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Motion says Roscoe Artis killed Buie

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LUMBERTON — A motion to dismiss convictions against two men imprisoned for the 1983 rape and murder of a Red Springs girl points the finger at another man who is also incarcerated for a rape and murder in the same town.The motion, filed at the Robeson County courthouse on Tuesday, asks that convictions against 50-year-old Henry Lee McCollum and 46-year-old Leon Brown be dismissed and that they be released from prison immediately. Put forth by the Center for Death Penalty Litigation and lawyers representing the men, the motion is expected to be heard in Robeson County Superior Court next week.


Vouchers not about helping poor kids

After Superior Court Judge Robert Hobgood understandably ruled last week that the sketchy unaccountable private school voucher scheme created by the 2013 General Assembly was unconstitutional, voucher supporters responded almost in unison with a single talking point, that somehow the judge had “trapped underprivileged children in failing schools.”The claim may be offensive and disingenuous but it’s not new. It’s been a common refrain among school privatizati...

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Running for the city

LUMBERTON — Four times a week, Lumberton police Officer Joe Frederick laces up his shoes and goes for a run.The runs, which range from nine to 16 miles, usually start near the Pine Terrace Fire Department along Alamac Road and finish several hours later, sometimes near Exit 25 on Interstate 95, other times near Union Chapel Road outside of Lumberton city limits.Frederick admits it’s not always the most exciting surroundings, but in the back of his mind, he...

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Suggs gets 1st LHS game ball award

LUMBERTON — As Douglas Byrd drove deep into Lumberton territory late in the second quarter on Friday, the Eagles were on the Pirates’ seven yard line and made two passes towards the end zone.The first was deflected at the last second by Devante Stephens but Travis Suggs did even better with the second, intercepting it and running it 38 yards to set up a drive that ended in a touchdown.“It wasn’t nervous. I’ve been in that situation before,&#...

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Aug. 27 Local Sports Briefs

Darlington gets Labor Day backCHARLOTTE (AP) — Darlington Raceway will return to its traditional Labor Day weekend date next season in one of the few significant changes to NASCAR’s 2015 Sprint Cup Series schedule.To get Darlington back to Labor Day weekend after an 11-year absence, Atlanta Motor Speedway gave up the date. Atlanta now goes to the second race of the season on March 1.NASCAR goes from Atlanta to a West Coast swing th...

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Sentencing delayed for Killingsworth

ELIZABETHTOWN — A former Robeson County educator who pleaded guilty earlier this month to misusing the Bladen County school system’s money will not be sentenced until October.Gregory Killingsworth, a former assistant superintendent for the Public Schools of Robeson County, was expected to be sentenced on Monday, but it was postponed until Oct. 7. Killingworth pleaded guilty in Bladen County Superior Court to the felony of obtaining property by false pretenses on Aug. 6....

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Man found dead after 911 call

LUMBERTON — A Lumberton man was found dead early Tuesday morning following a home invasion, according to the Robeson County Sheriff’s Office.Sheriff’s deputies found the body of 57-year-old Milton Cummings after they received a 911 call at about 2 a.m. from his mother’s home on the 100 block of Powhatan Drive near Chicken Road, according to a statement from the Sheriff’s Office.Cummings had been assaulted, the statement said.Accor...

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Obama makes NC stop

CHARLOTTE — His standing with veterans damaged by scandal, President Barack Obama on Tuesday defended his administration’s response to Veterans Affairs lapses that delayed health care for thousands of former service members, but conceded more needed to be done to regain their trust.His appearance also had deep political overtones in a state where the Democratic senator, Kay Hagan, is facing a difficult re-election and has sought to distance herself from Obama’s po...

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Man captured sleeping after 2-week manhunt

LUMBERTON — After a two-week manhunt, the Robeson County Sheriff’s Office has arrested a Pembroke man wanted on charges ranging from arson to attempted robbery.John David Oxendine, 28, was arrested early Monday at a home on University Road in Pembroke where sheriff’s deputies and officers with the Pembroke Police Department found him sleeping, according to a statement from the Sheriff’s Office.Those authorities along with the state Highway Patrol,...

