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ABERDEEN — A registered sex offender with a history of hiding from local authorities is again accused of giving sheriff's deputies the slip.
Daniel Joseph Ketchum Jr., 34, whose last-known address is 189 Batchelor Farm Road south of Aberdeen, was arrested Thursday evening after Moore County deputies say he moved to a new address without noti

Deputies: Sex offender failed to register

ABERDEEN — A registered sex offender with a history of hiding from local authorities is again accused of giving sheriff's deputies the slip. Daniel Joseph Ketchum Jr., 34, whose last-known address is 189 Batchelor Farm Road south of Aberdeen, was arrested Thursday evening after Moore County deputies say he moved to a new address without noti

ROCKINGHAM — Police arrested three people on meth charges Wednesday and charged two others with selling meth last week.
Nanci Brook Byrd, 34, and Jason Franklin Jacobs, 38, both of 275 Midway Road, and James Robert Elvis, 41, of 180 Clearfield Drive, were taken into custody on Wednesday.
Byrd was caught with three individual containers of m

Police charge 5 in meth sweep

ROCKINGHAM — Police arrested three people on meth charges Wednesday and charged two others with selling meth last week. Nanci Brook Byrd, 34, and Jason Franklin Jacobs, 38, both of 275 Midway Road, and James Robert Elvis, 41, of 180 Clearfield Drive, were taken into custody on Wednesday. Byrd was caught with three individual containers of m

ROCKINGHAM — A paroled felon accused in a break-in and theft was jailed Saturday on a $20,000 secured bond.
Richmond County sheriff's deputies arrested 28-year-old Charles Joseph Strickland of North Street, Hamlet, on warrants from a break-in at a Connell Road building outside Rockingham.
Strickland went back to the property at a later date

Parolee accused in break-in

ROCKINGHAM — A paroled felon accused in a break-in and theft was jailed Saturday on a $20,000 secured bond. Richmond County sheriff's deputies arrested 28-year-old Charles Joseph Strickland of North Street, Hamlet, on warrants from a break-in at a Connell Road building outside Rockingham. Strickland went back to the property at a later date

ROCKINGHAM — A 14-year-old boy is recovering at home after being hit by an SUV while crossing the street last week.
Thomas Puckett came home Jan. 21 from a Chapel Hill hospital with bruised lungs and a broken leg, according to his cousin, 12-year-old Brayden Sanford.
“I've been to his house twice ever since he got home,” Sanford

Teen recovering from pedestrian crash with SUV

ROCKINGHAM — A 14-year-old boy is recovering at home after being hit by an SUV while crossing the street last week. Thomas Puckett came home Jan. 21 from a Chapel Hill hospital with bruised lungs and a broken leg, according to his cousin, 12-year-old Brayden Sanford. “I've been to his house twice ever since he got home,” Sanford

ROCKINGHAM — State Rep. Ken Goodman will lead a dozen moderate Democrats in a new legislative caucus to push for pro-business policies and woo independent voters in swing districts.
As the General Assembly convenes today, Goodman is unveiling the N.C. Main Street Democratic Caucus, a group of self-described centrists who hope to change the p

Leading from the center: Moderate Dems unite for party's future

ROCKINGHAM — State Rep. Ken Goodman will lead a dozen moderate Democrats in a new legislative caucus to push for pro-business policies and woo independent voters in swing districts. As the General Assembly convenes today, Goodman is unveiling the N.C. Main Street Democratic Caucus, a group of self-described centrists who hope to change the p

ROCKINGHAM — A woman accused of selling prescription painkillers to a sheriff's office informant is in jail under a $100,000 secured bond.
Byangelia Tyneise Wall, 32, of 1239 Cauthen Drive, was arrested Friday. Warrants say she sold 10 oxycodone pills to a confidential informant the day before.
Richmond County deputies charged Wall with one

$100K bond for woman charged with selling painkillers

ROCKINGHAM — A woman accused of selling prescription painkillers to a sheriff's office informant is in jail under a $100,000 secured bond. Byangelia Tyneise Wall, 32, of 1239 Cauthen Drive, was arrested Friday. Warrants say she sold 10 oxycodone pills to a confidential informant the day before. Richmond County deputies charged Wall with one

ROCKINGHAM — An attentive consumer says some Richmond County convenience stores are charging too much sales tax for grocery items like milk and bread.
Rockingham resident Jack Hines wrote to state Rep. Ken Goodman on Friday to ask why gas station stores were charging the 6.75-percent county sales tax on items that would only be subject to th

