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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

LUMBERTON — Two people are dead and a third is in custody following what police are calling “a verbal altercation turned deadly.”
According to a statement from the Lumberton Police Department, officers went to a home at 98 Elba St. at 12:09 Friday morning after receiving a call reporting shots fired and a person shot.
Officers,

Two found shot dead

LUMBERTON — Two people are dead and a third is in custody following what police are calling “a verbal altercation turned deadly.” According to a statement from the Lumberton Police Department, officers went to a home at 98 Elba St. at 12:09 Friday morning after receiving a call reporting shots fired and a person shot. Officers,

FAIRMONT — The brother of a man recently arrested and charged with the murder of a Baltimore 30-year-old has been charged as an accessory to that crime, according to the Fairmont Police Department.
Jonathan Cole McCree, 23, was arrested Tuesday and charged with being an accessory after the fact to murder, according to a statement from the Po

Second man charged in murder

FAIRMONT — The brother of a man recently arrested and charged with the murder of a Baltimore 30-year-old has been charged as an accessory to that crime, according to the Fairmont Police Department. Jonathan Cole McCree, 23, was arrested Tuesday and charged with being an accessory after the fact to murder, according to a statement from the Po

Crime report

Theft Summer Pait, of Carol Road, Pembroke, reported Thursday that she was robbed at gunpoint on Ayers Court in Lumberton of $500 in cash and $225 worth of medications, according to a police report.

Towns pause on Monday to honor nation's war dead

ST. PAULS — All gave some, but Memorial Day is about those who gave all. The holiday, anchored on the final Monday in May, is rooted in Decoration Day, which was established shortly after the Civil War as a way to commemorate the 620,000 Union and Confederate soldiers who lost their lives in battle. Decoration Day expanded to include casual

PEMBROKE — When asked which of the two universities he attended — the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill or Duke University — influenced his life the most, Dr. Robin Cummings had a quick reply.
“Without too much thought I respond that the university that influenced my life the most was the university at Pembroke,&#

Cummings lays out vision for UNCP

PEMBROKE — When asked which of the two universities he attended — the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill or Duke University — influenced his life the most, Dr. Robin Cummings had a quick reply. “Without too much thought I respond that the university that influenced my life the most was the university at Pembroke,&#

PEMBROKE — After working as a surgeon and with the Department of Health and Human Services, Dr. Robin Cummings may seem like an unlikely choice as the next chancellor of The University of North Carolina at Pembroke. But Cummings, a Pembroke native, feels right at home in the new role.
Cummings traveled from Chapel Hill to the school through

Cummings home

PEMBROKE — After working as a surgeon and with the Department of Health and Human Services, Dr. Robin Cummings may seem like an unlikely choice as the next chancellor of The University of North Carolina at Pembroke. But Cummings, a Pembroke native, feels right at home in the new role. Cummings traveled from Chapel Hill to the school through

Cummings tabbed as UNCP chancellor

CHAPEL HILL — Dr. Robin Cummings has been named the next chancellor of The University of North Carolina at Pembroke. Cummings, who serves as deputy secretary for Health Services and Medicaid director for the Department of Health and Human Services, was selected today during a special meeting of the Board of Governors. A native of Pembroke,

PEMBROKE — After working as a surgeon and with the Department of Health and Human Services, Dr. Robin Cummings may seem an unexpected choice for the next chancellor of The University of North Carolina at Pembroke. But Cummings, a Pembroke native, feels right at home.
Cummings traveled from Chapel Hill to the university through rain and traff

UNCP chancellor: 'It's good to be home'

PEMBROKE — After working as a surgeon and with the Department of Health and Human Services, Dr. Robin Cummings may seem an unexpected choice for the next chancellor of The University of North Carolina at Pembroke. But Cummings, a Pembroke native, feels right at home. Cummings traveled from Chapel Hill to the university through rain and traff

Crime report

Break-ins The following break-ins were reported to the Robeson County Sheriff's Office: LDS Church, on Old Main Road, Pembroke; Green Pine Church, on Philadelphus Road, Pembroke; Brenda Deese, of Old Baker Road, Maxton; Herbert Floyd, of Tobacco Road, Orrum; and Amy Jacobs, of Ambay Road, Pembroke.

