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Sarah Willets

Position: Reporter
E-Mail Address: swillets@civitasmedia.com
Phone Number: 910-816-1974


About Sarah Willets

Covering breaking news, crime, health, Lumberton and Fairmont

Latest Stories by Sarah Willets

Hotel employee robbed by man wielding knife

LUMBERTON — Lumberton police are looking for the man who robbed a Comfort Suites employee at knifepoint on Monday night. According to a police report, the man walked into the Wintergreen Drive hotel just before 6 p.m. Monday and began asking a female employee about rates. He walked out of the hotel to a vehicle parked under the carport and a

RED SPRINGS — A fifth person has been arrested in connection with a shooting that killed an elderly customer and wounded a clerk at a Main Street convenience store.
Christopher Jordan McGeachy, 18, turned himself in at the Red Springs Police Department Wednesday afternoon, according to Police Chief Ronnie Patterson.
Police had been looking

Suspect in store murder surrenders to police

RED SPRINGS — A fifth person has been arrested in connection with a shooting that killed an elderly customer and wounded a clerk at a Main Street convenience store. Christopher Jordan McGeachy, 18, turned himself in at the Red Springs Police Department Wednesday afternoon, according to Police Chief Ronnie Patterson. Police had been looking

RED SPRINGS — Red Springs police have issued a warrant for a fifth person in connection with a shooting that killed one person and left another injured at a Main Street convenience store.
Christopher Jordan McGeachy, 18, is considered armed and dangerous, according to Red Springs Police Chief Ronnie Patterson.
Patterson said Monday that McG

Warrant issued in murder

RED SPRINGS — Red Springs police have issued a warrant for a fifth person in connection with a shooting that killed one person and left another injured at a Main Street convenience store. Christopher Jordan McGeachy, 18, is considered armed and dangerous, according to Red Springs Police Chief Ronnie Patterson. Patterson said Monday that McG

Traffic stop leads to drug charges

FAIRMONT — A Fairmont man is facing drug charges following a traffic stop, according to interim Police Chief Kimothy Monroe. Jaquail Edmond Chavis, 20, is charged with with possession with intent to sell or deliver marijuana, maintaining a vehicle for the purpose of selling marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia and fictictious registra

RED SPRINGS — A convenience store employee injured in a shooting in Red Springs two weeks ago that left one person dead is angered that one of the people charged in the crime was a regular customer.
“That's what hurts the most. Somebody that would come up there and was a couple pennies short and I'd help them out … it makes me si

2 more charged in store murder

RED SPRINGS — A convenience store employee injured in a shooting in Red Springs two weeks ago that left one person dead is angered that one of the people charged in the crime was a regular customer. “That's what hurts the most. Somebody that would come up there and was a couple pennies short and I'd help them out … it makes me si

Crime report

Thefts Floyd Wade, of Martin Luther King Jr. Drive, Lumberton, reported Friday that someone broke into his car at Southeastern Regional Medical Center and stole a $400 Android phone, a $55 phone case and a $20 phone charger, according to a police report. Deshima Henderson, of Parkview Drive, Lumberton, reported Sunday that her $40 registration pl

Former student charged in 1996 murder at N.C. State

RALEIGH (AP) — Authorities in Raleigh say they have cracked a cold case and have charged a Concord, North Carolina, man with first-degree murder in the slaying of his girlfriend almost 20 years ago. Authorities tell area media outlets that Edwin Christopher Lawing, 40, was arrested in Cornelius, North Carolina, and charged on Wednesday. A Wa

Crime report

Break-ins The following break-ins were reported to the Robeson County Sheriff's Office: Alejandra Lopez, Old Lowery Road, Red Springs; Valisa Locklear, of Buie Philadelphus Road, Lumberton; Tyler Bommarito, of Long Leaf Drive, Lumberton; Darlene Sanborn, of Bethesda Church Road, Fairmont; Betty Lowery, of Willie Road, Lumberton.

PEMBROKE — Thinking back to the six months he was stationed in Afghanistan with the 82nd Airborne Division, William Eddie Oxendine recalls seeing helicopters returning from missions at the medevac station he lived next to, and the messages heard over an intercom to denote how bad those on board were injured.
“They'd give a certain code

Pair reflect on life-saving event

PEMBROKE — Thinking back to the six months he was stationed in Afghanistan with the 82nd Airborne Division, William Eddie Oxendine recalls seeing helicopters returning from missions at the medevac station he lived next to, and the messages heard over an intercom to denote how bad those on board were injured. “They'd give a certain code

LUMBERTON — For one Lumberton family, Santa showed up a little early this year — and in a slightly different outfit than usual.
Lumberton police Sgt. John Lynch delivered gifts to Lyvetta Ross and her three children Friday, exactly two weeks after their apartment on Lee Circle was destroyed by a fire.
Lynch was patrolling the Lumbee H

