News 12 This Morning Local Update - November 1, 2006

Protecting trick-or-treaters from sex offenders

Local law enforcement spent Halloween watching out for the safety of your kids.

The Department of Corrections probation office made house calls for registered sex offenders Tuesday night.

They say it's up to parents to check the registries also.

Officers advised all offenders to turn off their porch lights, keep their doors closed, and stay away from Halloween activities where there could be children.

Some parents took no chances on the danger.

"We just kind of keep her inside and let her be with friends and cousins and grandparents and get all dressed up," said mother Heather Guilfoyle.

She tells us she sees registered offenders in the Hephzibah McBean Road area walking near her house all the time.

There are 175 registered sex offenders in Richmond County.

Huge tree falls on Lincolnton man

A Lincolnton family experiences a real horror when a father is pinned under a 100 foot tree.

Two weeks ago, Larry Beggs was standing near the driver's side door of the truck with his 17-year-old on the opposite end and his two small children in the bed of the truck.

Larry was hit, but the massive tree somehow missed the kids.

He suffered three broken vertebrae and a broken rib.

Doctors say he should be back to normal in three months.

Prayer vigil for Desire Northington

A vigil will be held tonight for a teenage girl thrown from a ride at the Georgia-Carolina State Fair.

13-year-old Desire Northington is still in critical condition at MCG.

A report from the Georgia Department of Labor reveals she panicked before she was thrown off the ride, the Orbiter, last Thursday.

The operator says he saw Desire's legs dangling from the tub of the ride and her holding onto the lap bar.

The report concludes the ride is not at fault for the accident and that the girl managed to maneuver herself into a position to attempt going underneath the lap bar before the ride reached full speed.

Members of the South Carolina Leadership Conference will hold the vigil at 8 o'clock tonight outside the Law Enforcement Center.

Salvation Army accepts Christmas assistance applications

Before you know it, Christmas will be here, and the Salvation Army is already preparing for the big holiday.

The organization will be accepting Christmas assistance applications next week.

To apply for help, visit the Salvation Army Social Service Center at 1384 Greene Street beginning Monday, November 6 through Friday, November 10.

The center will be open from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m.

If you need more information, call (706) 826-7933.

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