Stores may be charging too much tax

ROCKINGHAM — An attentive consumer says some Richmond County convenience stores are charging too much sales tax for grocery items like milk and bread. Rockingham resident Jack Hines wrote to state Rep. Ken Goodman on Friday to ask why gas station stores were charging the 6.75-percent county sales tax on items that would only be subject to th

ROCKINGHAM — Deputies say a woman wired her Richmond County home for electricity with a stolen power meter.
Susie Lorraine Dumas, 41, of Philadelphia Drive outside Rockingham, was arrested Jan. 15 on charges of obtaining property by false pretense and possession of stolen goods, sheriff's Capt. Jay Childers said Thursday.
Dumas is accused o

Deputies: Drug defendant used stolen electric meter

ROCKINGHAM — Deputies say a woman wired her Richmond County home for electricity with a stolen power meter. Susie Lorraine Dumas, 41, of Philadelphia Drive outside Rockingham, was arrested Jan. 15 on charges of obtaining property by false pretense and possession of stolen goods, sheriff's Capt. Jay Childers said Thursday. Dumas is accused o

ROCKINGHAM — A Richmond County man is accused of stealing a gun in a home break-in.
Sheriff's deputies on Tuesday arrested 18-year-old Christopher Lee Huckabee Jr. of Gathings Street near Hamlet. He was charged with breaking into a home on Northam Road outside Rockingham on Jan. 3.
Huckabee ran from deputies when they arrived to arrest him,

Home break-in suspect caught

ROCKINGHAM — A Richmond County man is accused of stealing a gun in a home break-in. Sheriff's deputies on Tuesday arrested 18-year-old Christopher Lee Huckabee Jr. of Gathings Street near Hamlet. He was charged with breaking into a home on Northam Road outside Rockingham on Jan. 3. Huckabee ran from deputies when they arrived to arrest him,

ROCKINGHAM — The storied Rockingham Speedway could host racing once again — with disabled veterans as the drivers.
The track would be part of a community designed to help veterans returning from war reintegrate into society.
The organization Vets-Help plans to create a complex that will “contain a community medical and wellness

RACING'S RETURN?

ROCKINGHAM — The storied Rockingham Speedway could host racing once again — with disabled veterans as the drivers. The track would be part of a community designed to help veterans returning from war reintegrate into society. The organization Vets-Help plans to create a complex that will “contain a community medical and wellness

ROCKINGHAM — A Reconstruction-era downtown building that's sat vacant for two decades could find new life under business boosters' ownership.
Rockingham Downtown Corp. members voted unanimously Tuesday to proceed with survey plans for the former First Scotland Bank building on the 100 block of East Washington Street.
“It could be the

Former bank could house market for local produce

ROCKINGHAM — A Reconstruction-era downtown building that's sat vacant for two decades could find new life under business boosters' ownership. Rockingham Downtown Corp. members voted unanimously Tuesday to proceed with survey plans for the former First Scotland Bank building on the 100 block of East Washington Street. “It could be the

Critics invited to discuss issues in person

To the editor: I want to take the time to say thank you to Mrs. Lucy Furr McAllister for her response to my letter last week, “Correcting a warped view of law enforcement.” I agree with you when you say “People need to know what they are talking about before they run their mouth about others.” People who respond with hate

ROCKINGHAM — A 14-year-old boy was airlifted to a Chapel Hill hospital after a car struck him while he crossed the street Sunday afternoon.
Brayden Sanford, 12, said his cousins were walking up Sunset Belt Road and were crossing Richmond Road around 5 p.m. A car clipped Thomas Puckett, shearing off its side-view mirror and throwing Puckett t

Teen flown to hospital after wreck

ROCKINGHAM — A 14-year-old boy was airlifted to a Chapel Hill hospital after a car struck him while he crossed the street Sunday afternoon. Brayden Sanford, 12, said his cousins were walking up Sunset Belt Road and were crossing Richmond Road around 5 p.m. A car clipped Thomas Puckett, shearing off its side-view mirror and throwing Puckett t

ROCKINGHAM — Nearly two weeks after arresting a suspect in a rash of lawn equipment and tool thefts, sheriff's deputies are still working to return stolen property to its owners.
Richmond County deputies on Jan. 5 charged Dwayne Lee Benoist, 36, of South Street, Rockingham, in several thefts of items in truck beds and lawn care trailers and

Man charged in string of break-ins, thefts

ROCKINGHAM — Nearly two weeks after arresting a suspect in a rash of lawn equipment and tool thefts, sheriff's deputies are still working to return stolen property to its owners. Richmond County deputies on Jan. 5 charged Dwayne Lee Benoist, 36, of South Street, Rockingham, in several thefts of items in truck beds and lawn care trailers and

