News In Brief - October 4, 2007

Driving instructor charged with exposure, again

FORT MILL -- A former Ohio State Highway Patrol trooper turned driving instructor faces another indecent exposure charge after officials said he showed his genitals to a 15-year-old female student, police said.

A Tega Cay teen and former driving student told police that David Wayne Zitcovich, 59, of 1458 Covenant Place exposed his genitals during a driving lesson, according to an arrest warrant issued to Zitcovich on Wednesday in Fort Mill. Bond was set at $10,000, Fort Mill Police Captain Bryan Zachary said.

The warrant notes the incident happened near Rea Circle between July 16 and July 31.

A court date could come as early as Dec. 11, a York County Detention Center official said.

Zitcovich already was in custody at Moss Justice Center, where he will remain, because he violated a previous bond for indecent exposure last month, a York County Detention Center employee said. He also has been charged with criminal domestic violence that occured the week of Sept. 23.

Zitcovich provides private driving lessons in Rock Hill and was formerly employed with the Ohio State Highway Patrol. Late last month, a 16-year-old Rock Hill teen also told police Zitcovich exposed his genitals to her during a driving lesson.

In that charge, a court date is set for Nov. 27, a detention center official said.

Tickets available for Obama visit

Barack Obama's visit to Rock Hill on Saturday is open to the public, but the campaign wants guests to get tickets in advance.

People can get tickets online at sc.barackobama.com or pick them up at locations across York and Chester counties. Tickets from the postponed Sept. 20 event will be honored.

Obama will hold an 8 p.m. rally in the gymnasium at Northwestern High School. Doors open at 6:45 p.m. The gym can hold about 2,500 people, plus more if seats are put on the floor.

Among the ticket locations: The Freedom Center in downtown Rock Hill, Obama's Rock Hill headquarters on Ebenezer Road and the Cyclone restaurant in Chester.

Northwestern High School is at 2503 West Main St.

Bethesda VFD barbecue set for Friday, Saturday

The annual Bethesda Volunteer Fire Department barbecue fundraiser is Friday and Saturday at the main station, 1705 S.C. 324, southwest of Rock Hill just off S.C. 322.

The barbecue sale is the department's largest income source for equipment.

Plates are $7, and barbecue is $7 per pound. Delivery is available for orders of five or more. For information, call 328-0779.

Winthrop director receives professorship

Winthrop University recently selected Mark Dewalt, director of graduate studies, as the second recipient of the Bank of America Endowed Professorship for the Richard W. Riley College of Education.

Dewalt will use the professorship to continue researching Amish education, which he already has worked on for 20 years. He will start writing his next book on Amish education and will write articles about Amish Mennonite schools and the Supreme Court case that said Amish children don't have to attend school past the eighth grade. Dewalt also will design two symposium courses for the Winthrop honors program.

Dewalt grew up near an Amish community in Pennsylvania and has visited Amish schools across the country. His book "Amish Education in the United States and Canada" explains the culture and history of one-room Amish school houses.