12/16/2018
  • 7:37 pm New look for your local news outlet
  • 4:23 pm Charter member of Tar Heel Rescue Squad honored
  • 6:30 am Celebrate the holidays with family safely
  • 6:13 am Thoughts While Shaving
  • 2:13 am Basketball League Provides Second Chance for Young Men
  • 8:34 pm Social Security benefits to increase in 2019
  • 8:21 pm This Day in History for December 16
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RALEIGH – United States Attorney Robert J. Higdon, Jr. announced that today in Federal Court, United States District Judge James C. Dever, III sentenced Tony Chevallier, 40, from Clinton, North Carolina, to 360 months in prison, to be followed by 10 years of Federal Supervised Release. Chevallier was part of a regional drug trafficking organization […]

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By Erin Smith Two men had their murder cases dismissed in Bladen County Superior Court on Wednesday. Raliek Tyree Lapaix and Malik Sharmaine Riggans were charged with first-degree murder. Those charges have been dismissed, according to Bladen County court records. Bladen County Assistant District Attorney Quentin McGee said the case against defendant Gabriel McDowell is […]

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RALEIGH – Robert J. Higdon, Jr., the United States Attorney for the Eastern District of North Carolina, announces that a federal grand jury in Greenville has returned an indictment charging Aaron Wayne Pickrell, a former registered nurse at the Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Fayetteville, North Carolina, with five counts of obtaining possession […]

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By Erin Smith The man arrested and charged with Hania Aguilar’s murder made his first appearance in Robeson County Court Monday where his bond was revoked, according to court records. The FBI announced late Saturday that an arrest had been made in the murder of 13-year-old Hania Aguilar.  According to the release from the FBI, […]

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GREENVILLE — James Spencer Bell of Lumberton was sentenced Friday after pleading guilty to possession with intent to distribute a quantity of cocaine base and discharging a firearm in furtherance of a drug-trafficking crime, U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of North Crolina Robert J. Higdon Jr. announced in a news release. Bell, 29, plead […]

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Contributed Sheriff James A. McVicker said his Narcotics Unit have conducted a search warrant and made other arrests this week. The Bladen County Sheriff’s Office Narcotics Unit completed an investigation into the distribution of Controlled Substances in the Graham Road area of Clarkton. This investigation originated from citizen complaints which prompted Narcotics Agents to the […]

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By Erin Smith A Bladenboro man pled guilty to second-degree murder in connection to a shooting that left one dead and one injured in September 2016. Bladen County Resident Superior Court Judge Douglas Sasser presided over the proceedings on Wednesday. Henry Spivey, 40, pled guilty to second-degree murder, attempted first-degree murder and assault with a […]

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By Erin Smith A competency hearing was held on Wednesday afternoon for an Elizabethtown man who is accused of murder. Bladen County Resident Superior Court Judge Douglas Sasser ruled on Wednesday afternoon Jonathan Parker is competent to stand trial. Parker is facing a charge of first-degree murder for the stabbing death of 78-year-old John Robert […]

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The Elizabethtown Police Department is requesting the public’s assistance in reference to locating Curtis Sanders Cromartie.  Cromartie is wanted in connection with a shooting that occurred on December 3, 2018 in Elizabethtown that seriously injured a female who was inside of a residence. Felony warrants have been obtained for Cromartie’s arrest for Assault With A […]

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Bladen County Sheriff James A. McVicker said members of the Narcotics Unit made arrests on Sunday of two individuals for the sale of controlled substances to undercover officers. The Bladen County Sheriff’s Office Narcotics Unit completed an investigation into the distribution of Controlled Substances in the East Broad Street area of Elizabethtown. During the investigation, […]

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The Bladen County Sheriff’s Office along with the White Lake Police Department conducted a joint operation that shut down a Methamphetamine Lab near White Lake last week. Sheriff James A. McVicker said, he and White Lake Chief of Police Bruce Smith, are very proud of the joint operation. The investigation started after observations made by the […]

