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Missing Juvenile Found
Safe In Aberdeen Friday
Posted Saturday December 7, 2013 11:30 PM
Patrol officers and detectives with the Aberdeen Police began searching for a
missing local youth Saturday evening. Officers had put out a request for local residents
to help and watch out for the missing teen. We are happy to report that the young man
has been found and he is safe.
Pinebluff Holds Ground Breaking
For New Emergency Facility
Posted Saturday December 7, 2013 2:15 AM
Pinebluff officials and residents joined together to hold an official Ground Breaking
Ceremony Saturday December 7th for a new Emergency Center building. The 13,000
square foot facility located on a 6 and a half acre site south of town on US Highway 1
will be home to both the Pinebluff Police Department, and the Pinebluff Fire
Marand Builders from Charlotte has one year to complete the project, however the
company has projected a five and a half month build out schedule. Neal Smith
Engineering designed the new building. Interim construction financing was provided for
the project by BB&T with final financing being arranged with USDA.
There more than 20 people showed up for the chilly afternoon event. Digging a
ceremonial scoop of dirt at the site to commemorate the event was Mayor Earlene
Mclamb, Pinebluff Fire Chief McKiver, Pinebluff Police Chief Nordgren, Pinebluff
Commissioner Jerry Williams, Pinebluff Commissioner Elect Joy Bennett, Town Clerk
Betty McDuffie, and retired fireman Pee Wee Brafford.
‘Bicycle Man’ Getting Help Before Christmas
Posted Thursday December 5, 2013 3:30 PM
The Southern Pines’ famous ‘bicycle man’ who spends the days from Christmas to
Christmas fixing bikes of all sizes for those in need was visited by a Grinch early last
month. More than half his supply for this year was stolen.
Now, because of the brief time before Christmas morning when the bikes are
distributed in Bo’s parking lot, Southern Pine, several people have rallied to try and
replenish his supply so no child will leave without new wheels.
The RSVP (Retired Seniors Volunteer Program), located at the Senior Enrichment
Center on Hwy. 15-501, 2 miles north of the Pinehurst traffic circle, is collecting gently
used or new bikes. Program director, Tommy Deese, can be reached at 910-215-
0900. He will arrange for pickup, if necessary.
(Contributed by Ann Robson, regular writer for OutreachNC)
AberdeenTimes.Com News Publication
Improvements Well Underway
Posted Sunday December 1, 2013 10:35 PM
As we enter the last month of the year it makes us reflect on the new beginnings
coming with a new year just around the corner. We have been working hard behind the
scenes to make AberdeenTimes.Com your number one local news publication on the
internet, and would like to take a moment to update our readers on these ongoing
One of our important focus goals was to recruit local writers to write local specialty
feature sections and help us expand the local news coverage. We are happy to report
that although we are not finished, we have several new regular feature writers that have
already began to have their work published in AberdeenTimes.Com with several more
new writers covering a variety of topics in the works.
With what we believe is going to become one of your favorite feature sections we
are working with a number of local artist to bring our readers a one of a kind locally
produced Comics & Funnies feature section with new sections starting soon
The most important program we have underway is switching the operating platform
for AberdeenTimes.Com to a more modern up-to-date program. We are working hard
to preserve the basic site feel that IS AberdeenTimes.Com with many added new
amenities such as article archiving and the ability to search our site for past posted
material which cannot be done now.
We are taking our time to make sure that everything is just the way we want it
before we roll out the new program. This change to the new platform is going to be most
noticeable by mobile users who have had problems with the current site where pictures
and ads may cover part of the wording with some stories.
As 2013 comes to a close and 2014 comes to a beginning, we have dedicated
ourselves to continue improving our breaking news coverage ALL across Moore
County and presenting it using the best possible online format possible for our readers
across a variety of devices.
Holiday Shopping Safety Tips
From Sheriff Godfrey
Posted Wednesday November 27, 2013 3:30 PM
The holiday season is right around the corner and shoppers are crowding malls and
discount stores to buy the latest gadgets and find the best deals. But what shoppers are
neglecting is their safety. According to Moore County Sheriff Neil Godfrey “This time
of year attracts more shopping-related criminal activity because of the larger crowds and
the extended store hours. These factors and the usual distraction of shopping, creates a
more favorable environment for petty thieves and other offenders.
Sheriff Godfrey encourages all Moore County residents to follow these safety tips:
• A single shopper is the best target for theft. Always shop with a friend or relative.
• When going shopping, tell someone where you are going and what time to expect you
to return. Also, make sure they know what you are wearing, as well as the type of
vehicle you are driving.
• Shop during daylight hours. If you shop at night, park your vehicle in a well-lit area.
• Dress casually and comfortably and avoid wearing expensive jewelry. If carrying cash,
keep it in your front pocket rather than in a purse or wallet. This makes it much more
difficult for a pick-pocket to remove. Also store car keys in a pants or jacket pocket.
