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‘These guys are wreaking havoc’: Richmond County sees increase of vehicle break-ins, thefts

ROCKINGHAM — Richmond County law enforcement have seen a spike in vehicle break-ins and thefts in recent months, and events last weekend prompted the Hamlet Police Department (HPD) to issue a public service announcement to remind residents to lock their cars and to avoid keeping valuables in them.


Black Widow Killer is North Carolina's oldest woman on death row

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Interest Growing to Address Homelessness in Moore

Before Gary Richardson became a pastor, he was a rudderless young man without a fixed address. Struggles with depression and drug addiction, he said, had reduced him to living in a “crack house in Ellerbe.”


Adopted daughter gives North Carolina pastor transplant

CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) — Billy Houze is the pastor of the First Baptist Church of Lawndale. An area of the state that’s in desperate need. “We’re in the upper part of Cleveland County, which is the poorest part of the county,” Houze said.


Mother searches for answers 2 years after son's murder outside North Carolina mall

LENOIR, N.C. - A mother from Lenoir is still hoping for answers two years after her son was murdered outside a popular mall in North Carolina. Wezley Tugman was gunned down at the Four Seasons Town Centre Mall in Greensboro in 2017.


Regal Inn owners given ‘one more month’ to avoid demolition after rare 4-1 vote

ROCKINGHAM — The City Council approved an additional month for the owner of the burned-out Regal Inn on Broad Avenue to meet their requirements to avoid demolition with a rare 4-1 vote as council members’ patience wears thin.


Rockingham defeats Hamlet 33-17 to claim SEMSAC Tournament title

Leon Hargrove Jr. | Daily Journal Hamlet’s O’Rena Drake (14) brings the ball back out during the second half on Thursday. Drake led the Lady Red Rams with seven points. Leon Hargrove Jr. | Daily Journal Rockingham’s Jamyia Lindsey (15) drives past Hamlet’s Da’Veah Robinson (44) in the first quarter


UPDATE: Attempted murder suspect from Bristol captured in North Carolina

A suspect that police said tried to run over officers during a pursuit earlier this week in Bristol has been apprehended in North Carolina. Authorities tell News 5 that Billy Stratton, 26, of Kingsport, was arrested in the Davidson County area in Thomasville after he tried to break into and steal a


North Carolina student asked to ‘cover up’ after teachers found shirt offensive

FORT BRAGG, N.C. — A Cumberland County student was asked to cover up after teachers found her shirt to be offensive, WTVD reports. The shirt reads, “Why be racist, sexist homophobic or transphobic when you could just be quiet?”


9 Investigates: Calls for trampoline park regulations in North Carolina

HICKORY, N.C. - Grayson Huffman, 20, is learning how to get around on crutches, unable to put weight on his right foot for another month. [ALSO READ: Father warns parents after son breaks both ankles at Hickory trampoline park]


StarLab makes its way to Richmond County schools

Sixth-graders at Hamlet Middle School watched a video on light pollution in the StarLab portable planetarium Wednesday morning. The kids “oohed” and “ahhed” as the different images circled around them.


North Carolina woman convicted of DWI in fatal crash ordered to speak about dangers of drunk driving

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — A judge sentenced Trisha Thompson to 120 days in jail after she was convicted of two felonies connected to a deadly crash in April 2018 that killed 911 dispatcher Nicole Schieb, WSOC reports.


Pair arrestedin Rockingham robbery spree

ROCKINGHAM — Two Hamlet men have been arrested in a string of robberies that all took place on the same day. John David Reeves, 55, of North Street and Marion Leverne Little, 65 — whose address is listed in Hamlet, Rockingham and Salisbury — allegedly robbed the Dollar General on U.S. 1 in Rockingha


North Carolina Zoo’s beloved rhino Stanley dies at 49

ASHEBORO, N.C. — Staff at the North Carolina Zoo are mourning the loss of a beloved rhinoceros. Stanley, a southern white rhinoceros that lived at the North Carolina Zoo for more than 30 years, passed away on Friday, the zoo said in a news release.


NC officer and wife were fighting at Waffle House — then came gunfire, police say

A North Carolina police officer is accused of shooting his wife after a Waffle House fight, according to officials in Raeford, about 40 miles west of Fayetteville. Corey Manning was in custody at about 6 a.m. Thursday after police say they responded to a call at a McDonald’s restaurant, reports ABC1


Person pulls away late from Rockingham

WENTWORTH — A couple of minutes after the Person High School boys’ basketball team finished off Rockingham County, 68-50 Tuesday night, the path to an automatic bid into the state playoffs became crystal clear — just win Friday night.


Pair fled Hamlet police in truck reported stolen

HAMLET — The Hamlet Police Department arrested a pair after they attempted to flee in a stolen vehicle. Paul Casey Bailey Jr., 29, of Battley Dairy Road, and Kymberly Steen, 34, of Hartsville, South Carolina, were on Veterans Drive on Feb. 5 when a HPD officer attempted to pull them over for a traff


Rockets pull away in second half for victory over Rockingham

WENTWORTH - The Rockingham County High School boys’ basketball team shot and scrapped their way into a full-fledged battle with heavily-favored Person after the first two quarters.


North Carolina could feel like Florida or Mexico in a generation, researchers say

North Carolina will likely feel like the Florida Panhandle or possibly like northern Mexico within a generation, according to a new interactive climate change map developed by researchers at the University of Maryland and North Carolina State University.


Kaepernick, Eric Reid Settle Collusion Lawsuits With NFL

NEW YORK (AP) — Colin Kaepernick and Eric Reid have settled collusion lawsuits against the NFL. In a three-sentence statement released Friday, the NFL said:. “For the past several months, counsel for Mr. Kaepernick and Mr. Reid have engaged in an ongoing dialogue with representatives of the NFL. As