The Item from Sumter, South Carolina on August 9, 2007 · 1
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The Item from Sumter, South Carolina · 1

Sumter, South Carolina
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Thursday, August 9, 2007
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AUGUST 9 2007 TODAY BE CAREFUL Know the signs ol fa heatstroke Details h MM’t pago 8B HIGH: 103 10W:77 tS3 VOLUME 112 NUMBER 295 FOUNDED OCTOBER 15 1894 SUMTER SC - 50 CENTS 756 Barry Bonds surpasses Hank Aaron ’s home run record SPORTS IB LA MUSICA SOTTO LE STELLE Group to bring classical music to Sumter Opera House PANORAMA 1C FTBRRHirq TRENTON Fla (AP) -A police officer who crashed his car into a convenience store when his cowboy boot slipped off the brake said Wednesday he " wasembarrassed and not ' opposed to a new department ban on the smooth-soled footwear “They had leather soles and when I hit the brake my foot slipped off and hit the accelerator It was my fault” said Michael Herko one of two full-time officers in this rural north Florida town Herko 62 said he was pulling into the store when his squad car crashed Sunday night The 40-year police veteran was wearing a type of cowboy boots called ropers I EEBEBH Linda M Ayers James M Berry Sr Sara P Brody Raymond Dechecchi Queen P Gregg Hannibal James Jr Leo Murray Richard A Myer Mary R Varner Lillie P Walters Willie J Wilson — PAGE 7A 1 SLCTIONS 24 PAGhS wwwUisilemcom lo contact a Item- call GENERAL 774-1200 CLASSI1 ILDS 774-1244 DELIVERY 774 1258 NLWSSPORTS 774-1226 90534 00001 9 rrmtunnNl nJILUHIMi CO MPA HU iArf ! 20 North Magnolia Street Suniler South Carolina 29150 (USPS 525-900) Temperatures break records across state Residents advised to drink plenty of water stay in air conditioning BySEANNAADCOX Associated Press Writer Temperatures continued to break records across South Carolina on Wednesday as residents were advised to stay in air-conditioned buildings It has never been hotter at the Greenville airport which recorded a high of 104 degrees It broke the record for Aug 8 by she degrees was the hottest temperature ever recorded in August and tied the all-time highest reading previously reached in 1952 1954 and 1999 said Neil Dixon a meteorologist with the weather service Columbia which is typically the hottest city in the state because of its sandy soil low elevation and distance from the ocean climbed to 105 degrees breaking the previous daily record of 102 set in 1900 forecasters said Columbia has recorded highs of 100 or above for four days in a row Greenville’s high Tuesday of J00 degrees broke a daily record set in 1935 while both Columbia and Charleston tied previous records: Columbia also was 102 on Aug 7 1968 and Charleston was 98 on that day in 1979 said Leonard Vaughan a meteorologist with the weather service SEE HEAT PAGE 7A STAYINGTCOO Four locations are open today through Friday for anyone suffering from the heat to cool off: The former Boys & Girls Club 444 Belli St 1 to 7 pm Bimle HOPE Center 210 S Purdy St 8 am to 7 pm South HOPE Center 1125 S Lafayette Drive 8 am to 7 pm North HOPE Center 904 N Main St 8 am to 7 pm V 1 The Associated Press Jared Stafford 5 cools off by standing underneath a fountain at the Sheppard Swim Center In Anderson on Tuesday 1 hospitalized after shooting By SHARRGN HALEY Item Staff Writer MANNING - A shooting outside an apartment complex Tuesday night sent two people to the hospital while three people were treated at the scene for minor injuries authorities said A 16-year-old girl was airlifted to Palmetto Health Richland in Columbia for pellet wounds to the base of the neck and lower back while the other person transferred to Clarendon Memorial Hospital Diane Jefferson 38 of Pinewood refused treatment and returned home Chief Deputy Joe Bradham of the Clarendon County Sheriff’s Office said Wednesday morning The shooting occurred about 11 pm in the breezeway between two apartment buildings at Lakebrook Apartments on Raccoon Road in Manning authorities said -“As we understand it a black vehicle pulled up with two black males inside” Bradham said “One of the males got a shotgun from the vehicle’s truck and fired one shot striking five peopie” Bradham said the shotgun round fired into the crowd contained birdshot “We have a lead in the case” the chief deputy said “but if anyone has any information they’d like to share with us we’ll be more than happy to talk with them” Bradham said investigators Tommy Burgess and Lin Ham are handling the case About 30 minutes before the shooting at Lakebrook Apartments deputies responded to an-alleged home invasion at 3796 St Paul Road in Summerton A 27-year-old woman living at the address reportedly told depubes three black males wearing ski masks and carrying guns forced their way into her home and began SEE SHOOTING PAGE 7A - - -PW vs Vs? J i k’r-w-£ iWTTWf rii !