The Item from Sumter, South Carolina on August 9, 2005 · 1
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Sumter, South Carolina
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Tuesday, August 9, 2005
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P-15’s Southeast Regional tournament preview 1C IOUNDKl) OC'IOllKR 15 ISO I TUESDAY AUGUST 9 200S Volume 110 Number 297 I SKI IONS 32 I (fs WEATHER FOR TODAY Partly sunny couple of t-storms High 85 Low 71 See page 7B for details SI MIIR S( U I-Sls By SHARRON HALEY Item Staff Writer MANNING -A drug' bust in Alcolu late Friday afternoon resulted in five arrests and the seizure of crack cocaine with a street value of almost $18000 authorities said Christopher Gadsden 73 of 1184 Azalea GADSDEN Lane in Alcolu was arrested at 645 p m Friday and charged with two -— counts of distribution of — - crack cocaine traffick- f 1 1 ing crack cocaine pos- ‘1 session of crack co- 1 tl came manufacturing marijuana and felon in pirnruad possession of a hand- jgj At t' n fj James “Jap” Riley REY Jr 56 of 211 Dickson St Apt 3-C in Manning was arrested -and charged with attempting to purchase crack co caine John Wesley Kinlaw 52 of 1554 Drawbridge Road in Alcolu was arrested and charged with attempting to purchase crack cocaine Macedonia Nathaniel 39 of 1184 Azalea Lane was arrested and charged with conspiracy to traffic crack cocaine Floyd Leaf 45 of 856 Jessamine Trail in Sumter was arrested and charged with NATHANIEL approximate! guns numerou been taken in pos-uon of crack co- seized a press came “We reemertd crack cocaine at the residence with a street alue ' of nearly S 18000" said Chief Depute Joe Bradham of the Claiendon Count) Sheriffs Office “We also recovered $4200 in cash several s tools and silver that had trade for crack We also that was Usc-d in the process of packing and unpacking kilos of cocaine" Bradham said Officers with the Sumter Police Depart ment and the Sumter County Sheriff's Office assisted Clarendon County with Friday's arrests Contait Staff Wnttr Sharron Hah j at ihahy ?th( ih m com ur 803 435 8511 Police seek help in fatal shooting case By RANDY BURNS Item Staff Writer BISHOPVILLE - The Lee County Sheriff’s Department is seeking help from the community as the investigation continues in the shooting death of Corey Moses whose body was found about 10 am Friday on the side of Gum Springs Road in the Cedar Creek community Autopsy results revealed Moses 36 a Bishopville resident was killed by several gunshot wounds sometime Thursday night said Maj Danny Simon spokesman for the department “We don't want to reveal the specifics of the autopsy right now" Simon said “We know how many times he was shot and we possibly know the type of weapon that was used But we don’t want to make that public at this time” Simon acknowledged Monday morning that investigators were frustrated with the lack of progress in the investigation Simon said three investigators had worked until 2 am Saturday and 10 pm Sunday interviewing a number of people He said those interviewed so far have cooperated with investigators SI h SHOOTING PAGE 7 Bruz Crowson The Item Jimmy Marshall with Plowden Construction Co runs a road-widening machine that spreads dirt on the side of the runway at the Sumter airport Monday Repaving should start Thursday Runway repaving project under way By LESLIE CANTU Item Staff Writer The two runways at the Sumter Municipal Airport are getting a $16 million facelift this month mainly because of a grant from the Federal Aviation Administration Crews arrived at the airport Aug 1 to begin preparing the runways for resurfacing which is scheduled to begin Thursday The city and county which jointly own the airport are each contributing about $40000 and the South Carolina Division of Aeronautics is providing about $80000 A1 Hai ris the 011 s director of public services said the exact amount of the local government matches will depend on the final cost of the project The FAA is paying $145 million toward the resurfacing Harris said Harris said it’s been a while since the runways were resurfaced “Personally I don’t know when the last time it was paved” he said Monday afternoon crews were busy filling in long cracks that trailed the length of the runways Other men were dumping and smoothing dirt along the shoulders of the runways so that once resurfaced the sides of the runways won’t drop off sharply into the grass The city reworked the specifications for the project earlier this year after bids came in higher than expected The project now calls for Department of Transportation specifications for the asphalt instead of the original aviation specifications SfL REPAVING PAGE 7 A The wheels on the bus go Bernard Simon transportation supervisor left and Dennis Roberts county supervisor for the Lee School District bus shop go through a checklist recently to ensure buses are ready for the new school year Tri-county districts use summer vacation to catch up on repairs maintenance By RANDY BURNS Item Staff Writer It is a given that old vehicles break down and have to be fixed v Bus supervisors m the tri-county area say they are kept busy throughout the school year as they work to keep an aging fleet on the road Dennis Roberts in his 12th year as Lee County bus supervisor said maintenance staff has been busy making sure the county’s 52 buses are operational and m good shape for the start of school on Thursday Roberts said the average age of Lee County’s buses is 14 years “The summer allows more time to work on the buses” Roberts said “We look at everything from the front bumper to the back bumper We have looked at every nut and bolt on 22 buses this summer” Roberts said the Lee County School District has 44 buses on the road at any one time and typically has eight spare buses to -use when breakdowns occur Frank Wagner m his second year as bus supervisor for Sumter County said his office is responsible for 174 buses serving students in Districts 2 and 17 SLt BUSES Ptfl 7 V Brian Holland works on a bus at the Lee County School District bus shop recently SCHOOL DISTRICT BUS INFORMATION SUMTER COUNTY Supervisor Frank Wagner Phone (803)773-6315 Serves District 2 and 1 7 Fleet 174 buses School District Supervisor for Distnct2 Transportation coordinators are assigned to three different attendance areas School District Supervisor for Distnct 17 Larry Wilson (803) 481-4480 ext 205 For concerns or problems Call schools or Wagner LEE COUNTY Supervisor Dennis Roberts Phone (803)484-5811 Serves Lee County Schools Fleet 52 buses School Distnct Supervisor Bernard Simon (803) 484-5415 For concerns or problems Call Simon or schools sll CONTACT pu I 7 29 years later man woman remain unidentified By CRYSTAL OWENS Item Staff Writer It was 29 years ago today that the bodies of a young couple found shot to death off Interstate 95 were discovered but investigators still cling to the hope that one day someone somewhere will come forward Their bodies found lying face up on the shoulder of Locklair Road a dirt road between 1-95 and SC 341 about 25 miles east of ’ Sumter near the Florence County line have never been identified All that remains of the two so far are two UNKNOWN simple grave markers in the Bethel Methodist Church cemetery near Oswego that read “Male Unknown" and “Female Unknown ” Occasionally flowers can be found on the cou pies’ graves gifts UNKNOWN perhaps from WOMAN nearby residents or church goers that serve as symbols that someone somewhere is WHOM TO CALL Anyone with any information about the couple should contact Sumter County Coroner Verna Moore at (803) 436-21 1 1 or the Sumter County Sheriffs Office at (803) 436-2000 missing the two st t UNKNOWN PUf 7 7 90534 000011 9 © 2005 Osteen Pt tHisfn q Co it is n I PUBLISHING COMPANY A ubi ed ! 894 20 North Magnolia Street "SuniK r South f arolina 29150 ' (I NPS 525 900) itenu WWW THEiTEM COW To coni ad cEukenu (all GttRl 77112011 Cl SN1HH)S 771 IMI DHIURH 7“1 12 8 NUNS MORIS 7 122G SPORTS iM5’s to get official sendoff to Southeast Regionals at Palmetto Plaa toda ' ID INSIDE TODAY’S ITEM r- at

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