Crime report

Thefts Connie Howard, of Warwick Mill Road, Lumberton, reported Tuesday that a $300 shotgun shotgun, a $25 wallet and $226 in cash were stolen, according to a police report. Break-ins The following break-ins were reported to the Robeson County Sheriff's Office: Deanna Hernandez, of N.C. 72 East, Lumberton; Dollie Hunt, of Biggs Road, Rowland; C

Sarah Willets | The Robesonian A blue balloon was released into the sky on Wednesday for each law enforcement officer killed on duty during a fallen officers memorial service at Robeson Community College. The service, put on by the Robeson County Executive Law Enforcement Officers Association for the 23rd time, also included a speech by Bladen Coun

Fallen officers remembered

Sarah Willets | The Robesonian A blue balloon was released into the sky on Wednesday for each law enforcement officer killed on duty during a fallen officers memorial service at Robeson Community College. The service, put on by the Robeson County Executive Law Enforcement Officers Association for the 23rd time, also included a speech by Bladen Coun

Crime report

Thefts Latonya Rivera, of Hoppy Drive, Orrum, reported Tuesday that she was robbed at gunpoint on Ayers Street near King Street in Lumberton of a 9mm handgun valued at $279.95, according to a police report. Heather Hite, of Peacock Lane, Lumberton, reported Monday that her $800 Samsung cell phone was stolen at Bo's on Roberts Avenue, according to

Fairmont ponders fate of dilapidated warehouse

FAIRMONT — The Fairmont Board of Commissioners on Tuesday tackled an item familiar to many town boards — what to do with dilapidated buildings. Town Attorney Rob Price updated the commissioners during their regular meeting on a dilapidated warehouse at 102 N. Walnut St. The commissioners had voiced concerns about the property posing a

LUMBERTON — Lumberton's proposed budget for the next fiscal year includes a raise for city employees, a water and sewer rate increase, downtown developments and infrastructure improvements and maintains the current tax rate.
The $82 million budget was tentatively approved by City Council during a meeting on Tuesday, and will be the subject o

City budget gets tentative OK

LUMBERTON — Lumberton's proposed budget for the next fiscal year includes a raise for city employees, a water and sewer rate increase, downtown developments and infrastructure improvements and maintains the current tax rate. The $82 million budget was tentatively approved by City Council during a meeting on Tuesday, and will be the subject o

LUMBERTON — Local people with an ax to grind with cancer will rally at the starting line of the Robeson County Fairgrounds track once again on Friday to raise awareness and money to fight America's No. 2 killer.
“It just becomes a mission to try to do something about it,” Cyndee Brown, community manager for the American Cancer So

County rallies against cancer

LUMBERTON — Local people with an ax to grind with cancer will rally at the starting line of the Robeson County Fairgrounds track once again on Friday to raise awareness and money to fight America's No. 2 killer. “It just becomes a mission to try to do something about it,” Cyndee Brown, community manager for the American Cancer So

Two men shot in legs during separate incidents

LUMBERTON — Two Lumberton men are recovering after being shot in their legs in separate shootings on Saturday, according to the Lumberton Police Department. Wilson Lowery, 72, reported Saturday that someone entered his Carolina Avenue home at about 5 p.m. and demanded money. According to a statement from the Police Department, Lowery was sho

Crime report

Thefts Ruby Jones, of River Run Drive, Lumberton, reported Sunday that air-conditioning units valued at $3,000 were stolen from a vacant home on McCollum Street, according to a police report. Donna Kay Locklear, of Noir Street, Lumberton, reported Friday that a $2,000 trailer belonging to her was stolen from a home on Roberts Avenue, according to

No contempt against officers

GOLDSBORO — Red Springs' police chief and a police captain will not be held in criminal contempt of court for failing to turn over a box of evidence related to the 1983 killing of 11-year-old Sabrina Buie, according to the town mayor. Town officials were in Wayne County court last week to explain why Chief Ronnie Patterson and Capt. Kevin Lo

Crime report

Thefts Darnell Singletary, of Bryant Street, Lumberton, reported Wednesday that someone shot at his vehicle near the intersection of Martin Luther King Jr. and Starlite drives, causing $250 in damage, according to a police report. Singletary also reported Wednesday that someone broke into his home, causing $400 in damage, and stole two televisions

Rupert is an approximately 1- to 2-year-old Pit mix. He is very friendly and loves to meet new people. To see Rupert or the other animals, visit the Robeson County Animal Shelter at 255 Landfill Road in St. Pauls or visit the Robeson County Animal Shelter Facebook page, petfinder.com or adopt-a-pet.com. Shelter hours are Mondays through Fridays fro

Pet of the week

Rupert is an approximately 1- to 2-year-old Pit mix. He is very friendly and loves to meet new people. To see Rupert or the other animals, visit the Robeson County Animal Shelter at 255 Landfill Road in St. Pauls or visit the Robeson County Animal Shelter Facebook page, petfinder.com or adopt-a-pet.com. Shelter hours are Mondays through Fridays fro





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