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Man exonerated, ends 22-year prison stay

ASHEVILLE (AP) — A North Carolina judge has dismissed all charges and overturned the sentence of a man who spent 22 years in prison after his conviction in a child sex abuse case.The Asheville Citizen-Times reportsthat a judge overturned Michael Alan Parker’s sentence — eight consecutive life terms plus 40 years — during a hearing on Monday.A statement from The Duke Law School’s Wrongful Convictions Clinic said Parker was released Tuesday fr...

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Judge: SBI’s agent firing was justified

RALEIGH — The firing of a State Bureau of Investigation agent who was linked to dozens of misreported state crime lab results should be upheld because his supervisors acted appropriately and with just cause, an administrative law judge ruled Tuesday.Former SBI Agent Duane Deaver had petitioned the Office of Administrative Hearings to get his job back after the bureau dismissed him in early 2011, citing three reasons. Among them was a motion from a state innocence commission a...

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Crime report

TheftKayla Hester, of Cheryl Drive, Lumberton, reported Monday that $70 in cash was stolen from her at Motel 6 on Lackey Street, according to a police report.

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No margin for error with the death penalty

There are a lot of reasons to oppose the death penalty.In no particular order, here are ours:— If there is any societal value in the death penalty, it would be as a deterrent. But there is no study that has ever shown that the death penalty acts as a deterrent. That would happen only if it were administered swiftly, but that will never again be the case in our litigious society.

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Lumbee filing begins with 3 seeking office

PEMBROKE — Two incumbents and a newcomer filed Monday to run for seats on the 21-member Lumbee Tribal Council.The incumbents are Lesaundri Hunt, the council’s speaker from District 3, and Terry Hunt, a representative from District 2. They are each running for a second three-year term.District 2 includes Back Swamp, Fairmont and Smyrna. District 3 encompasses Lumberton, West Howellsville and Clybourn Pines.The newcomer is Bill James Brewington, who ...

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A run at the top

LUMBERTON — For the West Robeson Ponytails X-Play softball team, the opening week of August brought an unforgettable experience to each of them. After winning the state tournament, the team represented North Carolina in the Dixie Youth Softball Ponytails X-Play World Series held in Ponchatoula, La and finished as the runner-up.“It was very exciting for me,” said coach Craig Canady said. “It was probably one of the best experiences I have had as a coach. I ju...

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DNA offered in ‘83 rape, murder

LUMBERTON — New DNA evidence may give two men jailed as teenagers for the 1983 rape and murder of an 11-year-old Red Springs girl a shot at a new trial and freedom.District Attorney Johnson Britt said a motion will be filed today on behalf of 50-year-old Henry Lee McCollum, who is on death row, and 46-year-old Leon Brown, who is serving a life sentence, showing that their DNA does not match DNA found where Sabrina Buie’s nude body was discovered and that exculpatory evi...

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Rabies progam off to slow start

LUMBERTON — Dorris Brayboy was grateful for a discounted rabies shot for Lady.“It’s really helped me financially because I have so many dogs,” said Brayboy, who lives in Pembroke.Brayboy and the latest addition to her pack, an excitable black Labrador, were at Pembroke Fire Department on Monday, the first day of the the Robeson County Veterinary Medical Association’s week-long discount program.The first day of the biannual program...

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Lumber River lands in semis at World Series

LONG VIEW, Wash — The Lumber River 13- to 15-year-old Babe Ruth team recovered from a loss on Sunday to clinch one of two top seeds in the semifinals of the of the Babe Ruth World Series in Long View, Wash.The team beat Broomall-Newton, Pa. 3-1 to finish pool play and will have a bye until Wednesday’s semifinal round, when they play at 8 p.m. EST against the winner of a quarterfinal game today. Video and audio streams of the entire tournament are available at LongviewWo...

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