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By Charlotte Smith Photos by Kenneth Armstrong The new year will bring a documentary, Always In Season, about Lennon Lacy. Lacy was a 17 year old West Bladen High School Football player, found dead in August of 2014. He was hanging from a swing set, in a mobile home park not far from his home. […]

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RALEIGH – Robert J. Higdon, Jr., United States Attorney for the Eastern District of North Carolina, announces that a federal grand jury in Raleigh has returned an Indictment charging Sara Jane Brinson  age 34, from Clinton, North Carolina, with aiding and abetting visa fraud and false statements in immigration proceedings. The Indictment alleges Brinson, a […]

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By Charlotte Smith   The Elizabethtown Police Department is requesting the public’s assistance to identify two females and a male according to the departments media release. The three subjects are suspected of Felony Larceny at a business in Elizabethtown on November 25th, 2018. According to the police department the suspects are likely from Robeson County or […]

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RALEIGH – Robert J. Higdon, Jr., United States Attorney for the Eastern District of North Carolina, announces the unsealing of an Indictment charging Kelvin Donnell Johnson, Khadir Elijah Beamon, Timothy Lydell Jones, Carvis Charles Marable and Brandon Darnell McNeill with conspiracy to distribute marijuana and theft of mail. According to the allegations in the Indictment, […]

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By Erin Smith A body that was found in Robeson County late Tuesday afternoon has been identified as Hania Aguilar, according to the Lumberton Police Department and FBI. A press conference conducted on Wednesday afternoon, Lumberton Police Chief Michael McNeill, said, “This is absolutely heart wrenching. We believe we have found the body of Hania.” McNeill continued his […]

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  By Erin Smith A body was discovered on Tuesday afternoon off Wire Grass Road in Robeson County, according to the FBI and Lumberton Police Department. The discovery was made at about 4:45 p.m. today as investigators were following leads in the case of missing Lumberton teen Hania Aguilar. The body has not been positively […]

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It’s important to be secure whenever you shop online. On Cyber Monday, cybercriminals may try to take extra advantage of online shoppers. Here are some tips to protect your information: Shop from trustworthy and established websites only. Make sure your information is encrypted. Look for URLs that begin with https:// and have a closed padlock […]

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By Charlotte Smith   A horrific true story about a powerful, political man torturing a Pastor and his family for five years was unfolded at Elizabethtown Baptist Church on Sunday, November 11. Rebecca Alonzo, author of “The Devil in Pew Number Seven,” described her early life’s events with remarkable poise and forgiveness. The evening contained […]

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RALEIGH – The United States Attorney for the Eastern District of North Carolina, Robert J. Higdon, Jr., announced that United States District Court Judge James C. Dever III sentenced RODNEY TROY WILLIAMS, 50, of Bolivia, North Carolina, to 204 months in prison, followed by 60 months of supervised release. WILLIAMS was charged in a two-count […]

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RALEIGH – United States Attorney Robert J. Higdon, Jr. announced that today in federal court, United States District Judge James C. Dever III sentenced Anthony Andrews, 51, of Lumberton, North Carolina, to 132 months imprisonment, followed by 3 years of supervised release. Andrews was named in an Indictment filed on March 15, 2016, charging him […]

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Bladen County Sheriff James A. McVicker said his Narcotics Unit has closed out several investigations into the sale of illegal drugs in the county recently. “My Investigators continue to work every day to locate and put drug dealers out of business,” he said. McVicker noted the Narcotics Unit has completed an investigation into the distribution […]

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By Erin Smith Today, (Monday, November 12) marks one week since a Lumberton teenager was abducted from her yard. The FBI has released additional photos of the missing Lumberton teenager and surveillance videos of a man they would like to speak with regarding the abduction. The FBI is offering a $15,000 reward for information leading […]

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Sheriff James A. McVicker said members of the Narcotics Unit conducted undercover operations in the Lisbon, White Oak, and Elizabethtown areas of the county that resulted in the arrest of three individuals. “We are getting more and more information from the community about people selling illegal drugs,” said McVicker. “I believe it is because they […]

