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Scott Witten

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RED SPRINGS — Authorities have charged two people in connection with the fatal shooting of an elderly customer at a Red Springs convenience store, and expect to make more arrests, according to Police Chief Ronnie Patterson.
Ladarrian Kearse, 32, of Red Springs, was charged late Friday with first-degree murder; attempted first-degree murder;

Police make arrests in fatal store shooting

RED SPRINGS — Authorities have charged two people in connection with the fatal shooting of an elderly customer at a Red Springs convenience store, and expect to make more arrests, according to Police Chief Ronnie Patterson. Ladarrian Kearse, 32, of Red Springs, was charged late Friday with first-degree murder; attempted first-degree murder;

RED SPRINGS — Authorities have charged two people in connection with the fatal shooting of an elderly customer at a Red Springs convenience store, and expect to make more arrests, according to Police Chief Ronnie Patterson.
Ladarrian Kearse, 32, of Red Springs, was charged late Friday with first-degree murder; attempted first-degree murder;

2 charged in murder at store

RED SPRINGS — Authorities have charged two people in connection with the fatal shooting of an elderly customer at a Red Springs convenience store, and expect to make more arrests, according to Police Chief Ronnie Patterson. Ladarrian Kearse, 32, of Red Springs, was charged late Friday with first-degree murder; attempted first-degree murder;

RED SPRINGS — The fire chief and other officers of the Red Springs Fire Department have resigned their leadership positions in protest over a proposed change in how firefighters are dispatched to accidents, but say they will continue to serve the town as firefighters.
Fire Chief Tim Beasley on Tuesday handed in his resignation and that Assis

Chief fireman in Red Springs quits in policy protest

RED SPRINGS — The fire chief and other officers of the Red Springs Fire Department have resigned their leadership positions in protest over a proposed change in how firefighters are dispatched to accidents, but say they will continue to serve the town as firefighters. Fire Chief Tim Beasley on Tuesday handed in his resignation and that Assis

RED SPRINGS — With Christmas a little more than a week away, James Johnson's family would normally be putting the final touches on a big holiday celebration.
But on Monday, Johnson's loved ones were planning a funeral.
Johnson, 72, was shot to death on Thursday during an attempted armed robbery at Roscoe's, a convenience store not far from

Family mourns man killed in robbery attempt

RED SPRINGS — With Christmas a little more than a week away, James Johnson's family would normally be putting the final touches on a big holiday celebration. But on Monday, Johnson's loved ones were planning a funeral. Johnson, 72, was shot to death on Thursday during an attempted armed robbery at Roscoe's, a convenience store not far from

RED SPRINGS — Police are looking for a two gunmen who killed a customer and injured a store clerk during an attempted robbery at a Main Street convenience store Thursday night.
The shooting happened at about 7:30 p.m. at Roscoe's Convenience Store, according to Police Chief Ronnie Patterson.
“We had at least two black males go into th

One killed in robbery attempt

RED SPRINGS — Police are looking for a two gunmen who killed a customer and injured a store clerk during an attempted robbery at a Main Street convenience store Thursday night. The shooting happened at about 7:30 p.m. at Roscoe's Convenience Store, according to Police Chief Ronnie Patterson. “We had at least two black males go into th

RED SPRINGS — Police are looking for a two gunmen who killed a customer and injured a store clerk during an attempted robbery at a Main Street convenience store Thursday night.
The shooting happened at about 7:30 p.m. at Roscoe's Convenience Store, according to Police Chief Ronnie Patterson.
“We had at least two black males go into th

Customer killed in attempted store robbery

RED SPRINGS — Police are looking for a two gunmen who killed a customer and injured a store clerk during an attempted robbery at a Main Street convenience store Thursday night. The shooting happened at about 7:30 p.m. at Roscoe's Convenience Store, according to Police Chief Ronnie Patterson. “We had at least two black males go into th

RED SPRINGS — Police continue to search for the men who shot and killed a Red Springs man and injured another during an attempted robbery on Thursday.
But authorities may have found clothing belonging to the gunmen near the store where the fatal shooting occurred.
Police Chief Ronnie Patterson said investigators found the clothes shortly af

Clues sought in store murder

RED SPRINGS — Police continue to search for the men who shot and killed a Red Springs man and injured another during an attempted robbery on Thursday. But authorities may have found clothing belonging to the gunmen near the store where the fatal shooting occurred. Police Chief Ronnie Patterson said investigators found the clothes shortly af

St. Pauls approves comp time

ST. PAULS — The St. Pauls Board of Commissioners voted on Thursday to amend the town's personnel ordinance to allow compensatory time for department heads under special circumstances. Town Administrator J.R. Steigerwald said the change would help department directors that unexpectedly have to perform extra duties outside normal working hours

LUMBERTON — Two new Walmart Neighborhood Market stores in Robeson County opened last week following brief ribbon-cutting ceremonies attended by company officials and town leaders.
The stores, which are located in Lumberton and St. Pauls, join five other Walmart locations across Robeson County, including a Walmart Neighborhood Market on West

Walmart opens new stores in Lumberton, St. Pauls

LUMBERTON — Two new Walmart Neighborhood Market stores in Robeson County opened last week following brief ribbon-cutting ceremonies attended by company officials and town leaders. The stores, which are located in Lumberton and St. Pauls, join five other Walmart locations across Robeson County, including a Walmart Neighborhood Market on West

