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Stephens quits DSS board, cites conflict

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LUMBERTON — Commissioner Jerry Stephens on Monday ended his short term as a member of the county’s Department of Social Services board, a position that he told fellow commissioners might create for him a conflict of interest.Stephens, who along with Commissioner Lance Herndon was seated on the Social Services board on July 1, said that he discovered after being appointed to the board that he had a niece working at the department.“I had a great month on the board, but I’ve got a niece out there,” he said. “I’m glad I found out before I gave her a raise.”


Man charged with murder try

LUMBERTON — A Lumberton man has been charged with attempted murder for shooting another man, who one week later remains hospitalized with life-threatening injuries.Clarence Jamar Graham, 27, was arrested Tuesday on Popes Crossing Road by Robeson County sheriff’s deputies and Lumberton police officers, according to a statement from the Lumberton Police Department.Graham, who lives on Spruce Street, is also charged with assault with intent to kill inflicting se...

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Mistakes cripple Mustangs

WHITEVILLE — The South Robeson volleyball team’s postseason hopes took a brief hit Tuesday night when as the Mustangs fell to Whiteville in straight sets, 25-17, 25-12, 25-15 in a key Three Rivers Conference matchup.Both teams entered the match both vying for third place in the conference, behind South Columbus and Fairmont.The first set was most competitive for both teams, with Whiteville gaining an early edge at 11-5 after a seven-point service run by junio...

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Fairmont jumps to first

FAIRMONT — During the 2013 season, there was only one obstacle the Fairmont volleyball team struggled to overcome: South Columbus.The Stallions accounted for half of the Golden Tornadoes’ four losses, forcing Fairmont to settle for second place after an otherwise flawless run in the Three Rivers Conference.So when Fairmont scored the final point in Tuesday’s 3-2 win in the teams’ first meeting of the year, there was a bit of a release as the bench...

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Fairmont turns to deputies to aid town police

FAIRMONT — Fifteen Robeson County sheriff’s deputies will be pitching in part-time to keep Fairmont safe.Town Manager Linda Vause announced at a town meeting that the deputies will employed an as-needed basis to bolster the staff of Fairmont’s newly-independent Police Department.The Board of Commissioners during its July 15 meeting voted to split the town’s police and fire divisions, previously joined under the Public Safety Department. Kimothy Mo...

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Burr says he will seek 3rd Senate term

RALEIGH (AP) — North Carolina Sen. Richard Burr says he’s expecting to run for a third U.S. Senate term in 2016.The office of the Winston-Salem Republican essentially confirmed Tuesday the comments he made to a Washington-based political publication that he would seek re-election.In the article, Burr, 58, rejected speculation he would leave when his six-year term ended.“No, no, no,” Burr said in an interview with National Journal. When ...

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NC man’s admission solves 1997 murder

PHOENIX (AP) — A cold case homicide has been solved after a man, apparently racked with guilt, drove across the country to confess killing an Arizona woman with a flashlight more than 15 years ago.Matthew Gibson has been sentenced to 10 years in prison after driving from North Carolina to Arizona to turn himself in to face charges that a prosecutor said wouldn’t have come without the 55-year-old’s surrender.“His name was never in any report. We di...

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NAACP: Berger ad attempt to quash vote

RALEIGH — The North Carolina NAACP on Tuesday formally accused Senate leader Phil Berger of airing an unlawful television ad that the civil rights group says leads viewers to believe they must get photo identification to vote this fall when the requirement takes effect in 2016.The Rev. William Barber, NAACP state president, and group attorneys filed a complaint with the State Board of Elections and the Guilford County district attorney asking the ad be investigated and that B...

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Man who escaped while being questioned under $500K bond

LUMBERTON — A man who fled the Robeson County Sheriff’s Office last week has been jailed under a $500,000 bond that may grow as more charges are brought against him.Hakeem Johnson, 23, is charged with discharging a firearm into occupied property and possession of a firearm by felon, according to a statement from Maj. Anthony Thompson, chief of detectives.“There is an ongoing investigation and more charges are pending,” Thompson said.