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By Erin Smith One of the two men arrested and charged in the shooting death of North Carolina Highway Patrol Trooper Kevin Conner will be facing the death penalty. District Attorney Jon David’s office announced on Wednesday afternoon the Columbus County Grand Jury returned an indictment against Chancy Askew for his role in the shooting […]

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By Erin Smith Two court cases of interest to Bladen County residents were both continued this week in Bladen County Superior Court. The case involving a man who was involved in a standoff with law enforcement officers in November 2017 has been continued to December 3, 2018. His Attorney, Butch Pope, was unable to be […]

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Fayetteville, NC – On Thursday, November 1, 2018, at approximately 9:29 pm, officers with the Fayetteville Police Department responded to the 1700 block of Michelle Court in reference to a report of a subject suffering from a gunshot wound. The preliminary investigation revealed a subject called the Fayetteville 911 Communications Center and stated someone in […]

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Three Bladen County men were charged Monday with selling prescription pills, Sheriff Jim McVicker announced. The arrests came after investigations into the distribution of controlled substances in Bladen County. Arrested were: Franklin Quentil Pharr, 34, of Martin Luther King Drive in Elizabethtown, on charges of sell or deliver Schedule II controlled substances, possession with intent […]

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By Erin Smith Several Bladen County residents are reporting receiving calls from someone posing as an employee of the Social Security Administration. Acting Inspector General of Social Security, Gale Stallworth Stone, announced the scammers will “spoof” the legitimate national customer service number of the Social Security Administration to get the victim to answer the telephone. […]

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NEW BERN – The United States Attorney for the Eastern District of North Carolina, Robert J. Higdon, Jr., announced that today, in federal court, United States District Judge Louise W. Flanagan sentenced Tamika Renee Wilson, 30, of Fayetteville, to 28 months imprisonment followed by 5 years of supervised release for her participation in a conspiracy […]

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RALEIGH – The United States Attorney for the Eastern District of North Carolina, Robert J. Higdon, Jr., announced that in federal court today, United States District Judge Louise W. Flanagan sentenced Christopher Parrish, 33, of Fayetteville, to 74 months imprisonment followed by 3 years of supervised release. At the time of the instant offense, Parrish […]

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By Erin Smith The second suspect in the shooting death of NC Highway Patrol Trooper Kevin Conner made his first appearance in Columbus County District Court on Wednesday afternoon.  According to the North Carolina Highway Patrol, at approximately 12:15 a.m. on Wednesday, October 17th, State Trooper Kevin Conner stopped a white GMC pick-up truck for […]

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RALEIGH – Robert J. Higdon, Jr., the United States Attorney for the Eastern District of North Carolina, announces that a Federal grand jury in Raleigh has returned a thirteen-count indictment charging Stephanie Chavis, age 42, of Saint Pauls, North Carolina, with ten counts of Wire Fraud, two counts of Aggravated Identity Theft, and one count […]

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  By Erin Smith Prosecutors offered few details on Tuesday afternoon regarding the arrest of a second suspect in the shooting death of NC Highway Patrol Trooper Kevin Conner. According to North Carolina Highway Patrol, “At approximately 12:15 a.m. on Wednesday, October 17, State Trooper Kevin Conner stopped a white GMC pickup truck for a speeding […]

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By Erin Smith The suspect in the early morning shooting of a NC Highway Patrol Trooper made his first appearance before Judge Scott Ussery in a Columbus County Courtroom on Wednesday afternoon.  Raheem Davis, 20, of Chadbourn, is charged with first degree murder and is being held without bond. If convicted, Davis could face either […]

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By Erin Smith Update: The North Carolina Highway Patrol has identified the Trooper killed in the line of duty as Kevin Conner. According to Michael Baker, a spokesperson with the North Carolina Highway Patrol, Trooper Conner is an 11-year veteran of the North Carolina Highway Patrol Troop B District 5 in Columbus County. According to a […]

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RALEIGH: North Carolina will receive $27 million over the next year to fight the state’s opioid epidemic by getting people off opioids and preventing others from misusing them, Governor Roy Cooper announced today. Grants include $23 million from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), and $4 million from the Centers for Disease Control […]

