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Judge Issues Consent Judgment in Bolton Nuisance Case

WHITEVILLE – Superior Court Judge Douglas Sasser has entered a consent judgment against a nuisance property located at 316 Lizzie’s Drive, Bolton.  The defendant and property owner in this lawsuit is John H. Freeman. This judgment is the final step in a civil nuisance abatement action brought by Columbus County District Attorney Jon David, on behalf of the State of North Carolina. Chapter 19 of the N.C. General Statutes defines a public nuisance, and allows for a civil remedy to abate such nuisance activities. The investigation and information gathered for this lawsuit was a joint effort between members of the Columbus County Sheriff’s Office and N.C. Alcohol Law Enforcement’s Nuisance Abatement Team. “The …..

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Elizabethtown man wanted on arson charge arrested

By Erin Smith An Elizabethtown man who is wanted on an arson charge has been arrested in Robeson County. Brandon Malone is facing charges in connection to a fire that ocurred in apartment 5B at the Mercer Road Apartment complex. According to Lt. D. Cheshire, with the Elizabethtown Police Department, Malone was arrested in Robeson County on outstanding warrants there. He is expected to be served with the warrants from the Elizabethtown Police Department once the charges in Robeson County have been processed. Malone is facing charges of arson and two counts of attempted murder in connection with a fire which took place Sunday night at 700 Mercer Mill Road. …..

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Elizabethtown man sought on arson charge

By Erin Smith The Elizabethtown Police Department is searching for a man who is wanted for the arson of an apartment building located at 700 Mercer Mill Road on Sunday night. Sgt. W. Thompson said the fire started in Apartment 5B after Brandon Malone got into an argument with his girlfriend. At some point following the argument, Malone set a fire inside the apartment. There were two minor children inside the home at the time of the fire, according to Sgt. Thompson. “He fled the scene,” said Sgt. Thompson. Warrants have been issued for the arrest of Malone on charges of arson and two counts of attempted murder. Sgt. Thompson …..

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Columbus County Sheriff’s Office makes arrests in multiple property crimes

Contributed Columbus County, NC –The Columbus County Sheriff’s Office Criminal Investigative Unit arrested five individuals for charges related to multiple residential breaking and entering cases that occurred in November and December of 2017.  The arrests were the result of a complex investigation. On November 24, 2017, suspects kicked in the rear entrance of a residence located on Hallsboro Road South in Whiteville.  Firearms, a gaming console, and some collectible coins were stolen during the incident. On November 27, 2017, the rear door of a residence on Bill Hooks Road in Whiteville was found to have been pried open.  Multiple items were stolen during this incident.  After the break in, the …..

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Woman found injured on Twisted Hickory Road

  • 01/12/2018
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By Erin Smith A woman was found in a ditch on Saturday morning on Twisted Hickory Road near Center Road after a night out. The call was received on Saturday morning at 7 a.m. said the Bladen County Sheriff’s Office.  Investigator Morgan Johnson said she had possibly been a victim of sexual assault as she was found with her pants down. BladenOnline.com does not name the victim of a sexual assault.  The woman also suffered a broken pelvis and a broken ankle. He said her injuries are consistent with being struck by a vehicle.  Investigator Johnson said the victim was riding in the car with a cousin and remembers nothing after that. A …..

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St. Pauls man sentenced for on firearms charges

NEW BERN – William Charlie Collins was sentenced to 95 months in custody followed by three years of supervised probation Tuesday on two counts of felon in possession of a firearm. The 32-year-old St. Pauls man had pled guilty to the charges in September and was sentenced in the Eastern District of North Carolina federal court by U.S. District Judge Louise W. Flanagan. According to court record, on Feb. 28, 2017, an officer with the St. Pauls Police Department observed Collins place a handgun in the trunk of a vehicle. Once he saw the officer, Collins immediately shut the vehicle’s trunk. The officer approached the vehicle’s owner and obtained consent …..

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Update: According to law enforcement officials Jesse James Arp has been arrested.

Update: According to law enforcement officials Jesse James Arp has been arrested. Sheriff James A. McVicker is seeking the public’s help in locating an armed felon who committed a serious assault in the Buckhead community on New Year’s Eve. “Jesse James Arp is wanted for the assault of his brother-in-law, Michael Powers, who he shot in the foot with a shotgun during an altercation at 968 Jacobs Loop Road,” said McVicker. “We need the help of the community to locate and arrest this man.” McVicker said Arp is a convicted felon and in addition to the most recent charges against him of Assault With a Deadly Weapon Inflicting Serious Injury …..

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Bladenboro man arrested

  • 01/08/2018
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By Erin Smith A Bladenboro man was arrested on a charge of simple possession on Friday evening.  According to court records, Bladen County Probation and Parole officers arrested Jerry Hales, 42, and charged him with simple possession of Schedule IV Controlled Substance.  According to the DEA, a Schedule IV controlled substance is defined as having a real but low potential for abuse — and if abused, a limited physical or psychological dependence effect — compared with the substances in other classifications (Schedules I-III). Share:

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Arrest Made in Drug and Firearm Charges in and Around Harnett County

RALEIGH – The United States Attorney for the Eastern District of North Carolina Robert J. Higdon, Jr. announces the arrest yesterday of one defendant pursuant to a federal indictment for drug and firearms charges. A 12-count indictment was returned by a federal grand jury on December 12, 2017.  The indictment charges John Andrew Pipkin, aka “Puppy,” 58, of Erwin, N.C. with conspiracy to distribute cocaine base (crack), various drug offenses, and possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking offense. The charges and allegations contained in the Indictment are merely accusations.  The defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty in a court of law. The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, …..

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Gore Marine owner now charged with second degree murder

By Erin Smith A Wilmington man is facing a charge of second degree murder in a shooting that ocurred in Kelly over the Christmas weekend. David Wayne Gore, 54, arrived in Bladen County on Thursday morning to face the new charges. Gore, who appeared in court with his attorney, Buddy Allard of the Hewlett, Collins and Allard, LLP law firm in Wilmington, was given a $100,000 bond.  The District Attorney’s Office had originally requested a bond amount of $750,000. Gore, who is the owner of Gore Marine in Wilmington, is charged with the shooting death of Allen Blanchard, 34, also of Wilmington. According to the Bladen County Sheriff’s Office, Gore …..

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Tabor City store reports armed robbery

A Tabor City store reported being the victim of an armed robbery on Tuesday night. Norris Country Store located at 6088 Swamp Fox Highway East reported the robbery at 9 p.m., according to the Columbus County Sheriff’s Office. According to reports, three men walked into the store and one man pointed a gun at the cashier and demanded money. All three men were reported to be wearing gray hoodies that covered their faces and fled the scene on foot with money obtained from the cash register. The incident is under investigation. Share:

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Wilmington boat shop owner now facing murder charge

By Erin Smith The owner of a Wilmington boat shop is now facing a murder charge after the victim of a weekend shooting at an abandoned saw mill in Kelly has passed away, according to the Bladen County Sheriff’s Office. Major Larry Guyton confirmed Allen Blanchard, 34, of Wilmington, who was shot during an altercation at the former Squires Timber Saw Mill, which was located on NC 210, died on Monday. Major Guyton said an autopsy, which was originally scheduled for today (Tuesday, December 26th), has been postponed until Wednesday. David Wayne Gore, 57, of Wilmington, was arrested on Saturday and charged with assault with a deadly weapon with intent …..

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Second man arrested for Clarkton break-in

By Erin Smith A second person has been arrested for a breaking and entering that ocurred in Clarkton in August. According to Bladen County court records, Akimas Kendall Rose, 23, of 61 Willow Run Lane, Whiteville, has been arrested. Rose is one of three men who were being sought by the Bladen County Sheriff’s Office for a breaking and entering that ocurred on West Graham Street in Clarkton in August. Rose is facing charges of one count each of felony breaking and entering, felony larceny after breaking and entering, felony possession of stolen goods, and felony assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill. He is scheduled to appear …..

