News In Brief - January 26, 2008

Principal recovering after wreck

Castle Heights Middle School Principal Kelly Kane remained at Carolinas Medical Center on Friday after a Thursday night car wreck.

Kane's injuries include a broken left arm, a concussion, a cut on her leg and five broken vertebrae, district spokeswoman Elaine Baker said.

A hospital spokeswoman said Kane was in fair condition Friday evening.

Norris Williams, acting principal while Kane is out, said administrators met with each grade Friday morning to tell them about the wreck. Letters also were sent home to parents about the incident. The S.C. Highway Patrol is investigating the wreck, but a report won't be available until Monday, Lance Cpl. Ron Johnson said.

Kane was believed to be on her way home from a ball game when the wreck happened at about 8 p.m. near the corner of Springdale Road and Catawba Church Road. The family has asked that people not try to call the hospital.

Cards can be sent to:

806 Pinebranch Road

Rock Hill, SC 29730

Officials aren't sure how long Kane will be out of school.

Former Rock Hill bank employee faces embezzlement charge

A Rock Hill woman faces 30 years in prison if convicted on a charges of embezzling money from Provident Community Bank.

Sarah Brooks Robinson, 25, is accused of embezzling at least $1,000 from the Celanese Road branch of the bank between last January and July, said Kevin McDonald, first assistant U.S. attorney for South Carolina. She was an employee of the bank at that time.

Robinson was indicted in November on one federal count of embezzlement after the bank discovered $32,000 missing, McDonald said. She entered a not guilty plea to the charge earlier this month.

When the bank noticed the missing money, they interviewed employees as part of an internal investigation, which led to an FBI investigation, McDonald said.

In addition to 30 years in prison, Robinson faces a maximum fine of $1 million, McDonald said. She is scheduled for a pretrial conference in February.

Mask-wearing man robs cell phone store

Rock Hill police are investigating an armed robbery of a cell phone store on Cherry Road by a man wearing a Halloween mask.

Two employees of the Cricket store on Cherry Road told police a man wearing a Halloween mask and a hooded jacket pulled out a semi-automatic handgun around 6:30 p.m. Thursday, according to the police report.

The man told the employees to put money from their registers in a bag, then led them to the safe. The man told them to lay on the ground for 20 minutes. He then fled the store with $2,500, according to the report.

No further information was available Friday.

Man charged in robbery

A Rock Hill man faces a robbery charge after police say he tried to buy toilet paper at Family Dollar.

Carlos L. Gordon, 36, of 1866 Doby Drive is accused of grabbing a cashier at the Albright Road Family Dollar by the neck and choking her around 4:30 p.m. Thursday, according to a Rock Hill police report.

A man handed the cashier money to purchase toilet paper. Once the register door opened, he choked her, according to the police report. The man then grabbed cash from the register and left in what was described as a red Pontiac without hubcaps. About $250 was reported stolen, the report states.

A vehicle matching that description was in a crash on Ogden Road about an hour later. The store employee identified the driver of that vehicle as the man who robbed her, according to the report.

Southern S.C. could see light freezing rain

COLUMBIA -- Forecasters say parts of southern South Carolina could see some light freezing rain.

The National Weather Service has issued a winter weather advisory from McCormick to Orangeburg to Moncks Corner and points south. It does not include coastal counties.

Forecasters say light freezing rain could fall for several hours around daybreak Saturday, leaving a slight glaze of ice on bridges, trees and power lines.

The weather service says temperatures should rise about freezing by midmorning.

Forecasters say there also is a slight chance of freezing rain, sleet or snow in western and central South Carolina.