Mental review ordered for S.C. student

A federal judge says the S.C. teen accused of plotting to blow up his high school must undergo a mental evaluation.

U.S. Magistrate Judge Thomas Rogers wrote in documents filed Monday that Ryan Anthony Schallenberger's statement that he wanted to go to heaven and kill Jesus raises enough concerns about his mental competency.

The straight-A student was arrested in April after police say his parents picked up a package addressed to him containing 20 pounds of ammonium nitrate. Police found in his home other materials needed to make bombs and a cassette tape Schallenberger wanted played after death in an assault planned on Chesterfield High School.

Schallenberger has pleaded not guilty to federal explosives charges.

Also Monday, a different judge delayed Schallenberger's trial until the end of this year.

Associated Press

Meck briefs


A man has died after his bicycle collided with a cement truck near the intersection of U.S. 21 and Westmoreland Road in Cornelius, police officials said.

The wreck happened around 1 p.m. Tuesday.

Investigators said the cyclist turned in front of the cement truck, and the driver tried to avoid him. But the truck's right rear area struck the bicyclist, who was pronounced dead at the scene. The victim's name was not released.

Cornelius police investigators said speed was not a factor, according to preliminary indications. Kevin Cary


A man was injured overnight in a drive-by shooting in the Grier Heights community of southeast Charlotte.

Police say it happened about 1 a.m. in the 3500 block of Burkland Avenue. According to police reports, a man was standing in the parking lot of the Vantage 78 apartments, when a vehicle drove by, and someone fired a shot.

The victim was shot in the leg and taken to Carolinas Medical Center. His injuries are not life-threatening, police say.

Nobody was arrested. Steve Lyttle

Regional briefs

Chester County, S.C.


Chester County smokers could be fined $250 if they light up on

county property under a smoking ban approved by local leaders this week.

The Chester County Council took its first vote on the ban Monday night. The move changes a 2004 policy that allowed smoking at designated sites on county-owned land.

But some people abused that privilege, officials said, and leaders received complaints. The new guidelines require smokers to stay 50 feet from county land. And smokers can't smoke at county-owned recreational sites and in county vehicles.

Council members approved the measure 3-2.

Leaders must vote on the ban two more times before it becomes permanent. (Rock Hill) Herald

Orange County

Chapel Hill

District Court Judge Pat Devine found five UNC Chapel Hill students guilty of failing to disperse during a campus protest in May but then vacated their convictions so they'll have no criminal records.

Dozens of students occupied the lobby of South Building for more than two weeks in April and May to protest the university's refusal to join a program they said would improve wages and conditions for workers who make clothing with the UNC logo.

After then-Chancellor James Moeser declined to discuss the Designated Supplier program at a special meeting of the university's Labor Licensing Advisory Council on the 16th day of the sit-in, the demonstrators moved from the rotunda of South Building into Moeser's office.

Campus police arrested then-junior Linda Gomaa, and most of the crowd left Moeser's office.

Sarah Hirsh, Salma Mirza, Thomas Mattera and Tim Stallmann sat on Moeser's floor and police arrested them. All five, including Gomaa, were charged with failure to disperse, and Mirza was charged also with resisting arrest because she refused to walk to a patrol car. Associated Press

Horry County

North Myrtle Beach

The mayor says North Myrtle Beach will review its laws to see if more needs to be done to control the motorcycle rallies held each spring.

Mayor Marilyn Hatley said the city has successfully handled rallies in the past on the Grand Strand by enforcing its noise ordinance and working with police on traffic and other issues.

The Myrtle Beach Sun News reported Tuesday that the review comes after officials in nearby Myrtle Beach raised taxes to pay for a plan to get rid of the bike rallies. The plan hasn't been completed. Associated Press

Police digest

Cleveland County


The driver of a car that collided with a church van Monday night near Shelby faces DWI charges in the case.

The N.C. Highway Patrol says Kelly McAteer Bowman, 43, was charged with driving left of center and driving while impaired. Troopers say Bowman was driving a Kia that went across the center line on N.C. 180 and collided with the van from Light Oak Baptist Church. Eight people in the van, along with Bowman, were injured. Troopers say none of the injuries is thought to be life-threatening.

Steve Lyttle

Iredell County


The N.C. Highway Patrol is investigating a two-vehicle collision Monday night involving a sheriff deputy's vehicle.

Police say the wreck happened about 10:30 p.m. on N.C. 150 at Williamson Road, where a cruiser driven by Deputy Phillip Bailey collided with a 1997 Nissan Maxima driven by Tammy Murray of Mooresville. Murray was pulling out of a Walgreen's store and was struck by the deputy's cruiser. Witnesses say the lights and siren were not operating in the deputy's car, but there is no indication how fast he was going.

“Their stories confirm the evidence at the scene, in that the lady was leaving the Walgreens when she was struck by the deputy,” N.C. Highway Patrol Trooper David Reid told NewsChannel 36, the Observer's news partner. “They also indicated that the deputy's lights or siren – neither one was on at the time of the accident.”

The Iredell County Sheriff's Office says the deputy was on route to help a deputy who was dealing with a person threatening suicide. Since it was not an emergency call, the deputy was not using his siren or lights. Authorities say they hope to examine the dashboard camera in the deputy's car. Steve Lyttle, NewsChannel 36

Mooresville police identified a man who was shot during an incident behind Big Daddy's Lake Norman Restaurant and Oyster Bar as Douglas Eugene Larson.

Larson was shot in the abdomen and was in stable condition at Lake Norman Regional Medical Center, police said. A spokesman said two men were breaking into a vehicle about midnight Saturday behind the restaurant on River Highway. The owner of the vehicle tried to detain one of the men and shot him, according to the spokesman.

The incident is still under investigation, and no charges have been filed yet, police said. Kevin Cary

Lexington County, S.C.


A 62-year-old father accused of killing a teenager during a party at one of his homes in Lexington County is free on bond.

Bond was set Tuesday at $125,0000 for Francis Marion Reeves III. He's charged with murder in the shooting of 17-year-old Deshaun Rashad Clark.

An attorney for Reeves said in court Tuesday that his client was acting in self defense and feared for the lives of his two teenage children who were hosting the party.

One of the slain teen's friends has been charged with shooting at Reeves' home. The friend, 17-year-old Breon Jacoby Mayers, remained in jail Tuesday after his bail was set at $100,000. Mayers is charged with assault with intent to kill. Associated Press