Teen killed in 5-vehicle crash on I-77

York County, S.C.

A 17-year-old Lancaster man was killed late Monday in a five-vehicle crash that closed Interstate 77 in York County for several hours.

York County Coroner Sabrina Gast said Jorge Lopez was killed in the crash, which the S.C. Highway Patrol said happened about 9:20 p.m. near mile marker 83 on I-77, just north of Rock Hill. Troopers said Lopez was not wearing a seat belt.

The Highway Patrol said early reports indicate that Lopez had tried to exit his vehicle after an initial collision and was possibly struck by one or two other vehicles. April Bethea and Steve Lyttle

Record turnout expected at job fair

Nonprofit job readiness center Jacob's Ladder Job Center is expecting record turnout at its job fair Thursday at Little Rock AME Zion Church.

When the event first launched three years ago, it attracted about 75 job-seekers, program coordinator Kimberly Dawson-Munn said. Last year, it drew about 150 participants. This year, the numbers are expected to swell to more than 200.

Dawson-Munn attributed much of the increase to the organization's shifting focus. When first founded 10 years ago, the program primarily targeted residents in Belmont and surrounding neighborhoods.

Today, Jacob's Ladder helps job-seekers across the Charlotte region develop job-hunting skills.

“The other (reason for the increased participation), unfortunately, is because of the economy,” she said.

The job fair is open to the public and will be 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Little Rock AME Zion Church, 401 N. McDowell St.

Details: 704-332-5822 Nichole Monroe Bell

Meck briefs

Some Piedmont Natural Gas customers in southwest Charlotte were still without service Tuesday after a key valve was inadvertently turned off last week, affecting about 7,000 customers.

Piedmont must visit each home and business to check for leaks and potential problems with pilot lights and other equipment, said Loree Elswick, the utility's manager of corporate communications.

About 500 customers who lost service had not been reached or had not called the company, she said.

The area affected is in southwest Charlotte, from South Tryon Street at Interstate 485 south to Lake Wylie. Customers who are still without service can call 1-800-752-7504. Christopher D. Kirkpatrick

Mecklenburg County commissioners will hold a public hearing tonight on a proposed $250million bond referendum to pay for park and recreation projects.

The meeting is set for 6 p.m. at the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Government Center, 600 E. Fourth St. in uptown.

The proposed bond package would add and renovate park sites throughout the county. The package includes $43.5 million in proposed greenway projects, about $51 million to plan, build or renovate parks and $70 million for recreation and aquatic facilities.

A list of the proposed projects can be found at www.parkandrec.com. April Bethea

Aides to U.S. Rep. Robin Hayes, a Republican from Concord, will hold office hours from 10 a.m. to 4p.m. Wednesday at the Grier Heights Community Center, 3100 Leroy St. Lisa Zagaroli

Regional briefs

Cabarrus County

The Cabarrus County Sheriff's Office said Tuesday it is investigating whether carbon monoxide poisoning killed a 5-year-old boy and left his mother in critical condition Monday.

Authorities have not ruled anything out, Chief Deputy Paul Hunt said. He said there were no signs of foul play at the mobile home at 4121 Lower Stone Church Road north of Mount Pleasant.

“It's a very puzzling and frustrating deal right now,” Hunt said.

The victim's 13-year-old brother also was in the home at the time, and called for help a little after 2 p.m. Monday when he found his mother to be unresponsive. The 13-year-old has been released from Carolinas Medical Center-NorthEast in Concord although his mother remains hospitalized.

He declined to release the family's name. The two brothers and their mother were the only ones who lived in the home. Adam Bell

Preliminary damage estimates to public infrastructure in Cabarrus County from last week's flooding has now topped $4 million, the county said Tuesday.

Damages cover parks, bridges, roads and buildings.

The county expects to get a better picture of public and private losses in a couple of weeks after the federal government reviews disaster assistance claims. Owners of homes and businesses with flood damage will be able to apply for aid from the state and federal Small Business Administration this week.

The county had significant flooding from Tropical Storm Fay. Here are the preliminary damage estimates for public infrastructure: Concord, $2.2 million; Kannapolis, $1.7 million; Mount Pleasant, $74,480; Cabarrus County, $40,000; Cabarrus County Schools, $40,000. Adam Bell

Gaston County


Gastonia police said Tuesday they believe a man found dead inside a car that had crashed into a home had likely killed himself.

Police said the 22-year-old man was driving a car that crashed into the side of a house on Huntsmoor Drive after 11 p.m. Monday. A police report said the car apparently went airborne before hitting the house.

When police arrived, they found no injuries among anyone in the house. But they found the driver inside the car with a bullet wound to his head. April Bethea and Steve Lyttle

Police digest

Mecklenburg County


Charlotte-Mecklenburg police are investigating the death of a woman found inside a north Charlotte home.

Police said they are not sure how Shirley Miller died, but said in a news release it may be domestic related. A man who also lived at the house, whom police identified as Anthony Hamilton, was taken to a Huntersville hospital where he was in stable condition, according to a news release.

Officers were responding to an alarm at the home on Pimilico Trace Lane shortly after 5 p.m. Once there, they had to force their way inside the home.

Officers found Hamilton alive, but said he was unresponsive. They then discovered Miller's body in a bedroom at the home. She was pronounced dead at the scene.

Anyone with information is asked to call 704-432-TIPS and speak to a homicide unit detective, or call Crime Stoppers at 704-334-1600. April Bethea

Charlotte-Mecklenburg police have arrested an 18-year-old man and charged him in connection with the shooting of a 14-year-old on Labor Day.

Police arrested Shea Anthony Roseboro on Tuesday and charged him with assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill, inflicting serious injuries. Roseboro was arrested at an apartment complex off Reddman Road where he was staying, authorities said in a news release.

Police have said the victim, whose identify has not been released, was shot in the stomach. He underwent surgery Monday night and was in serious condition at the hospital Tuesday morning.

The shooting occurred around 5:30 p.m. Monday on October Court near its intersection with Norwood Drive not far from Rozzelles Ferry Road. April Bethea

Huntersville police on Tuesday were investigating the death of a woman found on Interstate 77 near the Hambright Road exit. Authorities shut down the northbound lanes of I-77 near Huntersville for a few hours.

Few details were available Tuesday about the incident, which occurred around 8:20 p.m. Charlotte-Mecklenburg police, who were called to assist with diverting traffic, said Huntersville authorities were investigating a woman's death. Authorities closed the northbound lanes of I-77 between mile markers 18 and 21, and detoured traffic onto local roads.

The interstate was expected to reopen around midnight. April Bethea

Rowan County


A woman has been charged with murder after police say she deliberately ran over another woman with a car.

Salisbury police arrested 22-year-old Davina Miller on Monday.

Officers say she ran over 28-year-old Sharmay Perry after the two got into an argument on the way home from a party. When officers arrived at the scene on Lafayette Street, they found Perry underneath a 2001 Toyota Camry. She was pronounced dead at the scene. WCNC-TV