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In brief -- April 21, 2009

Cancer benefit for Medler April 26

TEGA CAY -- McHale's in Tega Cay, 1820 Gold Hill Road, will host a cancer benefit for Jane Medler from 1 to 6 p.m. Sunday.

Several styles of music will be performed, including rock, rap, country, pop and contemporary blues. Children eat free.

Activities include raffles, face painting, pinatas and games.

Cost is $10 at the door, with proceeds going to Medler. For more information, call 704-858-4359 or 803-242-3180.

Learn about tai chi Saturday

STEELE CREEK -- The Peaceful Dragon will recognize World Tai Chi and Qigong (chi kung) Day with its annual celebration with free demonstrations and tai chi classes from 1:30 to 3 p.m. Saturday at 12610 Steele Creek Road.

"The idea of World Tai Chi and Qigong Day began a decade ago to inform people of the positive health benefits of tai chi," said Eric Sbarge, head instructor for The Peaceful Dragon.

Sbarge, who has studied and taught tai chi for more than 30 years, said, "Approximately 20 percent of the world already practices tai chi or qigong in some form, and in recent years, these practices have made their way to the West.

"What's more, modern science has begun to learn how tai chi can help reduce stress, improve a variety of health conditions, and even help people lose weight without stressing the body."

For more information, call 704-504-8866.

Bank robbery suspect caught red-handed

LAKE WYLIE -- J.W. Dunlap, 53, was charged Wednesday in Gaston County in connection to the Bank of America-Lake Wylie branch robbery.

Investigators said the dye pack in the money sack exploded and left red dye on Dunlap's hands.

"No injuries, no problems other than someone walked in and walked out with a lot more money than he walked in with," Lt. W.J. Miller of the York County Sheriff's Office said of the incident that occurred about 10:50 a.m. April 15 at the branch at 4090 Charlotte Hwy.

Within a half-hour, investigators had a suspect in custody. Police had a bit of help tracking the suspect.

Jeremy Moore, banking at nearby Bank of America at the time of the robbery, chased after the suspect until police were able to arrest him.

"I work 70 to 80 hours a week. I earn my paycheck, and if he wants a paycheck he needs to get a job," Moore said.

Dunlap is charged with armed robbery in York County and a traffic violation charge in Gaston County.

Book signing set for Wednesday

LAKE WYLIE -- Ashley Evans, Lake Wylie resident for seven years, published her first book this month, "Princess Prissypants Wishes the World Pink." The book is one of six already written by Evans in the Princess Prissypants series.

At 11 a.m. April 22, Evans will read and sign copies of her book at Joseph-Beth Booksellers, 4345 Barclay Downs Drive, Charlotte, in the SouthPark area.

Eco-Fest Saturday

CHARLOTTE -- Ayrsley Eco-Fest will be held from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. April 25 to celebrate Earth Day, and Ayrsley Grand Cinemas will show "Happy Feet" free.

Participants may learn to live green with activities including eco-vendors, games and more.

Bond set in fatal wreck

STEELE CREEK -- Bond was set at $45,000 secured this morning for the 20-year-old Matthews, N.C., man charged in an April 4 wreck that killed three people.

Police say Tyler Stasko was racing on York Road when he slammed into a car driven by Winthrop University English professor Cynthia Furr. She and her 2-year-old daughter, McAllister, were killed in the crash.

A passenger in Stasko's car, Hunter Holt, 13 of Clover, died a day later.

Stasko is charged with three counts of second-degree murder. Police estimate he was traveling 80 mph at the time of the crash.

Stasko has been held in jail without bond since the crash. During this morning's bond hearing, letters were read from those who support Stasko. One of those letters came from the mother of Rex Thomas, who also was in Stasko's car and was injured.

Holt's father also was in the courtroom this morning and told the court, "While you heard letters for four people who knew Tyler, we represent thousands who live with the pain ... my son will not play his first baseball game ... he will not go home tonight."

Stasko's mother and members from St. John Neumann Catholic Church, where Stasko is an active member of the youth group, also attended this morning's hearing.

-- Charlotte Observer

Book signing set for Wednesday

LAKE WYLIE -- Ashley Evans, Lake Wylie resident for seven years, published her first book this month, "Princess Prissypants Wishes the World Pink." The book is one of six already written by Evans in the Princess Prissypants series.

At 11 a.m. April 22, Evans will read and sign copies of her book at Joseph-Beth Booksellers, 4345 Barclay Downs Drive, Charlotte, in the SouthPark area.

Eco-Fest Saturday

CHARLOTTE -- Ayrsley Eco-Fest will be held from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. April 25 to celebrate Earth Day, and Ayrsley Grand Cinemas will show "Happy Feet" free.

Participants may learn to live green with activities including eco-vendors, games and more.

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