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2.2 magnitude earthquake rattles central North Carolina

RANDOLPH COUNTY, N.C. - The seismograph was busy early Tuesday morning as a small earthquake hit the central part of North Carolina. According to the National Weather Service, a 2.2 magnitude earthquake struck Randolph County around 12:30 a.m.


Roanoke Rapids rallies behind popular man who was struck, injured by car

Roanoke Rapids, N.C. — A man famous around Roanoke Rapids is in critical condition after being struck by a car this week. Around town, everybody calls Mike Stainback “ZZ.” He attends all the local school games and makes the rounds downtown on a three-wheeled bike, visiting businesses and making peop


Nash County man accused of stabbing wife to death to be held without bail

NASHVILLE, N.C. (WNCN) - The man accused of murdering his wife before being captured in Arizona appeared before a Nash County judge Tuesday morning. Rexford Lynn Keel is charged with first-degree murder in the death of his wife, Diana Keel.


N.C. A&T students: Our campus is unfairly split

GREENSBORO — As the U.S. Supreme Court heard oral arguments in North Carolina’s long-running redistricting case Tuesday, N.C. A&T students held a press conference to remind the public that their campus is split in half.


RRPD roundup: DWI charge; person sleeping at post office

The Roanoke Rapids Police Department reported the following, according to interim Chief Bobby Martin:. On Wednesday shortly before 9:30 p.m. Officer B. Council was traveling on West Tenth Street when he noticed a vehicle without headlights on.


Lynn Keel makes first court appearance on charges he killed his wife Diana Keel

NASH CO., N.C. (WTVD) -- The man accused of killing his wife in Nash County made his first North Carolina court Tuesday morning. He appeared in a Nash County court around 9:30 a.m.


Sheriff: Man found deceased in home died of natural causes

A man found deceased in his home last week died of natural causes, Halifax County Sheriff Wes Tripp confirmed this afternoon. Deputies had been waiting on autopsy results after responding to a residence off Highway 158 west of Roanoke Rapids after receiving a report.


Federal judge ends North Carolina ban on abortions after 20 weeks

(Reuters) - A U.S. federal court struck down North Carolina’s decades-old ban on abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy, saying any “week- or event-specific” abortion ban is unconstitutional.


Drake's opening first North Carolina restaurant in Burlington

BURLINGTON — Drake's, a Kentucky-based sports pubs concept, is openings its first North Carolina location at 1377 Boone Station Drive at Alamance Crossing shopping center. It is targeted to open in late June or early July.


HCSO awaits autopsy report in death investigation

Halifax County Sheriff’s Office deputies are awaiting autopsy results after responding to a residence off Highway 158 west of Roanoke Rapids Thursday afternoon. The sheriff’s office received a report of a deceased at the residence.


NC husband cuts wife's throat during 'domestic incident,' deputies say

TARBORO, N.C. (WNCT) -- The Edgecombe County Sheriff's Office has charged a man with attempted first-degree murder after officials say he cut his wife's throat. Deputies say the incident happened Sunday at the couple's home at in the 300 block of Woodcroft Lane outside of Tarboro.


North Carolina inmate charged with attempted murder of prison guard

RALEIGH, N.C. (WNCT) - A North Carolina prison inmate serving a 49-year sentence has been charged with attempted murder after he allegedly stabbed a guard with a homemade weapon.


I-95 crash claims life of Garysburg man

GARYSBURG – A single vehicle crash on I-95 near here Wednesday claimed the life of a Garysburg man. A report filed by NC State Highway Patrol Trooper T.J. Blount showed that Steven Wayne Rowell, age 69, died in the mishap, one that occurred near the 176-mile marker on the Interstate in Northampton C


Hobgood Charter School Opening August 2019

A new, free public school choice will open this fall in Hobgood, NC. Located at the meeting point of Edgecombe, Halifax, and Martin Counties, Hobgood Charter School (HCS) will initially serve families of children in kindergarten through eighth grades (K-8). The school will be providing transportatio


“The Joy of Easter” outdoor musical Passion Play April 20-21st

“The Joy of Easter” outdoor musical Passion Play will take place on Saturday and Sunday, April 20 and 21, at 8 PM at First Baptist Church on Becker Drive in Roanoke Rapids, NC.


Halifax Academy’s First Pitch Tournament results

Halifax Academy’s First Pitch Tournament scheduled for March 1-2 was rescheduled for Saturday March 23rd due to bad weather. Teams included Halifax Academy, Southampton Academy (Courtland, Va), Brunswick Academy (Lawrenceville, Va.), and Cape Fear Christian (Erwin, NC). Roanoke Rapids High was unabl


Drugs, scale seized in traffic stop

LAWRENCEVILLE – Keith Andrew Roberts, 55, from Warfield is charged with the manufacture, sale of a controlled substance and possession of a controlled substance on March 9, 2019.


Extra officers on hand at schools in southern Virginia after threat

GREENSVILLE COUNTY, VA (WWBT) - Extra law enforcement officers are at Greensville County schools Friday after a social media threat. The Greensville County Sheriff’s Office says it worked with the Sussex and Surry sheriff’s offices on the investigation.


Threatening social media post toward regional schools sparks investigation

GREENSVILLE Co., Va. — Multiple counties are investigating after schools in the region came under threat by social media post. According to the Greensville County Sheriff’s Office, they are working with Sussex County and Surry County law enforcement to find the threats made on social media early Fri


Authorities: Threats made against schools in Surry, Sussex, Greensville

EMPORIA, Va. (WAVY) -- Authorities say a post made to social media included threats to schools in Surry, Sussex and Greensville counties. The Greensville County Sheriff’s Office said in a Facebook post it received word of the post early Friday morning. There was no specific location in the threat.