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Crime: Elizabethtown couple arrested on drugs charges after search of home

On Friday, April 21, 2017, at approximately 7 a.m. Bladen County Probation and Parole Officers requested the assistance of the Elizabethtown Police Department and Bladen County Sheriff’s Department to conduct a search of a residence at 412 South Lower Street after receiving complaints of possible drug activity at the residence. Arlene Rhoda and Tracy Custis both who are currently on active probation, were arrested after investigators discovered and seized 125.8 grams of Marijuana under a bed in the residence and another 5.6 grams in a vehicle located on the property along with $448 in currency.  Rhoda and Custis were charged with Possession with the Intent to Sell/Deliver Marijuana, Maintaining a …..

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Crime: SBI Reviews Cold Cases with New Technology

RALEIGH – The SBI is inspecting unsolved murder case files using new technology and old warhorses to garner evidence for potential convictions. A grant from the Governor’s Crime Commission is allowing the SBI to contract with 10 retired SBI agents and several law school students to examine cold homicide cases. “Retesting evidence using the latest DNA or forensic technology may yield new information that could result in arrests,” said SBI’s attorney, Angel Gray, who is overseeing the cold case project. “The lack of evidence to convict a suspect is one of the most common reasons that cases remain unsolved.” The SBI retirees, all former homicide investigators, would like to hear …..

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Crime: Department of Public Safety Appoints New Directors of Prisons, Community Corrections

RALEIGH – Secretary Erik A. Hooks of the Department of Public Safety today named two senior administrators to new leadership roles as Director of Prisons and Director of Community Corrections. Kenneth Lassiter will serve as Director of Prisons, while Tracy Lee will become the Director of Community Corrections. Both appointments are effective May 1. Lassiter will replace George Solomon, who is retiring after 33 years of service. Lassiter will oversee 55 state prisons that house more than 36,500 inmates. The state prison system has a budget of approximately $1.2 billion and more than 17,000 employees. Lassiter is a 28-year corrections veteran who has served for the past three years as …..

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Crime: Elizabethtown man arrested on indecent liberties charges

On April 20, 2017, at approximately 6 a.m. Agent Shawn Ellerby of the State Bureau of Investigations and Detective Sergeant Jeffrey Guyton of the Elizabethtown Police Department initiated an arrest of William Bryan Clark at 305 Glenwood Drive, Elizabethtown, NC. William Clark was charged with two counts of indecent liberties with a child. This arrest came as a result of an ongoing investigation by agent Shawn Ellerby and the State Bureau of Investigation’s Computer Crime Unit with assistance from Elizabethtown Police Department’s criminal investigators Jeffrey Guyton and Willie Thompson. William Bryan Clark is currently being held in Bladen County Jail under a $100,000.00 secured bond. Share:

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New staff needed to for new detention center in Bladen County

The Bladen County Board of Commissioners heard about staffing needs from the Sheriff at the meeting on Tuesday, April 18th. “I’m here tonight to propose three new detention officers for the new detention center and two new Deputy Sheriffs to work in the new law enforcement center,” Bladen County Sheriff McVicker stated. Sheriff McVicker gave commissioners examples of staffing need to operate other law enforcement centers and detention centers across the state similar to the new facility in Bladen County. Cogdell asked if five new staff members would be enough. McVicker explained he was trying to ask for the bare minimal for now. Our jail inspector, Mr. Charles Brown, will …..

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FedEx deliveries may be delayed due to wreck

Thursday afternoon rain came with little warning in some parts of Bladen County. The rain along with speed was a factor in a single vehicle wreck involving a FedEx truck according to Highway Patrol officer Jason Weissinger. According to the trooper’s report FedEx driver, Raymond Thomas from Pembroke was traveling south on NC Hwy 131 and crossed the centerline, ran out of road to the left and struck a ditch causing the delivery truck to overturn. Thomas was charged with exceeding a safe speed due to rain, according to Weissinger. No injuries were reported. The truck did have packages on board. As our staff was leaving more FedEx truck drivers were …..

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Reducing the use of segregation allows prisons to provide new programs and treatment

RALEIGH – As part of its overall effort to assign new missions to prison facilities across the state, the North Carolina Department of Public Safety is working to reduce the use of segregation — also known as solitary confinement or restrictive housing— and to improve mental health and reentry services for inmates.  NCDPS has accepted a report by the Vera Institute of Justice that analyzes the state’s use of segregation and provides recommendations for further reducing its use. NCDPS is incorporating the report’s findings and recommendations into its continuing re-missioning work. “In addition to making many recommendations that will help us continue reducing segregation’s use, Vera’s year-long review also validated …..

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UPDATE: Missing Charlotte 11-year-old found safe in Washington, DC

An Amber Alert for a missing 11-year-old girl from Charlotte has been cancelled after she was found safe. Arieyana Simone Forney was found after the Washington, DC  Police located the car and it crashed. According to reports, one man has been arrested in the incident. The Amber Alert was issued after Charlotte Police were called to home on Glenncannon Drive where Forney’s grandparents were found murdered. Police and firefighters were called to the residence at about 11 a.m. and found the bodies inside and learned Forney was missing. According to reports, Police have not stated how the individuals died. Share:

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Statewide Amber Alert issued for missing 11-year-old child

UPDATE: Missing Charlotte 11-year-old found safe in Washington, DC http://bit.ly/2otayfn A statewide Amber Alert was issued by Charlotte Police on Sunday afternoon for a missing 11-year-old girl. Arieyana Simone Forney was discovered to be missing after police were called to a home on Glenncannon Drive in Charlotte and discovered the bodies of two adults there. Police told Time Warner Cable News of Charlotte that Forney resided in the home with the two victims. While Police are calling the incident a homicide, officials did tell Time Warner Cable News there were no signs of trauma on the bodies. Arieyana Simone Forney is a 11-year-old Black female, approximately 5 feet 3 inches tall, …..

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Bladen vehicle stolen, and located

A big thank you to law enforcement went out after a vehicle was stolen in Bladen County. According to Eric Davis of Bladenboro, his vehicle was stolen on Wednesday, March 29th in Bladen County. Davis said he contacted law enforcement immediately. The vehicle was recovered without damages a hour and half later thanks to team work between law enforcement divisions. “I want to say thank you to the Bladen County Sheriff’s Department and the Highway Patrol in Bladen and Columbus Counties for their work in recovering my vehicle,” Davis said. Share:

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Bladen among counties involved in $11 million insurance scam settlement

North Carolina Insurance Commissioner Mike Causey announced Wednesday the conviction of two retired insurance agents, Milton Hooks, 72, of Rocky Mount and James Mangum, 69, of Tarboro on six counts each of obtaining property by false pretense. The case was the result of an extensive seven-year investigation in 14 counties, including Bladen, conducted by the NC Department of Insurance’s Criminal Investigation Division. Hooks and Mangum targeted senior citizens in a regional scam that involved the reallocation of money people had in savings and insurance policies. “Preying on our senior citizens is wrong,” said Causey. “I am pleased NCDOI criminal investigators were able to recover nearly $11 million in this important …..

