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One charged in five Bladen County break-ins

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

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Suspect in multiple break-ins arrested

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

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Scam Alert: Debit card scam making the rounds

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

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One Arrested For Selling Stolen Property

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

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Bladen County Breaking and Entering Solved

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

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Break-ins on NC 210 West solved

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

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One Arrested, One Sought on Breaking and Entering Charges

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

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Methamphetamine Lab Uncovered Near Dublin

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

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Two Pasquotank correctional employees killed during escape attempt

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

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

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

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Stolen vehicle recovered in Bladenboro

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

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Chase ends in arrest in Elizabethtown

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

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Elizabethtown store victim of break-in

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

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Bladenboro store robbed

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

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Sheriff’s Office to conduct Glamour in the Slammer

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

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One arrested after search warrant executed at Elizabethtown business

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

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5 individuals arrested after break in

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

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Bladen County Commissioner Trivette arrested

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

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

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

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Flags lowered in honor, memory of Las Vegas victims

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

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Scam Alert Involving East Bladen High Donations

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

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Grave disturbed at Mt. Horeb Church

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

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Woman sentenced to probation in child drowning

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

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

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

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

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

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Crime Victims Compensation Commission Honors Longtime Chair Dick Adams

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

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Bladen County to benefit from Crime Commission grants

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

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Reward offered for missing Robeson County woman

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

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Bladen County conducts opioid forum

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

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Bladen County: 4 million dollar settlement questioned

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

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Bladen County Commissioners voted: Sledge to receive 4 million dollars

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

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Crime Report

Lisbon: threatening letters under investigation

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

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

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

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Guilty on all counts: Montise Mitchell guilty of murder

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

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

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

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Pretrial motions heard

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

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

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

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Wilson City Drug Trafficker Federally Charged

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

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Inmate Dies in Apparent Suicide

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

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

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

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

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

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Former Eastpointe CFO ordered to repay $731,180

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

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Two sought in firearm larceny; second arrest made

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

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One pleads in Dublin shooting case

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

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Tip Leads to Discovery of Meth Lab

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

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Man Sentenced For Armed Robbery of Riegelwood Federal Credit Union

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

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Two arrested for selling moonshine

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

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Elizabethtown in Bladen County to enforce golf cart laws

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

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Sheriff’s Office Seeking Help Identifying Suspect

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

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Business owners should be vigilant of email scams

Bladen County business owners are asked to be aware as business email scams are rampant. The Federal Bureau of Investigation has issued a warning regarding an email scam that compromises your business e-mail accounts. The email looks legitimate, and seems to come from a legitimate source, but in reality is a scam designed to fraudulently gain access to your business funds or your company data. BUSINESS E-MAIL COMPROMISE: THE 3.1 BILLION DOLLAR SCAM This FBI Public Service Announcement (PSA) (Alert Number I-061416-PSA) is an update to the Business E-mail Compromise (BEC) information provided in Public Service Announcements (PSA) 1-012215-PSA and 1-082715a-PSA. This PSA includes new Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3) …..

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Briggs convicted of pawning stolen items in 2016

A Bladen County jury found James Aaron Briggs guilty of two counts of obtaining property by false pretense Tuesday in Bladen County Superior Court. Briggs, 33, was sentenced as a habitual felon and received 72 months to 99 months in prison, according to court reports. The case stemmed from a 2016 incident in which property that had been reported as stolen from a building in Bladenboro was located by law enforcement at a pawn shop in Bladen County, according to Assistant District Attorney Quintin McGee. Documents from the pawn shop indicated that the stolen property had been pawned in exchange for money by Briggs soon after the property owner had …..

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One arrested in Bladen Hardware break-in; three suspects still sought

By Erin Smith An Elizabethtown man has been arrested in the break-in and theft of firearms that ocurred last month at the Bladen Hardware store on Tuesday. According to Lt. D. Cheshire, Christopher Lamonta McDowell, 24, of Browns Creek Church Road in Elizabethtown was arrested and charged with one felony count of breaking and entering and 11 felony counts of larceny of a firearm. He is being held in the Bladen County Jail under a $120,000 bond. Lt. Cheshire said investigators are still working to learn the identities of three other suspects involved in the incident.  He said a reward of up to $10,000 is still being offered for information …..

