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Archive for February, 2009

Man who killed his brother avoids trial with manslaughter plea

Monday, February 23rd, 2009

On Monday, Rasheed Diaab, pleaded guilty to voluntary manslaughter in his brother’s death. It happened inside their parents’ north-side home at 1133 Stewart Circle on Jan. 17, 2008.

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Bladen Community College going green

Monday, February 23rd, 2009

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School officials and students at Bladen County Community College are going green.

Recycle bins have been spread throughout the campus and in classrooms. Developed by students, this is the first recycling program Bladen Community College has ever had.

The campus community is encouraged to recycle paper, plastic, and bottles.

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School officials and students at Bladen County Community College are going green.

Recycle bins have been spread throughout the campus and in classrooms.

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Gang issues growing in Bladen County

Monday, February 23rd, 2009

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Bladen County is battling a gang problem. The efforts stem in part from the shooting of 19-year-old Jakhee Sledge outside of a McDonald’s last month; the case still remains unsolved.

The bigger issue behind this murder is that it may be tied to gang activity. Gangs can affect people in any community, from any race, and any social background.

The issue is beginning to plague Bladen County. Elizabethtown Police Chief Bobby Kinlaw said, “Three years ago we started seeing cases of it in the county. Over the past year, year-and-a-half, it has started growing at a pretty fast pace.”

Chief Kinlaw said the rate of gang activity in Bladen County is growing faster than anyone prepared for. He said throughout the county more and more violence, robberies and property damage can be tagged back to gangs in the area.

“There is some indication that there are some turf battles between rival gangs within the county. Everything that we have seen as far as violent crimes have been isolated to rival gangs,” Kinlaw said.

Kinlaw noted members of nationally known gangs have relocated to Bladen County from bigger cities and he’s seen an increase in home grown gangs getting in on the action.

People in the community say they’ve seen the impact as well.

“You got the Bloods, you the Crips, you got the folks…it’s a shame, it’s sad and it’s the young people,” said Sabrina Walston of Elizabethtown.

Frankie Newkirk shares the concern. “The community has to get together to solve this problem and figure out what’s going to be the next step.”

The first step according to Chief Kinlaw is with the community. Education and prevention will help curtail the problem before it gets worse.

Members of the board of education and local law enforcement will present a plan of action Monday night at a public meeting from 7:00 until 9:00 pm at the Elizabethtown Presbyterian Church on West Broad Street.

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Bladen County is battling a gang problem. The efforts stem in part from the shooting of 19-year-old Jakhee Sledge outside of a McDonald’s last month; the case still remains unsolved.

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Selling your home using the internet

Monday, February 23rd, 2009

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About 12,000 houses in our five county viewing area have a “for sale” sign in their front yard.

If you are selling your home, how do you make your home stand out from the rest? One way is to put a virtual tour of your home online.

The virtual tour offers potential buyers a sense of being inside the home, you can almost feel the warmth from the fireplace.

We’ve all been hearing that now might not be the best time to sell your home, but realtor Doug Clifton says that’s not necessarily the case for eastern North Carolina. “We hear the gloom and doom of the housing market and our area of the world isn’t really like that; it’s true that we’re slower than we normally are, but houses are still selling.”

And some are turning to even more creative ways to sell those houses by using the internet.

“Any seller that’s out there, that has a property to sell, this is the way to go because the internet, world wide web, you’re going to get world wide,” said real estate investor MariAnn Harvey.

Harvey buys and sells homes for a living, so she thought, why not market her homes on YouTube. “We’re such a community of people who want everything fast and they want it at their fingertips and of course the computer is the fastest way to do it.”

With a little help from her son, she discovered how simple it is to make a virtual home tour.

Dara Dimitri posted a home tour on YouTube. “Most other houses online just have a few pictures to look at so you don’t get a flavor of what the whole house looks like.”

So Dara Dimitri decided to put a tour of her home online, and it seems to be paying off. “We have had several extra showings that I don’t think we would have gotten otherwise. I have the house listed on Craigslist with a link to the virtual tour so several showings have come as a result of that listing.”

And as MariAnn said, making a virtual home tour is simple to do. “It’s not complicated, if I can do it, anybody can do it.”

Tune in tomorrow for the iDesk when Hailey Winslow shows you exactly how to make your own home virtual tour. You don’t need to spend a lot of money on high tech equipment or an expensive camera to make your home sell online.

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About 12,000 houses in our five county viewing area have a “for sale” sign in their front yard.

If you are selling your home, how do you make your home stand out from the rest? One way is to put a virtual tour of your home online.

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Associated poll

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Cyclist in fatal crash had multiple tickets

Monday, February 23rd, 2009

A 26-year-old man who died in a fiery motorcycle crash on Eastwood Road last weekend that also took the life of a cab driver had a pending speeding ticket and past speeding convictions, court records show.

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