William R. Toler

Position: Reporter - Government, public safety
Phone Number: 910-997-3111


About William R. Toler

City of Rockingham and Richmond County governments, crime and courts coverage, emergency services, General Assembly

Latest Stories by William R. Toler

Chamber endorses sales tax for rec project

ROCKINGHAM — A ballot initiative to raise the county's sales tax for the construction of a recreation complex has gained the support of area business leaders. The Richmond County Chamber of Commerce board of directors voted to support the quarter-cent tax increase at a meeting last Wednesday. “It is important for Richmond County to pl

A ribbon cutting ceremony was held Tuesday for the relocation of Aunt Bessie's Pet Boutique.
The local business — which offers grooming and licensed day care and boarding services — recently moved from Richmond Plaza Shopping Center to its new location at 195 U.S. 74 West in Rockingham, according to a press release from the Richmond Co

Pet boutique opens new location

A ribbon cutting ceremony was held Tuesday for the relocation of Aunt Bessie's Pet Boutique. The local business — which offers grooming and licensed day care and boarding services — recently moved from Richmond Plaza Shopping Center to its new location at 195 U.S. 74 West in Rockingham, according to a press release from the Richmond Co

HAMLET — Five suspects have been arrested in two separate snack machine break-ins.
Police say the Hamlet Train Depot, and subsequently a snack machine, was broken into Aug. 30.
The glass on the machine was broken, according to police, and a warrant shows $100 worth of “candy bars, crackers, cookies and other snacks and candies”

5 arrested in Hamlet Depot and Museums break-ins

HAMLET — Five suspects have been arrested in two separate snack machine break-ins. Police say the Hamlet Train Depot, and subsequently a snack machine, was broken into Aug. 30. The glass on the machine was broken, according to police, and a warrant shows $100 worth of “candy bars, crackers, cookies and other snacks and candies”

HOFFMAN — Ellerbe Mayor Lee Berry was on his way home last Thursday when he made an unexpected stop — by hitting a bear.
Berry said he and his son Coleman were traveling back from a 4-H goat show in Cumberland County when “out of nowhere, the bear appeared.”
He said it happened around 10:30 p.m. on U.S. 1, about a quarter

Mayor hits bear near county line

HOFFMAN — Ellerbe Mayor Lee Berry was on his way home last Thursday when he made an unexpected stop — by hitting a bear. Berry said he and his son Coleman were traveling back from a 4-H goat show in Cumberland County when “out of nowhere, the bear appeared.” He said it happened around 10:30 p.m. on U.S. 1, about a quarter

WASHINGTON — A bill introduced by U.S. Rep. Richard Hudson to limit the Transportation Security Administration's air travel fees passed the House of Representatives on Wednesday.
The bill, H.R. 5462, will amend section 4490 of the U.S. Code to read that passengers will be charged $5.60 for one-way flights and that charges should not exceed $

Hudson's bill to limit airline fees passes U.S. House

WASHINGTON — A bill introduced by U.S. Rep. Richard Hudson to limit the Transportation Security Administration's air travel fees passed the House of Representatives on Wednesday. The bill, H.R. 5462, will amend section 4490 of the U.S. Code to read that passengers will be charged $5.60 for one-way flights and that charges should not exceed $

HAMLET — A North Carolina Supreme Court justice made the trip from Raleigh to speak at Richmond Community College for Constitution Day on Wednesday.
Justice Barbara Jackson, who was elected to the court in 2010, spoke to the crowd about the U.S. and state constitutions and the role of the judiciary.
“The fun part of our job is speakin

Justice Jackson speaks on judicial role

HAMLET — A North Carolina Supreme Court justice made the trip from Raleigh to speak at Richmond Community College for Constitution Day on Wednesday. Justice Barbara Jackson, who was elected to the court in 2010, spoke to the crowd about the U.S. and state constitutions and the role of the judiciary. “The fun part of our job is speakin