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Charlotte man sentenced after high speed chase in August

A Charlotte man who led authorities on a high speed chase in August plead guilty Wednesday in Bladen County Superior Court to assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill and fleeing to elude arrest. Gebreal Moss, 23, was sentenced to between 36 and 56 months in state custody, according to the Bladen County District Attorney’s office. Members of the Bladen County Sheriff’s Office and Elizabethtown Police Department had set up a license check station at the foot of the Cape Fear River Bridge near the entrance to Tory Hole Park after midnight on Aug. 7, according to a report. As Moss’ 2006 Honda Civic approached the station, it …..

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Horne sentenced for theft, stolen item had tracking device attached

An Elizabethtown man was sentenced up to 32 months in prison Wednesday in Bladen County Superior Court after pleading guilty to taking items that were found using a tracking device attached to one of the items. Adam Horne, 32, was sentenced to between 19 and 32 months in state custody on felony charges of breaking and entering and obtaining property by false pretense, according to the Bladen County District Attorney’s office. The case stemmed from a break-in reported Nov. 28, 2015, at a building along Greene Industrial Park Road. A motorcycle, leaf blower and generator had been stolen, according to a court summary. The owner of the building told Bladen …..

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Elizabethtown man pleads guilty in Superior Court to drug-related charges

Antonio Lamel Murchison of Elizabethtown pled guilty in Bladen County Superior Court on Monday, March 27, to several drug-related charges. He received a sentence of 36 months of supervised probation. Murchison pled guilty to conspiring to sell cocaine, possession and attempted sell and delivery of marijuana, and attempted trafficking in MDA/MDMA. He was arrested on July 3, 2015, by the Elizabethtown Police Department following a traffic stop. Murchison was driving when his vehicle was stopped in late June 2015. Also arrested were Saquon Reginald Covington who was arrested during the stop on June 30, 2015;Trent Martin, who was arrested on July 18, 2015; and Channing Kelly who as arrested in …..

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Elizabethtown man enters a guilty plea to attempted murder charge

An Elizabethtown man has pled guilty to attempted murder in the shooting of his brother. Tony Elmore Lewis, 55, was sentenced to 125 months to 162 months active. The shooting took place in August 2013 at 92 Curtis Lewis Road, near Dublin. When Bladen County Sheriff’s deputies arrived on the scene, they found Terry DeVane Lewis laying on the ground with a gunshot wound to his abdomen. According to the report, Lewis’ brother, Tony Elmore Lewis was inside the home with several weapons and refused to surrender to authorities. The Robeson County Sheriff’s Office tactical team negotiated with Tony Lewis for several hours before he eventually surrendered. Share:

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Sheriff Warns of Possible Scam

Sheriff James A. McVicker wishes to warn citizens to be on the alert for a group working the Bladen and Columbus county areas looking to scam homeowners or possibly doing surveillance to return later and break into homes. “We have received phone calls from several concerned citizens in the last few days of two separate groups of people coming to homes and offering to do home repair, set up mobile homes and underpin them and also selling seafood,” said McVicker. “We believe this group is the same group that has recently been involved in numerous breaking and entering’s in Columbus county. In those instances they approach home owners and offer …..

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Child in critical condition following a Tuesday crash on US 701

A crash on US 701 North on Tuesday evening left a 6-year-old child in critical condition, according to the North Carolina Highway Patrol. The crash ocurred near the intersection of US 701 North and NC 53 West. According to First Sgt. Matt Hardee, Sabrina Lowery of Tar Heel was traveling northbound on US 701 near the intersection of NC 53 West when her vehicle struck the guardrail on the left. After striking the guardrail on the left, Lowery’s vehicle then crossed the highway, and went over the guardrail on right. “Her 6-year-old son was in the car with her,” said Sgt. Hardee.  The child was ejected from the vehicle and …..

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Bladen County, Alert Neighbor Foils Break In

  Sheriff James A. McVicker said today that an alert neighbor who saw suspicious activity in their neighborhood and reported it to 911 was instrumental in stopping a breaking and entering in progress at a home in the 8000 block of NC 87 west of Dublin.   “Our 911 Center received a call from a resident who said there were people going through the neighborhood knocking on doors and asking for someone by name,” said McVicker.  “The caller did not know of anyone by that name in the neighborhood and just felt something was not right with the pair.”   McVicker said a deputy was dispatched to the area and …..

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Bladen County drug bust in Elizabethtown

The Elizabethtown Police Department and the Bladen County Sheriff’s Department have been working together to crack down on crime. Today, March 17, 2017 was no exception. Sometime around 7 a.m the Elizabethtown Police Department with assistance from the Bladen County Sheriff’s Office executed a narcotics search warrant at Lewis Village Apartments located at 204 Wright Street Apartment 31 in Elizabethtown, NC. The search warrant was the result of several months of ongoing investigations by Detective Sergeant Willie Thompson into suspected narcotic activity in that area. Upon securing and searching the scene officers were able to locate and seize a Felony amount of Marijuana, handgun, and $4,362.88 cash. As a result of …..

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Gray convicted of murder, sentenced to life in prison

The second man charged in the shooting death of a Bladen County man more than two years ago was found guilty Thursday in Bladen County Superior Court and sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole. Ernest Raysean Gray, 26, of Clarkton, was convicted of first degree murder and discharging a weapon into an occupied property. The jury of eight women and four men deliberated about three hours before reaching their decision. Twasjay Roddreek Brown, 23, of Elizabethtown, was found guilty and sentenced to life in prison in February in Bladen County Superior Court. The men were found guilty in the murder of 23-year-old Malcolm Jerome Brown in …..

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There is No Such Thing as a Lucky Charm if You Drink and Drive

RALEIGH – St. Patrick’s Day has become one of the nation’s biggest times to celebrate and party. But unfortunately, too many people are taking to the roads after drinking alcohol, making the holiday also one of our most dangerous. The North Carolina Governor’s Highway Safety Program and the Department of Transportation are launching the annual St. Patrick’s Day Booze It & Lose It campaign, which runs from March 16 to 19. The campaign reminds drivers that there is no luck involved, if you drink and drive, you could pay serious consequences. During the 2016 St. Patrick’s Day holiday period (6 p.m. March 16 to 5:59 a.m. March 18), nine people …..

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Two arrested and charged with breaking and entering

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Two Bladen County residents were arrested by the Bladen County Sheriff’s Office and charged with breaking and entering on Tuesday night. Kevin Acosta, 28, was arrested and charged with felony conspiracy, felony breaking and entering, larceny after breaking and entering, and felony possession of stolen goods/property. Nataly Sanz, 19, was arrested and charged with felony conspiracy, felony breaking and entering and felony possession of stolen goods/property. Share:

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Elizabethtown PD obtains new radars

The Elizabethtown Police Department has obtained five new radar guns at no cost to the town through the Governor’s Highway Safety Program. Lt. Mark McMichael said the way the program works is the department can earn points towards certain approved items through doing such things as traffic checks and other types of activities such as Booze It and Lose It. Lt. McMichael said that by going out and doing these things, the department receives credit towards the program. He said the program has a list of items the program has approved for traffic safety the department can utilize the points to obtain. Lt. McMichael said a radar gun can cost …..

