Fugitive caught

in Hoke County

RAEFORD — A man who was declared a fugitive when he disappeared as his murder trial was approaching was captured without incident in Hoke County Tuesday morning.

Walter Morrell McKoy Jr., 22, is being held in the Robeson County jail under a $1.1 million bond set by Superior Court Judge Gregory Bell.

McKoy was located in an apartment on Athens Drive in Raeford and surrendered without incident.

McKoy is accused of shooting and killing William Covington on Lambert Street in Lumberton on March 31, 2015, and was scheduled for trial on Oct. 9 on the charges of first-degree murder.


Residents oppose

school’s closing

ROWLAND — Rowland residents do not want their elementary school to close.

That was the unanimous view expressed during a town hall meeting Tuesday at the Expo Center on Main Street. About 40 people attended the information session concerning the possible state takeover of Southside-Ashpole Elementary School.

A school board member with the Public Schools of Robeson County said the only alternative to a takeover by the state Board of Education’s Innovative School District is to close the school.


Arrest made for

desecrating a grave

TABOR CITY — A Columbus County man has been charged with desecrating an infant’s grave and putting a tombstone in the yard of a Tabor City home on Friday, Nov. 24.

Christopher Dean McPherson, 32, was arrested by Tabor City Police and charged with one felony count of desecrating a grave. He was released on a $10,000 unsecured bond.

McPherson is accused of digging up the tombstone of the infant child and dropping the stone in the yard of a home in Tabor City. A witness identified McPherson and contacted police.


Teenager shot,

killed over cell

ST. PAULS — A 17-year-old Lumberton teen was shot dead on Tuesday in St. Pauls apparently during a dispute over a cell phone shortly before 4 p.m.

Zachary Meares was reportedly shot and killed during a dispute that followed a chase involving two vehicles that may have begun in Lumberton and ended on Broad Street, in a parking lot near Burger King and the BP gas station in St. Pauls.

Three teenagers were taken into custody for questioning, but their names and if anyone has been charged with a crime was not available on Wednesday.

— From staff and wire reports.