Across the Region

Meck briefs


A woman riding a moped was killed after a crash with a tractor trailer on Interstate 85 early Saturday.

Investigators said 50-year-old Darlene Schader of Charlotte was merging onto I-85 southbound at Little Rock Road when she struck the side of the truck. Troopers said Schader was killed on impact.

Crews shut down the road for a few hours.


SouthPark resident and longtime tennis coach Phyllis Pharr has received this year's Hunter-Hamilton Love of Teaching Award at Queens University.

Pharr plans to use half the $15,000 award – the school's top teaching honor – to buy a device that will make the campus pool more accessible to people with disabilities.

She hopes to have it in place before Christmas and, if there's any money left, she hopes to use it to support the university's dance program.

Pharr, an associate professor of physical education, has been at the university since 1964. Nichole Monroe Bell

Regional briefs

Catawba County Hickory

A $514,410 grant has gone a long way toward beefing up the Hickory Police Department's traffic patrol unit.

The HPD has just entered the second year of the three-year Governor's Highway Safety Program grant. So far, the money has paid for four additional patrol officers, along with their cars and gear.

The grant also has covered the purchase of equipment for use on patrol, accident scene investigation, public education and officer training courses.

Hickory Daily Record

Gaston County Mount Holly

A high school football player was seriously injured during Friday night football.

East Gaston football player Chris Williams was hurt during a tackle play early on in the school's game Friday night. Williams underwent surgery Saturday morning and was stable in critical condition that night at Gaston Memorial Hospital.

Coach Eric Tippett said Williams was in the intensive care unit at the hospital Saturday. He said friends and supporters had been stopping by all day to give their support to the Williams family.


S.C. Coast North Charleston

A South Carolina supplier for Boeing says it will lay off 50 workers, has dismissed 65 contractors and may temporarily shut down because of an ongoing strike at the Seattle-based airplane manufacturer.

Vought Aircraft Industries told The Post and Courier of Charleston on Friday that workers would continue to receive benefits through November. Not including contractors, Vought had 300 employees on its North Charleston payroll two months ago.

Last week, Boeing reported a 38 percent decrease in earnings because of the strike that began Sept. 6. The strike has cost an estimated $100million a day in deferred revenue and production delays on the 787 Dreamliner.

Associated Press

Police digest

Gaston County Gastonia

A Gastonia man is dead after a shooting at a nightclub early Saturday morning.

Police say 24-year-old Chavin Kendrick was shot in the chest at Freddie's Paradise Bar on Bessemer City Road in Gastonia.

He was rushed to Gaston Memorial Hospital, where he died. Police have arrested 40-year-old Tony Collins in connection with the shooting and have charged him murder. Police said Collins is an employee at the bar.

Several other people at the bar were charged with resisting arrest. WCNC

Harnett County

Five people from the Raleigh area were killed and two others were injured in a multi-vehicle accident late Friday between Coats and Benson in Harnett County, the State Highway Patrol said Saturday.

The three men and two women who died were in a black Honda Accord that was crushed by a tanker truck carrying gasoline at Old Fairground Road and N.C. 27 about 11 p.m., Trooper Greg Steffens of the patrol said.

The car, traveling south on Old Fairground Road, ran a stop sign at the intersection and crossed into the path of the truck, which was headed west on N.C. 27. The truck ran over the car, and the two vehicles crossed the center line together, hitting an Oldsmobile station wagon that was headed east on N.C. 27, Steffens said.

(Raleigh) News & Observer