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Shelters to open for ‘white flag’ night ahead of cold front

Salvation Army logo Local homeless shelters will be opening expanded space for “white flag’’ nights as the area prepares for a blast of Artic cold weather that will see overnight temperatures dip into the teens.

White flag nights are when the shelters let the homeless and destitute inside to give them a place to stay when the weather is 32 degrees or lower or in the event of inclement weather.

The Salvation Army will open for white flag nights Friday, Dec. 23 through Tuesday, Dec. 27 with the possibility of opening Wednesday as well, said Vanessa Chavis, the shelter manager.

The hours are 7 p.m. to 7 a.m. at the shelter at 220 E. Russell St.

Chavis said the regular shelter reached capacity on Tuesday.

Identification is not required for white flag nights, she said. Only a full name and the last four digits of an individual’s Social Security number are needed.

“We are prepared for white flag,” Chavis said. “We are always watching temperatures and stay prepared for that with coordinated entries. Actually, white flag has not begun for us. We’re actually waiting and preparing for it with the food and other things that we need. We usually order extra food so we can have more than enough.”

The Manna Church Dream Center men's shelter on Person Street normally offers 20 beds for those in need. On white flag nights, an additional two beds open up at the shelter. As of Wednesday evening, the shelter was two beds below capacity, leaving four available beds on white flag nights.

Manager Randy Davis said he already had a man eager to take one of the two white flag spots, leaving three beds open for the upcoming cold weather nights.

The hours are 6 p.m. to 6 a.m.

"They just need to show up,’’ Davis said. “First come, first served."

True Vine Ministries, which has provided space previously on white flag nights, could not be reached for comment.

Andrew Kren, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Raleigh, said rain showers moving into the area will increase in coverage tonight and into Thursday morning. The rain should be moving out by Thursday afternoon.

“But the main impact is what we’ve been advertising most of the week,” Kren said. “A strong Arctic cold front moving through Friday morning. With that, temperatures will be more or less dropping. That front will move through Friday morning and temperatures will pretty much tap out in the upper 40s in the early morning hours but then quickly crash into the 30s and eventually into the 20s by the evening hours. Overnight lows on Saturday morning will mostly be in the teens.”

Along with the frontal passage, he said, they are expecting some strong wind gusts Friday with some reaching upwards of 45 mph. With the high wind gusts and the Arctic cold air coming in, wind chills will likely be in the lower teens and single digits Friday night.

The coldest day is forecast for Saturday, with temperatures in the low 30s, Kren said. Morning lows on Saturday and Sunday will be in the mid-teens.

Temperatures on Sunday morning will warm up a little, to the upper 30s.

“That’s well below normal,” he said. “Our normal basically for the holiday weekend in the Fayetteville area, generally, are in the mid-50s. And our average lows are in the mid-30s. So, temperatures in the 30s for highs and lows in the teens Saturday and Sunday morning are well below average.”

The record on Christmas Eve is 14 degrees set in 1989. Saturday’s forecast calls for “cutting it close” to the record low for this area, Kren said.

The record low, he said, is 4 degrees set in 1989 for Dec. 23 and Christmas Day.

“So, we’re unlikely to reach that on Sunday morning but Saturday morning, we’ll be very close to reaching that record low of 14.”

Temperatures are anticipated to rise into the low 40s on Monday and Tuesday.

“A nice little warming trend, if you want to call it that,” he said. “Certainly, warmer than it will be this weekend. That’s still below average.”

Funeral to be this Friday for Cumberland County deputy killed in vehicle strike

Bolanos AnaviscaOscarA funeral service for Cumberland County sheriff’s Deputy Oscar Yovani Bolanos-Anavisca Jr., who was killed in the line of duty last Friday, be held this Friday, Dec. 23, according to a Sheriff’s Office news release.

Visitation will begin at 10 a.m. at Rivers of Living Water church, 1764 Bingham Drive, followed by the funeral service at 2 p.m.
Bolanos-Anavisca, who was 23, will be laid to rest at Rockfish Memorial Park, 4017 Gillespie St., the release said.

The service will be open to the public, and law enforcement officers and people who work in the justice system are invited.
Rivers of Living Water will stream the funeral service on its Facebook page, Rivers of Living Water on Facebook.