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Contributed The Bladen County Sheriff’s Office Narcotics Unit, Elizabethtown Police Department and North Carolina Probation and Parole have completed an investigation into the distribution of Controlled Substances in the Jones Street area of Elizabethtown. During the investigation, it was determined by the Bladen County Sheriff’s Office Narcotics Unit that the below listed individuals were responsible […]

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RALEIGH – One year ago, the Department of Justice announced the revitalization and enhancement of Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN), which Attorney General Sessions has made the centerpiece of the Department’s violent crime reduction strategy. PSN is an evidence-based program proven to be effective at reducing violent crime. Through PSN, a broad spectrum of stakeholders work […]

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Contributed   The Bladen County Sheriff’s Office Narcotics Unit has completed an investigation into the distribution of Controlled Substances in the Todd Britt Court area of Bladenboro. During the investigation, it was determined by the Bladen County Sheriff’s Office Narcotics Unit that the below listed individual was responsible for distributing Controlled Substances in and around […]

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The Bladen County Sheriff’s Office Narcotics Unit is asking the public for help in locating three individuals wanted for the sell of Schedule II Controlled Substances (Prescription Medication). Two of the individuals are from the Elizabethtown area and one is from the Bladenboro area of the county. Anyone having information on the whereabouts of these […]

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Contributed The Bladen County Sheriff’s Office Narcotics Unit has completed an investigation into the distribution of Controlled Substances in the Elizabethtown area. During the investigation, it was determined by the Bladen County Sheriff’s Office Narcotics Unit that Nathaniel Christian Cotten was responsible for distributing Controlled Substances in and around Elizabethtown. This investigation originated from citizen […]

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The Bladen County Sheriff’s Office is looking for two men who are wanted for several breaking and entering cases of farms in the county and are asking for the public’s help in finding them. Wesley Keith Carroll, 37, of Clarkton, and Joshua Bryan Evans, 32, of Bladenboro, are accused of the theft of several thousand […]

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RALEIGH – The United States Attorney for the Eastern District of North Carolina, Robert J. Higdon, Jr., announced that today in federal court, United States District Terrence W. Boyle sentenced Michael Montray Frink, 25, of Bolivia, North Carolina, to 117 months in prison, followed by 5 years of supervised release. Frink was charged by Indictment […]

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Contributed Sheriff James A. McVicker said that Narcotics Agents with his office, acting on tips from the neighborhood have made several arrests this week following an independent investigation to verify the validity of the complaints. “This week my investigators made several arrests based on information from citizens,” said McVicker. “We act on all tips and […]

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UPDATE: The case involving a man who was involved in a standoff with law enforcement officers in November 2017 has been continued once more. Bladen County Assistant District Attorney Quentin McGee told the court on Monday afternoon, “In this case there are some extenuating factors.” McGee requested the case be placed on the November case […]

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The West Bladen Assisted Living facility was the victim of a break-in on Saturday, Sept. 15th, 2018, according to the Bladenboro Police Department. Chief Chris Hunt said nothing was reported missing from the facility. He said officers did confront a suspect who was holding a shotgun but was not aggressive towards the officers. Chief Hunt […]

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RALEIGH – The Division of Adult Correction and Juvenile Justice has evacuated several thousand adult and juvenile offenders and staff from facilities threatened by the effects of Hurricane Florence. More than 3,000 offenders have been safely relocated from facilities in the path of Hurricane Florence. Four county jails have also been evacuated with more than […]

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GREENVILLE – The United States Attorney for the Eastern District of North Carolina, Robert J. Higdon, Jr., announces that today, Francisco Damian Torres-Victoria, 25, of Elizabethtown, was sentenced by United States Senior District Judge Malcolm J. Howard for murder-for-hire and possession of a firearm by an alien. Judge Howard sentenced Torres-Victoria to 120 months of […]