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Sheriff Warns of Driveway Scam

Sheriff James A. McVicker is warning residents of a possible scam that has started in this area. “On Wednesday, March 8th, a group of men driving a gray pickup and a large white truck with gravel approached a residence and told the older man there that they had some gravel left over from a job nearby and offered to give it to him to help the community, McVicker said. “After they started spreading the gravel they presented him with a bill for $4,000.00. He told them he did not have that and they finally said they would do it for $500.00 or he could make payments. The man called his …..

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E’town PD needs help identifying suspect

The Elizabethtown Police Department is asking for the public’s help in identifying a suspect. On Wednesday, March 1, 2017, a black male entered the Tractor Supply Store in Elizabethtown and stole a pressure washer valued at $640. If you can identify the person in the photos or have any information regarding the incident, you are asked to please call the Elizabethtown Police Department at 910-862-3125. Share:

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U.S. Marshals Warn of Scam

The U.S. Marshals Service is warning the public today of a telephone scam involving a fraudulent caller contacting members of the public and alleging they, or their family members, have an active federal arrest warrant and demanding payment of fines. Recently, there were reported attempts of a fraudulent caller who identified himself as a Deputy United States Marshal. This phony law enforcement officer informed the potential victims that warrants were being issued for them or their family member due to being absent from a federal grand jury they were previously summoned to appear before. The potential victims were then informed they could avoid arrest by paying a fine by electronic …..

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Bladen County man facing solicitation charge in Cumberland County

A Bladen County man was one of ten men arrested in Cumberland County during a sting operation on Friday and is facing charges of solicitation of prostitution. Thomas Ashley McKoy of Clarkton was arrested when the sting operation was conducted near the Coliseum Inn, according to the Fayetteville Observer. The arrests are touted as a tool for reducing human trafficking. According to the Fayetteville Observer participating agencies included the Cumberland County Sheriff’s Office, the Fayetteville Police Department, the Hope Mills Police Department and the Army’s Criminal Investigation Command. McKoy, 64, faces one misdemeanor count of soliciting for prostitution. Also arrested during the sting were: *Steven Hatley of Fayetteville; *Brian Paige of …..

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Man robs Bladenboro home

A man dressed in a black or dark blue hoodie walked into a home on Ash Street in Bladenboro on Sunday afternoon and robbed it, according to Police Chief Chris Hunt. The man called out the homeowner’s name and then proceeded to rob the home. “The wife was home and heard a noise in the kitchen and thought it was her husband,” said Chief Hunt. He said the wife walked into the kitchen and only saw the man from behind. Chief Hunt said the man was able to get out of the house with some change and a purse. Anybody with any information about the incident is asked to call the Bladenboro Police Department …..

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Brown convicted of murder, sentenced to life in prison

Twasjay Roddreek Brown was found guilty of first degree murder and sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole Friday in Bladen County Superior Court. Brown, 23, of Elizabethtown, also was found guilty of discharging a weapon into occupied property and possession of a firearm by a felon in the shooting death of Malcolm Jerome Melvin, 23, in October 2014, according to the District Attorney’s office. Brown was one of two men charged in Melvin’s murder that happened Oct. 28, 2014 at a mobile home on Sammy Lane in a park off N.C. 242 south of Elizabethtown, officials said. Melvin’s girlfriend and a child were in the home …..

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Tuesday crash sends victims to hospital

A crash on Tuesday evening at the intersection of NC 410 and Pleasant Grove Church Road resulted in charges against both drivers. The crash, which ocurred at about 8:30 p.m., sent the occupants of both vehicles to the hospital for treatment of their injuries, according to the North Carolina Highway Patrol. According to the Highway Patrol, David Shelton Blackmon of Bladenboro was driving west on Pleasant Grove Church Road and Amy Lynn Dicicco of Dublin was driving north on NC 410. Blackmon failed to stop for the stop sign at the intersection of NC 410 and Pleasant Grove Church Road while he was attempting to make a left turn onto …..

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Cary Man Charged With Transmitting a Threat in Interstate Commerce to Injure Another Person

RALEIGH – The United States Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of North Carolina announces that a Criminal Complaint was filed against GARRETT GRIMSLEY, age 27, of Cary, charging him with Transmitting a Threat in Interstate Commerce to Injure the Person of Another. GRIMSLEY appeared before U.S. Magistrate Judge Robert T. Numbers, II today for his initial appearance. According to the affidavit filed with the Criminal Complaint, on February 19, 2017, GRIMSLEY posted an online public message stating “don’t go to Cary tomorrow.” In a subsequent private message conversation, GRIMSLEY told a cooperating witness: “For too long the kuffar [non-Muslims] have spit in our faces and trampled our rights. This …..

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Deputy’s son stopped by someone impersonating an officer

Someone impersonating a law enforcement officer stopped a vehicle operated by a Bladen County Sheriff’s Deputy’s son this weekend near Ammon. According to reports,  the man told the victim that he was a law enforcement officer but did not have any credentials. The incident is alleged to have happened on Gum Springs Road. According to reports, the man is described as being in his mid-40s with some facial hair and driving a gray older model Crown Victoria with a blue light on the dash. The victim was unable to get a tag number.   Share:

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Shooting at UNCW, False alert

According to UNCWilmington Facebook page there was an erroneous alert issued earlier today about shots fired on the campus. The post on the school’s official Facebook page said, “An all-clear text message has been issued to faculty, staff and students via UNCWAlert, but in case it has not yet reached you, please be assured that there were no shots fired on our campus this morning.” The post also said, “We are looking into how the erroneous alert was issued and we apologize for this unfortunate error and the undue alarm it caused.” Share:

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Joint Investigation Recovers Stolen Weapons

Sheriff James A. McVicker announced today the seizure of ten weapons from known gang members in both Bladen and Robeson counties. “The Bladen County Narcotics Unit has worked several weeks now with the Wilmington office of the Federal Bureau of Investigation to recover weapons from known gang members,” said McVicker. My investigators developed a cooperating witness who helped identify a group of young men who were dealing in stolen and illegal weapons. Through this individual we were able to recover five rifles, three shotguns and two handguns. Some of these weapons were stolen and some used in the commission of crimes.” McVicker said the investigation is continuing and he believes …..

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Fight in Bladen County Jail leaves one injured

Contributed photos A fight that broke out in the Bladen County Jail on Tuesday, February 13, 2017, resulted in one person being transported to the hospital for treatment. Bladen County Sheriff’s Office Chief Deputy Larry Guyton said that at about 12:30 a.m. Jamie Harold Nance, 33, of Bladenboro, was arrested for communicating threats, harassing phone calls, domestic criminal trespass, violating a domestic violence protective order and he also had a warrant for his arrest for failing to appear in court in Robeson County. “He was booked into the jail and placed in a group cell,” said Guyton. He said Nance was sharing a cell with two other men — Marcus …..

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Columbus County Sheriff’s Office needs your help locating missing teens

On Monday, February 13, 2017, at around 3:15 pm, William Indiana Jones and James Dean Jones were outside of their residence on Pinewood Lane in Whiteville walking their dogs. Their father went outside around 4 pm to check on his sons and could not locate them. They were last seen near Soles Road and Hallsboro Road, South in Whiteville. William is a 16 year old white, male approximately 5’10” and weighs 165 pounds. James is a 15 year old white, male approximately 5’08” and weighs 145 pounds. Both William and James have blonde hair and blue eyes. The boys were last seen wearing summer clothing attire. The pit bull mix …..

