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Corey Friedman

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WHISPERING PINES — A convicted robber from Rockingham accused of absconding from probation was captured Sunday in Moore County.
Police in the village of Whispering Pines arrested 29-year-old Ronnie Lee Leak Jr. of 818 Armistead St., Apartment A, Rockingham. He was booked into the Moore County Detention Center in Carthage under a combined $7,

Rockingham probation absconder caught

WHISPERING PINES — A convicted robber from Rockingham accused of absconding from probation was captured Sunday in Moore County. Police in the village of Whispering Pines arrested 29-year-old Ronnie Lee Leak Jr. of 818 Armistead St., Apartment A, Rockingham. He was booked into the Moore County Detention Center in Carthage under a combined $7,

ROCKINGHAM — Phony IRS agents who dialed Larry Clay's number picked the wrong senior to scam.
A retired certified public accountant, Clay knew immediately when he heard a voicemail message from the fraudsters that they did not represent the Internal Revenue Service.
“I know from almost 40 years of experience with the IRS that they don

IRS phone scam targets Richmond County

ROCKINGHAM — Phony IRS agents who dialed Larry Clay's number picked the wrong senior to scam. A retired certified public accountant, Clay knew immediately when he heard a voicemail message from the fraudsters that they did not represent the Internal Revenue Service. “I know from almost 40 years of experience with the IRS that they don

ROCKINGHAM — Juan clutched his new teddy bear in a bear hug. David's eyes lit up along with the blinking lights on his Tonka fire truck.
Christmas came a few days early for seven kids at Pence Place, an East Rockingham home for special-needs children. The Rebel Dawgs Riding Club brought armfuls of brightly wrapped gifts to the facility on Su

Bikers bring bounty for Pence Place kids

ROCKINGHAM — Juan clutched his new teddy bear in a bear hug. David's eyes lit up along with the blinking lights on his Tonka fire truck. Christmas came a few days early for seven kids at Pence Place, an East Rockingham home for special-needs children. The Rebel Dawgs Riding Club brought armfuls of brightly wrapped gifts to the facility on Su

CHERAW, S.C. — Police and sheriff's deputies say a 36-year-old woman was caught with a makeshift meth lab in her Cheraw home last week.
Authorities raided the house at 195 Claremont St. on Dec. 13 after a man told deputies that Leslie Michelle Burr Wilkes and her boyfriend were cooking meth there, Cpl. Robert J. White of the Chesterfield Cou

Tip leads to meth lab bust

CHERAW, S.C. — Police and sheriff's deputies say a 36-year-old woman was caught with a makeshift meth lab in her Cheraw home last week. Authorities raided the house at 195 Claremont St. on Dec. 13 after a man told deputies that Leslie Michelle Burr Wilkes and her boyfriend were cooking meth there, Cpl. Robert J. White of the Chesterfield Cou

Police and sheriff's deputies say a 36-year-old woman was caught with a makeshift meth lab in her Cheraw home last week.
Authorities raided the house at 195 Claremont St. on Dec. 13 after a man told deputies that Leslie Michelle Burr Wilkes and her boyfriend were cooking meth there, Cpl. Robert J. White of the Chesterfield County Sheriff's Office

Tip leads to meth lab bust

Police and sheriff's deputies say a 36-year-old woman was caught with a makeshift meth lab in her Cheraw home last week. Authorities raided the house at 195 Claremont St. on Dec. 13 after a man told deputies that Leslie Michelle Burr Wilkes and her boyfriend were cooking meth there, Cpl. Robert J. White of the Chesterfield County Sheriff's Office

ELLERBE — A 27-year-old convicted felon was arrested Thursday on a sexual battery charge.
Deanthony Marvell Dumas of 220 N. Main St., Ellerbe, is being held in the Moore County Detention Center in Carthage. Authorities jailed Dumas on an arrest warrant charging him with sexual battery in Richmond County.
Dumas was booked into the jail at 3:

Man charged with sexual battery

ELLERBE — A 27-year-old convicted felon was arrested Thursday on a sexual battery charge. Deanthony Marvell Dumas of 220 N. Main St., Ellerbe, is being held in the Moore County Detention Center in Carthage. Authorities jailed Dumas on an arrest warrant charging him with sexual battery in Richmond County. Dumas was booked into the jail at 3:

Correction

Due to an editing error, the Chesterfield County Coordinating Council was incorrectly described as a school board in a front-page story in The Cheraw Chronicle's Dec. 18 edition. Incorporated in 1996, the coordinating council is a private nonprofit board whose members include county human services providers as well as education leaders. The Chroni

