Magistrate suspended after larceny charge

ELIZABETHTOWN — A Bladen County magistrate has been suspended from her duties after she was charged with stealing from a retail store in Lumberton where she worked.

Priscella Dean Dunham, who has worked as a magistrate in Bladen County since 2008, is suspended until further notice, according to Bladen County Clerk of Court Niki Dennis. She said the chief District Court judge suspended Dunham in accordance with state law.

According to a statement from the Lumberton Police Department, officers on June 13 investigated a report that Dunham had been “caught placing unpaid items in bags without scanning those items for purchase” at JCPenney. Dunham was charged on July 9 with one count of larceny by an employee.

Staff report