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A look back at 2017’s Top Ten Crime Stories

By Erin Smith As the New Year of 2018 is looming, we pause to take a look back at the “old year” and all that happened. We decided to take a look back at our Top Ten Crime Stories for 2017. Below are the crime stories you found most interesting during 2017. Our number one most viewed crime story was Bladen County teacher charged with sex crime. The story outlines the charges against a former West Bladen High School Science teacher of having sex with a student. No. 2. Many of you were still interested in our story Be Aware! Kirby Van is not trying to sell vacuums from March …..

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2 Wilmington men arrested after shooting at abandoned lumber mill

Two men from Wilmington were in the Bladen County Detention Center and another man was hospitalized in critical condition Saturday following a shooting at an abandoned lumber mill in Bladen County, Sheriff James McVicker said. David Wayne Gore, 57, has been charged with assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill inflicting serious injury and is being held under a $100,000 bond. Ryan Ciro Thau, 33, who was not injured in the incident, has been charged with felonious larceny and is being held under a $5,000 bond, according to a news release from McVicker. Allen W. Blanchard, 34, also from Wilmington, was airlifted from the scene to New Hanover …..

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One arrested for Clarkton break-in

By Erin Smith One of three men wanted for a breaking and entering that ocurred in Clarkton in August has been arrested. Henry Kendrell Robinson, 24, of Stanley Street in Council, was arrested on Thursday afternoon by the Bladen County Sheriff’s Office. He is charged with one count each of felony breaking and entering, felony larceny after breaking and entering, and felony possession of stolen goods. Robinson is being held in the Bladen County Jail under a$10,000 secured bond. He is scheduled to appear in Bladen County Superior Court on January 8, 2018. Major Larry Guyton, with the Bladen County Sheriff’s Office, said the breaking and entering ocurred on August …..

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Felony Warrant Enforcement Operation Nets 22 Defendants Wanted for Gun, Drug and Other Charges

FAYETTEVILLE – The United States Attorney for the Eastern District of North Carolina, Robert J. Higdon Jr., announces that “Operation Wintry Mix” resulted in the arrest of 16 defendants for outstanding federal charges in a coordinated warrant enforcement operation.  In addition, three subjects related to this operation were found to be in the custody of the North Carolina Department of Corrections and a local jail in Virginia.  Federal detainers have been filed against those subjects.  Also, three subjects were arrested on state charges. The following individuals were charged by way of Criminal Indictment.  The individual charges for each defendant is contained in the parenthesis following the personal information. *Larry Donnell Adams, …..

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3 men sought for theft of electronics from Elizabethtown Walmart

Elizabethtown police are looking for three men who were involved in the theft of several electronic items from Walmart in Elizabethtown on Saturday, Dec. 16. The three men entered the store through the garden center about 10 a.m., according to Police Chief Tony Parrish. Two of the men went to the electronics department while the third man appeared to serve as a lookout. One of the men, who appeared to be black and wore a black and yellow ball cap, black jacket and light colored pants based on surveillance images, placed three television sets in a shopping cart, according to Parrish. The second man, who was white and wore a …..

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Sampson County man facing child rape charges

A Sampson County man is facing charges of child rape, according to law enforcement officials. Raymond Davis, 42, of Clinton, was arrested and charged with two felony counts of child rape and two felony counts of indecent liberties with a child. He was placed under a $300,000 secured bond in the Sampson County Jail and is scheduled to be in court on January 12th, 2018. He is also scheduled to appear in court on January 2nd, 2018, on 10 felony counts of indecent liberties with a child and one felony count of first degree sexual offense, according to Sampson County court records. Share:

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On the hunt for two armed robbers

By Erin Smith The Elizabethtown Police Department is investigating an armed robbery that occurred on Friday night. According to Lt. D. Cheshire, the call came in at 8:35 p.m. reporting an armed robbery had occurred at the No. 1 Chinese restaurant.  “Two unknown suspects entered the restaurant wearing masks, gloves and dark clothing,” said Lt. Cheshire.  He said one suspect was armed with a semi-automatic handgun. Lt. Cheshire said the two suspects demanded cash from the clerk.  He said officers have received the video from the security cameras at the restaurant and are attempting to identify the suspects.  Anyone with any information regarding the robbery is encouraged to contact the …..

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Chicken truck over turned

Photo by Cheryl Thurston Tuesday morning came with a little haze and an accident in Bladenboro. A truck driver was leaving the newly opened Carroll Poultry plant in the industrial park in Bladenboro.  The driver of the truck was turning the vehicle at Southeastern Grain on JR Britt Road when the truck over turned according to the accident report. The truck was loaded with chickens. Junior Lee Campbell of Clarkton was the driver for the truck. He was charged with an unsafe movement by North Carolina Highway Patrol Officer, G. White.  The driver had no reported injuries. Share:

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One arrested for armed robbery

By Erin Smith The Elizabethtown Police Department has arrested one man for the armed robbery of the Dollar General located at 1011 West Broad Street. The robbery was reported at 9 p.m. Saturday. Lt. D. Cheshire, with the Elizabethtown Police Department, said a man armed with a handgun walked in and demanded cash from the clerk. “He departed from the store and was located a few blocks away by law enforcement,” said Lt. Cheshire. Arrested was Christopher Deon Autry, 21, of Elizabethtown. He is facing charges of felony robbery with a dangerous weapon and felony possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. Lt. Cheshire said officers were able to …..

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SBI Develops New Hand-held Fingerprint Technology

The State Bureau of Investigation has deployed a mobile fingerprint scanning application for local and state law enforcement officers that instantly searches state and national databases for a positive identification. The process is simple. A suspect places his or her finger on a small portable device, about the size of a smartphone and the fingerprints become digitized and sent to the SBI’s Statewide Automated Fingerprint Identification System and to the FBI for a search of their databases for any matches. The Rapid ID System allows law enforcement officers to capture fingerprints remotely using the mobile fingerprint scanner. An officer quickly receives the results of a search on the hand-held device. If a fingerprint …..

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One arrested on drug possession charges

By Erin Smith One Bladen County resident was arrested for two counts of felony drug possession charges on Thursday. Tamra Rae Russ of Tar Heel was arrested and charged with one felony count of possession of schedule 1 controlled substance and one felony count of possession of schedule II controlled substance. She is scheduled to appear in Bladen District Court on December 18th. Share:

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Romanian Man Sentenced for Role in International Fraud Scheme Involving Online Marketplace Websites

A Romanian man was sentenced today to 29 months in prison for his participation in an international scheme involving fraudulent advertisements on online marketplaces that induced victims to send over $870,000 to conspirators for the purchase of various items that were not actually available for purchase. Acting Assistant Attorney General John P. Cronan of the Justice Department’s Criminal Division and U.S. Attorney Don Cochran of the Middle District of Tennessee made the announcement. Vlad Diaconu, 37, originally of Bucharest, Romania, was sentenced by Senior U.S. District Judge Marvin E. Aspen of the Northern District of Illinois, who sits in the Middle District of Tennessee by designation.  Diaconu pleaded guilty to …..

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Man pleads guilty to drugs possession

By Erin Smith DeMerion Jamar Barnhardt pled guilty to felony possession of a Schedule 1 Controlled Substance in Bladen County Superior Court on Wednesday. Judge Rueben Young sentenced him to 6 to 17 months probation suspended and 24 months of supervised probation. Barnhardt will also receive credit for time served and he must consent to periodic warrantless searches and random drug testing. Judge Young told Barnhardt that in the event he should have a positive drug test, he is ordering he be immediately arrested and placed in jail under a $50,000 secured bond. Bladen County District Attorney Courtney Sanford told the court her office made an offer to Barnhardt on January …..

