Originally created 04/03/00

Across the area: Mayor's wife still sidelined by ankle



Gwen Fulcher Young, wife of Mayor Bob Young, was still at University Hospital on Sunday night after breaking her ankle in three places during a Friday parachuting accident. She is expected to be released today.

Mrs. Young was to be released Sunday, but doctors discovered that fractures in her ankle extended a few inches farther up her leg than initially thought, said hospital spokeswoman Rebecca Sylvester.

"She was in a great deal of pain this morning," Ms. Sylvester said.

Mrs. Young, who is listed in good condition, underwent surgery late Friday to reset the bones in her ankle.

She was injured while landing during a tandem jump with the Army Golden Knights Parachute Team on Friday. Since the accident, the hospital reports Mrs. Young has received many get-well cards, phone messages and flowers.

"She really appreciates everyone's concern," Ms. Sylvester said. "She said even though the accident was unfortunate, she'd do (the jump) again."

COLUMBIA COUNTY

Man robs Eckerd Drug Store

Sheriff's investigators are looking for a man who robbed a Martinez drug store at gunpoint Sunday.

Eckerd Drug Store, at the corner of Belair and Columbia roads, was robbed at 2:10 p.m. The suspect was described as black, in his 20s, wearing a black stocking cap and carrying a nickel-plated, semi-automatic handgun, Columbia County sheriff's Capt. Steve Morris said. The robber fled the store on foot with an undisclosed amount of cash, Capt. Morris said.

AUGUSTA

Police seek man after robbery

Police are seeking a man suspected of using a semi-automatic pistol to rob an acquaintance of $1,500 in cash, authorities said Sunday.

Richmond County sheriff's Investigator William Walker said Richard English, 21, was riding in the passenger-side front seat of an acquaintance's car when a man sitting in the back seat pointed a gun at his head while the driver demanded his money.

Police said the driver, whom Mr. English knew, pulled the car into the parking lot of Sego Middle School on Julia Avenue. Mr. English escaped from the car but was caught and beaten by the other two men. Mr. English said he was struck several times in the head with the gun, Investigator Walker said. The assailants took $1,500 in cash from the victim's pants pockets, he said.

The suspected driver of the car, Marvin Boyd, was arrested Friday and charged with armed robbery. The alleged gunman, Bryan Michael Noble, 21, is still at large. A warrant has been issued for his arrest, Investigator Walker said.

AUGUSTA

Hunt for suspects continues

Richmond County authorities are still looking for two suspects wanted in separate weekend incidents.

An arrest warrant has been issued for Roger Thompson, 24, in connection with a shooting early Saturday. Investigator Jim Gordon said the victim, Darrell Greenwood, 30, only required stitches after one of three bullets fired grazed an area near his left eye.

A man suspected of pistol-whipping a friend over a $20 debt and then stealing more than $100 from the man late Friday also is wanted by police. Brian Bussey, 26, is wanted for armed robbery and aggravated assault, along with simple battery from a separate incident.

Anyone with information about the whereabouts of these two men should call sheriff's investigators at 821-1080.

SOUTH CAROLINA

Teams seek missing boater

COLUMBIA -- State search-and-rescue teams are looking for a Timmonsville man who was lost in rough water on Tail Race Canal, between lakes Marion and Moultrie.

Natural Resources Department spokesman Mike Willis said Sunday that Robert Ira Gaskins, 19, was boating with a friend, 20-year-old Chris Ansay, Saturday night when high waves and wind swamped their 17-foot fishing boat.

Both men grabbed life jackets, and Mr. Ansay said he was able to swim to a concrete navigation marker in the canal, where he waited for help to arrive. He was spotted early Sunday morning by passing boaters.

Mr. Ansay said he last saw Mr. Gaskins clutching a life jacket and struggling in the turbulent water.

Mr. Willis said a Natural Resources helicopter and boats were helping in the search.

SOUTH CAROLINA

Man shot during hunting trip

SPARTANBURG -- The State Law Enforcement Division is investigating the shooting of an Inman man in what appears to be a hunting accident.

