the murder trial of John B. Fennell, charged with killing Bill Thrailkill.

Mr. Fennell faces life imprisonment if convicted of the September 1996 shooting, which authorities said followed an argument about a fund-raising project.

Justice said he expects the trial to last two to three days.

The defense will argue Mr. Fennell was mentally ill at the time. However, prosecutors said a mental evaluation determined he is competent to stand trial.

Mr. Thrailkill was shot in a restaurant buffet line just before a Civitan meeting; he died a few weeks later.

Mr. Fennell faces a charge of assault and battery with intent to kill in the wounding of another club member