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Chatham News Headlines - 5/24/07

Charges against trooper dropped

By Angela Delp

Recent charges filed against First Sgt. Gary M. Franks of the North Carolina State Highway Patrol office in Siler City have been dismissed.

Franks was arrested April 30 after allegedly fighting with his son, 18-year-old Joshua Franks.

Gary Franks was charged with assault inflicting serious injury. Joshua Franks was charged with simple assault.

According to Major Gary Blankenship of the Chatham County Sheriff’s Office, the charges against both men were dropped May 16 by the District Attorney’s office.

Attorney Ben Atwater said both men chose to drop the charges.

"Clearly, this is a family matter and neither of the men wanted the other to be charged," Atwater said.

Franks had been placed on administrative duty following the charges but has been allowed to return to his regular duties, according to the State Highway Patrol office in Raleigh.

more- See Thursday, May 24 paper: Vol 87, No.25

Relay sees largest attendance . .

Pittsboro unites to fight cancer

  By Kara Sumner

One common cause brought more than 1,000 Chatham County residents together last Friday night at Northwood High School – raising money to find a cure for cancer.

Pittsboro’s sixth annual American Cancer Society Relay for Life drew support from a variety of ages and backgrounds.

"It certainly brings the community together because everybody everywhere has been touched by cancer in some way, shape or form," said Claire Wilson, relay planning committee co-chair. "It brings everybody together for a much needed cause to find a cure for cancer. Hopefully, one day we can get together to raise money for something else."

This year’s attendance was significant in the fight.

"We had our largest attendance yet," Wilson said.

The "crowd" has, at this point, helped to raise over $100,000 for the cause.

"We had $141,000 turned in as of right now," Wilson said. Total funds raised will be tallied in "a couple of weeks," she said.

The relay provided games and contests for those in attendance as well as entertainment from Robyn’s Nest Creative Learning center, Foot Notes Tap Ensemble, the Raleigh Claymate Dancers and others.

Tents offering goods, services, and food in exchange for donations were set up on the high school field.

Those participating in the "Miss Relay Pageant" weren’t the typical beauty queens, but were men dressed as women. Several strutted their stuff before the pageant collecting donations.

The overall – or most creative – winner for the pageant was Bob Esau, who was known as "Bobbette" during the competition.

Among those participating at the relay were some cancer survivors. Norma Harris was one.

more- See Thursday, May 24 paper: Vol 87, No.25

Body recovered from lake

Ramseur man believed to be victim of drowning incident last week

By Joseph Pardington

On Monday morning, authorities recovered from Jordan Lake what is believed to be the body of a 36-year old Randolph County man.

Authorities believe Jamie Burney of Ramseur drowned last Thursday after he and some others left their boat to go swimming, said Chief Mark Riggsbee of the North Chatham Volunteer Fire Department.

"Five people were in the boat when the incident took place," Riggsbee said. "They were pleasure riding. They decided to get out and go swimming. He was not wearing a life jacket. At one point, he was holding on to someone who was wearing a life jacket."

Riggsbee said Burney believed he was "okay and he could swim. We really don’t know exactly what happened."

Burney’s body was found Monday morning after authorities from 12 agencies assisted in efforts to locate him, Riggsbee said.

Among the responders were: North Chatham Volunteer Fire Department, Apex Fire Department, Chatham County STAR Team, East Chatham Rescue, Chatham County Emergency Management, North Carolina Wildlife, North Carolina Parks Service, North Carolina CERT, Goldston Rescue, Chatham County Sheriff’s Office, Alamance Rescue and Triad K-9, Riggsbee said.

The first call for assistance came at 5:24 p.m. on May 17. Authorities used boats, infra-red cameras, dragging equipment and many other resources in an attempt to locate the body.

more- See Thursday, May 24 paper: Vol 87, No.25

Residents feel gas price squeeze

By Angela Delp

The cost of gas jumped to a new record high last week, topping the $3 mark in Chatham County.

Laura Dillinger, who manages Country Mart convenience store in Siler City, which was charging $3.09 for regular unleaded gas on Tuesday, said the higher gas prices have hurt business.

"Things have slowed down here," she said. "I’ve heard on TV that gas might get as high as $4 or $4.50 by the end of summer.

"I think that’s really sad," she added.

more- See Thursday, May 24 paper: Vol 87, No.25

"All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given to us.”
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