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Bladen Online Week in Review: Jan. 5-11

A domestic violence case ends in death, a chase results in drug charges and skimming devices found on gas pumps were among the top stories from the past week.

It wasn’t all bad news, although Jefferson Weaver explained why every day is a ‘baaad’ day when your a goat.

Here’s a recap of some of the top stories from Jan. 5-11, 2020.

William Carter

William Lewis Carter III, 41, shot and killed himself about three hours after shooting his wife, Elizabeth Rose Carter, on Monday, January 6, during a domestic dispute at a home near Elizabethtown, according to Bladen County Sheriff Jim McVicker.

Elizabeth Carter was shot in the head, authorities said. She was released from the hospital Tuesday, Jan. 7.

McVicker said that deputies negotiated with William Carter before about three hours in an attempt to get him to surrender before he shot himself.


Demetrius Sherell Rayshan Gamble, 25, of Fayetteville facing several drug charges and traffic violations after leading a state Highway officer on a chase near N.C. 20 on N.C. 87 in the Tar Heel area, according to the Bladen County Sheriff’s Office.

Gamble was clocked driving 102 mph when pulled by Trooper Jason Weissinger. As the trooper was walking toward the vehicle, Gamble sped off. After a short chase, the car ran out of gas, authorities said.

How many times have you swiped your credit or debit card at a gas pump? Numerous times for many people.

On Monday, Jan. 6, the Elizabethtown Police Department began receiving reports of suspected skimming devices at some local gas stations. One bit of good news. Police said these type of skimming devices could only capture and store information from the strips of the cards, not chips.

In politics, the Elizabethtown Town Council appointed Rich Glenn to fill his father’s seat on the board. Councilman Dicky Glenn died in late December.

The Bladen County Board of Commissioners recognized Valeria Peacock-McKoy, Persandra J. McKinley and Cynthia McKoy on their retirements.

In other news,

It is a new year and a new name for the Bladen County Opioid Task Force. The task force will now be known as the Bladen County Substance Abuse Task Force.

The N.C. Department of Transportation said during the week that it may be September before the U.S. 701 northbound bridge over the Cape Fear River in Elizabethtown reopens. Also, a portion of Smith Circle in Elizabethtown will be closed through Jan. 22 for repairs.

As for those goats having a “baaad” day, well, Jefferson Weaver explains.

Enjoy the week ahead.

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