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    onslow county nc a house fire kiled six childern this weekend. while the cause of the fire is still being investigated. the loss was the counties largest loss of life fire.
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    From July 12th

    JACKSONVILLE, N.C. (AP) - It will be some time before
    prosecutors make a decision about possible charges in the mobile
    home fire that killed six children this week at an Onslow County
    trailer park.
    Investigators said one of the children was suspected of igniting
    an air freshener, which caught the mobile home's interior on fire
    early Wednesday.
    "My office will review the evidence concerning this incident
    and determine if charges should be filed," District Attorney Dewey
    Hudson said Thursday.
    A family friend who did not want to be identified said it could
    be two weeks before the four children being treated at the burn
    center of UNC Hospitals are well enough to talk about the fire.
    The four were in critical condition. Their mother and
    11-year-old brother, Nicholas Cantrell Oates, were treated at
    Onslow Memorial Hospital.
    County authorities asked the State Fire Marshal's Office to help
    with the investigation.
    "We still believe we have a juvenile who lit a candle, by his
    own admission, but how did it spread from there?" Onslow Fire
    Marshal Don Decker said. "We have to look into this. Why didn't
    people get out when the smoke detectors sounded? We want to know
    that, too."
    Eleven children lived in the mobile home with a woman identified
    both as Lisa Jones and Mary A. Turner. Although she told neighbors
    that some of the children belonged to her sister, she was the
    mother of 10 of the children and the grandmother of one, the father
    of the children said.
    Jesse Oates of Mount Olive has been estranged from Turner-Jones
    for three years. The couple was never married, said the family
    friend.
    Lamont Oates II, 13-year-old Dorene Oates, 12-year-old Quanita
    Oates, 2-month-old Angela Turner and 2-month-old Diamond Turner
    died in the fire, the friend said.
    Angela Turner was the daughter of 15-year-old Amanda Oates, who
    also died. Diamond Turner was the child of Turner-Jones but not of
    Oates, the friend said.
    The injured, all children of Oates, are 9-year-old Lauren
    Turner, 8-year-old Anthony Oates, 7-year-old Sherita Oates and
    6-year-old Latasha "Bunny" Oates, the friend said.
    The mother had moved to the mobile home park in February from
    Johnston County, adopting the name Lisa Jones, family members said.
    She has a criminal record that lists dozens of charges,
    including giving fictitious information to officers, passing bad
    checks, failing to return rental property and a wide variety of
    traffic offenses, including the failure to use a child seat. The
    disposition of many of the charges is unclear.
    In February, authorities issued warrants charging her with six
    counts of felony forgery, Capt. Dale Wheeler of the Johnston County
    Sheriff's Office said. She could not be found, and the warrants
    remain unserved.
    When she left the county, her children had been listed as
    dropouts in the school system, despite efforts by teachers and
    social workers to help the family.
    When she moved into the Jacksonville area, Turner "never
    mentioned money problems, and I never asked," said neighbor
    Delores McKay. "I figured she had some (money), the way she was
    fixing up the yard."

    (Copyright 2003 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

    July 14th
    MIDWAY PARK, N.C. (AP) - Residents of Sherwood Mobile Home Park,
    mourning the loss of six children in a fire there Wednesday, are
    trying to separate their grief from a growing sense of betrayal.
    Each day, they learn more about the children's mother, a woman
    they knew under a different name.
    It's making the healing process difficult.
    "We're still together on this but we're learning more and more
    about her that wasn't true," neighbor Debbie Steele, 39, said.
    The woman they knew as Lisa Jones was actually named Mary Alice
    Turner, a woman with a criminal record.
    Turner was arrested Monday on eight counts of forgery and
    uttering and was in the Sampson County Jail with bond set at
    $29,000, said Sampson County Sheriff Jim Thornton.
    Warrants for her arrest were issued in Sampson County in March,
    Thornton said. Turner moved to the Midway Park area east of
    Jacksonville in January.
    Last week, Johnston County Sheriff Steve Bizzell said Turner was
    wanted in that county on six counts of forgery and uttering and
    five counts of worthless checks.
    Bizzell said his department wouldn't charge Turner until after
    her children's funerals, which are scheduled for 2 p.m. Wednesday.
    One resident has withdrawn his offer of a new, furnished trailer
    because of Turner's background, said Bridget Hendges, 48, manager
    of the 207-lot mobile home park near Jacksonville.
    But the Lisa Jones fund has not been emptied, Hendges said.
    Teresa Flores has been in touch with Turner and said she is
    struggling to cover $3,000 in funeral expenses.
    "She doesn't hate anybody for taking anything back," Flores
    said Saturday. "But it would have been helpful to bury those
    children."
    Relatives have scheduled a memorial service for the children
    Tuesday evening in Clinton, followed by a funeral and burial
    Wednesday afternoon. The funeral will be held at a middle school to
    accommodate the expected crowd.
    Lamont Oates II, 13-year-old Dorene Oates, 12-year-old Quanita
    Oates, 2-month-old Angela Turner and 2-month-old Diamond Turner
    died in the fire. Angela Turner was the daughter of 15-year-old
    Amanda Oates, who also died, a family friend said.
    Four children were injured: 9-year-old Lauren Turner, 8-year-old
    Anthony Oates, 7-year-old Sherita Oates and 6-year-old Latasha
    "Bunny" Oates. They were in critical condition late Sunday at the
    UNC Burn Center in Chapel Hill.
    On Friday evening, neighbors gathered for a vigil in front of
    the boarded-up mobile home. About 30 adults and 20 children shared
    memories, poems and tears as they recalled 11 playmates who once
    populated their street.
    Eleven children lived in the mobile home with Turner-Jones.
    Although she told neighbors that some of the children belonged to
    her sister, she was the mother of 10 of the children and the
    grandmother of one, the father of the children said.
    Jesse Oates of Mount Olive had been estranged from Turner-Jones
    for three years. The couple was never married, the family friend
    said.
    The mother had moved to the mobile home park in February from
    Johnston County, adopting the name Lisa Jones, family members said.
    She has a criminal record that lists dozens of charges,
    including giving fictitious information to officers, passing bad
    checks, failing to return rental property and a wide variety of
    traffic offenses, including the failure to use a child seat. The
    disposition of many of the charges is unclear.
    When she left the county, her children had been listed as
    dropouts in the school system, despite efforts by teachers and
    social workers to help the family.
    One of the children, 11-year-old Nicholas Cantrell Oates, told
    investigators he lit the candle that started the blaze, and a
    district attorney is considering whether to file charges.
    Nicholas is troubled by the possibility and memories of the
    fire, Flores said.
    "Does he blame himself? Yes he does," she said. "Can he do
    anything about it? No."
    The last time Hendges, the park manager, saw Turner-Jones was
    before she left Onslow Memorial Hospital in Jacksonville on Friday.
    One leg and both of Turner-Jones' arms were cut and bandaged,
    Hendges said, and her face was swollen. She talked about wanting to
    move back to the park and her reasons for using a fake name, but
    Hendges would not elaborate.
    "She knows why, and she's going to be the one to answer," she
    said.
    Flores said Turner-Jones told her, too, and that her reasons had
    nothing to do with fleeing law enforcement.
    "I'm not going to turn my back on her," she said. "She is a
    good person, and every person makes mistakes."

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