News1A Hope Mills man was jailed on incest charges growing out of an investigation of a runaway juvenile. Oliver Bragg’s daughter ran away from her Round Grove Place home in Hope Mills. Now Bragg, 42, is charged with first degree statutory sexual offense and taking indecent liberties with his own child. Sheriff’s Office Sgt. Sean Swain says a routine runaway child report filed with the sheriff’s office in early April became something much more. Three days later, the Cumberland County Department of Social Services notified the sheriff that an uncle of the child, Timothy Brock, had reported that her father had been engaging in sexual intercourse with her since she was in the 7th grade. Brunswick County social worker Carrie Nelson disclosed details of the allegations, which began when she was 12 years old.  During a medical exam of the child on April 28, she again stated that Bragg made her preform sex acts. Bragg is being held in the Cumberland County Jail on $100,000 secured bond.

 

news2Sunday Bus Service Planned for Fayetteville     

Sunday bus service is provided in Raleigh, Durham, Greensboro and Wilmington. It’s not available in Fayetteville, but may be in the not too distant future. Fayetteville Area System of Transit Director Randy Hume told his citizen advisory committee he hopes to recommend initial Sabbath service in Fiscal Year 2018. His plan is to initially make it available on the eight busiest bus routes. The anticipated annual cost is $360,000. “Typically ridership on Sunday is about 20% of weekday usage,” said Hume. In Durham, he says, it’s higher at 26%. Sunday transit service has been a part of FAST’s Transit Development Plan for several years. As planned a year from now, and if approved by city council, Sunday buses would run on Routes 5, 6, 8, 12, 14, 15, 18 and 19. Door to door FASTtrac service for the disabled would parallel fixed route service.

 

news3If You See Something Say Something                     

Fayetteville Police are again reminding residents to report suspicious activity to 911 in conjunction with the Department of Homeland Security’s “If You See Something, Say Something” campaign. The request comes in the wake of the June 11 massacre at the Orlando night club. “We have not received notification of any local threats here in Fayetteville and we do not believe there is any immediate threat to our community,” said Police spokesman, Lt. David McLaurin. But “we need our citizens to be vigilant,” he added.  “If You See Something, Say Something” engages the public in protecting the homeland through greater awareness. To report suspicious activity, police ask that residents contact local law enforcement and describe specifically what was observed. That would include who or what was seen, when and where it was seen and why it was suspicious. If it’s an emergency, call 911 immediately. Suspicious activity could be unusual items or situations. For example, a vehicle parked in an odd location or a package left unattended. A person questioning individuals at a level beyond curiosity would be considered suspicious as would someone paying unusual attention to facilities or buildings beyond a casual interest. 

 

news4New Fort Bragg Green Beret Commander      

(photo of Col Moses was not available)

Col. Bradley D. Moses has assumed command of 3rd Special Forces Group (Airborne) at Fort Bragg. He takes over for Col. Robert Wilson whose next assignment is at the Pentagon in Washington, D.C. Moses previously served as commander of the group’s 3rd Battalion. The 3rd Group is one of five active duty Special Forces Groups in the Army. It’s now responsible for special operations assignments in Africa. For the last 13 years, Special Forces soldiers from 3rd Group have deployed almost always to Afghanistan and, to a lesser extent, Iraq. “The group’s transition is the result of an overarching look at how special operations forces were being allocated,” Wilson said. From ISIS to Boko Haram and al-Qaida, the 3rd Special Forces Group has been called on for numerous deployments in recent years. Those deployments have been costly. Forty-nine stone pavers on the 3rd Special Forces Group Memorial Walk honor the soldiers who died in Iraq or Afghanistan since 2001.

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