News In Brief - June 27, 2007

Carowinds reopens ride after inspection

FORT MILL -- Carowinds has reopened the Drop Zone Stunt Tower, a park spokesman announced Tuesday.

The ride had been closed since Thursday evening as a precaution after a 13-year-old girl's feet were sliced off during a similar ride at Six Flags Kentucky Kingdom amusement park in Louisville, Ky.

Since that time, Carowinds and inspectors from the N.C. Department of Labor have inspected the ride and reviewed operating procedures with the ride's operators. A cable was replaced after inspections uncovered "minor" stretching, officials said.

The Drop Zone lifts riders in an open-air transport 160 feet straight up before dropping them at speeds reaching 56 mph. Inspectors, park staff and the ride's operators have reviewed operating procedures for the ride, said Carowinds spokesman Scott Anderson.

-- The Charlotte Observer contributed to this report.

Local attorney charged after bar scuffle

A local attorney was arrested in Fort Mill recently on charges he resisted arrest and started a bar fight, according to a York County Sheriff's Office report.

Michael Brown of 3116 Point Clear Drive, Tega Cay, was charged with public disorderly conduct, resisting arrest and inciting a riot early Sunday after an incident at the Stir Crazy bar on Gold Hill Road, the report stated.

Around 1:35 a.m., Brown was seen cursing and making vulgar gestures at a deputy, the report stated. Two police officers inside the club approached Brown, identified themselves as law enforcement, and told Brown to stop, according to the report.

Brown, who had been drinking, became angry and cursed at the other officers, the report stated. When an officer tried to arrest Brown, he pulled away, and another officer had to help get him in handcuffs, according to the report.

Brown started yelling, and other people in the bar started moving toward the officers, the report stated. A fight started and one officer was punched in the face, according to the report.

Three other men also were arrested in the fight, the report stated.

Family court hearing postponed for Doves

A family court hearing scheduled Tuesday for Danny and Tammy Dove was postponed until July 25 and moved to Chester County.

A disagreement between attorneys about charges prompted a judge in Lancaster to push the hearing back, said Detective Cathie Bell of the Chester County Sheriff's Office.

Danny Dove and Tammy Dove each face two counts of unlawful conduct toward a child. Danny Dove also faces drug, conspiracy and gambling charges.

When Danny Dove was arrested May 8, the couple's two children were living among feces, maggots and food scraps and had trouble communicating with others, police said at the time.

Police also said Tammy Dove told officers she and her sons had been held for four years against their will. Police said at the time the older boy hadn't been to school since 2003. Tammy Dove was arrested earlier this month.

The Dove children are living with foster parents, Bell said.

Local men sentenced in post office robbery

Four local men were sentenced in federal court Tuesday for their roles in the robbery of a Rock Hill post office branch last year, according to a news release from the U.S. District Attorney's Office.

Klovis Davis, 26, John Patton, 19, and Tamorris Halsey, 20, all of Chester and Imari Nelson, 25, of York were sentenced to prison terms, the release stated.

Nelson was sentenced to 87 months, Davis and Halsey each received 78-month sentences and Patton was sentenced to 64 months, the release stated.

On May 31, Nelson, Patton and Halsey drove to the Rock Hill post office following directions from Davis, the release stated. Patton and Nelson, who was carrying a handgun, robbed two postal drivers, then fled to Davis' Chester home and split the stolen materials, the release stated.

A former truck driver for the post office, Davis told the others how to accomplish the robbery and disposed of the gun, the release stated.

Chester motorcyclist injured in crash

A Chester man was flown to a Charlotte hospital Tuesday afternoon after a motorcycle wreck on S.C. 9 in Chester County, authorities said.

The crash happened a few minutes after 4 p.m. about eight miles east of Chester, said Cpl. Bryan McDougald of the S.C. Highway Patrol.

Gene Jolly and his wife, Vickia, were riding on separate Harley-Davidson motorcycles near Richburg when a tractor-trailer made a left turn in front of them, McDougald said.

The Jollys slammed on their brakes. Gene Jolly, 62, was thrown from his motorcycle, McDougald said, and was flown to Carolinas Medical Center with head injuries. His condition was unavailable late Tuesday.

Vickia Jolly was able to maintain control of her motorcycle and did not fall, McDougald said.

The driver of the tractor-trailer, Larry Izenhour of Granite Falls, N.C., failed to yield the right of way, McDougald said.-

World Changers return to repair Rock Hill homes

A community service organization with a successful track record returns to Rock Hill this summer after a one-year absence.

More than 250 youths will make repairs on aging houses as part of the World Changers program sponsored by the Southern Baptist Convention. This is the group's 11th year in Rock Hill.

Teenagers will replace roofs, install handicap ramps and apply new paint jobs to 13 houses in Rock Hill and another six on the Catawba Indian Reservation. Job sites have already been selected.

"The folks having work done on their houses quite honestly couldn't have it done any other way," said Ray Koterba, director of the city's Housing & Neighborhood Services Department.

Last year, World Changers sent volunteers to New Orleans to aid relief efforts after Hurricane Katrina. "It was a sacrifice that we needed to make," said Mike Wallace of the York Baptist Association, which coordinates the program.

For information, call the association at 327-6144.

Rock Hill adult ed students to graduate

Graduation for the Rock Hill school district's adult education students will be held at 7 p.m. Thursday in the Rock Hill High School auditorium.

There are 29 graduates this year. Speakers will include an adult education student. A special presentation will be made to S.C. Sen. Wes Hayes, R-Rock Hill. David Stout, interim state director for Adult and Community Education, will attend.

Procedural errors noted at Dorn VA hospital

COLUMBIA -- Dorn VA Medical Center was performing heart procedures it was not authorized to do, a recent U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs inspection found.

A report by the VA's Inspector General Office said Dorn did not have permission to open blocked arteries through cardiac catheterizations because it does not have an on-site cardiac surgery program.

Dorn should have requested an exemption from the VA before performing the surgeries, the inspector general's report said. The exemption would have required the hospital to complete a checklist of requirements before doing the surgeries and to have on-site visits by VA officials.

Dorn has since stopped performing the operations because the cardiologist left the hospital.

Overall, the inspector general did not find major deficiencies at Dorn.

-- The (Columbia) State