Week in review

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Town water main is repaired

FAIRMONT — The town of Fairmont has repaired a sewer force main split by Hurricane Matthew at N.C. 130 East at Old Field Swamp between Industrial Drive and Powell Street.

About 1.152 million gallons of sewage were discharged before a bypass sewer main could be constructed, stopping the leak, the town said.

According to a notice from the town, repairs were made to the force main on Tuesday. The leak was discovered Oct. 14 after Hurricane Matthew dumped more than 13 inches of rain in Fairmont, exposing the force main and pulling it apart at one of its joints.


Man arrested on drug charges

CLINTON — More than 220 dosage units of heroin was seized and one suspect arrested following a traffic stop over the weekend in Sampson County, proof, Sampson County Sheriff Jimmy Thornton said, that heroin abuse is on the rise again.

James Markees Williams, 24, of Fayetteville was taken into custody following the Criminal Interdiction Team traffic stop on Saturday and charged with trafficking in heroin by possession, trafficking in heroin by transport, trafficking in heroin by manufacture, possession with intent to sell and deliver heroin and maintaining a vehicle for the sell of a controlled substance, all felonies.

Williams was taken to the Sampson County Detention Center under a $200,000 bond.


NAACP offices flooded by storm

FAYETTEVILLE — Recovery and repair activity continues at a brisk pace throughout the Cape Fear region, including for the Fayetteville branch of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People.

The organization’s offices on Murchison Road were destroyed by flooding, according to Jimmy Buxton, the branch’s president. The entire 700 block of the road was under water after the hurricane, he said.

During the worst of the flooding, the group’s offices were under 10 to 12 feet of water, he said.

Buxton said the organization is looking for office space.


Bladen man arrest after heist

WHITEVILLE — A Bladenboro man was charged in the Oct. 13 robbery of the Tractor Supply Co. store in Whiteville.

Patrick Kely Prevatte, 29, was charged with common law robbery and larceny, and failure to appear in an unrelated Brunswick County case. His total bond was $45,000 for the Whiteville charges.

Prevatte reportedly took more than $1,000 in cash and fled the store on foot into a wooded area.

Family members reportedly helped convince Prevatte to surrender to police.

From staff and wire reports.

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