ROCKINGHAM — Two Richmond County men have been arrested on cocaine charges in separate incidents.
According to a warrant, Rockingham Police say Bryant Shauntel Harrington, 35, of 193 Crestway Drive, Rockingham had “1 dosage unit” of cocaine in July and allege he used his home for keeping and selling cocaine.
Harrington was charg

2 arrested on cocaine charges

ROCKINGHAM — Two Richmond County men have been arrested on cocaine charges in separate incidents. According to a warrant, Rockingham Police say Bryant Shauntel Harrington, 35, of 193 Crestway Drive, Rockingham had “1 dosage unit” of cocaine in July and allege he used his home for keeping and selling cocaine. Harrington was charg

ROCKINGHAM — A candidate for Richmond County sheriff is questioning statistics on the county's crime rate. Bo Frye, the Republican candidate in the Nov. 4 general election, says he would rather see the raw numbers of the crimes committed rather than a percentage. “If it's crime, it's crime,” he said. “Just give me the fact

Church bells to chime for Constitution Day

ROCKINGHAM — Bells will be ringing in Richmond County and across the country this afternoon. To signify the signing of the Constitution of the United States in 1787, the First United Methodist Church in Rockingham will toll its bell at 4 p.m., according to Susanne McInnis of Richmond County's Gen. Henry William Harrington Chapter of the Daug

ROCKINGHAM — Bean bags will be flying through the air Saturday at the Richmond Pines Country Club during the Tossin' for Tails Cornhole Tournament.
The event, in its second year, begins at 11 a.m. and benefits the Humane Society of Richmond County. Registration — which begins at 10 a.m. — is $40 per team, with a maximum of 64 tea

Cornhole tourney to benefit humane society

ROCKINGHAM — Bean bags will be flying through the air Saturday at the Richmond Pines Country Club during the Tossin' for Tails Cornhole Tournament. The event, in its second year, begins at 11 a.m. and benefits the Humane Society of Richmond County. Registration — which begins at 10 a.m. — is $40 per team, with a maximum of 64 tea

HAMLET — N.C. Supreme Court Justice Barbara Jackson will be the guest speaker for Richmond Community College's Constitution Day celebration on Wednesday.
Jackson was elected to the state Supreme Court in 2011 for a term ending in 2018.
She was previously a judge with the N.C. Court of Appeals, counsel for the state Department of Labor, and

N.C. Supreme Court justice to speak Wednesday

HAMLET — N.C. Supreme Court Justice Barbara Jackson will be the guest speaker for Richmond Community College's Constitution Day celebration on Wednesday. Jackson was elected to the state Supreme Court in 2011 for a term ending in 2018. She was previously a judge with the N.C. Court of Appeals, counsel for the state Department of Labor, and

ROCKINGHAM — A family of six is out of their Richmond County home following a Sunday afternoon fire.
Sitting on a hill, behind a line of yellow “Do Not Cross” tape, their white house on Cartledge Creek Road is now smudged with soot and an upstairs window leans to one side.
Northside Volunteer Fire Department Chief Edward Causey

Fire displaces family of 6

ROCKINGHAM — A family of six is out of their Richmond County home following a Sunday afternoon fire. Sitting on a hill, behind a line of yellow “Do Not Cross” tape, their white house on Cartledge Creek Road is now smudged with soot and an upstairs window leans to one side. Northside Volunteer Fire Department Chief Edward Causey

William R. Toler | Daily Journal
Adrian Robson of the Richmond County Rescue Squad carries an American flag Thursday afternoon while leading a group of first responders from across the county on a three-mile march from the courthouse to Walmart in honor of first responders who lost their lives 13 years ago at the World Trade Center in New York. Tu

Honoring fallen heroes

William R. Toler | Daily Journal Adrian Robson of the Richmond County Rescue Squad carries an American flag Thursday afternoon while leading a group of first responders from across the county on a three-mile march from the courthouse to Walmart in honor of first responders who lost their lives 13 years ago at the World Trade Center in New York. Tu

