Corey Friedman

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MARION — Authorities chased down the second of two escaped Richmond County inmates in a McDowell County junkyard Saturday afternoon.
Frankie Noles, 22, was captured six days after he and 20-year-old Jacob Pilkington escaped from Morrison Correctional Institution's minimum-security unit. Pilkington was caught the day before in Marion, and off

2nd escaped Hoffman inmate captured

MARION — Authorities chased down the second of two escaped Richmond County inmates in a McDowell County junkyard Saturday afternoon. Frankie Noles, 22, was captured six days after he and 20-year-old Jacob Pilkington escaped from Morrison Correctional Institution's minimum-security unit. Pilkington was caught the day before in Marion, and off

ROCKINGHAM — Attorney General Roy Cooper's office wants you to hang up on fake cops.
The N.C. Department of Justice issued a statewide alert Thursday warning residents of a phone scam in which swindlers trick caller ID displays into flashing the Rockingham Police Department's name and phone number.
Officials say residents who doubt a caller

AG Cooper: Hang up on fake Rockingham cops

ROCKINGHAM — Attorney General Roy Cooper's office wants you to hang up on fake cops. The N.C. Department of Justice issued a statewide alert Thursday warning residents of a phone scam in which swindlers trick caller ID displays into flashing the Rockingham Police Department's name and phone number. Officials say residents who doubt a caller

HOFFMAN — One of two inmates who climbed a razor-wire fence to break out of Morrison Correctional Institution has been captured on his fifth day of freedom.
Jacob Pilkington, 20, was caught Friday afternoon in the McDowell County town of Marion, according to N.C. Department of Public Safety spokesman Keith Acree.
Authorities are still searc

Prison escapee caught

HOFFMAN — One of two inmates who climbed a razor-wire fence to break out of Morrison Correctional Institution has been captured on his fifth day of freedom. Jacob Pilkington, 20, was caught Friday afternoon in the McDowell County town of Marion, according to N.C. Department of Public Safety spokesman Keith Acree. Authorities are still searc

HAMLET — Two escaped inmates remained in the wind Thursday after authorities investigated a potential sighting of the men.
Morrison Correctional Institution guards and members of the prison emergency response team scoured the Hamlet area on Thursday, but officials didn't cross paths with either 20-year-old Jacob Pilkington or 22-year-old Fra

Search follows sightings of 2 escaped inmates

HAMLET — Two escaped inmates remained in the wind Thursday after authorities investigated a potential sighting of the men. Morrison Correctional Institution guards and members of the prison emergency response team scoured the Hamlet area on Thursday, but officials didn't cross paths with either 20-year-old Jacob Pilkington or 22-year-old Fra

Warranty mailer reported to police

ROCKINGHAM — Police say a city man has received a letter stating that he owed the city of Rockingham money for water line usage. An attorney for the company that sent the mailing says it's a misunderstanding. Police say the letter was sent by HomeServe USA Management Corp., which is registered in North Carolina as an out-of-state corporation

ROCKINGHAM — Don't rule out a political comeback for state Sen. Gene McLaurin.
Two weeks after losing his seat in the North Carolina General Assembly to Republican school board member Tom McInnis, the former Rockingham mayor said he would consider seeking elected office again, though he has yet to make any firm decisions.
“I enjoy pub

McLaurin eyes future

ROCKINGHAM — Don't rule out a political comeback for state Sen. Gene McLaurin. Two weeks after losing his seat in the North Carolina General Assembly to Republican school board member Tom McInnis, the former Rockingham mayor said he would consider seeking elected office again, though he has yet to make any firm decisions. “I enjoy pub

ROCKINGHAM — Police and prosecutors are working to determine whether to seek criminal charges in a Tuesday afternoon shooting that took a man's life.
Rockingham police Detective Sgt. Donavan Young said Wednesday morning that investigators are working with the Richmond County district attorney's office while the investigation continues.
R

Police, prosecutors weighing charges in fatal shooting

ROCKINGHAM — Police and prosecutors are working to determine whether to seek criminal charges in a Tuesday afternoon shooting that took a man's life. Rockingham police Detective Sgt. Donavan Young said Wednesday morning that investigators are working with the Richmond County district attorney's office while the investigation continues. R

