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News In Brief - March 26, 2008

Bond set for man accused of hitting officer with car

Bond was set at $75,000 for a York man authorities said hit a police officer with a vehicle.

Michael Brian Vignola, 29, of 114 Sterling Drive was charged with assault and battery with intent to kill and possession of crack, second offense, according to an incident report from the Rock Hill Police Department.

Around 7:10 p.m. Thursday, police watched a drug transaction in the driveway of 1111 Bose Ave., according to the report. An officer pulled behind Vignola to try to stop him, but Vignola backed around the officer's vehicle in an attempt to flee, the report states.

As Vignola's vehicle stopped, the officer tried to open the driver's door. Then, Vignola accelerated, and the vehicle turned left toward the officer, striking him in the right elbow and hip area, according to the report.

Vignola was chewing crack as he was arrested, the report states. He remained in custody Tuesday night at York County Detention Center.

Police investigate shooting behind McDonald's

Rock Hill police are looking for two men they say were involved in a shooting behind a fast-food restaurant over the weekend.

During the incident, a 22-year-old Rock Hill man was shot once in the leg while he stood behind McDonald's at 115 Cherry Road. He was taken to Piedmont Medical Center with a non-life-threatening injuries, according to an incident report from the Rock Hill Police Department.

Around 1:55 a.m. Saturday, the victim told police that four men, including one he argued with earlier that afternoon, walked up to him. One pulled out a handgun and fired once, hitting the victim in his left leg, the report states.

The victim told police the shooter was a black man believed to be 18 years old, who had shoulder-length dreadlocks and wore a long-sleeved, red T-shirt with a short-sleeved, white T-shirt over it. He fled in a burgundy, four-door Chevrolet, according to the report. The victim said the man he argued with was dressed the same as the shooter. That man and two juveniles left in a white Honda, the report states.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Police Department at 329-7200.

School board announces new staff at two schools

Sunset Park Elementary school now has a coordinator to get the ball rolling on transforming the school into a center for accelerated studies.

The school board hired Richard Pickering for the position Monday.

As the accelerated studies coordinator, Pickering will help make decisions about how to turn Sunset Park into a magnet school with a focus on gifted and talented programs.

Pickering is a sixth-grade science teacher at Castle Heights Middle School. He has a bachelor of science in biology and secondary education from Winthrop University.

The school board also hired Jason Mabry, a counselor at Rock Hill High, to become an assistant principal at Saluda Trail Middle School.

Mabry has served as a principal and an assistant principal at multiple schools in Alaska. He has a master's of education guidance and counseling from the University of Alaska Fairbanks and a bachelor of science in education from The Citadel.

Mabry and Pickering will start their new jobs this summer.

Sheriff's lieutenant graduates FBI program

YORK -- A lieutenant with the York County Sheriff's Office has graduated from a national academy program.

Brian Boling graduated March 14 from the 232nd session of the FBI National Academy Program at Quantico, Va., according to a release issued Tuesday from the sheriff's office.

Boling was among 280 law enforcement officers who graduated during the session, which consisted of women and men from four military groups, three federal civilian organizations, 21 countries, the District of Columbia and 48 states.

Known for its academic excellence, the FBI National Academy Program offers 10 weeks of advanced management, investigative and fitness training to selected officers.

More than 41,400 people have graduated from the National Academy, which began in July 1935. About 23,900 continue to serve in the law enforcement profession, including three previous National Academy graduates at the York County Sheriff's Office.

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