News In Brief - September 29, 2007

Driving instructor back in jail

A former Ohio State Highway Patrol trooper turned driving instructor who was charged this week with indecent exposure is back in jail.

David Wayne Zitcovich, 59, of 1458 Covenant Place was charged Thursday with criminal domestic violence, according to the York County Sheriff's Office.

Bond was set at $2,125 for the charge. However, because Zitcovich violated the previous bond for the indecent exposure charge, he will not leave the detention center until he goes to court, a York County Detention Center employee said. A court date is set for Nov. 27.

The latest charge stems from an incident that happened Wednesday at his home. According to a police report, Zitcovich grabbed his wife by the wrist and pushed her against a counter while demanding that she speak with him about family issues.

Zitcovich, who provides private driving lessons in Rock Hill and was formerly employed with the Ohio State Highway Patrol, was released from jail Sunday on the indecent exposure charge after police say he showed his genitals to a 16-year-old student during a driving lesson.

Winthrop to hold gay and lesbian awareness events

Student groups at Winthrop University will hold events next week to raise awareness of issues facing lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people.

• There will be a panel and forum on gay and lesbian issues at 7 p.m. Monday in Tillman Auditorium. Topics of discussion include adoption laws, partner benefits, housing, privacy laws, health care and medical needs.

• There will be a debate on ideas of marriage at noon Tuesday on the steps to Byrnes Auditorium. Amnesty International, Global, Phi Sigma Alpha, Socialist Student Union and the Young Republicans will participate.

• Retired staff sergeant Eric Alva will give a lecture on the military's "don't ask, don't tell," policy at 8 p.m. Wednesday in Tillman Auditorium. The cost is $5 with a Winthrop ID, $7 without.

• Students, faculty and staff will march across campus to raise awareness at 2:30 p.m. Friday.

For details and a complete list of events, visit www.winthrop.edu/ studentaffairs/open.