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One sentenced in Bladen Hardware break-in

By Erin Smith One of the defendants charged with breaking and entering and larceny of the Bladen Hardware Store in Elizabethtown was sentenced on Wednesday. Christopher Lamonta McDowell of Brown’s Creek Church Road, Elizabethtown,  accepted a plea arrangement which allowed him to plead guilty to one count of breaking and entering and one county of larceny of a firearm.  Judge Rueben Young asked McDowell if he was under the influence of any substances to which McDowell answered he had “smoked weed” Tuesday night prior to coming to court. Judge Young then sent McDowell to be drug tested before continuing with the sentencing process. It was announced later in court the drug test was positive for …..

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FORMER CONNECTICUT RESIDENT PLEADS GUILTY TO ILLEGALLY TRANSPORTING PROTECTED WILDLIFE

John H. Durham, United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, announced that WILLIAM CARL BARTLETT, 65, of Eastpoint, Florida, formerly of Cheshire, Connecticut, pleaded guilty today before U.S. Magistrate Judge William I. Garfinkel in Bridgeport to two counts of illegally transporting protected wildlife. According to court documents and statements made in court, BARTLETT is a snake and reptile collector.  In July 2012, BARTLETT shipped via overnight mail courier 10 Outer Banks kingsnakes from Connecticut to an individual in Emporium, Pennsylvania.  Prior to that date, BARTLETT collected a male and female kingsnake from the Outer Banks in violation of North Carolina law.  In North Carolina, the Outer Banks kingsnake is …..

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Three Arrests Made in Ida’s Lane homicide

Three arrests have been announced by the Bladen County Sheriff’s Office in a homicide near Clarkton. On December 6th, 2017, at approximately 5:31 p.m. the Bladen County Sheriffs Office received a call of an unknown situation at 84 Ida’s Lane, Clarkton. Upon arrival deputies located Charles Leon Leach, 60 years of age of Clarkton, deceased in the residence. Investigators have determined that the victim in this case was the victim of an apparent robbery, according to Captain Jeff Singletary. An autopsy was conducted this morning by the Medical Examiner in Raleigh and the exact cause of death will be determined; however, blunt force trauma to the head was noted. Three …..

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Sheriff’s Office investigating apparent homicide

The Bladen County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a homicide.  On Wednesday, December 6th, 2017, at approximately 5:31 p.m. the Bladen County Sheriff’s Office received a call of an unknown situation at 84 Ida’s Lane, Clarkton, according to Captain Jeff Singletary. Upon arrival, deputies located Charles Leon Leach, 60 years of age, of Clarkton, deceased in the residence. Investigators determined foul play to be a part of the investigation, according to Captain Singletary. At this time, no other details are being released, but the investigation is ongoing and we will share updates as new information becomes available, said Captain Singletary. Bladen County Sheriff Jim McVicker asks that if you have any …..

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Downing sentenced in Dublin shooting

By Erin Smith A second person has been sentenced for the shooting death of Darrell Council n 2015. D’Nayza Downing pled guilty to being an accessory after the fact to first degree murder. She was sentenced by Judge Young on Wednesday afternoon to a minimum of 65 months and a maximum of 90 months active with credit received for time served. She has been in jail for about two years. Bladen County Assistant District Attorney Quentin McGee told the court Downing had fulfilled some of the requirements contained in her agreement with the court. McGee said she had already testified in one case and has agreed to testify against the other two …..

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ALE’s Overnight Statewide Operation Nets 158 Arrests on 297 Charges

North Carolina Alcohol Law Enforcement agents arrested more than 150 people on charges of illegal alcohol and drugs during an overnight operation Dec. 1-2 following a state-wide crackdown.   During the operation, one agent performed CPR on an unresponsive overdose victim until EMS could arrive and provide Naloxone. Another agent identified a suspect in a previous armed robbery who had 17 outstanding warrants for his arrest. The suspect had a mask believed to be used during an armed robbery two days before.   The special operation used every available ALE agent in partnership with sheriffs, police chiefs, and other law enforcement partners. Their goal was to prevent violence and other criminal …..

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Nightclub Shootings Prompt Statewide ALE Operation Dec. 1-2

RALEIGH – North Carolina’s Alcohol Law Enforcement agency is conducting a statewide operation to deter violence that has been occurring at nightclubs, bars and restaurants across the state, both licensed by the Alcoholic Beverage Control Commission and unlicensed. Seven fatal shootings have occurred at several locations during November. Three people were shot to death at a suspected illegal bar in LaGrange Nov. 12. Three people were shot Nov. 18 at a suspected illegal bar in Goldsboro and two died from their injuries. Five people were shot at Diamondz Gentlemans Club in Fayetteville Nov. 11 and the owner of the business died. One person was shot at an illegal bar in …..

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Sheriff offers tips for shopping during the Holiday season

While people are searching for bargains and trying to find the perfect gift, Bladen County Sheriff Jim McVicker said don’t let your guard down at malls and stores. “The holiday season is upon us and shoppers are crowding malls and discount stores to buy the latest gadgets and find the best deals,” said Sheriff McVicker. He added shoppers should not be neglecting their safety.  According to Sheriff McVicker, “This time of year attracts more shopping-related criminal activity because of the larger crowds and the extended store hours.  These factors and the usual distraction of shopping, creates a more favorable environment for petty thieves and other offenders. The Sheriff reminds all …..

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Elizabethtown PD seeks identity of individual

By Erin Smith The Elizabethtown Police Department is asking for your assistance in identifying a man they want to speak with regarding a recent larceny. He is described as having a tattoo on the right side of his face, as well as several tattoos on his hands and arms. If you have any information in this case, you are asked to contact Detective Thompson at the Elizabethtown Police Department by calling 910-862-3125. Share:

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Home robbery in Abbottsburg

Saturday morning around 10 a.m. a house was broken into in Abbottsburg, according to officials. The suspect(s) entered the house by kicking in the back door. Some of the items reportedly stolen are a television and guns. The Bladen County Sheriff’s Office took a report, according to law enforcement. If anyone has any information about the robbery, please contact the Sheriff’s Office at 910-862-6960. Share:

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Update : Shots have ceased in Dublin

Update at 11:15 am on Wednesday, November 21, 2017: Bladen County Sheriff, Jim McVicker gave an update on the young man from yesterday’s standoff. McVicker reported, the 20 year old, Mackenzie Brisson from Paul Brisson Road in Dublin is still in the hospital this morning. “At this time our concern is to get him the help he needs,” McVicker said. McVicker reported after the health of Brisson is confirmed to be in good standing, he will be charged with three counts of assault with a deadly weapon on a government official. At this time, no charges have been filed. Update at 6:30 pm on Tuesday: Bladen County Sheriff gives update on …..

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Update: Bladen County Sheriff gives update on shooter in Dublin

Update at on Wednesday, Nov. 22nd, 2017 Officials have reported MacKenzie Brisson from Tuesday’s standoff in Dublin has been charged with three counts of assault on a government official with a firearm and is under a  a $1.5 million dollar bond. Update at 11:15 am on Wednesday, Nov. 22nd, 2017:  The Bladen County Sheriff, Jim McVicker gave an update on the young man from yesterday’s standoff. McVicker reported, the 20 year old, Mackenzie Brisson from Paul Brisson Road in Dublin is still in the hospital this morning. “At this time our concern is to get him the help he needs,” McVicker said. McVicker reported after the health of Brisson is confirmed …..

