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Bladenboro shooting: ‘Person of interest’ says victim pulled the trigger

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BLADENBORO — The man at the center of an investigation into the fatal shooting of a woman in Bladenboro in the early morning hours of April 14 claims it was the woman herself who pulled the trigger during a struggle for the weapon.Patricia Scott Cooper, 38, was shot at about 2:30 a.m. outside the Ash Street apartments and pronounced dead at Bladen County Hospital at about 3:31 a.m.Johnny Yarbrough, 56, who has been tabbed as a “person of interest” by investigators, said in an interview with the Bladen Journal on Monday that Cooper was the aggressor and arrived at his apartment wielding a 14-inch fillet knife. Yarbrough and Cooper had dated for less than a year before he said he broke up with her back in January.

 

Religion Calendar for Friday, April 25, 2014

Missionary Baptist Church in Riegelwood wil lcelebrate homecomine, Sunday, July 14, at 3 p.m. The REv. James Brown and the Lihgt of the Word Missionary Baptist Church family of Wilmington will render the service. The church is located on Old Lake Road.April 25— Antioch United Methodist Church located on NC 210 near Garland will have a barbecue plate sale beginning at 11 a.m. Plates cost $7 each and consist of barbecue pork, slaw, baked beans, ro...

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Community Calendar for Friday, April 25, 2014

April 26— The annual Harmony Hall Plantation Village reunion will be held from 9 a.m. until … with numerous activities and tours of the buildings. The public is invited. Admission is free, but donations welcome.

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Child Abuse Awareness Day planned

ELIZABETHTOWN — As part of the effort to bring awareness of and prevention of child abuse, there will be a Child Abuse Awareness Day on Saturday.According to Child Protective Services Supervisor Jill Sampson, the event will kick off with a walk which will start at San Jose Restaurant in Elizabethtown at 1 p.m. and end at the Bladen County Courthouse.“We are encouraging those who participate to wear blue,” said Sampson.She said the color blue ...

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Foster care creates success stories

ELIZABETHTOWN — Sometimes along the way as a Child Protective Services and Foster Program worker, there is an encounter with a case that truly touches the very fiber of your being. That was the case with Ava (her name has been changed to protect the privacy of the family).Drucilla Wright, who oversees the foster car unit for Bladen County Department of Social Services, and DSS Director Vickie Smith, both said Ava’s case was successful and unique at the same time....

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Fixing our schools: Dublin Primary School

ELIZABETHTOWN — May 6 is fast approaching and we want to be sure you are educated on this very important vote of the Sales and Use Tax referendum that will impact your children and the future of the entire school district.It’s a big decision for our community and one that we hope you will take very seriously. As those responsible for educating your children, we understand the concerns and continue to encourage the conversations and your questions. We are excited about t...

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Bladen County Sheriff’s Office

ELIZABETHTOWN — The Bladen County Sheriff’s Office had a busy week with calls from victims of potential crime, but a slow week making arrests.Between April 16 and April 22, deputies answered a total of 53 calls from residents — among those were nine for larceny, nine for physical and/or verbal assaults, three for break and/or entering, three for suspicious activity, two for alarms and two drug-related.There were also a total of 11 arrests during that sa...

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Commissioners hear jail feasability study

ELIZABETHTOWN — The Bladen County Board of Commissioners heard a presentation this week regarding a jail feasibility study the county had commissioned.Bladen County Manager Greg Martin said that study went over some of the history of the county’s jail and gave some numbers based on reports that are sent to the state. For example, Martin said the average length of stay of a prisoner in 2009 was just 15.09 days then in 2010 the average stay was about 15.08 and in 2013 the...

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