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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

HAMLET — A local gymnast returned to her hometown gym in October after taking part in an international competition.
WHAT HAPPENED: Ashton Locklear, 16, visited Physical Awareness and Gymnastics back in October shortly after a fourth-place win on the uneven bars at the 2014 World Artistic Gymnastics Championships in Nanning, China. Locklear w

Gymnast on world stage

HAMLET — A local gymnast returned to her hometown gym in October after taking part in an international competition. WHAT HAPPENED: Ashton Locklear, 16, visited Physical Awareness and Gymnastics back in October shortly after a fourth-place win on the uneven bars at the 2014 World Artistic Gymnastics Championships in Nanning, China. Locklear w

HAMLET — Drew Carpenter likes collecting toys, but not for himself.
For the past three years, he has been acquiring donations for the Marine Corps Reserve's Toys for Tots campaign.
As of Monday night, the 10-year-old had collected 18 boxes of toys, surpassing his dozen-box goal.
“It has been a big year,” said Drew's father, Chr

Hamlet boy scores 18 boxes of toys in Toys for Tots drive

HAMLET — Drew Carpenter likes collecting toys, but not for himself. For the past three years, he has been acquiring donations for the Marine Corps Reserve's Toys for Tots campaign. As of Monday night, the 10-year-old had collected 18 boxes of toys, surpassing his dozen-box goal. “It has been a big year,” said Drew's father, Chr

ROCKINGHAM — Following a nearly two-week manhunt, a federal fugitive wanted on meth charges was captured in a neighboring county this summer.
WHAT HAPPENED: John Adam Rillo had been on the run since July 11 when a Richmond County deputy on the regional U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives task force showed up at his home

Fugitive captured after 13-day search

ROCKINGHAM — Following a nearly two-week manhunt, a federal fugitive wanted on meth charges was captured in a neighboring county this summer. WHAT HAPPENED: John Adam Rillo had been on the run since July 11 when a Richmond County deputy on the regional U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives task force showed up at his home

HAMLET — Police are looking for a man who robbed a Hamlet bank early Tuesday afternoon.
The incident occurred around 12:30 p.m. at the BB&T branch on the corner of Raleigh and Charlotte streets.
Hamlet Police Chief Scott Waters said a white man walked into the bank with a clear stocking pulled tight over his face and demanded money. Alt

Police seek BB&T robber

HAMLET — Police are looking for a man who robbed a Hamlet bank early Tuesday afternoon. The incident occurred around 12:30 p.m. at the BB&T branch on the corner of Raleigh and Charlotte streets. Hamlet Police Chief Scott Waters said a white man walked into the bank with a clear stocking pulled tight over his face and demanded money. Alt

From festive parades to Friday night football to fires, wrecks and other emergencies, the Daily Journal works to document Richmond County's news in photographs as well as words.
As 2014 comes to a close, the Daily Journal newsroom reflected on the last 12 months of news and picked seven snapshots that reflect some of our best photojournalism.
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Photos of the Year

From festive parades to Friday night football to fires, wrecks and other emergencies, the Daily Journal works to document Richmond County's news in photographs as well as words. As 2014 comes to a close, the Daily Journal newsroom reflected on the last 12 months of news and picked seven snapshots that reflect some of our best photojournalism. App

ROCKINGHAM — A Richmond County man sentenced to life in prison as a teenager could have his conviction overturned.
WHAT HAPPENED: During the first three days of December, Judge William David Lee — senior resident superior court judge for Union County — heard arguments on behalf of Derrick McRae from the Duke University School of

Murder convict maintains innocence

ROCKINGHAM — A Richmond County man sentenced to life in prison as a teenager could have his conviction overturned. WHAT HAPPENED: During the first three days of December, Judge William David Lee — senior resident superior court judge for Union County — heard arguments on behalf of Derrick McRae from the Duke University School of

