Mother backs truck over toddler

A 19-month-old Union County child died Friday after he was run over by a tow truck being backed out of a driveway by his mother, the N.C. Highway Patrol says.

Trever Adam Crook was dead at the scene on Stafford Street extension, north of Monroe.

Trever's mother was backing up around 5:42 Friday afternoon, said Trooper B.T. Kirkpatrick. The toddler ran behind the truck from the driver's side to the passenger side, was struck by the side of the truck, and then was run over by the right front tire.

The family owns a private towing company. Kirkpatrick said no charges will be filed. -- Cleve Wootson Jr.

Meck briefs


With the uptown Charlotte and South End populations expected to drastically climb in the next few years, Mecklenburg County Park and Recreation says it's time to plan amenities and parks for the area.

So park and rec leaders are looking to the people who might know best what attractions the city needs – the residents themselves.

Last week, the department hosted a workshop for residents of uptown and South End to give their ideas and opinions on what the department should add or alter in the area as part of a 10-year plan.

About 25 people attended the workshop at Trinity Episcopal School in First Ward and offered ideas ranging from creating a pond to adding more outdoor markets to establishing more greenery in the city. The most common request was to make the city more pedestrian- and bicycle-friendly.

Dan Tierney

Regional briefs

Iredell County - Mooresville

Morrison Plantation has until Dec. 31 to make $736,000 in improvements to its roads, curbs, sidewalks, and water and sewer equipment or Mooresville will pull the development's $1.5 million in bonds.

Town commissioners decided to force the improvements on one of its largest retail-residential developments last week after years of what town officials called inaction on the part of Morrison Plantation's developers.

Pulling bonds on a developer makes it more difficult for the developer to obtain financing for future projects, town officials said. -- Joe Marusak

Police digest

Gaston County Gastonia police arrested a man Saturday afternoon in the shooting death of someone they say was an acquaintance of the suspect.

Fred Antonia Harrison, 39, the suspect, is believed to have killed a man in his 40s in the man's rental home on Clyde Street in Gastonia, said Sgt. Jimmy West.

The victim, whose name is not being released until next of kin are notified, was killed on Wednesday but his body was not discovered until Saturday morning by the landlord. The victim was shot multiple times and also suffered multiple blunt-force injuries.

West credited neighbors and witnesses for helping police make the arrest Saturday afternoon. -- Amy Baldwin