Originally created 11/05/02

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Train company bars new whistle system

CHARLESTON -The Charleston City Council thought it had a solution for residents bothered by the horns of passing trains.

The council agreed to spend $60,000 for a system that sounds warnings only from intersections instead of from the train.

However, transportation company CSX refuses to go along. Spokeswoman Misty Skipper says the Federal Railroad Administration has not approved the system as an official safety device. She also said state law requires trains to blow their whistles.

Early-morning fire kills elderly woman

PAXVILLE -A 92-year-old woman died as a result of an early-morning fire that destroyed her home, authorities said.

Mary Lee Conyers died Saturday of carbon monoxide poisoning, Clarendon County Coroner Ranny Stephens said. She was found in her bedroom after firefighters responded about 4 a.m., Clarendon County Deputy Coroner Bucky Mock said.

Ms. Conyers' daughter, who was spending the night, escaped without injury, authorities said.

The cause of the fire is under investigation, Mr. Mock said.

Glitch at DMV blames 4-year-old for wreck

GOOSE CREEK -A mix-up at the Division of Motor Vehicles left a Berkeley County sheriff's deputy confused and a driver trying to explain that she wasn't responsible for a car wreck that happened when she was 4 years old.

After being stopped recently for driving through a traffic light, Jessica Thompkins, 21, said she was shocked to learn that her driver's license had been suspended for not meeting financial responsibility for a 1986 car accident.

DMV spokeswoman Joan Beardsley said the error occurred when a clerk transposed the numbers while recording a driver's license suspension. The Moncks Corner DMV office has corrected the problem, she said.

Authorities capture three jailbreakers

COLUMBIA -Three inmates who escaped from a Lowcountry prison Sunday afternoon were caught in Dorchester County early Monday morning, Corrections Department spokeswoman Cheryl Bates-Lee said.

The inmates apparently scaled a fence at McDougall Correctional Institution near Ridgeville and got into a car.

The spokeswoman identified the inmates as Juan Ashley, 20, who was serving 11 years for burglary; Cameron Jones, serving eight years for burglary; and Alfred Slaughter, 28, serving 10 years for armed robbery.