Police: Rockingham man arrested in bomb scare

Staff report

HAMLET — A Rockingham man was charged in connection making a false report after he called emergency dispatchers and claimed bombs pipe bombs had been placed inside a local hospital.

Shortly before 1:30 a.m. Wednesday, the Hamlet Police Department received a call from the Richmond County Emergency Communications Center. A dispatcher relayed a threat from a man who claimed there were pipe bombs placed on each of the three floors at Sandhills Regional Medical Center.

William Curtis Moore

William Curtis Moore

Officers requested a bomb-detecting K-9 unit from the Fayetteville Police Department. Hamlet police officers and the K-9 cleared the building. No bombs were located.

Police charged William Curtis Moore, 35, with making a false bomb report as to a public building, a Class H felony. He was ordered held by a Richmond County magistrate and confined to the Richmond County Jail on a $10,000 secured bond.

Moore was already in jail when he was served with the warrant. Moore was arrested Wednesday in a separate incident when Hamlet police officers stopped him for driving with a  revoked license and driving while impaired.

The North Carolina Highway Patrol assisted and charged Moore with DWI and resisting a public officer. Hamlet police charged Moore with driving with a revoked license.

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