Sarah Willets

Position: Reporter
E-Mail Address: swillets@civitasmedia.com
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Covering breaking news, crime, health, Lumberton and Fairmont

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MAXTON — A former chief of the Pembroke Rural Fire Department has been charged with embezzling more than $100,000 from the department, according to the Robeson County Sheriff's Office and the State Bureau of Investigation.
Herman Junior Jones, 45, was arrested Tuesday at his home on Sanderson Drive in Maxton following an investigation by the

Former fire chief accused of stealing more than $100,000

MAXTON — A former chief of the Pembroke Rural Fire Department has been charged with embezzling more than $100,000 from the department, according to the Robeson County Sheriff's Office and the State Bureau of Investigation. Herman Junior Jones, 45, was arrested Tuesday at his home on Sanderson Drive in Maxton following an investigation by the

Teen killed when shots strike home

SHANNON — A 17-year-old has died after shots were fired into his Shannon home, according to the Robeson County Sheriff's Office. Corey Bratcher died at Southeastern Regional Medical Center after being shot in his home on the 100 block of Gina Boulevard on Wednesday night, according to a statement from Maj. Anthony Thompson, chief of detectiv

BLADENBORO — Leaders of the North Carolina NAACP have hired a pathologist to perform an independent medical exam of Lennon Lacy, a Bladenboro 17-year-old who was found hanged in August. The organization also is asking for a federal investigation into his death.
Investigators have said they have found no signs of foul play in Lacy's death, wi

NAACP wants feds to probe teenager's death

BLADENBORO — Leaders of the North Carolina NAACP have hired a pathologist to perform an independent medical exam of Lennon Lacy, a Bladenboro 17-year-old who was found hanged in August. The organization also is asking for a federal investigation into his death. Investigators have said they have found no signs of foul play in Lacy's death, wi

Crime report

Break-ins The following break-ins were reported to the Robeson County Sheriff's Office: Neil Sadaka Locklear, of Jasper Drive, Shannon; Joyce Ratliff Brown, of Candy Park Road, Pembroke; Prestage Farms, of Moss Road, Fairmont; Margie Milazzo, of Sterling Street, Pembroke; Donnie Bell Hunt, of Ward Store Road, Fairmont; Morris Trumble, of Prospect

UMBERTON — Lumberton, as is the local holiday tradition, will kick off the cavalcade of Christmas parades across Robeson County with its big event on Saturday.
The Lumberton Christmas Parade will spread holiday cheer from downtown Lumberton to Biggs Park Mall beginning at 10 a.m. Johna Edmonds, a Lumberton native and former Miss North Caroli

Lumberton parade first in line

UMBERTON — Lumberton, as is the local holiday tradition, will kick off the cavalcade of Christmas parades across Robeson County with its big event on Saturday. The Lumberton Christmas Parade will spread holiday cheer from downtown Lumberton to Biggs Park Mall beginning at 10 a.m. Johna Edmonds, a Lumberton native and former Miss North Caroli

LUMBERTON — Lumberton Police Chief Michael McNeill says a Special Enforcement team formed last month to crack down on gang activity has reduced crime overall in the city, and he hopes to take the initiative countywide.
The Special Enforcement team is made up of officers from the Lumberton Police Department's Special Operations Team, Vice and

City task force targeting gangs

LUMBERTON — Lumberton Police Chief Michael McNeill says a Special Enforcement team formed last month to crack down on gang activity has reduced crime overall in the city, and he hopes to take the initiative countywide. The Special Enforcement team is made up of officers from the Lumberton Police Department's Special Operations Team, Vice and

Crime report

Thefts Ella Stephens, of Crandlemire Road, Lumberton, reported Tuesday that someone broke into her house, causing $200 in damage to a window, and stole a flat screen television valued at $1,200, according to a police report. Richard Miller reported Monday that someone broke into a coin-operated machine at High School Laser Wash on Fayetteville Ro

FAIRMONT — If you were meeting them for the first time, you might have assumed Kashawn Leonard and Tylek McNair were brothers.
“They were together every day,” said Kenya McNair, Tylek's mother. “… When you saw one, you were looking for the other.”
Kashawn, 19, and Tylek, 17, were actually cousins — both d

Victims mourned

FAIRMONT — If you were meeting them for the first time, you might have assumed Kashawn Leonard and Tylek McNair were brothers. “They were together every day,” said Kenya McNair, Tylek's mother. “… When you saw one, you were looking for the other.” Kashawn, 19, and Tylek, 17, were actually cousins — both d

LUMBERTON — Highway Patrol troopers on Monday were struggling to recall a more deadly accident than the one that killed four Robeson County teenagers that day, and the third in three years that killed high school athletes from Fairmont.
“I don't think I've had one since I've been back in 2011. I've had three (fatalities), but I don't r

Car hits school bus, 4 killed

LUMBERTON — Highway Patrol troopers on Monday were struggling to recall a more deadly accident than the one that killed four Robeson County teenagers that day, and the third in three years that killed high school athletes from Fairmont. “I don't think I've had one since I've been back in 2011. I've had three (fatalities), but I don't r

