News In Brief - March 16, 2008

Drug charges land York husband, wife in jail

YORK -- A 65-year-old York man and his wife face drug-related charges after police say they found them in possession of marijuana, officials said.

Authorities on Friday charged Winfred Wayne Jenkins of 550 Sutton Springs Road with possession with intent to distribute marijuana and distribution of marijuana, said Marvin Brown of the York County Multijurisdictional Drug Enforcement Unit.

Donna Kay Jenkins, 54, of the same address also faces the same charges, according to an incident report from York County Sheriff's Office.

Around 5 p.m. Friday, authorities found the couple to be in possession of 229.5 grams of marijuana, the report notes.

The drugs have a street value of $800, Brown said.

Authorities also seized $695, digital scales and four guns, Brown said.

Both were released on $15,000 bonds Saturday.

Child injured in hit-and-run wreck

CHARLOTTE -- A child went to the hospital after a hit-and-run traffic wreck in north Charlotte Saturday afternoon.

Police had little information on the child, including gender or age, but said the child went to Carolinas Medical Center with non-life-threatening injuries.

The wreck happened around 1:30 p.m. on Old Statesville Road just north of West W.T. Harris Boulevard.

Police do not have anyone in custody. But the child's parents told officers through a translator that they may know the people involved in the wreck, said Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Capt. Earl Mathis.

Officers didn't immediately release a description of the car they are looking for.

-- The Charlotte Observer

Hard Rock Park starts VIP tour

MYRTLE BEACH-- Hard Rock Park already has some hard-core groupies.

They got their first sneak peek behind the gates last week as the still-under-construction theme park opened its welcome plaza to the public.

"It's amazing," said Emily Drew, 20, a student at Coastal Carolina University. "I'm actually going to go get an annual pass right now."

More than 1,000 people took a look inside the $400 million park's gates, according to park numbers. Many also enjoyed the Pee Dee Street Rodders festival being hosted at the park.

Construction workers in white hard hats and orange vests continued working while the curious public poked about. Visitors sipped coffee from the park's Amp'd coffeehouse open for business, and they bought souvenir T-shirts, mugs and other trinkets.

The park's costumed characters -- the Bear Metal family -- emerged from time to time to greet crowds.

For $20, they could go on a "VIP tour" of two of the themed sections, poking their heads inside theaters and other structures.

Some rides, such as Led Zeppelin -- The Ride, seem ready to go, while others are still being pieced together.

Some of the park's attractions already are operating.