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Escaped inmate captured promptly

By: Charlotte Smith This past weekend was perfect for working outside. One Bladen County inmate took the opportunity a little too far. The Department of Corrections has a work program for inmates with minor crimes. Inmates are allowed to work out in the communities cleaning up debris, washing cars and other odd jobs as long as they are supervised by a county employee. According to Chief Chris Hunt of the Bladenboro Police Department an inmate was working on Chestnut Street also known as Ballpark Road in Bladenboro when he tried to escape custody. Hunt reported the inmate went to a citizen’s house to use the phone. A citizen saw he was …..

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Commissioner Ashley S. Trivette case continued

Monday, November 20th was court day in Brunswick County. On the calendar for Judge Hankin’s court was the case against an elected official in Bladen County. Friday, October 6th, 2017, Ashley S. Trivette, a member of the Bladen County Board of Commissioners was arrested for Driving While Impaired and Driving with Expired Registration, according to Brunswick County court records. Trivette did not appear in court on Monday, November 20th. The arresting officers Trooper Godwin, was not inside the court room either due to the birth of his child according to the District Attorney representatives. Trivette’s case was continued to January 11th, 2018. The Clerk of Courts did note Trivette’s lawyer …..

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Counterfeit money passed around in Elizabethtown

Watch out merchants, fake money has been handed out. Over the weekend someone was passing counterfeit $50 bills, according to the Elizabethtown Police Department’s Facebook page. The counterfeit tender looks and feels real, and passes as good bills when marked with a pen. The bills have a light colored ink and all, so far, have the same serial #MB14412075B. Please call the Elizabethtown Police Department at 910-862-3125 if you can identify the person in the photo in reference to questioning related to the counterfeit bills. Share:

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Robbery at the Bladenboro Fresh Foods IGA Grocery Store

            A Native American male entered the Fresh Foods IGA Grocery Store in Bladenboro around 11:03 a.m. on Friday November 17, assaulted a clerk and fled with a cash box from the store. The suspect was seen getting into a small gray car and fleeing the scene. Bladen County 911 was contacted and the Bladenboro Police Department of the incident was notified as well as surrounding law enforcement agencies. Bladenboro Police Chief Chris Hunt observed the suspect vehicle on North Carolina Highway 211 and attempted to stop the vehicle. The suspect vehicle fled and Chief Hunt pursued the suspects into Robeson County. The suspect vehicle …..

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No Thru Trucks is overlooked

Truck drivers have a job getting produce, products and other merchandise and materials to and from our communities. These men and women drivers are greatly appreciated. However a concern has been voiced over and over again about truck drivers driving through town. Many citizens have been complaining about truck drivers overlooking the No Trucks Thru signs in downtown Elizabethtown. Some citizens said they have even had to back up to keep from getting hit by the trucks coming into downtown. There is a ticket and fine these truck drivers could get for ignoring the road law of driving through town. Share:

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Scam Alert: Callers targeting utility customers

Duke Energy is warning customers of a utility billing scam making the rounds. The way the scam works is the caller will pose as a representative of Duke Energy and they will claim the victim owes a past due bill and threaten to disconnect the power. They imposter will assure the victim if they pay with a credit or debit card during the telephone call, their power will not be turned off. Duke Energy officials say if you receive a call regarding your utility bill, hang up and call the police. If you have questions regarding your Duke Energy account, call the customer service number printed on your bill. For …..

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Scam Alert: U.S. Marshals Urge Public to Report Phone Scams to FTC

Raleigh – The U.S. Marshals are alerting the public of several nationwide imposter scams involving individuals claiming to be U.S. marshals, court officers, or other law enforcement officials. They are urging people to report the calls not only to their local U.S. Marshals Service office, but also to the Federal Trade Commission. The FTC has the ability to detect patterns of fraud from the information collected and share that data with law enforcement. “These are not victimless crimes,” said Robert D. Pettit, Acting United States Marshal for the Eastern District of North Carolina. “People have lost thousands of dollars to these scammers. This can be devastating, especially during the holidays.” The …..

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Attempted Bank Robbery Occurs at Clarkton BB&T

On Friday, a lone white male with face paint on entered the Clarkton BB&T bank around 4:23 p.m. and handed the teller a note demanding cash, said Captain Jeff Singletary with the Bladen County Sheriff’s Office. According to the Bladen County Sheriff’s Office, no weapon was displayed. Another bank employee subsequently called 911 and reported the attempted theft. A Deputy Sheriff arrived on the scene within two minutes of the call for assistance; however, the suspect fled the location on foot prior to his arrival. A search of the area was conducted by the Bladen County Sheriff’s Office and the North Carolina State Highway Patrol. The suspect was apprehended lying in a …..

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Fourth Pasquotank prison employee dies from injuries

ELIZABETH CITY – A fourth Pasquotank Correction Institution employee has died from his injuries as a result of an unsuccessful escape attempt Oct. 12. Geoffrey Howe, a maintenance mechanic for Pasquotank Correctional Institution, died Thursday at Sentara Norfolk General Hospital from injuries suffered during the failed attempt. The institution remains on lockdown, according to the NC Department of Public Safety. “Our thoughts, prayers and condolences go out to the Howe family,” said Department of Public Safety Secretary Erik A. Hooks. “This tragedy has horribly impacted the lives of four families, as well as co-workers and friends.” Howe, 31, had been with DPS since August 2016. “Geoffrey Howe was a valued …..

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SC man arrested for breaking into apartment

By Erin Smith A Florence, South Carolina man was arrested on Saturday in Bladenboro after he entered an apartment at 304 Village Street, Bladenboro. Bladenboro Police Chief Chris Hunt said the victim had left her apartment and left her door unlocked while she visited the apartment next door. “She came back and she saw a man standing in her apartment and screamed and a neighbor heard her and called 911,” said Chief Hunt. When officers arrived on the scene, the man was still there and was arrested. Tommy Maurice Wilson of Florence, SC was arrested and charged with one count of misdemeanor breaking and entering. Share:

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Third Pasquotank prison employee dies from injuries

ELIZABETH CITY – A third Pasquotank Correction Institution employee has died from her injuries as a result of an unsuccessful escapte attempt Oct. 12. Correctional Officer Wendy Shannon, 49, died Monday night, according to the NC Department of Public Safety. She had been at the Pasquotank facility since October 2013. “Our hearts are broken at the passing of Officer Shannon,” DPS Secretary Erik A. Hooks said. “Our deepest condolences go out to the Shannon family during this difficult time. Correctional Officer Justin Smith, 35, who provided security at the facility’s sewing plant, and Enterprises Manager Veronica Darden, 50, who supervised inmates in the sewing plant, died during the Oct. 12 …..

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International Credit Card Fraud Ring Captured In Bladen

Sheriff James A. McVicker said two men traveling on Venezuelan passports were captured last Thursday, October 26th, as they were using cloned credit cards to withdraw money from an ATM in Clarkton. “We received a call from the security department of the State Employees Credit Union last Thursday alerting us to the fact there were two men at the Cash Points ATM in Clarkton withdrawing money by the use of fraudulent credit cards,” said McVicker. “These men were being tracked by the bank as they used the ATM’s. They had withdrawn money from another Cash Points in Southport earlier in the day but had managed to get away before law …..

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Second man arrested for storage building robbery

A second man wanted in connection with the robbery of a storage shed at a house on U.S. 701 South was arrested Friday near Tar Heel, says Bladen County Sheriff James McVicker. Mathue Hannaniah Johnson, 23, was taken into custody at a home near Tar Heel, according to the Sheriff’s Office. Johnson is charged with misdeamor larceny, breaking and entering, larceny after breaking and entering, possession of stolen goods and resisting a public officer. His bond was set at $110,000. Authorities had been looking for Johnson since the arrest of Joshua Brian Evans, 37, of Clarkton, about 10 days ago on charges of felonious breaking and entering, felonious larceny, and …..

