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Volume 122 ¢ Issue 21 * Wednesday, May 26, 2010
State probes fatality Sr patrolman
Investigation continues into
death of Larry Smith, Jr.
Smith ‘gone but
By ELIZABETH STEWART
"Gone but not forgotten" are some of the
memories on the wall at 204-B West King
St., the home Larry Smith Jr. shared with his
"I remember my brother as 'Little Larry,"
said his sister, Michelle Crockett, adding,
"He was people oriented, made a lot of
friends over the years and will always be
loved and missed."
Other relatives and friends wrote "You
will always be in our hearts."
Several others wrote, "We'll see you in
Heaven," on a large white poster board.
As Smith's wife, Temika Springs Smith,
and his parents, Sheila and Richard Bess,
made arrangements for the 1:30 p.m. funeral
today at People's Baptist Church, they spoke
little of the early morning fatality Friday that
took the 30-year-old man's life.
said that her
tain police offi-
cer ~~ Thomas
the patrol car that struck Smith, were ac-
quaintances. "My brother knew a lot of peo-
ple," she said.
Crockett said law enforcement officers
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LARRY SMITH, JR.
have told the family that an investigation into -
the fatality and the results of an autopsy
should be completed in about two weeks.
News of the accident brought family
members to the scene quickly, said Crockett,
who added, relatives in the truck in which
Smith was riding said that he was able to
speak as rescue workers transported him to
the hospital. Crockett said her mother fol-
lowed the ambulance to the hospital.
See SMITH, 3A
Phthalate DAY Siar
By ELIZABETH STEWART
The State Highway Patrol is continuihg
its investigation into the death of Larry
Bernard Smith Jr, 30, who died Friday
morning of injuries sustained when, accord-
ing to authorities, he was thrown from the
open bed of a moving pickup truck and
struck by a Kings Mountain police car.
Ptl. Thomas Bell, a part time officer, was
driving the patrol car.
First Sgt. Steve Greene of the State High-
way Patrol Public Information Office in
Raleigh, said the pickup truck was driven by
Julius Keith Pagan, 40, of 209 Waco Road.
Other passengers in the truck, two of whom
were riding in the bed of the truck with
Smith, were Sterling Bess, 33, of 204 W.
King St., Apt. B, Steve Bernard Hamrick, 20,
of 1006 N. Cansler St. and Gerald Anthony
Smith, 30, of 523 Cleveland Avenue.
Greene said that once the investigation is
complete that Cleveland County District At-
By ELIZABETH STEWART
Kings Mountain City Council will
torney Rick Shafer will determine if any
charges will be filed. Also pending is an au-
topsy report from the Mecklenburg County
Medical Examiner's Office ordered by
Cleveland County Coroner Dwight Tessneer.
Funeral services for Smith will be held
Wednesday, May 26,-2010 at 1:30 p.m. at
People's Baptist Church with. visitation 30
minutes prior to the service. Interment will
be in Mountain Rest Cemetery. :
Blood stains and orange spray paint mark
the scene on Barnette Drive where an ambu-
lance was called at 1:55 a.m. May 21 and ar-
rived at 2:04 a.m.
Information provided by First Sgt. Greene
stated "on Friday morning, May 21, 2010 at
approximately 2:30 a.m. the North Carolina
Highway Patrol was contacted bythe Kings
Mountain Police Department to assist with a
collision investigation involving a pedestrian
and possibly a Kings Mountain police vehi-
cle on Parrish Drive at the intersection of
See INVESTIGATION, 3A
City to take first look
at budget tonight
Effective May 1, the city council
raised water and sewer rates, a hike
funder the direction of Sgt. Bob Myers,
take its first look Wednesday
(tonight) at the 2010-2011 budget
proposed by City Manager Marilyn
The work session will begin at
of 15% for water and 35% for sewer.
Sellers said at the time that she "re-
grets" that she had to recommend it
but it was necessary because the cur-
rent rate structure leaves nothing for
ispecial music by Shana Adams and
iPiper Jane Gulden and address by a
ational Guardsmen will feature the
5:30 p.m. in the H. Lawrence Patrick
Senior Life & Conference Center.
emergencies. She said water sales are |
down with a big drop in water/sewer
service, to which the public is invited.
‘welcome and assist in laying a memo-
rial wreath courtesy of Harris Funeral
Last year's city budget totaled
After council makes recommen-
dations on the city manager's propos-
als, the proposed budget will be
* available for review at city hall prior
to a public hearing June 15 at 6 p.m.
usage since the departure of textile
plants that once were big water/sewer
customers. With the downturn in the
economy, residential and commercial
customers are also conserving more
Sellers said her budget proposal
will be "lean."
BH Keeper of the Trail
at which time council is expected to
adopt the budget for the new fiscal
finds home on
By ELIZABETH STEWART
Mountain nature lover Butch
guardian of the trail-could tell
that thousands of people had
walked the 2.27 miles since
opening day November 7,
Bridges, who lives nearby
on Wells Street, has been at the
trail every day. In fact, he's adopted the trail. He picks up
trash, cuts grass, weed eats and welcomes visitors. He walks
with his mother, Dora Bridges, and offers to walk with oth-
ers who may need company. He tells everyone to carry along
a cell phone and a water bottle.
Shirley Brutko, president of Gateway Trails, said 8,000
visits were documented from early April until May 12. She
said approximately 4,000 visitors walked the trail from open-
ing day Nov. 7, 2009 until the end of the year, ‘ a TT =
"I've walked so many miles I can't remember but I love Kevin Lisska crosses the finish line first in Satur-
See TRAIL. 7A day's Over the Mountain Triathlon. This was his sec-
ond overall victory in the OTM.
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By EMILY WEAVER
Kevin Lisska, 31, of Tega
Cay, SC, secured another
first place finish in the city's
11th annual Over the Moun-
tain Triathlon Saturday.
In the five years he has
competed in this three-leg
point-to-point race, Satur-
day's finish marked his sec-
ond first place victory. He
finished first in 2007 with an
overall time of 2:11:05 (two
hours: 11 minutes: five sec-
onds).. He. beat his own
record last year finishing
second with a time of
2:08:37. On Saturday, he fin-
ished in 2:08:40.
It was great. Same great
course it is every other year.
I come back and do it every
year because I like it,” Lis-
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ska said, after the victory.
Contestants no. 2 and no.
3 finished second and third,
respectively. Contestant no.
2, Tom Clifford, 27, of
Wrightsville Beach, finished
in 2:08:54, beating his sec-
ond place finish time in 2008
of 2:18:31. This was his sec-
ond year competing in Over
Contestant no. 3, David
Sokolofsky, 29, of Wilming-
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