N Carolina Senate gives unanimous OK to “move-over” changes
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — A North Carolina police officer's death is prompting lawmakers to try to raise criminal penalties in the state's "move-over" law.
Officer’s widow seeks higher move-over violation penalties
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — The widow of a North Carolina police officer killed while investigating a car crash is urging legislators to increase penalties for motorists who don't move over a lane or...
2 deputies out amid probe of evidence in missing girl case
LUMBERTON, N.C. (AP) — One investigator has been fired and another resigned from a North Carolina sheriff's office following an internal investigation into evidence linking the suspect in a teen girl's slaying to another attack.
2 deputies suspended in case linked to teen’s death
LUMBERTON, N.C. (AP) — Two North Carolina sheriff's deputies have been suspended for not following up on evidence linking a 2016 rape to a released felon now accused in the death of a teenage girl.
News outlets report the Robeson County Sheriff's Office announced Friday that Maj. Anthony Thompson and Sgt. Darryl McPhatter were suspended pending an internal investigation.
Police officer hit, killed by car while investigating crash
LUMBERTON, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina authorities say a police officer has been fatally struck by a vehicle while investigating a car crash.
News outlets report Lumberton police Officer Jason Quick died at a hospital after he was hit Saturday morning on Interstate 95. A police statement says the 31-year-old joined the department last year.
State Public Safety Department spokesman Sgt. Michael Baker says Quick was trying to walk across the highway when a passing car struck him.
Officers: About 40 video gaming machines seized in NC raid
MAXTON, N.C. (AP) — Law enforcement officers have raided a property that the Tuscarora Indian Nation of North Carolina claims as sovereign territory in eastern North Carolina after they received complaints that an illegal casino was being operated there.
The Robesonian in Lumberton reports the Robeson County Sheriff's Office conducted the raid Friday in Maxton, along with officers from various federal and state agencies.
Body found in North Carolina identified as Alabama man, 54
LUMBERTON, N.C. (AP) — Authorities say a body found in North Carolina earlier this month is that of an Alabama man.
Citing a Robeson County Sheriff's Office release, The Fayetteville Observer reported Wednesday that the body found on a Lumberton road running parallel to Interstate 95 on Dec. 3 is 54-year-old Jon Eric Morris.
DA: Evidence linking man to 2016 rape fell through cracks
LUMBERTON, N.C. (AP) — A North Carolina prosecutor says authorities failed to act last year on evidence linking a 2016 rape to a released felon now accused of raping and killing a 13-year-old girl.
Bond denied for suspect in North Carolina teenager’s death
LUMBERTON, N.C. (AP) — A judge has denied bond for the man accused in the death of a North Carolina teenager.
News outlets report 34-year-old Michael Ray McLellan appeared in a Robeson County court Monday, days after he was arrested and charged with first-degree murder and other offenses in the death of 13-year-old Hania Noelia Aguilar. The judge appointed a public defender to represent him.
The public defender's office declined comment Monday.
FBI: Man charged in kidnapping, death of North Carolina teen
LUMBERTON, N.C. (AP) — Police have arrested and charged a man with killing a 13-year-old girl who was kidnapped last month from a North Carolina mobile home park.
The FBI said early Saturday that Michael Ray McLellan has been charged in connection with the kidnapping and murder of Hania Noelia Aguilar. The announcement comes the same day that a memorial service for Aguilar is set to take place at a local high school.
Visa denied for father of slain North Carolina teen
LUMBERTON, N.C. (AP) — The father of a North Carolina teen who was kidnapped and killed has been denied a visa to attend his daughter's funeral.
News outlets report quote Naimeh Salem, an attorney for the father of 13-year-old Hania Aguilar, as saying the father was denied because he "doesn't have enough ties to the country." Services are set for Saturday in Lumberton.
A Change.org petition urging approval of a visa for the Guatemalan citizen got more than 50,000 signatures.
The Latest: No ruling as judge reviews death of Jordan’s dad
LUMBERTON, N.C. (AP) — The Latest on efforts by one of two men serving a life sentence for the 1993 murder of Michael Jordan's father to convince a court that he didn't do it (all times local):
A judge says he needs time to consider whether to allow an inmate to proceed with arguments that he was wrongfully convicted of participating in the murder of Michael Jordan's father in 1993.
FBI still looking for suspect in North Carolina girl’s death
LUMBERTON, N.C. (AP) — The FBI continues its search for a suspect in the disappearance and death of a North Carolina teenage girl.