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One charged in five Bladen County break-ins

The arrest of one individual Tuesday has resulted in the solving of five area breaking and entering cases according to Sheriff James A. McVicker. “My investigators arrested Jordan Thomas Jernigan, 27, of Tyner Drive, White Lake, on Tuesday,” said Sheriff McVicker. “This young man has admitted to being involved in five cases of breaking and entering in the last month.” Jernigan was charged with two counts of injury to personal property, one count of attempted felonious larceny, three counts of breaking and entering, three counts of felonious larceny, three counts of felonious possession of stolen goods, five counts of larceny of a firearm, and five counts of possession of a …..

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Suspect in multiple break-ins arrested

Sheriff James A. McVicker said today (Wednesday, Oct. 18th) that a suspect in multiple breaking and entering cases in both Bladen and Sampson counties was arrested Saturday by deputies. “Johnathan Colby Rigsbee, 23, of 954 Ruskin Road, White Oak, was taken into custody Saturday after being located by deputies,” said McVicker. “Rigsbee was charged with an October 2nd breaking and entering of a residence in the 900 block of Ruskin Road.” Rigsbee was charged with two counts of larceny of a firearm, one count of felonious breaking and entering, one count of felonious larceny, one count of felonious possession of stolen goods and felony probation violation. He was placed under …..

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Scam Alert: Debit card scam making the rounds

The Elizabethtown Police Department is warning business owners to be aware of a scam involving debit cards. The way the scam works is, someone will enter the business and ask to have $500 put on a debit card and will attempt to pay a portion with cash and the remainder with a debit card. This is scam. If anyone experiences someone attempting to do this, you are asked to call the police or 911.     Share:

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One Arrested For Selling Stolen Property

Sheriff James A. McVicker announced the arrest of Angelina Tanya Wells, 43, of 81 Mears Lane in Clarkton for selling stolen property to an Elizabethtown pawn shop. “Ms. Wells was arrested last week after she sold a chainsaw that was stolen on September 18th from a residence in the 700 block of Ruskin Road, near Elizabethtown,” said McVicker. “Wells carried the stolen chainsaw into Pawn South in Elizabethtown and sold it. She knew or had reason to know at the time the property was stolen.” Wells was charged with obtaining property by false pretense, a felony. Her bond was set at $1,500 secured. “We have two other suspects in this …..

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Bladen County Breaking and Entering Solved

An arrest has been made on the October 8, 2017 breaking and entering that happened in the 1800 block of Harrelson Road near Clarkton according to Sheriff James A. McVicker. “A homeowner reported a breaking and entering at his residence on October 8th,” said Sheriff McVicker. “He reported over $6,000 in property stolen. On October 11th, one of my deputies received an anonymous tip which investigators followed up on and were able to recover over $4,800 in stolen property and make three arrests.” Arrested and charged with Felonious Breaking and Entering, Felonious Larceny and Felonious Possession of Stolen Goods was Teddy Randall Deaver Jr., 33, of 166 Shannon Drive, Clarkton. …..

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Break-ins on NC 210 West solved

Sheriff James A. McVicker announced the arrest of Jonathan Allen Hall, 26, of 10101 NC Hwy. 53 East, Kelly, for two separate incidents of  breaking and entering in the 600 block of NC 210 West, Garland. “Hall was arrested after he was found to have pawned property stolen from this residence on two separate occasions,” said McVicker. “The home was entered at least twice in the last month and during these times a television set, a handgun and two shotguns were stolen. Investigators were able to trace the stolen property to the Pawn Plus Pawn Shop in Bladenboro and the House of Quality Pawn in Lumberton. This property was recovered …..

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One Arrested, One Sought on Breaking and Entering Charges

Update: Warrants have been issued for the arrest of Mathue Hannaniah Johnson, 23, of 40 Fredrick Britt Road, Bladenboro. He is facing charges of felonious breaking and entering, felonious larceny, and felonious possession of stolen goods. If you have information regarding the whereabouts of Johnson, you are asked to contact the Bladen County Sheriff’s Office at 910-862-6960. Sheriff James A. McVicker released the names of two individuals responsible for the breaking and entering and larceny of a storage building behind a residence in the 4000 block of US Highway 701 South of Elizabethtown on September 27, 2017. “Investigators have been able to arrest two individuals responsible for the September breaking and entering,” …..

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Methamphetamine Lab Uncovered Near Dublin

Sheriff James A. McVicker announced a joint operation involving the Bladen County Sheriff’s Office, White Lake Police Department and the North Carolina Highway Patrol that located and dismantled a methamphetamine lab near Dublin late Thursday night. “The lab was located at 1105 Bethel Church Road after officers received an anonymous tip which lead to an in depth investigation,” said McVicker. “Sgt. Richard Allen with the Sheriff’s Office and Lt. Mike Salmon with the White Lake Police Department have received advanced training in clandestine labs and this is the second lab they have located in the county in the last month. These labs can be very dangerous and the North Carolina …..

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Two Pasquotank correctional employees killed during escape attempt

ELIZABETH CITY – Two Department of Public Safety Correctional Department employees were killed and several people were injured Thursday during an unsuccessful escape attempt from Pasquotank Correctional Institution. Correctional Officer Justin Smith, 35, who provided security at the facility’s sewing plant, and Enterprises Manager Veronica Darden, 50, who supervised inmates in the sewing plant, died during the incident, says NC Department of Public Safety spokesman Keith Acree. “The DPS family is devastated by the tragic events that took place at Pasquotank Correctional Institution,” Public Safety Secretary Erik Hooks said in a statement. “Our deepest sympathies go out to the families and co-workers of the employees who lost their lives in …..

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ALE Cautions Teachers, Parents on Teens Using Flavored Vapors and THC Candy

Many teens today are using vapors instead of smoking cigarettes, according to Israel Morrow, an assistant special agent in charge for Alcohol Law Enforcement who oversees the state’s tobacco program. “Vapor juice infused with marijuana is appealing to teens who get a euphoric high from ingesting the vapors,” Morrow said. Also, candy made with CBD (Cannabidiol) is being sold along with e-cigarettes at vape shops and some convenience stores. The packaging may claim, “No THC,” (Tetrahydrocannabinol), but ALE special agents have taken samples to the North Carolina crime lab for testing and chemists have found THC regardless of the advertising. Foods, candy and a wax substance similar to Butane Hash Oil …..

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Stolen vehicle recovered in Bladenboro

By Erin Smith A vehicle that was reported stolen from Butler Mill Road was located in Bladenboro on Wednesday morning.  The Bladenboro Police Department is asking anyone with information regarding a stolen vehicle to contact the police department. A stolen vehicle was located off Village Street in Bladenboro where it was driven into the wood line, according to Bladenboro Police Chief Chris Hunt. He said the call regarding the vehicle came in to 911 Communications at 6 a.m. Chief Hunt said officers found the vehicle’s registration and attempted to contact the owner but were unsuccessful. He said at 9 a.m. the vehicle’s owner awoke to find their vehicle missing and …..

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Chase ends in arrest in Elizabethtown

By Erin Smith One man was arrested on Saturday after leading Elizabethtown police officers on a chase. According to Lt. Mark McMichael, Sgt. Martin observed an individual driving a 2016 Dodge Challenger in a careless manner. Lt. McMichael, said that Devon Rogers, 25, of Elizabethtown, pulled out of the parking lot of the Petro Mart at the intersection of S. Poplar Street and Broad Street spinning his tires. Lt. McMichael said Rogers lost control of his vehicle and crossed into oncoming traffic.  Lt. McMichael said when Sgt. Martin attempted to stop Rogers, he led officers on a chase on Poplar Street. “He ended up driving to his home on Mercer …..

