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Charlotte's license plate agency on Independence Boulevard will be closed Monday as the office moves to a new location two blocks away.

The office will reopen Tuesday at 5622 E. Independence Blvd., Suite 124. The agency offers vehicle registration services, title transactions, license plate renewals, replacement tags and duplicate registrations.

Charlotte's other two license plate offices will be open Monday. They're at 4200-H South Blvd. and 6016 Brookshire Blvd.

Pam Kelley

Meck briefs

Deon Bradley, president and chief executive of the Afro-American Cultural Center since May 2006, resigned Friday.

Carolyn Mints, senior director of operations, was named interim president and chief executive officer.

“Deon Bradley has helped the AACC gain credibility in the Charlotte region and we thank him for his efforts,” board chair Earl Leake said in a statement. “We wish him well.” No reason was given for the resignation.

A national search for a permanent replacement will be conducted, and Mints is expected to be among the candidates, Leake said.

It is a key time for the organization as its new cultural center approaches completion in about a year on South Tryon Street uptown.

Mark Washburn

Nora Carr, chief spokesperson for Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools, is being inducted into the Public Relations Society of America College of Fellows. The induction will occur at the society's international conference in Detroit today.

The College of Fellows, with 455 members, includes senior leaders in the public relations profession. Election to the college is based on lifetime achievement; less than 2 percent of PRSA's 32,000 members worldwide have been selected for membership.

Eric Frazier

Regional briefs

Cumberland County Fayetteville

Police say an Air Force sergeant shot an intruder at his N.C. apartment, then gave the man first aid while waiting for police to arrive.

Fayetteville police said Sgt. Jared Johnson came home Thursday afternoon to find two men inside, The Fayetteville Observer reported Friday. Police Sgt. Samuel Oates said Johnson shot one man in the leg.

Associated Press

Iredell County

Iredell County's first recreation master plan in 30 years outlines a road map for the four-regional-park system, but avoids the issue of who will pay for the new facilities.

The plan presented to county commissioners this week suggests improvements for Stumpy Creek Park, 30 miles of walking trails and greenways, and the completion of three additional parks in the northern, western and eastern quadrants of the county over the next 12 years.

Plan developer Site Solutions estimates the county should have about 320 acres for recreation instead of the 183 acres now in operation.

Statesville Record & Landmark

Henderson County Hendersonville

The parents of a 15-month-old who suffered serious rat bites in 2006 have been arrested on a probation violation in North Carolina.

Henderson County authorities said Henry and Cathy Hollenbeck were taken into custody Thursday. Sheriff's Office spokesman Capt. Charlie McDonald said the couple was found hiding in the home of Cathy Hollenbeck's mother in East Flat Rock.

The couple was arrested in 2006 on child abuse charges. Their child, Shea, had been bitten about 100 times by a rat in their mobile home.

Shea was taken into custody by local social service workers. He died that December of complications from cerebral palsy.

Henry and Cathy Hollenbeck received two years and 18 months, respectively, of supervised probation. They received more time last year after missing several appointments.

Associated Press

South Carolina Charleston

A former Charleston County sheriff's deputy has been sentenced to eight months in federal prison after pleading guilty to kicking a suspect in handcuffs.

Christopher Lanoue was sentenced Friday. He pleaded guilty in April to federal charges of using excessive force in June 2007. He was fired days later.

Lanoue also was sentenced to two years of supervised release following his prison term.

Associated Press

Police digest

Mecklenburg County Charlotte

A 58-year-old man died Friday, 10 days after he was beaten by four men and left to die on the road.

Henry Wellington Smith, 57, died after languishing at Presbyterian Hospital. Witnesses reported four men assaulting him in the 3200 block of West Boulevard about 1 a.m. Oct. 14. Charlotte-Mecklenburg homicide detectives are investigating the crime.

According to witnesses, an older model white Cadillac, possibly with a white leather roof, stopped at Smith's car. Four males in their late teens or early 20s pulled the victim from his car and kicked and punched him in the head. The suspects drove away.

Police later found Smith unconscious in his car.

Christopher Kirkpatrick

Lancaster County, S.C. Lancaster

A Lancaster teen died Thursday night in a single-vehicle collision, and another one was hospitalized, authorities said.

Johntavis Lamar Campbell, 18, of 1515 Carmel Road died at the scene from head injuries, Lancaster County Coroner Mike Morris said.

Tory Blackwell, 17, of 1262 Belmont Circle, was airlifted to Carolinas Medical Center in Charlotte. He was listed in fair condition, a hospital spokeswoman said.

Toxicology results are pending for Campbell, who was not wearing a seat belt, Morris said.

The fatal wreck marks the second fatal collision in a week along Grace Avenue, Morris said. Last week, two people died about two miles from Thursday's accident, he said.

Toya Graham and Kimberly Dick,·(Rock Hill) Herald
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