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Bladen County experiences first traffic fatality of the year

Bladen County has experienced its first motor vehicle fatality of 2017 when the driver of a motorcycle was killed in a crash on Sunday afternoon.  Daniel Christopher Walters, 46, of Mears Road, Clarkton, lost his life when his 2002 Harley Davidson crossed the center line and struck a transfer truck head-on, according to the North Carolina Highway Patrol. The crash ocurred on US 701 near Taylor Manufacturing at about 4:22 p.m. according to the North Carolina Highway Patrol. James Ladell Baker of Dunn was driving a Waccamaw Transport truck south on US 701 and Walters was traveling north on US 701 on his Harley Davidson motorcycle. Walters crossed the center …..

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Hog truck and log truck collision causes road closure

Photos by: Kendall Heath The sun was shining most of the day Wednesday, February 8th, but it didn’t stop an accident from happening in White Oak, North Carolina. According to officials on the scene, a hog truck collided with a log truck head on causing the road to be shut down on both ends of Gum Springs Road in White Oak. There were no injuries reported. Ammon fire department and the highway patrol we’re both assisting with the wreckage. Share:

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One arrested on drug related charges

One Bladen County resident was arrested and is facing charges of drug trafficking. Tanisha Simpkins, 35, was arrested on Saturday and charged with trafficking in opium or heroin, possession with intent to manufacture, sell deliver schedule II controlled substance, and conspiring to sell/deliver heroin. Share:

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Commissioners hear about alleged mistreatment

Donald Melvin addressed the Bladen County Board of Commissioners on Monday night regarding two different incidents during which he was incarcerated. These incidents ocurred in 2008 and 2014. He shared some documents with the Commissioners outlining the two incidents, but he did not specify what redress he was seeking from the board. Melvin offered the board some background on himself. He has owned Tar Heel Outdoors since 1978 and at one time had a weekly feature that appeared in the Fayetteville Observer titled, “Tar Heel Outdoors with Don Melvin.” He has served as Vice-President of an eastern outdoors landscape firm, held a  job as a long distance truck driver, and has …..

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Search Warrant Leads to Felony Arrests

Sheriff James A. McVicker today announced the arrest yesterday of Akeem Juwan Westmoreland, 32 and Briana Amira Parker, 17 of 303 Pecan Street, Apt.9E, Bladenboro for Felony Possession of Cocaine and Simple Possession of Marijuana. The arrests were the result of a search warrant executed in conjunction with North Carolina Probation and Parole officers. In addition to the Cocaine and Marijuana charges, Westmoreland had an outstanding Assault With a Deadly Weapon warrant served. He is currently in Bladen County Jail under a $30,000.00 secured bond. Parker was also charged with a Felony Probation Violation and is under a $35,000.00 secured bond. “It is good to be able to work jointly …..

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Precautions taken at West Bladen High School

By: Valerie Newton On Tuesday, January 24 West Bladen High School was notified of comments made against the school on social media that could potentially be perceived as threatening or dangerous. School administration immediately reported the comments made against the school to the Sheriff’s office, which is investigating. Communicating threats by any means to any person or group of persons, designed to cause harm to another person or persons, is a Bladen County Schools Code of Conduct Level IV violation according to North Carolina General Statute 115C-391 resulting in Long Term Suspension or Expulsion and is considered a Felony punishable by law according to North Carolina General Statute 14-277.5. As …..

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Sheriff’s Office Investigates Three School Threats

Sheriff James A. McVicker announced today his office had investigated three separate incidents of threats made against schools in Bladen County, two through Social Media accounts and one word of mouth. “Last Wednesday night, January 18th, we received information that several students from West Bladen High School had received Instagram messages to stay away from school because of an act of violence that would be committed the next morning,” said McVicker. “Once we received this information we worked with Dr. Robert Taylor and the faculty at West Bladen to insure the absolute safety off all students and staff. We had several officers at the school before it opened and we …..

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Sheriff’s Office Investigates Two School Threats

Sheriff James A. McVicker announced today his office had investigated two separate incidents of threats made against schools in Bladen County, one through Social Media accounts and one word of mouth. “Last Wednesday night, January 18th, we received information that several students from West Bladen High School had received Instagram messages to stay away from school because of an act of violence that would be committed the next morning,” said McVicker. “Once we received this information we worked with Dr. Robert Taylor and the faculty at West Bladen to insure the absolute safety off all students and staff. We had several officers at the school before it opened and we …..

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Second arrest made in Bladenboro break-in

By Erin Smith A second arrest has been in the investigation into the break-in that occurred shortly after midnight Saturday. Brandon Jackson, 23, of Robeson County was arrested on Friday morning, according to Bladenboro Police Chief Chris Hunt. Jackson is facing charges of breaking and entering, larceny after breaking and entering, possession of burglary tools, damage to property, and damage to a coin/currency machine.  Chief Hunt said that Jackson was also on probation during the commission of this burglary. Arrested earlier in the week was Madison Cheshire, 20. She is facing charges of breaking and entering a coin/currency machine and two counts of injury to personal property. At around midnight …..

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Arrest Made Breaking and Entering Case in Bladen County

Sheriff James A. McVicker today announced the arrest Thursday of Christopher Blake Carroll, 25, of 1350 Suggs Taylor Road, Elizabethtown for the December 28 th breaking and entering of a residence in the 7000 block of Burney Road, White Oak. Carroll stole several weapons from this residence and investigators have been able to recover one of those weapons and have leads on the location of the others. Carroll was charged with Felony Probation Violation, Obtaining Property By False Pretense, Felonious Breaking and Entering, Felonious Larceny After Breaking and Entering, Felonious Possession of Stolen Goods, 3 counts of Felonious Larceny of a Firearm and 3 counts of Felonious Possession of a …..

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One arrested in weekend coin machine break-in

One person has been arrested in connection to the weekend break-ins that occurred at the Bladenboro Car Wash and the laundry mat. Bladenboro Police Chief Chris Hunt said the investigation into what occurred is still ongoing. Madison Cheshire, 20,  has been charged with injury to personal property, failure to appear on a misdemeanor and breaking into a coin/currency machine. At about midnight on Saturday night, a vehicle occupied by a male and a female drove into the car wash in Bladenboro and the male used a sledgehammer to break open a coin box there. The vehicle then traveled to the laundry mat where the pair damaged coin boxes there as …..

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U.S. Attorney Statement on National Human Trafficking Awareness Day

By: Deirdre M. Daly U.S. Attorney for the District of Connecticut The President has designated January as National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month, and the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Connecticut continues to prioritize human trafficking offenses, which are among the most heinous crimes the Office prosecutes. Federal prosecutors focus their resources on prosecuting the sex trafficking of minors, but also investigates cases involving the sex trafficking of particularly vulnerable adults and labor trafficking. In November 2015, we announced the formation of the Connecticut Human Trafficking Task Force. The Task Force is composed of special agents from Homeland Security Investigations, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, and the U.S. …..

