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Florence Police Investigating Gunfire at Magnolia Mall

Florence Police have identified a person wanted for questioning after a gun was fired inside of the Magnolia Mall. The incident happened around 7 p.m. on June 18th and police have not said whether or not anyone was hurt in the incident. Police posted surveillance photos of the man wanted for questioning to their Facebook page yesterday and with the help of the public, he was identified and taken in for questioning. They have not released any charges.
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Man arrested in deadly shooting of 17-year-old: Fayetteville police

FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. (WNCN) — Fayetteville police say the suspect in the shooting death of a 17-year-old in May was arrested in South Carolina. Lamon Isaiah Townsend, 21, is charged with first-degree murder. Members of the U.S. Marshals Service Task Force arrested him Wednesday in Bennettsville, South Carolina. On May...

Robeson County Campbell's Soup plant receives 4th bomb threat in 2 months

ROBESON COUNTY, N.C. (WPDE) — A Campbell’s Soup plant in Maxton, N.C. received its fourth bomb threat in two months, according to Campbell's Soup Spokesperson Beth Jolly. The Robeson County Sheriff’s Office is investigating the series of threats and trying to figure out who is making them. At around 10:30 p.m. Wednesday night, the plant’s security answered a phone call and the person on the other side of the call threatened the plant with a bomb, according to officials.

Sheriff’s Office Crime Report: June 30

ROCKINGHAM — At 12:13 p.m., deputies responded to a residence on Wildwood Road following a report of an unknown person stealing personal information. The case is active. ROCKINGHAM — At 10:47 a.m., deputies responded to a residence on Greenlawn Drive following a report of a stolen convertible Camaro that was subsequently scrapped. The case is active.

Man arrested in South Carolina, charged in shooting death of Fayetteville 17-year-old

Fayetteville, N.C. — Federal agents in South Carolina have arrested a 21-year-old man in connection to a 17-year-old Fayetteville boy's shooting death that happened in May. The U.S. Marshals Service Task Force arrested Lamon Isaiah Townsend on Thursday in Bennettsville, South Carolina. Authorities will take Townsend back to Fayetteville. Townsend is charged with first-degree murder.

Lumbee homecoming set to attract thousands to Robeson County

ROBESON COUNTY, N.C. (WPDE) — Nearly 30,000 people are expected to take part in the 54th annual Lumbee Homecoming in Pembroke, according to officials with the Lumbee Regional Development Association (LRDA). Officials said about 35,000 people attended last year's nine-day festival. It takes place this year from June 24...

Even at 100, Orange Co. woman finds time to rhyme

In September 1942, Pansy and her fiancé, Garland Louder, were in a hurry to be married. She was barely 20, and he barely 22, but the U.S. was at war, and Pansy’s man wanted to make sure he would have someone to come home to at the end of the war.

Robbie Coward to withdraw election appeal in race for Latta mayor

LATTA, S.C. (WPDE) — There's another twist in the Latta mayoral election that took place back in November and has resulted in a court battle as to who will lead the town. Robbie Coward told ABC15 Thursday that he intends to withdraw his appeal of the election on the Municipal Election Commission's decision to overturn the election.

Florence 4 to officially consolidate with Florence 1 Schools on Friday

TIMMONSVILLE, S.C. (WBTW) — Florence School District Four will officially consolidate with Florence 1 Schools on Friday. Students from Timmonsville High School and Johnson Middle School will attend Florence 1 Schools. The Florence Four School Board filed a lawsuit in February over the consolidation, claiming South Carolina Superintendent Molly Spearman didn’t have the authority to […]

Hot and humid holiday weekend ahead

MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. (WBTW)–A wet couple of days across some parts of our viewing area. Namely, Conway and Sumter saw nearly 3 inches of rain, no other cities were anywhere near those totals. Florence received about 1.3″ over the last 72 hours, much less rain was observed along the coast less than 0.5″ in total. The rain observed was much needed, but failed to fall where we needed it the most. The area north of Lumberton is currently observing a level 3/5 drought and over the last three days, Lumberton only observed a trace of rain.

Doc Antle of Myrtle Beach Safari, 'Tiger King' charged with wildlife trafficking

A Florence Grand Jury has indicted Myrtle Beach Safari owner Bhagavan “Doc” Antle of Tiger King fame on wildlife trafficking charges. Authorities accused Antle and others of trafficking threatened and endangered wildlife in violation of the Lacey Act and Endangered Species Act, according to the indictment. The government is also seeking forfeiture of property used in the alleged crimes if the defendants are convicted.

'Doc' Antle indicted by grand jury; 4 others facing charges

FLORENCE S.C. (WPDE) — A federal grand jury in Florence returned a 10-count indictment alleging charges related to wildlife trafficking and money laundering against five individuals:. Bhagavan Mahamayavi Antle, a/k/a Kevin Antle, a/k/a Doc Antle, 62, of Myrtle Beach;. Andrew Jon Sawyer a/k/a Omar Sawyer, 52, of Myrtle Beach.

Tiger King’s ‘Doc’ Antle indicted for wildlife trafficking, money laundering by Florence grand jury

MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. (WBTW) — Bhagavan “Doc” Antle has been indicted by a federal grand jury in Florence for wildlife trafficking and money laundering charges, according to an announcement Thursday morning by the South Carolina District Attorney’s Office. The move comes after Antle was arrested earlier this month for money laundering, with the FBI announcing […]

Florence School District 4 consolidation goes into effect July 1

FLORENCE COUNTY, S.C. (WMBF) - The consolidation between Florence 1 Schools and Florence County School District 4 will become official Friday. South Carolina State Superintendent Molly Spearman announced the move in March 2021, citing “financial instability” within Florence Four. She previously announced a state of emergency in the district in 2018.

‘Tiger King’ Star Doc Antle Hit With Major Indictment in South Carolina

Since Tiger King dropped on Netflix in March 2020, amid the heights of the COVID-19 pandemic, drama has ensued both on and off of the show. Within the framework of the reality TV series, camera crews documented the strange, interconnected community of big cat owners across the United States. Cast members included the infamous Carole Baskin and costar Joe Exotic. Then in the fall of last year, after claiming Tiger King had created false perceptions about her, Carole Baskin attempted to sue the streaming platform. She filed the suit after footage filmed in the original series featured in Tiger King 2. Now, months after the drama faded, Tiger King star Doc Antle has received a major indictment following his arrest in South Carolina.

McElveen Named to First Reliance Bank Board

Florence, S.C. — William Jack McElveen, Jr. has been named to the First Reliance Bank Board of Directors. Before his retirement, McElveen served as the bank’s Executive Vice President and Chief Credit Officer. He was responsible for overseeing all credit administration functions, and providing direct supervision and accountability, for Credit Administration and overall asset quality.