News In Brief - July 3, 2007

Rock Hill woman dies from wreck injuries

A 20-year-old Rock Hill woman died Sunday from injuries suffered during a car wreck Saturday, said Cpl. Bryan McDougald of the S.C. Highway Patrol.

The woman, whose name has not yet been released by officials, was driving a 2002 Jeep Cherokee on S.C. 161 five miles north of York around 3:45 p.m. Saturday when she lost control of the vehicle, McDougald said. Alone in the car, the woman was heading south when she swerved off the left side of the road, hit an embankment, flipped and struck a fence, McDougald said.

He said the woman was transported to Carolinas Medical Center in Charlotte, where she died Sunday from injuries.

McDougald said the crash is still under investigation, and it is unknown why she lost control of the SUV. He said speed is not believed to be a factor. It is unclear if she was wearing a seat belt, he said.

The woman's identification and official cause of death will be released by the York County Coroner's Office, McDougald said. Efforts by The Herald to reach interim York County Coroner Sabrina Gast on Monday were unsuccessful.

Man stabbed at fast-food restaurant

An 18-year-old Rock Hill man was stabbed Saturday morning while trying to break up an argument, according to a Rock Hill Police report.

The report states police met the man at the hospital around 4:30 a.m. Saturday after he reported being stabbed. The man told police he was at the McDonalds at 1232 E. Main St., Rock Hill, when his brother began arguing with another man at the restaurant, the report states. According to the report, the man attempted to diffuse the argument when the suspect pulled out a knife and cut him in the neck.

The suspect left the scene in a dark-colored SUV, according to the report. The victim could not identify his attacker for police, the report states.

Men arrested in convenience store robbery

Two Rock Hill men and an Edgemoor man are in jail after police say they robbed a convenience store with an ax handle Sunday night, according to a Rock Hill police report.

The report states Jackie Alton Petty Jr., 24, of 5032 Cedar Valley Road entered a convenience store at 2652 W. Main St. on Saturday at 10:30 p.m. with an orange shirt over his face and an ax handle and demanded money. According to the report, he was accompanied by Cory Dewayne Petty, 28, of 4231 Maplewood Place and 33-year-old Ricky Rolland Scott Hines of Edgemoor. The men fled the scene with $200 in cash, the report states.

The men turned themselves in to police later that night, the report states. All three were arrested and charged with criminal conspiracy and armed robbery, according to the report.

Gang graffiti found on Rock Hill building

Rock Hill police found gang graffiti on the side of a building Sunday afternoon, according to a Rock Hill Police report.

The graffiti, which spelled out several phrases and included sketches of pitchforks, was painted on the side of a building at the intersection of Ogden and Squire roads. While there are no suspects, the case is documented as evidence of known gang activity in that area, the report states.

Former Tega Cay judge gets interim suspension

TEGA CAY -- A former Tega Cay municipal judge has had her law license suspended after pleading guilty last month to taking more than $17,000 from a law firm where she once worked.

Deborah Ann Koulpasis, 36, was given a two-year suspended sentence and paid $20,000 in restitution to the Gillen Law Firm, where Koulpasis worked as an attorney for nearly three years. The S.C. Supreme Court suspended her law license last week on an interim basis.

Koulpasis was let go from the Rock Hill firm in May 2005, according to a report from the Rock Hill Police Department. The firm later found discrepancies in several deposits, the report states.

Type O blood donors needed

The Community Blood Center of the Carolinas, a nonprofit independent blood center providing more than 90 percent of the blood to 14 area hospitals, is asking the community to donate blood, especially type O blood.

The community's blood supply is at critical levels, according to a written statement from the center.

Anyone 17 and older who is healthy and weighs 110 pounds can be a CBCC blood donor.

Donation sites include the Community Blood Center at 4447 South Blvd. in Charlotte or at one of CBCC's public drives, which can be found on to the CBCC Web site at www.cbcc.us/donate.

CBCC is open Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., Thursdays from 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturdays from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. It also will be open Wednesday from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.

The nonprofit CBCC was formed by five hospital systems in the region in 2001. It serves Piedmont Medical Center as well as all of the Carolinas HealthCare and Presbyterian hospitals in Mecklenburg County.

For more information or to make an appointment, call (704) 972-4700.