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POLICE UNDER FIRE BEFORE MAYOR,BOARD A delegation of citizens of Roan oke Rapids appeared before the Mayor and City Board of Com missioners at the Municipal build ing Tuesday afternoon and made complaints and charges against the present Police Department set up and the actions of some of the members of the Department. No action was taken by the Board Tuesday, but the meeting was continued until Tuesday after noon, Nov. 17th, at which time some action may be taken. Mayor Kelly Jenkins and the entire board were present at the regular monthly meeting on Nov. 3. From the North Ward were City Com missioners Marvin D. Collier, Will P. Taylor and Frank C. Williams and from the South Ward were Commissioners Alfred N. Martin, Virgil E. McDowell and R. Irving Starke. No action was taken by the Mayor and Board on the resig nation of Policeman A. J. Brig man who asked that his resig nation be accepted by the first of the year or sooner, if it be the decision of the Mayor, Chief of Police and the Board. Action may be taken on this at the Nov. 17 meeting. No reason for the resig nation was given by the officer. The citizens delegation brought general charges against the Po lice Department and specific charges against Chief H. E Dobbins and Officers "Boots" Rainey, Erwin and Brigman These charges grew out of the arrest of a 17 year old boy by the first three-named officers on Saturday night, October 24, in the South-end business section, where scores of the usual Satur day night crowds were witnesses of what has been termed “unne cessary and brutal man-handling.” One witness has testified that the boy was hit over the head with a black-jack by one of the offi cers after he had been put in a police car but there has not yet been any other witness to so testi fy. XMAS LIGHTS OUT HERE Officers and directors of the Roanoke Rapids Merchants Associ ation decided today not to decor ate the Avenue with Christmas lights this year as a result of the request made by the Office of Civilian Defense. The merchants have paid for the lights every Christmas for many years and have accumulated one of the best displays in this part of the state. Sentiment of the public and of the merchants is that such a display during the 1 war is wasteful and not in good taste. CITY NEGRO MURDERS HIS WIFE; COMMITS SUICIDE AT HOME ON WELDON ROAD Kills Spouse At Home Of Father; Coroner’s Inquest Held Tuesday Herman Jordan, 26-year old col ored man, killed his wife, Liza Jordan, as she stood in a win dow of the home of her father in a colored settlement near Mit chell’s Sawmill, on the Weldon Road, about 10:30 Monday night. He then walked into the back yard of his own home, located nextdoor to his father-in-law, and fired a fatal load into his own body from the same single barrel shotgun. A coroners inquest was held for the two deaths by County Coroner T. M. Cooper in the city Tuesday afternoon, resulting in the verdict of “homicide and suicide.” Jordan was employed by Roan oke Mills Co. here at the time of his death. His wife worked in lo cal homes as a servant girl. Re ports are that the couple had quarreled previously and had been separated for about a week prior to the tragedy. Funeral services for Liza Jordan were held Wednesday near Thel ma. Funeral services for Jordan will be conducted Saturday, at the Mount Zion Church near Sea board. K-— ROTARY LADIES NIGHT SPEAKER Capt. A. A. Nichoson, above, speaker of nation-wide reputation, will address Rotarians and their ladies at an inter-city meet of the IVeldon - Roanoke Rapids Clubs in Weldon next Monday night. Full details will be found on page 12—Section B BROTHERS IN SERVICE ELLIOT H. DOBBINS DOYLE H. DOBBINS shown above are the sons of Mr. and Mrs. H. E. Dobbins of 905 Mon roe Street, both of whom are serving in the Army and are now overseas. Elliott H. Dobbins, is 27 years old, and has a rating of private first class. He entered the service in 1941, and is attached to the 12th Bomb. Squad, of the Air Corps. He was recently sent to the British Virgin Islands, and is now thought to be at some base in the Caribbean. Doyle H. Dobbins is 20 years old, and is serving with the 19th Infantry “somewhere overseas.” He is a sergeant and entered the service in July, 1940. Their father is chief-of-police in Roanoke Rapids. Sanford Cooke At Pearl Harbor !L_ SANFORD COOKE Cooke joined the navy in August, 1941, and is now serving at the Na yal Air Station at Pearl Harbor, ivliere he recently achieved the ra ting of Aviation Metalsmith, 3rd Class. He is the son of Charlie Cooke, of South Rosemary. Romance Pitcher In The Army Now i 5 m m -» i !_l NEAL STEWART Young Stewart is the son of Mr. ind Mrs. Frank Stewart, 1103 Henry Street, and is now serving with the Paratroops at Camp Wheeler, Ga. A Former Romanco pitcher, he is the brother of Hank Stewart, now on -he U. S. S. Brooklyn in the Marines. Aid The Scrap Metal Drive! Attend the Special Morning Kiddie Show at the Imperial SATURDAY — 10:30 Tor Full Details See Page 4—Section B COUNTY IS IN WIN COLUMN EVERYFRONT Only ten per cent of the qualified voters of Roanoke Rapids and Hali fax County went to the voting plac es Tuesday in the General Election to cast one of the smallest votes in recent years. There were no lo cal contests as the county Demo crats were without opposition. On ly State contest here was for U. S. Senator with Senator J. W. Bailey opposed by Republican Sam Mor ris. Only other contests were on the two State Constitutional a mendments. 381 votes were cast in the four Roanoke Rapids precincts in the race for U. S. Senator with Senator Bailey getting 355 and his Republi can opponent 26. (Senator Bailey was re-elected by a State majority which will be well over 125,000.) The State School Amendment, to consolidate the present five State School Boards into one board, and the most bitterly fought in the election, carried in Roanoke Rapids by a vote of 294 Yes to 96 No. (This amendment was adopted by the State with a 50,000 majority.) The State Solicitorial District A mendment (to permit extra Super ior Court Judges to be appointed without a ’similar number of Soli citors) carried in Roanoke Rapids by a vote of 209 Yes and 78 No. (This amendment also carried in the State by 30,000 majority.) Weldon and Halifax precincts vo ted strong for Senator Bailey but both went against the School A mendment. The Weldon vote: Bailey 156, Morris 3; School A mendment 63 Yes and 72 No; So licitorial Amendment 60 Yes and 51 No. The vote in Halifax Pre cinct; Bailey 110, Morris 1; School Amendment 47 Yes and 57 No; So licitorial Amenlment 60 Yes and 35 No. Scotland Neck and Enfield Pre cincts went strong for Bailey and returned majorities for both a mendments. Scotland Neck: Bai ley 210, Morris 1; School Amend ment 107 Yes and 67 No; Solicitor ial Amendment 135 Yes and 37 No. Enfield Precinct: Bailey 213, Mor ris 2; School Amendment 108 Yea. and 91 No; Solicitorial Amendment 98 Yes and 86 No. Banks And ABC Stores Closed Armistice Day Roanoke Rapids banks, and the two ABC stores operating in the city, will be closed for busi ness all day next Wednesday, November 11th, in honor of Armistice Day. The postofiice will have their windows open as usual, and mail will l>e delivered by city carriers and on the star routes, tho no R. F. D. patrons will be served by the office on that day. A check-up Thursday afternoon revealed no other pla ces of business recognizing the holiday by closing.