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Sheriff’s Office arrests suspect in connection to string of crimes

LAURINBURG — The Scotland County Sheriff’s Office has apprehended another one of the suspects in connection to felony criminal activity. Jakob Shaleef Slade, 17, of Sugar Road was arrested Thursday in the area of Old Wire Road. He was charged in connection with criminal arrest warrants pertaining to


Robeson man fired weapon into house, investigators say

LUMBERTON — A Robeson County man was arrested after police say he fired a weapon into a residence with three people inside, according to a news release from the Robeson County Sheriff's Office.


New undersheriff in Washington hails from Laurinburg

Columbia County, WA. — A native of Laurinburg is stepping into a new position of law enforcement in Washington state. Robbie Patterson was sworn in as the new undersheriff of Columbia County, Washington, on Jan. 14.


Man charged with shooting up home

MAXTON — A Maxton man has been arrested and charged with firing shots into an occupied home, an incident that was a result of a previous altercation, according to the Sheriff’s Office.


Fun, food and music at Taste of the Town

LAURINBURG — Attendees went mad for the scrumptious samples at the Scotland County Literacy Council’s Taste of The Town on Thursday night. The theme was the Mad Hatter’s Tea party and restaurants, small and corporate businesses set up decorated tables along with the samples. Participants young and o


Chairman elected for local board of elections; new District 9 election called for

LAURINBURG — The Scotland County Board of Elections officially has its fifth board member and will resume its monthly meetings in March. Gov. Roy Cooper recently appointed Dr. William Purcell as the board chairman for Scotland County. Purcell joined the board in April 2018 when it went from three me


Book gives glimpse into local black history

LAURINBURG — As the last week of Black History Month nears, locals can get a look at a little of Scotland County Black History to enjoy anytime. Rena McNeil and the Scotland County NAACP Youth Council wrote a book, “A Diamond Eventually Shines”, in 1999, which focuses on the first blacks to hold var


Man arrested following ongoing drug investigation in Marlboro County

MARLBORO COUNTY, S.C. (WPDE) — Lee Frank Hope Jr., 30, has been arrested following an ongoing narcotics investigation, according to Lt. Trevor Murphy with the Marlboro County Sheriff's Office.


North Carolina doctor gets 3 years for trading drugs for sex

GASTON COUNTY, N.C. -- A North Carolina doctor has been sentenced to three years in federal prison for giving female patients drugs such as Percocet and Clonazepam in exchange for sex.


3 arrested, 3 wanted in large-scale rash of Scotland Co. crimes

LAURINBURG, NC (WBTW) – Authorities have busted up a burglary enterprise, arresting three men and identifying three others. The Scotland County Sheriff’s Office said the multiple arrests are part of an ongoing criminal enterprise involving at least 31 incidents of cases involving breaking and enteri


North Carolina police chase ends when off-duty officer, driving with family, gets out to tackle suspect

POLK COUNTY, N.C. — Lt. Michael Capps happened to be in the right place at the right time Wednesday, WLOS reports. He’s a 23-year law enforcement veteran and current lieutenant of the Laurel Park Police Department.


Robeson County deputies arrest 3, seize drugs, firearm

RED SPRINGS, S.C. (WPDE) — Deputies with the Robeson County Sheriff's Office have arrested three people and seized various drugs and a firearm following two search warrants Thursday, according to a release.


Tuscarora April Locklear Named Assistant Director of Emloyer Relations at UNC Pembroke

PEMBROKE, N.C. — April Whittemore Locklear (Tuscarora) has been named assistant director of Employer Relations in the Career Center at UNC Pembroke. Locklear will be partnering with local, state and regional employers to develop, promote and recruit professional internships and jobs for our students


Court rules that 2 amendments placed on North Carolina ballots were unconstitutional, including requiring ID to vote

WAKE COUNTY, N.C. – The Wake County Superior Court ruled late Friday that two amendments placed on North Carolina ballots were unconstitutional. One of the amendments would have imposed a photo ID requirement to vote and the other would have lowered the state income tax.


Brick thrown off North Carolina overpass, shattering woman’s windshield, ‘I could’ve been killed’

FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. — The Fayetteville Police Department is investigating two reports of objects being thrown off overpasses onto cars below. WTVD reported that the first report happened Feb. 17 around 4 p.m. Drivers on Highway 87 said three young men were on the Arsenal Street pedestrian bridge hold


Four county residents who served their country

Scotland County resident Daryle McNair wanted to honor four area residents, hoping to get them some recognition in tThe Laurinburg Exchange. “Here are four prominent yet unheralded citizens of Scotland County, specifically Wagram, who deserve to be recognized,” said McNair, who is a former resident


Former sheriff encourages children at Black History Month program

LAURINBURG — Children at a local day care received a special visit from a community lawman during their Black History Month program on Tuesday. “We wanted to get a black, known public figure to talk to them during Black History Month,” said Cynthia Washington, manager for Laurinburg Head Start Cente


Maxton man arrested after shooting into residence

ROBESON COUNTY, N.C. (WPDE) — A Maxton man was arrested Wednesday morning after shooting into a residence, according to the Robeson County Sheriff's Office. Criminal Investigations Division deputies arrested Kirby W. Locklear, 36, around 7 a.m. after conducting a search at his residence, the release


Hardee’s cuts the ribbon

The Laurinburg-Scotland County Chamber of Commerce held a ribbon-cutting for the new Hardee’s of Laurinburg on South Main Street on Wednesday morning in front of chamber representatives and local officials — including Mary Jo Adams, mayor pro tem of Laurinburg; Bob Davis, chairman of the Scotland Co


Dem in disputed North Carolina race says he'll run for special election

Dan McCready, the Democratic candidate in the contested race for North Carolina's 9th Congressional District, announced Friday that he will run in a special election to fill the undecided seat.