Boy handcuffed

injured at school

FAYETTEVILLE — The internal affairs office of the Cumberland County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a complaint that a deputy used excessive force when handcuffing a 12-year-old at school.

The boy’s grandmother says he had cuts on his wrists, a muscle strain and psychological trauma after the incident on March 17 at Gray’s Creek Middle School.

Pamela Millard said her grandson was attending a dance at the middle school and the deputy said he got into an argument with another student at the dance and tried to run away from the officer. Millard said her grandson told her that the officer caught him, which hurt his neck, and handcuffed him.


Cooper says

help coming

LUMBERTON — Six months and a few days after Hurricane Matthew left a path of destruction across North Carolina, hitting Robeson County harder than the rest, Gov. Roy Cooper spent Tuesday promising “help is on the way.”

Cooper was in town at the invitation of the Committee of 100, a private group that works to promote economic development.

More than 800 homes in Lumberton alone where damaged by flooding, city leaders estimate. There are 267 public housing units in need of repair, 128 people still are living in hotels, and West Lumberton Elementary School and the Public Schools of Robeson County’s central office and maintenance facilities remain unusable.


Couple arrested

on drug charges

WHITEVILLE — A husband and wife were jailed April 4 after deputies checking on their safety found cash and drugs.

Ann Marie Nobles, 31, and her husband, Scottie Mack Nobles, 33, were arrested after deputies found $40,000 in cash and 22 grams of cocaine in a bag at the residence.

Mrs. Nobles was charged with maintaining a place for drug activities, possession with intent to sell and deliver cocaine, and possession with intent to manufacture, sell and deliver cocaine. Her bond was set at $35,000.

Nobles was charged with misdemeanor assault on a female, making a threatening phone call, and communicating threats. He was placed under a total bond of $1,500 after he is alleged to have assaulted his wife and threatened one of her family members.

From staff and wire reports.