Belk employees charged

with theft and fraud

ROCKINGHAM — Police have charged two Belk employees with stealing from their employer and an Ellerbe with attempting to defraud Summit Church.

Ashley Woodard, 29, of Hamlet allegedly stole clothing on three occasions and jewelry on one occasion. She is charged with three felony counts of larceny by an employee and Hailey, with one felony count of larceny by an employee. Woodard was given a $5,000 unsecured bond.

Crystal Hailey, 44, of Wadesboro, allegedly stole clothing and jewelry on June 23, according to warrants for her arrest. She is charged with one felony count of larceny by an employee. Hailey received no bond.

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Man accused in

child labor case dies

GODWIN — A man accused using child labor to run fish markets, including one in Lumberton, has died.

John McCollum died at his home on Wednesday of heart disease. He was 67 years old.

Allen Rogers, a Fayetteville attorney, said his client was innocent, and the stress of the charges hurt his health.

He was arrested in January. He had owned and operated John C’s Fish Market on Elizabethtown Road in Lumberton. McCollum had been a preacher in the Fayetteville area since the 1980s.

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Man charged with

shooting son-in-law

LUMBERTON — The man who allegedly shot his son-in-law in the head has been charged with using a deadly weapon with the intent of killing him, court records show.

Charles Prevatte, 45, was charged with felony assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill inflicting serious injury. He was placed in the Robeson County jail under a $50,000 bond.

Earl Godwin, 28, was taken to an undisclosed hospital for treatment, said Maj. Anthony Thompson, with the Sheriff’s Office. His condition was not available as of Thursday.

Thompson previously said the incident stemmed from “some type of domestic issue.”

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Library is set to

host Batman Day

WADESBORO — National Batman Day is approaching and the Hampton B. Allen Library is hosting the free celebration Sept. 15. The event will be held downstairs in the little theater of the library, from noon until 3 p.m.

A Bat-packed day is planned with television episodes, comics, trivia and the Dark Knight himself will be there for photos and autographs.

The national event has been celebrated at the library since librarian Aaron Mehaffey started in 2015.

For information, call 704-694-5177.

From AP and staff reports.