Originally created 10/16/00

Across the area



AUGUSTA
Woman reports rape by acquaintances

An Augusta woman was attacked and raped at her residence off Wrightsboro Road on Friday night, police said.

The woman was alone at her house late Friday when she heard a knock on her front door.

She was not wearing her eyeglasses and thought the man she opened the door for was her boyfriend, according to a report from the Richmond County Sheriff's Department. She was familiar with her attackers, who were friends of her boyfriend, the report states.

She reported the attack Saturday and was taken to University Hospital for treatment.

The police report describes one suspect as black, 5 feet 9 inches tall, weighing 200 pounds, bald and clean shaven. The other is described as black, 5 feet 11 inches tall with braided hair and a beard.

The investigation is continuing.

SOUTH CAROLINA
Woman shot; twins left with her body

CHARLESTON - Two-year-old twins were left alone for several hours with their mother's body after the single woman was shot to death in her West Ashley apartment, authorities said.

Atiyaa Manley's mother discovered her 23-year-old daughter's body Saturday afternoon, Charleston County Coroner Susan Chewning said.

Charleston Sgt. Michael Gordon would not say where Ms. Manley's body was found inside the apartment or where she was shot.

An autopsy performed at Medical University Hospital would determine how many times she had been shot, Sgt. Gordon said.

He said investigators interviewed Ms. Manley's friends and neighbors in an attempt to piece together a time line of her movements leading up to her death. There was no motive or suspects in the shooting, Sgt. Gordon said.

SOUTH CAROLINA
Authorities investigate arsons

ANDERSON - Investigators say arson was the cause of three fires that have destroyed a car and two vacant homes.

Authorities are looking to see whether the fires are related or part of a Friday the 13th prank. They say the three fires were set within minutes of one another.

Anderson Fire Assistant Chief Roger Whitfield said the first fire that destroyed a Ford Thunderbird was considered suspicious.

The first house fire, which an incident report said appeared to start on a couch, caused heavy smoke damage.

A minute after that call, firefighters were alerted to a second house fire.

Flames shot 40 feet in the air, and the house was destroyed, officials said.

Assistant Chief Whitfield did not say the cases were related but said investigators were "checking into any possibility."

A neighbor to the first house fire said tenants had lived there for several years, but were evicted Thursday and moved elsewhere.

AUGUSTA
Reception will honor Cleland

The public is invited to a reception honoring U.S. Sen. Max Cleland from 2:30 to 4 p.m. Thursday at Grovetown City Hall.

The event is sponsored by the Columbia County Democratic Committee. For information, call Grovetown Mayor Dennis Trudeau at 863-1828 or Buck Story at 556-9202.

SOUTH CAROLINA
Area sailor unhurt in Cole blast

SPARTANBURG - A Pacolet woman spent more than 24 hours waiting on word of her son, Marlon Vashone Cook, who served on the stricken ship, the USS Cole.

Carolyn Cook said her daughter-in-law, Daphne, called Friday afternoon from Norfolk, Va., saying she had talked with her husband and that he was unharmed.

"He's my only son. It was in her voice. I knew then that he really was all right," Ms. Cook said.

Officials told Ms. Cook that her son was on none of the lists of the 17 sailors confirmed or presumed dead and the almost 40 crew members injured.

"But I kept saying, not until we talk to him. Not until we know," she said.

The Cook family learned of Thursday's explosion when her daughter-in-law called.

Ms. Cook, who did not know her son's rank or job on the vessel, was already working at the Mount Sinai Church Day Care. Her brother, Roger, broke the news and a mother's worst fears were imagined.

The support of the community and family helped Ms. Cook make it through.

"I'm thankful for all the prayers. They were answered. I'm sorry for the families who had to go through this and certainly for the loss of lives," she said.

SOUTH CAROLINA
Beaver family dams up highway

CHARLESTON - A couple of beavers have been building frustrations among Charleston County maintenance workers.

The furry family continues to dam up a canal across U.S. Highway 17 from the Francis Marion National Forest, despite efforts to keep the water flowing, said Jim Hutto, the county's Public Works director.

The beavers' hard work has flooded a five-acre area and could flood two county roads, Mr. Hutto said.

Public works maintenance crews have ripped up the beaver dam to let water through several times this summer, but the beavers are crafty and quick to rebuild the dam, Mr. Hutto said.

The county plans to hire a professional to trap the beavers, but Carol Linville, an animal rights advocate, says she'll fight for the beavers' rescue.

Meetings this week

Today

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

Fairfax Town Council, 6 p.m., town hall, U.S. Highway 278

Tuesday

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

McCormick Town Council, 7 p.m., town hall, Augusta Street

Columbia County Commission, 6:30 p.m., Evans Government Center auditorium

Augusta Commission, 2 p.m., Municipal Building, eighth floor, commission chamber

Thursday

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

North Augusta Planning Commission, 7 p.m., Municipal Building, Buena Vista Avenue

Allendale County Council, 7:30 p.m., Brant Building auditorium, Courthouse Square

Barnwell County Board of Education, 7:30 p.m., district office, Haygood Avenue

Columbia County Civil Service Commission, 3:30 p.m., Evans Government Center, human resources conference room

Columbia County Water and Sewer Services, 5:30 p.m., Water and Sewer Services conference room

Bloodmobile locations

The following is a list of locations for the Shepeard Community Blood Center for this week in Augusta and Richmond and Aiken counties.

Today: 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., Shepeard's Aiken Community Blood Center, SRP Federal Credit Union building, 1920 Whiskey Road, Aiken; 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., Hephzibah High School, Brothersville Road, Hephzibah

Tuesday: 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., SRS S Area

Wednesday: 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., SRS A Area; 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Aiken Technical College, 2276 U.S. Highway 1, Aiken

Thursday: 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. SRS 766H Area; 1:30 to 5 p.m. and 6 to 9 p.m., TTX Hamberg, No. 1 Hamburg Road, North Augusta; 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Shepeard's Aiken Community Blood Center, SRP Federal Credit Union building, 1920 Whiskey Road, Aiken

Friday: 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., Kinko's, 262 Robert C. Daniel Jr. Parkway; 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Shepeard's Aiken Community Blood Center, SRP Federal Credit Union building, 1920 Whiskey Road, Aiken; 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., Strom Thurmond High School, 1131 Columbia Road, Johnston, S.C.

Saturday: 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., Kinko's, 262 Robert C. Daniel Jr. Parkway; 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Goodyear, 206 E. Gate Drive, Aiken

Sunday: 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Wesley United Methodist Church, 825 N. Belair Road; 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Valley Church Drive; 2 to 6 p.m. Baps Temple, 837 Furys Ferry Road

American Red Cross Blood Services will hold a drive from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at A Child's World Day Care, 4204 Columbia Road, Martinez.