News In Brief - December 27, 2008

Man charged after tossing fruit at house

Deputies arrested a 29-year-old man after they say he got drunk and threw oranges at a woman's house in Fort Mill.

The woman told police that the suspect, identified as Andrew Michael Carpenter, hurled fruit at her home, then unleashed a string of obscenities when she walked outside to confront him, according to a York County Sheriff's Office report.

At one point, the man referred to the 67-year-old woman as a "stupid Swiss broad," the report stated. The incident occurred Thursday around 10 p.m. on Platinum Drive in Four Seasons, an age-restricted community for people age 55 and up.

Deputies say Carpenter used abusive language during the ride to the Fort Mill Police Department, where he was booked on a charge of public disorderly conduct.

Train-car collision sends 2 to hospital

FLORENCE -- Authorities say a 23-year-old woman is in critical condition after the car she was riding in collided with an Amtrak train in Chesterfield County.

McBee Police Chief Davey Hendrix told WBTW-TV the woman was ejected from the back seat during the crash early Christmas Day on S.C. 151 in McBee.

Hendrix said a second passenger, a 41-year-old woman, was treated and released from a Hartsville hospital. The driver was uninjured. No charges have been filed.

The chief says the man drove around the crossing's guard arms and the train hit the back of the car.

An Amtrak spokesman told the Morning News of Florence the train was carrying 259 passengers en route to New York. Cliff Cole says the train passengers were uninjured. The train was delayed more than an hour.