Originally created 11/29/00

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AUGUSTA
Funeral set today for wreck victim

Services will be today for an Augusta man killed in a one-car wreck in south Augusta late Monday night.

Dietrich W. "Dee" Oellerich III, 20, died after being ejected from his truck when it hit a tree in the 2900 block of Mims Road, said Richmond County Sheriff's Department Capt. P.A. Williams.

Mr. Oellerich was traveling east on Mims Road at about 10:30 p.m. when he lost control of the truck on a sharp curve. The truck left the road and hit a tree. Mr. Oellerich was ejected through the back window, Capt. Williams said.

Mr. Oellerich was pronounced dead at Medical College of Georgia Hospital at 11:25 p.m. Monday, Capt. Williams said.

Mr. Oellerich was a student at Augusta State University and was employed by Kuhlke Construction Co.

Graveside services will be at 11 a.m. at Hephzibah City Cemetery.

AUGUSTA
Woman reports mother missing

A woman who says her mother has been missing since Sunday has asked police to help her find the Augusta woman.

Donna Sue Brown, 55, left a friend's house in Harlem at about 11:30 a.m. Sunday, saying she was going to her daughter Dedra Bussey's residence in Augusta. She never arrived, and Mrs. Bussey is concerned for her safety, she said.

Mrs. Brown was last seen driving a green Kia Sephia, Mrs. Bussey said.

Anyone who has seen Mrs. Brown is asked to call the Richmond County Sheriff's Department at 821-1020.

AUGUSTA
Man acquitted of kidnapping

An Augusta man accused of kidnapping and making terroristic threats against his wife was acquitted of both charges Tuesday.

A Richmond County Superior Court jury acquitted Floyd B. Slaughter, 36, of the charges, which could have carried a penalty of life in prison. Mr. Slaughter had been held in jail, unable to make bond, since his arrest in August.

Mr. Slaughter was accused of holding Arshema Slaughter against her will and threatening to kill her Aug. 8. On cross-examination by defense attorney Clayton Jolly on Monday, however, Mrs. Slaughter testified that her husband did not threatened her, although she was frightened by his erratic behavior that day.

SOUTH CAROLINA
Candidate asks state for revote

EDGEFIELD - After being denied a revote at a local hearing last week, Edgefield County school board candidate Kenneth Collier is asking the state for a second opinion.

Edgefield attorney Michael Medlock filed an appeal with the South Carolina Election Commission on Monday on Mr. Collier's behalf. He is asking the state to override the three-member Election Commission and send District 6 voters back to the polls.

Mr. Collier claims faulty machines and inappropriate procedures at a Trenton precinct could have affected the outcome of his race. The incumbent lost his bid for a second term to Sallie B. Cooks by 26 votes.

A hearing is set for 10 a.m. Dec. 6 in Room 423 of the South Carolina Election Commission building, 2221 Devine St., Columbia. If a new election is granted, the governor will set the date.

SOUTH CAROLINA
Three charged in man's death

WALTERBORO - Three men have been charged in a shooting that left an Augusta native dead and another man wounded.

Ronald Harvey, 21, of Ruffin; and Scott Allen, 21, and Israel Williams, 19, both of Walterboro, were charged Tuesday with murder and assault and battery with intent to kill.

The three armed men and a female companion met two men Monday at a remote location in Walterboro. It's unclear what happened, but the shooting occurred just after they met, said Colleton County sheriff's Lt. Steve Bazzle.

Enos Reeves, 23, was critically wounded, but he managed to drive to a convenience store, where he told deputies about 28-year-old Andrew D. Newsome, who was shot and killed along a dirt road.

Graveside services for Mr. Newsome, who was a mechanic and road serviceman in Walterboro, will be at 2 p.m. today at Mount Carmel United Methodist Church Cemetery in Walterboro. Brice W. Herndon and Sons Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

SOUTH CAROLINA
Child in transplant fights infection

SPARTANBURG - Elizabeth Walter, who earlier this month became the first patient to receive a liver from a living donor in South Carolina, underwent more surgery Monday to get rid of an infection.

It should be the last in nearly a month of operations at the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston the 4-year-old girl has undergone, said her father, Dr. Todd Walter.

Dr. Walter is a family physician from Landrum who donated part of his liver to his daughter in an operation Nov. 6. The child received the transplant when it appeared she might slip into a coma from an unknown viral syndrome.

While a liver biopsy showed no rejection, the child had persistent fevers and abdominal pain requiring Monday's surgery.

The Walters say they hope their daughter will be released from the Medical University by the end of the week.

GEORGIA
Man pleads innocent in shooting

COLUMBUS - A Columbus man pleaded innocent Monday to shooting a Fort Benning soldier in a jealous rage over his affection for an exotic dancer.

Detectives testified at a hearing for Ricky Clark that Army Sgt. Jeff Lyda had his back turned when he was first shot early Saturday morning at the Cat Walk strip club. Sgt. Lyda grappled with his attacker before he was shot two more times.

Mr. Clark, 48, confessed to police that he shot Sgt. Lyda, 33, because he could not bear watching him talk to dancer Angela Urmanski at the nightclub, detective Sgt. George L. Lawson told a Columbus Recorder's Court judge.

SOUTH CAROLINA
Judge orders tests on teen

CHARLESTON - A circuit court judge has ordered a teen-ager accused in an attack on another teen to undergo a psychiatric evaluation before he can be considered for bail.

Judge Danny Martin said Monday that he would hold another bail hearing for Raymond Alan White, 16, after the exam, which is to be completed within the next 30 days.

Mr. White had been released last week on $200,000 bail. The victim, a 17-year-old girl, had not been notified about the bail hearing as required by law. Bail was rescinded the following day when the mistake was discovered.

COLUMBIA COUNTY
Schools get salary study contract

A study of Columbia County's school system salaries could be completed by the end of February under a contract between the school system and the University of Georgia's Education Leadership Department.

School board members had previously agreed to negotiate a contract to conduct the salary and staffing comparisons and were presented with the contract during Tuesday's board meeting. After signing the contract, the school system would pay a retainer fee of $5,000 with an additional $14,850 to be paid at the completion of the study.

The study will focus on Columbia County's local salary supplements for teachers, school administrators and district administrators, in addition to other auxiliary personnel such as media clerks and paraprofessionals. It will also look at staffing levels.

School Superintendent Tommy Price said Columbia County will be compared to school systems in Cherokee, Cobb, Coweta, Fayette, Forsyth, Gwinnett, Henry, Paulding, Rockdale, Richmond and Aiken counties. Comparisons will also be made with local industries such as Club Car, Savannah River Site, Medical College of Georgia and local county governments.

AIKEN COUNTY
Police investigate motel death

CLEARWATER - An autopsy is scheduled for this morning to determine the cause of death of a Clearwater man discovered Tuesday in a room at Rainbow Terrace Motel, authorities said.

The man's identity was not released pending notification of kin. But there were no signs of foul play, said Lt. Michael Frank with the Aiken County Sheriff's Office.

Motel manager Rajesh Bali said the man was last seen Saturday night, but a motel maid and the maid's friend went in the room at about 11 a.m. Tuesday. They found the body on the floor with the man's keys and some change lying nearby.

"He was about a 300-pound guy," Mr. Bali said. "He might of got a heart attack. We never know."

The autopsy is set for 9 a.m. in Newberry.

Anyone with information about the man's death is asked to call the Aiken County Sheriff's Office at (803) 642-1761, or (800) 922-3211.