Police charge 10 with alcohol-related offenses
Rock Hill police arrested 10 people in connection with two Thursday night underage drinking incidents.
Six people were arrested early Friday after police responded to a loud party on Ebenezer Avenue Extension. According to the police report, some of the guests hid from police when they knocked on the door and then asked the underage attendees to go outside.
Five teens, from Rock Hill, Hickory Grove, Mount Pleasent, Simpsonsville and Isle of Palms, were arrested and charged with underage alcohol possession. Another 22-year-old Rock Hill man was charged with supplying the beer to the 18- and 19-year-olds. The people who hid were also charged with hindering prosecution, according to the police report.
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In a separate incident, a 24-year-old Rock Hill man was arrested before midnight Thursday and charged with providing beer to someone under 21 at his Ebenezer Avenue home. Three teenage girls from Chester, ranging from 17 to 19, also were also arrested on charges of underage alcohol possession.
Catawbas looking for help on project
The Catawba Indians are asking for community volunteers to help overhaul exhibits.
Volunteers are needed to help upgrade facilities at The Catawba Cultural Preservation Project at the Catawba Reservation, according to a press release issued this week.
The upgrade includes the need for intensive labor that ranges from installing new flooring to building a major new "walkaround" exhibit in the Cultural Center. The new interactive exhibit will allow visitors to experience the life of the Catawbas through a progressive timeline.
The ultimate goal is to recreate an ancient Catawba Village along the century-old wagon trail where demonstrations can take place.
Groups or individuals interested in helping with the construction projects should contact Wenonah Haire at 328-2427, extension 224.
Worker at Lexington tire plant electrocuted
LEXINGTON -- Authorities say a worker at the Michelin tire plant in Lexington was apparently electrocuted while working on a light.
The coroner's office says 31-year-old Thomas Owens of Greenwood died at the hospital shortly after he was shocked Friday afternoon.
Authorities say an autopsy will be performed today.
Owens was working for a subcontractor hired by Michelin.
Black worker claims white boss put noose on him
COLUMBIA -- A black former hotel worker who claims his white supervisor put a noose around his neck at an event on one of the country's oldest plantations said Friday he was fired when he complained about it.
John Green, 62, said he was scared and embarrassed by his boss's actions at the Charleston Place Hotel function at Boone Hall Plantation in October.
Green and his attorney, Ed Brown, said a complaint was filed with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission's office in Savannah, Ga.
The hotel's general manager said in a statement he had not seen a complaint from the commission and that Green was fired for violating company rules. Those rules were not specified.
Green, a former event supervisor at the hotel, said his boss laughed about the incident and "he thought it was funny."
Officials give portion of I-73 final federal OK
MYRTLE BEACH -- State officials can begin buying land for a new interstate that will one day connect Myrtle Beach with Michigan.
U.S. Deputy Transportation Secretary Thomas Barrett was in Myrtle Beach on Friday to sign the final document. The record of decision document gives the go-ahead for the portion of Interstate 73 that will connect Myrtle Beach with Interstate 95.
Federal officials also have given the state permission to use tolls on the interstate to help pay for it.
Another portion of the road in South Carolina that will run between the North Carolina state line and I-95 is not as far along in the federal approval process.