HAMLET — Sheriff's deputies arrested a man Monday on charges of selling meth and pain pills.
Jessie James Womble Jr., 46, of 401 Beeler Ave., is accused of selling drugs to the same confidential informant three times between Oct. 15 and Oct. 30.
Womble sold four Lorcet pills and 1 gram of methamphetamine to the informant, according to arres

Deputies: Man sold meth, pills

HAMLET — Sheriff's deputies arrested a man Monday on charges of selling meth and pain pills. Jessie James Womble Jr., 46, of 401 Beeler Ave., is accused of selling drugs to the same confidential informant three times between Oct. 15 and Oct. 30. Womble sold four Lorcet pills and 1 gram of methamphetamine to the informant, according to arres

ROCKINGHAM — A Richmond County man faces a felony assault charge after deputies say he severely beat another man with a metal cane.
Charles Ray Owens, 51, of 186 Rohanen Ave., attacked John Edward Smith with the walking cane on Nov. 1, according to an arrest warrant. Charging documents say Smith was injured in the beating.
Richmond County s

Deputies: Cane used in severe beating

ROCKINGHAM — A Richmond County man faces a felony assault charge after deputies say he severely beat another man with a metal cane. Charles Ray Owens, 51, of 186 Rohanen Ave., attacked John Edward Smith with the walking cane on Nov. 1, according to an arrest warrant. Charging documents say Smith was injured in the beating. Richmond County s

ROCKINGHAM — He won't try to fill John Searcy's shoes, but Robert Smith says it's still an honor to follow in his footsteps.
A veteran vice detective, Smith was sworn in Monday as one of two new Richmond County magistrates. Clerk of Superior Court Vickie Daniel administered the oath of office to Smith and fellow magistrate Holly C. Smith, a

Detective, lawyer sworn in as magistrates

ROCKINGHAM — He won't try to fill John Searcy's shoes, but Robert Smith says it's still an honor to follow in his footsteps. A veteran vice detective, Smith was sworn in Monday as one of two new Richmond County magistrates. Clerk of Superior Court Vickie Daniel administered the oath of office to Smith and fellow magistrate Holly C. Smith, a

Marshals capture murder suspect in Richmond County

HAMLET — Deputy U.S. marshals have captured a Kentucky murder suspect in Richmond County. Odell Altaron Robinson, 40, surrendered to authorities Wednesday morning at an 849 Wiregrass Road home outside Hamlet, according to the U.S. Marshals Service. He's being held without bond at the Richmond County Jail pending extradition to Kentucky. Rob

Man charged with shooting at car

HAMLET — A Richmond County man is accused of shooting at a moving car and pointing a gun at its driver. Chris Kempen, 38, of 121 Battley Dairy Road, is charged with misdemeanor assault with a deadly weapon and misdemeanor assault by pointing a gun. Sheriff's deputies served Kempen with a misdemeanor criminal summons on the charges Tuesday.

ROCKINGHAM — Cost-cutting school reformer Tom McInnis will represent Anson County in the North Carolina Senate, voters decided in a close contest Tuesday night.With all but one of the 69 precincts in five counties reporting, McInnis had racked up 28,303 votes (50.45 percent) to state Sen. Gene McLaurin's 26,403 (47.06 percent). Libertarian ca

McInnis defeats McLaurin, wins Senate seat

ROCKINGHAM — Cost-cutting school reformer Tom McInnis will represent Anson County in the North Carolina Senate, voters decided in a close contest Tuesday night.With all but one of the 69 precincts in five counties reporting, McInnis had racked up 28,303 votes (50.45 percent) to state Sen. Gene McLaurin's 26,403 (47.06 percent). Libertarian ca

ROCKINGHAM — Cost-cutting school reformer Tom McInnis will represent Richmond County in the North Carolina Senate, voters decided in a close contest Tuesday night.With all but one of the 69 precincts in five counties reporting, McInnis had racked up 28,303 votes (50.45 percent) to state Sen. Gene McLaurin's 26,403 (47.06 percent). Libertarian

McInnis wins Senate seat

ROCKINGHAM — Cost-cutting school reformer Tom McInnis will represent Richmond County in the North Carolina Senate, voters decided in a close contest Tuesday night.With all but one of the 69 precincts in five counties reporting, McInnis had racked up 28,303 votes (50.45 percent) to state Sen. Gene McLaurin's 26,403 (47.06 percent). Libertarian

