News In Brief - March 4, 2008

Eight arrested at off-campus party

Police crashed a party on Ebenezer Avenue near Winthrop University on Friday night, hauling eight people to jail and issuing citations to 13 others, according to a Rock Hill Police report.

Officers responded to 515 Ebenezer Ave. around 11:15 p.m. Friday after receiving an anonymous phone call reporting a party with underage drinking and loud music, the report states. Officers knocked on the door and asked everyone to come outside the house and provide identification. Thirteen individuals under the age of 21 admitted to drinking alcohol. Each was issued a ticket and released.

Police arrested two 21-year-old male residents of the home and charged them with transferring alcohol to a minor and hindering police because they did not immediately cooperate when authorities arrived, according to the report.

While collecting evidence inside the home, police found six more underage individuals hiding in a bedroom, the report states. All six were arrested for hindering police and possession of beer or liquor under 21, according to the report.

Lancaster teen treated for gunshot wound

LANCASTER -- A 17-year-old Lancaster boy was shot in the back Sunday night, according to a police report.

Around 8 p.m., police found the boy lying in the grass outside a home at 500 E. Dunlap St., suffering from a single gunshot wound to his back, the Lancaster Police report states. The boy, who was alert and able to talk to police, said he didn't know who shot him. The home's resident told authorities she was inside the house during the incident but heard an argument and then a gunshot, the report states.

Officers were unable to locate a shell casing. The boy was taken by ambulance to the hospital where he was treated for his wounds. Police are investigating the incident, but have not named a suspect.

Press group recognizes South Pointe principal

South Pointe High School Principal Al Leonard recently was selected the Southern Interscholastic Press Association Administrator of the Year.

He was nominated by the staff of South Pointe in the News (SPIN), the student newspaper.

In order to be nominated an administrator had to "nurture the principles of scholastic journalism" and encourage students to attend seminars, workshops and conferences, among other things.

The southern region includes Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Mississippi, North Carolina, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia and West Virginia.

$300 taken from York convenience store

YORK -- Police are searching for two men who robbed a York gas station Monday morning at 328 S. Congress St.

The suspects entered American Pride, formerly S&G's Convenience, and pointed a gun at the clerk, demanding money from the cash register be put in a bag, according to the police report.

They took the drawer and left in the direction of Galilean Road.

About $300 was stolen, but no one was hurt in the incident, police said.

Video shows a black man wearing a white long-sleeve shirt and blue jeans. He wore a black do-rag on his head, and black and red cloth covered half his face, the report said. He had a black semi-automatic hand gun in his left hand.

The second robber was a black male wearing a camouflage jacket with a hood, blue jeans and a light blue bandanna covering half his face. The video shows him carrying something that appears to be a knife, according to the report.

A K-9 unit was deployed, said York Sgt. William Mumaw.

If you have any information on this case, call the York Police Department at 684-4141.