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Sheriff’s Office holds vendor demonstration for county administrators and school superintendent’s office

The Bladen County Sheriff’s Office hosted a vendor demonstration Tuesday, January 10, to educate County administrators and the school superintendent’s office about the possibility of enhancing county and school building security by making the windows and doors of our buildings less permeable to intrusion. “Sheriff Jim McVicker and his staff are always trying to find more affordable means to provide enhanced security and infrastructure improvements. Something as simple as a polymer window coating can significantly deter and resist intrusion to better protect our school children and our county/town employees in our county,” said Sgt. Gary Turlington. The demonstration consisted of a classroom presentation and a practical demonstration on an actual …..

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Armed Robbery Suspects Apprehended

Sheriff James A. McVicker said today that arrests had been made on a home invasion/armed robbery that happened over the weekend. The home of Randolph Smith, age 57 and Morris Rico Smith, 41, nephew of Randolph Smith, was the scene of a home invasion and robbery Friday night (January 6th). The Smiths live at 303 Sandpit Road Elizabethtown. According to the victim statements, two men confronted Morris Smith outside the residence and forced him inside at gunpoint where they stole $60.00 in cash and a small amount of marijuana from him. Smith was struck several times in the head with a handgun during the robbery. The Smiths called 911 and …..

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Tillis/Coons Op-Ed: “America’s Criminal Justice System Is Broken”

WASHINGTON, D.C. –Today, Senators Thom Tillis (R-NC) and Chris Coons (D-DE), both members of the Senate Judiciary Committee, authored an op-ed on CNN.com about the urgent need for bipartisan criminal justice reform. Read the full op-ed below: CNN: America’s criminal justice system is broken By Chris Coons and Thom Tillis As a Democrat from Delaware and a Republican from North Carolina, we disagree on plenty of policy issues. You might think that would be especially true of an issue as historically divisive and politically challenging as crime and punishment. That’s not the case. We share a strong belief that America’s criminal justice system is broken, focusing far too much on …..

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FedEx Email Scam could contain potential virus threat

If you are receiving email alerts from FedEx, be aware it could contain a potential virus threat. According to FedEx.com, there are fraudulent emails being sent to unsuspecting businesses and citizens announcing that FedEx has either attempted to deliver or has delivered a package and they need to download an attached document.  According to FedEx.com, the attachment could contain a virus and advises recipients to delete the email without opening the attachment. FedEx also says there is another version of the email that prompts the recipient to contact their office and gives a telephone to call. Once the caller makes contact, the scam artist will attempt to defraud the caller. …..

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Ohio man charged with possession of Marijuana

White Lake police have charged Shawn David Myers 33, of Tiltonsville, OH with possession of marijuana and possession of marijuana paraphernalia. White Lake police officers responded to a medical call at Brisson’s Cottages Tuesday, January 3, 2017 while officers were assisting EMS workers they smelled the odor of marijuana in the area, officers were not able to determine the location of the marijuana at that time.   After receiving multiple complaints from concerned citizens over the next day about the offender approaching them asking if they wanted to smoke marijuana with him and the offender entering local business with a strong odor of marijuana emitting from his person the White …..

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Call of shots fired leads to drug arrest over New Years weekend

Officers Joshua Pittman and Melanie Avant of the Elizabethtown Police Department along with Bladen County Sheriff’s Deputies were dispatched to 2808 West Broad Street on January 01, 2017 at 3:55 a.m. in reference to a shots fired call. Upon their arrival they made contact with the residents Brandon and Allison Jones. Both Mr. and Mrs. Jones advised that they were having a New Year’s Eve party and that an argument had broken out between them and some guests. The conflict escalated and became physical, according to Lt. D. Cheshire. During the altercation a handgun was discharged several times inside and outside of the residence in an attempt to break up …..

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One man arrested and charged after struggle with deputies

The Bladen County Sheriff’s Office arrested one man during which a struggle ensued leaving deputies and the man with minor injuries.  “We received information that a wanted individual was being brought through our county by a family member en-route to Sanford,” said Chief Deputy Larry Guyton. Deputies obtained a description of the vehicle and waited for it in Clarkton. “When they saw the vehicle, they did a felony vehicle stop and got Divine Walden, age 22, of 818 Farmers Union Road, Clarkton, out of the vehicle. When they placed him under arrest he began to fight the deputies,” said Guyton. After a brief struggle Walden was handcuffed and subdued. Walden …..

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Bladen County Sheriff’s Office need help locating missing person

Sheriff James A. McVicker is requesting the public’s assistance in locating a missing person. The family of Dean Anthony Clark Jr., reported him missing on December 30, 2016. Clark has not been seen or heard from since early November 2016. According to the father, Dean Clark Sr., he was in weekly phone contact with his son but has not been able to locate him since November. Clark was last known to be living in the Council area of Bladen County but should be considered homeless. He is known to frequent Clarkton, Whiteville and Lumberton. Clark is a black male, 32 years of age, medium complexion, black hair, brown eyes, with some …..

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Marshall sentenced for shooting at law enforcement officers

An Elizabethtown man who exchanged gunfire with two law enforcement officers in February was sentenced up to 19 years in prison Monday after pleading guilty to two counts of attempted murder and one count of assault on a law enforcement officer. Dennis Windell Marshall, 30, entered an Alford plea in Bladen County Superior Court under an agreement with the state. An Alford plea allows a defendant to plead guilty because it’s in their best interest, but not admit guilt to the charges. Judge Mary Ann Tally accepted the agreement for Marshall to serve no less than 180 months with a maximum of 228 months in custody. The incident began at …..

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Reward now offered for information in disappearance of Cole Thomas

UPDATE: A $10,000 REWARD IS NOW BEING OFFERED BY THE FAMILY FOR THE DIRECT LOCATION OF COLE THOMAS. UPDATE: On Friday, November 25, 2016 at approximately 3:00 AM, a Missing Person was reported to the Benson Police Department. Two acquaintances of the subject, whom they identified as Christopher Cole Thomas, stated to officers that they had been traveling on Interstate 40, heading to Durham, and had exited off the interstate and had come into Benson. As they were traveling through a residential area, North Elm Street and East Morgan Street, the driver, Thomas, suddenly stopped the vehicle and jumped out, and ran away. The passengers attempted to find him, but …..

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Homeowner Interrupts Break In At Her Home

Sheriff James A. McVicker announced the arrest today of Johnny Lee Smith Jr, 43, of 66 Waddell Smith Road, Clarkton, after he was caught breaking into a home of Ronald Britt Road near Bladenboro on Wednesday. McVicker said deputies stopped Smith on NC 211 as he fled the scene of the crime. The homeowner, Bridgett Renee Montgomery, 29, returned to her home on Ronald Britt Road after going to the store. When she arrived home she found her back door open and a car in the yard she did not recognize. On entry, she confronted Smith as he came out of her bedroom with jewelry in his hand. Montgomery drew …..

