By CALVIN ADKINS
The Daily Southerner
Keith Brewer could not have imagined playing cops and robbers at the age of 29, especially the part of his playing the bad guy.
Brewer found himself in that role Thursday morning during a Tarboro Police Department training exercise at Edgecombe Community College (ECC) as he stormed inside the side entrance of the Fleming Building while firing several blanks. He then ran upstairs where he randomly fired several more shots.
For the drill, a school official made a "Code Red" announcement over the intercom alerting the students and faculty to the situation and the police were called.
Within approximately three minutes after the intruder entered the building, about a half-dozen officers carefully entered the building, brandishing their weapons while looking for the gunman. They found Brewer upstairs where he was subdued and arrested.
The exercise was considered a success.
"The officers had great form as I watched them as they moved up and down the hallway," said Tarboro Police Chief Damon Williams. "They did very well. You can never be prepared for something like this. In stressful situations, they have to refer back to their training."
After subduing the suspect, four officers brandishing their service weapon searched rooms upstairs until Brandon Anderson, the coordinator of the event, called the drill off. After the drill, the officers talked about the situation.
"It was great, but there are some things that we need to work on," Anderson said. "But as far as the initial response and the way that everybody acted when they got here, they did a good job."
College president Dr. Deborah Lamm watched the drill unfold and she, too, praised the police.
"It was amazing what can happen within a few minutes," she said. "We actual counted the number of rounds the shooter was able to get off when he entered the building. It is a real eye opening experience of what can happen within a few minutes.
"The debriefing will give us a better idea of how we can improve as a college in terms of being ready for this type of code red scenario."
In the wake of gun violence throughout the United States, the drill was fitting for ECC after two separate killing sprees in less than three weeks.
On Sunday, a gunman killed six at a Sikh temple in Wisconsin before he was fatally shot. On July 20, another gunman killed 12 and injured 58 during a rampage at a movie theater in Colorado. He was arrested and has been charged with first-degree murder charges for each of the 12 people killed and two attempted first-degree murder charges for every one of the 58 injured.
"Lately in this country we had a lot of active shooting and it seems to be increasing and we have to prepared as law enforcement officers," Williams said.
Lamm added, "Nationwide, these type of tragic are occurring so we want to make sure that we're doing everything that we can do to be prepared in case of the worst case scenario and hope that it will never occur."
Brewer hopes that the TPD will never have to face a situation like those in Colorado and Wisconsin. He said the training was good but he jokingly said, "I kinda felt bad about playing the bad guy. I already knew what the outcome was going to be."
Edgecombe County Emergency Management and Vidant Edgecombe Hospital security also participated in the drill.
By CALVIN ADKINS
Nathan Sherrod (left) and his twin brother Melvin, of Tarboro, enjoy a carnival ride Saturday afternoon at the Happening on the Common. Abrams Rentals provided the rides.
HAPPENING ON THE COMMON
Tarboro’s Town Common was clearly the center of activity in town Saturday, with cars lining the streets surrounding the common, music that could be heard from blocks away, and a sea of people navigating their way through the vendors’ tables under a canopy of trees. The occasion was the 43rd Annual Happening on the Common.
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Two suspects arrested on 36 charges; third issued citation
After executing a search warrant Thursday on a residence at 500 W. Johnston St. in Tarboro, police officers arrested two suspects for possessing a small amount of marijuana and issued a third suspect a citation for possessing a glass pipe to smoke the drugs.
After the marijuana was found, officers notified two of the three suspects that they also had additional warrants on them from the department's "Spring Fling" drug campaign where they had sold marijuana to undercover officers.
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Tony Everett, of Wake Forest, backs his Chevrolet truck named DoeRunner up as he prepares to pull in the four wheel drive event Friday night.
PINETOPS – With the threat of rain during the weekend, it put a little damper on the Pinetops 300 Tractor and Truck Pull attendance. Friday night there was a large crowd in attendance, but not the amount it has been the last several years. There was 500 less people in attendance Friday then there was a year ago, but it didn't stop the pullers from slinging mud everywhere. The fans in one section even had a chance to see what it looked like when a belt breaks on a fine tuned machine. During the Mini Modified run, Thomas Coleman, of Stoneville, had a belt break on his KB 526 Pure Hell ride and the belt slung into the crowd. No one was injured.
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My 13 years have been lucky
It was 13 years Sunday that a drought was broken in Big Spring, Texas, After that, we ate Mexican for dinner with a gathering of family and friends.
The next day, a Saturday, Stephanie and I joined one another in marriage under a beautiful little gazebo by Comanche Trail Lake, fed by the historic spring from which the community draws its name.
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Brittney Joyce Corbett and Kenneth Robert Chasse, Jr. were united in marriage on April 6th, 2013, at 5:30pm at the Imperial Centre in Rocky Mount. The Rev. Carrol Bradbury officiated the ceremony.
The Rehearsal Dinner was hosted by Shirley and Donald Foreman, Grandparents of the Groom and also Elisha and Kenneth Chasse, Parents of the Groom, at Pizza Inn in Rocky Mount.
The Bride is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. William Durwood Corbett of Macclesfield, NC. The Groom is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth Robert Leonel Chasse, Sr. of Pinetops, NC.
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MATTIE RUTH BULLOCK
BELVOIR — Mrs. Mattie Ruth Bullock, 81, passed away on Saturday, May 18, 2013. The funeral service will be conducted Tuesday at 1:30 p.m. in the Wilkerson Funeral Chapel. Burial will be in Evergreen Memorial Park, Wilson.
Mrs. Bullock, a native of Wilson County and a lifelong resident of Pitt County, was a graduate of Belvoir-Falkland High School. She was engaged in farming with her husband until 1989 and was a charter member of Belvoir Free Will Baptist Church.
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Budget Friendly Deliciousness
It's nice to be able to put a good meal on the table without having to spend a fortune. Today's recipes are easy, delicious and inexpensive. But, they won't taste inexpensive. I hope that you will give them a try.
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Edgecombe Events May 20
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Stocks Elementary School celebrates Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Week
In celebration of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Week, Stocks Elementary School hosted several guest speakers and exciting activities during the first week of May.
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