Officer delivers for fire-affected family

LUMBERTON — For one Lumberton family, Santa showed up a little early this year — and in a slightly different outfit than usual. Lumberton police Sgt. John Lynch delivered gifts to Lyvetta Ross and her three children Friday, exactly two weeks after their apartment on Lee Circle was destroyed by a fire. Lynch was patrolling the Lumbee H

PEMBROKE — In a split vote, the Lumbee Tribal Council on Thursday night barred council member Larry Townsend from chairing or co-chairing any committees and from participating in budget work sessions, actions that followed concerns that he is in violation of the tribe's ethics policy.
After a closed session that last about 20 minutes, the co

Council votes to punish Townsend

PEMBROKE — In a split vote, the Lumbee Tribal Council on Thursday night barred council member Larry Townsend from chairing or co-chairing any committees and from participating in budget work sessions, actions that followed concerns that he is in violation of the tribe's ethics policy. After a closed session that last about 20 minutes, the co

There is plenty of good news to share today, which is the last one to contribute to The Empty Stocking Fund.
First off, we now have received at least 120 gifts of at least $50 each so we were able to take full advantage of an offer by an anonymous benefactor who promised to match such pledges up to $6,000. That $6,000 is included in today's total,

Fund hits $35,000 as deadline arrives

There is plenty of good news to share today, which is the last one to contribute to The Empty Stocking Fund. First off, we now have received at least 120 gifts of at least $50 each so we were able to take full advantage of an offer by an anonymous benefactor who promised to match such pledges up to $6,000. That $6,000 is included in today's total,

RED SPRINGS — Two people have been charged after trying to steal air-conditioning units from two Red Springs churches and a home.
Chrissy Barnes, 18, and Danny Howard, 20, are each charged with three counts of felonious larceny, according to arrest reports. They were arrested early Thursday morning and jailed under $15,000 bonds.
According

Two charged in church thefts

RED SPRINGS — Two people have been charged after trying to steal air-conditioning units from two Red Springs churches and a home. Chrissy Barnes, 18, and Danny Howard, 20, are each charged with three counts of felonious larceny, according to arrest reports. They were arrested early Thursday morning and jailed under $15,000 bonds. According

Crime report

Thefts Candi Oxendine reported Monday that 20 sweatshirts, valued at a total of $300, were stolen from Cracker Barrel on Lackey Street in Lumberton, according to a police report. Patsy Lowery, of Iner Drive, Lumberton, reported Monday that someone broke into her car at Divine Deserts on Roberts Avenue, causing $100 in damage, and stole $120 in ca

PEMBROKE — Fourteen members of the Lumbee Tribal Council cast votes Tuesday night saying council member Larry Townsend is in violation of the tribe's ethics policy.
The council called a special meeting to discuss whether it was a conflict of interest for Townsend to sit on the council while his wife, Rose Marie Lowry-Townsend, oversees youth

Council: Townsend violating ethics rule

PEMBROKE — Fourteen members of the Lumbee Tribal Council cast votes Tuesday night saying council member Larry Townsend is in violation of the tribe's ethics policy. The council called a special meeting to discuss whether it was a conflict of interest for Townsend to sit on the council while his wife, Rose Marie Lowry-Townsend, oversees youth

Crime report

Theft Deborah Willis, of Bakersfield Drive, Lumberton, reported Sunday that she was robbed at gunpoint at her home of a $10 card case, $500 in cash, $20 worth of Percocet and a Social Security card, according to a police report. Vandalism Jeremy Dowess reported Monday that someone broke into a Terminex vehicle on East Fifth Street in Lumberton,

Fairmont board concerned with undesignated funds

FAIRMONT — The Fairmont Board of Commissioners on Tuesday night tabled any action on an ordinance that would ban “sagging” pants within the town in favor of giving more time to the town's annual audit. Commissioner Terry Evans first proposed an ordinance banning saggy pants during the town's October meeting. On Tuesday, he put fo

LUMBERTON — The U.S. Department of Justice says a “strict” remediation plan is needed for the Robeson County Sheriff's Department to again participate in the federal Asset Forfeiture Program after officer misconduct caused it to be expelled from the program 10 years ago.
“The nature, scope and duration of the Robeson County

Justice explains 'strict' requirement

LUMBERTON — The U.S. Department of Justice says a “strict” remediation plan is needed for the Robeson County Sheriff's Department to again participate in the federal Asset Forfeiture Program after officer misconduct caused it to be expelled from the program 10 years ago. “The nature, scope and duration of the Robeson County

'Person of interest' no longer sought in robbery

FAIRMONT — As the Fairmont Police Department continues to seek information in a November armed robbery, interim Police Chief Kimothy Monroe says officers are no longer looking for a person of interest who was identified after the incident. Monroe said Tuesday that the department has “no further interest in locating” 35-year-old D

Crime report

Thefts Kristina Bass, of Catfish Farm Road, Bladenboro, reported Friday that someone broke into her car at Golden City Buffet on Kahn Drive in Lumberton, causing $200 in damage, and stole medicine, a purse and two retail price scanners valued at $950, according to a police report. Jillian Hunt, of Pate Street, Lumberton, reported Friday that $2,4





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