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Teen charged with drug, weapons counts

Cabarrus County

Kannapolis

An A.L. Brown High School student was charged Monday with various drug and weapons counts after police found a gun, a knife, alcohol and marijuana in the student's car on campus, authorities said.

Police said Kenneth Eugene McDaniel III, 17, of Hunter Ridge Lane in Kannapolis, was charged with possession with intent to sell and deliver marijuana; possession of a firearm on school property; possession of a weapon on school property; underage possession of an alcoholic beverage; possession of a stolen firearm; and maintaining a vehicle to store, sell or use controlled substances.

McDaniel has been suspended from school. Under state law, he faces an automatic 365-day suspension for bringing a gun onto school grounds.

A.L. Brown Principal Debra Morris also has recommended that McDaniel be expelled from the system, school officials said. Morris sent a letter to all parents informing them about the incident. She said the school is committed to providing a safe environment at A.L. Brown.

The gun found inside the student's car was not loaded, Kannapolis school officials said. They said there was no evidence McDaniel intended to use the weapons at school, and no evidence he had been selling marijuana on school property. Gail Smith-Arrants

UNCC urging TB tests for 45 people

A UNC Charlotte student has been diagnosed with tuberculosis, and now health officials are encouraging more than 45 people who may have come in contact with the person to get skin tests.

The university said in a news release that there was minimal risk of exposure to students. Health officials have contacted the 45 people at risk of infection. Authorities encouraged them to come to the student health center for testing.

The university has established an information line for people who have questions or want information about potential risks. The number is 704-687-3838, and a health professional will be answering questions today and Thursday from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. Cleve R. Wootson Jr.

Meck briefs

Charlotte

The fall gardening season gets a boost Friday at Central Piedmont Community College, with a sale at the school's Cato Campus, 8120 Grier Road, Charlotte. It runs from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Information: 704-330-4831 and http://www1.cpcc.edu/horticulture.

Also, the UNCC Botanical Garden Fall Plant Sale will be held from 9a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at McMillan Greenhouse on the UNCC Campus, 9201 University City Blvd. Information: 704-687-2870 or http://gardens.uncc.edu.

Other upcoming sales include Winghaven next week and the Mecklenburg County Cooperative Extension Center. For a full schedule, see Saturday's Home& Garden section. Staff reports

Regional briefs

Burke County

A man was rescued Tuesday morning from a creek bed where he had fallen Monday afternoon while hiking with his dogs. Burke County authorities say Jay Mills suffered a rib injury and hypothermia after spending much of Monday night and early Tuesday in a ravine in the Upper Creek area of Burke County.

A Burke County rescue team was airlifted into the ravine with the help of an Army National Guard Black Hawk helicopter. Mills was taken to an Asheville hospital, but authorities say his injuries are not life-threatening. Steve Lyttle

Cleveland County

Boiling Springs

Author Thomas Lynch, consultant for the HBO series “Six Feet Under,” will discuss death, grief and life issues Oct. 23 and 24 at Gardner-Webb University.

Lynch a funeral director in Milford, Mich., is the author of “The Undertaking: Life Studies From the Dismal Trade” and “Bodies in Motion.”

He will present a free public reading of his essays at Gardner-Webb's Blanton Auditorium at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 23. Registration is required. After the reading, he will be at a reception and book signing from 8:45 until 9:30 p.m. There is a $10 fee.

The following day, Gardner-Webb will host Lynch for continuing education and writing workshops.

Information: 704-406-4412 or jhobbs@gardner-webb.edu. Joe DePriest

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