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One arrested in Bladen on drug charges

One person was arrested by Bladen County officers on Christmas Eve and is facing several drug-related charges in Cumberland County. Earl Everitte was arrested in Bladen County and is currently being held in the Cumberland County Jail on charges of felony possession with intent to manufacture, sell, deliver a controlled substance; felony trafficking opium, felony trafficking opium or heroin, two counts of misdemeanor possession/sell nontax PD alcohol beverages, one count of misdemeanor possession/sell of nontax PF alcohol.   Share:

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Bladenboro Chief Hunt gives 10 safety tips when using your ATM card

By: Charlotte Smith Earlier this year, ATM Skimmers were found on a few ATM machines in Bladen County. Recently, more ATM Skimmers have been found in New Hanover County according to Chief Chris Hunt with the Bladenboro Police Department. Chief Hunt said he wants to remind folks to be aware of their surroundings during this holiday season and remember these 10 important tips when using an ATM card. Look! When you use an ATM machine look around the machine. Scammers who glue skimmers onto an ATM will also place a hidden camera pointed at the ATM’s keyboard, or PIN pad, to record bank customers entering their PINs. Cover! When typing …..

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Wreck disrupts morning commute in Elizabethtown

A crash at the intersection of Mercer Mill Brown Marsh Road and S. Poplar Street in Elizabethtown snarled traffic during the morning commute on Tuesday.  A transfer truck struck a car in the intersection and injuries were reported to be minor. The Elizabethtown Fire Department, Bladen County EMS and the Elizabethtown Police Department responded to the scene.     Share:

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SHERIFF OFFERS TIPS FOR SAFE SHOPPING DURING THE HOLIDAY SEASON

“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 Bladen County Sheriff James A. McVicker.   But what shoppers are neglecting is 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 Bladen County residents to follow these safety tips:   Shopping Safety:   A single shopper is the best target for theft. Always shop …..

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Columbus County woman sentenced for high speed chase that ended in Bladen

A Columbus County woman will spend up to 32 months in prison after pleading guilty Wednesday to charges stemming from a two-county high-speed car chase in August that ended along N.C. 87 in Bladen County. Speeds reached more than 100 mph during the chase. Ivey Dew, 27, of Evergreen, plead guilty to assault with a deadly weapon on a government official, fleeing to elude arrest and driving while impaired in Bladen County Superior Court under an agreement with the state. She was sentenced to between 19 and 32 months in custody. “I think it is critically important for the public to understand that this type of outrageous conduct simply will …..

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Governor McCrory Requests SBI to Examine Potential Voter Fraud

Raleigh, N.C. – Governor Pat McCrory has requested that the State Bureau of Investigation look into voting irregularities in Bladen County. This request follows the unanimous vote by the State Board of Elections to refer the matter to the U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District. “We have an obligation to ensure that every vote is counted accurately and that our elections process is conducted legally,” said Governor McCrory. “Any verified instance of voter fraud or other illegal activity should be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.” Share:

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Single-car crash in Bladenboro claims second life

A tragic single-car crash that ocurred on Saturday afternoon near Bladenboro  has turned into a double fatality, according to the North Carolina Highway Patrol. The crash ocurred at 3:30 p.m. on NC 131 near the intersection of Old Abbottsburg Road. NC Highway Patrol Trooper K. McVicker said Richard Taylor of Bladenboro was traveling northbound on NC 131 towards Bladenboro when when he drifted left of the centerline and ran off the roadway to the left and struck a drainage culvert.  Taylor was airlifted to New Hanover Regional Medical Center on Saturday. Trooper McVicker said he died of his injuries early Monday.  His wife, Margaret Taylor, was pronounced dead on the scene …..

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Arrest of Breaking and Entering Suspect Clears Several Cases in Bladen County

Sheriff James A. McVicker said today that the arrest of Nathaniel Gray Shirley, 24, of 6279 NC Hwy 210 West, Garland, resulted in the closure of several breaking and entering cases in the county. McVicker said Shirley broke into two houses and a vehicle in the area of US 701 South near Clarkton and on Highway 41 west of Dublin during the month of October. In all, Shirley was charged with three counts of Larceny of a Firearm, one count of Breaking and Entering a Motor Vehicle, three counts of Larceny after Breaking and Entering, one count of First Degree Burglary, two counts of Possession of Stolen Goods, three counts …..

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Reward Offered For Fugitive From Justice

Sheriff James A. McVicker said today his deputies along with the United States Marshall’s Office are actively searching for Michaaveeis Donnvick Brown, age 25, five foot seven inches tall and weighing approximately 210 pounds. Brown is wanted for a serious assault that happened in August. Brown was involved in a verbal argument with the victim and then pulled a handgun and shot the victim inflicting serious injury requiring hospitalization. Brown was charged with Assault With A Deadly Weapon With Intent To Kill Inflicting Serious Injury and Possession of a Firearm By A Convicted Felon. Brown is described as heavy set, with medium complexion and dread locks. He has tattoos on …..

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State Highway Patrol Graduates 47 New Troopers

RALEIGH – The State Highway Patrol proudly welcomed 47 new troopers at a graduation ceremony for the 140th basic highway patrol school.  The celebration ended 15 weeks of extensive academic and physical training.  The ceremony was held at the Colonial Baptist Church in Cary at 10 a.m.  The oath of office was administered by Judge Harold T. Jarrell Jr., North Carolina District Courts.  Frank L. Perry, Secretary of the North Carolina Department of Public Safety and Colonel Bill Grey, commander of the State Highway Patrol provided remarks. The cadets will report to their respective duty stations on Wednesday, December 7th to begin a rigorous field training program. Share:

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Ballots Cast By Dead, Double and Felon Voters Challenged In 50 NC Counties

Additional Ballot Protests Expected As Voter Fraud Concerns Grow Raleigh, N.C. – Protests are being filed in 50 counties to challenge known instances of votes being cast by dead people, felons or individuals who voted more than once. Additional ballot protests are expected as additional cases are discovered. “Now we know why Roy Cooper fought so hard against voter ID and other efforts to combat voter fraud as attorney general,” said Russell Peck, Pat McCrory’s campaign manager. “With each passing day, we discover more and more cases of voting fraud and irregularities. We intend to make sure that every vote is properly counted and serious voter fraud concerns are addressed before the results …..

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Governor McCrory Announces Reward Concerning Western NC Wildfires

Bat Cave, N.C. – Governor Pat McCrory announced today that the state is offering a reward of up to $10,000 to be issued to anyone who provides information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons who are responsible for setting wildfires in western North Carolina. More than 46,000 acres have been burned by wildfires throughout the region, many of which are believed to have been man-made. “We are committed to doing all we can to support our firefighters, protect people and property, and find those who may be responsible for any wildfires in North Carolina,” said Governor McCrory. “Firefighters are making progress but the job is …..

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Bladen County has worst year for lawsuits

The city officials of Hickory, North Carolina approved paying out $3.25 million back in August, 2016, in a lawsuit settlement for a wrongful conviction. Bladen County is facing a similar lawsuit along with 12 other lawsuits, two appeals and one Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) case, according to county attorney Leslie Johnson. For the past 38 years, Johnson and his law firm, Johnson Law Firm, has represented Bladen County, but reportedly never facing so many lawsuits and cases before. This year the 16 cases the Mother County is facing, makes 2016 the worst year the county has seen, according to Johnson. Johnson said he has never lost an EEOC case …..

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Additional charges filed against South Carolina man as a result of fatal accident

A South Carolina man charged in an accident in August that killed two people in Bladen County was indicted Monday in Bladen County Superior Court on four additional charges. Kenneth Gary Haselden, 64, of Huger, South Carolina, was charged with two counts each of serious injury by vehicle and death by vehicle, all felonies. He was released after posting a $250,000 unsecured bond ordered by Judge D. Jack Hooks. Haselden had been charged with driving while impaired and failure to reduce speed following the accident that occurred Aug. 27 on U.S. 701 near Cape Fear ATV and MX Park. Killed in the accident was Liz Esbeidy Manujano, 30, of Bladenboro. …..

