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Jimmy Lee Johnson charged with Kidnapping and other charges

JOHNSON, Jimmy Lee W/M D.O.B. 02/20/1960

JOHNSON, Jimmy Lee W/M D.O.B. 02/20/1960

Pamlico County Sheriff’s Office

At approximately 1140 pm on Saturday November 12th, 2016 Pamlico County Sheriff’s Office received a 911 call in reference to an assault on a female. Deputies responded to 720 Florence Road in Merritt, NC and came upon the victim outside of the residence. The victim indicated that she had been beaten and threated at knife point. The victim had several lacerations and other injuries to her face. The victim was transported by Pamlico County EMS to Carolina East Medical Center in New Bern to be evaluated for her injuries. Upon further investigation it was learned that Jimmy Lee Johnson assaulted the victim and held her against her will after an argument inside the residence. The victim escaped by jumping from a window and running to a neighboring house to call 911.

Deputies were able to take the suspect, Jimmy Lee Johnson, 56 of Florence NC, into custody at the scene without incident. Johnson was arrested and charged with one count Assault with a Deadly Weapon, one count of Assault Inflicting Serious Injury, one count of Kidnapping, and one count of Sexual Battery. Johnson was placed into the Pamlico County Detention Center under a $50,000.00 secured bond and his first appearance in District Court is scheduled for Friday, November 18, 2016.


Local man wins shooting medals at World Senior Games

CCC-A-section-NEWS-local-man-photoFLORENCE – Pamlico County resident Nicholas Cipollino recently participated for the third year at the Huntsman World Senior Games in St. George, Utah. The veteran marksman competed in seven events, which comprise the Shooting Category: Skeet, Sporting Clays, 5 Stand, Trap-Singles, Trap-Doubles, Trap-Wobble, and Trap-Handicap.

Netting at least a Silver or Bronze Metal in each of the seven events, Cipollino said this year’s competition was more challenging than ever before. For example, shotgun competition increased from 94 participants last year to 145 in 2014.

Cipollino grew up in Sheephead Bay in Brooklyn, New York, hunting in the (then) nearby woods of Long Island. The woods have long since disappeared but his passion and skill in shooting has intensified. After returning from combat in the Korean War, Nick started shooting skeet. Working long 12-14 hour days in his business left little time for shooting until he retired at the age of 54.

It was at that point in his life that friends introduced him to sporting clays. In 1991, Cipollino had the honor of being invited to shoot with Gen. Norman Schwarzkopf in the Orvis Celebrity Shoot in Vermont.

The Huntsman World Senior Games is the largest annual multi-sport event in the world for athletes age 50 and over. Since its inception in 1987, the games have hosted nations all across the world with the mission of fostering worldwide peace, health, and friendship.

In the local area, Cipollino hones his shooting skills at the Feather and Fur range, on Hwy 304 near Vandemere. He also frequents ranges at the Cherry Point and Camp Lejeune Marine Corps bases in eastern North Carolina

Have Gun, Will Travel

McCune shoots his new handgun at the indoor firing range of Pro-Gun & Outdoor Sports.

McCune shoots his new handgun at the indoor firing range of Pro-Gun & Outdoor Sports.

By Terry Leigh McCune | Staff Writer

FLORENCE – After looking at a multitude of handguns, I finally made my choice. I bought an Astra A-75 9mm semi-automatic pistol from East 55 Pawn in Merritt. I got a great bargain! While I was there, I bought two boxes of ammunition and a cleaning kit to fit my gun’s barrel.


McCune purchased an Astra A-75 9mm semi-automatic pistol

Manufactured by the European American Arms Corporation, the Astra A-75 combines a powerful cartridge, excellent magazine capacity, and is ideally suited for personal defense. It is also is used by some European military units. After trying out my handgun, my son Kyle, who served with the 1st Armored Division in Iraq, commented, “It performs and handles better and is a lot easier to clean than the Berettas, which were issued to us doing Operation Iraqi Freedom.”

I also decided to purchase a variety of ammunition. I bought a box of target cartridges, some regular bullets and some hollow points, which are used by law enforcement agencies. Some are more powerful than others since they have different grain weights of gunpowder.

Ammunition for the weapon includes a target practice cartridge, a regular cartridge, and a hollow point cartridge.

Ammunition for the weapon includes a target practice cartridge, a regular cartridge, and a hollow point cartridge.

This past week, I visited Pro-Gun & Outdoor Sports to get in some target practice. Bill Plumlee and Steve Hankins were helpful in getting me set up for an hour of shooting. The indoor firing range is built to competition standards of 25 yards in length. They have six booths to use! I recommend the range to every gun owners.

Remember! After firearm practice, please pick up after yourself and sweep up your spent shells.

If you purchase a firearm, you can usually go to the website of the manufacturer and download an owners manual like I did. Please read and follow all the safety features in the manual, before attempting to use the gun. Please keep firearms and their ammunition locked up and safely out of the reach of children. Be a responsible gun owner.

Stay tuned next week as I start concealed carry handgun training at Carolina Firearms Training Center in Bridgeton.

Handgun choice no easy matter

This is the second article in a series.

By Terry Leigh McCune | Staff Writer

Second AmendmentFLORENCE – Over the past couple of weeks, I have been looking online, in handgun publications, pawnshops and firearm dealers to see what kinds and sizes of handguns are available.

I knew that I wanted something simple. I didn’t need all the bells and whistles like laser targeting. I never knew there were so many firearms manufacturers! Besides the brand names which I was familiar with, such as Browning, Remington, Colt, Raven, Ruger, Smith & Wesson, Glock, Heckler & Koch, and Sig Sauer, there are so many brand names that I can’t even begin to list them here.

News1GunsThe advantages and disadvantages vary. Revolvers are easier to clean and maintain, but they usually only hold six cartridges at a time. Semi-automatics need more time and effort in disassembling and cleaning, but they can hold anywhere from six to sixteen rounds in the magazine, depending on the size and brand that you choose.

To help me decide whether I wanted a revolver or a semi-automatic handgun, I enlisted the help of Bob Yalden. He has over 40 years experience as a firearms instructor. Bob showed me a wide variety of his own handguns. His collection has everything from a .22 to a .44 magnum.

After handling each of them, I was able to decide on caliber and size. And, when I make my purchase, I will be taking classes from Bob at his facility, Carolina Firearms Training Center located in Bridgeton.

Handguns that I have seen vary from about $300 used to $3,000 new. If you decide to purchase a handgun or any firearm from a manufacturer online, you must have the weapon, ammo and accessories shipped to an authorized firearms dealer for pickup.

There are many in this area. Just to name a few: Pro Gun & Outdoor Sports in Bayboro; East 70 Pawn in James City; and, Dellinger’s Pawn in Washington, N. C.

Pro Gun & Outdoor Sports also has an indoor firing range. The price is $15 per half hour or $25 per hour.

Stay tuned next week as I purchase a handgun and begin the process of firearm training.