Rock Hill police arrested three men in connection to the shooting death of Justin Penland last month. Isaiah Hemphill was charged with murder, along with weapon and drug charges in the shooting. Shaun Welte and Donovan Allen were charged with accessory after the fact of murder, attempted armed robbery and a drug charge. All men were denied bond.
Rock Hill, South Carolina residents packed into City Hall Monday evening to express their concern for safety in the downtown district. Owners of downtown restaurants and businesses told the City Council they were worried about their customers after a fatal shooting took place Nov. 6 outside an emergency assistance center on East White Street. Rock Hill Mayor Doug Echols offered these comments on the outcry.
Rock Hill City Manager David Vehaun was praised Monday evening by the Rock Hill City Council for his service over the past seven years. Vehaun received a number of incentives in his new contract agreement.
Jamie Giles, 40, of York pleaded guilty to unlawful neglect of a child Monday in a York County courtroom. He is accused of punching a 3-year-old child in the face when the child would not stop crying. Giles, an extended family babysitter, had no previous criminal record. The child, who had to be hospitalized, suffered severe bruising around the face, a prosecutor said.