The News

By Sharon Brooks and Kevin King



A file photo shows a similar theft at Bingman Pre-K Center in Beaumont.

Copper thieves struck yet another area school over the weekend, police reported.

According to Chief Fred Hanauer III of the Pinehurst Police Department, a school official reported the crime Monday morning, Sept. 9, after arriving at the West Orange Elementary School at 2605 MLK Jr. Drive in Pinehurst and discovering the air conditioner was not functional.

Iqbal Patel

Police in Orange have again arrested former Econo Lodge manager Iqbal Patel on a warrant resulting from his previous arrest for possession of a controlled substance while working in his capacity as manager at the hotel.