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Robeson County Faces Another Crown Controversy

Posted September 30, 2003

— Robeson County is facing another crown controversy.

Miss UNC-Pembroke Aja Locklear is charged with simple assault, assault with a deadly weapon and damage to property. Authorities will not go into more detail, but many people were stunned to hear about the revelations.

"She seemed like a really easy-going girl; She never really seemed like too much trouble," said Ryan Jewell, Locklear's friend.

"Bad things happen to good people, and in my heart, that is what I think happened here," said Scott Bigelow, of UNC-Pembroke.

Katherine Greer, last year's Miss UNC-Pembroke, learned about Locklear's skills in person, but she learned about her scandal second-hand.

"Wow, especially with all of the things happening with the last Miss North Carolina, Rebekah Revels. For this to happen again in this community was amazing," she said.

Revels was crowned as Miss North Carolina 2002, but she was forced to give up the crown after an ex-fiance threatened to show pageant officials topless photos of her.

Greer crowned Locklear, a crown which Locklear could now lose.

"We really take seriously the Miss UNC-Pembroke here at this university," Bigelow said. "It's a big event in the annual life of our university, and we hold our queens with great esteem."

Officers say they will not discuss specifics in the case until they serve Locklear. Officials said Locklear is still Miss UNC-Pembroke. There is no intent currently to make any changes regarding the title, but the situation may be reviewed.

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