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Lumberton trio charged with two home break-ins

Two men and one woman from Lumberton have been charged with breaking in and taking items from two homes on Luther Brisson Road in Bladenboro, says Bladen County Sheriff James McVicker. The two men — Kameron Drake Thomas and Gary Gene Dowless — have been apprehended while a search is underway for 19-year-old Laiken Alexandria Thomas, McVicker said. The robberies took place Friday, July 27, according to McVicker. At one of the homes, items valued at $2,175 were taken. The items included two televisions, a radio, tools and a truck bed cover. The other home reported the theft of televisions, jewelry, clothing, a Play Station, generator and handgun. The items …..

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Man charged with stealing items from employer, homeowner

A Bladenboro man has been charged in stealing items from his employer and also faces a drug-related charge from an incident that took place July 25. William Brent Shaw, 34, of Dudley Drive, has been charged with larceny by employee, possession of Schedule I controlled substance (heroin), two counts of breaking and entering, two counts of larceny after breaking and entering, and two counts of possession of stolen goods. According to Bladen County Sheriff James McVicker, the owner of a hog farm on the 5000 block of Elkton Road reported the theft of tools and a tractor from his farm on Wednesday, July 25. The owner told deputies that he …..

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Video released in Bladen Hardware break-in

The Elizabethtown Police Department and the ATF need your help in identifying the people in this video. A reward of up to $10,000 is being offered for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the persons involved in the break-in at Bladen Hardware which resulted in the theft of several handguns. You are asked to call the Elizabethtown Police Department at 910-862-3125 or the ATF if you have any information. Posted by Elizabethtown Police Department on Wednesday, July 26, 2017 Share:

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ATF and Firearms Industry Offer Reward in Theft of Firearms from Bladen Hardware Company

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) and the National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF), the trade association for the firearms industry, have announced a reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of those responsible for the burglary of Bladen Hardware Company, a federal firearm licensee (FFL), in Elizabethtown, N.C.  ATF is offering a reward of up to $5,000, which will be matched by the NSSF for a total reward of up to $10,000. Unidentified suspects forcibly entered Bladen Hardware Company, located at 138 South Poplar Street, Elizabethtown, N.C.  The suspects stole multiple firearms during the burglary and fled the scene afterwards.  ATF and …..

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SBI Environmental Investigation Helps Add 200 Acres to Lake Waccamaw State Park

LAKE WACCAMAW – Special agents from the State Bureau of Investigation’s Diversion and Environmental Crimes Unit will be on hand for the dedication of 200 new acres at Lake Waccamaw State Park in Columbus County, Friday, July 21, at 10 a.m. Agents with the SBI worked jointly with the Environmental Protection Agency’s Criminal Investigative Division on a hog waste discharge case that resulted in the conviction of the perpetrator who was fined $1.5 million.  A portion of that fine was given to the N.C. Coastal Land Trust and N.C. State Parks to purchase additional acreage for Lake Waccamaw State Park. “Agents from SBI’s Environmental Crime Unit work complex environmental investigations like this one …..

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Bladen Hardware is victim of break-in

The Bladen Hardware Store located at 138 S. Poplar Street in Elizabethtown was broken into on Sunday night and items were taken, according to the Elizabethtown Police Department. Lt. D. Cheshire said someone gained entry to the store through the rear doors and removed some firearms from the premises. The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms (ATF) is assisting in the investigation. He said law enforcement does have some leads they are following. Anyone with any information is asked to call the Elizabethtown Police Department at 910-862-3152. Share:

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Bladen County Sheriffs Officers search for suspect

Bladen County Sheriffs Officials are searching for a suspect involved in a breaking and entering on Old Boardman Road. The Bladen County Sheriffs Office is using a helicopter to search for the suspect who is alleged to have attempted to break into a home and then fled. NC 242 was closed briefly between NC 410 and Old Boardman Road. The road is now open to traffic. Bladen County Sheriff Jim McVicker said on Monday afternoon a man came home and caught someone coming out of the house. Sheriff McVicker said the suspect hit the victim’s truck with his vehicle and a short time later the suspect drove into a ditch. …..