A news release from the agency said it's offering a reward of up to $25,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of those responsible for the death of Hania Aguilar.
Man says he will prove he didn’t kill Michael Jordan’s dad
LUMBERTON, N.C. (AP) — For more than 25 years, the man identified as the triggerman in the death of Michael Jordan's father has repeatedly declared his innocence in the murder.
Now he's going before a judge to lay out evidence he says proves that although he helped dispose of the body, he didn't kill James Jordan in the early-morning darkness one July day in 1993.
Petition urges visa for slain girl’s father
LUMBERTON, N.C. (AP) — An online petition is urging government officials to allow the father of a slain North Carolina teenage girl to attend her funeral.
A petition on Change.org urging immigration officials to let the father of Hania Aguilar attend her funeral next week has nearly 10,000 signatures as of Sunday afternoon. The petition says her father lives in Guatemala and would need an expedited visa to attend.
Police said they found Aguilar's body last week after several weeks of searching.
Authorities ID body as kidnapped North Carolina teen girl
LUMBERTON, N.C. (AP) — A body found in North Carolina has been preliminarily identified as a 13-year-old girl kidnapped outside her home, investigators said Wednesday, ending a three-week search involving hundreds of investigators.
Lumberton Police Chief Michael McNeill told reporters at a news conference that state crime lab tests indicate the body found late Tuesday is Hania Aguilar. While a final determination will be made with dental records, investigators believe the body is hers.
FBI: Body found during search for kidnapped teenage girl
LUMBERTON, N.C. (AP) — The FBI says a body has been found in an area of North Carolina where searchers have been looking for a missing teenager for three weeks.
A news release Tuesday said FBI agents and detectives of the Lumberton Police Department found the body around 4:45 p.m. near a road east of Interstate 95 and south of Lumberton.
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FBI highlights kidnapped teen’s shoes in search for leads
LUMBERTON, N.C. (AP) — Authorities in North Carolina are asking the public to be on the lookout for shoes belonging to a missing 13-year-old girl who was kidnapped earlier this month.
The FBI said Saturday Hania Aguilar owned distinctive shoes that her kidnapper could have tried to get rid of. The shoes are white Adidas sneakers with colorful stitching on the back heel.
Crash victims were from North Carolina, Mississippi, Alabama
LUMBERTON, Miss. (AP) — The Mississippi Highway Patrol has released the names of three people killed in a five-vehicle crash Thanksgiving Day.
Highway Patrol Capt. Johnny Poulos said Friday they were 48-year-old Shelley E. Rose of Asheville, North Carolina; 23-year-old Jada J. Bright of Picayune, Mississippi; and 45-year-old Evans Vincent of Albertville, Alabama.
FBI asks for deer camera video to aid kidnapped teen search
LUMBERTON, N.C. (AP) — The FBI is asking deer hunters to turn over surveillance video from the North Carolina county where a 13-year-old girl was kidnapped more than two weeks ago.
The agency said in a statement Tuesday that they needed "every piece of video" that could help determine the exact movements of the SUV stolen from the mobile home park where Hania Aguilar was kidnapped Nov. 5.
FBI: Search on for kidnapped North Carolina teen
LUMBERTON, N.C. (AP) — The FBI and other police agencies are continuing their search to find a 13-year-old girl kidnapped from a North Carolina mobile home park.
The FBI said Saturday that agents are conducting searches on foot and using drones as part of the search for Hania Noelia Aguilar.
Relatives say the eighth-grader went outside last week to start a relative's SUV to prepare to leave for the bus stop. Police say a man then forced her into an SUV and drove off.
FBI raises reward in case of kidnapped North Carolina teen
LUMBERTON, N.C. (AP) — The FBI has raised its reward for information in the case of a missing North Carolina teenager who was kidnapped outside her home.
Agent Andy de la Roche told a news conference Tuesday that the agency is raising its reward to $25,000 for information on the disappearance of 13-year-old Hania Noelia Aguilar. The state of North Carolina is already offering a $5,000 reward.
Reward in case of kidnapped N. Carolina teen rises to $20K
LUMBERTON, N.C. (AP) — A total reward of $20,000 is being offered in the case of a 13-year-old girl kidnapped from a North Carolina mobile home park.
