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Robeson County man charged with rape, stalking

Saint Pauls, N.C. — A St. Pauls man was arrested in connection with multiple assaults in 2017 and 2018, including a rape, the Robeson County Sheriff’s Office said. James Gentry, 19, was charged with second-degree forcible rape, attempted second-degree force sex offense, misdemeanor assault on a fema


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.


Elections board must make call on judicial race

LUMBERTON — Four elections could be conducted in Southeastern North Carolina in the near future, depending on the State Board of Elections’ decision concerning an uncertified judicial race in Robeson County.


Empty Bowls fundraiser is Sunday

LUMBERTON — The third annual Empty Bowls fundraiser will be held on Sunday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. The Lumberton Christian Care Center, located at 220 E. Second St. in Lumberton, holds the event each year to raise money to help the hungry and needy in the area.


Robeson County teen arrested following assaults on a female

ROBESON COUNTY, N.C. (WPDE) — Robeson County Sheriff’s Office Juvenile Division arrested a St. Pauls teen Thursday evening following several assaults that occurred between Aug. 20, 2017 and March 21, 2018 in the St. Pauls area, according to a release.


Lumberton’s girls demolish Seventy-First; advance to Sandhills title game

LUMBERTON — Sam Davis wasn’t pleased with how his Lumberton girls basketball team competed on defense during the first half of Monday’s Sandhills Athletic Conference tournament first-round matchup earlier this week.


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.


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.


3 charged after gun, cocaine found during Robeson search

Investigators arrested three people Thursday and recovered a weapon and cocaine during a search of a home, according to a news release from the Robeson County Sheriff's Office.


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.


Call for new election concludes hearing, opens door to new questions

Now that the state Board of Elections has ordered a new election for North Carolina’s 9th Congressional District, what comes next is a more complicated question as the state evaluates the best schedule and various politicians decide whether or not they will jump into the race.


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


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


Church named pastor at Bethany Presbyterian

LUMBERTON — Helane Church was recently named pastor of the Bethany Presbyterian Church in Lumberton, making her the first female pastor in the church’s more than 143-year history.


A heart-felt cause for Britt family

LUMBERTON — Steve Britt, who is known in the community for his landscaping business, will tell you that God put him in the right place at the right time three years ago. The time was the moment he learned he needed heart bypass surgery, and he feels very fortunate that the place was Southeastern Hea


Workshop on chicken operations set

LUMBERTON — A workshop on backyard chicken operations has been scheduled by the N.C. Cooperative Extension Service Robeson County Center. The workshop is to take place 6 to 8 p.m. March 21 at O.P. Owens Agriculture Center, located at 455 Caton Road in Lumberton.


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.


$11M grant to save 200 local jobs

LUMBERTON — A $1.1 million grant has been awarded to REMPAC Foam LLC to erect a berm that will protect the plant on Starlite Drive from flooding, which local economic officials say will prevent the loss of hundreds of jobs.


Powers picked to chair elections board

LUMBERTON — Tiffany Peguise-Powers has been named the chairperson of the Robeson County Board of Elections. Interim Director Tina Bledsoe said Gov. Roy Cooper’s office called about 4:30 p.m. Wednesday to announce the governor had selecte Powers to be the fifth member of the board and to serve as the


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