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Gunman robs area bingo parlor

A bingo business at the southeastern edge of the Englewood area recently was held up at gunpoint and police need the public’s help catching the robber.

The holdup occurred at 6:28 a.m. on Oct. 24 at Catawba Bingo, which is in the 100 block of South Wesleyan Boulevard, Cpl. Clay Wilder said.

The robbery occurred after a man entered the business and a worker asked the man for identification for scanning so the man could be allowed to pass, Wilder said.

The man pulled out a handgun, demanded money and got away with about $1,000 in cash, Wilder said.

No one was injured, but the robber fled via the parking lot, Wilder said.

The man is described as black, about 5-feet, 7-inches tall and 170 pounds, with hair worn in short dreadlocks.

The man was wearing a dark jacket with a hood and camouflage pattern pants.

Anyone with additional information about this crime or any crimes in the area is asked to contact police at 252-972-1411 or Crime Stoppers at 252-977-1111 or crimestoppers@rockymountnc.gov.

Tips also can be texted to police at 274637 by beginning messages with RMPOL to direct the tip to the Rocky Mount Police Department and typing up to 155 characters about the information.

Showcase highlights career options

Nash Community College and Nash-Rocky Mount Public Schools jointly hosted the tenth annual Career and Technical Education Open House Showcase on Tuesday in the Business & Industry Center at the college.

Nash Community College works with the school district to help provide much of the Career and Technical Education offered in the school district. The event featured roughly 78 stations where students could explore career options, programs offered at NCC and internships and job opportunities available through local industry partners.

Chad Thompson, executive director of secondary education and CTE for Nash-Rocky Mount Public Schools, now heads the CTE program for the school district.

‘’We have really tried to incorporate a lot of hands-on activities at this event,” Thompson said. “This allows students to better understand what that trade can do from a hands-on perspective.”

One of the main goals of the CTE Showcase is to expose students and their families to different career options and help them learn more about the pathways available to pursue those careers.

“The CTE showcase introduces students to the options they have, starting in high schools, to what they can do at Nash Community College (and) to what the businesses and industries in this area have to offer,” Thompson said.

Students in grades 5 to 12 and their parents were invited to the event.

“With our new legislation, we have a fifth-grade aspect,” Thompson said. “But we want to start this early anyway because it has been our plan to let our students know what we have to offer in middle school and high school. We want them to have those options in their head so once they get to high school, they are ready to go.”

Nash Community College set up several stations at the event allowing students to explore activities related to various courses and programs offered at the college. Some of these stations included automotive service technology, electronics engineering technology, informational technology and programming, veterinary technology and culinary arts.

Matthew Booth was at the Associate of Engineering station demonstrating a roller coaster made by NCC students.

Some of the local organizations represented at the event included the Nash County Sheriff’s Office, Cummins Rocky Mount Engine Plant and Edwards Inc. in Spring Hope.

The station for Edwards Inc. was strategically located next to an NCC booth that allowed students to try out a virtual welder.

Joshua Evernham, a seventh-grade student, tried his hand at welding.

“I really like this event. I liked trying out the welder,” Evernham said.

While Joshua Evernham still is considering his future career options, his older brother Daniel is zoning in on a career in culinary arts.

“I might come to Nash Community College for their culinary arts program. I don’t know yet. But I would like to open my own restaurant someday,” Daniel Evernham said.

Joel Lee, engineering manager at Edwards Inc., said his company hires a lot of people who come to train in welding at NCC.

“We are welders and fabricators,” Lee said. “We hire a lot of people from all the community colleges, but with Nash being so close to us, we keep six to 10 interns in our shop all the time and we hire many of them.”

Lee said the relationship with NCC works well for his company.

“Nash teaches them how to weld; we teach them how to be welders. And we pay them,” Lee said.

Authorities charge man in homicide

A 30-year-old Edgecombe County man is jailed in connection with a weekend double shooting in Princeville that claimed the life of one man and wounded another, authorities said.

Melvin Ray Jones Jr. is charged with first-degree murder of Dekotah “Peanut” Redmond of Greenville, Edgecombe County Sheriff Clee Atkinson said Wednesday. Jones also is charged with attempted first-degree murder of Travis Lemond Draughn of Tarboro, Atkinson said.

Jones, of the 100 block of Specklebird Lane, is being held without bond after having been arrested without incident, Atkinson said.

Atkinson told the Telegram in a text message, “We will continue to work as hard as we can to keep our citizens safe. I will not tolerate reckless shooters and senseless violence. Our citizens deserve peace in their homes and communities.”

Atkinson also expressed appreciation to his deputies for working tirelessly since Sunday morning and to local residents for cooperating with the probe.