If your purse is stolen, you will still be able to drive home.
• Pay careful attention to your surroundings and avoid overloading yourself with
packages. It is important to have clear visibility and freedom of motion to avoid
• When returning to your vehicle, check around it and in the back seat. Be aware of
strangers approaching you for any reason. Have your car keys in your hand to avoid
spending unnecessary time unprotected from the security of your vehicle.
• If you feel uneasy returning to your vehicle alone, find a security guard and ask them to
walk you to your car.
According to Sheriff Godfrey, “During this time of year, busy holiday shoppers
become careless and vulnerable to other crimes as well. Credit card fraud and gift card
fraud are also on the rise. However, taking a few preventive measures can help.”
Credit Card Fraud:
• Keep a close watch on your credit card every time you use it, and make sure you get it
back as quickly as possible.
• Never write your PIN number on your credit card.
• Never leave your credit cards or receipts lying around.
• Shield your credit card number so that others around you can’t copy it or capture it on
a mobile telephone or other camera.
• Only carry credit cards that you absolutely need.
• Shred anything with your credit card number written on it.
• If you’re planning to purchase online, make sure the web page where you enter your
credit card information is secure through SSL (Secure Socket Layer). You can tell if the
web page is secure by looking for the gold lock or key icon at the bottom corner of your
• If you’re not comfortable submitting your information through the internet, call the seller
and give them your information over the telephone. Never send your credit card
information via email.
• Check the company out. Only do business with companies that provide a physical
address and telephone number.
• Keep good records. Always print out a copy of any online products or services you
Gift Card Fraud:
• Never buy gift cards from online auction sites. This is a large source of gift card fraud.
Many of the gift cards are stolen, counterfeit or used.
• Only buy gift cards directly from the store issuing the gift card or from a secure
• Don’t buy gift cards off of publicly displayed racks in retail stores. Only purchase gift
cards at the sales terminal from the cashier.
• Always carefully examine both the front and back of a gift card before you buy it. If
you see a PIN number, ask for a different card. If the card looks like it has been
tampered with in any way, put it back.
• Always ask the store cashier to scan the gift card in front of you. This will guarantee
that your card is valid when you buy it and that it reflects the balance you just charged it
• Always keep your receipt as a proof of purchase as long as there is money stored on
the gift card.
• If possible, register your gift card at the store’s website
• Never give your Social Security number, date of birth or any other unneeded private
information when purchasing a gift card. No reputable company will ask for this
In light of these problems, Sheriff Godfrey warns shoppers to be careful so that
they don’t become the victim of criminal activity. “Unfortunately, when shopping,
people have a tendency to let their guard down, however, paying attention and taking
precautions will help reduce their chances of being victimized.”
First Annual Polar Plunge To Support
Special Olympics Coming To Pinehurst
Posted Tuesday November 26, 2013 5:30 PM
Each year, the Pinehurst Police Department works hard along with our community
in support of over 38,000 Special Olympics NC athletes. The department would like to
take a little of your time today to ask you to put an upcoming event on your radar.
At Pinehurst PD, they are getting ready to “JUMP” into full swing with fund raising
for the First Annual Polar Plunge for 2014 Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special
Olympics. The event will be held in late January 2014 at the Pinehurst Marina.
Burrrr…. Let me ask you a few questions:
Who is it among you in your department, school, church, business, or practice that
would be willing to step up as true heroes and lead the charge to challenge your
organization to raise the entry fee of at least $ 500 to see your representative run into
Pinehurst Lake while dressed in a super hero costume for this worthy cause?
Who is it in your organization that you would really like to see charge into the lake
in January while all dressed up in a super hero costume???
Have you ever felt like telling someone to go jump into the lake??? Your Boss?
Your Teacher? Your Principle? Your Pastor? A coworker? Your Dentist? Your
Doctor? Your Elected Officials? Now you can!!! and they can step up and join you in
this worthy cause! You can truly “Make it happen” if you just raise the entry fee and
join us in this first annual event!
This event will only be successful if there are a few leaders among us out there
brave enough to stand up like true “HEROS” and join the Pinehurst Police Department
in this endeavor!!!
1st, 2nd and 3rd place trophies will be awarded for the best hero costumes as well
as 1st, 2nd 3rd place for fund raising totals above the entry fee.
Chief Earl Phipps will be sending out an updated link to the fundraising web site
along with the specifics for the event date and how to join the cause next week after the
Thanksgiving break, which we will share with readers. Get ready to have a blast and
help our community all at the same time!!!
Update To Officer Involved Auto Accident
Posted Wednesday November 20, 2013 11:55 AM
In an update to the wreck last night that involved a Vass police officer we wanted
to let readers know that he is ok. We spoke with Vass Police Chief Brian Dell
Wednesday morning and Officer Schofield was treated and released from the hospital in
Pinehurst last night. The Chief spoke with Officer Schofield this morning and although
bruised and sore the officer escaped serious injury.
