SCUTTLEBUTT: Developments across the Triad and beyond, compiled by Keith T. Barber and Jordan Green

by YES! Staff

Pro golfer spends night in Forsyth County jail

Professional golfer John Daly was taken into custody by Winston-Salem police outside a Hooters restaurant on Oct. 26 after officers were called to assist emergency first responders. Upon arrival, EMS personnel informed officers that Daly refused to go the hospital. Police said Daly “appeared extremely intoxicated and uncooperative,” and refused to be escorted to the hospital. Daly, 42, the 1991 PGA and 1995 British Open champion, was not arrested by police but rather placed in custody under the state’s “Assistance to Intoxicated Persons” law for a 24-hour sober-up. Daly was transported to the Forsyth County jail and released the following day. Daly told the Associated Press that he was not inside Hooters when police arrived, but aboard his private bus in the parking lot. — KB

Forsyth school board tables amendments to code of conduct

The Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Board of Education tabled a resolution during its Oct. 28 meeting that would have amended the school system’s standards of professional conduct to prohibit teachers and school administrators from contacting students via internet social networking sites. “Teachers, school administrators and all other employees shall refrain from communicating with WS/FCS students using, through, by and/or on social networking sites, including but not limited to MySpace.Com, and Facebook,” the revised policy reads. The rules would also prohibit teachers and school employees from listing students as “friends” on social networking sites unless the student is their child, grandchild, sibling, cousin, niece or nephew. “The goal is to limit contact with students through social networking websites, but teachers have brought up concerns,” spokesman Theo Helm said. “They’d like to be able in some situations to have contact with students though social networking sites if they’re discussing homework or something. They think a ban on contacting students through social networking sites would be too overreaching, and the board would like to take more time to discuss it.” — KB

School board amends parking policy, curriculum

The Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Board of Education unanimously passed revisions to its student parking policy on Oct. 28. Under the new rules, students and parents must agree in writing to allow school officials to search a student’s vehicle if school officials have “reasonable suspicion” that the student possesses a controlled substance, a weapon or if there is evidence of other misconduct. The board also made changes to its high school curriculum for the 2009-10 school year, unanimously agreeing to add courses in English, global science, pathophysiology, Mandarin Chinese, sports and entertainment marketing, and Allied Health, Business and Information Technology.

The board dropped courses in newspaper and yearbook, practical English, Math I & II, band, chorus and theater arts. Board members also altered the school system’s graduation requirements. Students will have to meet state requirements of 21 credits to graduate, but will take one more science course and one additional physical education to meet the county’s requirements. Students will only have to take four electives under the new rules, as opposed to the six electives as previously required. — KB

Attorney General sues foreclosure rescue firms

On Oct. 30, NC Attorney General Roy Cooper announced that he has filed suit against the following companies and their agents: Robert E. Cassell Jr., doing business as American Mortgage Assistance in Fort Mill, SC; Home Assure LLC and its vice president, Michael Grieco of Charlotte; and Metrolina Mortgage Relief LLC and its president, Jeffery Mika of Charlotte. Cooper made the announcement at the Better Business Bureau (BBB) of the Southern Piedmont, which has assisted with the cases. “So-called foreclosure rescue schemes prey on desperate homeowners, pushing them even closer to losing their homes,” Cooper said. “We’re pushing back by enforcing the law and giving consumers better options.” Cooper said the three Charlotte-area foreclosure rescue companies targeted by his office charged high fees to consumers but failed to save their homes. Cooper filed the complaints in Wake County Superior Court on Oct. 30, asking the court to bar the three companies and their employees from taking any money from North Carolina consumers for debt adjusting or foreclosure assistance services. The Attorney General is also seeking refunds for consumers, civil penalties and cancellation of all contracts. — KB