Sarah Willets

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Crime report

Thefts David Fenicle, of Manheim, Pennsylvania, reported Monday that someone broke into his room at Fairfield Inn on Lackey Street and stole $900 in cash, according to a police report. Derek Stephen Civilla, of Kenan Avenue, Lumberton, reported Monday that his $800 black 10-speed bicycle was stolen, according to a police report. Vandalism Miche

Fair worker shot, killed at a convenience store

LUMBERTON — A fair worker is dead after being shot across the street from where the Robeson County Regional Agricultural Fair is set to open in three days.Edward Reiner, a 53-year-old employee of Carnival Payroll Company, died after being shot at about 9 p.m. on Monday, according to the report.Lumberton police Officer Heath Graham found Reine

Crime report

Thefts Brandy Simmons reported Friday that a coat and two pairs of shoes, valued at a total of $79.91, were stolen from Athletic Warehouse on Roberts Avenue in Lumberton, according to a police report. Ray Townsend, of Stirling Drive, Lumberton, reported Sunday that someone broke into his house and stole $710 worth of items, including radiators, a

LUMBERTON — Stephanie Chavis, the director of Emergency Services for Robeson County, has a secret weapon going into this year's Dancing with the Robeson County Stars — a county full of fire departments ripe for rehearsals, and maybe some firefighters willing to put in overtime as backup dancers.
Chavis and Assistant District Attorney J

Dancers paired for United Way

LUMBERTON — Stephanie Chavis, the director of Emergency Services for Robeson County, has a secret weapon going into this year's Dancing with the Robeson County Stars — a county full of fire departments ripe for rehearsals, and maybe some firefighters willing to put in overtime as backup dancers. Chavis and Assistant District Attorney J

Fairmont board briefed on water system woes

LUMBERTON — The Fairmont Board of Commissioners during a special meeting on Monday got a crash course in a new program that will help the town monitor the age and state of its water and sewer system. Jim Perry, of the Lumber River Council of Governments, provided the commissioners with an overview of the Asset Management Program that will so

LUMBERTON — Three people were charged with drug crimes on Saturday, including one who was wanted for similar offenses last month, according to the Sheriff's Office.
Narcotics agents went to the Moore's Lane home of 37-year-old Shandrick Leach on Saturday to serve him with warrants taken out on Aug. 22 for manufacturing marijuana, possession

3 charged with drug crimes

LUMBERTON — Three people were charged with drug crimes on Saturday, including one who was wanted for similar offenses last month, according to the Sheriff's Office. Narcotics agents went to the Moore's Lane home of 37-year-old Shandrick Leach on Saturday to serve him with warrants taken out on Aug. 22 for manufacturing marijuana, possession

LUMBERTON — Two men were separately charged with drug crimes Thursday, including one arrested at his family's business, according to the Robeson County Sheriff's Office narcotics division.
James Martin Bailey, who is known as Jimmy, was arrested Thursday evening by narcotics agents at Bailey's Garage on McDaniel Street in Fairmont.
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Two charged with drug crimes

LUMBERTON — Two men were separately charged with drug crimes Thursday, including one arrested at his family's business, according to the Robeson County Sheriff's Office narcotics division. James Martin Bailey, who is known as Jimmy, was arrested Thursday evening by narcotics agents at Bailey's Garage on McDaniel Street in Fairmont. Approxim

LUMBERTON — The owner of a downtown business destroyed by fire on Wednesday says he had nothing to do with the blaze.
“I don't think it was intentional and definitely not on my part. I was there,” said Shane Tyner, the owner of the Platinum Concepts Inc., which was located in 202 N. Chestnut St. “It's depressing that the bu

Tenant doubts arson

LUMBERTON — The owner of a downtown business destroyed by fire on Wednesday says he had nothing to do with the blaze. “I don't think it was intentional and definitely not on my part. I was there,” said Shane Tyner, the owner of the Platinum Concepts Inc., which was located in 202 N. Chestnut St. “It's depressing that the bu

LUMBERTON — Lumberton attorney Jonathan Hunt moved everything out of his Chestnut Street office on Friday — about seven years after he moved in, and two days after a fire gutted the building next door.
The smell of smoke was still apparent when he, his coworkers and his friends hauled bags filled with office's contents into their cars.

Nearby buildings dodge the worst

LUMBERTON — Lumberton attorney Jonathan Hunt moved everything out of his Chestnut Street office on Friday — about seven years after he moved in, and two days after a fire gutted the building next door. The smell of smoke was still apparent when he, his coworkers and his friends hauled bags filled with office's contents into their cars.

