Originally created 04/02/00

Across the area: First lady recovering after break



After breaking her ankle in three spots in a parachuting accident Friday, Gwen Fulcher Young is recovering at University Hospital and is "in great spirits," said Mark Gibbons, administrative assistant to Mayor Bob Young.

Mrs. Young, who is listed in good condition, underwent surgery to reset the bones late Friday, hospital officials said. She is wearing an Ace bandage and a splint cast and is expected to be released today, hospital spokeswoman Rebecca Sylvester said.

Mr. Young spent Friday night with his wife at the hospital, then left to attend Skyfest 2000 at Mrs. Young's urging, Mr. Gibbons said. She hopes to attend the event today, which would require a wheelchair, he said.

After the air show Saturday, she was visited in the hospital by members of the Army Golden Knights Parachute Team, who took her on the tandem jump in which she landed on a soft spot of ground, causing her ankle to turn over, he said.

"She doesn't place any blame on anybody," Mr. Gibbons said. "It was an accident."

APPLING

State orders owner to clean shop area

A Columbia County boat service operator was ordered to clean up waste oil and contaminated soil behind his shop on Old Lincolnton Road, according to Georgia's Environmental Protection Division.

On Feb. 1, a state inspector visited Chuck's Lakeside Marine Inc. and found leaking drums and contaminated soil in a storage area behind the shop.

The company's president, Chuck Chapel, was given until April 15 to clean up the area and provide EPD with documentation that contaminated soil was disposed of properly, according to a letter sent to Mr. Chapel by EPD.

Mr. Chapel said the leakage was minor, and that two drums of lightly contaminated soil were removed, tested and properly disposed of in a nearby landfill. The area is now clean, he said.

AUGUSTA

Neighborhood beautification set

Volunteers will use 125 chippers and yard-vacuuming machines to spruce up portions of downtown Augusta during a Laney-Walker Neighborhood Cleanup scheduled for April 8.

The project, sponsored locally by Metro Augusta Clean & Beautiful, is part of the nationwide Great American Cleanup project designed to promote recycling, clean up litter, remove graffiti and beautify blighted areas.

The yard-vacuuming machines will be supplied by MTD Products Inc. Volunteers will gather for the project at 9 a.m. at Dyess Park. For more information, or to volunteer, contact Metro Augusta Clean & Beautiful at 821-1790.

SOUTH CAROLINA

Mill plan gets mixed reviews

BENNETTSVILLE -- Most of the approximately 200 people who attended a meeting here to discuss a proposed $85 million chip mill in Marlboro County favored the proposal because of the jobs it would provide.

But those against the proposed Willamette Industries Inc. plant said it would have a negative environmental impact, and they called for Gov. Jim Hodges to place a moratorium on new chip mills.

The state Department of Health and Environmental Control met with the public Thursday to determine if it should grant five air quality permits, some of which involve air emissions and hazardous air pollutants.

The community should not sacrifice integrity for jobs, said Lynn Faltraco of Concerned Citizens of Rutherford County, N.C. She called for smokestack, species and border tests to ensure the company is following state and federal guidelines.

Those who support the project say Marlboro County needs the 115 jobs it would provide. County Councilman Neal Hamilton said he supports DHEC granting the necessary permits.

Bennettsville farmer J.P. Hodges said he had no problem with Willamette's existing medium density fiberboard and wood procurement operations.

"Willamette are good stewards of the land, water and air," he said.

SOUTH CAROLINA

Police: Dispute led to shooting

HARTSVILLE -- A Florence County woman has been arrested in connection with the shooting death of a Hartsville man earlier this week, police say.

Sydnor Roncather Cannon, 36, of Pamplico, was arrested early Friday and charged with murder and use of a firearm during the commission of a violent felony in connection with the shooting death of Larry McDaniel on Wednesday, Hartsville Police Chief John Powell said.

The two had a romantic relationship, and the shooting was the result of a domestic dispute, Chief Powell said.

Mr. McDaniel, 36, was found shot to death in his car after police received a report of a crash. Investigators think he was in his vehicle and stopped at an intersection when the shooting occurred.

An autopsy determined that Mr. McDaniel died of a single gunshot wound to the head.