ROCKINGHAM — A second man has been charged in a robbery and brutal beating reported the day before Thanksgiving.
Richmond County sheriff's detectives arrested 23-year-old Kenneth Ray Lowery of 689 Old Cheraw Highway in the Cordova community on Wednesday.
Investigators say Lowery and 23-year-old Stephen Craig Thorpe of Katie Lane robbed Bruc

2nd suspect charged in robbery, beating

ROCKINGHAM — A second man has been charged in a robbery and brutal beating reported the day before Thanksgiving. Richmond County sheriff's detectives arrested 23-year-old Kenneth Ray Lowery of 689 Old Cheraw Highway in the Cordova community on Wednesday. Investigators say Lowery and 23-year-old Stephen Craig Thorpe of Katie Lane robbed Bruc

HAMLET — A Richmond County man is accused of attacking a family member and beating him with a metal pipe.
Wali Sharif Bell, 38, of 312 Perry Williams Road south of Hamlet, was arrested Wednesday on a charge of assault with a deadly weapon.
An arrest warrant states Bell assaulted Sir Hamp Bell with a metal pipe “by hitting him about th

Man charged in metal pipe attack

HAMLET — A Richmond County man is accused of attacking a family member and beating him with a metal pipe. Wali Sharif Bell, 38, of 312 Perry Williams Road south of Hamlet, was arrested Wednesday on a charge of assault with a deadly weapon. An arrest warrant states Bell assaulted Sir Hamp Bell with a metal pipe “by hitting him about th

ROCKINGHAM — Two drug trafficking suspects are accused of growing psilocybin mushrooms and 48 pounds of marijuana in a Richmond County home.
Sheriff's deputies arrested 37-year-old Vincent Joseph Barreca III and 32-year-old Daniel J. Collins III on Monday at 132 Pirate Lane outside Rockingham. They were initially booked on marijuana manufact

Deputies: Men grew mushrooms, pot

ROCKINGHAM — Two drug trafficking suspects are accused of growing psilocybin mushrooms and 48 pounds of marijuana in a Richmond County home. Sheriff's deputies arrested 37-year-old Vincent Joseph Barreca III and 32-year-old Daniel J. Collins III on Monday at 132 Pirate Lane outside Rockingham. They were initially booked on marijuana manufact

HAMLET — A poem from the pulpit changed Mario O'Farrill-Walker's life.
A speaker during a youth empowerment service at Faith Assembly Outreach Ministries inspired O'Farrill-Walker, then 14, to start writing poetry. Later that year, he met fellow church member Barbara Lindsey, who had experience with printing.
“I met this lady right he

Teen finds purpose in poetry

HAMLET — A poem from the pulpit changed Mario O'Farrill-Walker's life. A speaker during a youth empowerment service at Faith Assembly Outreach Ministries inspired O'Farrill-Walker, then 14, to start writing poetry. Later that year, he met fellow church member Barbara Lindsey, who had experience with printing. “I met this lady right he

ROCKINGHAM — A Richmond County man is facing felony charges after deputies say he sold cocaine.
Derrick Wayne Ratliff, 38, of Collins Church Road, Rockingham, is accused of selling the drug on two occasions, according to a Richmond County Sheriff's Office news release.
Deputies arrested Ratliff Jan. 7 on two counts of possession with intent

Deputies: Man sold cocaine

ROCKINGHAM — A Richmond County man is facing felony charges after deputies say he sold cocaine. Derrick Wayne Ratliff, 38, of Collins Church Road, Rockingham, is accused of selling the drug on two occasions, according to a Richmond County Sheriff's Office news release. Deputies arrested Ratliff Jan. 7 on two counts of possession with intent

ROCKINGHAM — A Scotland County man is accused of stealing computers and vacuum cleaners from Walmart.
Marc Daniel Stutts, 37, of 17040 Lauder St. in Laurel Hill, took three HP all-in-one computers and three Dyson vacuums from the Rockingham store on Sunday, according to an arrest warrant.
The merchandise has a combined value of $1,385, char

Police: Man stole 3 computers from Walmart

ROCKINGHAM — A Scotland County man is accused of stealing computers and vacuum cleaners from Walmart. Marc Daniel Stutts, 37, of 17040 Lauder St. in Laurel Hill, took three HP all-in-one computers and three Dyson vacuums from the Rockingham store on Sunday, according to an arrest warrant. The merchandise has a combined value of $1,385, char





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