News In Brief - October 18, 2007

Obama campaign to host faith forums

Democratic presidential hopeful Barack Obama's campaign will hold faith forums today in Lancaster County and on Friday in Rock Hill as part of its "40 Days of Faith & Family" initiative.

Supporters will gather at 6 tonight at the Lancaster County Community Center, 500 West Meeting St. Friday's event is at 11:30 a.m. at the Freedom Center in downtown Rock Hill. Obama will not be in attendance.

The forums are aimed at cutting across racial and denominational lines to talk about how people live their faith and what they want to see from presidential candidates.

As part of the statewide effort, Obama is hosting a Gospel concert tour that has included Grammy Award winners Mary Mary, Donnie McClurkin and Hezekiah Walker, among others.

Lewisville band places third at competition

The Lewisville High School Marching Lions took third place at the Socastee Beach Band Blast on Saturday in Myrtle Beach.

The band also won first place music, first place color guard, first place overall visual effect, first place drum major and second place drum line.

Lewisville, along with many other local high school bands, will compete this weekend to earn a spot in the state finals competition.

Rock Hill man charged with kidnapping, rape

A 36-year-old Rock Hill man was arrested this week after being accused of raping a woman at her home last month, according to a Rock Hill police report.

William Bright of 5075 Valleymere Road was arrested Tuesday on charges of kidnapping, first-degree criminal sexual conduct and criminal domestic violence, according to police records.

The domestic violence charge stems from a separate incident in July, according to a police report.

The other charges come from a Sept. 16 incident where Bright allegedly raped a 32-year-old Rock Hill woman as she was trying to leave for church, a police report stated.

Bright met the woman at her front door with a knife in his hand, choked and raped her, the report stated. He refused to let her leave the home, according to the report.

Bright did know the woman, the report stated.

Coach charged with sex with 14-year-old

GREENVILLE -- Greenville County deputies say an assistant football coach at Eastside High School faces a sex charge involving a 14-year-old student.

Authorities say 46-year-old David Kelley is charged with second-degree criminal sexual conduct with a minor. Deputies say he was supposed to turn himself in Wednesday afternoon, but did not show up.

An arrest warrant says Kelley picked up the student after she sneaked out of her home last month then took her to another location where the pair "made out."

The student later told an administrator, who reported the incident to police.

Greenville School District officials say Kelley is an in-school suspension monitor who has volunteered as a coach with the football team for five years.

Columbia officer resigns amid exposure charges

COLUMBIA -- Columbia police say one of their officers facing an indecent exposure investigation has stepped down.

Authorities say 43-year-old Lenard Paige resigned from the force today after 15 years without giving a reason.

Paige had been fired last November after he was charged with indecent exposure when Richland County deputies said they found him in naked and drunk in a parking lot.

Those charges were dropped and Paige was rehired earlier this month after one officer involved in the arrest died before he could testify.

But deputies have said they reopened the case and planned to talk to prosecutors about reinstating the charge.