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County 4th in DWI arrests during DOT campaign

LUMBERTON — Robeson County law enforcement made more than 100 DWI arrests during a Labor Day Booze It & Lose it campaign — the fourth highest total in the state, according to the North Carolina Department of Transportation.Officers charged 113 people with DWIs at 55 Robeson County checkpoints between Aug. 15 and Sept. 1. In addition, they issued 294 seat belt violations, 15 drug violations and 273 speeding violations. During the campaign, 39 fugitive arrests were made....

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EMS director: SRMC best choice for heart-attack victim

To the Editor,I am writing to inform people about the importance of early heart attack care and getting to a hospital that can provide the best treatment strategy based on the American Heart Association recommendations.Robeson County has a high rate of heart disease, with 241 deaths a year per 100,000 people. When a patient has heart attack symptoms, there is a 90-minute window until damage to the heart is no longer reversible. If the patient can be transported to a hosp...

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Crime report

TheftsLarry Pugh, of Woodleaf, reported Tuesday that someone broke into his room at Quality Inn on Roberts Avenue in Lumberton and stole $50 in cash and $65 worth of items, including jeans, a wallet and keys, according to a police report.William Armstead, of Pearl Street, Lumberton, reported Monday that his $28 registration plate was stolen, according to a police report.Matthew Futrell, of Tar Heel, reported Monday that someone broke into his ...

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Wos back on her familiar hot seat

Long-embattled Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Aldona Wos was on the hot seat again last week, facing questions from state lawmakers about a no-bid $6.8 million contract she awarded to an out-of-state firm to manage the finances of the Medicaid program.Wos’ response was telling. She told a legislative oversight committee that the department was simply overwhelmed.”We had an emergency in the department. We didn’t have enough people, and...

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Crack, pot seized during bust

SHANNON — Three people have been charged in a drug bust that netted marijuana plants and crack cocaine, according to a Robeson County Sheriff’s Office narcotics agent.Agents searched a home on McGoogan Farm Road in Shannon on Friday evening following complaints from area residents.Inside, they found 4 grams of crack cocaine as well as several marijuana plants, all of which were seized, the agent said.

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Man who fled Sheriff’s Office while being questioned back in custody

LUMBERTON — A man who shuffled out of the Sheriff’s Office while in shackles on Friday night walked back inside the office today to surrender after three and half days on the lam.According to Robeson County Sheriff Kenneth Sealey, 23-year-old Hakeem Andrea Johnson, accompanied by his attorney, arrived at the Sheriff’s Office at about 9 a.m.Charges are pending against Johnson, who left the Robeson County Sheriff’s Office on foot at about 9 p.m. on ...

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New lights OK’d for Fairmont field

LUMBERTON — The Public Schools of Robeson County’s Board of Education approved the purchase of $259,000 worth of lights for the Fairmont High School football field during a special meeting on Monday.The project was initially approved during the board’s regular meeting on Wednesday. At that meeting, Finance Officer Erica Setzer was asked to find out if it would be better to fund the project though multi-year financing or pay the entire cost outright.Afte...

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Police: No evidence student was killed

BOONE (AP) — North Carolina police say there is no evidence that an Appalachian State University student was killed, adding that the subject of a week-long search was intent on harming herself.Boone Police Chief Dana Crawford said Monday in a statement that investigators have found no evidence that 18-year-old Anna Smith of High Point was a victim of homicide. The police chief says a letter that appears to have been written by Smith was found with her body.Authorit...

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Charges dropped against protestor

RALEIGH (AP) — A Wake County Superior Court judge has dismissed a trespassing case against a protester arrested at the N.C. Legislative Building, a ruling that could have an impact on future cases.The News & Observer of Raleigh reports Chief Resident Superior Court Judge Donald Stephens ruled last Friday that the constitutional rights of Leonard Beeghley were violated when he was arrested in June 2013 for demonstrating against the General Assembly’s agenda.Be...

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