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Body identified as investigator

CHARLOTTE — The North Carolina Department of Insurance says a body found in a wooded area south of Charlotte is that of a missing investigator who is thought to have been killed on the job.

Authorities say Sallie Rohrbach, 44, was killed by the owner of an insurance agency she was sent to audit.

Department spokeswoman Chrissy Pearson confirmed the identity yesterday. The body was found earlier in the day near Fort Mill, S.C.

Prosecutors have charged insurance agency owner Michael Howell of Indian Trail with first-degree murder in Mrs. Rohrbach’s death. He made an initial court appearance yesterday.


Chaperone seals students in room

MILLBURY — Parents have complained to a northwest Ohio school board that a chaperone sealed students in their hotel rooms with duct tape during a high school choir field trip.

At a heated meeting Monday, Michelle Mata told the Lake Local school board in Millbury that the tactic panicked her son during a recent weekend trip to Chicago.

Sylvia Keeler said she may file charges. Her son, Mark Hummel, said he worried he could be trapped during a fire.

School board President Timothy Krugh told parents that the tape was meant to keep students safe.

Schools Superintendent Jim Witt said the tape would show if students violated curfew but wouldn’t have kept them from escaping in an emergency.


Buyouts offered to state workers

NASHVILLE — Finance Commissioner Dave Goetz presented details of a proposed state worker buyout plan, saying incentives for early retirement would range from $23,000 to $47,000.

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