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By Erin Smith The man involved in a standoff with law enforcement officials in Dublin in November had his court case continued in Bladen County Superior Court. McKenzie Brisson is scheduled to appear in Bladen County Superior Court on October 1. Brisson was involved in an armed standoff with law enforcement which lasted 6 hours […]

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HICKORY – Citizens from Rolesville to Rutherfordton are getting deceptive calls from people who are spoofing the State Bureau of Investigation’s Northwestern District Office phone number and claiming to be from the SBI. These people are not with the SBI and have no connection with the agency. Spoofing uses technology that allows an anonymous person to […]

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Delco, NC –The Columbus County Sheriff’s Office has identified the body of a female that was found on Tuesday in Delco. On Tuesday, September 4, 2018, shortly after 4:20 pm, Columbus County Sheriff’s Office Deputies responded to the 4600 block of Livingston Chapel Road in Delco in reference to a deceased body. Upon arrival, deputies […]

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Sheriff James A. McVicker said a joint operation between state and local agencies lead to several arrests and citations over the holiday weekend. On Sunday, August 26th, 2018, the Bladen County Sheriff’s Office Sheriff’s Office Narcotics Unit received community complaints in reference to potential acts of violence which were expected to occur on Spivey and […]

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Contributed Tabor City, NC – After receiving several citizen complaints about someone selling counterfeit items in Whiteville, the Columbus County Sheriff’s Office (CCSO) Criminal Investigative Unit initiated an investigation. The investigation led to the arrest of one individual. On Monday, August 20th, after receiving an anonymous tip, CCSO Criminal Investigators traveled to the public vehicular […]

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RALEIGH – Robert J. Higdon, Jr., United States Attorney for the Eastern District of North Carolina, announces that a Criminal Information has been filed charging Alma Ilzet Mar Escalante, age 36, of Mexico, with voting by an alien. According to the charging document, Escalante registered to vote in North Carolina in 2012 and attested under the penalty of […]

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By Erin Smith A former Bladen County doctor and his girlfriend who are alleged to have operated a pill mill out of their Tabor City clinic were indicted by the Columbus County Grand Jury in August. The next court date for Dr. Jong Whan Kim and Tammy Lynn Thompson is scheduled for September 13 in […]

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The Bladen County Sheriff’s Office have charged four men with various drug charges as part of undercover operation. “My investigators have been working all over the county to round up folks after making undercover buys,” Sheriff James McVicker said. Tuesday, three men from Clarkton were charged while a Bladenboro man was arrested Wednesday, the Sheriff […]

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Contributor Sheriff James A. McVicker reported the arrest of one individual and the recovery of two four wheelers this week. “Investigators, working on information they obtained during their investigation recovered two four wheelers within two days of their being stolen and have also obtained warrants on three individuals involved in the thefts,” said McVicker. Sheriff […]

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Sheriff James A. McVicker reported the Bladen County Sheriff’s Office had a busy start to the weekend. Sheriff McVicker said his Narcotics Unit began the weekend with a search warrant in the Rico Road area of Clarkton early Friday morning. “My deputies, assisted by the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office, executed a search warrant at 253 […]

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RALEIGH – A Wake County Grand Jury has returned indictments charging inmate Jaquan Lane (#1449047) in connection with the violent attack on Central Prison employee Brent Soucier. Lane, 23, is charged with Assault on a State Detention Employee Inflicting Serious Bodily Injury, and Assault with a Deadly Weapon Inflicting Serious Bodily Injury. Soucier, a unit manager, […]

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RALEIGH – Robert J. Higdon, Jr., United States Attorney for the Eastern District of North Carolina, announced today that his Office is “proud to partner with Homeland Security Investigations and other top-tier law enforcement agencies to pursue benefit fraud investigations and prosecutions. Immigration fraud is a significant national problem, and we need to address it […]

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By Erin Smith Update: Bladen County Commissioner Ashley S. Trivette entered an Alford plea in Brunswick County Superior Court on Friday afternoon. According to US Legal,  in an Alford Plea, the criminal defendant does not admit the act, but admits that the prosecution could likely prove the charge. The court will pronounce the defendant guilty. An […]

