News In Brief - April 5, 2008

Rock Hill school bus in minor wreck

A school bus taking students from Rock Hill High to the Applied Technology Center was involved in a minor wreck this morning, schools spokeswoman Elaine Baker said.

The bus was hit by a car at the intersection of Fire Tower and Albright roads at about 8:30 a.m. The driver of the car that hit the bus was a Rock Hill High School student, Baker said.

No injuries were reported.

Another bus was brought to the scene of the accident to take the students to class.

No charges were filed.

Rock Hill man faces drug charges

A Rock Hill man was charged Thursday with having more than 225 grams of marijuana, according to a police report.

Police arrested Allen Wayne Outlaw, 19, after finding the drugs in his car during a traffic stop on Cherry Road, the report states.

An officer initially stopped Outlaw for speeding at about 9:20 p.m., but said he could see and smell marijuana when he approached the car, the report states.

Outlaw was charged with possession with intent to distribute marijuana, possession with intent to distribute marijuana in proximity to a school and speeding.

Truckers slow down to protest on I-77

About a half-dozen independent truck drivers protested high fuel prices Friday morning by driving their rigs slower than normal on Interstate 77 in York County.

The drivers were accompanied by troopers from the S.C. Highway Patrol, who reportedly tried to prevent the truckers from blocking traffic.

The truck caravan began about 7:30 a.m. at the Crenco truck stop at Exit 65, a clerk said. The truckers traveled northbound averaging about 40 mph to raise awareness of their plight, snarling a few lanes of traffic during the morning commute for a short period.

By 9 a.m. the trucker protest had dissipated around the state line, and traffic flow was moving at a normal pace.

The protest was one of many loosely organized events this week across the nation.

Independent truckers, who pay for their own equipment and fuel, are petitioning lawmakers to use oil reserves and lower diesel prices, which are nearing $4 a gallon.

Fire destroys Lake Wylie house

A Lake Wylie home was destroyed in a fire this week, according to a report from the York County Sheriff's Office.

An officer was across the street on Duck Haven Lane for an unrelated investigation Wednesday afternoon when he heard about the fire. The officer went outside and found the entire upper level of the house in flames.

He then noticed a man run inside the house. The report states the officer ran into the house after him and found a man and a woman inside trying to gather their belongings.

Both were able to get out of the house, which was destroyed. Total damage was estimated at about $500,000.

Fire investigator Donnie Helms said the cause of the fire is unknown. In addition to the house, two sheds and four cars were destroyed, he said.

It took firefighters from five departments about 90 minutes to get the fire under control.

The couple who lived in the house have insurance.

Former county manager seeking Union County job

Former York County Manager Al Greene is one of two finalists for the top position in Union County, N.C., a booming Charlotte suburb.

Greene, who led York County from 2000 to 2006, stepped down in December 2006 before the current council took office. He's currently the interim county manager in Pender County.

Greene cited personal reasons when he left after 12 years with York County.

The other candidate for Union County Manager, Frank Clifton, served as manager of Cabarrus County for seven years before he was fired in December 2002. After that, Clifton worked in Florida and more recently in Onslow County, N.C.

Union has been without a permanent top administrator since the board fired former manager Mike Shalati in January 2007.

Clifton and Greene were scheduled to interview for the position Friday.

-- The Charlotte Observer

Police: Rock Hill man tried to solicit sex from girl

A Rock Hill man has been accused of trying to solicit sex from a 13-year-old girl through the Internet.

Authorities in Spartanburg County on Thursday charged Richard Wiley Woodson Bartley Jr., 37, with criminal solicitation of a minor, according to a news release from the state attorney general's office.

Bartley had been chatting online with who he thought was a 13-year-old girl since September, the release states. In reality, he was chatting with undercover deputies from the Spartanburg County Sheriff's Office.

Bartley was arrested at his Breckenwood Drive home Thursday after detectives from the York and Spartanburg counties sheriff's offices searched his home. A laptop computer and other computer equipment were seized during the search, according to an incident report from the York County Sheriff's Office.

Maj. Dan Johnson of the Spartanburg Sheriff's Office said Bartley's screen name was Cyote71. After the arrest, Bartley was taken to Spartanburg County. If convicted, he could spend up to 10 years in prison.

Tractor show today in Hickory Grove

HICKORY GROVE -- The Hickory Grove Fire Department is sponsoring its annual tractor show beginning at 8 a.m. today Hickory Grove Community Park.

The show will feature a mix of old and new tractors. Hash and barbecue also will be sold for $7 a pint along with sausage biscuits, hot dogs and hamburgers.

Teams competing in the April 15 Western York County Relay for Life will have yard sales today to raise money for cancer research.

Anyone else interested in having a yard sale also are welcome, said Anne Gilfillan, who is helping to organize the event.

For more information, contact Fire Chief Kenny Gilfillan at 925-2626 or any member of the Hickory Grove Fire Department.