The Times and Democrat from Orangeburg, South Carolina on July 7, 2001 · 1
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Saturday, July 7, 2001
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SATURDAY, jULY 7, 2001 35 cents daily, $1 Sunday 3 Sections, 22 Pages, Vol. 120, No. 188 ORANGEBURG EDITION Today in The T&D Law allows 'vision' of new SCSU housing Former Orangeburg Countysheriffs deputy Wilfredo 'Fred' Ramos faces charges of misconduct in office 9 if J , i- i . WIPED OUT AGASSI LOSES IN FIVE SETS An angry Andre Agassi lost it at Wimbledon on Friday, falling to Patrick Rafter yet again, putting Rafter into the men's final. 1 B EXCELLENCE TAPPING RICH HISTORY Afirst-of-its-kind minority health center will open in Denmark on Aug. 4, tapping into the "rich history for health care at Voorhees". 2A DRUG RAID PAINKILLERS SEIZED Detectives seized more than 1,200 prescription painkiller capsules Thursday in a raid. 3A BULLIES THEY COME IN ALL AGES Bullying is commonly thought of as a problem that only younger children face. That's not entirely the case. 1C WEATHER rai uy cloudy, isolated afternoon thunderstorms. Highs 90-95, lows near 70. Sunday Partly cloudy, highs near 90. Expanded weather A look at conditions across the country. 6B DEATHS Mrs. Mary Bond -Lexington Mrs. Emily G. Mahaffey -North Charleston Mrs. Ruth Lorelle Hurst Bamberg Johnny James Orangeburg Nathan B. Jeffcoat Wagener Mrs. Sara Steele McCoy Orangeburg Kevin J. Ravenell - Jersey City, N.J. Mrs. Lissie Furse Stroman Denmark Marion D. Wannamaker -Orangeburg Mrs. Bessie Chavis Williamson - North INDEX Columns 4C Classified 6C Comics 5C Deaths 4A Editorials 4B Local 2A Markets 5B Sports IB Please recycle mis paper, -j ..... .....w . , and Democrat recycles newsprint ISM3t"uUUOl' $35 million in new student housing would be leased by S.C. State By LEE HENDREN T&D Staff Writer Gov. Jim Hodges will formally sign Senate Bill 557 into law at 11 a.m. Monday at the Statehouse, allowing for construction of up to $35 million in new student housing at South Carolina State University. But instead of building and operating the residence hall itself, the Orangeburg institution will sign a ground-lease agreement with a private entity. "We're going to give our students the best housing in the nation," SCSU President Dr. Leroy Davis said in his annual report to trustees last month. "We're looking for out-of-the-box creative ways" to meet the needs of the university and its students. Davis said a group investigating privatized student housing traveled to Savannah State University in Georgia and "saw my vision for what we could become." The legislation allows SCSU - with Budget and Control Board approval -to enter into agreements with private non-profit or for-profit entities for providing "all services necessary to the creation and operation of certain campus student housing facilities including, but not limited to, financing, designing, constructing, managing, operating, maintaining and related services." Once the agreement expires, ownership will revert to the university. The concept proved popular. Before the bill was approved, the College of Charleston, Winthrop University See HOUSING, 6A STUN' I 1 i it.-- 5s m i - -.$fit-,,i ,' f - - ' ' 'r-J'g'lal,liirf'- -yy -r.. ' . : M '. - trr i 1 RANDALL HILL, THE SUN NEWSAP Pedestrians cross Ocean Boulevard in Myrtle Beach Friday after a tornado touched down, causing damage in the resort community. Most of the damage was near The Pavilion, the well-known amusement complex along the shore in the heart of the city. Grand Strand dances to a different tune The Associated Press MYRTLE BEACH - A tornado which apparently formed after a waterspout spun ashore, touched down along the south end of this resort city's business district Friday, smashing windows, clawing at roofs and causing some injuries. "We had a couple of people who were injured by flying glass from windows breaking, but otherwise there just haven't been any serious injuries," said Myrtle Beach public information officer Mark Kruea. "We are very, very fortunate." Two tour buses reportedly overturned on South Ocean Boulevard near The Bar Harbor Inn, but injuries were thought to minor, said Myrtle Beach police Lt. David Knipes. A nursing supervisor at Grand Strand Regional Medical Center said they treated nine people from storm-related injuries. Joanne Lee said people had minor injuries, like scrapes and bruises, mostly