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Assault charges dismissed against N.C. House candidates Benton, Jones

A political battle for a seat in the North Carolina House that turned into a legal battle with each candidate filing assault charges against the other ended Monday in a matter of seconds. Simple assault charges against Tim Benton of Bladenboro and Brenden Jones of Tabor City were dismissed in Bladen County District Court. Neither man was present. Lawyers told Judge Fred Gore that the men agreed to have the charges dismissed. Each had taken out papers charging the other with simple assault following an altercation Oct. 29 at Beast Fest in Bladenboro. No charges were filed by law enforcement since the altercation was not seen by any officers, Bladenboro …..

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Two charged with larceny by employee

On Monday, Nov. 7, Elizabethtown Police Lieutenant Lonnie Cheshire received a report of an employee theft which had occurred at Food Lion on Tuesday, October 25. Upon investigation Lieutenant Cheshire discovered that Food Lion loss prevention records indicated that money was missing from employee India Reaves’ register. Further investigation also revealed that a former employee, Tricia Patterson, was involved in the theft as well. It was determined that money and merchandise were stolen from the business. Lieutenant Cheshire was able to establish probable cause to charge India Reaves with Larceny by Employee and Conspiracy to Commit Felony Larceny. Tricia Patterson was charged with Conspiracy to Commit Felony Larceny. Both suspects …..

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Bladen Sheriff’s Deputies take part in NCSHP Driving School

Bladen County Sheriff’s deputies took part in the North Carolina State Highway Patrol Driving School on Saturday. The driving school was held at the Highway Patrol’s Academy in Raleigh.   According to Gary Turlington of the Bladen County Sheriff’s Office, Sheriff Jim McVicker replaced the majority of the Sherrif’s Office’s aged fleet of Ford Crown Victorias with the Dodge Charger.   Turlington said prior to issuance of these new cars, Sheriff McVicker mandated driver training for the effected uniformed members. It began at the Elizabethtown Airport in July this year and concludes this weekend in Raleigh.   According to Turlington, the topics covered included law and policies governing police vehicle …..

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Highway Car Chase Leaves Four Injured in Bladen County

Four people were arrested after a high speed car chase starting on Highway 87 in Elizabethtown ends in a wreck according to Highway Patrol Sgt. Matt Hardee. Sunday afternoon around 3:30 pm a driver from Florida with three other passengers jumped the washout on Cromartie Road in Elizabethtown trying to flee from law enforcement according to Highway Patrol Sgt. Matt Hardee. A rental vehicle with a male driver, around the age of 34 years old, was clocked going 85-90 miles per hour on Highway 87 by Trooper White according to Hardee. The driver turned on Cromartie Road during the chase not knowing the road was washed out during Hurricane Matthew. The …..

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NCGOP to Announce Doubling of Reward for Arrest in Firebombing of GOP Office Orange County Office at Grand Re-Opening Tomorrow

NCGOP to Announce Doubling of Reward for Arrest in Firebombing of GOP Office  Announcement to be Made Tomorrow Morning at Orange County Office Grand Re-Opening    The North Carolina Republican Party will match the reward offered by Governor Pat McCrory, doubling the total reward, for information leading to arrest on the firebombing of the Orange County GOP office. Previously, Governor McCrory announced a $5,000 reward “for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible for the firebombing.” “The firebombing of a local political headquarters was clearly an act of intimidation and I’m going to do everything I can to find the individual or individuals who committed this assault …..

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Governor McCrory Offers Reward in Fayetteville Murder

Raleigh, N.C. – Governor Pat McCrory announced today that the state is offering a reward of up to $5,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible for the murder of Jahir Alexander Barrios.   On May 8, 2015, the Fayetteville Police Department responded to a report of shots fired at a residence on Torbay Drive in Fayetteville. Officers found 28-year old Barrios in the living room of the residence with multiple gunshot wounds. The investigation revealed an unknown subject knocked on the door of the residence and shot Barrios while he was standing in the doorway. The unknown shooter fled the scene on foot …..

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Homicide Suspect Arrested In Las Vegas

Sheriff James A. McVicker announced the arrest today of the final suspect  involved in a home invasion robbery that happened on Saturday, October 15, in the Buckhead community of Bladen County. “Africa Shipman, 35, of 1482 Jenkins Road, Clarkton, was taken into custody this afternoon by members of the United States Marshalls Fugitive Arrest Team. Shipman was located at the home of a relative in Las Vegas early this afternoon,” said McVicker. “We requested the assistance of the Marshall’s Service after we received credible information that Shipman was on the run and had fled to other states. It is good to be able to reach out to fellow law enforcement …..

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NCGOP UPDATE: Democrat State House Candidate Charged with Assault

RALEIGH, NC – Yesterday Brenden Jones was victim to an assault by his Democratic opponent Tim Benton while they were at a local family festival. Both are State House candidates for District 46 in North Carolina. A mail piece went out recently stating the similarities between Tim Benton and Hillary Clinton, which caused Benton so much strife that he verbally and physically assaulted Jones in public. “There is absolutely no place for physical violence in our electoral system today,” stated Chairman Robin Hayes. “Tim Benton’s actions are completely unacceptable, and we call on the North Carolina Democratic Party to join us in denouncing this barbaric behavior. Mr. Benton should withdraw …..

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Brenden Jones and NC Republican Party Executive Director speak out about altercation

NC Republican Party Executive Director Dallas Woodhouse said on Saturday night he is requesting the Democrat Party remove candidate Tim Benton from the ballot following an altercation that took place between Republican candidate Brenden Jones and Benton. The altercation occurred on Saturday evening in front of Diamond Dave’s Restaurant during the Bladenboro Beast Fest. A criminal summons has been issued for Benton. “There is no place for that (type of behavior) in our parties,” said Woodhouse. In a written statement from the NC GOP it reads, “The Democrat was apparently angry about recent NCGOP mailers comparing him to Hillary Clinton. ” “We are just thankful that Brenden Jones, his wife, and nine year old …..

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Candidates get in an altercation at the Beast Fest in Bladenboro

Fun and festivities isn’t the only thing that took place on Saturday, October 29th in Bladenboro during the Beast Fest. Two candidates opposing each other for North Carolina House of Representative District 46 had an altercation according to the Bladenboro Police Department. Candidate Brenden Jones and Candidate Tim Benton both running for the North Carolina seat were spotted in the downtown area in front of Diamond Dave’s restaurant in an altercation, both calling out for the police to take charge of the situation according to law enforcement on the scene. A report about the incident was made at the local police station. BladenOnline.com has reached out to both candidates for …..

