Across the Region | Women killed in wreck

Police digest

Mecklenburg County


A woman was killed in a one-vehicle wreck late Thursday night in west Charlotte.

Police say the wreck happened about 10:55 p.m. in the 2000 block of Little Rock Road, on a bend in the road near Tuckaseegee Elementary School.

Police said Frances Bethune Cahoon, 71, was driving a 2003 Dodge Stratus northbound on Little Rock Road. As her car came into the curve, it veered to the left side of the road and hit a utility pole.

Cahoon was rushed by Medic to Carolinas Medical Center but died shortly before midnight.

An investigation is under way. No other injuries were reported.

Steve Lyttle

Cleveland County


The shooting of a 7-year-old girl Thursday has Shelby police searching for two men.

Witnesses told police that the child was playing in her grandmother's yard in the 1000 block of Dodd Street at 5:19 p.m. when she was struck by a stray bullet. The child was taken to Cleveland Regional Medical Center for treatment of non-life threatening injuries. No one else at the scene was injured.

One of the two suspects in the shooting has been identified as Devosia Oneil Chatman, 18, of the 1200 block of Lacky Street in Shelby. A second suspect remains unidentified.

Anyone with information about the incident is asked to contact the Shelby Police at 704-484-6845 or Crime Stoppers at 704-481-8477.

Mark Price

Meck briefs

Mint Hill

Where should Mint Hill's next sidewalk be built? That's a question Mint Hill commissioners are still wrestling with and have yet to decide.

Mint Hill town manager Brian Welch brought a proposal to commissioners Thursday recommending that $92,000 be spent to construct a sidewalk along a portion of Lawyers Road connecting Lawyers Glen Retirement Living Center and the Traditions at Lawyers Glen patio home development to Evans Road.

He said this new stretch of sidewalk would allow residents to walk to restaurants and shops in the Mint Hill Pavilion Shopping Center.

Though the town's sidewalk plan calls for them to first be built in others areas, Welch says since this one will be built on town-owned land, construction could start immediately because there would be no rights-of-way to acquire.

Commissioner Tina Ross says the most pressing need is a sidewalk along Matthews-Mint Hill Road to give pedestrian access too Mint Hill Historical Village, the new Children's World Museum and new shops at Mint Hill Village.

They deferred the decision until the next meeting.

Melinda Johnston

Regional briefs

Catawba County


The Barack Obama presidential campaign will hold a “Cookout for Change” at 2 p.m. Saturday at Glenn Hilton Park in Hickory.

It will be one of more than 140 such events planned for Saturday and Sunday across North Carolina.

At the Hickory event, campaign officials will discuss Obama's policy stances on issues such as the economy, energy prices and health care.

The park is at 2000 Sixth St. N.W. Details: www.nc.barackobama.com.

Hannah Mitchell

Iredell County


A new replica of Fort Dobbs will give visitors a three-dimensional perspective of what the fort will look like once completed.

Until recently, the historic site used a drawing to show visitors what the fort looked like.

This week, N.C. folk artist Don Stevenson unveiled a scaled replica of Fort Dobbs. It was commissioned by the Friends of Fort Dobbs with support from the Iredell County Historic Properties Commission in 2007.

“Seeing a three-dimensional object brings it to life,” said Beth Hill, Fort Dobbs State Historic Site manager.

The replica, which is a 1/16 scale of the 1756 fort structure, is more than 25 inches high and weighs more than 200 pounds.

Stevenson, a Morganton resident, said he spent a lot of time consulting with archaeologist and historian Lawrence Babits and Fort Dobbs staff to create a model of the fort, which once sheltered frontier settlers during the war and served as the colony's western frontier company headquarters.

(Statesville) Record & Landmark

N.C. capital


N.C. lawmakers are looking at how hurricanes are affecting homeowners insurance.

Legislative leaders said Friday they formed a special panel to study how Category 3, 4 and 5 hurricanes can impact the cost and availability of property insurance for N.C. residents.

House Speaker Joe Hackney said the committee's work will help lawmakers improve the state's current system.

In August, Farmers Insurance announced it's dropping 40,000 North Carolina homeowners' plans because it was concerned the company would be overexposed to financial risk if a hurricane caused significant property damage.

The group of insurance industry officials and lawmakers is expected to make recommendations to the General Assembly by February.

Associated Press

Making Cherry Hospital in Goldsboro “a safe and secure environment” has the commitment of N.C. Health and Human Services Secretary Dempsey Benton.

Benton's comments came Friday, a day after federal officials decertified Cherry Hospital because of safety problems. That means it can no longer receive $800,000 a month in federal Medicaid and Medicare payments.

A patient died at the Goldsboro hospital in April after caretakers left him sitting in a chair for 22 hours, and federal inspectors later found other shortcomings with patient safety.

Benton said an outside consultant has been told to come up with a corrective plan by the end of the month in hopes of getting Cherry recertified.

Associated Press