Russell Corey Wingo, 30, was shot in the face and chest Saturday while walking with his father on Old Hills Bridge Road near Jimmies Creek in Enoree.

Mr. Wingo was taken to Spartanburg Regional Medical Center, where he was listed in fair condition Saturday night.

SOUTH CAROLINA

Boy shines in Spears sing-off

SPARTANBURG -- Chris Solesbee stands out among Britney Spears imitators -- and not just because he changes the words when he sings her songs.

Chris, 16, of Spartanburg, was the only boy to enter the Britney Spears sing-off at West-Gate Mall on Saturday. Despite changing the word "boy" to "girl" in his rendition of Ms. Spears' hit Baby One More Time, Chris won third place.

Chris entered the contest hoping to meet Ms. Spears, who met contestants at the mall.

Furman University student Megan Prewitt, 20, of Dalton, Ga., won the contest. She will get two front-row tickets and backstage passes for Ms. Spears' concert Thursday at the Bi-Lo Center in Greenville.

SOUTH CAROLINA

Men arrested in credit fraud

CHARLESTON -- Two men have been arrested in New York while authorities investigate whether they illegally used credit card accounts of about 30 customers from a Savannah Highway restaurant.

Police and the U.S. Secret Service would not name the suspects, who are accused of using credit card numbers stolen from Super Buffet customers.

Sandra Tully, of Daniel Island, dined at the buffet with a neighbor and later found $2,000 in charges made at a New York jewelry store. Ms. Tully's neighbor also reported unauthorized charges made in New York.

Police stopped the suspects two weeks ago after they allegedly used bogus credit cards at a Syracuse, N.Y., gas station. The numbers on the phony credit cards matched some of those reported stolen from Super Buffet customers, authorities said.

A search of the men turned up a dozen fake credit cards, including ten with numbers matching Super Buffet cards, the Secret Service said. The stolen numbers have been used to rack up more than $60,000 in charges on the victims' accounts.

BLOODMOBILE LOCATIONS

The following is a list of blood drives for this week:

Today: 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., Shepeard's Aiken Community Blood Center, SRP Credit Union, 1920 Whiskey Road, Aiken.

Tuesday: 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., Savannah River Site H-Area; 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Paine College, 1235 15th St.

Wednesday: 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., SRS Upper B Area; 6-9 p.m., New Hope Church of God, 715 Old Belair Road

Thursday: 7 a.m. to 1 p.m., 2-5 p.m., BridgeStone/FireStone, 1 BridgeStone Parkway, Graniteville, S.C.; 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., SRS F Area; 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Shepeard's Aiken Community Blood Center, SRP Credit Union, 1920 Whiskey Road, Aiken.

Friday: 7 a.m. to 1 p.m., 2-5 p.m., BridgeStone/FireStone, 1 Bridgestone Parkway, Graniteville, S.C.; 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Shepeard's Aiken Community Blood Center, SRP Credit Union, 1920 Whiskey Road, Aiken; 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Amick Farms, Highway 178, Batesburg, S.C.

Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Wal-Mart, 596 Bobby Jones Expressway.

Sunday: 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., 1613 Fenwick St.; 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., Damascus Baptist Church, 6375 Ridge Road, Appling.

MEETINGS THIS WEEK

Today:

North Augusta City Council, 7 p.m., Municipal Building, Buena Vista Avenue.

Edgefield Town Council, 7 p.m., Town Hall, Main Street.

Barnwell City Council, 6:30 p.m., City Hall, Burr Street.

Tuesday:

Aiken County Council, 7 p.m., County Council Annex, Richland Avenue.

Edgefield County Council, 6 p.m., County Building, Jeter Street.

Barnwell County Council, 7 p.m., Agriculture Building, Courthouse Circle.

McCormick Town Council, 7 p.m., Town Hall, Augusta Street.

Thursday:

Columbia County Planning and Zoning Commission, 6:30 p.m., Evans Government Center Auditorium, Washington West Drive.