Week in review


Truck pushes car

inside restaurant

HOPE MILLS (AP) — A car crashed inside Fred Chason’s Grandsons Buffet in Hope Mills on Tuesday afternoon after being hit by a runaway tractor-trailer.

The incident happened after a flatbed tractor-trailer was parked across the street and was left unattended. The truck started rolling, rolled out of the parking lot, across Marracco (Drive) and through the parking lot and into the back of the white car.

No one was in the parked car at the time of the crash and nobody in the restaurant was injured.

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Police officer’s

wife is arrested

WHITEVILLE — The wife of a Whiteville police officer has been arrested and charged with 15 felony drug violations.

Kari Lynn Pate, the wife of Andrew Pate, was arrested Tuesday. She was charged with four counts of trafficking opium/heroin, four counts of conspiring to traffick opium/heroin and seven other drug charges.

Her bond was set at $26,000 secured.

Andrew Pate resigned from the Whiteville Police Department citing “personal reasons.”

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RCC’s spring

numbers up

LUMBERTON — The final enrollment numbers for spring semester academic courses at Robeson Community College are up slightly from last year, the college’s president said Monday.

Kimberly Gold told the board of trustees that 1,876 students have enrolled in academic classes this spring. That compares with 1,823 in the spring of 2016.

The numbers only represent students enrolled in academic programs, and not in workforce development, continuing education, or college and career readiness programs.

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Local surgeon

runs for athletes

CLINTON — One local surgeon went the distance to benefit the students of Clinton High School.

Dr. Andres Fleury, a general surgeon with Sampson Regional Medical Center, recently participated in a 24-hour Ultra Run, and presented donations collected to benefit the Clinton High School track and field program Tuesday morning to the school’s athletic director and coaches.

Fleury collected just over $2,000 in donations, with more donations expected to come directly into the school.

From staff and wire reports.

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