Week in review


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Hotel shooting

victim dies

FAYETTEVILLE — A 27-year-old Hope Mills man was shot to death at the Motel 6 on Cedar Creek Road on Thursday.

Fayetteville police say Calvin Louis Blackshire was found near the rear of the hotel around 11:45 p.m. He was taken to Cape Fear Valley Medical Center where he died on Friday morning.

The hotel is at 2076 Cedar Creek Road, near Exit 49 on Interstate 95.

Detectives with the police homicide unit are investigating the shooting death and asked anyone with information to contact them at 910-729-2934 or Crimestoppers at 483-TIPS (8477).

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Crowd calls

for ousters

LUMBERTON — Some called for their resignations, others for their firings, and still others for impeachment, but all had the same message: The six members of the county Board of Education who voted to summarily dismiss Superintendent Tommy Lowry and hire Thomas Graves must be held accountable for their actions that now have the system and themselves individually facing a lawsuit that could get costly — and could hand taxpayers a big buyout bill.

The board on Jan. 16 rescinded its effort to hire Graves. That emergency meeting took place hours after a temporary restraining order was granted by a Superior Court judge to block Graves’ appointment.

The buyout has obligated the system to pay Lowry at least his $180,000 a year salary, as well as for benefits and other perks.

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County hires

medical examiners

WHITEVILLE — Columbus County has joined much of the rest of the state in a move that may mean a switch from elected coroners to medical examiners (MEs).

Assistant Coroner William Hannah said Linwood Cartrette, who held the coroner’s post here for 33 years, retired at the beginning of the year. Legislative action is required to abolish the office of coroner, unless the office remains unfilled. In either case, the State Medical Examiner’s office appoints MEs to investigate violent or unexplained deaths, including murders, suicides, accidents and other fatalities.

With Cartrette’s retirement Jan. 1, the State Medical Examiner’s office appointed two MEs to assist Hannah in dealing with violent or suspect deaths in the county.

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Teenager charged

with statutory rape

CLINTON — A Clinton teenager has been charged in connection with a rape case, according to Sampson County Sheriff’s authorities.

Kevin Jermaine Kirby Jr., 17, was charged with statutory rape, a felony offense, reports released Thursday stated. Kirby was served the charge at the Sheriff’s Office on Wednesday. The victim was 13 years old and the investigation was launched after a family member made a complaint.

From staff and wire reports.

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