Bolanos-Anavisca died after being struck by a vehicle on Gillespie Street early last Friday, according to the Sheriff’s Office. He and other deputies were investigating a robbery report at the Circle K convenience store at 2990 Gillespie St. at 2:46 a.m. last Friday, a news release said.

As deputies returned from running a canine track, Bolanos-Anavisca, who was walking, was hit by a vehicle, the release said.
Bolanos-Anavisca was taken by ambulance to Cape Fear Valley Medical Center, where he died from his injuries.

Investigators said Nicholas Terlizzi, 24, of Linden, was driving the vehicle that struck the deputy. Terlizzi was charged with death by motor vehicle; hit and run; driving while impaired; reckless driving to endanger; driving while license revoked; no liability insurance; revoked tag; driving a motor vehicle with no registration; and failing to stop for a steady red light, according to the North Carolina Highway Patrol.

Bolanos-Anavisca was “a dedicated, selfless member of the Sheriff’s Office who lost his life protecting the citizens of Cumberland County,” the Sheriff’s Office said in a news release last week.

Bolanos-Anavisca joined the Cumberland County Sheriff’s Office in November 2020, a news release said. Before being assigned to C Platoon, he was a school resource officer at Hope Mills Middle School.

Sheriff: 'This young man gave his life for something that he wanted to do'

Deputy Shield Family and co-workers of Cumberland County sheriff’s Deputy Oscar Yovani Bolanos-Anavisca Jr. gathered Dec. 16 afternoon to recall the 23-year-old who was killed earlier in the day after being struck by a vehicle on Gillespie Street.

Nearly 30 members of the deputy’s family quietly entered the Sheriff’s Assembly Room for a news conference. Most were crying, and they comforted one another.

The family had gathered with members of the Cumberland County Sheriff’s Office, Cumberland County staff and other officials.

“I’m standing here with a heavy heart here,” Sheriff Ennis Wright said. “Just lost a good deputy, a mother lost a son, sisters and brothers lost a brother. Cousins, nephews. I look at it as a senseless tragedy that could have been prevented. What we have — drinking and driving on these roadways.”

Bolanos-Anavisca Jr. died from injuries he received while he and other deputies were investigating a robbery report at the Circle K convenience store at 2990 Gillespie St. just before 3 a.m.

“This young man gave his life for something that he wanted to do,” Wright said.

Nicholas Terlizzi, 24, of Linden, has been charged with death by motor vehicle, hit and run, driving while impaired, driving while license revoked, reckless driving to endanger, failing to stop for steady red light and other North Carolina registration violations, according to Lt. Scott Smith of Troop B of the N.C. Highway Patrol.

He is being held at the Cumberland County Detention Center under a $1 million bond, Smith said.

Cumberland County District Attorney Billy West later said that Terlizzi’s $1 million bond had been upgraded on Friday to no bond during his first appearance.

West said his office would “get justice in this case.’’

“The one promise I can make to his family and to this community,” West said, “we will get justice in this case for what was done today. Because we lost an officer that was protecting us and willing to give his life to serve and protect us. And we lost a citizen of this county and this state. And for that, we will get justice.”

Bolanos-Anavisca was returning to the convenience store after working with the canine unit when he was hit by a vehicle while crossing Gillespie Street, the sheriff said.

“We had an officer out there doing his job,” Wright said. “What he loved to do. What he wanted to do. And his life taken away so quickly. A highly senseless act for someone to get behind the wheel after they had been drinking and decided to drive a vehicle.”

Wright recalled that when Bolanos-Anavisca joined the department two other family members also started with the Sheriff’s Office.

“And it’s something that he always wanted to do is be a deputy. All of them wanted to do — be a sheriff’s deputy,” the sheriff said. “It really bothers me because this was our week for swearing everyone back in. It really bothers me that this has just happened.”

Wright then went into the details of what occurred Friday morning.

“The morning started out, deputies responded to the Circle K at Gillespie and Black & Decker. Once the deputies got there, the suspect was gone. And like we do, being good officers, they started to try to track the suspect down.”

The deputies were returning from running a canine track. Bolanos-Anavisca and the other deputies waited until the light was red to cross the roadway, Wright said.

