Originally created 06/27/04

Across the southeast



Train strikes vehicle in Louisiana, killing 2

HESSMER, LA. - A freight train struck a car at a rural crossing early Saturday, killing two people and injuring a third, the second fatal train-vehicle wreck in as many days in Louisiana.

The wreck brought the total number of deaths in train-related accidents in Louisiana this year to 19, more than the yearlong total for any of the past five years.

On Friday, a tanker truck loaded with gasoline burst into flames when it was struck by a train in Chalmette, killing the truck driver and a train engineer. The train's conductor died during the night.

Bloody man at store faces murder charge

NAPLES, FLA. - A man who walked into a Wal-Mart covered in blood and bought garbage bags Friday was charged with murder after authorities found a stabbed body in a trash bin.

Wal-Mart workers called deputies after a blood-soaked man walked into the store and bought some clothes, bandages and trash bags at about 4 a.m. He paid with a $100 bill that also appeared to be bloodstained, they said, and drove off in a pickup.

Deputies found a man that matched workers' description, but the man fled. Sheddrick Deon Bentley, 26, was arrested after a second search.

Mr. Bentley was charged with killing Cory Brightman, 18, whose body was found in a trash bin about two miles from the hotel where authorities found a white Dodge pickup that had blood on it.

College professor will teach classes in Iraq

ROCKY MOUNT, N.C. - An N.C. Wesleyan College professor is packing up his educational knowledge and using it to help rebuild Iraq's ailing university system.

Tom O'Connor, an associate professor of justice studies at N.C. Wesleyan College, will accompany instructors from across the nation to Sulaymania, Iraq, this summer to lead faculty development seminars for Iraqi teachers.

"I've never done anything like this before," Mr. O'Connor said. "It's amazing."

The professor was appointed by the Institute of International Education to teach for three to four weeks at the University of Sulaymania. He will teach a seminar on forensic archaeology to professors from universities, technical institutes and colleges from across Iraq.