ROCKINGHAM — Nearly 20 first responders, most in full turnout gear, marched in near-90 degree heat from the Richmond County Courthouse to Walmart Thursday to honor those who lost their lives 13 years ago.
The three-mile trek symbolized the combined length of the Twin Towers of the World Trade Center, according to march organizer Adrian Robso

First responders hold 9/11 memorial march

ROCKINGHAM — Nearly 20 first responders, most in full turnout gear, marched in near-90 degree heat from the Richmond County Courthouse to Walmart Thursday to honor those who lost their lives 13 years ago. The three-mile trek symbolized the combined length of the Twin Towers of the World Trade Center, according to march organizer Adrian Robso

City approves demolition order

ROCKINGHAM — The City Council gave the go-ahead for a demolition order on a dilapidated dwelling Tuesday night, with the hopes that the property owner tears it down first. The house, located at 114 Midway Road, was declared “unfit for human habitation” under the city's building code, according to a resolution for the demolition.

ROCKINGHAM — The kitchen at Roberdell United Methodist Church started heating up around 10 a.m. Wednesday as church members began preparing dinner for a special group of guests.
It's an event the church has hosted for more than a decade: honoring the firefighters of the Northside Volunteer Fire Department.
“We've had it in the same fo

Church feeds firefighters on eve of 9/11

ROCKINGHAM — The kitchen at Roberdell United Methodist Church started heating up around 10 a.m. Wednesday as church members began preparing dinner for a special group of guests. It's an event the church has hosted for more than a decade: honoring the firefighters of the Northside Volunteer Fire Department. “We've had it in the same fo

HAMLET — North Carolina is a very military-friendly state, Sen. Gene McLaurin told the United Veterans Club of the Hamlet Senior Center on Wednesday.
Not only does the Tar Heel State boast the third-largest population of active-duty military personnel, but it's ranked as having the ninth-largest number of veterans.
There are 771,654 veteran

Sen. McLaurin thanks Richmond County vets at Hamlet Senior Center

HAMLET — North Carolina is a very military-friendly state, Sen. Gene McLaurin told the United Veterans Club of the Hamlet Senior Center on Wednesday. Not only does the Tar Heel State boast the third-largest population of active-duty military personnel, but it's ranked as having the ninth-largest number of veterans. There are 771,654 veteran

ROCKINGHAM — First responders from around Richmond County will march from the courthouse to Walmart on Thursday to honor the lives lost following the 2001 attack on the World Trade Center.
Participants will make the march in full turnout gear for the 3-mile trek.
“It's basically the length of walking up the north tower and south tower

Memorial march, firemen's dinner to mark 9/11

ROCKINGHAM — First responders from around Richmond County will march from the courthouse to Walmart on Thursday to honor the lives lost following the 2001 attack on the World Trade Center. Participants will make the march in full turnout gear for the 3-mile trek. “It's basically the length of walking up the north tower and south tower

ROCKINGHAM — Shelter staff will hold 63 dogs and 61 cats under quarantine for a week to prevent the spread of canine parvovirus after three dogs tested positive for the disease.
The Richmond County Animal Shelter will be closed to the public until noon Sept. 16, director Rebecca Davis said Tuesday. No animals under quarantine have shown any

Parvo outbreak closes animal shelter

ROCKINGHAM — Shelter staff will hold 63 dogs and 61 cats under quarantine for a week to prevent the spread of canine parvovirus after three dogs tested positive for the disease. The Richmond County Animal Shelter will be closed to the public until noon Sept. 16, director Rebecca Davis said Tuesday. No animals under quarantine have shown any

Hamlet council votes to keep police K-9

HAMLET — An aging police K-9 will stay on the force, the City Council decided in a 3-2 vote Tuesday night. Interim Police Chief Rodney Tucker told the council that he did not have intentions of asking the city to pay $2,200 to train Kasey following the resignation of the 7-year-old service dog's former handler. The city had considered retir




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