Rockingham, NC

Huge drug seizure made

In May, the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office began wrapping up a seven-month investigation regarding the trafficking and sale of fentanyl and other deadly drugs. The first sequence of arrests occurred during the late night hours of May 6 when sheriff’s office investigators intercepted a tractor trailer on US 220 Alternate near Windblow Road, Candor. Upon searching the tractor trailer they discovered 14 kilograms or almost 31 pounds of cocaine, valued at a half-million dollars as well as nearly $300,000 in cash. Deputies arrested Fabian Hernandez, age 33, of Pharr, Texas. Hernandez was charged with trafficking cocaine, possession of cocaine with intent to sell and deliver, and maintaining a vehicle to keep controlled substances. Hernandez is being held in the Montgomery County Detention Center under a $4,006,000 bond. The drugs, U.S. currency and tractor trailer were seized as part of this investigation. Detectives are continuing their investigation with federal partners to have the matter prosecuted by the U.S. Attorney's Office.
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Robeson County deputies search for woman last seen Friday

ROBESON COUNTY, N.C. (WMBF) - The Robeson County Sheriff’s Office is searching for a 66-year-old woman last seen on August 5. Carmen Almodovar, of Maxton, was reported missing Tuesday. She was last seen at her residence on Sanbryer Ln. Maxton on Friday, around 7:30 a.m. Almodovar has black hair...
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McLeod Health Cheraw honors 2022 teen volunteers

CHERAW, S.C. — McLeod Health Cheraw recently recognized three area teens for their participation in the 2022 Summer Teen Volunteer Program. A closing ceremony was held on Aug. 8 at the hospital for the teens. During their summer vacation, the teens volunteered to work directly with hospital healthcare professionals...

‘Boone’s Removal’ — Haul it away. Call today!

When Richard Boone Hancock began helping friends haul away yard debris and unwanted items, he discovered a community-wide service need. “It’s a very personal business, dictated by the customer,” Hancock said. “Two weeks ago, I helped an elderly lady. I climbed up into the attic, sorted things, and climbed down. It was hot up there, even though I went in the morning.”

PHOTOS: Varsity, JV Raiders scrimmage Terry Sanford

ROCKINGHAM — The crunch of shoulder pads rang out across the practice field at Richmond Senior High School on Wednesday, as the Raider football program got its first taste of competition this season. The varsity and junior varsity teams both participated in a scrimmage against Terry Sanford High School.

Hospital, Partners in Progress host inaugural innovation summit

Business leaders, health care and technology innovators, and elected officials came together at the inaugural FirstHealth Innovation Summit held May 18 in Pinehurst to share knowledge, inspire and drive innovation. The event was sponsored by FirstHealth of the Carolinas, The Foundation of FirstHealth and Moore County Partners in Progress to...

Obituary for Jane C. Ivey

Jane C. Ivey (December 27, 1936- August 9, 2022) passed away peacefully in Pinehurst, NC on August 9th. Jane grew up in Raeford, NC. She attended Hoke County High School and Sandhills Community College. She worked for many years at McCain Correctional Hospital as Assistant Personnel Manager. In retirement Jane and her husband, Dalton, indulged their hobby and avocations in designing and maintaining many beautiful gardens at their home. They enjoyed traveling, especially to the beach and the mountains of North Carolina and Tennessee.

Obituary for Jerry Chandler Reynolds of Eagle Springs

Jerry Chandler Reynolds, 86, of Eagle Springs passed away on August 8, 2022 at his residence. Jerry was born on July 17, 1936 in Eagle Springs, one of three children to the late Marvin and Martha Hogan Reynolds. Jerry graduated from West End High School in 1954. He thoroughly enjoyed...
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Scotland Memorial Hospital conducts active shooter drill

LAURINBURG – Scotland Health Care System, in partnership with the Laurinburg Police Department and the Scotland County Sheriff’s Department, conducted an Emergency Response Drill at Scotland Memorial Hospital. The drill, which took place between 9 a.m. to 10 a.m., occurred outside of secure patient treatment areas in order to be as realistic as possible without interrupting patient care.

Moving the misery around: EPA approves plan to truck contaminated soil from one Black community to another

Three landfills are under consideration to receive contaminated soil from the Kerr-McGee Superfund site. The closest landfill is in Sampson County. (Map: Lisa Sorg) Contaminated soil from a Superfund site in Navassa will be shipped to one of three landfills outside Brunswick County, likely moving toxic pollution from one non-white or low-income community to another.

Deputies searching for missing 66-year-old Robeson County woman

ROBESON COUNTY, N.C. (WPDE) — The Robeson County Sheriff’s Office is searching for a missing 66-year-old woman who was reported missing on Tuesday. Deputies said Carmen Almodovar, of Maxton, was last seen at her home on Sanbryer Lane last Friday around 7:30 a.m. She was last seen wearing...

Pee Dee police department operating with non certified officers

MCCOLL, S.C. (WPDE) — The McColl Police Dept. is operating with officers that aren't certified through the S.C. Criminal Justice Academy, according to the Academy's Director Jackie Swindler. Swindler said the town's police chief, who was certified, resigned last week. It's the fourth police chief the town has had...

Pair accused of stealing $15K of paper products in Scotland County

SCOTLAND COUNTY, N.C. (WMBF) - Two people are facing charges after allegedly stealing thousands of dollars in paper products in North Carolina. The Scotland County Sheriff’s Office said the incident stemmed from a break-in on August 4 at the Cascades Plant, a paper mill facility on Airbase Road in the Wagram area. Officials said $15,000 in paper products was stolen - but what exactly was taken was unclear.

Grand opening of Sandhills Center and Daymark Recovery Service, Inc. crisis center today

Sandhills Center and Daymark Recovery Services, Inc, are pleased to announce the opening of a Child Facility Based Crisis Center in Rockingham, NC, known as the Richmond CFBC. The center will serve children and adolescents ages 6-17 who are in need of crisis stabilization due to mental health, behavioral health, or substance abuse issues. A typical length of stay is 5-7 days, although this may be extended in order to secure aftercare placement for children needing a higher level of care once stabilized.

Small-town product grows into Marshall leader

For Joseph Pelfrey, growing up in Cheraw, South Carolina, was idyllic. Most of his family lived in or near the town of less than 6,000, so large gatherings were common. He also enjoyed outdoor activities and spending time with friends. “In a community where most everyone knows you, it was...