News In Brief - September 8, 2007

Police: Man robbed of money, pants

A Cleveland man lost $2,000 and his pants in an armed robbery after being lured behind a Camden Avenue bar for sexual relations Wednesday morning, Rock Hill police say.

The 36-year-old man was wearing only a shirt when he ran up to a Rock Hill police cruiser around 12:30 a.m. striking the windows, according to a police report.

The man told police he was drinking at the Silver Dollar with a woman he met there. She asked him to walk behind the building to have sex, the police report states.

Once outside, the woman and two men reportedly pulled the man's pants off. The man reports being beaten with a .38-caliber gun. The pants, $2,000 and his nose ring were taken.

Three Rock Hill residents were later arrested in connection with the incident: Bryan Abel, 33, of Olde Towne Way; James Burris, 35, of Skyline Road; and Judy Parks, 27, of Rabun Circle; were charged with armed robbery and criminal conspiracy.

The victim was able to identify all three from a police video. The pants, nose ring and some money were recovered.

Shooting reported at gas station

The York County Sheriff's Office late Friday was investigating a reported shooting at the Shell service station at 802 Gold Hill Road in Fort Mill.

Dispatchers relayed the call around 10:45 p.m. and reported that a victim had been shot in the abdominal area and the shooter had fled the scene.

No other information was available

Stores, clubs cited for selling alcohol to minors

Four area establishments were cited for selling alcohol to underage customers after a routine compliance check of 24 places Thursday night, Rock Hill police Lt. Jason Dalton said.

Three gas stations: Valero, 506 S. Anderson Road; BP, 1190 S. Anderson Road; BP, 627 Cherry Road; and a club, Long Branch, 761 River Road were cited for selling alcohol to underage customers, Dalton said.

Another club, Silver Dollar, 1037 Camden Ave., was cited for selling liquor to a nonmember.

The establishments, which now run the risk of losing their liquor licenses, and the individuals who sold the alcohol were fined, Dalton said.

Local organizations get grants

The Duke Endowment has announced grants to three organizations in York County:

• Carolina Community Care will get $150,000 to help with construction of a 16-bed hospice house.

• York Place will get $162,800 to renovate two cottages and to build a new dining hall and residential treatment center.

• York Place will get $50,000 for unrestricted operating support for maintaining national accreditation.

A complete list of the Endowment's 2007 grants is available online at dukeendowment.org.

Election filing ends in Fort Mill, Tega Cay

Filing ended Friday for council races in Fort Mill and Tega Cay.

New filers for the Fort Mill Town Council seats are Tom Adams and Ronnie Helms.

Adams is running against Charlie Boyette for the open Ward 4 seat and Helms is challenging incumbent Grady Ervin for the Ward 2 seat.

Helms is a 15-year veteran of the Fort Mill Fire Department, and previously ran for the council in 1994. Adams challenged Mayor Charles Powers in 2003.

Incumbent Ken Starnes is being challenged by political newcomer Dean Youhanic for an at-large seat. Danny Funderburk is challenging Powers for mayor.

In Tega Cay, three more candidates have jumped into the City Council race.

Running for two at-large seats are Hope MacBride, George Sheppard, Ron Kazel and incumbents Larry Harper and Ron Kirby.

Elections are Nov. 6. Voters have until Oct. 5 to register.

-- Fort Mill Times