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Elizabethtown store victim of break-in

By Erin Smith The Goody’s Store located at 314 S. Poplar Street in Elizabethtown was the victim of a break-in on Tuesday night. Elizabethtown Police Officers Joe Butler and Jennifer Popynick responded to the alarm call and saw the doors were broken out, said Lt. Mark McMichael. “One of the officers requested the Sheriff’s Office K-9 to come out to ensure no one was in the building,” said Lt. McMichael. When officers entered the building they found several items on the floor including cologne and the watches appeared to have been gone through, said Lt. McMichael. Officer Popynick patrolled the area and saw an individual walking in the area. Lt. …..

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Bladenboro store robbed

By Erin Smith The Family Dollar Store in Bladenboro was robbed on Sunday night. According to Bladenboro Police Chief Chris Hunt, the call came in at 8:37 p.m. “We had a suspect enter the store with a mask on and he pointed a gun at the clerk,” said Chief Hunt. The suspect forced the clerk to open the cash register and he took the contents of the register. Chief Hunt said the Bladen County Sheriff’s Office assisted the Bladenboro Police Department. The incident remains under investigation. Share:

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Sheriff’s Office to conduct Glamour in the Slammer

The Bladen County Sheriff’s Office is conducting Operation Glamour in the Slammer this afternoon to raise funds for Bladen We Care. All Bladen County employees, municipal employees, and elected officials are encouraged to participate. To participate simply come to the magistrate’s office at the new detention center between the hours of 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. and turn yourself in. You will be “processed” as a “prisoner” into the new facility. A “bond” will be set (normally $25 but more is appreciated) and once your “bond” is posted you can be released. Everyone is encouraged to stay for two hours or so for training purposes. By participating in this event …..

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One arrested after search warrant executed at Elizabethtown business

One Elizabethtown business owner was arrested on Monday following the execution of a search warrant. On Monday, October 9, 2017, the Elizabethtown Police Department along with the assistance of the Bladen County Sheriff’s Office and Agents from the NC  ALE executed a search warrant at Happy Vapors and Tobacco, located at 1107-C West Broad Street, Elizabethtown. The owner of the business, Ali-Ahmod Muslih Algozy, was arrested and charged with possessing and selling adulterants for the purpose of defrauding a drug screening test and a drug paraphernalia offense. Share:

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5 individuals arrested after break in

Sheriff James A. McVicker announced today the apprehension of five individuals who broke into a home in the 3800 block of NC Hwy 87 East near Elizabethtown on September 19, 2017. “My investigators have been able to arrest and charge five individuals with this crime,” said McVicker. “These young men broke into a home, vandalized it and then stole two shotguns from inside the home. They also vandalized two vehicles in the yard by shooting them, stole a rifle and weed eater, and then stole a pickup truck.” McVicker said his investigators canvassed the neighborhood and were able to get leads from area residents that lead them to the individuals …..

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Bladen County Commissioner Trivette arrested

Staff report Update 3: https://bladenonline.com/commissioner-ashley-s-trivette-case-continued/ Update 2: According to North Carolina Highway Patrol Trooper A. Godwin, Ashley S. Trivette, a member of the Bladen County Board of Commissioners was arrested on US 17 in Brunswick County near State Road 1131. According to Trooper Godwin, Commissioner Trivette blew a .10 on the breathalyzer. The legal limit in North Carolina is .08. Her court date is set for November 20th, 2017, in Brunswick County District Court. Updated: Friday, October 6th, Ashley S. Trivette, a member of the Bladen County Board of Commissioners was arrested for Driving While Impaired, according to Brunswick County law enforcement records. BladenOnline.com staff reached out to Ms. Trivette on …..

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Retired U.S. Army Colonel Indicted for Conspiring to Bribe Senior Government Officials of the Republic of Haiti

A retired U.S. Army colonel was charged in an indictment filed today for his alleged role in a foreign bribery and money laundering scheme in connection with a planned $84 million port development project in Haiti. You can read the complete indictment here. Acting Assistant Attorney General Kenneth A. Blanco of the Justice Department’s Criminal Division, Acting U.S. Attorney William D. Weinreb of the District of Massachusetts, Assistant Director Stephen Richardson of the FBI’s Criminal Investigative Division and Special Agent in Charge Harold M. Shaw of the FBI’s Boston Field Office made the announcement. Joseph Baptiste, 64, of Fulton, Maryland, was charged with one count of conspiracy to violate the …..

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Flags lowered in honor, memory of Las Vegas victims

By Erin Smith Flags were flying at half staff in Bladen County on Tuesday to honor and remember the victims of Sunday night’s shooting in Las Vegas. The shooting claimed the lives of 59 people, including gunman Stephen Paddock, and left more than 500 people wounded. Paddock opened fire from the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino on the Route 91 Harvest Music Festival that was taking place across the street. It was the worst mass shooting in modern U.S. history. Share:

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Scam Alert Involving East Bladen High Donations

East Bladen Athletic Director Patty Evers is warning that a company called Spirit Star is calling businesses and asking for donations to put their name on basketball t-shirts for East Bladen. “This is a scam!” said Evers. “No company has been given permission to solicit for donations. If this happens please call me as soon as possible.” The school’s phone number is 247-4610. The Bladen County Sheriff’s Office phone number is 862-6960. The number for the Elizabethtown Police Department is 862-3125.   Share:

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Grave disturbed at Mt. Horeb Church

Erin Smith A grave belonging to a Confederate soldier was reported to have been disturbed last week at Mt. Horeb Presbyterian Church. The church which dates back to 1845, is located in the Council community of Bladen County on NC 87. According to reports, a man was cutting the grass at Mt. Horeb Presbyterian Church when he saw that a grave had been disturbed and called the police. The Bladen County Sheriff’s Office responded to the scene. According to reports, deputies arrived to find a hole on top of the grave that measured about 3-feet in width. Authorities are not sure if anything is missing from the soldier’s grave. Anyone …..

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Woman sentenced to probation in child drowning

By Erin Smith Teresa Denise Lauderback, 33, was recently sentenced to a 24 months probation on a misdemeanor child abuse charge. The sentence was suspended, according to court records. She was charged following the July 15, 2015, drowning of her 4 year-old son at White Lake. White Lake Police Officers responded to a report of a possible drowning at 2038 White Lake Drive. When officers arrived on the scene they found an unresponsive male child. Samaritans administered CPR and members of the White Lake Fire Department and NC State Parks and Recreation personnel took over efforts to resuscitate child. He was transported to Cape Fear Valley-Bladen Healthcare where he was …..

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White Lake Police Department, Bladen County Sheriff’s Office discover meth lab in joint investigation

An Indian Trail couple was arrested Thursday evening after police discovered they were making Methamphetamine in a travel trailer at White Lake.  Keith Douglas Transue, 50, and Karen Joan Pham, 42 of Indian Trail, have been charged with the following crimes.   Maintaining a dwelling for a controlled substance  Manufacturing Methamphetamine  (5) Counts, possession of precursor’s chemicals with intent to manufacture Methamphetamine.  Transue received a bond of $300,000.00; Pham received a bond of $150,000.00. The couple’s first court appearance is scheduled for today Friday, September 22, 2017. Transue and Pham will be facing additional charges once test results are confirmed at the North Carolina State Crime Lab.  A joint investigation between the White Lake …..

