News In Brief - March 8, 2008

Six area residents face drug-related charges

Four residents at Genesis Place apartments and two others were jailed on drug-related charges, and authorities expect to arrest at least three others, according to York County Sheriff's office reports.

Authorities served multiple arrest warrants around 4 p.m. Wednesday at several apartments at Genesis Place on Rauch Street in Rock Hill.

The area is a haven for drug dealers, said Marvin Brown, commander of the York County Multijurisdictional Drug Enforcement Unit.

"It's a problem area," Brown said. "We're trying to clean up the apartment complex."

The following were arrested and face drug-related charges:

• Keven Jermon Ervin, 27, of 850 K. South York Ave.

• Tropeka Tywana Gregg, 28, of 521 Rauch St., Apt. D.

• Ronnie Gregg, 27, of 521 Rauch St., Apt. D.

• Linda Elizabeth Gregg, 48, of 521 Rauch St., Apt. D.

• Terrance Dewayne Hutchinson, 30, of 529 Strathclyde Way.

• Jadavious Lamar Locke, 18, of 442 Fewell St.

• Patricia Denise Whitlock, 42, of 583 Rauch St., Apt. H.

Local United Way agency gets $50K in federal grants

Catawba Care Coalition has received $65,000 in grants from the National AIDS Fund.

It received $50,000 in collaboration with the Ford Foundation and the Elton John AIDS Foundation through the Southern REACH Initiative.

Another $15,000 was awarded through the National AIDS Fund Challenge Grant Program with support from the Elton John foundation for community-based HIV prevention, education, outreach and HIV testing.

The National AIDS Fund was founded in 1988 to reduce the incidence and impact of HIV/AIDS on communities by promoting leadership and generating resources.

Catawba Care Coalition, a United Way agency, is a non-profit organization covering York, Chester and Lancaster counties by providing medical care and support for people with HIV/AIDS and by educating the community about prevention.

Greenville County pays $80K to settle staph suit

GREENVILLE, -- Greenville County has agreed to pay $80,000 to settle a lawsuit with 25 prisoners who contracted drug-resistant staph at the county jail.

The inmates accused the prison of providing substandard medical care and failing to provide basic sanitation during the staph outbreak nearly two years ago.

County administrator Joe Kernell confirmed the settlement to The Greenville News, but said he did not know how the money will be distributed.

The attorney for the prisoners, Chip Howard, says he can't reveal the terms of the settlement because the final paperwork had not been completed.

Staph infections can spread through close skin-to-skin contact and in places with crowded living conditions and poor hygiene.

S.C. official accused of horse abuse resigns

COLUMBIA -- A South Carolina agriculture official accused of abusing horses has resigned.

James Trexler left his job as assistant agriculture commissioner effective Wednesday, agency spokeswoman Becky Walton said. He had been suspended without pay after he was charged with five counts of animal cruelty.

James Trexler's brother and mother were in a Georgia courtroom Friday to face animal cruelty charges there. Bond was set for Terry Trexler and his mother, Hazelene Trexler, at $50,000 each on 30 charges of animal cruelty, as well as 25 counts of moving horses that had been quarantined, said Judge Anita Thompson, a Jefferson County, Ga., magistrate.

Last week, 23 malnourished horses were discovered on South Carolina properties leased by Hazelene and Terry Trexler. Five more were found on James Trexler's property. Hazelene Trexler also is charged with 28 counts of ill treatment to animals in South Carolina, and Terry Trexler faces 23 similar counts. James Trexler is charged with five counts.

Two firefighters killed in N.C. millworks blaze

SALISBURY, N.C. -- Two firefighters died Friday and three others were injured while battling a massive fire that heavily damaged a woodworking company in central North Carolina.

Salisbury Fire Chief Rick Parnell said Justin Monroe, 19, and Victor Isler, 40, died from injuries suffered while trying to contain the fire at Salisbury Millworks.

Two other firefighters who suffered first- and second-degree burns were treated at Rowan Regional Medical Center and released. A third firefighter with second- and third-degree burns was expected to be released later Friday from North Carolina Baptist Hospital in Winston-Salem.

Firefighters responded to the millworks shortly after receiving a 911 call around 7 a.m. Parnell said departments were called in to fight the blaze from as far away as Charlotte, which is about 40 miles south of Salisbury.