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UPDATE: Hospital janitor accused of patient sex acts

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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 Primus is a contract worker and was not employed by the Hamlet hospital.


Raiders headed to cheer camp

HAMLET — Richmond Senior High School cheerleaders will attend a cheer camp at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill next week.The Richmond County Board of Education voted unanimously to approve the request during a called meeting Monday morning. Dennis Quick, the county school system’s executive director of auxiliary services, presented school board members with a request to approve the cheerleading camp.The field trip was the only item discussed be...

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2 sought in home invasion killing

WADESBORO — Sheriff’s deputies are searching for two men suspected of shooting and killing a 21-year-old in a Monday home invasion.Anson County deputies said two intruders burst into a home off U.S. 52 near Anson Middle School and shot Dameon Yimaine Thomas multiple times as he sat on the couch with his girlfriend around 12:52 a.m.Thomas died at the scene and the men were gone when deputies arrived minutes later. Thomas’s girlfriend gave investigators a...

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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 their time in the hospital. The first victim filed a police report after she was discharged from the facility, interim Hamlet...

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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 Tucker said in a statement.After stopping Douglas’ car, an officer smelled marijuana and initiated an investigation, Tu...

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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 customersThe deal makes Dollar Tree the biggest player in the dollar store segment, with its more than 13,000 combined locations eclipsing current leader Dollar General Corp., which has about 11,3...

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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. David Jones of the S.C. Highway Patrol.Jones said Watson’s truck hit the moped when the rider tried to turn left into a pri...

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Man suffers serious injuries in fight

LAURINBURG — A 36-year-old Laurinburg man was jailed under a $30,000 bond following a Thursday fight that left an upstate South Carolina man in critical condition, according to Laurinburg police.Charles Shawn McPherson, of 417 Hood St., was arrested Friday afternoon and charged with one count of felonious assault inflicting serious bodily injury, Assistant Police Chief Cliff Sessoms said. McPherson punched 40-year-old Calvin Zimmerman in the head, Sessoms said, knocking him d...

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We’re so Richmond County…

A flood of hometown pride status updates has swept Facebook, with folks proudly listing the cities and towns where they grew up and sharing memories from “back in the day.”When we noticed the trend, we asked folks following the Richmond County Daily Journal on Facebook to tell us why they’re “so Richmond County.” Their responses, some of which are shared below, didn’t disappoint.To get in on the conversation, log into your Facebook acc...

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Student borrowers need to know the facts

As your representative, it’s a priority of mine to build relationships across the aisle and find pragmatic solutions to the problems facing our nation. Now — more than ever — our families, our students, our workers and our veterans need real solutions.

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2 sought in man’s Monday killing

WADESBORO — Sheriff’s deputies are looking for two men after another man was shot and killed early Monday.Anson County deputies told Daily Journal news partner WSOC-TV Channel 9 that they were called to a home off of U.S. 52, near Anson Middle School, overnight where they found that man shot and killed.According to officials, a woman and her boyfriend were in the home sitting on the couch when two men came into the house and one of them shot the victim. He di...

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Rockingham eliminated from Pony tourney

DAVIDSON — The Rockingham Pony All-Star team needed to play three games to keep its South Region championship hopes alive.Unfortunately, it only got onto the field once.Southampton-Sussex banged out eight hits and took advantage of nine base on balls by two Rockingham pitchers to pull out an 11-9 victory Saturday morning. The loss eliminated Rockingham from the tournament.“Our pitching was a little off,” Rockingham coach Jeff Ingram said. ...

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Bar association assesses judicial candidates

The North Carolina Bar Association’s special judicial election information website,, has been updated for the 2014 general election.Evaluations of candidates for contested District Court and Superior Court judgeships throughout the state are included in this online report, provided as a public service for the voters of North Carolina by the bar association’s Judicial Performance Evaluation Committee.This is the second election in which this ...

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My first day of school — and first bully

Most of you may think I was into just about everything when I was 5 years old. Maybe I was, but I didn’t think at the time that what I was doing was bad or mean-natured. I was just a child who had a lot of time on my hands, and I did get into some things that I should not have.The time period that comes to mind would be that of early fall 1959. I was about to enter the first grade. Back during that time period in the rural South, there was no kindergarten . I cannot say that ...

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Marchell David: In her own words

HAMLET — Marchell David says she’s ready to move on.After serving as Hamlet’s city manager for 21 years, she’s taking a leap of faith and a new position as assistant city manager for community in Raleigh — a job David said seems to be made for her.A Hamlet native, David was raised with strong family and community values that shaped her vision of the future when she was younger and continue to be the stable foundation of all aspects of her li...

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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 he left behind.“From what I know, yes, it seemed like they were always right behind him,” Rockingham Police Chief ...

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Local cannabis advocate to speak at seminar

ROCKINGHAM — Medical marijuana advocate Perry Parks has been chosen to speak at a symposium on the subject in Charlotte next weekend.Parks was tapped to participate in a seminar by Cannabis Professional University, a Florida-based organization that “helps advance the (cannabis) industry with responsibility,” according to its website.“I’m honored,” Parks said about the opportunity to speak, calling it a “great challenge.”...

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Parents play vital role in academic success

ROCKINGHAM — Even as the NCAA’s academic requirements for prospective student-athletes is set to increase, the North Carolina High School Athletic Association is prepared to keep its standards the same.While the NCHSAA is setting a minimum for its student-athletes to achieve, it does allow local school boards to toughen those requirements. Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools requires a 2.0 GPA for its student-athletes and Wake County has a 1.5 GPA standard.Several ...

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