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Mar. 19, 2014 @ 03:47 AM

Pedestrian struck by vehicle near hospital

RUTHERFORDTON — On Monday afternoon, officers with the Rutherfordton Police Department were dispatched to Rutherford Regional Medical Center in reference to a motor vehicle striking a pedestrian.

According to the report filed by police, Debra Kay Rhyne, 54, of Abby Place Drive in Belmont, was in the crosswalk on Twitty Ford Street, walking from the parking lot towards the front of the hospital when she was struck by a 2008 Honda being driven by Geraldine Hensley Hinson, 75, of Maple Creek Road in Rutherfordton.

Hinson was turning left out of the half-circle drive in front of the hospital when she struck Rhyne, the report stated.

Hinson advised that she just did not see Rhyne when she was turning her vehicle onto Twitty Ford Street.

Rhyne was treated at the hospital and remains in stable condition.

Hinson was charged with failure to reduce speed

Rutherford County Operation Medicine Drop

RUTHERFORDTON — Operation Medicine Drop of Rutherford County will be held on Saturday, March 22 at three locations throughout the county.

Citizens can drop off any unused, unwanted or expired prescription and over-the-counter medications at the Food Lion in Rutherfordton, Food Lion in Forest City and Ellenboro Fire Department from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m.

The Rutherford County Sheriff’s Office and Forest City Police Department also have year-round permanent medicine drop boxes in their lobbies.

Medications collected include liquids, pills and even pet medicines. Radioactive chemotherapy drugs are not collected.

During the county’s last Operation Medicine drop on Oct. 26, 2013, residents cleaned out their medicine cabinets and turned in 21,561 pills.

Operation Medicine Drop is a partnership of Safe Kids North Carolina, the Riverkeepers of North Carolina, N.C. State Bureau of Investigation, Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of North Carolina and local law enforcement agencies working together to encourage the public to safely dispose of medications.

By providing safe and secure ways for people to get rid of medications, Operation Medicine Drop helps prevent accidental poisonings and drug abuse while protecting local waters. Since 2010, Operation Medicine Drop has collected more than 30 million pills at almost 1,000 events.

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