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NEW BERN – The United States Attorney for the Eastern District of North Carolina, Robert J. Higdon, Jr., announced that today, Leroy Moore, Jr., 31, of Whiteville, North Carolina, was sentenced by United States District Judge Louise W. Flanagan to 60 months imprisonment followed by 5 years of supervised release. Moore was named in a […]

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Hallsboro, NC – Columbus County Sheriff’s Office (CCSO) Vice-Narcotics Unit have completed an investigation into the distribution of illegal narcotics in the Hallsboro community of Columbus County. As a result of the investigation, one individual has been arrested and charged. This individual was also charged for child abuse in a separate investigation. Columbus County Sheriff’s […]

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RALEIGH – The United States Attorney for the Eastern District of North Carolina, Robert J. Higdon, Jr., announced that, Greg Bright, 32, of Turkey, NC, was convicted in federal court following a three day jury trial before Chief United States District Judge James C. Dever III. The jury found Bright guilty of conspiracy to distribute […]

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NEW BERN – The United States Attorney for the Eastern District of North Carolina, Robert J. Higdon, Jr., announced that today in federal court, United States District Judge Louise W. Flanagan sentenced Joseph Luther Lewis, 29, of Fayetteville, North Carolina to 151 months of imprisonment followed by 3 years of supervised release. Lewis was named […]

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. – United States Attorney Andrew Murray announced today that a former Transportation Security Administration (TSA) Officer was sentenced to 25 years in prison on drug trafficking conspiracy and gun charges.  U.S. District Judge Robert J. Conrad, Jr. also sentenced Jamie Blunder, 50, of Charlotte, to five years of supervised release. According to filed […]

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Tabor City, NC – Columbus County Sheriff’s Office (CCSO) Vice-Narcotics Unit have completed an investigation into the distribution of illegal narcotics in the Iron Hill community of Columbus County. As a result of the investigation, two individuals have been arrested and charged, along with a third individual who was wanted for unrelated outstanding warrants. During […]

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A reward is being offered for a service dog that is missing in the Tar Heel area following a break-in on Friday. “Someone broke in my home yesterday and stole my daughter’s registered service dog. We are devastated,” said Sarah Smith. A reward of $500 is being offered for the return of the dog. If […]

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The Bladen County Sheriff’s Office Narcotics Unit has completed an investigation into the distribution of Controlled Substances in the Quail Street/Martin Luther King Drive area of Elizabethtown said Sheriff James A. McVicker During the investigation, it was determined by the Bladen County Sheriff’s Office Narcotics Unit that the below listed individuals were responsible for distributing […]

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RALEIGH – The United States Attorney for the Eastern District of North Carolina, Robert J. Higdon, Jr., announced today that a federal court awarded a nearly $3 million judgment against Compassionate Home Care Services, Inc., Carol Anders, and Ryan Santiago for their participation in a fraud on the North Carolina Medicaid program in violation of […]

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  Contributed   Bladen County Sheriff James A. McVicker said a joint operation with North Carolina Alcohol Law Enforcement Special Agents from District III Fayetteville and District I Jacksonville has lead to the arrest of a Columbus County man.   McVicker said that on Friday, July 27, 2018, the Bladen County Sheriff’s Office Narcotics Unit […]

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Contributed A second individual has surrendered himself to the Bladen County Sheriff’s Office after learning there were active warrants for his arrest for selling heroin in Bladen County. Marcellus Ronquell McLauchlin of Dublin surrendered to authorities on Sunday. He is under a $20,000 bond. McLauchlin is charged as follows: 1 count of Sell/Deliver Heroin 1 […]

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Contributed Thanks to the public’s help, one individual who was wanted on outstanding warrants for selling heroin has surrendered to the Bladen County Sheriff’s Office after learning through the media there were active warrants for their arrest. Deanne Kaye Bryan of Bladenboro surrendered to law enforcement on Thursday and was placed in the Bladen County […]

