Week in review


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Humane Society to

hold an open house

LUMBERTON — Supporters of the Robeson County Humane Society are invited to an open house on Sunday at the nonprofit’s no-kill shelter during which they will be thanked for their support after Hurricane Matthew.

The shelter was not damaged by flooding but it was inaccessible until flood waters receded. After that the shelter had volunteers on hand to help clean up and take care of the animals. They were also able to donate 18,000 pounds of dog and cat food to families with pets who needed help during that time.

The open house is from 2 to 4 p.m. at the shelter, which is at 3180 W. Fifth St. in Lumberton.

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Publix store get

permit approval

FAYETTEVILLE — The city of Fayetteville has approved a building permit for the Publix store in the Tallywood Shopping Center, city documents show.

The city’s Planning Department has approved plans that show a 49,533-square-foot supermarket near where Belk was once located in the shopping center on Raeford Road. Belk closed in July 2015.

A 22,500-square-foot “junior anchor” store is near the Publix building. Other stores include a 7,000-square-foot restaurant, a 4,200-square-foot retail store and a 1,400-square-foot restaurant.

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Resident: ‘It was

like a firefight’

ROSEBORO — Residents of a quiet neighborhood are still shaken by the events of a recent Sunday morning, when a man fleeing from the scene of a home invasion banged on doors and busted out windows at several homes in the early morning hours — all while armed with an assault rifle — in a frantic effort to reportedly get help.

Residents of two homes on North Pine Street reported damage to windows and doors as a result, but Oscar Williams said the damage is more than just superficial.

He later found that the man armed with an AR-15 assault rifle had escaped his own trauma moments earlier from a home about a mile away, on Lucas Road, that ultimately spilled onto North Pine Street. But as it all went down, Williams was only concerned with his family’s life — and his own.

“I had him at gunpoint,” he said. “I’m a war veteran, I don’t play that stuff. This thing was happening so fast. It was like a firefight. I don’t care if he was trying to elude someone. I was scared for my life.”

From staff and wire reports.

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