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
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 rrspin.com. 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.
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.
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.