612 fed through turkey giveaway

DOBBINS HEIGHTS — More than 600 people were fed following a turkey giveaway last week. The town of Dobbins Heights teamed up with members from Trusting in Jesus Ministries Mount Sinai-The Healing Center at Town Hall last Wednesday, resulting in the feeding of 612 individuals, according to church members. Recipients paid $2 per turkey and an

HAMLET — A Camp Lejeune Marine wound up in jail this weekend on charges of causing a public disturbance.
Police say they responded to a call around 9:30 p.m. Saturday about an intoxicated man who had been in the bathroom at Convenience Corner for 30 minutes.
Two officers stood outside the door trying to get the man to come out.
When he eme

Police: Drunken Marine caused disturbance

HAMLET — A Camp Lejeune Marine wound up in jail this weekend on charges of causing a public disturbance. Police say they responded to a call around 9:30 p.m. Saturday about an intoxicated man who had been in the bathroom at Convenience Corner for 30 minutes. Two officers stood outside the door trying to get the man to come out. When he eme

ROCKINGHAM — A man is accused of punching a woman and causing a cut to her face that required stitches.
According to an arrest warrant, Timothy Dewayne Smith, 29, of 875 Rockingham Road, assaulted a woman “by punching her in the face and head” on Nov. 23.
The warrant, issued the following day, also states that the victim had a &

Man faces assault charge

ROCKINGHAM — A man is accused of punching a woman and causing a cut to her face that required stitches. According to an arrest warrant, Timothy Dewayne Smith, 29, of 875 Rockingham Road, assaulted a woman “by punching her in the face and head” on Nov. 23. The warrant, issued the following day, also states that the victim had a &

Fires push 2 families out of their homes

ROCKINGHAM — House fires have displaced two Richmond County families less than a week before Christmas. Crews from the Northside Volunteer Fire Department responded to a call at 123 McQueen St. late Monday morning, with the Ellerbe Volunteer Fire Department responding as mutual aid. Deputy Chief Bryan Cloninger said the fire was in the atti

In the season of giving, an undercurrent of petty jealousy sprang up this week in response to a well-meaning gesture of welcome for poor families.
Discovery Place Kids in downtown Rockingham now offers $1 admission for up to six family members when a parent or guardian shows a food stamp or WIC nutrition benefits card. The discounts are also in ef

OUR VIEW Museum discount opens new worlds to young learners

In the season of giving, an undercurrent of petty jealousy sprang up this week in response to a well-meaning gesture of welcome for poor families. Discovery Place Kids in downtown Rockingham now offers $1 admission for up to six family members when a parent or guardian shows a food stamp or WIC nutrition benefits card. The discounts are also in ef

WALLACE — A North Carolina woman died early Thursday after a single-car wreck in Marlboro County.
Jackie Teal Hazen, 66, was identified as the victim by Marlboro County Coroner Tim Brown, according to the Florence Morning News.
Cpl. Sonny Collins of the S.C. Highway Patrol said Hazen was driving south on U.S. 1, just outside Cheraw, when sh

Woman dies in crash

WALLACE — A North Carolina woman died early Thursday after a single-car wreck in Marlboro County. Jackie Teal Hazen, 66, was identified as the victim by Marlboro County Coroner Tim Brown, according to the Florence Morning News. Cpl. Sonny Collins of the S.C. Highway Patrol said Hazen was driving south on U.S. 1, just outside Cheraw, when sh

ROCKINGHAM — Despite being open just a week, Tenisha Morgan says business at Blended Blessings has been good.
The first few days, Morgan said she sat outside her new thrift store in Tri City Shopping Center introducing herself as people walked by.
“A lot of people don't know where I am yet, but surprisingly the ones that have come in

Thrift store opens doors

ROCKINGHAM — Despite being open just a week, Tenisha Morgan says business at Blended Blessings has been good. The first few days, Morgan said she sat outside her new thrift store in Tri City Shopping Center introducing herself as people walked by. “A lot of people don't know where I am yet, but surprisingly the ones that have come in

