N.C. Woman killed by lightning
Woman becomes third Harnett County, North Carolina, and national lightning strike fatality of 2015
SPRING LAKE, N.C. — A 56-year-old woman has died from injuries sustained from a cloud-to-ground lightning strike on Thursday.
The Harnett County Sheriff’s Office and Harnett County Coroner’s Office said that Mary Frank “Frankie” Roberts, 56, of Spring Lake succumbed to her injuries suffered from a lightning strike near Anderson Creek on Thursday, April 9. Two men were killed by lightning in Anderson Creek on that day, one of them instantly. Both of her dogs were instantly killed by the strike as well.
Mrs. Roberts is survived by her husband, five children and eight grandchildren.
A memorial service will be held Thursday at 11 a.m. inside the Rogers and Breece Funeral Home Chapel in Fayetteville.
Mrs. Roberts is the third person from Harnett County, the state of North Carolina and the nation to be killed by lightning this year. She was also the third person killed in Anderson Creek by cloud-to-ground lightning.
17-year-old nearly raped
SAVANNAH — The Savannah-Chatham Metro Police Office is investigating an attempted rape of a 17-year-old woman.
The victim told deputies that was walking in the area of West 42nd ST and OGEECHEE RD in broad daylight when she saw a skinny man walking quickly in front of her.
When she entered a path through Laurel Grove Cemetery around 14:00 Monday, the suspect jumped from behind some bushes, grabbed her and told her to remove her clothing, police said.
The victim fought the man until a bicyclist started riding down the path and the suspect released her.
SCMPO said that this is the latest of a string of rapes in which the victims were born in 1984 or later.
On August 25, 2014, a young woman told police that a man attacked her while she was walking through the cemetery, forced her into a wooded area and raped her.
The description is also similar to three other attempts on young women in the Cuyler-Brownsville neighborhood, police said.
Pupils walking to and from school were approached in lanes at WEST 42nd and BURROUGHS STREETS on March 3 of this year, WEST 44th and FLORANCE STREETS on September 8 and 29, 2014.
Police say the rape victims were between the ages of 13 and 16.
All were able to escape their lone male attacker.
In each case, the suspect was described as a slender African-American male wearing blue jeans and holding a white t-shirt over his face.
“I can think of nothing more demanding that the protection of innocent teenagers who are walking in our neighborhoods,” said SCMPO Chief Jack Lumpkin. “We again are calling upon officers to increase their vigilance on patrols and the public to help us identify and remove these offenders from our neighborhoods.”
Metro and Savannah-Chatham County Public School System Campus Police have increased patrols in the area and have advised pupils to take care, especially when walking alone. They also have been advised to call Emergency 911 if they sense any suspicious situation.
Anyone with information on the cases is asked to call Crimestoppers or text CRIMES (274637) using the keyword CSTOP2020. Tipsters remain anonymous and may qualify for a cash reward.
Sumter County Sheriff’s Department (SCSD) arrests man wanted for kidnapping
SUMTER — Officers from the Sumter County Sheriff’s Department arrested a 27-year-old man wanted for kidnapping a woman earlier today.
Just about 1:06 today, officers say the suspect entered the home of the victim. Once inside, officers noted he demanded cash from her, then forced her to drive him to a place on about four miles away off MANNING DR.
Once the two arrived at that location, officers said the suspect forced the victim into the trunk of her own vehicle. He attempted to flee, but the victim said it appeared he didn’t know how to drive a manual transmission. While he struggled to use the car with the stick transmission, the victim decided to use the emergency latch in the trunk to get out. She was then able to flag down an officer for help.
The suspect then fled on foot from the scene.
When he was booked, the suspect still had the keys to the victim’s car – nearly half a day later.
Demetric Jerod Nelson, 27, of Sumter, was arrested by the Sumter County Sheriff’s Department and charged with first-degree burglary, first-degree kidnapping, first-degree robbery and possession of a firearm during the commission of a violent crime.
He is at the Sumter-Lee Regional Jail.