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Sheriff’s Office searching for two suspects in Clarkton armed robbery

By Erin Smith The Bladen County Sheriff’s Office is searching for two suspects in an armed robbery which took place in Clarkton on Thursday night. According to Bladen County Chief Deputy Larry Guyton, a clerk was behind the counter in the Scotchman store on U.S. 701 in Clarkton when a tall black male entered the store and pointed a gun at her. Chief Deputy Guyton said the suspect told the clerk he was not “playing and give him the money.” “She opened the register and he took the money. He told her to open the safe and she said she couldn’t open it,” said Chief Deputy Guyton. According to the …..

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Crime Victims Compensation Commission Honors Longtime Chair Dick Adams

RALEIGH – For the first time since it was created in 1987, the state’s Crime Victims Compensation Commission soon will have a new chairperson. Dick Adams, who has chaired the Commission for the past 30 years, retired after today’s quarterly meeting. The Crime Victims Compensation Commission reimburses victims of violent crime for medical bills, lost wages, out-of-pocket expenses and other losses related to their victimization. Adams, who has been involved with crime victim rights since the murder of his son, Richard, in 1982 during a robbery, was honored by the Commission and the state of North Carolina prior to the meeting. He received the Order of the Long Leaf Pine, the …..

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Bladen County to benefit from Crime Commission grants

By Erin Smith Bladen County law enforcement and the District Attorney’s Office for the 13th Prosecutorial District will receive $97,123 from the North Carolina Governor’s Crime Commission to assist them in performing their duties. The District Attorney’s Office for the 13th Prosecutorial District, which includes Bladen, Brunswick, and Columbus counties, will receive $76,955.38 for Bladen/Columbus Domestic Violence Prosecution. The Bladen County Sheriff’s Office will receive $20,167.62 for the purchase of jail extraction suits. The extraction suits provide protection to officers from blunt force trauma injuries. There were 437 programs throughout North Carolina which received funding in the 2017 grant cycle. A total of $73 million in grants was made available …..

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Reward offered for missing Robeson County woman

A reward in the amount of $1,000 is being offered for the safe return of a missing Robeson County woman. Abby Lynn Patterson has been missing from Lumberton since 11:30 a.m. on Tuesday, September 5, 2017. She is believed to be in danger. If you have seen her, please call the Lumberton Police Department at 910-671-3846 or call 911. Share:

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Bladen County conducts opioid forum

By Erin Smith Opioid addiction is claiming more and more lives each day. Elected officials, members of law enforcement, EMS, Bladen County Schools staff and faculty, Bladen Community College staff, business leaders, Bladen County commissioners, members of the judicial system, and members of the community gathered at Bladen Community College to discuss the opioid epidemic. The forum featured sobering statistics as well as information on access to care for substance abuse. David Howard, director of Bladen County Health and Human Services, said that in 2005 there were no deaths in Bladen County related to opioid use. In 2015, Bladen County had 15 deaths due to overdoses. Howard said people lose …..

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Bladen County: 4 million dollar settlement questioned

By: Charlotte Smith Bladen County Board of Commissioners decided to offer a settlement of $4 million dollars to prevent a court hearing on a wrongful conviction case on Thursday, August 31st, but not everyone is in agreement with the decision. Many community members have asked BladenOnline.com staff why a settlement was offered instead of taking the matter to court. The case in question is in reference to the wrongful conviction of Joseph Sledge, Jr. In January 2015, 70-year-old Joseph Sledge walked out of the Columbus County Courthouse a free man after being exonerated from the conviction of the stabbing deaths of two Bladen County women 37 years after the fact. …..

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Bladen County Commissioners voted: Sledge to receive 4 million dollars

By: Charlotte Smith The Bladen County Board of Commissioners held special meetings in closed sessions this week. Thursday evening, August 31st, 2017 all nine of the board members came out of the back meeting room with a jaw dropping vote. The reason for the vote was a looming lawsuit brought by Joseph Sledge Jr. for being “wrongfully convicted and sentenced to life imprisonment” for the murders of Josephine and Aileen Davis in Elizabethtown on September 6, 1976, according to the commissioners. All the commissioners seemed to have been in a stressful situation as they approached their seats in the empty room of the lower level in the Bladen County courthouse. …..

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Lisbon: threatening letters under investigation

By: Charlotte Smith The community of Lisbon is on alert after some residents received threatening letters. According to the Bladen County Sheriff’s Office letters were distributed in several mailboxes sometime yesterday, Thursday, August 24th, 2017. The letters have been recovered by the Sheriff’s Office. In the letters the unknown author admits responsibility for past crimes, mentions individual names and threatens to kill family members of the letter recipients if money is not surrendered according to officials. The U.S. Code for crimes and criminal procedure prohibits the placement of unstamped flyers in any mailbox.  Title 18, section 1725 states that any person who knowingly deposits “mail-able matter” without postage in an established …..

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NCDPS Adult Correction Partners With Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary, Game Plan For Life 30 offenders begin four-year college program

NASHVILLE, NC – Today, a group of 30 offenders from North Carolina state prisons began a four-year classroom journey at Nash Correctional Institution they hope ends not only with a college degree but with an opportunity to assist their fellow inmates. The North Carolina Field Ministry Program kicked off with a convocation ceremony in the prison’s gymnasium. The program is a partnership between the Department of Public Safety’s Division of Adult Correction and Juvenile Justice, Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary of Wake Forest, and Game Plan For Life, a ministry of Joe Gibbs Racing of Huntersville. NCDPS General Counsel Jane Gilchrist was among the keynote speakers, along with Gibbs and SEBTS President …..

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Guilty on all counts: Montise Mitchell guilty of murder

By Erin Smith The jury in the Montise Mitchell murder trial returned a verdict of guilty on all charges after deliberating for an hour. Superior Court Judge Rebecca Holt sentenced Mitchell to life in prison without the possibility of parole. Mitchell was convicted of first degree murder in the shooting death of Darrell Council. He was also convicted of attempted first degree murder against Antwan Council, who is Darrell’s brother. Mitchell was also found guilty of felony conspiracy to commit first degree murder against Antwan Council and discharging a weapon into an occupied vehicle in operation. Mitchell was also found guilty of felony conspiracy to commit first degree murder against …..

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Bladen County Sheriff’s Office – Can you identify this person 

By: Charlotte Smith A suspect accused of breaking and entering has been on the move. Detective Greg Bullard with the Bladen County Sheriff’s Office is asking for the public’s help.  The Sheriff’s office is seeking to identify a man wanted in connection to several burglaries in the county. According to Bullard, the suspect is accused of breaking into several homes in Bladen County.  The suspect is also accused of leading law enforcement into a chase out of Virginia using a reportedly stolen vehicle. The vehicle was recovered, but the suspect is still at large.  Do not approach the person if can you identify. Anyone with information is asked to contact Detective Greg …..

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Pretrial motions heard

By Erin Smith The murder trial for Montise Mitchell got underway on Monday with several pretrial motions. The motions were heard in Bladen County Superior Court by Judge Rebecca Holt. Mitchell is facing a charge of first degree murder for the shooting death of Darrell Dionte Council in November 2015. A motion to dismiss the charges against Mitchell presented by his Defense Attorney Teresa Gibson was denied by Judge Holt. Another motion was presented to suppress prior actions committed by Mitchell. Defense Attorney Gibson and Bladen County Assistant District Attorney Quentin McGee both told Judge Holt they had reached an agreement on the matter. Share:

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38 Years Later, Jacksonville Cold Case Murder Ends with Guilty Plea

WILMINGTON — A Jacksonville man is to be sentenced Aug. 25 after pleading guilty to second degree murder in the 1979 murder of Karen Johnson, a cold case that the State Bureau of Investigation recently reopened using new forensic technology. Special Investigator Tony Cummings, a retired SBI homicide agent, was able to connect Roger Gene Pollard of Virginia Beach to the murder of Johnson through DNA evidence. “Up until the late 80’s, we could get the blood type and the blood grouping, but no definitive identification to the level that DNA does now,” Cummings said. “The Onslow County Sheriff’s Office had properly maintained the physical evidence and we were able to get a …..

