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News In Brief - July 20, 2007

Rock Hill home damaged by fire

A Rock Hill home was partially damaged by fire Wednesday night, according to the Rock Hill Fire Department.

Fire officials said a home at 341 Friendship Drive caught fire around 10:15 p.m. It took firefighters about 15 minutes to contain the blaze. One bedroom was destroyed.

Officials estimate the damage at $6,000. The cause of the fire is still under investigation.

Hicks-Mobley family gathering canceled

The Hicks-Mobley family gathering committee has canceled its celebration tonight in Rock Hill.

It has been rescheduled for 7 p.m. July 27 at the home of Jackie Hicks and Anthony Heath in Rock Hill. For details, call Alice Hardin-Hinton, 524-6618 or Hicks, 981-3945.

Two injured after flap ends in shooting

CHARLOTTE -- An early evening argument between two men ended in gunfire, sending both to the hospital with serious injuries.

Officers say the shooting occurred about 6:30 p.m. on Sleepy Hollow Lane near Nations Ford Road in southwest Charlotte. One man was found there. Another was found on Wilbrown Circle, a few blocks away.

Officers aren't sure if one gun was involved or two, said Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police spokesman Hassan Peterson, who didn't know if they'd located the weapons.

No one has been charged.

Mother gets 15 years for selling teen daughters

LEXINGTON -- A mother was sentenced to 15 years in prison Thursday after she admitted she sold her teenage daughters as prostitutes.

The woman's lawyer told the judge her family needed money for food, but prosecutors said she used the money to feed her addiction to crack cocaine.

The name of the mother is being withheld because it could identify her daughters.

The girls, who were 15 and 17 when their mother was arrested in January, are in the custody of the Department of Social Services and receiving intense counseling, authorities said.

The father of the teens faces charges because authorities said he knew what the mother was doing. Three men also are awaiting trial for buying sex from the teens, prosecutors said.

Before being sentenced, the mother apologized to her daughters, who were not in the courtroom. "I'd like to tell my girls I'm sorry and I love them," she said.

But Circuit Judge Kenneth Goode said he wasn't swayed.

"I've known many families who've gone through huge financial straits," Goode said. "And they didn't resort to what you did."

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