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 Contributed Bladen County Sheriff James A. McVicker released information this morning concerning the execution of several search warrants. “The Bladen County Sheriff’s Office Narcotics Unit has completed an investigation into the distribution of Controlled Substances in the Bladenboro and Dublin communities of Bladen County,” said McVicker. During the investigation, it was determined by the Narcotics […]

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Contributed Sheriff James McVicker said recently that his Office has experienced a sharp increase in the reported sale of Heroin in the county as it becomes increasingly difficult for addicts to purchase prescription Opioids. “We have seen a spike in the number of people we are arresting for heroin, meth and cocaine sales,” said McVicker. […]

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LAURINBURG – Members of a sovereign citizen group faced charges Monday of gambling, manufacturing controlled substances and money laundering at illegal casinos in Maxton, Pembroke and Red Springs.  Vehicles, currency, marijuana, firearms and over 200 illegal gaming machines were seized during the raids. More than 26 people of the Tuscarora Nation were arrested following a year-long multi-agency investigation […]

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Contributed Bladen County Sheriff James A. McVicker said a search warrant executed today in the Lisbon area has resulted in the recovery of two stolen weapons, cocaine, marijuana and the seizure of two vehicles. “Narcotics and Criminal Investigators along with a member of our K-9 Unit executed a search warrant at 6750 Airport Road this […]

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Contributed Bladen County Sheriff’s Office and Pender County Sheriff’s Office Narcotics Units have completed an investigation into the distribution of Controlled Substances in the Cane Tuck Road area of the Kelly community. The joint investigation centered on Sherwood Anderson who it was determined to be the primary suspect and from citizen complaints naming Anderson. On […]

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A missing Columbus County woman has been located. Felicia Ann Turnage was taken into custody yesterday (Tuesday, July 17) by Columbus County Sheriff’s Office Criminal Investigation Detectives.  She was arrested at 603 Spivey Road in Whiteville, without incident. The Columbus County Sheriff’s Office was attempting to locate Turnage in order to serve her with multiple […]

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Bladen County Sheriff James A. McVicker announced on Wednesday the arrest of several county residents for selling controlled substances. “The Narcotic’s Unit has been busy during the past few weeks buying drugs and arresting dealers,” said Sheriff McVicker. “We are beginning to see an increase in the use and sale of heroin in the county. […]

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Chadbourn, NC – The Columbus County Sheriff’s Office Vice-Narcotics Unit has completed an investigation into the distribution of controlled substances throughout the Chadbourn community in Columbus County. During the investigation, it was determined by Vice-Narcotics Agents from the Columbus County Sheriff’s Office, that Gene Archie Bellamy, 64, was responsible for distributing controlled substances throughout the […]

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Sheriff James A. McVicker announced the arrest Monday of a Bladenboro area man following an investigation by the Narcotics Unite into the distribution of Controlled Substances in the Storms Road area of Bladen County. “My investigators learned an individual was selling suboxone, a prescription drug used to treat opioid addiction,” said McVicker. “Suboxone is similar […]

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The Columbus County Sheriff’s Office is still seeking information in the case of a stolen enclosed trailer. On January 20th, a white, Carson 7 foot x 12 foot enclosed trailer was stolen from Peacock Road in Chadbourn. The suspect vehicle is believed to be a Chevrolet Silverado 2500 HD with a utility bed. If you […]

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ELIZABETHTOWN, NC – William Bryan Clark, 36, of Elizabethtown, entered guilty pleas to two felony counts of Indecent Liberties with a Child on Tuesday in Bladen County Superior Court. As a result of the guilty pleas, Clark was sentenced to 23-37 months in the North Carolina Department of Adult Correction. The charges stem from two […]

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By Erin Smith A Bladen County magistrate has been arrested and charged with one count of felony larceny by employee. Priscella Dean Dunham, 54, of White Oak, was arrested on Monday by the Robeson County Sheriff’s Office and made her first appearance in Robeson County Court on Tuesday. According to reports, Dunham was an employee […]

