Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

Chief of Police Charles Edwin Newton

Southern Pines Police Department, North Carolina

End of Watch Friday, March 3, 1961

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Reflections for Chief of Police Charles Edwin Newton

Southern Pines police Chief Newton was on the scene of the disturbance in West Southern Pines, and the drunk man fired his shotgun at the answering police cruiser from his window. Chief Newton said I will go up and talk to him, I know him. Very tragic and disheartening loss to the entire Southern Pines Community, close friend of our Family, Paul, Victoria, Philip Fitanides, Boston Shoe Repair - 142, West Pennsylvania Avenue, Southern Pines, NC. 28387

Philip Fitanides
Very Good Friends

March 28, 2024

I miss my grandfather and think of him often. His daughter Margret Jager (Newton)
was my mother and told us many stories of the Chief and Southern Pines.

Eric Jager

March 7, 2021

Chief Newton,
On today, the 60th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of Southern Pines. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.


United States Border Patrol

March 3, 2021

Mr. Newton was a distant relative of my Mother, Hattie Campbell Cook. I was a young boy when the Chief was killed. My mother always said what a good police officer and humanitarian Chief Newton was.
Tragic loss. Many of my family members have been in Law Enforcement. Thanks to God no one else lost their life but the Chief. We do not give them enough credit and appreciation for what they do.

John Cook US Navy, E-5
Family member

October 16, 2015

Honorable Man, tragic ending. Gone but Never forgotten

Julie Jager (Newton)
Great Grand daughter

December 26, 2014

Gone, but not forgotten.

Sgt. T. J. Jones
Greater Cleveland Transit Police Department, Ohio

March 3, 2014

I remember Chief Newton from my childhood. He was so good, and protected of the youth of that time. Every time I heard a story of a man in uniform, and their good deeds, I think of him. He showed me what protection, and kindness in a community was about.

Fran Berube
Teen of that time.

June 20, 2013

Your heroism and service is honored today, the 48th anniversary of your death. Your memory lives and you continue to inspire. Thank you for your service to the native state of myself and my cherished son Larry Lasater who was murdered in the line of duty on April 24, 2005 while serving as a Pittsburg, CA police officer.

The bullets that kill our beloved officers kill a part of everyone who cared for them.

Rest In Peace.

Phyllis Loya

Phyllis Loya
mother of fallen officer Larry Lasater

March 3, 2009



March 3, 2008

I stop by this website often after the death of two dear friends with the NCSHP (Troopers Calvin Taylor E.O.W. October 3, 2001 and Anthony Cogdill E.O.W. May 30, 2003).

I wasn't born when Chief Newton was killed, but I appreciate the service he performed for his community.

We all grieve over the lives lost in the line of duty. I hope you can find some comfort knowing that there are countless prayers that go out for your family.

These are senseless tragedies that never seem to stop. God Bless the men and women who continue to serve their communities in our great Nation.

...Gone, but never Forgotten....

Marti (EMT-Paramedic)
Haywood Co EMS (NC)

April 5, 2004

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