Pair of bridges

to be replaced

WHITEVILLE – The first of two bridges being replaced in eastern Columbus County will close Monday as its replacement gets underway.

The bridges are 62 years old and about two miles apart on Byrdville-Freeman Road, near Lena Dale Road in the Delco community.

Contract crews will close the bridge over Dan’s Creek next week. When they are finished by Feb. 20, 2018, they’ll move onto replacing the span over Mills Creek.

The N.C. Department of Transportation awarded the Civil Works Contracting LLC of Wilmington a $904,565 contract for the work.


Sheriff: Gunman had

4 officers pinned down

PARKTON — As many as four law enforcement officers were pinned down by gunfire on Sunday during a standoff that ended with the death of the gunman, according to a press release by Robeson County Sheriff Kenneth Sealey.

The standoff ended when lawmen found the body of Kevin Anthony Battaglia, 33, inside a residence. Battaglia is a veteran who apparently spent time in Afghanistan, according to people in the neighborhood who knew him.

There was no word whether Battaglia died from shots fired from law enforcement, or at his own hands.

The State Bureau of Investigation is leading the investigation.


Four are charged

with meth cooking

AUTRYVILLE — Four people were arrested Monday on charges of meth manufacturing and possession of ingredients to make the drug following a complaint investigated at a residence in the Autryville area.

Agents with the Sampson County Sheriff’s Special Investigations Division arrested Kimberly Lou Huff, 37, of Autryville; Lonnie Franklin Faircloth, 53, of Autryville; Teresa Maria Shea, 47, of Autryville; and William Eric Williams Jr., 38, of Stedman.


Former Fort Bragg

soldier a Vegas victim

A former 82nd Airborne Division paratrooper turned Las Vegas police officer was among the victims in a deadly Las Vegas shooting, according to The Fayetteville Observer.

Charleston Hartfield, 34, was one of the at least 59 people killed Sunday night after a gunman opened fire from the 32nd floor of a hotel into a crowd at a country music festival.

Hartfield was a sergeant first class in the Nevada National Guard, according to officials in Nevada. He joined the Guard in 2004.

— From staff and wire reports.