SOUTH CAROLINA

Booking room death investigated

GREENVILLE -- Authorities are investigating the death of a 23-year-old man who died as he was being booked into the Greenville County Detention Center.

Robert T. Malik died at about 5:41 a.m. Friday after telling jail personnel he had swallowed some illegal drugs, authorities said.

The State Law Enforcement Division and the coroner's office are investigating.

An autopsy showed no signs of external or internal injury, Chief Deputy Coroner Mike Ellis said. Mr. Ellis said he'll wait for toxicology results before ruling on Mr. Malik's cause of death. That could take several weeks, he said.

Mr. Malik was arrested by city police just before 3 a.m. Friday and charged with possession of marijuana with intent to distribute. During an interview in the booking area of the jail, authorities say Mr. Malik told corrections officers he had taken unprescribed Valium and Prozac, according to a statement by John Hansley, Greenville County's acting administrator.

While he was being fingerprinted, Mr. Malik began trembling, the statement said. Mr. Ellis said Mr. Malik told the clerk he had swallowed about $100 worth of illegal drugs prior to his arrest.

The trembling turned into violent shaking, Mr. Ellis said. Mr. Malik was carried to a cell, where a nurse began CPR and administered oxygen, authorities said. Paramedics were called at about 5:24 a.m., but Mr. Malik was dead by the time they arrived.

SOUTH CAROLINA

Councilman fined for forms

COLUMBIA -- The State Ethics Commission has fined Charleston City Councilman Kwadjo Campbell $1,125 for failing to file six campaign disclosure forms.

Mr. Campbell, a Democrat who said he plans to run as an independent for the state Senate seat held by Robert Ford, said he will pay the fine by the April 15 deadline.

Mr. Campbell said the state, city or Democratic Party could have done more to educate candidates about what is required.

"No one gave us a workshop or anything. I'm a busy little brother," he said Friday. "The fact of the matter is, newly elected officials need to be educated through this process. That doesn't negate my responsibility.

"The blame goes on me for not filing them. I'm not stupid or anything. I could have figured it out and filed them."

The failure to file dates back to October 1997, two weeks before Mr. Campbell was elected to City Council. He was fined $100, which grew to $600 when the fine wasn't paid. Subsequent fines also weren't paid, the Ethics Commission said in its order.

AUGUSTA

Argument ends in shooting

An arrest warrant has been issued for an Augusta man who police said shot another man in the head early Saturday during an argument in a parking lot.

Investigator Jim Gordon said Darrell Greenwood, 30, required only stitches at Medical College of Georgia Hospital for the gunshot wound, which left a graze near his left eye.

Mr. Greenwood was dropping off a friend at an apartment on the 400 block of Hale Street at about 3 a.m., Investigator Gordon said, when an argument broke out between the friend and a man standing in the parking lot. Mr. Greenwood became involved in the dispute, and the other man drew a pistol and fired three times at him, he said.

Only one bullet struck him.

Anyone with information about the whereabouts of Roger Thompson, 24, of 1422 Mauge St., is urged to call investigators at 821-1080. Mr. Thompson is also known as "Shotgun."

NORTH AUGUSTA

Two men arrested in shooting

North Augusta police arrested two men for a shooting spree that began on the 13th Street bridge and ended in North Augusta.

The incident began at about 6 p.m. Saturday when two men in a Chevrolet saw a woman they knew in a car with another man and chased the vehicle across the 13th Street bridge, firing at it with a small-caliber pistol, said Sgt. Keith Key of the North Augusta Public Safety Department.

After getting off the bridge in North Augusta, the victims drove to the public safety department on Buena Vista Avenue as one of the men in the other car continued firing at their vehicle.

The man and woman in the car described the vehicle and identified both men to police officers. Authorities then combed the area, pulling the car over on the 400 block of Georgia Avenue and arresting the driver.

The man suspecting of being the shooter, who had jumped out of the car, was also arrested by police.

James Upshaw, 19, of Augusta, is charged with pointing a gun at another person, malicious injury to real property and being a minor in possession of a firearm. Clifton Gibbons, 20, of Augusta, is charged with reckless driving. Mr. Upshaw was still in jail early Sunday, and Mr. Gibbons had been released on bond.