Driving instructor says exposure was accidental
A former York County driving instructor accused of exposing himself to five students said Tuesday it was all an accident.
David Zitcovich of 1458 Covenant Place is charged with incident exposure after five teenage girls told police he exposed himself to each of them in his car during a lesson. His trial began Tuesday after the judge rejected his guilty plea Monday.
Zitcovich claims he wears loose-fitting shorts and the exposure was not intentional, according to The Herald's news partner, WSOC-TV.
Several of the teens said Zitcovich asked them sexual questions. One student testified that he made bets with her where she would have to take off articles of clothing if she messed up on a driving maneuver.
Prosecutor Jessica Holland called the case unusual.
"In a typical case, you would only be hearing about one incident, one girl, one time. But you're actually going to hear from all five in this case," she said.
If convicted, Zitcovich could serve a maximum of 15 years in prison. The trial will continue today.
Fire damages vacant Rauch Street house
No one was injured in a Monday night fire that caused about $25,000 in damage to a vacant Rock Hill house.
The Rock Hill Fire Department was called to 459 Rauch St. before 10:45 p.m. Monday, said Battalion Chief Steve Rogers.
The first floor of the two-story residence was heavily damaged, Rogers said. The second-floor suffered heat and smoke damaged, he said.
The fire remains under investigation.
-- Kimberly Dick
York County Library gets grant for literacy services
The York County Library has received a $5,000 American Dream grant from the Dollar General Literacy Foundation and the American Library Association. The grant must be used to provide free library literacy programs and services to non-English speaking populations.
The initial grant was approved for providing computer classes in Spanish to assist immigrants in learning English as a second language and developing life skills.
The library has used the grant to purchase 10 laptop computers that will be used as part of a mobile computer lab.
Computer classes will be held at the main library and the mobile lab will be used to hold classes at the four branch libraries in York, Fort Mill, Clover and Lake Wylie. The lab can be taken out into the community to provide English and computer literacy programs.
The first class in Spanish will be offered from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Sept. 9 at the library. The class is free, but registration is required by calling 981-5845.
Computer class schedules are available online at www.yc-library.org.
-- Mary Jo Balasco
United Way ousts King; Everett to take over
CHARLOTTE -- The United Way of the Central Carolinas asked for the resignation of President and CEO Gloria Pace King and named former Wachovia executive Mac Everett as interim president.
The United Way's board reached the decision during a meeting Tuesday morning and made the announcement during a midday news conference.
"The community's reaction has led us to only one conclusion -- we made a serious mistake," said United Way board chairman Graham Denton.
Board members said King, whose salary and retirement benefits have touched off a community-wide controversy that threatens the success of the United Way's fundraising campaign this fall, has not yet resigned.
S.C. farmers market breaks ground today
COLUMBIA -- South Carolina's agriculture chief plans to break ground for the new State Farmers Market today for the second time in two years.
But Agriculture Commissioner Hugh Weathers said this time, the decade of wrangling over where to build the 174-acre site where farmers from across the state can sell their produce should be over.
Workers have begun clearing land on U.S. 321 in Lexington County. Weathers said if all goes as planned, the market should open at the end of spring 2010.
Weathers has grabbed a ceremonial shovel before.
The state broke ground on a site in Richland County for the market in June 2006, but private vendors never got behind the plans and Weathers decided on the current location more than a year later.
The dispute between the state and Richland County is now in court. The county sued because it wants back the land it gave the state for the site. The state wants the county to pay for $2.5 million of work done before the deal went bust.
Escort service madam sentenced to 2 years
CHARLOTTE -- A federal judge on Tuesday handed a two- year prison sentence to the woman who ran an expensive Charlotte-based prostitution ring that made about $3 million.
Sallie Wamsley-Saxon, 58, had pleaded guilty to several charges, including conspiracy to entice women to cross state lines to engage in prostitution.
Her husband, Donald Saxon, 53, and photographer Glex Fox, 58, also pleaded guilty to several charges.
Saxon received 21 months, while Fox received 15, defense attorney Melissa Owen said.
Former student gets up to 33 years for UNC crash
HILLSBOROUGH, N.C. -- A former student was sentenced to up to 33 years in prison Tuesday for plowing his sport utility vehicle into a crowd at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in a self-professed bid to avenge Muslim deaths overseas.
Mohammed Taheri-Azar, 25, pleaded guilty earlier this month to nine counts of attempted murder for the March 2006 attack at a popular outdoor gathering spot known as The Pit.
One person had a head injury and several were cut and bruised as they jumped out of the SUV's way, Orange County District Attorney Jim Woodall said.