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Donations needed for neglected animals

Lincoln County

Denver

Donations are needed to help care for 375 animals and birds rescued from a Denver residence during “Operation Noah's Ark,” Lincoln County authorities said Wednesday.

Emergency Management Director Susan Spake said there is a need for towels to help with washing, bathing and bedding for the animals at the rescue shelter.

Lincoln County Animal Services said the final total of animals is almost twice what they expected to find at a residence on Petite Lane Tuesday.

Rescuers found 160 dogs, 40 cats, 100 rodents, 65 fowl and exotic birds and 10 livestock, including horses, ponies, a llama and goats.

County employees, firefighters, rescue personnel and volunteers are caring for the animals at a large warehouse in the Denver area.

Today, volunteers continued to bathe and feed the animals and get them checked in a mobile veterinary lab out of Raleigh.

No charges have been filed.

Towels can be dropped off at the Denver Fire Department on N.C. 16. Donations can be made to an account at First Federal Savings Bank in the name of “Operation Noah's Ark” or to any First Federal Savings Bank in Lincoln County.

Joe DePriest

Meck briefs

Charlotte

PTA leaders from Mecklenburg's public and private schools are invited to a Sept. 6 training session sponsored by the Mecklenburg PTA Council.

The free session, from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at FirstWard Elementary, will highlight nonprofit groups that can help parents. Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Chief Rodney Monroe is scheduled to speak.

Details: 980-343-6244 or office@charmeckpta.org.

Ann Doss Helms

Regional briefs

Wayne County

Goldsboro

A review team is looking into operations at a North Carolina mental hospital where a patient died in April after he was left unattended in a chair for 22 hours.

A team of state employees working on behalf of the federal government was sent to Cherry Hospital in Goldsboro. The News & Observer of Raleigh reported Wednesday the hospital also had complaints that another patient was beaten by employees and yet another patient fell down a laundry chute.

Federal officials threatened to withdraw insurance reimbursements for the hospital after the April death. Officials said the patient choked on his medication and died after staff members played cards and watched television as he sat unattended. Associated Press

Lexington County

S.C. agriculture officials say the new state farmers market should be finished by the time the tomatoes and peaches ripen in late spring 2010.

Ground was broken on the new market Wednesday morning. The 174-acre site is off U.S. 321 in Lexington County about two miles from the end of Interstate 77.

Agriculture officials also had a groundbreaking for a new state farmers market in Richland County in 2006, but the deal fell through. The county is suing the state to get the land back, while the state wants to be paid for $2.5 million of work done on the site.

Developer George Lee says the new market will include places to sell organic produce and seafood and will have a restaurant serving South Carolina grown products.

Associated Press

Greenville

The Tourism Leadership Council unveiled plans Wednesday to develop two tourist attractions in the Upstate to try to increase the area's visitors.

Fewer than 5 percent of the people who visit the area come purely for leisure travel, said Greater Greenville Convention and Visitors Bureau president Chris Stone.

The GO Experience would be downtown near the city's performing arts center and would offer a combination of museum-quality displays along with a visitor center with information about the Upstate and Blue Ridge Mountains.

The other facility would be nestled in the foothills and called the Blue Wall Centre. Visitors could take advantage of hiking trails and find out more details about outdoor recreation activities.

Associated Press

Charleston

The film “The Secret Life of Bees,” based on the best-selling novel set in South Carolina, will be screened in Charleston before its nationwide October release.

The novel was written by Sue Monk Kidd, who lives in Mount Pleasant.

The Charleston screening is Oct. 16, followed by a reception with the writer to benefit a literary arts group.

The film will be released nationally the next day. It has its world premiere next month at the Toronto International Film Festival.

The movie was filmed in North Carolina and stars Dakota Fanning, Alicia Keys, Queen Latifah and Sophie Okonedo. The civil rights era drama is about a white girl who runs away with her black caretaker to find a home with three black sisters who keep bees.

Associated Press

Police digest

Durham County

Durham

Duke University police are warning students and increasing patrols after two Duke students were robbed over the weekend.

Maj. Gloria Graham of the Duke Police Department said on Tuesday that the department issued a text message on its Duke Alert System and sent out e-mails to everyone in the Duke community about the robberies.

Graham said officers went door to door at Chapel Towers Apartments on Morreene Road, where the robberies occurred, and to nearby Partners Place to warn residents about the crimes. Police also passed out more than 200 fliers in the area and have increased patrols, Graham said.

Associated Press

Robeson County

Lumberton

Former Robeson County Sheriff Glenn Maynor began serving a six-year term Wednesday in a federal prison in New Jersey.

Maynor reported to the Federal Correctional Institution in Fort Dix shortly before 1 p.m., according to a spokesman with the Federal Bureau of Prisons.

Maynor, 62, was sentenced June 19 after pleading guilty to perjury and conspiracy charges. He must serve three years on probation after his release and pay $17,550 in restitution to Robeson County.

U.S. District Court Judge Terrence Boyle sentenced Maynor to five years for paying on-duty deputies to work at his home and at a golf event to raise campaign funds. He also received a year for lying to a grand jury by claiming he didn't know his deputies were selling counterfeit satellite TV cards.

Maynor's lawyers have filed an appeal with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit.

Former Deputy Waldo “Pat” Stallings Jr. is scheduled to be sentenced next month. He pleaded guilty to making false statements to a government agency.

Associated Press

South Carolina

Greenville

A judge on Wednesday decided to allow television cameras to record the sentencing of a convicted sex offender facing life in prison or death for raping and strangling a Clemson student.

But Circuit Judge Edward Miller banned all live audio or video from being broadcast during Jerry Buck Inman's Sept. 8 sentencing hearing.

“I am going to bar a live feed,” Miller said. “I'm not going through that again.”

Last week, a TV station inadvertently broadcast on its Web site audio of attorneys talking while court was in recess. Jim Bannister, one of Inman's attorneys, asked Miller that all TV cameras be banned from further court proceedings and asked for an investigation of what information may have been broadcast.

Inman, bald with tattoos visible on his neck, arms and chest, and shackled at the wrists and ankles, did not speak to the court during the hour-long hearing in Greenville.

Associated Press

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