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Wilson City Drug Trafficker Federally Charged

RALEIGH – The United States Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of North Carolina announced that in federal court, before United States Magistrate Judge James E. Gates, Shelton Jamaal Jones, of Wilson, North Carolina, was charged in a federal Criminal Complaint with one count of possession with intent to distribute heroin. This investigation is part of the Strategic Heroin Initiative, initiated by the United States Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of North Carolina in partnership with the Department of Justice’s Organized Crime and Drug Enforcement Task Force (OCDETF). The charge and allegations contained in the Criminal Complaint are merely accusations. The defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty in …..

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Inmate Dies in Apparent Suicide

RALEIGH — Inmate Richard B. Dwyer died this morning at Lanesboro Correctional Institution after an apparent suicide. He was found unresponsive in his cell at about 10:15 a.m.Prison medical staff and local paramedics responded and worked to resuscitate the inmate, but were unsuccessful. Dwyer was serving a 29-year sentence for statutory rape. He was scheduled to be released in April 2035. Share:

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Owner of Home Health Agency Sentenced to 75 Years in Prison for Involvement in $13 Million Medicare Fraud Conspiracy

The owner and director of nursing of a Houston home health agency was sentenced today to 75 years in prison for her role in a $13 million Medicare fraud scheme. Acting Assistant Attorney General Kenneth A. Blanco of the Justice Department’s Criminal Division, Acting U.S. Attorney Abe Martinez of the Southern District of Texas, Special Agent in Charge Perrye K. Turner of the FBI’s Houston Field Office, Special Agent in Charge C.J. Porter of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services-Office of Inspector General’s (HHS-OIG) Dallas Region and Special Agent in Charge D. Richard Goss of the Houston Field Office of IRS-Criminal Investigation Division (IRS-CI) made the announcement. Marie …..

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Seven Indicted for Drug Conspiracy in Scotland Neck, N.C.

WILMINGTON The United States Attorney for the Eastern District of North Carolina John Stuart Bruce announced today that alleged members and associates of the Sex, Money, Murder (SMM) Scotland Neck-area Bloods street gang, have been indicted for conspiring to distribute and possessing with the intent to distribute heroin. The 15-count indictment was returned by a federal grand jury on June 27, 2017. The indictment charges the defendants with conspiracy to distribute and possession with the intent to distribute heroin; distribution and possession with the intent to distribute a quantity of heroin and aiding and abetting; possession with intent to distribute a quantity of heroin; distribution of a quantity of heroin; and …..

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Former Eastpointe CFO ordered to repay $731,180

A former Eastpointe Chief Financial Officer was ordered to serve 3 1/2 years in prison and to repay $731,180 and to serve three years of supervised probation once he is released from prison. He appeared before Senior United States District Judge Malcolm J. Howard in federal court in Greenville, North Carolina. William “Bob” Canupp pled guilty in March in federal court and was sentenced on Wednesday. According to a press release from the Department of Justice, Canupp served as Chief Financial Officer for Eastpointe Human Services in Beaulaville from March 2010 to April 2013. According to federal officials, Canupp hired Ronnie Davis to perform construction services without taking bids for …..

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Two sought in firearm larceny; second arrest made

  By Erin Smith A second arrest has been made in the break-in of the Bladen Hardware store in Elizabethtown. According to Elizabethtown Police Lt. D. Cheshire, the police department is seeking two other suspects in the case. Lt. Cheshire said the Elizabethtown Police Department is seeking the whereabouts of Hassan Nahaem Swindell of Twisted Hickory Road, Elizabethtown. He is facing charges of one count of felony breaking and entering and 11 felony counts of larceny of a firearm. Also being sought is DeWayne Elliott McDowell of Swanzy Street in Elizabethtown. Both have warrants charging them with one count of felony breaking and entering and 11 felony counts of larceny …..

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One pleads in Dublin shooting case

By Erin Smith One of  four individuals who was charged in the shooting death of 24-year-old Darrell Dionte Council has pled guilty in Bladen County Superior Court. On Wednesday, D’Nazya Sade Downing appeared before Superior Court Judge Andrew T. Heath and pled guilty to accessory after the fact in the case. Downing is still being held in custody and she has not yet been sentenced. No date for Downing’s sentencing was available at press time. The shooting occurred at the intersection of Twisted Hickory Road and Center Road near Dublin about 8:30 p.m. on Nov. 8, 2015. Share:

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Tip Leads to Discovery of Meth Lab

Sheriff James A. McVicker said information of illegal narcotics being used at a residence resulted in the discovery of a meth lab ready to begin production. “Narcotics investigators with my office teamed up with North Carolina Probation and Parole to search a residence on Tuesday,” said McVicker. “This was done after information was received about illegal activity at the residence on Old Highway 41 near Dublin. “Officers began a search of the home based on the occupant being on probation and during that initial search they found a kit for making methamphetamine along with precursors. Once they found these items they contacted the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation Clandestine …..

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Man Sentenced For Armed Robbery of Riegelwood Federal Credit Union

GREENVILLE – United States Attorney John Stuart Bruce announced that today in federal court before Senior United States District Judge Malcolm J. Howard sentenced Borenzo Cortez Patrick, 26, of Riegelwood, North Carolina to 121 months imprisonment followed by 5 years of supervised release for Armed Bank Robbery and Brandishing a Firearm in Furtherance of a Crime of Violence. On May 12, 2017, Patrick pled guilty to these charges.  The evidence established that on December 22, 2016, at approximately 8:16 a.m., Patrick robbed the Riegelwood Federal Credit Union (RFCU), located at 2065 Andrew Jackson Highway, Leland, NC, at gunpoint. During the robbery, Patrick conducted a violent armed takeover of the credit …..

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Two arrested for selling moonshine

Sheriff James A. McVicker announced today the arrest of two South Carolina residents following a joint undercover operation involving the Bladen County Sheriff’s Office, North Carolina Alcohol Enforcement Agents (NCALE), and agents with the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division (SLED). “Agent Justin Hewitt with ALE reached out to Investigator Richard Allen with my office and requested a joint operation to deal with complaints of two individuals who were selling moonshine via Facebook,” said McVicker. “Working together, we were able to set up a meeting in Clarkton where our undercover agent met with the sellers who agreed to drive up from South Carolina and deliver 8 quarts of various flavors of …..

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Elizabethtown in Bladen County to enforce golf cart laws

By: Charlotte Smith Some laws are put in place to protect citizens safety. Elizabethtown residents have voiced concerns about young golf cart drivers and their lack of safety and supervision on public roads in town. Children barely able to see over the steering wheel have been reported as recklessly driving golf carts on public roads in Elizabethtown. A few concerned citizens have said they have pleaded with parents to keep their children off public roads with their golf carts due to the potential danger, however the kid cruisers are still seen zipping around unsupervised on public roads. The reports are abuse of the North Carolina Statue Article 15 § 160A-300.6. …..

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Sheriff’s Office Seeking Help Identifying Suspect

Sheriff James A. McVicker is asking the public’s help in identifying a suspect in a breaking and entering that occurred on July 17th near Abbottsburg. “A homeowner came home and found a man breaking into his house,” said McVicker. “The homeowner called 911 and then followed the suspect as he left the residence in a van. After several miles the suspect wrecked his vehicle and fled into the woods. We searched the area for several hours with K-9’s and helicopter but were unable to locate the suspect.” McVicker said a search of the wrecked vehicle showed it had been stolen in Chesapeake, Virginia the previous week during a home invasion. …..

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