News outlets report Lumberton police announced Friday that Gov. Roy Cooper's office is offering $5,000 for information that leads to Hania Noelia Aguilar. The FBI is offering $15,000.
FBI: SUV stolen in 13-year-old girl’s kidnapping found
LUMBERTON, N.C. (AP) — Authorities say they have found the SUV stolen during the kidnapping of a 13-year-old girl at a North Carolina mobile home park, and now hope to identify a person seen in a surveillance video.
The FBI said in a statement that the green Ford Expedition was found Thursday in the Lumberton area, about eight miles (12 kilometers) from the mobile home park where Hania Noelia Aguilar was abducted Monday.
FBI offers $15K reward in case of kidnapped N Carolina teen
LUMBERTON, N.C. (AP) — The FBI is offering a $15,000 reward in the case of a 13-year-old girl kidnapped from a North Carolina mobile home park.
News outlets report the search for Hania Noelia Aguilar also expanded Tuesday as authorities circulated her picture across North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Georgia and Florida.
Family members say the eighth grader went outside Monday morning to start a relative's SUV to prepare to leave for the bus stop.
FBI assisting with search for girl abducted from mobile home
LUMBERTON, N.C. (AP) — The FBI has joined the search for a 13-year-old girl reportedly kidnapped from a North Carolina mobile home park.
News outlets report an FBI release says investigators were following nearly 50 leads in the disappearance of Hania Noelia Aguilar. Lumberton police Chief Michael McNeill has said a witness saw a man grab Hania Monday morning.
Girl, 13, kidnapped from North Carolina mobile home park
LUMBERTON, N.C. (AP) — Police in North Carolina say a 13-year-old girl has been kidnapped from a mobile home park.
Lumberton Police Chief Michael McNeill said at a news conference that a witness saw a man dressed in black with a yellow bandana grab Hania Noelia Aguilar in the Rosewood Mobile Home Park on Monday.
Volunteers from Puerto Rico help feed NC hurricane victims
LUMBERTON, N.C. (AP) — They know what it's like to suffer from a devastating hurricane, so chefs and volunteers from Puerto Rico are helping out in a North Carolina city damaged by Hurricane Florence.
Chef Lionel Rodriguez and others with a group called Operation Pay It Forward are preparing meals at the East Lumberton Baptist Church. Spokesman Jesus Flores said Wednesday the group arrived Monday and will serve lunch and dinner through Oct. 13.
Official: Police chief’s rental units held drugs, firearms
LUMBERTON, N.C. (AP) — An investigation found that a police chief in North Carolina had rental units holding images of nude women, narcotics and firearms.
A Robeson County District Attorney's Office release says Red Springs Police Chief Ronnie Patterson's units were auctioned off for nonpayment and found to also have a file detailing a sexual harassment allegation against him. Citing the release, news outlets report crime scene photos, investigative files and ammunition also were in the unit.
Clear skies, yet water flows through NC town
AP PHOTOS: Cars, homes appear adrift in flooded streets
LUMBERTON, N.C. (AP) — From above, many North Carolina neighborhoods look like lakes and rivers.
Nothing has stopped the water from flowing in Florence's wake — cars, houses, trees, even small planes on a runway appear adrift in the landscape. Rescue crews by boat and by air have plucked people signaling for help from the roofs of vehicles or whatever small patches of dry pavement they can find.
Coast Guard rescues flood trapped residents
More wet misery, soggy messes as Florence floodwaters rise
Many residents of the Carolinas have seen hurricane flooding before, but they say they haven't seen anything like the deluge Florence has dropped over both states since making landfall late last week. Here are snapshots of people struggling to cope with the flooding while rivers were still rising:
AP PHOTOS: Flooding from Florence swamps neighborhoods
LUMBERTON, N.C. (AP) — Dams overflowed, dozens of roads flooded and whole neighborhoods were inundated as unrelenting rain from Tropical Depression Florence continued to fall over North Carolina.
The flooding could worsen as Florence crawls westward, dumping more than 30 inches (75 centimeters) of rain in some spots since Thursday afternoon. Radar showed parts of the sprawling storm over six states, with North and South Carolina in the bull's-eye.
Deluged by Hurricane Matthew, rural town waits for Florence
LUMBERTON, N.C. (AP) — She takes a break from hauling rugs and family heirlooms into the attic to look out the front door and watch it rain and rain and rain some more.
