Area News

Vandals shatter a lot of glass, home torched

By DEUCE NIVEN tribdeuce@tabor-loris.com      Broken home and auto windows worth thousands of dollars and a possible arson fire that gutted a vacant home late Friday and early Saturday may be connected, and are under investigation by the Columbus County Sheriff’s Office.      “No one saw anything,” sheriff’s spokeswoman Michelle Tatum said. “We have no suspects.”      It…

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Missing when tried, Nichols man guilty on drug, weapon charges

By DEUCE NIVEN tribdeuce@tabor-loris.com      Law enforcement is on the hunt for a Nichols man convicted on gun and drug charges this week despite not showing up for his trial.      James Lamont Arthur, 35, failed to appear for trial in October, and despite a bench warrant for his arrest was still not to be found for…

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UPDATE: Father, son wanted in Whiteville thefts

By DEUCE NIVEN tribdeuce@tabor-loris.com UPDATE      A father and son from Tabor City are wanted by police in Whiteville for thefts taking place at two retail stores there.      Orain Patrick Caines, 45, and Christopher Paul Caines, 24, are charged in Whiteville warrants with two counts each of larceny, one from each Wal Mart and Tractor Supply,…

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ABC shoplifting pair sought

By DEUCE NIVEN tribdeuce@tabor-loris.com      Two women who allegedly shoplifted alcohol at Tabor City’s ABC Store were caught on surveillance video.      Officers are asking for help from the public identifying the women, who were in the store on U.S. 701 Bypass just after 5 p.m. Monday, Officer Brian Campbell of the Tabor City Police Department said.…

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Determined thief breaks through store wall for lots of cigarettes

By DEUCE NIVEN tribdeuce@tabor-loris.com      It took about an hour to force entry into Sidney Service Mart in the early morning Thursday, a man who apparently had at least one accomplice taking dozens of cigarette cartons worth thousands of dollars for his effort.      Deputies responding to the 2:29 a.m. call at the convenience store on James…

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TLC Trick-or-Treat Hours: Halloween safety urged

       Trick-or-Treating has officially begun in Tabor City, and gets started in Loris at 6 p.m., local laws in both municipalities calling for an end of the fright-night fun at 8 p.m.      There are no formal trick-or-treating hours in rural Columbus and Horry counties, though law enforcement in the area will be looking out…

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Two children among three hit in drive-by shooting

By DEUCE NIVEN tribdeuce@tabor-loris.com      Three people, including two children, were struck by gunfire in a drive-by shooting on Miller Road near Tabor City Thursday night.      Most seriously injured was an 11-year-old girl, “multiple times” as gunfire struck the home at 992 Miller Road before 9 p.m. Thursday, Columbus County Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman Michelle Tatum said…

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Update: Burglary, kitten kicking suspects jailed

By DEUCE NIVEN tribdeuce@tabor-loris.com Thursday update      Surveillance video documenting a break-in attempt and the kicking of a kitten on Old Stake Road, Tabor City, released Tuesday, resulted in the quick identification of two suspects, and their arrests.      Donovan Unique Young, 19, of Grist Road, Chadbourn; and Cameron Dexter Brisbon, 23, of Clark Street, Chadbourn; have…

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Indecent liberties charged to Clarendon man

By DEUCE NIVEN tribdeuce@tabor-loris.com      An indecent liberties charge involving a 12-year-old was filed against a Clarendon man this week, Columbus County Sheriff’s Office reports show.      Sonny Ray Vause, 33, of the 12000 block of James B. White Hwy South, Clarendon, was arrested Tuesday, accused in a warrant of committing and attempt to commit “a lewd…

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District court rescheduled following power outage

     Power outages caused by a storm front that moved through the region Monday night forced cancellation of all District Court Sessions at the Columbus County Courthouse in Whiteville Tuesday, Clerk of Court Jess Hill said.      Chief District Court Judge Scott Ussery signed the order cancelling court, and rescheduling cases, Hill said.      Under that order: All…

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