Trooper’s accused killer transferred after jail stabbing

By DEUCE NIVEN tribdeuce@tabor-loris.com      Already charged in last fall’s murder of NC Highway Patrol Master Trooper Kevin Conner, a Chadbourn teen is accused of stabbing a fellow inmate at the Robeson County Detention Center in Lumberton.      Chauncy Askew and the other inmate were in a common area of the jail in Lumberton on Wednesday when…

UPDATE correction: County board to schedule elections protest hering

By DEUCE NIVEN tribdeuce@tabor-loris.com Friday update correction      An emergency meeting of the Columbus County Board of Elections has been called to schedule an evidentiary hearing involving the November 2018 election for Columbus County Sheriff.      An earlier update here said Monday’s meeting would be to hear evidence in an elections protest. That was in error. Monday’s…

Sheriff’s protests may be sent back to county board of elections, Monday hearing is cancelled

By DEUCE NIVEN tribdeuce@tabor-loris.com      A “partial remand for findings” in protests involving the election for Columbus County Sheriff may be sent back to the newly formed county Board of Elections.      State Board of Elections members will hold a teleconference meeting Thursday to consider the partial remand, spokesman Patrick Gannon said in an email to news…

Cameras lead to arson arrest

By DEUCE NIVEN tribdeuce@tabor-loris.com      An attempt to destroy surveillance cameras by setting a Ray Street home ablaze Monday night instead resulted in the arrest of a neighbor Tuesday, Capt. Greg Sibbett of the Tabor City Police Department said.      Frank McLeod Phillips, 58, was arrested at his home Tuesday morning, charged in a warrant with second…

Record day, with 400 cases in TC District Court Friday

By DEUCE NIVEN tribdeuce@tabor-loris.com      More than 400 cases on the docket for District Court in Tabor City Friday likely set a record for the facility, Clerk of Court Jesse Hill said.      Water damage from recent floods and a faulty water pipe forced extensive renovations inside the courthouse, cancelling sessions in January and February, those cases…

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