Week in review

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Report clears eight officers

CLINTON — North Carolina authorities have cleared eight officers who fatally shot a 53-year-old white man, striking him 14 times, after he pointed a shotgun at them.

Sampson County District Attorney Ernie Lee ruled the May 29 shooting in a Burger King parking lot justified, local media outlets report Monday.

“No criminal charges in the matter are warranted under the law,” Lee wrote in an 11-page report, which was based on a state investigation.


CSX train hits, kills man

MAXTON — A Robeson County man was killed on Sept. 23 when he was hit by a CSX freight train while walking across the railroad tracks in Maxton.

According to police, Frankie Braddy, 55, was struck at about 12:10 a.m.


Clarkton man shot to death

LAKE WACCAMAW — A Columbus County man was arrested Saturday in connection with a homicide in Lake Waccamaw.

Reports say Bobby Lee Sessoms, 44, of Clarkton was found shot to death in a Lake Waccamaw home at about 7:30 p.m.

Columbus County sheriff’s deputies arrested Steven Craig Long, 47, at the scene and charged him with first-degree murder. He is being held at the Columbus County Jail without bail.


Soldier sentenced for animal cruelty

FAYETTEVILLE — A judge has ordered a Fort Bragg soldier to keep a picture of the puppy that he drowned in his wallet while he’s on probation, along with other punishments.

Multiple media outlets report Spc. John Garrett Burrow was ordered Tuesday to keep a photo of 8-month-old Riley, a Lab mix that drowned in November 2014. The 24-year-old Burrow had pleaded guilty to felony animal cruelty for tying Riley’s feet to his snout with military parachute cord and tossing the dog into a pond.

Superior Court Judge Jim Ammons sentenced Burrow to 30 days in jail and 100 hours of community service.


Woman shoots family member in face

WILMINGTON — A domestic dispute turned violent on Tuesday and a 73-year-old Wilmington woman has been charged with shooting an unidentified family member in the face.

Delores K. Hewett was arrested and charged with assault with a deadly weapon with the intent to kill inflicting serious injury.

Wilmington police say Hewett shot the victim with a pellet-type round at about 9:30 p.m. The victim was taken to New Hanover Regional Medical Center with serious injuries but is expected to survive.

Hewett was booked under a $250,000 secured bond.

From staff and wire reports.

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