Man charged with stealing debit card

HAMLET — Sheriff's deputies say a man stole a woman's bank card and withdrew cash from her account. Lequinton Dashawn Ellerbe, 24, of 923 Circlewood Drive, stole the woman's State Employees Credit Union debit card on Nov. 6 or Nov. 7, according to warrants for his arrest. Ellerbe allegedly made at least three cash withdrawals from an SECU ba

ROCKINGHAM — A Richmond County man faces an attempted murder charge after deputies say he shot into a moving pickup truck Monday.
Glen Allen Harris IV, 21, of 116 Old Farm Road outside Hamlet, was jailed under a $250,000 bond after the Monday shooting. A friend accused of driving Harris away from the scene faces a felony accessory charge.
H

2 men charged in shooting

ROCKINGHAM — A Richmond County man faces an attempted murder charge after deputies say he shot into a moving pickup truck Monday. Glen Allen Harris IV, 21, of 116 Old Farm Road outside Hamlet, was jailed under a $250,000 bond after the Monday shooting. A friend accused of driving Harris away from the scene faces a felony accessory charge. H

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Richmond County Sheriff James E. Clemmons Jr. presented Detective J.R. Smith with his North Carolina criminal investigator certification on Oct. 16.
Smith completed more than 500 hours of classroom and practical training through the N.C. Justice Academy to earn his certification. The training consists of classes ranging from dea

Contributed photo Richmond County Sheriff James E. Clemmons Jr. presented Detective J.R. Smith with his North Carolina criminal investigator certification on Oct. 16. Smith completed more than 500 hours of classroom and practical training through the N.C. Justice Academy to earn his certification. The training consists of classes ranging from dea

ROCKINGHAM — Not everyone can be first in line.
Duke Energy and state regulators need time to tackle the waterways most endangered by the Dan River coal ash spill before cleanup can begin on the Yadkin-Pee Dee River basin, state Rep. Ken Goodman said.
“You've got to start somewhere,” Goodman explained. “They cannot do all

Rep. Goodman: Coal ash calls for caution, patience

ROCKINGHAM — Not everyone can be first in line. Duke Energy and state regulators need time to tackle the waterways most endangered by the Dan River coal ash spill before cleanup can begin on the Yadkin-Pee Dee River basin, state Rep. Ken Goodman said. “You've got to start somewhere,” Goodman explained. “They cannot do all

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Dr. Angie Adams' Monday introduction to sociology class at Richmond Community College poses with food collected for the Place of Grace Rescue Mission homeless shelter. RCC students from Richmond and Scotland counties have collected more than 700 nonperishable food items and counting.
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Dr. Angie Adams' Thursday

Contributed photo Dr. Angie Adams' Monday introduction to sociology class at Richmond Community College poses with food collected for the Place of Grace Rescue Mission homeless shelter. RCC students from Richmond and Scotland counties have collected more than 700 nonperishable food items and counting. Contributed photo Dr. Angie Adams' Thursday

ROCKINGHAM, N.C. — Police say a Hartsville woman stole $1,100 worth of bikes, scooters, bedding and toys from a North Carolina Walmart on Saturday.
Ratisha Lachelle McDaniel, 20, of 140 Bills Circle outside Hartsville, South Carolina, faces two felony charges and one misdemeanor in the theft. An arrest warrant states McDaniel ran from police

Woman charged in Walmart theft

ROCKINGHAM, N.C. — Police say a Hartsville woman stole $1,100 worth of bikes, scooters, bedding and toys from a North Carolina Walmart on Saturday. Ratisha Lachelle McDaniel, 20, of 140 Bills Circle outside Hartsville, South Carolina, faces two felony charges and one misdemeanor in the theft. An arrest warrant states McDaniel ran from police

ROCKINGHAM — A city man is accused of shoplifting tool sets from Lowe's three times in the last two months.
Christopher Eugene Dennis, 38, of 41 Sixth Ave., was arrested Friday on three counts of misdemeanor larceny. Arrest warrants say he stole from the 1300-A E. Broad Ave. store on Oct. 3, Oct. 7 and Nov. 25.
Dennis took a DeWalt five-too

