Up & Coming Weekly

January 11, 2022

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WWW.UPANDCOMINGWEEKLY.COM JANUARY 12, 2022 - JANUARY 18, 2022 UCW 7 Man shot in road rage incident Fayetteville police officers were dispatched to a reported shooting along Skibo Road at Cliffdale Road on Jan. 3. Upon arrival, officers located 32-year-old Stephen Addison who was shot. He was transported to a local hospital but succumbed to his injuries. Other media outlets report that he was a military veteran and father to four kids. e investigation revealed that 51-year-old Rog- er Dale Nobles, the driver of a truck, and Nobles son, a passenger, were yelling at Addison who was driving a motorcycle. While Nobles's son was outside of the truck yelling at Addison, Nobles himself allegedly shot Addison from the driver's seat of his truck, and then he and his son fled. Nobles was arrested at his home later that day by Cumberland County deputies. Nobles is be- ing charged with First Degree Murder and has not received a bond. His son has not faced any charges at this time. Nobles is being held at the Cumberland County Detention Center. His next pre-trial hearing date will be on Jan. 25. Shop owner shot, suspects wanted e second homicide of the year happened on Jan. 4 at Southern City Swag Boutique located at 4621 Yadkin Road. Officers located 34-year-old Eddie Saez inside of the business. He had been shot and was pronounced dead at the scene. Saez owned Southern City Swag Boutique. Other media outlets report that he was a father to seven kids. Local surveillance video shows two people may have information about the murder. Detectives are asking the public to help identify and locate the two men and the Infiniti SUV vehicle shown above. Anyone with information regarding this investigation is asked to contact Detective J. Olsen at (910) 709-1958 or Crimestoppers at p3tips.com. Updates to these cases can be found on our website at UpAndComingWeekly.com. Off-Duty deputy involved in death of Fayetteville man e third homicide of the year occurred last Saturday, Jan. 8 and involved an off-duty Cumberland County Sheriff 's Deputy. According to initial reports from the Fayetteville Police Department, 37-year-old Jason Walker al- legedly ran into traffic along Bingham Drive and jumped on a moving vehicle. FPD states that the driver, the off-duty deputy, shot Walker and then called 911. Other accounts of the incident state that the car hit Walker, and Walker was shot at least twice in the back. Because the individual who shot Walker is a sheriff 's deputy, FPD has turned over the inves- tigation to the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigations. On Sunday, Jan. 9, protestors walked up Hay Street and around the Market House and stopped in front of the Cumberland County Sheriff 's Office and the Fayetteville Police Department. e pro- testers demanded justice in Walker's death. Elizabeth Ricks, who was in the vehicle be- hind the truck involved in the shooting, says she rendered first aid to Walker and no officers of- fered medical assistance when they arrived at the scene. Ricks says that she didn't see Walker jump onto the vehicle. Fayetteville Police Chief Gina Hawkins and Dis- trict Attorney Billy West held a press conference also on Sunday night. Hawkins stated the truck's black box did not record any impact with "any person or thing." Hawkins also clarified that the shots did not go through the windshield. However, they found one of the truck's windshield wipers was ripped off, and the truck's windshield had sustained damage in multiple places. e off-duty deputy was taken into custody, their statement was taken, and they have not been arrested at this time. According to FPD, because the off-duty officer is a member of law enforcement, their identity is being withheld fol- lowing state regulations. Up & Coming Weekly has reached out to the SBI for comment and received the following state- ment : "What we need from the public at this point - Anyone who witnessed the incident, knows of anyone who witnessed the incident or has video of the incident before, during or after, should contact the SBI Southeastern District office at 910-778-5724 during business hours or call 1-800- 334-3000 after business hours." e SBI did clarify that the firearm used had been seized. ey said that other information will be revealed after the medical examiner releases their report/autopsy. Local Hospitals Restricts Visitors Due to local positivity rates of COVID-19 as well as increasing rate of COVID-19 admissions, Cape Fear Valley Health System's facilities and Womack Army Medical Center is restricting visitation. At Cape Fear Valley Health, patients who have not tested positive for COVID-19 will be allowed one visitor per day, between the hours of noon to 8 p.m. COVID-19 patients will be allowed one visitor per day, for one hour between 4 to 8 p.m. In the Emergency Department, visitors will not be allowed in the waiting room, but one visitor will be allowed once the patient has been given a room. Visitors to patients in the Emergency De- partment will not be allowed to leave and return. At Womack, all visitors are restricted except for pediatric patients, one-support person for women in labor, and for those in extenuating circumstances. is restriction for in-patient ser- vices will remain in place until further notice. City appoints new director of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Yamile Nazar has been appointed as the new director of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion for the Fayetteville-Cumberland Human Relations De- partment. Nazar previously served as the interim director of the Fayetteville-Cumberland Human Relations Commission. She will be responsible for the department's existing programs and services which includes support for the Fayetteville-Cumberland Human Relations Commission and Fair Housing Board. She will also be broadening existing efforts, both internally and externally, through the implemen- tation of innovative strategies supporting positive human relations and opportunities for all. "I am grateful to City leadership, mentors and colleagues for their continued confidence in my ability to lead this important department and for demonstrating their meaningful investment in diversity, equity and inclusion efforts," Nazar said "I look forward to leveraging my extensive experi- ence to offer enhanced strategic advisory and consulting capabilities to our community and contributing to the realization of the City's DEI goals and objectives." Before working for the city, Nazar previously served as an investigator and mediator in the State of New York. Three Fayetteville homicides in first week of 2022 by HANNAH LEE NEWS DIGEST HANNAH LEE, Assistant Editor. COMMENTS? Editor@upandcomingweekly.com. 910-484-6200.

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