News In Brief - June 26, 2007

Two injured in weekend drive-by shooting

Police are still looking for the person responsible for injuring two Rock Hill men in a drive-by shooting early Saturday morning, said Lt. Jerry Waldrop of the Rock Hill Police Department.

Investigators are looking for more information surrounding the incident that happened at 12:45 a.m. Saturday on Southland Drive in Rock Hill.

According to a police report, a red Dodge pickup truck rolled by 1013 Southland Drive and someone riding in the back fired multiple shots at the homeowner's 17-year-old son, his friend, 20, and five vehicles parked near the house. Waldrop said the two men were treated for minor injuries at the hospital. The damage to the vehicles was estimated at $5,000, the report states.

Waldrop said details of the crime are still limited. It's unclear what type of gun was used or a what the motive was for the shooting, he said. Waldrop said anyone who may have seen the truck or know anything about the incident is asked to call police at 329-7200.

Dog comes between boys, attacker with machete

Two Rock Hill teens were saved from an attacker Friday night when a pet dog jumped between them and a man with a machete, a Rock Hill Police report states.

The two teens, both 15, were walking the dog near the home of one of the boys on Williams Street when Luis Mar Jose Pazos, 34, of 1133 Williams St. ran outside with a machete and began to swing at one of the boys saying he was going to kill him, according to the report. The report states the dog jumped in between the teens and Pazos, taking a blow to the snout. After cutting the dog, the man ran back inside his house, the report states. The dog was injured, the report states, and the teens were not harmed.

Lt. Jerry Waldrop said it was unclear what provoked the man to assault the teens.

Police arrived at the scene minutes later and saw Pazos, who was under the influence of alcohol, come outside the house and run inside again, the report states. They received permission to search the house and found Pazos hiding in a back bedroom, according to the report.

Pazos was arrested and charged with assault with intent to kill, possession of a weapon during a violent crime and animal cruelty, the report states. He is in custody at the York County Detention Center on a $100,000 bond.

Man shot in leg walking in Friedheim Park

A 38-year-old Rock Hill man was shot in the leg Saturday night while walking through Friedheim Park, according to a Rock Hill Police report.

Around 7:30 p.m. an officer heard gunfire coming from the park on Friedheim Road and saw a man with a bloody leg leaving the area, the report states. The man told police he was walking through Friedheim Park when an unknown suspect hit him in the head and shot him in the leg, the report states.

The man was taken to the hospital and treated for minor injuries but was uncooperative giving police more information, the report states.

Anyone with information about the shooting is encouraged to call police at 329-7200.

Police: Women arrested after fight over park pass

FORT MILL -- Two McAdenville, N.C., women were arrested Sunday afternoon after police say they fought in the Carowinds parking lot, according to a York County Sheriff's Office report.

The women got in an argument after one of them forgot to bring her season pass to the theme park, the report said.

Anna Christine Streater, 27, and Sue Shaw, 41, both of 162 Main St., McAdenville, were charged with public disorderly conduct and taken to the York County Detention Center, the report stated.

The women were bleeding from their face and neck area, the report stated. Both admitted to drinking beer and vodka before the fight, according to the report.

Rock Hill man stabbed at Cherry Road bar

A 29-year-old Rock Hill man was stabbed in the small of his back Sunday during an altercation at a Cherry Road bar, according to a Rock Hill Police report.

The report states around 12:45 p.m. police arrived at Mongos bar and pool hall at 1139 Cherry Road and found the victim with a stab wound. Police believe the stabbing resulted from a previous argument between several other men, the report states. A witness gave a brief description of the attacker, who allegedly left the scene in a white SUV before police arrived according to the report.

Lt. Jerry Waldrop said the injuries to the victim were not life-threatening. He said no arrests have been made, and anyone with information should call investigators at 329-7200.

Richardson plans Rock Hill visit

Democratic presidential candidate Bill Richardson is expected to make a campaign stop in Rock Hill on July 7.

The New Mexico governor will speak to York County Democrats during a breakfast meeting at the party headquarters, said county party Chairman Jim Watkins. Afterward, Richardson will meet with members of the Catawba Indian Nation, Watkins said.

Richardson touts himself as the most experienced executive in the field. Aside from being governor, he was secretary of energy in the Clinton administration.

Judge gives final OK to derailment settlement

AIKEN -- A federal judge approved a settlement Monday that would pay thousands of dollars to hundreds of people injured in a train derailment that released a toxic cloud of chlorine gas over the town of Graniteville.

U.S. District Judge Margaret Seymour gave final approval to the agreement between railroad owner Norfolk Southern and a pool of nearly 480 people who claimed they suffered serious injuries after the crash, said Joseph Rice, an attorney representing the plaintiffs.

The agreement will give people who sought medical attention within three months of the derailment anywhere from $10,000 up to several hundred thousand dollars, depending on a number of factors including the severity of their injuries, how close they lived to the derailment or why they were exposed to the gas.