Daily News

Union County Sheriff’s Office officials are seeking more potential victims of an elderly man arrested recently on child molestation charges.Sheriff’s Lt. Daren Osborn said investigators believe 79-year-old Kurt Stuart Hanna may have had inappropriate contact with other children from the area over the past five years.

Investigators received a report April 9 of alleged abuse of a child under age 12 that led to an emergency forensic interview of that child, Osborn said. That resulted in the initial warrants.After further investigation and more forensic interviews with the original victim and a sibling, also under age 12, five more charges were obtained against Hanna, Osborn said.

Osborn said the relationship with the victims and suspect is family friends, adding the time period of the offenses is at least the past five years.

Hanna so far is charged with aggravated child molestation, aggravated sexual battery, enticing a child for indecent purposes, and three counts of child molestation, Union County jail reports show. Bond for Hanna has been denied.

The mass vaccination effort has been successful with more than 11000 people receiving both vaccinations at the Union County Sports Center through the Health Department. Sole Commissioner Lamar Paris reminds everyone that the Center will return to regular sports programs beginning Monday. Paris urged everyone to take advantage of the vaccination program at the Sports Center for the remainder of this week. (soundbite in station audio folder)

Monday night the Cherokee County Commissioners approved budget revisions for school projects ($40K), EMS Chassis ($45K), Batting Cage roof ($16K) and dumpsters ($10K). Commissioners appointed Whitney Eller and Robin Sargent to the Board of Health. Commissioners also approved upgrades to Andrews Disc Golf Park and $6K for Airport Camera System upgrade. A citizen request to sell the Topton Community Center back to the family of the original property owners could not be accommodated without going through surplus government property procedures.

The Town of Andrews Board of Aldermen met last night with more than a dozen Andrews citizens speaking on behalf of the suspended Police Chief and officers. After public comment the Aldermen went into executive session but it is unclear if any decision will be forthcoming as the Mayor indicated they were advised not to comment on the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation’s review of the alleged prank involving security cameras in City Hall.