News In Brief - November 1, 2007

Workshop to focus on early childhood development

Clinton Junior College will host a workshop on early childhood development this weekend, and the public is invited.

The workshop, "Building Partnerships in Early Childhood Education," is designed to introduce Clinton's early childhood program to the public and begin forming partnerships.

Clinton began offering an associate's degree in early childhood development this year. Fifteen students are enrolled in the program.

A Head Start manager will facilitate the workshop, and the director of teacher recruitment and teacher evaluations from Rock Hill will give a presentation on evaluating best teaching practices.

Daycare providers, early childhood majors and others are welcome to attend the free workshop.

The workshop will be Saturday from 9 a.m. until 2:30 p.m.

To sign up, call professor Patty Smith at 327-7402 ext. 235.

Officials: 3 bodies found in murder-suicide

EDGEFIELD -- A man dropped off three of his stepchildren at school then returned to the family's home and shot his wife, stepdaughter and then himself, authorities said.

Three of Robert Herring's stepchildren came home Tuesday after school to find the door locked. They called their grandmother, who opened the home and found their mother, 34-year-old Leslie Arangilan, and her 17-year-old daughter, Jade Arangilan, shot to death along with Herring, 44.

"He was the shooter," Coroner Thurmond Burnett said Wednesday.

Herring took three of his stepchildren, ages 7, 11 and 15, to school and came back to the home where his wife and stepdaughter were sleeping.

A motive for the shootings was not immediately clear, Edgefield Police Chief Ronnie Carter said Wednesday.

"We're still trying to piece that together, and the only way we can do that is interview the children who lived in the home," Carter said, adding that the children didn't enter the house when the bodies were discovered.

A Glock .40-caliber semiautomatic pistol was found near Herring's body, Carter said.

CHARLESTON -- A North Charleston teaching assistant has been charged with contributing to the delinquency of a minor after authorities say she helped a 16-year-old student leave a group home, gave him alcohol and had sex with him.

Janet R. Fackovec, 25, was arrested Oct. 18 and charged with helping the teen run away, Charleston County, Sheriff's Capt. John Clark said.

Authorities discovered that Fackovec had taken the teen to a hotel on the Isle of Palms, where they rented a room and had sex, according to the sheriff's report. The teen also told authorities he went several times to Fackovec's house, where she gave him alcohol and they had sex, according to a North Charleston police report.

Fackovec is not facing criminal sexual conduct charges because the teen was 16, which old enough to consent to sex in South Carolina, authorities said.

Fackovec, who has been on paid leave as a special education teaching assistant at Stall High School since her arrest, was released from the Charleston County jail last week after posting $80,000 bail, Clark said.