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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

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

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,

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

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

'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

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

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,

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

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

Teen dies from wreck injuries

LUMBERTON — A Red Springs 18-year-old has died as a result of injuries suffered during a traffic accident earlier this month, according to the state Highway Patrol. David Michael Hunt, of Ingle Drive, Red Springs, died Dec. 3 at Southeastern Regional Medical Center but the Highway Patrol was only recently notified of his death. Hunt was in

Crime report

Thefts Rhonda Vaughan, of Maryland, reported Tuesday that a $50 brown purse, keys valued at $20, $100 worth of gift cards and a checkbook were stolen from her at Best Western on Jackson Court in Lumberton, according to a police report. Bruce Kinlaw reported Monday that two four-wheelers, valued at a total of $16,000, and a trailer valued at $1,50

Crime report

Break-ins The following break-ins were reported to the Robeson County Sheriff's Office: Jeff Lowe, of Persimmon Road, Rowland; Randy Allen, of Deep Branch Road, Pembroke; William Austin Hill, of Prospect Road, Pembroke; Oshea Williams, of Prospect Road, Pembroke; Johnny Pasanen, of Van Born Drive, Lumberton; Mitchell Jacobs, of Pleasant Hope Road

LUMBERTON — Two people have been arrested and charged in the shooting death of a 24-year-old man who was found mortally injured on Ira Road on Monday.
Marcell Martice McCoy, 24, and Antonio Tyquan Purcell, 26, are each charged with first-degree murder in the shooting death of Bo Junior Locklear, according to the Robeson County Sheriff's Offi

Two charged in shooting death

LUMBERTON — Two people have been arrested and charged in the shooting death of a 24-year-old man who was found mortally injured on Ira Road on Monday. Marcell Martice McCoy, 24, and Antonio Tyquan Purcell, 26, are each charged with first-degree murder in the shooting death of Bo Junior Locklear, according to the Robeson County Sheriff's Offi

Despite Red Springs Taser death, studies show fatal outcomes rare

RED SPRINGS — According to Amnesty International, at least 500 people have died in the United States since 2001 after being shocked by a Taser during a confrontation with lawmen. Last week, that number grew by one. Autopsy results have not been released to show what killed 50-year-old William Mark Jones, a married father of three. Jones die

Sheriff: Homeowner kills intruder

RED SPRINGS — A Red Springs homeowner shot and killed an intruder on Monday, according to Robeson County Sheriff Kenneth Sealey, in one of two unrelated shootings that left someone dead. The first death was reported at about 9 a.m. at a home on the 2400 block of Dixie Drive in Red Springs, where a break-in turned deadly. According to Sealey





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