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Shelby Star (Newspaper) - August 23, 2008, Shelby, North Carolina American legion World Series SPECIAL WRAP I CRIME 2 sex offenders sent off to prison Graham Cawthon email@example.com SHELBY - One man raped a 6-year-old girl. Another kidnapped an underage girl. Now, following prosecution by Assistant District Attorney Beth Lari, both will spend the next several years in prison. District Attorney Rick Shaffer said James Daniel Garrett, 22, raped a 6-year-old girl between late 2003 and Spring 2004 in Lawndale. - Garrett was convicted Wednesday of first-degree statutory rape and sentenced to between 180 and 225 months in prison. Shaffer said Garrett was initially charged with two counts, the second of which involved a second girl, but the prosecution decided to go with one count due to evidence issues. Garrett has no prior convictions, according to the N.C. Department of Correction Web site. Shaffer said the Department of Social Services investigated the case in April 2004 and charges were filed through the Cleveland � ECONOMY County Sheriff's Office. "There was definitive evidence of traumatic sexual abuse," Shaffer said. "That evidence was of crucial importance in the case." Michael Thomas Cruzan, 24, of Kings Mountain, is also on his way to prison after he pleaded guilty Friday to first-degree kidnapping and indecent liberties with a minor. Jury selection was getting ready to begin in the case when Cruzan changed his plea, Shaffer said. Shaffer said Cruzan met a 13-year-old Rock Hill, S.C., girl last summer and the relationship continued through phone and e-mail messages. Cruzan then brought a 21-year-old friend to meet the girl and a 13-year-old friend of hers at the Holiday Inn Express in Kings Mountain. Cruzan faces 92 to 120 active months for the kidnapping charge and 19 to 23 months probation for the indecent liberties charge. Shaffer said both girls and their parents were in attendance for the court proceedings. Jobless rate jumps again Emily Kllllan firstname.lastname@example.org SHELBY - Cleveland County's unemployment rate rose again in July for the seventh time in as many months. According to labor market numbers released Friday by the North Carolina Employment Security Commission, July's unemployment rate rose to 8.5 percent, up from 7.9 percent in June and 7.5 percent in May. July's rise represents the highest unemployment numbers in the county since February 2005, and meant that roughly 4,400 people were searching for jobs. Lawrence .Roseboro, manager of Cleveland County's Employment Security Commission office. in Shelby, said layoffs, an "extremely slow" manufacturing sector and more people coming into the office because of emergency funding contributed to the unemployment rate rise in July. Emergency unemployment compensation also started distribution in July, which brought people back to the office who may UNEMPLOYMENT The unemployment rate in Cleveland County for July rose to 8.5 percent. With a labor force of 51,762, that means roughly 4,400 people are _ out of work. Rates rose inmost counties in the surrounding area during the month of July. Ntte Rata �� Ml MiMMlr adfattu! have used all their unemploy-: ment benefits or others who went from an inactive to an active status, said Roseboro. "I have a feeling that's probably a big part if it, but that's a good thing," he said. "We want them to come." Some workers have been able to find employment quickly, but those positions rhay not pay as well, said Roseboro. "A lot of times they have to accept something that pays less to be able to go back to work," he said. Roseboro said there isn't much hiring going on right now, and he doesn't see the situation turning itself around in August. "Even so far through this month, we're not getting a lot of job listings or seeing a lot of hiring going on," he said. But things could be worse. "I will say that I'm thankful for the large companies in the area who are holding steady right now. I hope that holds steady for a while," said Roseboro. "That's been a saving grace for us." RuMrd ^8.0% SATURDAY AUGUST 23, am SHELBY, N.C 50 Cents 0NUNEP01 Are you ready for some football? ^ HYesMNo > Cast your vote at shelbystar.com < Legion1 corn Published for Shelby's S.H. Mayhew and all our devoted Cleveland County area readers for 115 years. � SPORT Legion eries begins 1 Opening ceremonies held Friday night Bob Carey / Special to The Star The eight teams for the American Legion World Series took to the field Friday night for the tournament's opening ceremonieswhic began with a presentation by the color guard (above) Fans came by foot, trolly and golf cart to fill Keeter Stadium for the ceremonies and the night game between Sumter, S.C. and Bristol, Conn. The bleachers were packed and additional fans sat on the grass as kids were seen playing catch nearby. Among the festivities were a skydiving exhibition, the singing of the national anthem and a fireworks display. After the ceremony, Guns N' Roses' "Welcome to the Jungle" cued the Sumter team to return to the field. � CRIME Farmer watches thieves take items from his barn, load truck Cherish Wilson email@example.com M00RESB0R0 - As deputies arrived to John Martin's barn Wednesday, responding to a break-in in progress, they found a pickup truck full of stolen equipment. , Now law enforcement has one man in custody and is looking for another in connection with the attempted theft of farming equipment. According to a Cleveland County Sheriff's Office incident report, three deputies responded to 3315 Campfield Church Road around 4:30 Wednesday afternoon. Martin, the owner, lives on Mooresboro Road but told deputies he could see the property from his home. Martin, the report read, told deputies that in the past few weeks he noticed things missing and had been keeping an eye on the place because of the valuable equipment stored there. The report states that Martin and his son were home and noticed two men getting out of a blue pickup truck, going into the barn and loading up the truck. He then called the police and "continued to watch them load things onto the pickup." Deputy D.R. Bivins stated in the report that while Cpl. Mike Fussell got information from Martin, K-9 Officer Chris Cook and partner Capone attempted to Mark Anthony Deviney track the suspects. Bivins also began searching for the men. Martin told deputies the men ran when they heard the law enforcement cars. When the search on foot left deputies empty handed, they used a patrol car to canvass the area. Bivins, the report read, spotted a man matching one of the suspect's description between Campfield Church and Devon roads. "I got out with the male and noticed he was sweating profusely and was covered with thorns and leaves ... I asked the suspect if he was OK and he stated' 'Yeah, I was just coming up here to Campfield. Somebody said my truck was up here.'" The suspect was identified as Mark Anthony Deviney, 31, of 200 Rockhill Lane, Mooresboro. The truck was registered to Deviney. According to his arrest report, Deviney was charged with breaking and entering, larceny after breaking and entering and possession of stolen goods. A small amount of metham-phetamine was also found on Deviney. His bond was set at $15,000. Norman said that warrants for the second suspect would be issued soon. COMING MONDAY Shelby's 1957 American Legion championship team FLASHBACK DEATHS James Allen, 98, Ellenboro Terry Braswell, 41, Monroe Nancy Brooks, 65, Lincolnton Evelyn Buff, 68, Lawndale Jerry Cook, 63, Lawndale Ahvain Franklin, 94, Rutherford ton Jonathan Johnson, infant, Grover Sally Peeler, 93, Charleston, S.C. Steve Simpson, 54, Bostic � See Obituaries, Page 4A SPORTS: Foot! action at county jamboree PagelB INSIDE TODAY LOCAL: Postal worker wins safe driving award Page 4A LOCAL: Grover to consider open town council spot Monday night Page 4A FIND IT DMrAbby M Puzrits 4B Conies 4B TmwWmi 48 Debate 6A Classifieds 5-7B TODAY'S WEATHER High Low 86 64 DAY NUMBER OF YEAR OF DAYS LEFT 236 130 2 Sections 16 Pages Volume 115 No. 236 The Star is a recyclable product 0678397782771
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