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  UPDATE: Keri Jean Hester and Michael Travis Babson turned themselves in today, Tuesday, July 10th according to Bladen County Sheriff’s Office. “Hester had a $1,000 bond and Babson had a $50,000 bond. Both made bond and have first appearance hearing in Bladen District Court tomorrow.” Major Larry Guyton said in a press release earlier today. The […]

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White Lake Police Department announced in the afternoon on Tuesday three arrests were made in the robbery case at White Lake. White Lake Police Department Lieutenant Mike Salmon released a statement saying, “White Lake Police has identified three suspects in this case with the assistance of the media and public. White Lake Police would like to […]

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Contributed A truck was reported stolen last Sunday around 1:30 a.m. off Highway 301 in Cumberland County. According to Justin McLaurin, who is the brother of the truck’s owner, the truck was last seen headed south but could have turned off any road. The truck’s tag number is MCS2 and also has a picture of […]

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  By Charlotte Smith Plea deal was handed down for one suspect in the local Dollar Tree breaking and entering case. The Dollar Tree located at 1204 West Broad Street in Elizabethtown reported a breaking and entering on Tuesday, February 27 according to the Elizabethtown Police Department. Employees of the local store were arriving for work on the February morning […]

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The White Lake Police has identified the vehicle in which the three suspects were traveling in. The Police Department is requesting assistance from the public locating this vehicle and the three pictured suspects. The three suspects in the photo above allegedly befriended a victim in the evening on July 1st at a business on White […]

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UPDATE: Keri Jean Hester and Michael Travis Babson turned themselves in today, Tuesday, July 10th according to Bladen County Sheriff’s Office. “Hester had a $1,000 bond and Babson had a $50,000 bond. Both made bond and have first appearance hearing in Bladen District Court tomorrow.” Major Larry Guyton said in a press release earlier today. The Sheriff’s […]

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Two men have been arrested in Virginia for stolen firearms. One firearm and both men arrested are linked to Bladen County. Virginia law enforcement arrested Marcus Jermil Blake, 35, and Darrell Laron Rhodie Jr., 28, both of Elizabethtown on June 26th, after discovering two firearms hidden in a speaker box during a traffic stop according to […]

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UPDATE: Arrests made in robbery case On 07-01-2018, at about 2039 hours, the three suspects pictured below befriended the victim at a business located in the 1600 block of White Lake Drive. The victim followed the three suspects into the parking lot area of the business. The suspects then got into a gray Honda passenger car. […]

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By Charlotte Smith Dr. Jong Whan Kim, 59, and Tammy Lynn Thompson, 53 are facing more charges and made millions on opioids and other drugs according to Columbus County officials. On Monday the two accused of dispensing drugs illegally had a court hearing. A multi-million dollar bail was set for both.  According to Bladen County […]

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By: Charlotte Smith Updated: Many have been following the court case of Shanna May Harrelson, born January 30, 1979. Shanna was a former science teacher at West Bladen High School. On the Monday before Independence Day, Shanna plead to two of the charges against her at the Bladen County Courthouse.  According to court documents, Shanna was […]

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Additional charges have been obtained for both Thompson and Dr. Kim according to Columbus County Sheirff Hatcher.  Tammy Thompson’s bond is now $3,540,000.00 secured.  Dr. Kim’s bond remains at $5,580,000.00 secured. The additional charges are as follows: Jong Whan Kim 4 Felony counts of Trafficking Opium or Heroin 2 Felony counts of Selling a Controlled […]

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Tabor City, NC – The Columbus County Sheriff’s Office Vice-Narcotics Unit arrested two individuals after an approximately seven month long investigation into a “pill mill” operating at 211 East 5th Street in Tabor City.  Dr. Jong Whan Kim along with his office manager and girlfriend, Tammy Lynn Thompson, were arrested today, June 29th.  This investigation […]

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  Contributed Sheriff James A. McVicker announced today the arrest of Kadeem Yorel Archie Bowden, 26, of 60 Robin Drive, Elizabethtown for possession and sale of marijuana following a two month long undercover operation.   “Narcotics Investigators arrested Bowden this morning when they executed a search warrant at this home on Robin Drive off of […]

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