Downtown groups hope to rally

LUMBERTON — Lumberton business owners and residents are hoping a fire that charred, gutted and ultimately brought down a Chestnut Street building this week will become a rallying point for revitalizing the downtown area. “Obviously it's not good to have a burned out building in a downtown area you're trying to revitalize because it cre

Crime report

Thefts Ahsah Mowatt reported Wednesday that $34.92 worth of Bud Light beer was stolen from Shop & Save on East Second Street in Lumberton, according to a police report. Michael Crumpler, of Pearl Street, Lumberton, reported Wednesday that someone broke into his home and stole $2,260 worth of items, including a washing machine, a dryer, a tele

LUMBERTON — The owner of a downtown building gutted by flames on Wednesday says that the fire was intentionally set.
“It just hit me as I was walking across the street and I immediately thought it was arson,” Dick Taylor said. “It was a gut feeling and I'm usually right on those.”
Taylor became aware of the fire at 2

ARSON SUSPECTED

LUMBERTON — The owner of a downtown building gutted by flames on Wednesday says that the fire was intentionally set. “It just hit me as I was walking across the street and I immediately thought it was arson,” Dick Taylor said. “It was a gut feeling and I'm usually right on those.” Taylor became aware of the fire at 2

Crime report

Thefts Letha Scott, of Seneca Street, Lumberton, reported Wednesday that her $5 paper vehicle registration plate was stolen, according to a police report. Kinona Lardge, of Meadow Road, Lumberton, reported Wednesday that someone broke into her car at Walmart on Fayetteville Road, causing $150 in damage to a window, and stole an $800 Galaxy S4 cel

LUMBERTON — Traffic is again flowing on Second Street in downtown Lumberton now that a building gutted by fire on Wednesday has been reduced to a pile of bricks and debris.
Traffic had resumed on the section of road between Elm and Walnut streets by 3:30 p.m. on Thursday when the last Lumberton Fire Department truck pulled away and the stree

Building reduced to pile of rubble

LUMBERTON — Traffic is again flowing on Second Street in downtown Lumberton now that a building gutted by fire on Wednesday has been reduced to a pile of bricks and debris. Traffic had resumed on the section of road between Elm and Walnut streets by 3:30 p.m. on Thursday when the last Lumberton Fire Department truck pulled away and the stree

LUMBERTON — Tommy Crawford has struggled with depression and bipolar disorder for much of his life, even attempting suicide on three occasions. But, he says, those struggles are what makes him who he is.
“I'm not perfect but I know that parts of my life have made me a better person today,” he said. “Every bit of it, I see n

Experience is his best teacher

LUMBERTON — Tommy Crawford has struggled with depression and bipolar disorder for much of his life, even attempting suicide on three occasions. But, he says, those struggles are what makes him who he is. “I'm not perfect but I know that parts of my life have made me a better person today,” he said. “Every bit of it, I see n

FAIRMONT — Charle Kemp, the former mayor of Fairmont, was awarded the Order of the Long Leaf Pine Tuesday night during a meeting of the Robeson County Municipal Association.
Kemp was presented the award, the state's highest civilian honor, by Sen. Michael Walters, who represents Columbus and Robeson counties.
Kemp said this morning he was &

Kemp presented Long Leaf Pine

FAIRMONT — Charle Kemp, the former mayor of Fairmont, was awarded the Order of the Long Leaf Pine Tuesday night during a meeting of the Robeson County Municipal Association. Kemp was presented the award, the state's highest civilian honor, by Sen. Michael Walters, who represents Columbus and Robeson counties. Kemp said this morning he was &

LUMBERTON — The flames from a fire in downtown Lumberton appeared to have died out by about 2:30 p.m. today, though the plaza area and Second Street are still closed off to motorists. Firefighters remain on the scene and a thick cloud of smoke is still hanging in the air.
It was unclear if the building was being used, but it once housed the

Firefighters battling downtown blaze

LUMBERTON — The flames from a fire in downtown Lumberton appeared to have died out by about 2:30 p.m. today, though the plaza area and Second Street are still closed off to motorists. Firefighters remain on the scene and a thick cloud of smoke is still hanging in the air. It was unclear if the building was being used, but it once housed the

LUMBERTON — A stretch of Second Street remains closed off in front of a downtown building still smoking from a fire that broke out earlier today.
Lumberton Fire Chief Paul Ivey said at 4 p.m. that firefighters were still working to put out some smouldering spots at 202 N. Chestnut St. Ivey said the roof of the two-story building had collapse

Firefighters still putting out hot spots

LUMBERTON — A stretch of Second Street remains closed off in front of a downtown building still smoking from a fire that broke out earlier today. Lumberton Fire Chief Paul Ivey said at 4 p.m. that firefighters were still working to put out some smouldering spots at 202 N. Chestnut St. Ivey said the roof of the two-story building had collapse

Crime report

Thefts Annie Hunt, of Branch Street, Lumberton, reported Tuesday that a $100 blue bicycle and a $35 pink and black bicycle were stolen from her home, according to a police report. Carlos DeJesus, of Newberry, South Carolina, reported Tuesday that his 1989 Ford Probe, valued at $850, was stolen from an unknown residence in Lumberton, according to

Killer could face 2 murder counts

LUMBERTON — The person who beat a Lumberton woman to death two weeks ago may face two murder charges, Robeson County Sheriff Kenneth Sealey says, because the 21-year-old was pregnant. Sealey said Tuesday night that a detective investigating the death of Princess Powell on Sept. 7 was close to making an arrest. “He feels like he knows




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