Corey Friedman

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Latest Stories by Corey Friedman

Assault suspect claims to be God

McBEE — Sheriff's deputies say a man accused of domestic assault claimed to be God, Jesus Christ and the archangel Gabriel. Chesterfield County deputies arrested 30-year-old Larry Dean O'Neal of Tabernacle Church Road south of McBee on July 30 after he allegedly attacked his live-in girlfriend. The woman called 911 and told a dispatcher she

Deputies: Assault suspect claimed to be God

McBEE, S.C. — Sheriff's deputies say a man accused of domestic assault claimed to be God, Jesus Christ and the archangel Gabriel. Chesterfield County deputies arrested 30-year-old Larry Dean O'Neal of Tabernacle Church Road south of McBee on July 30 after he allegedly attacked his live-in girlfriend. The woman called 911 and told a dispatch

WADESBORO — A man's middle finger has landed him in legal trouble.
An Anson County sheriff's deputy on Monday arrested a 19-year-old passerby who is accused of flipping him the bird while driving past the home where a man was found shot to death early that day.
William Dunlap of 181 Rivers St., Wadesboro, faces a charge of misdemeanor disor

Middle finger leads to man's arrest

WADESBORO — A man's middle finger has landed him in legal trouble. An Anson County sheriff's deputy on Monday arrested a 19-year-old passerby who is accused of flipping him the bird while driving past the home where a man was found shot to death early that day. William Dunlap of 181 Rivers St., Wadesboro, faces a charge of misdemeanor disor

HAMLET — Police say an expired license plate led them to drugs and a hidden handgun in a Dobbins Heights man's car on Sunday.
Officers found marijuana, prescription pills and a large amount of cash after stopping 21-year-old Marcus Antiwon Douglas for having an expired tag and driving without valid insurance, interim Police Chief Rodney Tuck

Driver faces drug, gun charges

HAMLET — Police say an expired license plate led them to drugs and a hidden handgun in a Dobbins Heights man's car on Sunday. Officers found marijuana, prescription pills and a large amount of cash after stopping 21-year-old Marcus Antiwon Douglas for having an expired tag and driving without valid insurance, interim Police Chief Rodney Tuck

HAMLET — A janitor at Sandhills Regional Medical Center is accused of sexually assaulting two female patients in the hospital's psychiatric ward.
Thadus Gerome Primus, 44, of 116 Bryson Drive, Hamlet, was arrested Saturday on charges relating to the alleged sexual abuse.
Both patients told police that Primus committed the assaults during th

Hospital janitor charged with sexual assaults

HAMLET — A janitor at Sandhills Regional Medical Center is accused of sexually assaulting two female patients in the hospital's psychiatric ward. Thadus Gerome Primus, 44, of 116 Bryson Drive, Hamlet, was arrested Saturday on charges relating to the alleged sexual abuse. Both patients told police that Primus committed the assaults during th

NEW YORK (AP) — The fight for penny pinchers is intensifying.
Dollar Tree said Monday it is buying rival discounter Family Dollar for $8.5 billion, significantly broadening its reach as it looks to fend off Wal-Mart, which has been stepping up its courtship of lower-income customers
The deal makes Dollar Tree the biggest player in the dolla

Dollar Tree buys Charlotte-based Family Dollar

NEW YORK (AP) — The fight for penny pinchers is intensifying. Dollar Tree said Monday it is buying rival discounter Family Dollar for $8.5 billion, significantly broadening its reach as it looks to fend off Wal-Mart, which has been stepping up its courtship of lower-income customers The deal makes Dollar Tree the biggest player in the dolla

Cheraw man dies in U.S. 1 moped crash

A 60-year-old Cheraw man died Saturday when he turned his moped in front of an oncoming box truck on U.S. 1, according to state troopers. The crash happened while a 1995 International box truck driven by 61-year-old Clide Watson was passing the 2009 VIP moped in a passing zone 4 miles south of the Cheraw town limits, said Lance Cpl. David Jones of

Moped rider dies in U.S. 1 crash

CHERAW, S.C. — A 60-year-old moped rider died Saturday when he turned in front of an oncoming box truck on U.S. 1, according to state troopers. The crash happened while a 1995 International box truck driven by 61-year-old Clide Watson was passing the 2009 VIP moped in a passing zone 4 miles south of the Cheraw town limits, said Lance Cpl. Da

HAMLET — A janitor at Sandhills Regional Medical Center is accused of having sex with one female patient and engaging in sex acts with another in the hospital's psychiatric ward.
Thadus Gerome Primus, 44, of 116 Bryson Drive, Hamlet, was arrested Saturday on charges relating to the alleged sexual abuse. Sandhills Regional Medical Center said

Hospital sex arrest

HAMLET — A janitor at Sandhills Regional Medical Center is accused of having sex with one female patient and engaging in sex acts with another in the hospital's psychiatric ward. Thadus Gerome Primus, 44, of 116 Bryson Drive, Hamlet, was arrested Saturday on charges relating to the alleged sexual abuse. Sandhills Regional Medical Center said

ROCKINGHAM — In a two-week game of cat and mouse, federal fugitive John Adam Rillo always managed to stay just out of reach.
Lawmen waded through a Montgomery County pond to capture the 40-year-old meth lab suspect on Thursday afternoon. But in the days leading up to his arrest, all they could do was follow the trail of looted homes they say

