VOL. 105 NO. 49
Kings Mountain police on stake out helpless to prevent tragedy at Littl =
The killings of two employees at
a family-owned convenience store
shocked the community
The double murders in Little
Dan's in the Compact Community
was the first time in 16 years that
“the Goforth family had come face-
to-face with what law enforcement
officers are calling a "senseless
"We had similar threats two
months ago but nothing ever came
Killing shocked community
of it," said Danny Goforth, partner
in the four Little Dan convenience
store operations in Cleveland-
Gaston Counties with his brother,
Roger, their mother, Mary, and
their sister, Debbie.
"It was just something that hap-
pened," said Goforth, who said po-
lice did all they could. "It's up to
the Judicial System to make pun-
ishment harsh for criminals."
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Thursday, December 9, 1993
ADAMS home in Shelby.
SANTA CLAUS COMES TO TOWN - Santa Claus came to Kings Mountain Saturday for the city's an-
nual Christmas parade. Over 2,500 citizens lined the streets to view the 140-unit parade. More parade
photos are on page 1-B.
KM Middle School student Hendricks
on national program on school violence
Will Hendricks, 12-year-old
Kings Mountain Middle School
seventh grader, was one of 10 stu-
dents featured Monday on national
television with U. S. Attorney
General Janet Reno in a 30-minute
question-answer segment about
Tuesday morning, Will joined
his other classmates in watching
the show on Channel One which
was taped Saturday morning by
Channel One Educational TV's
Raleigh Studios in Hollywood,
Hendricks, son of Dr. and Mrs.
Paul Hendricks, said he was lucky.
He was the youngest and only mid-
dle school student in the group and
got to ask his question first. He
was also the only student from
North Carolina picked for the pro-
gram. He roomed in Los Angeles
with a high school student from
Texas and a high school student
from Ohio, each of whom also got
to quiz Reno.
Will asked, "How can law en-
. forcement guarantee the safety and
protection of those who turn in stu-
dents with weapons?"
His question came immediately
after a clip in which Jesse Jackson
told a group of kids that they must
tell and break their code of silence.
"I know students who have been
threatened with revenge after they
ratted on someone taking drugs and
Grover Council is seated,
mayor tells of death threat
GROVER - Newly-elected
councilmen Tim Rowland, Noel
Spivey and Robbie Sides took their
oaths of office in an apparently
smooth changing of the guard until
tempers flared when the mayor
called for citizen comment and
Spivey made a motion to adjourn
Prior to the swearing-in cere-
monies, the outgoing board asked
City Attorney Mickey Corry to re-
view the ordinances enacted in
November that prohibits parking
on the sidewalks.
Mayor Ronald Queen said the
streets are not: wide enough to al-
low parking on the road sides and
other parking space is limited.
People are used to parking on
sidewalks and straddling walkways
and the road. Corry said the city
can't allow parking on a state high-
Citizens angry because they got
tickets from police for parking be-
tween the sidewalks and the road
have vented their frustrations. And,
Queen said police are not sure how
to enforce the new law.
Corry said he would check out
the ordinance further with the
District Attorney for some direc-
tions on how to prosecute or not
prosecute violators. The ordinance
prevents parking which obstructs a
driveway and prohibits parking on
the sidewalks. Violation of the in-.
fraction is punishable by a fine.
Queen said that he hoped the
matter could be resolved at the
January 3 meeting. He said some
citizens have taken it upon them-
selves to make sure the ordinance
is properly enforced and drawn the
ire of others. A group of citizens
began videotaping the cars of citi-
zens and some city ‘officials they
said were in violation of the ordi-
nance. One citizen at the meeting
said her expired car inspection
sticker was videotaped.
Queen said he wanted the ordi-
See Grover, 13-A
weapons to school," Will said. "I
wanted to know what they can do
to protect these students."
Reno, originally from Florida,
answered the question by recount-
ing the story of a Florida child who
had to make that tough decision
and testify in court about what she
saw. : 5
"You have to stand up for what
you believe in," said Reno. Do the
Reno told students they must
first check with local school offi-
cials on procedures and guidance.
Hendricks said he feels safe at
school but he believes there are
times that students don't feel safe.
