Originally created 03/19/00

Across the area: Four-year-old loses arm after crash



A driver lost control of a 1991 Ford Escort on Georgia Highway 79 curve Friday, causing his 4-year-old son to lose an arm, the Georgia State Patrol reported.

Trooper Dennis King said the driver swerved off the highway about eight miles north of Lincolnton at about 6:15 p.m. Another son, 2, also was in the car, which ran off an embankment, overturned and smashed -- roof first -- into a tree.

The driver, James Fox of Lincolnton, was listed in fair condition at Medical College of Georgia Hospital on Saturday. Trooper King said doctors indicated they could not reattach the boy's severed arm. The 2-year-old child was in a car seat during the crash and received minor injuries, he said.

Charges are pending, the trooper said.

SAVANNAH RIVER SITE

Environmental conference set

An environmental group will hold a conference on Savannah River Site issues in Savannah on Saturday.

Citizens for Environmental Justice will hold the Bi-State Conference on Savannah River Site from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Second Arnold Baptist Church, 1427 E. 37th St.

The conference's topic will be the proposed mixed-oxide fuel fabrication facility at SRS. U.S. Department of Energy officials and executives from SRS contractor Westinghouse Savannah River Co. have been invited to attend, the conference's organizers said.

For more information, call (912) 233-0907.

GEORGIA

St. Patrick's Day arrests grow

SAVANNAH -- Savannah police arrested 272 people between noon Thursday and 6 a.m. Saturday during the St. Patrick's Day celebration in Savannah.

Most arrests were for public indecency, disorderly conduct and underage drinking. But the arrest count is not final until 2 a.m. today, when the bars close.

Warm, sunny weather attracted one of the largest crowds ever to the celebration, police said.

Last year, police arrested 230 people.

The city expected 600,000 people to attend this year's celebration, the second-largest such event in the nation.

SOUTH CAROLINA

Heart attack kills parlor worker

ROCK HILL -- The lone gambler in a video

gaming parlor didn't realize anything was wrong with the clerk until he went to cash out.

Lester Oliver, 54, of Rock Hill, had suffered a fatal heart attack at about 5:30 a.m. Thursday while inside the cashier's booth at the Cash on the Spot game room.

The player, who was not identified, discovered Mr. Oliver's body about an hour later and called for help, York County Coroner Doug McKown said.

SOUTH CAROLINA

Teacher released on bond

GREENVILLE -- A Woodmont High School science teacher is free on a personal recognizance bond after being charged with aggravated assault and battery on a student.

William Thomas Hammond, 30, was charged Friday after he surrendered to Greenville County sheriff's officers. He has been suspended with pay from his teaching job since March 8, said Oby Lyles, spokesman for the Greenville County School District.

Mr. Hammond is accused of inappropriately touching a 16-year-old female student. He has taught at Woodmont since 1998.

SOUTH CAROLINA

Man charged in fatal shooting

EDMUND -- An Edmund man is in jail after an argument ended with a fatal shooting.

John Wayne Spivey, 52, was charged Friday with murder in the shooting death of Jerry Eugene Ward. Mr. Ward was shot once in the chest at close range with a shotgun, Lexington County Coroner Harry Harman said.

Authorities said a longstanding dispute between the men escalated when the two fought at Mr. Ward's home Thursday night.

Mr. Ward went to Mr. Spivey's home Friday afternoon and was shot shortly after he got out of his car, Sheriff James R. Metts said. A knife was found near Mr. Ward's body, but investigators were uncertain whether Mr. Ward brought the knife.

SOUTH CAROLINA

Authorities investigate crash

ANDERSON -- The state Highway Patrol and Anderson County Coroner's Office are investigating a crash that killed two people outside of town.

Anderson County Deputy Coroner Charlie Boseman said a man driving a Chevrolet Camaro passed a second car Friday night but lost control of his car and struck an oncoming Mazda 626.

The driver of the Camaro and a female passenger in the Mazda died at the scene. The driver of the Mazda was hospitalized.

Authorities had not released the names of the victims Saturday, pending notification of their families.

SOUTH CAROLINA

Officials try to identify body

SUMMERVILLE -- Investigators are trying to identify a man whose body was found dumped under a bridge on the outskirts of town.

Dorchester County Coroner Chris Nisbet said an autopsy Friday determined the victim was strangled. The body was found Thursday, but authorities say they believe the man was killed earlier in the week.

No identification was found on the victim, and a fingerprint search found nothing. Dorchester County Sheriff Ray Nash said investigators were checking a national fingerprint database and checking area missing persons reports.

Because the body was partially decomposed, authorities could not tell how old the victim was. Mr. Nisbet said the victim's hands were bound with duct tape and his body wrapped in several large trash bags.

SOUTH CAROLINA

Racism charges investigated

BEAUFORT -- The state Transportation Department is investigating charges of racism in Beaufort County's road paving program.

Harvey Rivers, who serves on the county's Transportation Committee, complained of racism last summer to the Civil Rights Division of the U.S. Justice Department. Justice forwarded the complaint to the U.S. Transportation Department, which asked state officials to investigate.

Committee Chairman Brantley Harvey denied the charges.

"There's been absolutely nothing racial in our decisions to pave roads," he said.

Mr. Harvey said committee members will meet with state Transportation officials in May.