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Sarah Willets

Position: Reporter
E-Mail Address: swillets@civitasmedia.com
Phone Number: 910-816-1974


About Sarah Willets

Covering breaking news, crime, health, Lumberton and Fairmont

Latest Stories by Sarah Willets

Former student charged in 1996 murder at N.C. State

RALEIGH (AP) — Authorities in Raleigh say they have cracked a cold case and have charged a Concord, North Carolina, man with first-degree murder in the slaying of his girlfriend almost 20 years ago. Authorities tell area media outlets that Edwin Christopher Lawing, 40, was arrested in Cornelius, North Carolina, and charged on Wednesday. A Wa

Crime report

Break-ins The following break-ins were reported to the Robeson County Sheriff's Office: Alejandra Lopez, Old Lowery Road, Red Springs; Valisa Locklear, of Buie Philadelphus Road, Lumberton; Tyler Bommarito, of Long Leaf Drive, Lumberton; Darlene Sanborn, of Bethesda Church Road, Fairmont; Betty Lowery, of Willie Road, Lumberton.

PEMBROKE — Thinking back to the six months he was stationed in Afghanistan with the 82nd Airborne Division, William Eddie Oxendine recalls seeing helicopters returning from missions at the medevac station he lived next to, and the messages heard over an intercom to denote how bad those on board were injured.
“They'd give a certain code

Pair reflect on life-saving event

PEMBROKE — Thinking back to the six months he was stationed in Afghanistan with the 82nd Airborne Division, William Eddie Oxendine recalls seeing helicopters returning from missions at the medevac station he lived next to, and the messages heard over an intercom to denote how bad those on board were injured. “They'd give a certain code

PEMBROKE — In a split vote, the Lumbee Tribal Council on Thursday night barred council member Larry Townsend from chairing or co-chairing any committees and from participating in budget work sessions, actions that followed concerns that he is in violation of the tribe's ethics policy.
After a closed session that last about 20 minutes, the co

Council votes to punish Townsend

PEMBROKE — In a split vote, the Lumbee Tribal Council on Thursday night barred council member Larry Townsend from chairing or co-chairing any committees and from participating in budget work sessions, actions that followed concerns that he is in violation of the tribe's ethics policy. After a closed session that last about 20 minutes, the co

There is plenty of good news to share today, which is the last one to contribute to The Empty Stocking Fund.
First off, we now have received at least 120 gifts of at least $50 each so we were able to take full advantage of an offer by an anonymous benefactor who promised to match such pledges up to $6,000. That $6,000 is included in today's total,

Fund hits $35,000 as deadline arrives

There is plenty of good news to share today, which is the last one to contribute to The Empty Stocking Fund. First off, we now have received at least 120 gifts of at least $50 each so we were able to take full advantage of an offer by an anonymous benefactor who promised to match such pledges up to $6,000. That $6,000 is included in today's total,

RED SPRINGS — Two people have been charged after trying to steal air-conditioning units from two Red Springs churches and a home.
Chrissy Barnes, 18, and Danny Howard, 20, are each charged with three counts of felonious larceny, according to arrest reports. They were arrested early Thursday morning and jailed under $15,000 bonds.
According

Two charged in church thefts

RED SPRINGS — Two people have been charged after trying to steal air-conditioning units from two Red Springs churches and a home. Chrissy Barnes, 18, and Danny Howard, 20, are each charged with three counts of felonious larceny, according to arrest reports. They were arrested early Thursday morning and jailed under $15,000 bonds. According

Crime report

Thefts Candi Oxendine reported Monday that 20 sweatshirts, valued at a total of $300, were stolen from Cracker Barrel on Lackey Street in Lumberton, according to a police report. Patsy Lowery, of Iner Drive, Lumberton, reported Monday that someone broke into her car at Divine Deserts on Roberts Avenue, causing $100 in damage, and stole $120 in ca

PEMBROKE — Fourteen members of the Lumbee Tribal Council cast votes Tuesday night saying council member Larry Townsend is in violation of the tribe's ethics policy.
The council called a special meeting to discuss whether it was a conflict of interest for Townsend to sit on the council while his wife, Rose Marie Lowry-Townsend, oversees youth

Council: Townsend violating ethics rule

PEMBROKE — Fourteen members of the Lumbee Tribal Council cast votes Tuesday night saying council member Larry Townsend is in violation of the tribe's ethics policy. The council called a special meeting to discuss whether it was a conflict of interest for Townsend to sit on the council while his wife, Rose Marie Lowry-Townsend, oversees youth

Crime report

Theft Deborah Willis, of Bakersfield Drive, Lumberton, reported Sunday that she was robbed at gunpoint at her home of a $10 card case, $500 in cash, $20 worth of Percocet and a Social Security card, according to a police report. Vandalism Jeremy Dowess reported Monday that someone broke into a Terminex vehicle on East Fifth Street in Lumberton,

