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Bladenboro manager charged with assaulting women at laundromat


BLADENBORO, NC (WWAY) -- Police say a trip to the laundromat ended violently for two Blandenboro women and landed the town manager in trouble.

Penny Sahli says she was was doing laundry Sunday at town manager Delane Jackson's laundromat, but the machines she was using were not working. She says another woman told Sahli if she wanted to talk to Jackson, she should do something that would catch his attention on the surveillance cameras he watches from home.

Sahli then smoked an e-cigarette and left the laundromat with a friend Zorrita Wood. When they got back, she says Jackson was waiting.

She says after trying to explain what happened, Jackson started swearing and was visibly upset but gave her her four dollars back. But Sahli said he pushed her and Wood.

"He said, 'Get out of my washer. I could ban you,'" Sahli said. She said, 'I'm calling (police officer) Randy Sykes.' He said, 'You call Randy Sykes, because he works for me. You tell him to come to my house and have some tea.'"

When the officers showed up, the women said they took out a warrant on Jackson for assault on a female. Sahli says as soon as Jackson was released from jail, he took out a counter warrant on her for communicating threats.

We tried to reach Jackson for comment, but town hall says he was in Raleigh at a conference. Jackson is due in court April 23.

Sahli is no stranger to the law. The Department of Corrections website shows she has a lengthy criminal record dating back to 1989 with convictions for fraud, credit card forgery, drugs, obtaining property by false pretense, breaking and entering, larceny and forgery.

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