News In Brief - September 15, 2007

Woman reports being assaulted by four men

A 22-year-old Rock Hill woman told authorities four men sexually assaulted her when she was walking to a friend's house on Farlow Street Thursday night, according to a York County Sheriff's Office report.

Sheriff's Capt. Jerry Hoffman said no one had been arrested as of Friday evening.

The woman told deputies a large green SUV with four men in their 40s pulled up to her and told her to get in the vehicle around 11 p.m., the report states. When she refused, she said they "bumped" her right leg with the vehicle, and a passenger pulled her into the SUV by her hair, according to the report.

They parked the vehicle down the road and the men, each weighing around 200 pounds, sexually assaulted her, then threw to the ground, the woman reported. She hid until the men left, then ran home to call 911, the report states. She was taken to Piedmont Medical Center and later to Riverview Medical Center. The report states she was bruised on her arms and legs.

Police suspect the men were drinking, according to the report.

Schools quiet Friday, one day after fights

The day after 15 students were arrested in fights at South Pointe High School, school officials say all was quiet at the district's high schools.

"The day went great; everything was fine," South Pointe Principal Al Leonard said. "It was an isolated incident. We dealt with it, and it's over."

Fifteen students were arrested Thursday after a morning fight and three one-on-one fights at the school, district spokeswoman Elaine Baker said.

Extra officers were on hand Thursday and on call Friday, but Baker said they don't expect to have additional help Monday.

Baker said she didn't receive reports of fights at any of the high schools Friday, including Northwestern, where four students were arrested in two fights Thursday.

Mario Marque Houze, 17, and Donterio Deontre' McMullen, 18, were charged with disorderly conduct after a fight Thursday morning, according to the police report. Two minors were arrested and charged with disorderly conduct after a separate fight that morning, the report states. They were released to the custody of their parents.

Computer classes to be offered

Rock Hill Adult Education will offer computer classes this fall.

Classes will be offered on Windows, Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint.

Classes cost $50 and must be paid for at the time of registration.

The courses run for four days and are offered during the day and at night.

For more information or to register, call 981-1375. Registration can also be done in person from 8:15 a.m. until 4 p.m. at the Rock Hill Adult Education Center.

Lake Wylie cleanup set for today

LAKE WYLIE -- The York County Emergency Response Team will scour Lake Wylie today for trash below and above water.

The team's underwater divers will search the lake near Nivens Creek landing and Allison Creek landing for garbage submerged in the lake. Team officials said the exercise also will serve as training for the rescue divers. Meanwhile, other team members will pick up litter from the shorelines. 1-800-GOT-JUNK will help transfer the trash to a landfill.

The project is in conjunction with Project AWARE, an international event in 100 countries. Organizers expect to extract nearly 7 million pounds of trash from shorelines and underwater environments.

Trash collection at Nivens Creek will begin at 10 a.m. and collection at Allison Creek begins at 2 p.m.

Nine vie for four Fort Mill council seats

FORT MILL -- Incumbent Fort Mill Town Councilman Ken Starnes faces two challengers in the Nov. 6 election.

Bryan Smith filed to run for the at-large seat before last week's deadline. Another candidate, Dean Youhanic, had filed several weeks earlier.

In all, nine candidates are vying for four seats on the Fort Mill council.

-- Fort Mill Times

'Prairie' tickets on sale Sept. 22

CHARLOTTE -- Fans of public radio's "A Prairie Home Companion" can begin buying tickets to the show's Charlotte appearance at 10 a.m. on Sept. 22.

Tickets are expected to sell out quickly. Ovens Auditorium, venue for the Oct. 20 show, has only about 2,400 seats. A limit of six tickets per order will be in effect.

WFAE-FM (90.7) is the local affiliate for the program, distributed by American Public Media.

Tickets will be available through www.ticketmaster.com or Ticketmaster Charge by Phone at (704) 522-6500.

Ticketmaster and Ovens Auditorium charge fees above the basic ticket price.