See Student, 14-A
Two convenience store clerks
were gunned down Thursday night
even as police, acting on a tip, sur-
rounded the area. Police said they
were helpless to prevent the double
homicide at Little Dan's on
Eleven hours after the slaying of
Hugh Wayne Marcrum, 45, of
Route 2, Bessemer City, and Ervin
Lovelace, 67, of 124 Brenda Court,
Grover, Kings Mountain Police ar-
rested two men at their homes in
Gastonia and one woman at her
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"Maniac" Wilson, 21, of Branding
Iron Dr., Gastonia; and Cassandra
Latrace "Pumpkin" Adams, 17, of
204 Fabian Dr., Shelby. Police sus-
pect Adams was driving the car.
Debbie Goforth, sister of Little
Dan's owners Danny and Roger
Goforth, said Marcrum was alone
in the store about 6:40 p.m. when
he got a call from a woman who
See Clerks, 12-A
Double-murder at Little Dan's
not a normal robbery situation
"In a normal situation we could have got there,"
said Detective Lt. Richard Reynolds.
But police say that last Thursday's killings at Little
Dan's on Battleground Avenue was no normal situa-
"Any time the bad guys expect any resistance it be-
comes an abnormal situation," said Reynolds, who was
among the six Kings Mountain policemen who
watched the convenience store from 7-11 p.m. after an
anonymous caller tipped off a store clerk that a rob-
bery would take place about 7:30 p.m.
When the robbery didn't happen at 7:30 p.m.,
. Reynolds said police remained across the street from
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Railroad underpass behind a four-feet-high fence at the
loading dock at the southern end of U.S.‘Gypsum in an
area from which they could watch the front of the
store. There is no drive-through from the dock to the
underpass. Cars have to exit into Highway 29-
Battleground Avenue through a gate.
"We didn't want to be seen by any would-be robbers
but we wanted to be able to make the arrests on the
outside of the store building," said Reynolds. " Police
don't: want guns where citizens are in danger of being
Harris discounted his age as the
reason for his retirement but said
age slows public servants. Harris,
80, said he is listening to his wife,
Defending the stakeout policy, Reynolds said that
officers could not have staked out the store from the
parking lot or inside.
"If they had waited inside, there could have been a
confrontation that would have endangered lives," he
Reynolds said the same trio who hit Little Dan's
Thursday are suspects in a Tuesday night robbery in
_ Gaston County in which no on was hurt.
Christopher Lamar "Maniac' Wilson, 21, of
Gastonia, is the only suspect with a prior criminal
record. He had been charged in 1991 with possession
of a weapon of mass destruction, whick: was dis-
passed. and in 3890 with carrying a donpesind
weapon, for which he was convicted. He wis given a
six-month suspended sentence and ‘was placed on pro-
bation for three years.
Cassandra Latrace "Pumpkin'' Adams, 17, has a
Shelby address but police say she has been living in a
mobile home park near Moss Lake.
Jakawn Shawn "Lunatic" Dixon, 18, the third sus-
pect in the double homicides in Kings Mountain, is
"People tell police that they are tired of violence.
We are too," said Reynolds.
Harris stepping down,
‘Westmoreland to run
Kings Mountain Senator J. Ollie
Harris announced Tuesday night at
a Democratic Party meeting in
Shelby that he would not seek re-
election and Grover educator, beef
cattle farmer and Democratic Party §
leader Dean Westmoreland imme- §
diately threw his hat in the ring.
"In politics, there comes a time
in a person's life when it's time to
stop, look and listen," said Harris,
who has served in the General
Assembly for 20 years and com-
pletes his term of office next
children and doctor who tell him
that he has reached many objec-
tives and it's good to stop while a
Harris, who acknowledged the
See Harris, 14-A
Grover Town Clerk Lynn Davis, left, administers the oath of office to new Councilmen Noel Spivey,
Robbie Sides and Tim Rowiand, left to right.
Saturday 3 p.m.
GROVER - Santa Claus is com-
ing to town Saturday in a 110-unit
Christmas parade which will wind
through the streets of Grover at 3
Al Conklin, morning weather-
man at WBTV 3 in Charlotte, will
be the grand marshal.
Bobbie Spivey, general chair-
man, said the parade will line up in
Spring Acres, proceed down Main
Street to Laurel Avenue beside the
Fire Department, turn right on
Mulberry, left on Cleveland
Avenue and disband in the parking
lot of First Baptist Church.
The Kings Mountain High
School Band and the Air National
Guard Drum & Bugle Corps of
Charlotte will lead off a line up of
pretty beauty queens, numerous
floats, cheerleaders, Boy Scouts,
Girl Scouts, town officials and nu-
merous other entries representing a
large segment of the area.
"We think this will be one of our
biggest and best holiday parades
and invite everyone to come out
and enjoy the event," said Spivey.