The driver of the vehicle that hit Officer Schofield remains hospitalized this morning.
Her exact condition is not known as of this story. Troopers estimated that the driver was
driving at 60 mph when the collision occurred.
Vass Police Officer Hit Head-On
In Wreck Tuesday Night
Posted Tuesday November 19, 2013 10:00 PM
Updated Tuesday November 19, 2013 10:10 PM
A Vass Police Officer became a hero tonight shortly after 8:00 PM saving the lives
of countless drivers on the road driving behind him. A report was given over the radio to
law enforcement to watch for a driver who was driving in the wrong lane of US Highway
1 near the Vass exit.
According to Vass Police Chief Brian Deel, Police Officer Andrew Schofield was
driving on US Highway 1 when he saw a car approaching driving in the wrong lane. The
officer turned on his emergency flashers and flashed his headlights to try and get the
woman’s attention to no avail as the car kept approaching.
Officer Schofield had a choice to make at that time. The 28 year old police officer
had plenty of time to move out of the way and let this woman drive right by him. With
the knowledge that there were vehicles behind him the officer made the decision to stay
in his lane as the other vehicle struck his patrol car almost head-on.
It is not known why the woman was driving on the wrong side of the divided
highway. The driver of the other vehicle was a 67 year old woman who police have not
identified. She was seriously injured and was airlifted to a Trauma Center for treatment.
The injured officer was transported to the hospital in Pinehurst by ambulance with
Responding to the accident tonight were units with Cypress Point Fire & Rescue,
Southern Pines Fire & Rescue, Moore County EMS, Moore County Sheriff’s
Department, Vass Police Department and the NC State Highway Patrol. The accident is
under investigation as more details become available we will update readers.
Law Enforcement Joint Investigation
Formed After Drive-By Shootings
Posted Monday November 18, 2013 3:00 PM
We have been in close contact with law enforcement throughout the night and day
following up on the two drive-by shootings into residences reported in southern Moore
County Sunday night. Officials have formed a joint investigation between the Sheriff’s
Department, the Aberdeen Police Department and NC Probation and Parole combining
efforts and resources in investigating the similar cases that happened one right after the
other only miles apart.
Detectives from the departments spent part of the day sharing information between
the two crime scenes to see if any similarities might be found. The Aberdeen Department
and the Sheriff’s Department routinely work together closely anyway, this just focuses
theses efforts even more.
The investigation into these shootings continues, if you have information on either of
these shooting incidents or the people involved please contact the Aberdeen Police
Department at (910) 944-9721, the Aberdeen Police Crime Tip Line at (910) 944-
4561, call the Moore County Sheriff’s Department at (910) 947-2931 or by calling
Second Drive-By Shooting Incident
Reported Sunday Night
Posted Sunday November 17, 2013 11:50 PM
A second drive-by shooting has been reported in southern Moore County tonight.
The Moore County Sheriff’s Department is currently on the scene investigating a
reported shooting into a residence just outside of Pinebluff.
No injuries were reported with this incident. Captain Bill Mackey with the Moore
County Sheriff’s Department stated that detectives are on the scene on Morgan Lane
near West Philadelphia Avenue interviewing possible witnesses.
Captain Mackey stated that it was too early to tell if this shooting was any way
related to the incident that happened in Aberdeen earlier tonight, however investigators
at the two different shooting scenes are looking at any possible connections.
Anyone with information is asked to call the Moore County Sheriff’s Department
at (910) 947-2931 or by calling 911. We will update readers if anymore information
becomes available on either of these shooting incidents tonight.
Drive-By Shooting Injures One
In Aberdeen Sunday
Posted Sunday November 17, 2013 8:40 PM
Updated Sunday November 17, 2013 11:00 PM
A drive-by shooting with injuries occurred in Aberdeen Sunday evening. The
shooting happened at 908 Colonial Avenue off of Saunders Avenue just after 7:00 PM.
The home was obviously hit by bullets with the glass front door totally shattered. A
50 year old woman in the home was hit one or more times by bullets. Her husband
spoke to one of our reporters at the scene. He stated they were just sitting at home like
normal when suddenly bullets began to hit the house. He stated “we are just ordinary
people we don’t bother nobody so why would this happen to us?”
Officers could be seen marking where shells from the gun fired stretched down the
road for an estimated 100 feet or more. The victim was transported to the hospital in
Pinehurst by ambulance with reported non-life threatening injuries.
According to Aberdeen Police Chief Tim Wenzel who was on the scene, there
were numerous bullet holes in the home. The Chief also indicated that all of the bullet
casings were found along the roadside or in the roadway.
Responding to the shooting were units with Aberdeen Fire & Rescue, Moore
County EMS, the Moore County Sheriff’s Department and the Aberdeen Police
The investigation into this shooting continues, if you have information on this
shooting or the people involved please contact the Aberdeen Police Department at
(910) 944-9721, the Aberdeen Police Crime Tip Line at (910) 944-4561 or by calling