News In Brief - November 13, 2007

Indian Land breakfast to feature former first ladies

INDIAN LAND -- A "First Ladies Breakfast" at Sun City Carolina Lakes on Wednesday will feature two former South Carolina first ladies and a pair of guests from Arkansas.

Mary Wood Beasley and Iris Cambell will join Arkansas visitors Janet Huckabee and Gay White for an 8 a.m. gathering at the Sun City Carolina Lakes community center on Del Webb Boulevard. It's a campaign event on behalf of presidential hopeful and former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee.

Beasley is the wife of former Gov. David Beasley, while Campbell is the widow of the late Gov. Carroll Campbell. White is the widow of former Arkansas Gov. Frank White.

Each of the women are supporting Mike Huckabee's candidacy for the GOP nomination.

Grice returns to mayor's seat at Clover meeting

CLOVER -- A familiar face rejoined the Clover Town Council on Monday, when Donnie Grice was sworn in as the town's mayor, replacing Donnie Burris.

Grice was mayor for four years before he lost to Burris in the 2005 mayoral race. He was a councilman for eight years before that. He defeated Burris in last week's election by 34 votes.

The rest of council returned for another two years after facing no opposition at the polls.

-- Enquirer-Herald

Fire causes $30,000 in damage to vacant home

A vacant Rock Hill home was damaged by fire and smoke Sunday night, according to the Rock Hill Fire Department.

Fire officials said the unoccupied home at 329 Rich St. caught fire at 9:11 p.m. Firefighters extinguished the blaze by 9:30, but flames caused about $30,000 in damage to the kitchen and attic, officials said. No one was injured, and the cause of the blaze is under investigation.

Indictments expected in Charlotte call-girl case

CHARLOTTE -- Defense lawyers for Sallie and Donald Saxon, accused of operating a high-end prostitution ring in Charlotte, are expecting their clients to be indicted this week.

Defense attorney Noell Tin told the Observer Monday he expects a federal grand jury meeting in Charlotte later this week to indict Sallie Saxon on more charges.

Defense attorney William Terpening, who represents Sallie Saxon's husband, Donald Saxon, said: "I don't want to speculate about what the charges are going to be."

Sallie Saxon, 57, Donald Saxon, 52, and Taylorsville photographer Glenn Fox, 58, are accused of enticing women to cross state lines to engage in prostitution.

-- The Charlotte Observer

Federal prosecutors won't say if they intend to go after the prostitutes and customers.

Last week, U.S. Magistrate Judge Carl Horn ordered Sallie Saxon, who is accused of running the alleged prostitution ring, held without bond. A prosecutor had told the magistrate that she poses a threat to the investigation because she knows the prostitutes and the clients. The clients, the prosecutor said, are vulnerable to blackmail.