Originally created 09/12/98

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Couple die whentruck strikes car

A Harlem couple were killed Thursday afternoon when the driver of the car ran a stop sign and was struck by a logging truck in Eastman, Ga., police said.

Wayne Warren Daves Sr., 76, and Margie Lois Harper Daves, 72, both of 911 Old Louisville Road, died of injuries suffered in the accident, said Georgia State Patrol Trooper Greg Gilder.

Trooper Gilder said Mr. Daves, who was driving a 1994 Ford Thunderbird, failed to stop at a stop sign at the intersection of Georgia Highways 27 and 117 around 12:40 p.m. and was struck by a logging truck driven by Jamie Porter, 24, of Gordon, Ga.

Carpet store owner robbed

The owner of a South Augusta carpet store was robbed at gunpoint Friday night, police said.

A black male wearing a ski mask entered Flynn's Carpet on the 1900 block of Minor Street around 6:30 p.m., walked up behind Jack Flynn, the store's owner, and knocked him to the ground. The man hit Mr. Flynn over the head with a handgun and demanded money and the keys to his truck.

The perpetrator fled in Mr. Flynn's 1983 gray Ford Ranger with an undisclosed amount of money that Mr. Flynn had in his pocket, and two mattresses that were in the bed of the truck.

Grant targets substance abuse

McCORMICK, S.C. -- McCormick County School District 1 will receive a federal grant of $98,000 from the U.S. Justice Department to fight youth substance abuse.

The grant is from the Drug-Free Communities Support Program, and was announced Friday by Sen. Fritz Hollings, D-S.C.

In 1994 the McCormick Community Coordinating Council, a coalition of 18 public and private agencies including the school district, developed a strategic plan to eliminate community drug abuse.

The plan was expanded this year to focus on the increase in alcohol and drug use among young people. With the help of the Coalition Advocating Drug Education, the new plan will target 400 McCormick County students in grades five through eight, and aid them in making decisions to avoid alcohol and drug use.

It also will address communitywide, intergenerational problems that are believed to contribute to substance abuse.Infoline to cut back indefinitely

Portion of Infoline will be down

Because of continual problems with a satellite feed, certain portions of The Augusta Chronicle's Infoline will be down for an undetermined period of time, said operations supervisor Kerry McCollum.

Callers seeking stock information through the Chronicle's Stock Quote Hotline, as well as information on horoscopes and other regularly updated information, will be affected.

Technicians have been troubleshooting the problems since two weeks ago when the system first went down. Until the system is repaired, information will be updated by the staff, Mr. McCollum said.

DA denies kidnapping claim

DUBLIN -- Laurens County District Attorney Ralph Walke said Friday that an 18-year-old's kidnapping claim against him is the teen-ager's attempt to stay out of trouble for admitting to an affair with the prosecutor's wife.

"What I'm having to do is drop my pants in the middle of town," the district attorney said of the incident that he says resulted from a divorce turned ugly. "I received some information, and I needed to talk to the young man before I went to the temporary hearing."

Tommy Reed, however, says Mr. Walke and his friend, Tony Pippen, kidnapped him Aug. 22 and forced him to provide the district attorney with details of a relationship he had with the prosecutor's estranged wife, Kari, six months earlier.

"Mr. Reed said he was told on several occasions that if he told anyone about this incident that both Mr. Walke and Mr. Pippen would beat him up," Officer James A. Pettis wrote in his report of the incident.

Mr. Walke said he recorded the conversation because he thought what Mr. Reed told him would be instrumental in helping him to gain custody of his son.

"It was a friendly and cordial conversation the whole time," Mr. Walke said. "My goal was to subpoena this boy as a witness. I wanted an interview so if he said he wasn't sleeping with her, I would be able to say, `What about this tape right here."'

Mr. Walke said he turned the tape over to the Georgia Bureau of Investigation on Sept. 4. The GBI, along with the Attorney General's Office, is looking into the case after Laurens County Sheriff Kenny Webb turned over Mr. Reed's complaint to them.

Two drug suspects indicted

SAVANNAH -- A federal grand jury has indicted two men after 175 pounds of cocaine was found in their car on Interstate 95.

The two-part indictment against Raul Lozano-Pescador of Colombia and Oscar Taborta of Miami was released Friday, Assistant U.S. Attorney Darrin L. McCullough said.

Mr. Lozano-Pescador and Mr. Taborta were indicted on a charge of conspiracy to possess and distribute cocaine. Mr. Lozano-Pescador also was indicted on a charge of possession with intent to distribute cocaine.

No trial date has been set, Mr. McCullough said. Both men face the possibility of life in prison if convicted.

Man guilty of defacing school

COLUMBUS -- A Seattle man was found guilty of splattering red dye on the headquarters of the U.S. Army School of Americas in protest of the school's diplomatic training of Latin American soldiers.

John Patrick Liteky, 57, was convicted Thursday by a federal jury of criminal trespass and injury to a government building. A sentencing date was not immediately set. He faces up to five years in prison and a $250,000 fine.

"I did it," Mr. Liteky said of his actions Feb. 25. "I know I was breaking the law, but I also know from the past that sometimes there are laws that need to be nonviolently demonstrated against in order for change to happen."

Mr. Liteky is already serving a 12-month sentence for a 1990 protest of the school.

Tribe's ex-manager sentenced

COLUMBIA -- A former financial manager for the Catawba Indian Nation has been sentenced to 17 months in prison for embezzling thousands of dollars.

Karen Yvonne Gregory, 37, of Rock Hill, pleaded guilty in June to taking cash and using the tribe's credit card for personal purchases.