Police Identify Victim
Of Fatal Fire In Aberdeen
Posted Friday January 25, 2013
Aberdeen Police Department Deputy Chief Jim Foster has confirmed that the victim in
this morning’s fatal fire was 74 year old Stanley Black. The exact cause of death is not
known, the body has been sent to the Medical Examiner’s Office for an autopsy. We will
update readers as additional information becomes available.
Fatal Fire In Aberdeen
Early Friday Morning
Posted Friday January 25, 2013
An elderly man has reportedly died in a fatal house fire in Aberdeen Friday morning.
The fire was reported just after 3:00 AM on Saunders Avenue in Colonial Heights.
When the first emergency responders arrived at the scene flames were already coming
through the roof with the house heavily involved in flames. Firefighters were able to bring
the fire under control, however the man had already passed away. Officials have not
released the identity of the victim as of this report.
According to Aberdeen Police Department Deputy Chief Jim Foster, the State Bureau
of Investigation has been called in to assist the Aberdeen department with the investigation.
The Deputy Chief also indicated that the victim's body would be sent to the Medical
Examiner's office for an autopsy and positive identification.
The Moore County arson detection dog "Friday" was also brought to the scene of the
fire by his handler Public Safety Director Bryan Phillips to assist with the investigation.
Responding to the fire were units with Aberdeen Fire & Rescue, Southern Pines Fire
& Rescue, Pinehurst Fire Department, Pinebluff Fire Department, Seven Lakes Fire
Department, Moore County EMS, Moore County Public Safety, Moore County Sheriffs
Department, and the Aberdeen Police Department. As more details become available we
will update readers.
LobSteer Inn Closes Doors
For The Last Times Tuesday
Posted Thursday January 24, 2013
The LobSteer Inn in Southern Pines closed its doors for the last time Tuesday January
22, 2013. We spoke with owners Michael and Barbara Gibson Wednesday afternoon
about the business closing.
LobSteer has been a local icon for more than 30 years. The Gibson’s purchased the
restaurant six years ago. According to Barbara Gibson in the early years things were going
great; however after the downturn in our economy the business began to see the effects
directly with fewer guests in the dining room.
The couple and their staff hung-on as long as they could, ultimately the owners made
the tough decision to close the business. They have had the LobSteer Inn on the market for
sale but have not been able to find a buyer. The business is still listed with Richard Frye
and his business SanStar Enterprises.
The Gibson’s wanted to extend a heartfelt thank you to everyone that has supported
them and their dedicated staff that has stayed with them during these times. They hope the
closing is not forever, but for now it is what must be done.
Apartment Fire Tuesday Morning Being
Investigated As Possible Arson
Posted Tuesday January 22, 2013
The fire at Southwick Apartments on Saunders Boulevard early Tuesday morning (see
picture and story on Page 2) is being investigated as a possible arson. The suspicious fire
started on the outside of the apartment around the door area while there was not anyone
The Moore County arson detection dog "Friday" was brought to the scene of the fire
by his handler Public Safety Director Bryan Phillips to assist law enforcement with the
According to Aberdeen Police Department Deputy Chief Jim Foster, police took
samples from the fire that are being sent to the NC State Bureau of Investigation for testing.
The SBI will determine if any accelerants were used to start the fire and if so what type of
We will be following this story closely and as more details become available we will update
readers. Anyone with information on this fire should contact the Aberdeen Police
Department at 944-9721.
Readers Reminded January
Is Stock Our Schools Month
Posted Monday January 21, 2013
We want to remind readers that the staff here at AberdeenTimes.Com has combined
efforts with the staff at Pinehurst Hip & Knee to declare January 2013 Stock Our Schools
Month here in Moore County. Our goal is to help ensure that every classroom and every
student in Moore County has all of the materials they need to learn. Education is more
important for our children today than any generation before them. In their future a strong
education will be the best advantage we can give to them.
It is easy for any of us to reach out and help, and it does not take a lot of money from
any one of us to help make huge changes. Each person who wants to help need only go
buy one or two items (or more if you want to and are able to) and donate it to one of the
Together we will make a difference for our children one pack of paper, one pack of
pencils, and one box of crayons at a time. Make a difference in 2013!