ROCKINGHAM — Four-year-old Ryan Kinsey has campaigning down to a science.
As voters approached the Leath Memorial Library on Tuesday, Ryan trotted over with a glint in his eye and thrust a small card in each person's hand.
“Vote for Popeye!” Ryan said.
His “Popeye” is Richmond County Commissioner Don Bryant, a Democ

Polls see steady stream of voters

ROCKINGHAM — Four-year-old Ryan Kinsey has campaigning down to a science. As voters approached the Leath Memorial Library on Tuesday, Ryan trotted over with a glint in his eye and thrust a small card in each person's hand. “Vote for Popeye!” Ryan said. His “Popeye” is Richmond County Commissioner Don Bryant, a Democ

ROCKINGHAM — Fact-finding tours of fracking sites led Democratic state Sen. Gene McLaurin and Republican challenger Tom McInnis to stake out opposing territory on the controversial practice.
McInnis, who toured hydraulic fracutring sites in Texas, said the right safeguards would help North Carolina benefit from energy exploration. McLaurin,

Fracking, open government draw contrasts in N.C. Senate race

ROCKINGHAM — Fact-finding tours of fracking sites led Democratic state Sen. Gene McLaurin and Republican challenger Tom McInnis to stake out opposing territory on the controversial practice. McInnis, who toured hydraulic fracutring sites in Texas, said the right safeguards would help North Carolina benefit from energy exploration. McLaurin,

ROCKINGHAM — A city man is accused of slashing a man's face with a box cutter on Tuesday.
Thomas Lee Johnson, 52, of 205 S. Stewart St., cut William Smith from his left ear to his nose with the box cutter, according to a magistrate's order.
Charging documents state the attack left cuts across Smith's face.
Rockingham police charged Johnson

Man charged in box-cutter slashing

ROCKINGHAM — A city man is accused of slashing a man's face with a box cutter on Tuesday. Thomas Lee Johnson, 52, of 205 S. Stewart St., cut William Smith from his left ear to his nose with the box cutter, according to a magistrate's order. Charging documents state the attack left cuts across Smith's face. Rockingham police charged Johnson

ROCKINGHAM — Sheriff's deputies say a Richmond County man participated in sex acts with an underage girl over a three-year span.
Terry Scott Smith II, 30, of 161 Sandy Ridge Church Road, Lot 1, was arrested Tuesday night on two counts of taking indecent liberties with a child.
Smith committed “a lewd and lascivious act upon the body&#

Man accused of child sex acts

ROCKINGHAM — Sheriff's deputies say a Richmond County man participated in sex acts with an underage girl over a three-year span. Terry Scott Smith II, 30, of 161 Sandy Ridge Church Road, Lot 1, was arrested Tuesday night on two counts of taking indecent liberties with a child. Smith committed “a lewd and lascivious act upon the body&#

ROCKINGHAM — First Bank recently named Brian Baucom as city executive for its Rockingham branch. Baucom has 12 years of experience in the banking industry.
Baucom, a Richmond County native, attended Richmond Senior High School and graduated from the University of North Carolina at Wilmington with a business administration degree in mathemati

First Bank names Rockingham city executive

ROCKINGHAM — First Bank recently named Brian Baucom as city executive for its Rockingham branch. Baucom has 12 years of experience in the banking industry. Baucom, a Richmond County native, attended Richmond Senior High School and graduated from the University of North Carolina at Wilmington with a business administration degree in mathemati

ROCKINGHAM — Democratic state Sen. Gene McLaurin cracked the $400,000 fundraising mark in his re-election bid this month, amassing a war chest more than twice the size of Republican challenger Tom McInnis' campaign coffers.
Campaign finance reports released Tuesday and Wednesday show McLaurin's campaign has collected $406,128.88, with $302,0

McLaurin leads in money race for N.C. Senate

ROCKINGHAM — Democratic state Sen. Gene McLaurin cracked the $400,000 fundraising mark in his re-election bid this month, amassing a war chest more than twice the size of Republican challenger Tom McInnis' campaign coffers. Campaign finance reports released Tuesday and Wednesday show McLaurin's campaign has collected $406,128.88, with $302,0





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