Mental hospital has new director

Thomas Mahle is the new director of the Broughton state mental hospital, where he'll earn $115,000 a year.

Mahle's career includes seven years as director of behavioral medicine at Mount Sinai Medical Center and Miami Heart Institute in Miami Beach, Fla. As part of his duties, Mahle served as the administrator for a 99-bed inpatient psychiatric unit and an Alzheimer's clinic.

When he begins Aug. 25, Mahle will take the reins of a mental hospital that has experienced serious problems. Federal regulators yanked Broughton's certification a year ago after a patient died and another was seriously injured. In December, Broughton director Seth Hunt was demoted after he failed to properly report four other patient deaths.

Art Robarge, interim director at Broughton, will return to his previous position as director of J. Iverson Riddle Developmental Center in Morganton. Benton praised Robarge's leadership during his tenure, during which Broughton regained its federal certification. The (Raleigh) News & Observer

Meck briefs


Charlotte-Mecklenburg police are investigating the death of a woman whose body was found in the trunk of her own car Sunday night off Old Statesville Road.

A man called police when he was unable to reach his friend, 43-year-old Tamara Ann King, throughout the day. When he couldn't find her inside her house at 4125 Canipe Drive in north Charlotte, he looked in her car and found her inside the trunk, police said.

There were no immediate signs of foul play, police said.

An autopsy will be performed to determine how the woman died.

Victoria Cherrie

Regional briefs

Gaston County Kings Mountain

A Shelby woman who was rescued Saturday night from Moss Lake and rushed to a Cleveland County hospital has died, Kings Mountain police said Sunday.

Rescuers performed CPR on Julie Irene Wiethoff after she was pulled from the lake near a private pier at 2903 Elizabeth Ave., police said. Circumstances are under investigation.

Wiethoff, whose age was not available, was taken to Cleveland Regional Medical Center and flown to Carolinas Medical Center, where she later died, police said. Victoria Cherrie