RED SPRINGS —The leadership of the Red Springs Fire Department have resigned in protest over a proposed change in how firefighters are dispatched to accidents.
Fire Chief Tim Beasley handed in his resignation and that of three of other officers — Assistant Fire Chief Sammy Hendrix and Capts. Kevin Martin and Kevin Rachels — on Tu

Red Springs firefighters resign leadership roles to protest plan

RED SPRINGS —The leadership of the Red Springs Fire Department have resigned in protest over a proposed change in how firefighters are dispatched to accidents. Fire Chief Tim Beasley handed in his resignation and that of three of other officers — Assistant Fire Chief Sammy Hendrix and Capts. Kevin Martin and Kevin Rachels — on Tu

ST. PAULS — A steady, but light rain failed to deter residents and visitors from flooding downtown St. Pauls to catch the annual St. Pauls Chamber of Commerce Christmas parade on Friday.
Hundreds of spectators turned out for the event, which began its slow march from Old Stage Road onto West Broad Street shortly after 3 p.m.
The parade feat

Christmas cheer reigns at St. Pauls Chamber parade

ST. PAULS — A steady, but light rain failed to deter residents and visitors from flooding downtown St. Pauls to catch the annual St. Pauls Chamber of Commerce Christmas parade on Friday. Hundreds of spectators turned out for the event, which began its slow march from Old Stage Road onto West Broad Street shortly after 3 p.m. The parade feat

ST. PAULS — Perhaps it was the theme of peace and understanding that brought a group of St. Pauls Middle School students together to win this year's Lions Club Peace Poster Contest.
Instead of one artist serving as the first-place winner, three students joined forces to take home the top honor this year. First place went to Diana Solis, Flor

Lion Club poster contest draws creative students

ST. PAULS — Perhaps it was the theme of peace and understanding that brought a group of St. Pauls Middle School students together to win this year's Lions Club Peace Poster Contest. Instead of one artist serving as the first-place winner, three students joined forces to take home the top honor this year. First place went to Diana Solis, Flor

Town board meets tonight

ST. PAULS — The St. Pauls Board of Commissioners will hold its final meeting of 2014 tonight. On the agenda is a request to amend the town's personnel ordinance to allow compensatory time for department heads under special circumstances. Town Administrator J.R. Steigerwald said the change would help department directors that unexpectedly ha

RED SPRINGS — Red Springs held a host of holiday activities on Saturday, including a Christmas tree lighting, holiday home tour and Christmas craft sale.
The events were sponsored by the Red Springs STEP Committee and the Red Springs Parks and Recreation Department.
The celebration kicked off with the Christmas tree lighting held at the Mar

Holiday heralded in with host of Christmas events

RED SPRINGS — Red Springs held a host of holiday activities on Saturday, including a Christmas tree lighting, holiday home tour and Christmas craft sale. The events were sponsored by the Red Springs STEP Committee and the Red Springs Parks and Recreation Department. The celebration kicked off with the Christmas tree lighting held at the Mar

Mrs. Smith goes to Raleigh

Jane Smith knows a lot about business and education. The retired educator and Realtor is less acclimated to the ins and outs of the North Carolina General Assembly. But that will change next month when the Lumberton Democrat takes her seat in the state Senate as our representative for District 13. She will replace Democrat Michael Walters of Proc

RED SPRINGS — Christmas came a little early for the arts program at Red Springs High School.
The day before Thanksgiving, the school received art supplies and a check from members of the Red Springs Arts Council.
“With all the budget cuts, it is hard to keep a program like arts in the schools,” said Maggy Morley, president of th

Arts Council helping preserve arts education in Red Springs

RED SPRINGS — Christmas came a little early for the arts program at Red Springs High School. The day before Thanksgiving, the school received art supplies and a check from members of the Red Springs Arts Council. “With all the budget cuts, it is hard to keep a program like arts in the schools,” said Maggy Morley, president of th

Police Chief Ronnie Patterson says dispatching police and fire personnel to accidents scenes is often unnecessary.
By Scott Witten
switten@civitasmedia.com

Town wants to revise dispatch procedures

Police Chief Ronnie Patterson says dispatching police and fire personnel to accidents scenes is often unnecessary. By Scott Witten switten@civitasmedia.com

Town debates dispatch policy

RED SPRINGS — Red Springs officials would like to tweak how the county dispatches emergency personnel to accidents in that town. Town Manager James Bennett told the Red Springs Board of Commissioners on Tuesday that the county, which handles 911 calls for Red Springs, dispatches both police and firefighters. Bennett said having an excessive

Rails to Christmas

RED SPRINGS — The Red Springs and Northern Railroad Foundation will begin offering Christmas rail-car rides this weekend. The rides will be offered on Friday and Saturday and Dec. 19 and 20. People should board at the depot on the corners of East Third and North Main streets for a mile-and-a-half ride out and back along a stretch decorated

LAURINBURG — County leaders will have a chance to learn more about Rural Economic Development Grant programs during a seminar hosted by state Rep. Garland Pierce.
The meeting will be held Dec. 9 at 5 p.m. at Bright Hopewell Missionary Baptist Church in Laurinburg.
Pierce, a Wagram Democrat, said he is inviting all county commissioners, mayo

Pierce to host seminar on grants

LAURINBURG — County leaders will have a chance to learn more about Rural Economic Development Grant programs during a seminar hosted by state Rep. Garland Pierce. The meeting will be held Dec. 9 at 5 p.m. at Bright Hopewell Missionary Baptist Church in Laurinburg. Pierce, a Wagram Democrat, said he is inviting all county commissioners, mayo





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