News In Brief - March 18, 2008

Rock Hill man charged after stabbing

A Rock Hill teenager was stabbed in the leg during an argument over $3, according to a police report.

Marcus Colvin, 18, of 1322 Stonepine Drive, was arrested Friday in connection to the stabbing of a 16-year-old boy, the report states.

Rock Hill Police were called to the 200 block of Lomax Street around 7:30 p.m. Friday because of reports of a large fight. The victim told police he had been stabbed in the leg by Colvin. The two had been arguing over $3 the boy owed Colvin, the report states. Colvin told police he playfully poked a pocket knife in the victim's direction during the argument but didn't stab him, the report states.

However, police witnessed a puncture wound to the victim's left leg, according to the report. The 16-year-old boy did not suffer serious injuries.

Colvin told police he dropped the knife, but it wasn't located, the report states. A search revealed Colvin was carrying a set of brass knuckles. He was charged with assault and battery of a high and aggravated nature and unlawful carrying of a weapon.

Rock Hill man fights off gunman outside store

A Rock Hill man fought back and escaped unharmed when an armed robber held a gun to his back, according to a police report.

The 29-year-old man told Rock Hill Police he was walking away from a store at 106 Cherry Road around 11 p.m. Friday when someone walked up behind him, pushed a hard object against his back and demanded money, the report states. Thinking the robbery attempt was a prank, the victim said he reached around and grabbed the object before he realized it was a stranger with a gun.

The victim told police he pushed the gun away and punched the man several times. The two then began wrestling for control of the gun, the report states. The man told police he took the gun away from the suspect, who then ran away.

The suspect left behind a red, white and blue Atlanta Braves hat, a cell phone and the weapon, the report states.

The case is under investigation.

Scholar to speak at Winthrop on March 26

Scholar and author Alan Lightman will visit Winthrop University next week as part of the Hornsby Master of Liberal Arts Lecture Series.

Lightman has served on the faculties of Harvard University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where he was the first person to receive a dual faculty appointment in science and the humanities.

A theoretical physicist and writer, Lightman is the author of more than a dozen books, including "Einstein's Dreams," "Ghost" and "The Diagnosis," a finalist for the National Book Award.

Lightman will speak on how artists and scientists see the world at 8 p.m. March 26 in Johnson Theatre. The event is free and open to the public, but seating is limited.

The Master of Liberal Arts program, established in 1989, is an interdisciplinary graduate program based on the philosophy that fundamental human questions cannot be answered from a traditional, single-discipline focused master's degree.

DHEC recognizes city for its recycling efforts

The city of Rock Hill has been honored for its innovative recycling programs.

Each year, DHEC honors the top S.C. recycling programs, projects and people for outstanding achievement in a variety of categories.

The city won praise for the Clean & Green Board, an 18-member group that spreads information at events such as Earth Day Birthday and National Night Out.

In addition, public works staff and volunteers identified neighborhoods with low recycling rates and placed stickers on customers' roll carts, thanking them for their recycling work or explaining how to get a free bin.

The city collected 1,890 tons of recyclable material in 2007. The total reduction in waste equals an avoided cost of $93,468.

Call the recycling hotline at 329-5610 for information.