News In Brief - July 11, 2007

Bank signs on at Glencairn Garden

The patio of the Bigger House at Glencairn Garden now has an official sponsor.

Park supporters announced Tuesday that South Carolina Bank & Trust of the Piedmont has signed on as a lifetime sponsor at the park on Charlotte Avenue.

The bank's donation, which is not being disclosed, will go toward advancing the Glencairn Garden Master Plan, which calls for adding land and amenities to the park in coming years. The sponsorship was made through the Rock Hill Parks Foundation.

Leaders from the bank and City Hall gathered at the garden for a ribbon-cutting celebration. A plaque will be placed on the patio to recognize the bank's sponsorship.

Red, black graffiti mar store property

Vandals marred a local furniture store's trailer with gang-related taggings, officials said.

The trailer was vandalized sometime between July 7 and July 9 at Tinsley Furniture at 951 Celriver Road in Rock Hill, according to a report from the York County Sheriff's Office.

Officials found the trailer littered with red and black spray-painted five point stars and taggings to include "B53P" and "Blood Stone," the report notes.

No empty paint cans were found, the report notes. Damage was estimated to be at least $250, according to the report.

Anyone with information about the vandalism is encouraged to call the York County Sheriff's Office at 628-3059 or CrimeStoppers of York County at 1-877-409-4321.

Lancaster men face drug-trafficking charges

CHESTER -- Two Lancaster men were charged this week with trafficking more than $11,000 of crack cocaine in Chester County, officials said.

Reginald Jamaal Cates, 25, of 2017 Old Lansford Road in Lancaster was charged Monday with trafficking more than 100 grams of crack cocaine, possession of a firearm during a violent crime, unlawful carrying of a pistol and possession of a stolen firearm, said Detective Scott Thompson of the Chester County Sheriff's Office.

Gerard O'neil Wells, 21, of 341 Robinson St., in Lancaster also was charged with trafficking more than 100 grams of crack cocaine, along with possession of a firearm during a violent crime and unlawful carrying of a pistol, Thompson said.

Around 2 p.m., authorities say they found Wells and Cates engaged in a drug deal at a Texaco gas station at 5781 Lancaster Highway, Thompson said. Officials seized two guns and the crack cocaine, Thompson said.

Both men remained in custody Tuesday at Chester County Detention Center, Thompson said. The combined charges could carry up to 25 years in prison for each man, he said.