“ 's 1 Ah A 1 i!f4 ''V' ’ Item tile photos An unidentified man and woman w era found shot to death In Sumter County 31 yoars ago today and their Identities still remain a mystery Their bodies were exhumed In June In hopes of extracting usable teeth and bone samples 31 years later couple remains unidentified Bodies recently exhumed to provide teeth bone samples By CRYSTAL OWENS Item Staff Writer The unidentified man and woman had been dead only hours whdtt” pathologist Dr Keene J Garvin at the time a resident at the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston helped to perform the autopsies on their bullet-ridden bodies The two appeared to be young - a good indication that someone somewhere knew them and were desperately searching Fingerprints were made Photos were taken Interviews were conducted No leads ever came than three decades later After a year of searching for their identities including allowing the public td view the two as they lay in airtight coffins with glass lids in a building behind the former Shel-ley-Brunson Funeral Home on East Liberty Street they were buried in donated plots in the Bethel United Methodist Church cemetery in Oswego For years following their deaths Sumter County Coroner Verna Moore appealed to the powers that be for cooperation in exhuming their bodies Technology was advancing and cold cases that had plagued law enforcement throughout the country were being solved in the name of DNA evidence On June 11 with the cooperation of Sumter County Sheriff Anthony Dennis the coroner got her wish Today some of the pair’s remains sit in a State Law Enforcement Division DNA laboratory in Columbia where caseworkers will try to secure a sample to compare to national and world databases i ‘i ( u f'i: J-TVTTUTTr-- - SEE COUPLE PAGE 7A a L — i ! af - More Garvin would once again find himself hovering over their bodies this time during an exhumation where he collected teeth and bone samples that may one day give their loved ones closure “I’m just as curious as anyone to find out who this couple is” said Garvin now an assistant pathologist and senior morgue technician at Newberry Pathology Associates The man and woman who were believed to be in their mid 20s and late teens respectively were found in Sumter County shot to death 31 years ago today on the shoulder of Locklair Road a dirt road between Interstate 95 and SC 341 near the Florence County line Sumter County Coroner Voma Moore left and pathologist Dr Keene J Garvin work to extract a bone sample from one of the exhumed bodies of the unidentified couple In June Italian campers learn American way 1 Keith Gedamke The Item Italian campers talk about the differences in diet they have experienced while staying at Camp Bob Cooper By JAMIE HUDSON Item Staff Writer From July 30 to Aug 10 Camp Bob Cooper in Summerton is playing host to a group from Carpi Italy eager to immerse themselves in American culture By the end of the first week it was hard to distinguish the Italian campers from the American campers because the Italian group had blended m with their fellow campers They laughed with other campers while hurling the ball at each other in a fierce game of dodgeball Maria Francesa Dalla Porta 15 said the purpose of the trans-Atlantic trip was to improve their English and to “learn about American culture” The group’s chaperone Roberta Rinaldi works with the group at the Victoria Language Center in Italy The center is a cultural organization in Carpi that helps educate youth and children Rinaldi -met Clemson professor David Reinking who suggested the Summerton camp The center was looking SI E CAMPERS PAGE 8A

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