Originally created 05/21/05

Across the region



Man dies after fleeing onto train's third rail

ATLANTA - A man who was running from police was killed at the Atlanta airport's commuter train station when he came in contact with the electrified third rail.

The man was being pursued by Union City police for stealing a car Thursday evening, authorities said.

The man, whose name has not been released, led police on a short chase on Interstate 85 before taking the exit to Hartsfield Jackson International Airport, where he collided head-on with another vehicle, officials said.

The suspect ran into the airport building and onto the train station platform before being electrocuted, officials said.

Rapper faces charges in shooting death

DECATUR, GA. - Just days before the expected release of rapper Gucci Mane's debut album, the artist is in jail, facing a murder charge.

Mr. Mane, whose real name is Radric Davis, was expected to appear in DeKalb County court Friday for a bond hearing on a murder charge that accuses him of the May 10 shooting death of Henry Clark, authorities said.

Mr. Clark's body was found May 13 in the woods near Columbia Middle School, authorities said.

Service is held for fallen Georgia soldier

ATLANTA - A Georgia soldier killed in a vehicle accident in Kuwait was remembered at his memorial Thursday as a fun-loving family man who could find humor in the bleakest situations.

Sgt. Charles Gillican III, 35, was killed Saturday while unloading equipment for the Georgia Army National Guard's deployment to Iraq.

Sgt. Gillican was the second soldier from the Guard's 48th Brigade to die since the unit was called to active duty in January.

English test is now required of lifeguards

NORTH MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. - All lifeguards here will be required to take an English test next month under an ordinance approved by City Council.

Council members voted 4-1 Thursday to require all North Strand Beach Service lifeguards to pass an oral English exam to serve as lifeguards in the city.

The agreement between the beach service and the city comes after the business sued the city for requiring its foreign-born lifeguards to take additional English-skills tests. The beach service said the requirement discriminated against lifeguards from foreign countries.

The exam will be given by an English instructor at Coastal Carolina University.

Four charged in murder, assault

ROCK HILL, S.C. - Four people, including three teenagers, were arrested Friday in the death of a man shot during a home invasion, Rock Hill police said.

Eastwood Allen Heintz, 20, was killed early Sunday morning after three men with guns entered his home and demanded money.

Another man who was visiting the home was injured.

Those charged with murder and assault and battery with intent to kill are Kenneth Walker Jr., 20; Robert Blake Kimbrell, 18; Samyeil Bernard Barber, 16; and Marcus Kiser, 16, according to a news release from the Rock Hill Police Department.

Councilwoman files building complaint

COLUMBIA - A West Columbia councilwoman who uses a wheelchair has filed a complaint against the city over access to the new City Hall, where she's expected to attend meetings.

Councilwoman Peggy Butler, a Gulf War veteran who has used a wheelchair since 1995, said the new building doesn't comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act.

City officials disagree and say the $6 million building, which opened in December, complies with the law.