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Gaston Gazette (Newspaper) - August 10, 2001, Gastonia, North Carolina I i the Gaston Gazette. H o m Etown editorials/2b Spoti ight/3b obituaries/4b Carol inas/5-6b politics a a november elections get More competitive another candidate put his name on the ballot thursday for Stanley s mayoral race. Daniel k. Hawley 117 Ethel drive wants to be the town s mayor. He will face incumbent Jim har Rill Dwight Edward skid More and Bill Withers. Also John Adams 216 e. Parkwood St., will run against incumbent Cathy Kirkland for Stanley s Ward 2 seat. In Bessemer City Shilo Canipe 313 e. Alabama ave., will run against Larry Mcentyre for the Ward 4 seat. At the end of thursday All the Gastonia incumbents remained without opposition. But there will be at least a three Way race for the Ward 3 seat Between Spike Stevens Butch Adams and Dale Burkett. Filing for Gastonia Stanley Cherryville Bessemer City and Spencer Mountain Council continues until noon today at the Gaston county Board of elections 810 w. Mauney ave., Gastonia. Jury convicts Man of first degree murder Dallas a a county collecting hazardous waste Dallas a Gaston county solid waste and recycling will collect household hazardous waste saturday. Residents can drop off paint solvents cleaners flammable liquids acids batteries Lawn chemicals aerosols used motor Oil fluorescent bulbs Oil and Oil filters. The Center does not take explosives Asbestos infectious wastes pcs or radioactive material. The Gaston county household hazardous waste collection facility at Dallas pm to opened june 2000. It is located on Leisure Lane off the Dallas Cherryville Highway. A there will be collections once a month through november. Saturday s collection runs from 8 30 . To 3 . Gastonia a a Quot group has mulch available for Sale Gastonia a keep Gastonia Beautiful now has Black Gold and mulch for Sale. The Sale takes place from 3 to 6 . Today and 8 . To 1 . On saturday at the Duke Street facility off Hoffman Road. Cost is $6 a scoop. Inside City limits mulch deliveries Cost $50 a truckload. For More information Call 704-866-6906. The next Sale will take place aug. 24 and 25. Mount Holly a a habitat needs help to build new Home volunteers and donors Are needed to help habitat for humanity build a Home under construction in mount Holly. Insulation work is being done at the mount Holly Home beginning at 8 30 . Saturday. The Home is at 414 n. Lee St. Tools helpful to bring include hammers Nail apron Chalk lines electric saw Pencil and ladder. Volunteers do not have to be skilled in any particular area of work. For More information Check with the habitat office at 704 864-6536 How to reach us what s going on in your neighbourhood Send us your Community news Feu -704 867-5751 tall to. Box 1538 Gastonia 28053 email internet Page edited by Jennifer Price by Dana Haydock Gazette staff reporter Gastonia a it took Only 40 minutes for a jury thursday to convict 31-year-old Brandon Cabot Jones of two counts of first degree murder in an August 1999 robbery gone awry. Jones capital murder trial moves into the sentencing phase monday. Jurors wasted no time deciding that Jones was responsible for the deaths of Donald Hunt or. And Devan Bynum. Hunt was at his Home aug. 13, 1999, at 322 Vance St. With his family when prosecutors say Jones Bynum and Damon Jones Stafford burst into the House and demanded Money. Stafford has yet to go to trial for his alleged role in the homicide. A shot was fired during a scuffle Between Hunt and Bynum. Hunt died at Home. Bynum was pronounced dead at Carolinas medical Center in Charlotte after being dumped there. Even though prosecutors could t show Jones fired the fatal shots they told jurors he was As responsible for the deaths As Stafford simply by participating in the robbery. Quot in this Case the defendant was there he was into this up to his eyeballs Quot assistant District attorney Mike Falivene said. Quot if you re part of the pack you re responsible for the Hunt s son Donald Hunt jr., awakened by the robbery identified Jones As the Man who held him at gunpoint while the other two ransacked the House looking for Money. Quot this face Quot asked assistant District attorney Mikko red Arrow holding two sheets of paper containing the photo line used by police. Quot this face is that face Quot he said pointing at Jones sitting Between defense lawyers Kelly Morris and Rick beam. But Morris took Issue with the line up saying the police officer holding the paper could have aided Hunt or. By surreptitiously pointing at the desired Mug shot. Gastonia