Published in News on January 19, 2006 1:48 PM
Mobile home fire
A malfunctioning heater was blamed Wednesday night for a fire that caused about $1,500 in damages to a mobile home at 551 Watery Branch Church Road, a fire official said.
The unidentified occupants escaped the fire in the single-wide, rental home, owned by Jim Barnes of Fremont and valued at $5,000.
Eureka Fire Chief Mike Brock said there was a fire earlier in the day and the owner had removed part of the heating system.
"They didn't realize that embers were still in there and they caught the floor and insulation on fire," Brock said.
About 12 Eureka and 12 Faro volunteers answered the 10:20 p.m. call and remained for 40 minutes to put out the fire, investigate the cause and finish salvage work. Each department brought three trucks. Fremont also responded but was turned around.
Wayne County sheriff's deputies are investigating these reports:
*A lawn mower, five comforters, eight boxes of Christmas ornaments and a rug set were stolen between Jan. 10 and Wednesday after a lock was cut from a barn in the 900 block of Genoa Road, deputies said. The owner, Sapphira Jaynelle Washington of Goldsboro, put a $689 value on the property.
*A DVD player, coveralls and a knife were stolen Wednesday after a door glass was smashed at a home in the 1900 block of Emmaus Church Road, deputies said. The resident, Kenneth Wayne Hall Jr., estimated the value of the stolen property at $140 and damage at $50.
*Part of a DVD player and a monitor combination was stolen Wednesday after a car door was damaged in the 100 block of Tarheel Drive near Mount Olive, deputies said. The resident, E.G. Starnes, said the property was worth $100 and set damage at $600.
A purse with a blue topaz pendant, a cell phone, a wallet and personal papers was stolen Wednesday from an office in the Wayne County Board of Education administration building at 2001 Royall Avenue, according to a Goldsboro police report.
Shirley J. Richardson of Goldsboro told police that someone had used her debit card. The value of the stolen property was set at $599. The theft occurred between 2:30 p.m. and 5:20 p.m.
A 22-year-old man was arrested Wednesday by Goldsboro police and charged with two felony drug offenses at Neuse Correctional Institution on Stevens Mill Road.
Arthur Maurice Hicks of Goldsboro was charged with possession of marijuana in a prison and possession with intent to sell and deliver marijuana. He was placed in the Wayne County Jail in lieu of a $10,000 secured bond.
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