News In Brief - October 27, 2007

Driving instructor faces new charge

A York County driving instructor now faces a fourth charge of indecent exposure, police said.

David Wayne Zitcovich, 59, a Behind The Wheel Driving Academy instructor, showed his genital area to a 16-year-old student during three of her driving lessons, according to an incident report from the Rock Hill Police Department.

The Rock Hill teen told police that Zitcovich of 1458 Covenant Place exposed himself on June 29 in the parking lot at Northwestern High School and on Nightingale Road, the report notes. The teen also told police another incident happened July 13, according to the report.

Three other teens have accused Zitcovich, who once served as an Ohio State Highway Patrol trooper, of indecent exposure.

In the latest incident, bond was set at $10,000, a York County Detention Center official said. Zitcovich remained in custody Friday.

'Dead Man Walking' author to visit Winthrop

Sister Helen Prejean, the anti-death penalty activist who wrote "Dead Man Walking," will give a lecture on the death penalty Monday at Winthrop University.

Prejean has ministered to death row inmates and the families of murder victims.

The lecture will be at 7 p.m. in Tillman Auditorium. It is free and open to the public.

Prejean's talk is part of a Death Penalty Awareness series at Winthrop, which will conclude with the Department of Theatre and Dance's production of "Dead Man Walking" from Wednesday until Nov. 4.

A book about Prejean's experiences with prison ministry was nominated for the 1993 Pulitzer Prize and was developed into a movie starring Susan Sarandon and Sean Penn.

Prejean, who educates about the death penalty through lectures and writing, has witnessed five executions in Louisiana. She is the founder of "Survive," a victim's advocacy group in New Orleans.

Sorority to host event at A Place for Hope

Beta Phi Omega sorority members will conduct an October Harvest of Giving from noon to 4 p.m. today at A Place For Hope in the Blackmon Road community in Rock Hill.

The event will be sponsored by the Carolinas section of Alpha Alpha and will include a clothing distribution for almost 100 people, face painting for children and candy bags.

A Place for Hope is a neighborhood resource center that provides after-school programming for children, evening education and life skills training for adults, and serves as an advocacy organization for, and in partnership with, the residents of the Blackmon Road community.

The October Harvest is an expansion of Beta Phi Omega Sorority national signature philanthropy, Operation Pretty in Pink. The program involves sorority members reaching out to the community by donating needed items. Today, sorority members are partnering with the members of Gamma Mu Phi fraternity.

Fundraiser to help pay medical bills

A benefit barbecue for B.J. Potts continues today at Bethesda Volunteer Fire Department, located on S.C. 324 just off S.C. 322.

The benefit is co-sponsored by the fire department and Mount Olive United Methodist Church. All proceeds will go toward medical bills.

Barbecue plates are $7; barbecue is $7 per pound. The event begins at 10 a.m.

For information call 328-0779.

Mayoral candidates to speak at Fort Mill forum

FORT MILL -- Fort Mill residents will have a another chance to ask questions and hear from mayoral candidates Monday.

The United Churches of Fort Mill will host a mayoral forum at 7 p.m. at United AME Zion Church, 804 Steele St. Current Mayor Charles Powers and opponent Danny Funderbunk have been invited to attend the forum.

For information, call the church at (803) 547-6646.