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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.

 

Birthday wishes

Photo courtesy of Jessica BurneyKeith Burney, who once owned his own business in Bladenboro called Keith’s Vinyl Siding and is employed with Bladen County Schools, turned 55 on Wednesday, April 23. So three different Bladenboro businesses acknowledged his birthday — Bladenboro Hardware, Rodney Barber Shop and Sassy Scissors — by sending him birthday wishes on their marquees.

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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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Election letters

— Editor’s note: The Bladen Journal will post online or publish letters in support and/or opposition of candidates and referendums only through Tuesday, April 26.

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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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SEDC hold annual meeting at Lu Mil

DUBLIN — Dan Gerlach painted a somewhat bleak economic picture for the southeast portion of North Carolina on Tuesday, but he also managed to weave in the positive efforts being made to produce a positive outcome.Gerlach, the president of the Golden LEAF Foundation, was the keynote speaker for the 46th annual meeting of the Southeastern Economic Development Commission at Lu Mil Vineyard. The SEDC serves 12 counties — including Bladen, Columbus, Robeson, Cumberland and S...

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