News In Brief - November 28, 2007

Speaker to address HIV tonight at Winthrop

Todd Murray, executive director and co-founder of Hope's Voice, will speak about living with HIV and AIDS at 8 tonight at Winthrop University's Plowden Auditorium in the Withers Building.

Murray was diagnosed with HIV at age 20. He has since has taken an active role in the fight against HIV and AIDS.

The program, "Does HIV Look Like Me?," will be presented by the Winthrop University Dinkins Student Union Program Board and the Health and Counseling Services. It is part of a national awareness campaign created by Hope's Voice, an organization committed to promoting HIV and AIDS education and prevention.

Rumford wins Fort Lawn Town Council seat

FORT LAWN -- John Rumford won a seat on the Fort Lawn Town Council on Tuesday night, according to unofficial results.

Rumford received 38 of the 60 votes cast, said Earl Moore, director of the Chester County Election Commission. Peggy Brightwell was Rumford's closest competitor, receiving 17 votes, while three people voted for Michael Medlin and two for Lynn Weber.

Tuesday's special municipal election was for the seat Lou Ann Roddey vacated earlier this year.

Bomb threats prompt evacuations at discount store

Wal-Mart officials twice this week evacuated the superstore on Dave Lyle Boulevard after two bomb threats, police said.

No suspicious package or objects were located during either incident, according to Rock Hill Police reports.

No arrests were made in either incident, Lt. Jerry Waldrop said. The bomb threats on Monday marked the third time the store has received such threats since Oct. 14, he said.

"It's hard to say if it's a former employee, a disgruntled customer or just some kid playing a prank," Waldrop said.

Around 4:45 p.m. on Monday, someone called the store and said they overheard a person say there was a bomb in the layaway department, the report notes. The caller said it was set to detonate between 5 and 7 p.m., according to the report. Around 8:30 p.m. the same day, someone called and said there was a bomb in a package inside the building and they were not kidding around, according to a second police report.

The store was evacuated both times before police arrived, but employees were unable to find any packages or objects that were out of the ordinary, according to the report.

Pilgrims' Inn reports burglary

Pilgrims' Inn, a shelter for those in need near Rock Hill's downtown, was burglarized recently, according to reports from the Rock Hill Police Department.

Earlier this week, officials responded to a burglary and property damage call at Pilgrims' Inn, 236 W. Main St. According to police reports, the incident happened between Nov. 21 and Monday.

According to the report, the inside door to the food pantry was damaged and food items were on the floor. Bars that were on the back of the door leading outside the building had been removed and were on the pantry floor; however, the door was closed and locked.

Lt. Jerry Waldrop said no arrests have been made in the incident.

Chester man charged after tractor-trailer rams car

A 39-year-old Chester man was jailed earlier this week after police said he repeatedly rammed a vehicle with a 1996 tractor-trailer truck.

Evett McClurkin of 106 Freedom Drive faces two counts of assault and battery with intent to kill. He also was charged with malicious injury to personal property, according to Rock Hill Police reports.

Around 8:30 p.m. Sunday, police responded to the Cone Oil Co. at 1155 S. Anderson Road. Police say McClurkin used a tractor-trailer to ram a vehicle where a man and his 5-year-old grandson sat.

"Evidently, he was upset about the fact that the victim owed him some money," Lt. Jerry Waldrop said.

No one was hurt during the incident, Waldrop said. Bond was set at $115,000 for McClurkin, who remained in custody Tuesday night at York County Detention Center.