Fairmont board concerned with undesignated funds

FAIRMONT — The Fairmont Board of Commissioners on Tuesday night tabled any action on an ordinance that would ban “sagging” pants within the town in favor of giving more time to the town's annual audit. Commissioner Terry Evans first proposed an ordinance banning saggy pants during the town's October meeting. On Tuesday, he put fo

LUMBERTON — The U.S. Department of Justice says a “strict” remediation plan is needed for the Robeson County Sheriff's Department to again participate in the federal Asset Forfeiture Program after officer misconduct caused it to be expelled from the program 10 years ago.
“The nature, scope and duration of the Robeson County

Justice explains 'strict' requirement

LUMBERTON — The U.S. Department of Justice says a “strict” remediation plan is needed for the Robeson County Sheriff's Department to again participate in the federal Asset Forfeiture Program after officer misconduct caused it to be expelled from the program 10 years ago. “The nature, scope and duration of the Robeson County

'Person of interest' no longer sought in robbery

FAIRMONT — As the Fairmont Police Department continues to seek information in a November armed robbery, interim Police Chief Kimothy Monroe says officers are no longer looking for a person of interest who was identified after the incident. Monroe said Tuesday that the department has “no further interest in locating” 35-year-old D

Crime report

Thefts Kristina Bass, of Catfish Farm Road, Bladenboro, reported Friday that someone broke into her car at Golden City Buffet on Kahn Drive in Lumberton, causing $200 in damage, and stole medicine, a purse and two retail price scanners valued at $950, according to a police report. Jillian Hunt, of Pate Street, Lumberton, reported Friday that $2,4

FBI to review hanging death of black teenager

BLADENBORO (AP) — The FBI is looking into the death of a black Bladenboro teen after his family questioned the official ruling the young man found hanging from a swing set at a trailer park had committed suicide, a prosecutor confirmed Friday. A 911 caller found 17-year-old Lennon Lacy hanging on Aug. 29, his feet 2 inches off the ground. La

Crime report

Thefts Ida Butler, of N.C. 410, Bladenboro, reported Wednesday that $150 in cash was stolen from her wallet at Golden Living Rest Home on Willis Avenue in Lumberton, according to a police report. Scott Brown, of Cliffridge Drive, Lumberton, reported a $400 red and gray scooter stolen and the $25 lock on it broken, according to a police report.

BLADENBORO (AP) — The FBI is looking into the death of a black Bladenboro teen after his family questioned the official ruling the young man found hanging from a swing set at a trailer park had committed suicide, a prosecutor confirmed Friday.
A 911 caller found 17-year-old Lennon Lacy hanging on Aug. 29, his feet 2 inches off the ground. La

FBI will probe teenager's death now ruled suicide

BLADENBORO (AP) — The FBI is looking into the death of a black Bladenboro teen after his family questioned the official ruling the young man found hanging from a swing set at a trailer park had committed suicide, a prosecutor confirmed Friday. A 911 caller found 17-year-old Lennon Lacy hanging on Aug. 29, his feet 2 inches off the ground. La

PEMBROKE — Purlie Deese and her family have an uncommon Christmas tradition.
For the last 16 years, they've spent their holiday seasons collecting, wrapping and delivering Christmas gifts — for hundreds of others.
Deese is the founder of Giving Gifts of Love on Christmas Day to Kids, also known as GLOCK. Since 1998, she and her family

Family finds joy in Christmas giving

PEMBROKE — Purlie Deese and her family have an uncommon Christmas tradition. For the last 16 years, they've spent their holiday seasons collecting, wrapping and delivering Christmas gifts — for hundreds of others. Deese is the founder of Giving Gifts of Love on Christmas Day to Kids, also known as GLOCK. Since 1998, she and her family

Crime report

Thefts John Bazemore, of West 33rd Street, Lumberton, reported Monday that a $500 generator and $300 Weedeater were stolen from a trailer at his home, according to a police report. John Jacobs, of Floyd Avenue, Lumberton, reported Wednesday that someone broke into his home, causing $500 in damage to a window, and stole a $200 flat-screen televisi

LUMBERTON — Adoption rates at Robeson County's animal shelters are up this year and while shelter staff would like to keep that trend going through the holidays, there are a few things those looking to adopt a pet should consider before putting a furry surprise under the tree.
“It's definitely like bringing on a new baby in the family,

Caution urged before gift of pet

LUMBERTON — Adoption rates at Robeson County's animal shelters are up this year and while shelter staff would like to keep that trend going through the holidays, there are a few things those looking to adopt a pet should consider before putting a furry surprise under the tree. “It's definitely like bringing on a new baby in the family,

Two charged with October murder of Maxton man

MAXTON — Two people have been charged in connection with the shooting death of a 32-year-old Maxton man in October, according to Police Chief Tammy Deese. Camelle Demonte Williams, 20, is charged with first-degree murder for the death of Slone Oxendine Lowery, Deese said in a statement. Kyree Donjuan Murphy, 22, is charged with accessory aft





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