Shelter plan concerns Fairmont residents

FAIRMONT — Fairmont residents lined up Tuesday night in opposition to a proposed temporary shelter, which they felt could endanger their neighborhood. Ten people voiced their concerns about an emergency shelter on Iona Street during a regular meeting of the Fairmont Board of Commissioners although board members stressed that the proposal was

4 guns found at wreck

LUMBERTON — Four firearms were found in what remained of a vehicle that four Robeson County teenagers were riding in on Monday when it struck a bus, killing them all, according to the Robeson County Sheriff's Office. Maj. Anthony Thompson, chief of detectives for the Sheriff's Office, said in a statement Tuesday that three guns were found on

Crime report

Break-ins The following break-ins were reported to the Robeson County Sheriff's Office: James Carter, of Rozier Siding Road, Lumberton; and Gary Brooks of N.C. 211 West, Red Springs.

LUMBERTON — Three Robeson County students were among four people killed in a head-on collision with a Robeson County school bus this morning, according to the state Highway Patrol.
The car's driver, 16-year-old Kadaufei Worley, of Lumberton; and its passengers, 18-year-old Tylek McNair, of Fairmont; 15-year-old Daylon Cummings, of Rowland; a

3 students among 4 dead in crash

LUMBERTON — Three Robeson County students were among four people killed in a head-on collision with a Robeson County school bus this morning, according to the state Highway Patrol. The car's driver, 16-year-old Kadaufei Worley, of Lumberton; and its passengers, 18-year-old Tylek McNair, of Fairmont; 15-year-old Daylon Cummings, of Rowland; a

Crime report

Thefts Belton Locklear, of Ardell Drive, Maxton, reported Saturday that two shotguns, valued at $400 each, were stolen out of his car at Lumberton Junior High School, according to a police report. Vandalism Richard Hardin, of Case Street, Lumberton, reported Saturday that someone caused $250 damage to his vehicle's window and windshield at Swank

LUMBERTON — A Lumberton man previously accused of threatening other officials has been charged with threatening to kill Robeson County Sheriff Kenneth Sealey, according an investigator with the District Attorney's Office.
Carlos Maurice Sinclair, 34, was arrested Friday night by investigator Erich Hackney and charged with communicating threa

Man charged with threatening sheriff

LUMBERTON — A Lumberton man previously accused of threatening other officials has been charged with threatening to kill Robeson County Sheriff Kenneth Sealey, according an investigator with the District Attorney's Office. Carlos Maurice Sinclair, 34, was arrested Friday night by investigator Erich Hackney and charged with communicating threa

FAIRMONT — Fairmont police are searching for a man who robbed a woman at gunpoint as she was getting her baby out of the car, according to interim Chief Kimothy Monroe.
Police have identified Deshawn Watson, 35, as a person of interest in the robbery, which took place Wednesday around midnight, Monroe said.
According to Monroe, the woman wa

Police seek gunman in Fairmont robbery

FAIRMONT — Fairmont police are searching for a man who robbed a woman at gunpoint as she was getting her baby out of the car, according to interim Chief Kimothy Monroe. Police have identified Deshawn Watson, 35, as a person of interest in the robbery, which took place Wednesday around midnight, Monroe said. According to Monroe, the woman wa

PEMBROKE — Nearly 6 ounces of marijuana were seized during the search of a Pembroke home on Thursday, according to the Robeson County Sheriff's Office Narcotics Division, and two people who lived there are charged with drug crimes.
The home on the 400 block of Townsend Chapel Road in Pembroke was searched Thursday afternoon following complai

2 face drug charges

PEMBROKE — Nearly 6 ounces of marijuana were seized during the search of a Pembroke home on Thursday, according to the Robeson County Sheriff's Office Narcotics Division, and two people who lived there are charged with drug crimes. The home on the 400 block of Townsend Chapel Road in Pembroke was searched Thursday afternoon following complai

Autopsy planned on dead prisoner

LUMBERTON — An autopsy is being done to determine what killed an inmate at the Robeson County Detention Center, according to the State Bureau of Investigation. Duan Maurice Penny, 25, was found unresponsive Monday night and the Robeson County Sheriff's Office asked the SBI to investigate the death on Tuesday. According to a jail administrat

Crime report

Thefts Evon Boren, of Whiteville, reported Thursday that $1,030 worth of items, including a duffel bag, clothing, pills and shoes were stolen from his car at Walmart on Fayetteville Road in Lumberton, according to a police report. Tonya Jones reported Thursday that a $1,500 heart monitor was stolen from Southeastern Regional Medical Center, accor

Artwork by fourth-, fifth- and sixth-grade students at Gilbert Carroll Middle School will be on display at Biggs Park Mall until Tuesday.

Photos: Carroll Middle Art Crawl

Artwork by fourth-, fifth- and sixth-grade students at Gilbert Carroll Middle School will be on display at Biggs Park Mall until Tuesday.





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