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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.”


School spending is up, not down

RALEIGH — Just before Labor Day, the publicly available polls of likely voters had incumbent U.S. Sen. Kay Hagan roughly tied with Republican challenger Thom Tillis. Since Labor Day, the polling average has shifted about three points in Hagan’s direction.How come? The main cause, it seems, is that Hagan and her allies have vastly outspent Tillis and his allies on TV ads since Labor Day — and the claims in those ads, on education funding, have both pulled some swin...

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Warrant: Accused killer thought children were going to ‘chop him up’

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — A South Carolina father who authorities said killed his five children believed the kids “were going to kill him, chop him up and feed him to the dogs,” according to an unredacted arrest warrant released Wednesday.Authorities said Timothy Ray Jones Jr. killed his children at his Lexington home, put the bodies in plastic trash bags and drove for nine days around the Southeast. The warrant said authorities found blood in his vehicle and handwrit...

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McCrory unveils 25-year plan for NC transportation

RALEIGH — Gov. Pat McCrory on Wednesday presented his long-anticipated North Carolina transportation plan that sets regional and statewide infrastructure goals for the next generation while purposely leaving many details to the future.McCrory, who with state Transportation Secretary Tony Tata scheduled four stops to announce the governor’s “25-Year Vision,” said the document will help ensure that people and commerce are well-connected as the state population...

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Berger tweaks ad following NAACP complaint

RALEIGH — Senate leader Phil Berger’s campaign on Wednesday changed a television commercial highlighting his role in passing a photo identification requirement to vote in North Carolina after it became the subject of an elections complaint.The North Carolina NAACP asked the State Board of Elections this week to investigate the ad, which the civil rights group alleges was unlawful because it gave misleading information to potential voters that may discourage them from ca...

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No excuse for DWI numbers in Robeson Co.

Years ago we stumbled across an interesting dynamic in the reporting of crime statistics, which we will acknowledge are not trustworthy because apples can only be compared with apples if the reporting agencies follow similar guidelines in what they report.They don’t.But what we found was that if crime went down in a jurisdiction, that law enforcement claimed it was doing a better job of preventing bad stuff from happening. But if crime went up, then law enforcement...

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Crime report

TheftsAmber Smith, of Cricket Hollow Road, Lumberton, reported Tuesday that her $400 Samsung Galaxy S4 was stolen at Walmart on Fayetteville Road, according to a police report.Ashley Bass, of Ginny’s Drive, Fairmont, reported Tuesday that an undisclosed amount of cash was stolen from her purse at Lumberton Children’s Clinic on Liberty Hill Road, according to a police report.Elizabeth Minikel, of Riverside Boulevard, Lumberton, repo...

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Murder victim’s family still trying to find justice

To the Editor,In reference to letter to the editor published on Sept. 16, 2014, my stepson’s murder probe was also botched and contaminated. We were told that murder charges could not be filed based on the way it was handled and the arresting officers could not proceed as instructed.

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McCrory keeping eye on Senate race

The heated battle between for a U.S. Senate seat from North Carolina between incumbent Democrat Kay Hagan and her Republican challenger, state House Speaker Thom Tillis, has unfolded as most political observers expected.Tillis is trying at every opportunity to tie Hagan closely to President Obama, whose approval ratings are underwater in the state, a situation that’s not unusual for most incumbent presidents halfway through their second term in office.That’s ...

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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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