caused by flying glass. "The damage was worse than the injury to people," Lee said. "It looks like there should have been more injuries." About two hours after the storm hit, there were "four or five people" in the emergency room with storm-related injuries, she said. "I was just on my way home and I saw this water spout, it looked like a water spout, it was real tight," said 34-year-old Robert Myles. "It was just pretty amazing to watch beach chairs and umbrellas spinning around in a tornado." Myles estimated the tornado traveled on the ground for "a good 15 minutes" and at one point passed in front of him about 10 blocks away. He said he was just trying to get home to close his windows as he saw the storm from U.S. Highway 501, about three miles from the beach. Myles said it was uprooting trees and smashing out car windows. "I've been through a couple of hurricanes and I've never seen anything like this," said Myles, who has lived in the area for six years. I Kruea said most of the damage was near the Pavilion, the well-known amusement complex along the shore in the heart of the city. "There are three or four hotels there that have sustained some roof damage, structural damage as a result of the tornado that came through," Kruea said. A shelter was opened at a nearby church for hotel guests with damaged rooms. "It seemed to come in as a water See TWISTER, 6A ?! , . i - The Bar Harbour Inn sign is shown resting on a car it fell on top of Friday after the tornado touched down. RANDALL HILL, THE SUN NEWSAP Ex-deputy back in Orangeburg to face charges Warrants allege Ramos sold his police gear By RICHARD WALKER T&D Staff Writer Former Orangeburg County Sheriff's Office deputy Wilfredo "Fred" Ramos was extradited to Orangeburg County Friday to face accusations of misconduct in office. Ramos, 40, of Roosevelt Gardens Apartments, was located in Statesboro, Ga., Tuesday by OCSO personnel, a press release indicated on Friday The arrest was the culmination of an investigation by the OCSO and the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division. Ramos is charged with misconduct in office involving the misuse of county property. The arrest warrant alleges that on or about June 15, Ramos sold his .40-caliber Glock See DEPUTY, 6A Orangeburg native drops lawsuit vs. Ford over wife's death The Associated Press CAMDEN, N.J. - A dentist who claimed his wife was killed by an air bag dropped his lawsuit Friday against Ford Motor Co., which has suggested he strangled his wife. Orangeburg native Eric V. Thomas, 35, agreed not to bring claims against the automaker in the 1997 death of his wife, Tracy, and Ford agreed not to seek damage costs. Thomas' lawyer, Carl Poplar, said he urged his client to drop the case because it would cost him more to pursue it than a jury might award. But Ford lawyer William Conroy said U.S. Magistrate Joel Rosen was about to rule on whether Thomas should be sanctioned for lying under oath in denying that he and his current wife were having an affair at the time of his first wife's death. "Let people who review the facts draw their own conclusions as to why this happened," Conroy said. See LAWSUIT, 6A 18-year-old faces reckless homicide charge in fatal crash By RICHARD WALKER T&D Staff Writer An Orangeburg man is dead and another is in jail after a one-car accident on Shillings Bridge Road Fnday. Demontray Shadrell Bowman, 18, of 3477 Neeses Highway, was charged with reckless homicide Friday morning after the 1986 Chevrolet Monte Carlo he was driving left the roadway. His passenger, Marion D. Wannamaker, 17, of 420 Dantzler St., died as a Bowman result of the crash. According to South Carolina Highway Patrol spokesman Lance Cpl. Dwight Green, Bowman was driving west on Shillings Bridge Road at 12:32 a.m. Friday when the accident occurred. "He was driving too fast in a curve, lost control of the vehicle, ran off the road and struck a tree," Green said. "The passenger died as a result of the crash." "I definitely think speed is a factor," Green said. "But striking a tree, there's not too many people that come out of that." Bowman has been charged with reckless homicide, violation of the seat belt law, and second-offense driving under suspension. First Class Trooper L.L. Adams is investigating the fatal crash. T&D Staff Writer Richard Walker can be reached by e-mail at or by calling 803-533-5516. i - f

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