News In Brief - August 10, 2007

Barbecue to benefit local veterans

The Rock Hill Vietnam Combat group is holding a picnic and barbecue fundraiser Saturday to benefit disabled veterans.

The public is invited to the all-day event, featuring food, live music, horseshoe and fishing tournaments and a casual softball game.

Chester's Lori Fairfax Tinsley is scheduled to be among the singers. Her son, Army Spc. Logan Tinsley, was killed in Iraq on Dec. 26 when his Humvee overturned.

The festivities start at 9 a.m. at Chester State Park on S.C. 72/121 just south of Chester.

Lunch will be served between noon and 1:30 p.m. Covered dishes and desserts are requested. Participants who want to camp overnight are asked to make reservations by calling 1-866-345-7275.

To volunteer at the event, contact Rocky Shaw at 581-8765.

Man charged in Super Bowl ring theft

LINCOLNTON, N.C. -- A North Carolina man has been arrested after an undercover sting to purchase a stolen Super Bowl ring belonging to former Carolina Panthers player Pete Metzelaars, who lives in Indian Land.

The sting was set up in a Harris Teeter parking lot around 9 p.m. Wednesday, according to a news release from the Lincoln County Sheriff's Office. Officers arrested 25-year-old Matthew John Dibruno of Iron Station on charges of felony possession of stolen goods, the release stated.

The Super Bowl ring, along with four conference championship rings and some of Metzalaars' wife's jewelry, was taken in a break-in at their Indian Land home in July.

The recovered Super Bowl ring was valued at $10,000, according to the release.

York County GOP announces August events

York County Republicans on Thursday announced a flurry of upcoming visitors, including two presidential candidates and a member of the U.S. House.

U.S. Sen. Sam Brownback will speak at Thursday's Too restaurant on Tuesday from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. The Kansas lawmaker lags in the polls but is seeking to woo social conservatives with his ardent pro-life stance.

On Aug. 21, Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee will make his second visit to York County when he throws out the first pitch at a Charlotte Knights baseball game in Fort Mill. Last spring, Huckabee spoke to about 80 people at Captain Steve's seafood restaurant in Fort Mill.

Two days after Huckabee's visit, U.S. Rep. Gresham Barrett will visit Cherry Park for an 8 a.m. breakfast hosted by the York County and Clover/Lake Wylie Republican Women. Afterward, he'll tour companies at Waterford Business Park, visit a Rotary Club meeting and speak at the party's 7 p.m. monthly meeting at Thursday's Too.

Barrett, of Westminster, is mentioned as a possible candidate for S.C. governor in 2010.

Isle of Palms beach closed after 2 injuries

ISLE OF PALMS-- Officials closed a beach near Charleston on Thursday after two reports of people being bitten while in the water, possibly by sharks.

A 9-year-old boy suffered injuries to his lower leg and ankle while riding a boogie board shortly after 2 p.m. Less than three hours later, a man was bitten on the leg about four miles away, said Isle of Palms City Administrator Linda Tucker.

She did not know if the injuries were shark bites. A witness said he saw a 4-foot fish in the water, but no one could confirm seeing a shark, she said.

Both were treated at the scene and taken to local hospitals. Their names and conditions were not immediately available.