Police chief credits public for help in fighting crime – Rocky Mount Telegram

While Rocky Mount Police Chief James Moore and his staff have taken heat recently from disgruntled residents, the top cop said another subset of the community stepped up recently to help put two suspected killers behind bars within hours of the slaying of an area teenager.

“Even before last Friday, we’ve had a couple neighborhoods that have been providing us with a great deal of information about disorderlies and drug activity,” Moore said Tuesday. “It has taken us four years with a focus on building trust, but it has taken hold. Then on Friday, after years of lamenting people not wanting to help us, we had so much information from witnesses at the scene, those who rode by and people who listened to their scanners.”

The tips led investigators to locate and charge both suspects within 12 hours of the drive-by shooting of Lavontae Brown. (Source: Read more)

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Dean Smith fund gets $5,000 on Roy Williams bid as John Thompson honored – WNCN

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (WNCN) – Hall of Fame basketball coach John Thompson, who made Georgetown one of the top college programs, was honored Tuesday with the first winner of the Dean Smith Award, named in honor of the legendary North Carolina coach.

The award was given by the U.S. Basketball Writers Association.

All net proceeds from the dinner and a special memorabilia auction will benefit the Dean E. Smith Opening Doors Fund, which provides financial assistance for undergraduate students from low-income families and enables professionals in education and social work to pursue advanced degrees. (Source: Read more)