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Governor McCrory Offers Reward in Murder in Northampton County

Governor Pat McCrory announced today that the state is offering a reward of up to $5,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible for the murder of Harvey Jolson Davis.   On December 24, 2015, the Northampton County Sheriff’s Office conducted a welfare check at Harvey Jolson Davis’ residence at 422 Main Street in Severn. Davis, age 85, was discovered deceased inside the residence. An autopsy determined Davis died due to blunt force trauma.   Anyone with information concerning this case should contact the Northampton County Sheriff’s Office at (252) 534-2611 or the State Bureau of Investigation at (919) 662-4500. Share:

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Halloween “BOO-ze It & Lose It” Campaign Kicks Off Friday

RALEIGH – Halloween is traditionally a time for ghosts, goblins and all things scary, but drinking and driving can cause true horror. The N.C. Governor’s Highway Safety Program is launching its annual Halloween “BOO-ze It & Lose It” campaign to remind drivers that if you drink and drive, you could pay serious consequences. “Halloween is a time for fun, but safety is our top priority,” said N.C. Governor’s Highway Safety Program Director Don Nail. “Everyone needs to know that drunk driving will not be tolerated by law enforcement, especially with the significant increase of pedestrians and drivers on our roads.” In conjunction with the enforcement campaign, state officials will utilize …..

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Sheriff Jim McVicker warns of telephone bill scam

Bladen County Sheriff Jim McVicker is warning Bladen County residents of a scam telephone call involving a company called Unified Processing Service. Sheriff McVicker said someone claiming to work for Unified Processing Service has been in contact with a pastor from the Tar Heel community and claimed the pastor owed money on a telephone bill from 20 years ago.  He said the caller advised the pastor he had to pay the debt. “I told him not to listen to them,” said Sheriff McVicker. McVicker advises anyone to not give out any personal information over the telephone. The North Carolina Attorney General’s Office offers some tips on how to protect yourself …..

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TWENTY-FIVE INDICTED FEDERALLY IN AND AROUND SAMPSON COUNTY FOR DRUG AND FIREARM CHARGES

RALEIGH – The United States Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of North Carolina announces a 49-count criminal indictment for Conspiracy to Distribute Controlled Substances, Continuing Criminal Enterprise, Money Laundering, and Firearm offenses arising out of a Title III wiretap investigation in Sampson County. The following defendants were indicted: • Antonio Kevin McKoy, 30, of Garland, NC • James Daniel McKoy, 51, of Garland, NC • Bryant Douglas Carr, 37, of Roseboro, NC • Andrekia Jolanda Parker, 23, of Garland, NC • Anthony Lee Barnes, Jr., 30, of Turkey, NC • Tony Chevallier, 30, of Turkey, NC • Jafa McKoy, 37, of Roseboro, NC • Deames Frederick Henry, 36, of …..

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Reward offered: Help find stolen golf cart

A reward is being offered after a golf car was stolen in Bladenboro this week according to Bladenboro Police Chief. A blue EZ Go golf cart was taken from a storage building at a home located on Village Street in the early morning hours of Tuesday, October 25th according to Chief Hunt. A reward of $500 is now being offered for information leading to the recovery of the stolen cart and information leading to the arrest of the person or persons responsible for the theft. Hunt said anyone having information pertaining to the case may contact the Bladenboro Police Department at 910-863-3333 or contact the Bladen County Communications office at …..

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Twenty-Five Indicted Federally In And Around Sampson County For Drug And Firearm Charges

RALEIGH – The United States Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of North Carolina announces a 49-count criminal indictment for Conspiracy to Distribute Controlled Substances, Continuing Criminal Enterprise, Money Laundering, and Firearm offenses arising out of a Title III wiretap investigation in Sampson County.  The following defendants were indicted: Antonio Kevin McKoy, 30, of Garland, NC James Daniel McKoy, 51, of Garland, NC Bryant Douglas Carr, 37, of Roseboro, NC Andrekia Jolanda Parker, 23, of Garland, NC Anthony Lee Barnes, Jr., 30, of Turkey, NC Tony Chevallier, 30, of Turkey, NC Jafa McKoy, 37, of Roseboro, NC Deames Frederick Henry, 36, of Garland, NC Earl Jeffrey Melvin, 38, of Roseboro, …..

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Sheriff’s Office, Probation and Parole arrest 21 on drug related charges

The Bladen County Sheriff’s Office along with members of the North Carolina Probation and Parole began arresting suspects at 5 a.m. on Thursday morning. As of Thursday afternoon 21 individuals had been arrested and officials were still searching for five more suspects. In all 26 individuals were targeted in the operation.  The arrests came as a result of an months long undercover operation, according to Bladen County Sheriff Jim McVicker. “Operation Fall Harvest is the culmination of many months of hard work by my Narcotics Unit,” said McVicker. “My deputies, with the assistance of members of North Carolina Probation and Parole began an early morning sweep to arrest these individuals. …..

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Arrest made in breaking and entering of counseling office in Elizabethtown

On Monday, Oct. 24, at 9 a.m. a break in was reported at Southern Professional Counseling located at 306 West Broad Street in Elizabethtown. Patrolman Joseph Butler, of the Elizabethtown Police Department, responded to the scene and made contact with the reporting parties who advised that someone had made entry into the business over the weekend by damaging and forcing open the back door. Patrolman Joshua Pittman of the Elizabethtown Police Department was able to develop Jason Neal Richardson, 43 years of age, of Aberdeen, as a person of interest in this case and relayed this information to investigating officer Butler. On Tuesday, Oct. 25, Patrolman Butler was able to …..

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Justice Department Releases Information on Election Day Efforts to Protect the Right to Vote and Prosecute Ballot Fraud

In anticipation of the upcoming general elections, the Justice Department today provided information about its efforts, through the Civil Rights Division and Criminal Division, to ensure that all qualified voters have the opportunity to cast their ballots and have their votes counted free of discrimination, intimidation or fraud in the election process. Civil Rights Division: The Civil Rights Division is responsible for ensuring compliance with the civil provisions of federal statutes that protect the right to vote and the criminal provisions of federal statutes that prohibit discriminatory interference with that right. The Civil Rights Division’s Voting Section enforces the civil provisions of a wide range of federal statutes that protect …..

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Clarkton nightclub raided, Whiteville operator arrested on alcohol, drug charges

A Whiteville man has been arrested on alcohol and drug charges following a raid Friday of a nightclub with a Clarkton address. Ramon Jarver Currie, 26, has been charged with possessing alcohol for the purpose of selling, trafficking Schedule II narcotics, possession with intent to manufacture, sell, deliver marijuana, maintaining a vehicle for the purpose of selling controlled substances and possession of marijuana paraphernalia, according to a news release from N.C. Alcohol Law Enforcement. Currie was being held in Columbus County Jail under a $104,000 secured bond. Investigators were looking for a homicide suspect at 735 Mitchell Field Road, Clarkton, on Friday when they found the club, drugs and weapons, …..

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Weapon and Drugs Seized at Checking Station in Bladen County

Sheriff James A. McVicker said deputies with his office set up a license checking station on Chicken Foot Road in the Tobymory community of Bladen County Wednesday afternoon and in just a few short minutes made an arrest of an individual with a pound of marijuana and a concealed weapon. “My deputies set up a license checking station Wednesday afternoon and one of the first cars to pass through had a strong odor of marijuana coming from it,” McVicker said. “Deputies then had the driver pull to the shoulder of the road and did a search of the vehicle. This is when they found a pound of marijuana packaged for resale, $394.00 in US currency and …..

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