Nichole Worley studies the house across the street, abandoned and boarded up, and the creek just behind it that made it that way. It jumped its banks during Hurricane Matthew two years ago, which drowned her neighborhood, one of the poorest communities in one of the poorest counties in North Carolina.
Hurricane Florence pummels Carolinas without respite
Millions of people in the path of Florence are hunkering down Friday as the monster storm pummels North and South Carolina, bringing catastrophic inundations and forceful, destructive winds. Here are snapshots of people struggling to cope with the slow-grinding storm.
Autopsies say cause of 3 women’s deaths ‘undetermined’
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Autopsy results haven't determined the cause of death for three North Carolina women whose bodies were found within blocks of each other in 2017.
The Fayetteville Observer reports while the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner in Raleigh called the three deaths suspicious, they have not been ruled as homicides.
Infant saved, stolen car found after doll mistaken for baby
LUMBERTON, N.C. (AP) — Authorities say a man saw a doll inside a parked truck and called police about an unresponsive infant, leading to the recovery of stolen truck and real baby.
North Carolina county school board votes to stop spanking
LUMBERTON, N.C. (AP) — Corporal punishment will end in one North Carolina county's schools.
News outlets report Robeson County was one of two school systems in North Carolina that continued paddling students as part of disciplinary policy. The Robesonian was first to report the Robeson County school board voted Tuesday to end the practice.
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Residents in a North Carolina town hoping to read "Rex Morgan M.D." with Sunday coffee are in for a rude awakening. And a newspaper says it's all President Donald Trump's fault.
The Robesonian in Lumberton announced it's dropping an eight-page color comics section from Sunday editions.
Death of North Carolina man ruled a homicide
LUMBERTON, N.C. (AP) — The death of a North Carolina man last week has been ruled a homicide.
Lumberton police told news outlets Wednesday that the death of 85-year-old Rufus Revels is now a murder investigation.
LUMBERTON, N.C. (AP) — Authorities have arrested a North Carolina man in a cold case murder and rape which occurred in California 31 years ago.
The Robeson County District Attorney's Office said in a news release 62-year-old Kevin Thomas Ford of St. Pauls is awaiting extradition to San Diego for a first-degree murder warrant.
LUMBERTON, N.C. (AP) — Authorities have arrested 10 North Carolina volunteer firefighters and accused them of setting fire to abandoned buildings and woods over a year and a half.
News outlets report Robeson County Sheriff Ken Sealey said in a statement Tuesday the firefighters were from the Fairmont Rural and Orrum fire departments, and were involved in a conspiracy to set the fires over the last 18 months.
FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. (AP) — A county attorney in North Carolina is one of two men killed in a weekend wreck.
Highway Patrol 1st Sgt. Matt Hardee told news outlets that 34-year-old Patrick Pait of Lumberton was one of the men killed in a head-on collision Sunday in Cumberland County.
Pait had been the county attorney for Robeson County for the last four years.
LUMBERTSON, N.C. (AP) — The driver of a pickup truck that crashed into a North Carolina school bus last week has died from his injuries.
News outlets reported that 20-year-old Samuel Ray Hunt of Lumberton died earlier this week in a South Carolina hospital.
Hunt was flown to McLeod Regional Medical Center in Florence, South Carolina, after the wreck near Red Springs in Robeson County on May 22.
LUMBERTON, N.C. (AP) — Authorities say a Boy Scout who drowned in a North Carolina pond was using a rope swing to jump into the water.
Lumberton Rescue commander Robert Ivey said someone called 911 around 11:45 a.m. Saturday and said a boy had gone under at the pond after jumping from the rope and not resurfaced.
PEMBROKE, N.C. (AP) — A woman has been arrested and charged with driving while impaired after the North Carolina Highway Patrol said she struck and killed a 4-year-old boy.
Troopers told local media outlets Wednesday that the boy was struck in a parking lot north of Pembroke in Robeson County.
Fifty-five-year-old Nancy Louise Ransom of Pembroke was also charged with felony death by vehicle after the boy was hit by a sports utility vehicle Tuesday afternoon.
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — A woman has died following an accident at construction site in South Carolina.
Richland County Coroner Gary Watts tells media outlets 49-year-old Diane M. Smith of Lumberton, North Carolina, was working on a scissor lift at a construction site on Tuesday afternoon.
Watts says Smith got trapped between the ceiling and the railing of the lift, crushing her. She was taken to a hospital, where she was pronounced dead.