Traffic stop leads

to a mini riot

LUMBERTON — A traffic stop Saturday led to a small riot that left one unnamed police officer injured and six people facing criminal charges.

Shawn Demetrius Powers, 52, and Corey Lamar Clark, 33, both Lumberton, were charged with resisting, delaying and/or obstructing a public officer, and inciting a riot. Each was placed under a $5,000 secured bond, warrants show.

Ronessa Hill, 40, of Lumberton; James Antonio Baldwin, 57, of Fayetteville; Quintin Mitchell, 30, of Lumberton; Nakatoe Haywood, 40, of Lumberton, were charged with with resisting, delaying and/or obstructing a public officer. Each was placed under a $1,000 secured bond.


Artists set to

present work

CLINTON — The rooms at the Victor R. Small House will be filled with the artistic talents of Fayetteville State University professors Soni Martin and Shane Booth as part of the Sampson County Arts Council’s next art exhibit that began Thursday.

The showing will last through June 7.

Martin’s work includes a variety of mixed media, including prints and drawings.

Booth’s work includes photographs of family heirlooms, mainly items that belonged to his great-grandfather.


City makes $10,000

from parking fees

FAYETTEVILLE — The city of Fayetteville profited about $10,000 from charging people to park in the Franklin Street parking deck and two downtown lots during the recent Dogwood Festival.

It was the first time the city charged during the four-day festival, which ended Sunday. At $10 per vehicle, the parking fees generated a total of $14,000. The city paid about $4,000 of that amount to its parking contractor.

The city expects to implement the parking fee at future large events.


Man charged with

shooting into home

TABOR CITY — A Tabor City man has been jailed after Columbus County sheriff’s deputies say he fired an SKS rifle at an occupied home.

Deputies were called to Laverne’s Drive just before 4 p.m. Monday after Mitchell James Fowler, 27, allegedly opened fire at the home where several of the victims were inside and some were on the front porch.

Fowler was charged with discharging a weapon into occupied property and assault with a deadly weapon with the intent to kill. He was given a $25,000 secured bond.

From staff and wire reports.