York Tech faculty, staff win awards
Three York Technical College faculty and staff members were named winners in the South Carolina Technical Education Association's Educator of the Year Awards.
Administrator/Manager: Carolyn Stewart, executive vice president for academic & student affairs
Teaching: Ginger Dewey, distance learning department manager
; Staff: Candee Brakefield, benefits manager
They will be recognized at the group's annual conference this week and also will be the college's nominees for statewide awards.
Police: Mom admits making teen sleep on porch
A 17-year-old boy with mental and physical disabilities is in protective custody after police say his mother admitted to making the teen sleep on the porch in a tent in 30-degree weather.
When the mother and her son went to Catawba Family Center for an appointment Tuesday, the mother gave the center's director a four-page, handwritten letter. The letter said she'd made her son sleep on the porch in a tent the night before because he'd been banging on the wall and on his bed, according to a Rock Hill Police report.
The boy also said he'd been beaten several times, the report states.
The mother said she gave her son a tent, sleeping mats, blankets and a sleeping bag the night she made him sleep on the porch, the report states.
The teen was taken into emergency protective custody, according to the report.
Police are investigating.
Thief breaks into Rock Hill home, steals puppies
A Rock Hill man told the York County Sheriff's Office someone broke into his Rivercrest Road home this week and stole five pit bull puppies.
The 36-year-old man told authorities he locked his door when he left the house around 3:30 p.m. Tuesday, according to a sheriff's report. When the man returned, the report states, the door was unlocke, ajar and apparently pried open. All that was missing were the five puppies and some DVDs, according to the report.
There are no suspects.
Cell phone photos lead to drug investigation
YORK -- Some photos found in a cell phone left on the side of the road have prompted a York County Sheriff's Office drug investigation.
The phone was found by an 18-year-old man walking home Tuesday afternoon along Old Pinckney Road in York, according to a sheriff's report. The man didn't recognize any numbers in the phone or any people in the phone's photos, and he contacted authorities.
An officer later discovered several photos of drugs and money on the Motorola Rarz and entered the phone into evidence, the report states.
Vandals strike again in Fort Mill neighborhood
FORT MILL -- For the second time in less than a week, Fort Mill's Waterstone neighborhood has been the victim of vandalism.
Authorities said someone spray-painted graffiti on playground equipment, the pool house and the basketball courts sometime before 10 a.m. Monday, according to a York County Sheriff's Office report.
A mother taking her children to the playground reported the graffiti, which caused an estimated $200 in damage, the report states. The mother told authorities the graffiti had not been there when she visited the area the day before.
Last week, vandals caused around $1,600 in damage to the pool clubhouse when they bent and tore down signs on the pool fence and spray-painted graffiti on walls, authorities said.
Police found a spray-paint can and a broken air pistol and magazine after that incident, according to the report.
Waterstone is a 600-home development off S.C. 160.
New owner: Keep Hard Rock name at theme park
COLUMBIA -- One of the new owners of Hard Rock Park said Wednesday he wants to keep the rock 'n' roll theme park's famous name and hire 750 employees to get the Myrtle Beach venture back up and running by this summer.
A federal bankruptcy judge on Tuesday approved the sale of Hard Rock Park for $25 million to a group of investors, including Baker Leisure Group, which has done work for The Walt Disney Co. and Six Flags. Other investors include Freestyle Park International; Roundbox Advisors; and local investors, including Thomas Hiles and Tim Duncan, who helped found the park.
After seven years of planning, the $400 million, 55-acre park opened last April with concerts by the Eagles and The Moody Blues and was the biggest single investment ever in South Carolina tourism. Experts said officials couldn't have picked a worse time to open because tourism drop spawned by rising gas prices, ripples from the recession and the credit crisis.
By September, the park had closed, and the company that owned it, HRP Myrtle Beach Holdings, filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection. No bidder who could meet the minimum price emerged when the property went up for auction in December, and the park's owner converted to Chapter 7 so assets could be liquidated to pay creditors.