News In Brief - November 16, 2007

Bold robber enters market, dozens call 911

FORT MILL -- York County Sheriff's deputies Thursday night were seeking a man who robbed the Lowes Foods on Gold Hill Road in Fort Mill Township shortly after 7 p.m.

Employees and customers who saw the man committing the robbery ran out into the parking lot and began calling 911 on their cell phones, a sheriff's dispatcher said.

Numerous units, including a canine team, responded. The case was being investigated Thursday evening.

Assailant robs man, store of cash, jewelry

Rock Hill Police on Thursday were searching for a man who stole about $7,200 in cash and jewelry from a clerk at Bob's Food Mart, 1307 E. Main St., shortly after midnight.

The clerk told police a man wearing a blue jacket, bluejeans and a toboggan entered the store with a 12- to 15-inch straight knife, grabbed him by the throat and forced him to open a door behind the register.

The man took $2,000 from a cigar box behind the counter, $400 in lottery money, $700 from the cash drawer and five cartons of Newport cigarettes, according to the police report. The clerk also reported the suspect stole three rings valued at $4,000 from his hand.

A canine unit responded, but no arrest had been made Thursday night.

Ex-trustee of Brown says accounts nearly broke

BAMBERG -- A company that handles royalties and income from commercials and other projects for the estate of the late soul singer James Brown has significantly less money than it should, a lawyer for Brown's family said Thursday.

Much of the money that was supposed to go to James Brown Enterprise instead ended up in a company established by a former trustee accused of misappropriating $7 million from the singer, attorney Louis Levenson said after a hearing to sort through the singer's finances. The company collected money earned by Brown's endeavors while he was alive and continued to do so after he died on Christmas Day. Levenson said it never gave Brown the money he earned.

The hearing focused Thursday on ex-trustee David Cannon, who quit in August. Judge Jack Early ordered Cannon to pay $373,000 to Brown's estate within five days.