police detective Jim Anderson quietly Shook his head As Morris tried to sell that hypothetical scenario to jurors. Morris further argued that Hunt or. Was to blame for his own death. Quot if Donald Hunt had never jumped Bynum he would never have been shot Quot Morris said. Jurors did t buy that argument and now they la have to decide whether Jones should spend the rest of his life in prison or be put to death. They also found him guilty of felony burglary and robbery with a dangerous weapon. Family members on both sides declined to comment. Prosecutors and defense attorneys were at a loss for words concerning the length of the jury s deliberations. Quot you learn in this line of work that juries do what juries do Quot beam said. You can reach Dana Haydock at 704 869-1817. In the heat of the moment Mike Hensdill the Gazette company to realm of online tutoring by Cauthn Carter Gazette staff reporter Gastonia a the state department of Public instruction will consider expanding Access to online tutors for students who need help with High stakes testing requirements. The founders of brain fuse a new York City based educational services company Are a meeting today with Dpi officials and at least two representatives from every school District in the state to showcase its program said Karen Creech a Dpi official. Quot they be got some data they la share which will show where students who participated were when the pilots started and where they Are today after receiving the tutoring Quot she said. Quot this is just a meeting for information we Are not endorsing them but giving them an Opportunity to talk about their offered already in Lee and Johnston counties brain fuse provides online tutoring with a twist a a human being working with students who log on for extra help in Reading math writing science or sat preparation. Quot students Are actually connected to a live Tutor Over the internet where they Are Able to communicate in real time Quot said Alex Studen a co founder of the company. Quot we always believed that individual attention works and this is one Way to take it one step beyond the Standard distance tutors offer help based on a school District s needs but can be located anywhere in the country. Quot students enjoy using it Quot Studen said. Quot the tutors May be in Alaska or new York or California or anywhere else in the United states and we go so far As to hire experts in North Carolina to make sure that students Are learning the same Way online that they Are being taught in although Gaston county currently uses cd rooms to help students prepare for sat a the possibility of using internet tutors should be considered said Pat Sudderth Deputy superintendent for program services for Gaston county schools. A see tutoring Page 5b Gastonia police officer b. Syboutlan helps students from nearby York Chester Middle school Cross Garrison Boulevard at Trenton Street on thursday afternoon under summer skies and temperatures that neared 100 car foils attempted Bank robbery by Paha Haydock Gazette staff reporter Lowell a Here s a Quick tip for want to be Bank robbers make sure the getaway car works before attempting a heist. Two men police arrested thursday on charges they robbed the by amp to at Groves Street and . 74 apparently overlooked that detail. So when Lowell police responded to a suspicious person Call on Westover Street they found the getaway Driver and a car that would t Start according to Lowell police capt. Mark Buchanan. Quot this was one of those act of god Type of things Quot Buchanan said. Quot they could t avoid getting residents on Westover Street on the Lookout after two men tried to pick up children in the neighbourhood last week reported Derrick Alexander Adams 29, 123 Prospect ave., Spartanburg . Police believe Adams was waiting for Jonathan Adams Davis 19, of Spartanburg. Davis walked into the by amp to at 11 19 ., waited in line and then produced a note for the Teller when it was his turn Buchanan said. He reached across the counter and grabbed Money from the Teller s drawer and then left the Bank on foot Buchanan said. Police recovered $2,690, Buchanan said. It May have been dumb Luck Adams was apprehended so quickly but it was teamwork by surrounding police departments that contributed to Davis arrest Buchanan said. Officers with Lowell Cramer ton Ranlo Mcadenville Gaston county and Gastonia police departments tracked Davis to the 1-85 on ramp at exit 22. A county police officer spotted Davis on the on ramp and after a Short foot Chase flushed him into the waiting of officers off Groves Street. Both men were