Originally created 10/25/98

Additional area news

Church to launch expansion work

An Aiken church will break ground today on a $1 million expansion of its facility.

St. Paul Lutheran Church, off Trail Ridge Road, will hold the ceremony at 10 a.m. in a special service, the church announced. The Rev. Kathleen B. Chartier, assistant to the bishop of the South Carolina synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, will lead the service, church officials said.

The church's expansion is scheduled to be completed in July, church officials said. The 15,000-square-foot addition will include a new fellowship center and more educational space, offices and parking space.

Car crash kills three teens

FAYETTEVILLE -- Three teen-agers died this weekend when their small car ran off the road and hit a tree, bursting into a ball of fire.

Duane Albert Cecil Powell, 18, of Fayetteville; Richard Francis, Jr., 18, of Jonesboro; and Jeremy Lyndal Tucker, 18, of Jonesboro were killed in the crash Friday night.

Police said that Mr. Powell was speeding and that none of the occupants of the 1988 Honda CRX was wearing a seat belt when the car ran off Sams Drive in northern Fayette County. Mr. Powell was thrown from the car, and it took authorities 3 1/2 hours to remove the other two occupants from the car.

Police Maj. Wayne Hannah said the state crime lab will perform autopsies on the victims and a blood-alcohol test on the driver.

Knife gets cheerleader dismissed

COLUMBIA -- A Dutch Fork High School cheerleader faces expulsion and one of hercoaches has been fired after she took a knife to school in her lunch box.

Dutch Fork Principal Ron Cowden would not provide details of the incident, other than confirming that the junior varsity cheerleading coach was dismissed.

The student, a sophomore, was suspended from school Oct. 15 for violating the district's zero-tolerance policy on weapons, said Buddy Price, spokesman for District 5 of Lexington and Richland Counties.

Mr. Price said district officials found the knife in a lunch box on an empty bus after the girl's mother called looking for it.

The cheerleader could find out whether she will be expelled at a district disciplinary hearing next week, Mr. Price said.

Girl sues diner over hot cheese

ROCK HILL -- A young girl who burned and scarred her legs after hot nacho cheese dripped on them has sued Taco Bell.

Julie Moore had given her daughter the nachos then heard 8-year-old Stephanie "burst out screaming as the extremely hot cheese from the nachos spilled onto her legs, causing first- and second-degree burns," said the suit filed in York County civil court.

The family's attorney, Jack Leader, said the burns were so bad that Julie Moore took Stephanie to a doctor immediately.

"She is just quite shaken from a bad experience," the Rock Hill attorney said.

The suit says Taco Bell should have known the cheese's temperature was dangerous. The Moores are suing Taco Bell for unspecified damages.

"We all know it is hot," Mr. Leader said. "But we don't expect the temperature of it to be so hot that you get serious burns."

Officials with Taco Bell say the nacho cheese is kept at 165 degrees.

Laurie Gannon, a spokeswoman for the fast-food chain, refused to answer questions about the lawsuit. She said this was the first time in her 4 1/2 years with the company that Taco Bell was sued over nacho cheese.

Standoff ends without injuries

NEWBERRY -- A Leesville man who claimed to have shot two people held off police for four hours at his ex-wife's house before surrendering to authorities.

Newberry County Sheriff Lee Foster said Carl David Yarborough, 41, was in custody at the State Mental Health Facility in Columbia. Sheriff Foster said charges against Mr. Yarborough are pending.

The incident began when Mr. Yarborough, who the sheriff said appeared intoxicated, came to his ex-wife's house and talked to her for an hour. He agreed to let her, her 11-year-old daughter and a 12-year-old female visitor to leave the home.

Mr. Yarborough's ex-wife called the police and he barricaded himself inside. Several agencies, including the State Law Enforcement Division, came on the scene.

Sheriff Foster said when Mr. Yarborough wouldn't acknowledge several calls to come out, authorities sent in a robot unit. The device found Mr. Yarborough armed with a 12-gauge shotgun in a back bedroom.

The sheriff said Mr. Yarborough was finally convinced to come out about 3:30 a.m. He said Mr. Yarborough's claims about shooting two people appear false.

Beanie Baby robbers strike again

HILTON HEAD ISLAND -- Wanted: bandit on the run, pockets stuffed with Beanie Babies.

For the second time in three nights, the popular toys were stolen from a business. Chloe Williams, manager of Islander Club Video, said robbers broke in and stole the store's collection of retired Beanie Babies, valued at between $25 and $500 each.

The thief entered by cutting a hole in the wall. Then he cleaned out the store of about 150 beanbag animals, including Garcia Bear and Digger Red Crab.

"They knew what they were doing. They only took the collectibles," Ms. Williams said.

On Tuesday night, more than 700 Beanie Babies valued at $4,000 were stolen from an Island Hallmark store.

The owners said burglars broke into the back door, stole the store's newest Beanie Babies and left, leaving older Beanie Babies and antique toys untouched.


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