News In Brief - August 8, 2007

Two teens assaulted at Confederate Park

Two teens were assaulted Monday night at Confederate Park, according to a Rock Hill police report.

The teens told police they were sitting in the picnic area when five males approached them and began punching and kicking them without provocation, the report states. The boys suffered bloody noses and bruises but were not seriously injured, the report states.

According to the report, police are still looking for the suspects, who face lynching charges.

Man falls 60 feet at Lookout Shoals Lake

LOOKOUT SHOALS LAKE, N.C. -- A group's attempt to stay cool ended with serious injury when a man fell close to 60 feet near a spot at Lookout Shoals Lake where people aren't allowed to swim.

The man slipped and fell at about 4:40 p.m. as he and others were walking down to a posted no-swimming area, said Iredell Communications Supervisor Mark Pruitt. As the man tumbled, he hit his head, scratched his face and lost consciousness for a while.

Paramedics, who arrived a few minutes later, had to carry the injured man out of the area, located near the border between Alexander and Iredell counties.

He was taken to Iredell Memorial Hospital, where he was flown by helicopter to a larger hospital for treatment. Pruitt said he didn't yet know if the injuries are life-threatening.

Greenville police looking for missing 4-year-old

GREENVILLE -- Police are calling off the search for the night for a 4-year-old boy who has been missing since Tuesday.

Officers and volunteers will continue looking for Javeion Mayes at daybreak today, authorities said.

The boy was last seen playing outside his home a few miles from downtown Greenville around 10 a.m. Tuesday, Police Chief Terri Wilfong said.

Searchers became increasingly worried as the day worn on, with temperatures in Greenville reaching at least 98 degrees.

Police think the boy just wandered off and have not issued an Amber Alert, instead using a system that calls every phone within three miles of the boy's house. There are woods and creeks around the home, which are making the search tougher, Wilfong said.

At least 30 officers are searching for the boy, and Wilfong is asking for volunteers to help as well.

Boy on bike struck by truck

BESSEMER CITY, N.C. -- A boy on a bicycle was struck by a truck not far from his Gaston County home Tuesday afternoon.

It happened at about 3 p.m. near where Fairview Drive intersects Dallas-Bessemer City Highway.

Paramedics took the boy to Gaston Memorial Hospital in Gastonia, N.C.; he was flown by helicopter to Carolinas Medical Center in Charlotte.

The child was traveling east on Fairview Drive, not far from his home, when he pulled out in front of the truck, according to the N.C. Highway Patrol.

The truck driver has not been charged.