The case can be traced to about 7 a.m. on Sunday, when witnesses discovered a body along Church Street in Princeville.

The deceased was identified as Redmond and the medical examiner concluded he was killed as a result of gunfire, the sheriff’s office said in a press release.

A deputy working on Saturday evening in Princeville had seen numerous people congregating in the yard of a residence along Church Street and continued to see people there until 2:50 a.m. on Sunday, when he went off duty, the sheriff’s office said.

After Redmond’s body was discovered, detectives processed the crime scene and interviewed people who had been at the gathering, the sheriff’s office said.

The probe included executing search warrants of telephone records and social media accounts along with reviewing surveillance footage from various businesses and residences, the sheriff’s office said.

The probe concluded the gathering had been going on at the time Redmond was believed to have been killed, the sheriff’s office said.

Draughn was shot at the same time as Redmond and Draughn has been treated and released from Vidant Edgecombe Hospital, the sheriff’s office said.

The sheriff’s office is asking for the public’s help providing any additional information they may know about the case and said more arrests are pending.

A $5,000 reward remains posted for any information to help convict those responsible for the shootings.

Funeral services for Redmond, 29, are set for 1 p.m. on Saturday at Conetoe Chapel Missionary Baptist Church.

The Rev. Richard E. Joyner will officiate and a burial will follow in the church cemetery.

The visitation will be from noon to 1 p.m. on Saturday at the church. Hemby-Willoughby Mortuary of Tarboro is in charge of arrangements.

Forum set to explore breast cancer issues


The Susan G. Komen’s NC Triangle to the Coast affiliate, working with volunteers in Edgecombe, Nash and Halifax counties, will host “Understanding Stage IV: A Brunch on Metastatic Breast Cancer” on Nov. 7.

The purpose of the forum, which will be held from 10:30 a.m. until 1:30 p.m. in the Mobley Atrium at the Fleming Building at Edgecombe Community College, is to provide individuals living with metastatic breast cancer — also known as thrivers — caregivers, providers and survivors the opportunity to learn more about metastatic breast cancer.

The goal of the event is to share more information about metastatic breast cancer and engage in an open dialogue between Komen NC Triangle to the Coast, clinicians, survivors and people living with metastatic breast cancer while developing a passionate, informed and supportive community.

“Breast cancer doesn’t kill people … metastatic breast cancer kills people,” said metastatic breast cancer thriver Stephanie Walker of Tarboro. Walker, a member of the planning committee and a panelist, was diagnosed with metastatic breast cancer in July 2015 and will receive treatment for the rest of her life.

“It (cancer) is in my bones. I will never be cancer-free. My markers might be stable, but I will always have cancer,” she said.

Pam Kohl, executive director of Komen’s Triangle to the Coast affiliate, said, “We have to keep cancer in the breast. If we keep it in the breast, it doesn’t kill.”

The program will include a session titled “MBC/Stage IV 101” that will feature Dr. Sarah Sammons, assistant professor of breast medical oncology at Duke, clinical trialist, researcher and breast cancer doctor.

Sammons completed her undergraduate work at the University of Delaware, received her medical education at Sidney Kimmel Medical College-Thomas Jefferson University and completed her residency at the University of Maryland.

Sammons’ career focus is in the treatment of women with aggressive sub-types of breast cancer such as triple negative and ERBB-2 (gene) amplified. She also has a special interest in early phase drug development and toxicity management.

Also on the agenda is a metastatic breast cancer personal advocacy session with cancer patient Katie Keeter and Dr. Jay Manikkam, an oncologist at the Nash UNC Talbot Cancer Center. This is a conversation-style facilitated session where a local thriver living with MBC/Stage IV and a medical provider discuss the challenges and importance of self-advocacy and developing a working relationship between patient and medical provider.

A group panel will address the needs and barriers to care and will include radiation oncologist Dr. Michael Sorenson of the Roanoke Valley Cancer Center in Roanoke Rapids, Brittney Saia of the Department of Public Health, Scott Phillips, oncology patient navigator at Vidant Edgecombe Cancer Center and a person living and thriving with metastatic breast cancer and a caregiver or support person.

There also will be round table discussions.

This session will end with a 10-minute round table discussion to gather insight for addressing the barriers for people living with MBC/Stage IV in Edgecombe, Halifax and Nash counties.

Cost of the forum is $5 per person. Scholarships are available for people with breast cancer.

For more information, contact Community Health Program Manager Lolita Smith-Moore at lsmithmoore@komennctc.org or 919-493-2873. To register, go to http://nctc.info-komen.org/site/Calendar?id=24298&view=Detail.