News In Brief - April 2, 2008

Lake Wylie man honored by 'America's Most Wanted'

Lake Wylie's Dick Mann has been nominated for "America's Most Wanted" All-Star Award contest, a program honoring first responders throughout the country for exemplary service.

The All-Star program, now in its fourth year, allows nominations for police officers, firefighters or any other emergency responder for a top prize of $10,000 and a weekend at the May 17 NASCAR Sprint Cup All Star Challenge in Charlotte.

Mann's profile will be featured on show's Web site, www.amw.com, and viewers have until April 13 to cast votes.

Mann has more than 30 years of emergency response service. Before that time, he was a volunteer firefighter in his native New Jersey.

Mann, a River Hills resident since 1977 and Lake Wylie/River Hills EMS paramedic since the squad's inception, is a former South Carolina Paramedic of the Year. Along with volunteering in Lake Wylie, Mann also began working as paramedic supervisor in Lancaster after a 35-year career with General Motors.

Clover high to present anti-drinking program

Clover High School and Keystone Substance Abuse Services will present a town hall-type program at 6:30 Thursday at Clover High with hopes to curb underage drinking.

Keystone representatives will present statistics from the National Highway Traffic Safety Association along with other information associated with youth and alcohol during the meeting. They'll also talk about the impact underage drinking has on the community and will present possible solutions.

Topics at the meeting will include: the dangers of underage drinking and the impact it has on the community, the importance of preventing, not providing, the value of parents' discussing the issue with their children on a regular basis and the new underage drinking laws.

Light refreshments will be served at the meeting. Two drawings will be held for a chance to win an iPod shuffle and a Target gift card.

Man pleads guilty in fraud probe

COLUMBIA -- A man has pleaded guilty to lying to a federal grand jury about the money he put into a Columbia investment plan called 3 Hebrew Boys.

The (Columbia) State reports Otis Lee Fluker changed his plea to guilty on a charge of lying while under oath.

He faces up to five years in prison and a $250,000 fine when he is sentenced at a later date.

Federal and state authorities are investigating the investment plan. Officials have said the plan collected nearly $80 million.

The men authorities say are the principals of the plan have been charged in state court with one count of selling securities without a license and are awaiting trials.