Three-county team flushed out fugitive

ROCKINGHAM — In a two-week game of cat and mouse, federal fugitive John Adam Rillo always managed to stay just out of reach. Lawmen waded through a Montgomery County pond to capture the 40-year-old meth lab suspect on Thursday afternoon. But in the days leading up to his arrest, all they could do was follow the trail of looted homes they say

Sales tax hike raises gas bills

To the editor: Last weekend, my column “Our unaccountable, tax-and-spend government” touched on the unbelievable number of taxes that we pay. With that said, I would like to talk about the new tax that the North Carolina Utilities Commission has allowed Piedmont Natural Gas to burden the people with. In all their wisdom, the Utilities

OUR VIEW A better Ledbetter

“Voluntary tax” sounds like as much of an oxymoron as “dry lake.” But in Richmond County, the first seemingly contradictory phrase could be the solution for the second. Ledbetter Lake property owners want the drained reservoir north of Rockingham replenished, and doing so requires repairs to cracks in an aging dam that coul

ELLERBE — Riding lawnmowers will dart around the dirt track once more, spinning tires, slinging clay and drawing crowds to Richmond County.
Five weeks after a dispute stalled lawnmower racing at the Ellerbe Lions Club's lawnmower track, organizers are reopening the facility and planning a seven-race schedule through year's end. The track wil

Lawnmower racing to return

ELLERBE — Riding lawnmowers will dart around the dirt track once more, spinning tires, slinging clay and drawing crowds to Richmond County. Five weeks after a dispute stalled lawnmower racing at the Ellerbe Lions Club's lawnmower track, organizers are reopening the facility and planning a seven-race schedule through year's end. The track wil

ROCKINGHAM — A woman accused of an attack with a case of sodas is facing an assault with a deadly weapon charge.
Tina Harrington, 42, of 1314 Cauthen Drive, was arrested Friday on the misdemeanor charge. Coletha Sharnae Battle of Cabel Boulevard accused Harrington of hitting her in the leg with the case of sodas earlier that day, according t

Warrant: Sodas used as 'deadly weapon' in assault

ROCKINGHAM — A woman accused of an attack with a case of sodas is facing an assault with a deadly weapon charge. Tina Harrington, 42, of 1314 Cauthen Drive, was arrested Friday on the misdemeanor charge. Coletha Sharnae Battle of Cabel Boulevard accused Harrington of hitting her in the leg with the case of sodas earlier that day, according t

ROCKINGHAM — Homeowners' thirst for a Ledbetter Lake teeming with life is a step closer to being quenched.
State lawmakers have approved a bill that would allow Richmond County commissioners to fix the lake's fractured dam and divide the cost between lakefront landowners. Repairs to the dam would give the lake, which state officials drained

Bill to fix dam could replenish drained lake

ROCKINGHAM — Homeowners' thirst for a Ledbetter Lake teeming with life is a step closer to being quenched. State lawmakers have approved a bill that would allow Richmond County commissioners to fix the lake's fractured dam and divide the cost between lakefront landowners. Repairs to the dam would give the lake, which state officials drained

HAMLET — Nine months after his release from prison, a man is accused of stealing pickup truck accessories from the business where he worked.
Police say 46-year-old Rodney Eugene Odom of Rockingham broke in to Johnson's Carports at 103 E. Spring St. Officers identified identified Odom as the suspect after spotting what appeared to be one of t

Employee charged with business break-in

HAMLET — Nine months after his release from prison, a man is accused of stealing pickup truck accessories from the business where he worked. Police say 46-year-old Rodney Eugene Odom of Rockingham broke in to Johnson's Carports at 103 E. Spring St. Officers identified identified Odom as the suspect after spotting what appeared to be one of t

2 charged with breaking motel windows

ROCKINGHAM — A man and woman are accused of breaking two windows at the Sunset Motel on U.S. 74, according to court records. James Russell Wadsworth, 17, of 703 Richmond Road Extension northeast of Rockingham, and Ciara Webb, 20, of 128 Roslyn Road south of Rockingham, each face a misdemeanor charge of causing injury to real property. Arres

ROCKINGHAM — Common Core's days are numbered in North Carolina's public schools after a compromise bill to replace the curriculum standards passed in the state House over two local lawmakers' objections on Wednesday.
House Republicans advanced Senate Bill 812 on a 71-34 party-line vote, with just three of the chamber's Democrats crossing the

State to replace Common Core

ROCKINGHAM — Common Core's days are numbered in North Carolina's public schools after a compromise bill to replace the curriculum standards passed in the state House over two local lawmakers' objections on Wednesday. House Republicans advanced Senate Bill 812 on a 71-34 party-line vote, with just three of the chamber's Democrats crossing the

Court erases Richmond County woman's conviction

ROCKINGHAM — The N.C. Court of Appeals has overturned a Richmond County woman's conviction for stonewalling sheriff's deputies because prosecutors switched charging documents between her trials. A unanimous three-judge appellate panel on Tuesday set aside an October 2013 jury verdict finding Shaneequah Nicole Wall guilty of misdemeanor resis

No parallel between Obama, horrors of Holocaust

To the editor: In a July 8 letter to the editor, a writer referred to President Obama as a “dictator.” However the writer's meaning or context, his wording is totally wrong. The American political culture, which we celebrated only the week before on July Fourth, is in reality and principle a democracy. That is why, in our society of l




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