News from Roanoke Rapids, Weldon and Halifax County

News from Roanoke Rapids, Weldon and Halifax County (7360)

The speed of communications is wondrous to behold. It is also true that speed can multiply the distribution of information that we know to be untrue — Edward R Murrow

Saturday, 27 March 2010 16:54

Clark remains in critical condition at Pitt

The bank robbery suspect who shot himself Thursday remains in critical condition at Pitt Memorial Hospital in Greenville, the nursing coordinator confirmed.

Saturday, 27 March 2010 16:51

Airport authority requests operating funds

The money the Halifax-Northampton Regional Airport Authority requested from three local governments is for funds to cover operating expenses for the rest of this month, its chairman, David King, said today.

Thursday, 25 March 2010 16:50

Bank robbery suspect identified

The man who allegedly robbed First Citizens bank and held a couple hostage has been identified as Nicholas Pierre Clark of Roanoke Rapids.

Thursday, 25 March 2010 16:49

City negotiating on theater lease payment

The city is negotiating with Lafayette Gatling to modify his lease payments on the Roanoke Rapids Theatre.

While nothing is official, City Manager Paul Sabiston said following a closed session today the city is discussing reducing the monthly payment from $98,000 to $75,000 from March 1 through October.

Following that period the payments would go back to the full amount in November and the difference would be caught up during that time.

Further details were not discussed following the announcement as the arrangements are still be negotiated.

Gatling, who attended the meeting, declined comment when approached by He was called into the closed session once.

Asked if the agreement being negotiated was workable, Councilman Carl Ferebee said, “We sure hope so.”

Sabiston said earlier this week was no payment and no solid word from Gatling on when the more than $196,000 owed the city may be paid.

Gatling, Sabiston said, blames the late payment on the economy and poor ticket sales. The late payment comes as the city works on its budget for the upcoming fiscal year with an April 8 work session date targeted.

Thursday, 25 March 2010 16:48

Bank robbery suspect shoots self

The suspect in the First Citizens bank shot himself tonight and was transported to Halifax Regional Medical Center after he holed up in a house on Patsy Albritton Street.

Thursday, 25 March 2010 15:38

Police investigate bank robbery

Roanoke Rapids police are investigating a robbery that occurred at the 10th Street First Citizens.

Chief Jeff Hinton said the suspect is a black male wearing all black.

The man entered the bank with a silver handgun and demanded money. He was give an undisclosed amount of money and fled on foot. He was last seen running west on Drake Street heading to Georgia Avenue. “We put up a dragnet in the area,” Hinton said.

Thursday, 25 March 2010 15:37

Information meeting set on transfer station

This is not just about Lincoln Heights, says Florine Bell, director of the Lincoln Heights Community Development Coalition.

Thursday, 25 March 2010 15:37

GPS thefts on the rise

Global Positioning System unit theft has drastically increased as more people buy the handheld devices and leave them in vehicles, Captain Andy Jackson of the Roanoke Rapids Police Department said.

Wednesday, 24 March 2010 15:36

Victim in March 3 fatal at fault

A Murfreesboro man who died in a March 3 crash was at fault, according to a final report from the investigating trooper.

The report by Trooper Troy Wood says James Casper Jr., 43, ran a red light on Highway 258 a third of a mile south of Murfreesboro.

Another vehicle driving on Highway 158 collided with Casper’s vehicle, striking right side of the victim’s vehicle.

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