“The subject driving the BMW did not stop at the red-light signal,” Wright said.

Bolanos-Anavisca was hit, the Sheriff’s Office has said.

Deputies administered lifesaving efforts, a release said. Bolanos-Anavisca was taken by ambulance to Cape Fear Valley Medical Center, where he died from his injuries.
The driver of the vehicle left the scene but was located a short distance away, the Sheriff’s Office has said.

“Like I say, it weighs on me’’ Wright said. “I take the responsibility for every deputy that’s in this Sheriff’s Office. I take responsibility for that.”

Bolanos-Anavisca joined the Sheriff’s Office in November 2020. He previously worked as a school resource officer at Hope Mills Middle School, the Sheriff’s Office said in a release.

“On behalf of the Cumberland County Board of Commissioners and all Cumberland County employees, we are devastated by the tragic loss of one of our own – Deputy Oscar Yovani Bolanos-Anavisca Jr.,’’ Toni Stewart, chairwoman of the county Board of Commissioners said in a release. “We extend our condolences, our thoughts and our prayers to his family during their time of grief. Deputy Bolanos-Anavisca was part of the Cumberland County government family, and our hearts break for his coworkers in the Cumberland County Sheriff’s Office and across our organization, as well as all the lives he touched.

“We appreciate the selfless service he provided to the citizens of Cumberland County over the last two years as he worked to keep his fellow citizens safe.”

The N.C. State Bureau of Investigation and N.C. State Highway Patrol are investigating the incident.

Man taken into custody after 6-hour standoff with police

police lights N2210P17003H A man was taken into custody after a six-hour standoff with police on Friday Dec. 16, the Fayetteville Police Department said.

Members of the Police Department’s Violent Crime Apprehension Team received information that a wanted suspect was at a residence on the 2000 block of Caramel Drive, the Police Department said in a release.

The wanted subject, 26-year-old Raeqwon Mitchell Carlisle of Fayetteville, had warrants for his arrest for parole violation, three counts of possession of a firearm by a felon, larceny of a firearm, assault with a deadly weapon, assault on a female, misdemeanor larceny, communicating threats, carrying a concealed weapon, and resist, delay and obstruct a public officer, police said in the release.

Members of VCAT and the Police Department’s Gang Unit located Carlisle at the residence on Caramel Drive. While trying to apprehend Carlisle, he barricaded himself inside the residence, police said.

Members of the Police Department’s Crisis Negotiation Team, Emergency Response Team, Aviation Unit and Traffic Unit responded to assist in the apprehension of Carlisle, the release said.

Over an approximately six-hour effort to apprehend Carlisle, he was taken into custody without incident, police said.

He is being processed at the Cumberland County Detention Center.

Man charged in robbery investigated by Cumberland deputy who was killed

caught in handcuffs N2201P16007H A Fayetteville man has been charged in connection with the robbery that a Cumberland County sheriff’s deputy was investigating when he was struck by a vehicle and killed, according to a Sheriff’s Office news release.

Antonio Craig Bradley, 39, was arrested Sunday, Dec. 18 in the robbery at the Circle K convenience store at 2990 Gillespie St., the news release said.
Deputy Oscar Bolanos-Anavisca and other deputies were investigating the robbery just before 3 a.m. Friday when he was struck by a vehicle and died of his injuries. Deputies were trying to arrest Bradley when he ran from them. He was taken into custody after a short foot chase, the news release said.

Investigators said Nicholas Terlizzi, 24, of Linden, was drunk and was driving the vehicle that struck Bolanos-Anavisca. Terlizzi was charged with death by motor vehicle; hit and run; driving while impaired; reckless driving to endanger; driving while license revoked; no liability insurance; revoked tag; driving a motor vehicle with no registration; and failing to stop for a steady red light, according to the North Carolina Highway Patrol.

Bradley was charged with breaking and entering; larceny after breaking and entering; and possession of stolen goods in a Nov. 17 theft at the Circle K store, the news release said. He was charged with resisting arrest after fleeing from deputies last Friday.

Bradley was held at the Cumberland County Detention Center on a $52,500 secured bond, the news release said.

The Hope Mills Police Department assisted in his arrest, the Sheriff’s Office said.

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