Click Here To See List Of School Needs
Recognize Volunteers Friday
Posted Friday January 18, 2013
The Pinehurst Police Department recognized eight of the departments volunteers
Friday afternoon. Each person recognized today has reached 50 hours or more of training
and volunteer time as a member of the Pinehurst Police Department Volunteer program.
The volunteer members assist the department in a variety of ways. Volunteers patrol
the Village parks, patrol the business districts, assist with traffic control in school zones,
provide high-visibility residential neighborhood patrols, assist with special events, work in
the administrative office, and many other functions.
Chief Earl Phipps recognized each person and presented them with the official
“Yellow Shirt” of a fully trained volunteer. The program began last May and has 18
Recognized today were: Mike Ascher (radio call sign Victor 1), Steve Drinkwater
(radio call sign Victor 2), Lee Baker (radio call sign Victor 7), Dave Nicoll (radio call sign
Victor 8), Don Hiscott (radio call sign Victor 9), Brenda Hiscott (radio call sign Victor 10),
Mary Wardrop (radio call sign Victor 12), Frank Horanski (radio call sign Victor 20).
Big Changes Coming At
Posted Wednesday January 16, 2013
AberdeenTimes.Com is in the process of upgrading our website in a big way. Since
we started reporting the news in September 2011 we have strived to continue growing to
provide the best possible local news publication possible.
In the coming week or so AberdeenTimes.Com will have a whole new look and offer
users a much more user friendly interactive experience. Included in this makeover will be
the addition of Social Media links for each article so that readers can share a specific story
across the most popular Social Media sites with ease.
Another huge change coming with our new look will be the ability for readers to
search for past stories, previously posted obituaries or any other item that is published to
our site. We receive calls all the time about this and look forward to being able to soon
offer this service for our publication.
We love bringing area residents the local news here in Moore County, so we are very
excited to make our publication the best it can possibly be. Watch for these many changes
coming very soon to your one stop local news publication here in Moore County -
Motorcycle Chase Starts In Pinebluff
Ends In Scotland County Monday Night
Posted Monday January 14, 2013
Photograph By James Mathews Aberdeen
An officer with the Pinebluff Police Department chased a motorcycle attempting to flee
taking officers out of Moore County, across part of Hoke County, and ending
approximately 9 miles into Scotland County. The chase began around 9:00 PM Monday
January 14, 2013 in Pinebluff proceeding down Addor Road until the driver reached US
15-501 in Hoke County. The motorcycle rider turned right and accelerated at a high rate
of speed before crossing into Scotland County driving towards Laurinburg.
At one point the driver was delayed by a long line of cars allowing the Pinebluff officer
to get right behind the subject. At that point the man pulled over beside of the road and
was taken into custody. As of this report officers are still on the scene, the exact nature of
what started the chase this evening is not clear.
Assisting the Pinebluff Police Department were units with the Scotland County
Sheriff’s Department, and the NC State Highway Patrol. We will update readers as more
information becomes available.
Sheriff Carter To Retire In May
Posted Wednesday January 9, 2013
Sheriff Lane Carter has officially announced his intent to retire effective May 1, 2013.
According to Moore County Board of Commissioners Chairman Nick Picerno, he
received a letter from the Sheriff Tuesday January 8, 2013 that was dated Monday January
7, 2013 announcing the Sheriff's intent to retire after 34 years in law enforcement.
The Moore County Republican Party Executive Committee met Tuesday night about
the Sheriff’s retirement. The committee is reported to have unanimously voted for Chief
Deputy Neil Godfrey to replace the Sheriff for the remainder of his elected term.
The Executive Committee will forward the information from their meeting to the
Moore County Board of Commissioners. Once the Board of Commissioners has been
officially notified, then the replacement of the Sheriff would be placed on the agenda to be
discussed at a regular county board meeting.
Local Forecast: Rain/Sleet Possible
High Temperature: 38
Low Temperature: 24
Wind: SSE to 10 mph
Chance Of Rain: 50%
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