Man charged in Lowe's thefts

ROCKINGHAM — A city man is accused of shoplifting tool sets from Lowe's three times in the last two months. Christopher Eugene Dennis, 38, of 41 Sixth Ave., was arrested Friday on three counts of misdemeanor larceny. Arrest warrants say he stole from the 1300-A E. Broad Ave. store on Oct. 3, Oct. 7 and Nov. 25. Dennis took a DeWalt five-too

ROCKINGHAM — Police say a woman stole $1,100 worth of bikes, scooters, bedding and toys from Walmart on Saturday.
Ratisha Lachelle McDaniel, 20, of 140 Bills Circle outside Hartsville, South Carolina, faces two felony charges and one misdemeanor in the theft. An arrest warrant states McDaniel ran from police officers outside the store.
McDa

Walmart theft leads to felony charges

ROCKINGHAM — Police say a woman stole $1,100 worth of bikes, scooters, bedding and toys from Walmart on Saturday. Ratisha Lachelle McDaniel, 20, of 140 Bills Circle outside Hartsville, South Carolina, faces two felony charges and one misdemeanor in the theft. An arrest warrant states McDaniel ran from police officers outside the store. McDa

ROCKINGHAM — Blanche Elmore's nieces and nephews often had to explain their family ties.
“She was everybody's Aunt Blanche,” nephew Marc Harding said of the beloved Kiddie Korner Day Care Center matriarch. “We had to convince people she really was our aunt.”
Elmore, who operated the Rockingham day care for more than

'Aunt Blanche' remembered for love of kids

ROCKINGHAM — Blanche Elmore's nieces and nephews often had to explain their family ties. “She was everybody's Aunt Blanche,” nephew Marc Harding said of the beloved Kiddie Korner Day Care Center matriarch. “We had to convince people she really was our aunt.” Elmore, who operated the Rockingham day care for more than

ROCKINGHAM — Visits with Santa in the Richmond Community Theatre was a highlight for many young children and their parents during Saturday's Christmas on the Square, which drew dozens to downtown Rockingham's Harrington Square despite a steady drizzle of rain.
Crafters sold handmade Christmas gifts, funnel cakes sizzled in vendors' deep-frye

Rain can't dampen spirits at Christmas on the Square

ROCKINGHAM — Visits with Santa in the Richmond Community Theatre was a highlight for many young children and their parents during Saturday's Christmas on the Square, which drew dozens to downtown Rockingham's Harrington Square despite a steady drizzle of rain. Crafters sold handmade Christmas gifts, funnel cakes sizzled in vendors' deep-frye

ROCKINGHAM — A wide grin spread across 4-year-old Lexie Reep's face when she saw Santa Claus.
Lexie ran to the jolly old elf, who scooped her onto his lap and wrapped her in a tight hug before asking her what she wanted for Christmas.
Visits with Santa in the Richmond Community Theatre were a highlight for many young children and their pare

Crowds brave rain to share in Christmas cheer

ROCKINGHAM — A wide grin spread across 4-year-old Lexie Reep's face when she saw Santa Claus. Lexie ran to the jolly old elf, who scooped her onto his lap and wrapped her in a tight hug before asking her what she wanted for Christmas. Visits with Santa in the Richmond Community Theatre were a highlight for many young children and their pare

HAMLET — Sheriff's deputies have charged a 22-year-old man with murder in the death of a man found brutally beaten in his Dobbins Heights home.
Natasia Equailty Hubbard, 22, of King Drive, Hamlet, is accused of attacking 55-year-old Vernon Mitchell Everett, who was found lying on the floor of his Winona Street home unconscious on Nov. 23. Ch

Man charged with murder in beating death

HAMLET — Sheriff's deputies have charged a 22-year-old man with murder in the death of a man found brutally beaten in his Dobbins Heights home. Natasia Equailty Hubbard, 22, of King Drive, Hamlet, is accused of attacking 55-year-old Vernon Mitchell Everett, who was found lying on the floor of his Winona Street home unconscious on Nov. 23. Ch

ROCKINGHAM — County leaders compare it to swapping a sputtering jalopy for a fuel-efficient new car.
Officials are answering an undercurrent of criticism over their plans to buy the First Bank building at 1401 Fayetteville Road for $1.7 million and convert it into a consolidated Richmond County administration building and services center.
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County answers criticism of First Bank purchase

ROCKINGHAM — County leaders compare it to swapping a sputtering jalopy for a fuel-efficient new car. Officials are answering an undercurrent of criticism over their plans to buy the First Bank building at 1401 Fayetteville Road for $1.7 million and convert it into a consolidated Richmond County administration building and services center. &





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