Flu outbreak is
LUMBERTON — Southeastern Health officials are steering people who are seeking non-emergency care away from Southeastern Regional Medical Center’s emergency department and to area medical clinics because of an increase in the number of people seeking treatment for the flu at the hospital.
SRMC administrators say the emergency department has treated 153 people who have tested positive for the flu over the past month.
There have been 22 flu-related deaths in North Carolina during the 2016-17 flu season, including at least two in Robeson County.
Teen arrested for
shooting air rifle
CLINTON — A Clinton teenager was arrested for allegedly shooting a woman with an air rifle on Friday night, one of two victims who reported being shot in similar incidents on College and Lisbon streets, Clinton Police officials said.
Taylor Mangum Daniels, 16, was charged with assault by pointing a gun and simple assault, according to his arrest report filed Monday at the Clinton Police Department.
Bond for Daniels was set at $1,000. He has a court date of March 6.
death of soldier
FORT BRAGG — The Army Criminal Investigation Command is looking into the death of an 82nd Airborne Division soldier whose body was found in a wooded area more than a week ago.
Spc. Victor Aponte-Rosado, 31, of Caguas, Puerto Rico, was found in woods near Preachers Road on Fort Bragg around 10:30 p.m. on Feb. 6.
Aponte-Rosado was a cannon artillery crew member assigned to the 82nd Airborne Division’s B Battery, 3rd Battalion, 319th Airborne Field Artillery Regiment.
City Hall set to
WHITEVILLE — Whiteville’s 1938 municipal building will be demolished.
On a motion by Councilman Sarah Thompson and a second by Jimmy Clarida, the board voted reluctantly but unanimously to instruct City Manager Darren Currie to start the process of planning the demolition of the building. The board soundly rejected a design for a new municipal building that was proposed by Oakley Collier Architects to replace the current structure.
The board also instructed Currie to start the process to sell the 1940s era home beside the municipal building. The house will be sold by sealed bid to be moved, or torn down and the lot cleared.
From staff and wire reports.