New bridge is

on the way

LUMBERTON – A new bridge is on the way in Robeson County.

The N.C. Department of Transportation recently awarded a $564,029 contract to The Tara Group of Lumberton Inc. to replace the North Broadridge Road bridge over Tenmile Branch, a creek south of Lumberton.

While the narrow, 63-year-old bridge is safe, it has wooden components below the concrete deck that require more frequent maintenance.

The contractor will begin the project by closing the road before March 15 and demolishing the bridge.


Pastor facing

128 sex crimes

FAYETTEVILLE — A former past of a church is East Fayetteville has been charged with numerous sex-related offenses.

Glenn T. Collins, 51, has been charged by Fayetteville police with a total of 128 offenses — including 29 counts of taking indecent liberties with a minor, 22 counts of child abuse involving a sexual act, 15 counts of statutory rape or sex offense, nine counts of first-degree rape of a child, five counts each of first-degree sex offense and second-degree rape, three counts of second-degree sex offense, two counts of misdemeanor sexual battery and 36 counts of other sex-related incidents.

Collins was arrested Monday.


Crystal meth,

cash are seized

SALEMBURG — A Salemburg man was charged Saturday with drug trafficking offenses after 2 ounces of crystal meth were found in his car following a traffic stop for reportedly running a stop sign.

Deputies with the Sampson County Criminal Interdiction Team arrested Daniel Luis-Perez Flores, 34, and charged him with two counts of trafficking in methamphetamine, possession with intent to manufacture, sell and deliver methamphetamine and maintaining a vehicle for a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Flores was placed in the Sampson County Detention Center under $300,000 secured bond.


Reward offered

by man’s family

LUMBERTON — A $5,000 reward is being offered by the family of a man who was shot and killed in his camper on Franklin Avenue in Lumberton on Nov. 7.

Warren B. Fields, 38, died from his wounds on Nov. 23.

Anyone with information should call the Lumberton Police Department at 910-671-3845 and speak to Detective Yvette Pitts or Detective David Williford.

— From staff and wire reports.