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District Attorney Maureen Krueger announces that on Wednesday May 9, 2018, the District Attorney’s office concluded a jury trial in which a Moore County jury found defendant Russell Rufus McLaughlin guilty of all counts lodged against him.

On March 29, 2017 the Moore County Sheriff’s Department received a call about an overnight break in at the Tommy’s Crown gas station on 15-501. Deputies responded to the crime and it was investigated by the Criminal Investigation Division. That investigation resulted in the felony charges being lodged against McLaughlin.

McLaughlin was convicted of felony breaking and entering, felony larceny and felony possession of stolen goods. Because of McLaughlin’s prior criminal history, he was also convicted of habitual breaking and entering. As part of the Justice Reinvestment Act, The North Carolina General Assembly created a new offense of habitual breaking and entering in order to increase the punishment for repeat offenders. After the verdicts were returned, Judge Tanya Wallace, the Superior Court Judge presiding, sentenced McLaughlin to 44 months minimum 65 months maximum in prison.

The District Attorney’s Office worked closely with members of the Moore County Sheriff’s Department to bring this case to trial. Lt. Brock Holder was the case agent and shared the prosecution table with Assistant District Attorney Peter Strickland during the trial this week. The District Attorney’s Office appreciates the hard work of the Moore County Sheriff’s Department in this case and will continue to work closely with all law enforcement agencies to seek justice.

 

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    Frank Theatres Sandhills Cinema 10 located at 104 Brucewood Road was closed Wednesday morning by the Southern Pines Fire Department Read More
  • Roy Burch Joins Towering Pines Real Estate +

    (Southern Pines) Roy Burch, a real estate sales professional in Southern Pines, has joined Towering Pines Real Estate. Read More
  • Loblolly Garden Club Installs New Officers +

    The Loblolly Garden Club met at the Weymouth Center on May 14th for their end-of-the-year luncheon and installation of new Read More
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Crime Reports

  • Bomb Threat Forces Evacuation Of Courthouse Wednesday +

    The Moore County Sheriff's Office and Carthage Police Department evacuated the Courthouse in Carthage following a Bomb Threat Wednesday morning. Read More
  • Teen Under $50,000 Bond After B&E Arrest +

    Sheriff Neil Godfrey announced the arrest of James Alan Starling for Breaking and Entering. Read More
  • Cameron Man Charged With B&E +

    Moore County Sheriff Neil Godfrey announced the arrest of Spencer Deandre Dowd for Breaking and Entering. Read More
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Obituaries

  • Rev. John B. McRae of Raeford +

    Rev. John B. McRae, 88, of Raeford, died Friday, May 18, 2018. Read More
  • Ronnie Lee Ring of Vass Obituary +

    Ronnie Lee Ring, age 61, of Vass, passed away on Thursday, May 17, 2018 at his home. Read More
  • Julian "Morton" McArthur Obituary +

    Julian "Morton" McArthur age 79 of 997 Pinebluff LakeRoad in Aberdeen went to be with the Lord on May 19,2018 Read More
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Accident & Fire

  • One Person Airlifted After Cargo Truck Overturns Tuesday +

    A man was transported to a Trauma Center by helicopter Tuesday after a single vehicle rollover accident involving a cargo Read More
  • Man Airlifted Monday After Moped Accident +

    A Moore County man was airlifted to a Trauma Center following a single vehicle moped accident Monday afternoon outside of Read More
  • Diesel Fuel Leak Closes Highway Exit Ramp Monday Afternoon +

    A fuel leak from a tractor trailer caused emergency officials to temporarily close a highway exit while the leak was Read More
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