Fayetteville Police have charged a 15-year-old boy with the death of a man at a home on Conestoga Drive off Rim Road in West Fayetteville. The youth is being held at the Cumberland Regional Juvenile Detention Center. His name is being withheld. Police identified the victim of the fatal shooting as Donovan Lamar Moon, 30, of Vagabond Drive in Fayetteville. He was found dead in a car on Feb. 11.
In North Carolina, if a youth is 15 years old or younger and commits a crime, his or her case will be brought to the attention of the Juvenile Justice section of the North Carolina Department of Public Safety. The juvenile court must transfer jurisdiction to adult court if the youth is accused of committing a crime that would be a violent felony if they were an adult.
Fort Bragg hero to be memorialized in May
This article may seem familiar. Up & Coming Weekly reported the combat deaths of Army Special Forces Sgt. 1st Class Eric Emond, Capt. Andrew Patrick Ross and Air Force Combat Controller Staff Sgt. Dylan Elchin last fall. This week, there is an update.
The Green Berets were assigned to the 1st Battalion, 3rd Special Forces Group at Fort Bragg when they were deployed to Afghanistan last year. It was Emond’s seventh combat deployment. The three special operations troops died Nov. 27, 2018, when an improvised explosive device detonated in Ghanzi, Afghanistan, destroying their vehicle.
Emond, 39, will soon be remembered in his home state of Massachusetts, where he underwent rehabilitation in 2009 for earlier combat injuries. At that time, Emond organized the nonprofit group Massachusetts Fallen Heroes, which helps Gold Star families and veterans.
In 2014, the organization dedicated a memorial in Boston to honor the state’s heroes. The monument is a 50-foot tall, five-sided obelisk representing the branches of the United States armed services etched with the names of the honored service members.
Sgt. 1st Class Emond’s name will be added to the monument this coming May. He is survived by his wife and three young daughters.
Local judge appointed chief justice
Gov. Roy Cooper’s, D-NC, decision to elevate a former Fayetteville judge to chief justice of the North Carolina Supreme Court has resulted in unusual criticism from another member of the high court.
Republican Associate Justice Paul Newby, who has been on the court since 2005, claimed tradition put him in line for the top post. Newby, who intends to run for chief justice next year, said Cooper “decided to place raw partisan politics over a nonpartisan judiciary.”
Like Cooper, Beasley is a registered Democrat. Supreme Court races were nonpartisan elections until a law proposed by the Republican-controlled legislature was approved in 2016.
Beasley will be the first African-American woman to hold the job. Another Fayetteville jurist, Patricia Timmons-Goodson, in 2006 became the first African-American woman to serve on the Supreme Court.
Beasley will succeed Chief Justice Mark Martin, who is resigning the end of this month. “Justice Beasley is the right person at the right time,” Cooper said at news conference.
The governor cited Beasley’s varied legal experience. She served in the Cumberland County public defender’s office in the mid-1990s and became a District Court judge in 1999. Beasley was elected to the state Court of Appeals in 2008 and was appointed to the Supreme Court by then-Gov. Beverly Purdue, a Democrat. Beasley was elected to an eight-year term in 2014.
Cumberland County job fair
The 20th annual Department of Social Services March to Work Job Fair will be held Wednesday, March 20, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., at the Charlie Rose Agri-Expo Center at 1960 Coliseum Dr. Businesses with current or upcoming job openings are invited to register to participate at no charge. Each employer will be provided a booth at the fair that includes a table and chairs.
“The job fair attracts thousands of job seekers with a wide range of skill levels — from those that are professional or highly technical, to those who are semi- to unskilled,” said job fair coordinator Toni Wright-Harris. “This is a great opportunity for businesses to find qualified employees.”
Business representatives will be able to talk about their company and the employment opportunities that they have available with potential employees.
Employers who are interested in participating in the job fair can register by contacting Wright- Harris at 910-677-2344 or Robert Relyea at 910-677-2222.
Fort Bragg MWR is hiring
A job fair is also being held at Fort Bragg. The Fort Bragg Family & MWR hiring event is scheduled for Tuesday, Feb. 26, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. It’s being staged at the Tolson Youth Activities Center on Normandy Drive at Reilly Street. A listing of open positions is available at Bragg.armymwr.com. Qualified applicants will be interviewed on the spot. Officials said it is advisable to apply in advance a USAJOBS.gov