in Mecklenburg county jail late thursday night. They will be arraigned on Federal Bank robbery charges in . District court in Charlotte today. You can reach Dana Haydock at 704 869-1817. Girls have celebrity encounter at car winds by Eric Newsom Gazette correspondent Dallas when 13-year-old Stephanie Smith was standing in line at Paramount s car winds last week she had no idea that she was about to have a life changing experience. But a generous lady in line helped Stephanie and Best Friend Elizabeth Auten find the dream of Many a 13-year-old girl backstage passes to see teen pop sensation Aaron Carter. Quot there was a lady beside of us in line who had three extra meet and Greet passes and she let us have them Quot Stephanie said. Quot Elizabeth was screaming and jumping up and Down and i was just standing there. I could t believe the two . Friday students got to attend Carter s sound Check and later got to meet the younger brother of backstreet boy Nick Carter. Quot i had fantasized about meeting him for years i be been listening to him since he first came out Quot she said. Quot he was really Nice he talked and laughed with special to the Gazette Best Friend Stephanie Smith and Elizabeth Auten embrace pop Singer Aaron Carter during a recent trip to car winds. Then came the highlight of Stephanie s evening the kiss. Quot there were these girls beside of us who followed Aaron around from concert to concert and one of them had a picture of her kissing him Quot she said. Quot i said that s me. I m going to kiss him too Quot As it happened she got to kiss Carter not once but twice. And her Mother caught the moment on film. Quot my mom could t get the camera to work she made me kiss him again for the picture Quot she said. Quot that was my first kiss. Now when people ask me who my first kiss was i get to say Aaron you can reach Eric Newsom at 704 869-1902. M _ degree Asha Fligh Book bag May hold More than meets Eye by Joy Scon special to the Gazette by probing tiny fibres on a Book bag Gigantic pieces could be uncovered in the puzzling 18-month Case of missing Asha degree. Clues found during forensic tests May provide answers to what happened to the girl whose gleaming smile has been posted across Cleveland county. Asha was 9 years old when she disappeared from her fall Ston Home on Valentine s Day 2000. On aug. 3, a construction worker reported to police that he found a Book bag and other items in Burke county. The construction worker said the Book bag contained name and phone number. While police have not confirmed that the items belonged to the girl they have been sent to an Fri lab in Quantico va., for forensic testing. For 25 years Clinton Zant served As an Fri agent. He now runs a company that conducts psychological profiles. Van Zant in t familiar with the details of the Asha degree Case. But based on his experiences with missing children cases handled by the Fri during his tenure he said lab tests like the ones being conducted on the Book bag can open several doors in a Case. Van Zant said that a single test May unravel several threads in the Case that until seven Days ago did t have a knot to tie it together. Quot there is a Strong potential should this be the victim s things that the lab could find something Quot said Zant. Van Zant said there Are a number of things that the Fri lab could be looking for. Quot anything that they could extract Dan from Quot said Zant. For example a Pencil that had been chewed on a string of hair or a toy Are All items that May have traces of bodily fluid and can be tested for Dan strands. Biological material such As saliva and blood Are the most help to Law enforcement. But even if bodily fluid in t on any of the items found Zant said that Fri lab tests Are so sophisticated that they could detect textile fibres that the items May have come in Contact with. Hypothetically speaking he said if the items had been placed in someone s car the tests could identify the fabric in the car. Law enforcement could then use that information to determine which cars were upholstered with that same kind of fabric. That could be narrowed Down to the people in the state that own the same car. The items found last week Are the first potential clue in a Long time for Law enforcement since Asha s disappearance. During the search last year police found a Pencil a Green Marker and a Mickey mouse hair Bow inside the doorway of a tool shed at Hirner s upholstery on . 18. The shed sat 100 Yards or so West of the same Highway that a truck Driver saw Asha walking along

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