WALLACE, S.C. — A Rockingham woman died early Thursday after a single-car wreck in South Carolina.
Jackie Teal Hazen, 66, was identified as the victim by Marlboro County Coroner Tim Brown, according to the Florence Morning News.
Cpl. Sonny Collins of the S.C. Highway Patrol said Hazen was driving south on U.S. 1, just outside Cheraw, when s

Woman killed in crash

WALLACE, S.C. — A Rockingham woman died early Thursday after a single-car wreck in South Carolina. Jackie Teal Hazen, 66, was identified as the victim by Marlboro County Coroner Tim Brown, according to the Florence Morning News. Cpl. Sonny Collins of the S.C. Highway Patrol said Hazen was driving south on U.S. 1, just outside Cheraw, when s

ROCKINGHAM — Richmond County could see more than 2,700 people insured by 2017 and 152 jobs by 2020 if Medicaid was expanded in North Carolina, according to a recent report.
The report, authored by researchers at George Washington University, also concludes that the county would see more than $70 million in business activity between 2016 and

Medicaid boost could benefit 2,700 in county

ROCKINGHAM — Richmond County could see more than 2,700 people insured by 2017 and 152 jobs by 2020 if Medicaid was expanded in North Carolina, according to a recent report. The report, authored by researchers at George Washington University, also concludes that the county would see more than $70 million in business activity between 2016 and

DOBBINS HEIGHTS — “Faith, hope and charity. Of these three things, the greatest is love — charity.”
Those were the words of Dobbins Heights Mayor Antonio Blue as the town opened its doors for the third year in a row to help a local church give out turkeys to those in need.
A line of people stretched from the doors of Town

Meeting a need: Church, town team up for turkey giveaway

DOBBINS HEIGHTS — “Faith, hope and charity. Of these three things, the greatest is love — charity.” Those were the words of Dobbins Heights Mayor Antonio Blue as the town opened its doors for the third year in a row to help a local church give out turkeys to those in need. A line of people stretched from the doors of Town

ROCKINGHAM — Alltel customers in Richmond, Scotland and Anson counties will see the blue and white AT&T globe when they visit their local cellphone stores.
AT&T, which acquired Alltel in 2013, has transitioned some former Alltel retail locations in the greater Charlotte area and opened them under the AT&T brand, spokesman Josh Ge

Alltel stores reopen under AT&T name

ROCKINGHAM — Alltel customers in Richmond, Scotland and Anson counties will see the blue and white AT&T globe when they visit their local cellphone stores. AT&T, which acquired Alltel in 2013, has transitioned some former Alltel retail locations in the greater Charlotte area and opened them under the AT&T brand, spokesman Josh Ge

Judicial district reshaped; Brewer named chief judge

ROCKINGHAM — Although Richmond County's judicial district will soon be changing, its chief district court judge will not. Judge Scott Brewer was appointed to lead the newly formed Judicial District 16A by N.C. Supreme Court Chief Justice Mark Martin, effective Jan. 1. “Judge Brewer has served ably and conscientiously as chief district

ROCKINGHAM — Richmond County's unemployment rate dropped more than half a percentage point in October, according to a report from the N.C. Department of Commerce's Labor and Economic Analysis Division.
The report, released Dec. 9, show's a decrease of 0.6 percent from September to October, bringing it down to 7.2 percent. Over the course of

County jobless rate declines

ROCKINGHAM — Richmond County's unemployment rate dropped more than half a percentage point in October, according to a report from the N.C. Department of Commerce's Labor and Economic Analysis Division. The report, released Dec. 9, show's a decrease of 0.6 percent from September to October, bringing it down to 7.2 percent. Over the course of

ROCKINGHAM — When filling out a ballot, voters may notice the office of soil and water conservation district supervisor and wonder: “What do they do?”

According to the mission statement listed in the district's annual report, it is “to take available technical, financial and educational resources and administer programs d

Tommy Deese joins soil, water board

ROCKINGHAM — When filling out a ballot, voters may notice the office of soil and water conservation district supervisor and wonder: “What do they do?” According to the mission statement listed in the district's annual report, it is “to take available technical, financial and educational resources and administer programs d





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