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National Health Care Fraud Takedown Results in Charges Against Over 412 Individuals Responsible for $1.3 Billion in Fraud Losses

Attorney General Jeff Sessions and Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Tom Price, M.D., announced today the largest ever health care fraud enforcement action by the Medicare Fraud Strike Force, involving 412 charged defendants across 41 federal districts, including 115 doctors, nurses and other licensed medical professionals, for their alleged participation in health care fraud schemes involving approximately $1.3 billion in false billings. Of those charged, over 120 defendants, including doctors, were charged for their roles in prescribing and distributing opioids and other dangerous narcotics. Thirty state Medicaid Fraud Control Units also participated in today’s arrests. In addition, HHS has initiated suspension actions against 295 providers, including doctors, …..

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Bladen County, be aware of scammers

Public Should Be Aware of Scammers Claiming to be with the SBI Local law enforcement in Bladen County has sent out many warnings about scams to look out for in our area. Our readers have been warned about scammers knocking on doors and calling our local area with false claims trying to lure folks out of money. Now the State of North Carolina has a scam warning. The State Bureau of Investigation has learned that the SBI’s main phone number, 919-662-4500, is being used in a scam asking for money. The public should know that the SBI would never solicit money from a private citizen. “Unfortunately there is no way to prevent spoofing …..

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West Bladen High School Graduate Saves Carjacking Victims from Tragedy

Timing is everything. A West Bladen High School graduate happened to be at the right place at the right time. Charles (Charlie) Gooden,17 year old, was in the right place at the right time to save a family from being carjacked in Oak Island, North Carolina on Saturday, July 1, 2017. Charlie was working for Taylor Cubelet Ice and was delivering ice in Oak Island when he heard a scream and turned to see a lady screaming out an open passenger door while the driver was hitting her and pulling her back into the car. Charlie along with another person started running toward the chaos. Charlie told BladenOnline.com, “Instinct kicked in and …..

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White Lake suspects identified in felony larceny case

The suspects have been identified in a larceny of motor vehicle case. The White Lake police department would like to thank the public and the media for the assistance they have provided in the identification of two suspects involved in the Larceny of a Motor Vehicle that occurred at Goldstons Beach White Lake, N.C. on Saturday July 8, 2017. The suspects have been identified as Sherry Ann Hunt 27, of Pembroke, N.C. and Stephanie Leanne Lamm 29, of Lumberton, N.C. Warrants for arrests are being issued for Larceny of a Motor Vehicle.  Motor vehicle larceny suspect sought at White Lake, NC Share:

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Elizabethtown man pleads guilty to drug charges

An Elizabethtown man pled guilty in Bladen County Superior Court to drug-related charges. Terrell Shipman of Elizabethtown appeared before Judge Douglas Sasser and pled guilty to possession with intent to manufacture, sell and deliver schedule II controlled substance, sell schedule II controlled substance and manufacture of schedule II controlled substance.  Judge Sasser sentenced Shipman to 24 months of supervised probation and ordered him to complete a TASC assessment. TASC offers treatment for substance abuse and mental illness, according to their website. To learn more about TASC, go to http://insightnc.org/intervention/tasc/. Bladen County Assistant District Attorney Quinton McGee, in October, a cooperating source purchased from Shipman an OxyCodone pill. The source paid …..

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Swindell case is continued to August 7th

A Clarkton man who is charged with first degree murder, appeared in Bladen County Superior Court on Monday. Harold Eugene Swindell of Clarkton appeared in court and Judge Douglas Sasser set the next court date for August 7th. In June, the court submitted an application to the North Carolina Indigent Defense Office on behalf of Swindell. Brooke Smith, who works as an Assistant Capital Defender in Robeson County, was appointed to represent him. Swindell is charged with first degree murder and felony possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. He is currently being held without bond. If convicted of first degree murder, Swindell could be facing the death penalty. …..

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Man pleads guilty to breaking and entering 

A Duplin County man pled guilty to felony breaking and entering and attempted larceny on Monday in Bladen County Superior Court.  James Calvin King, of Teachey, appeared before Judge Douglas Sasser and pled guilty to felony breaking and entering and attempted larceny. In court, King admitted these charges were in violation of his probation. Judge Sasser sentenced King to 15 to 27 months for the felony larceny charge which will begin at the expiration of any sentence currently being served. King was sentenced to 9 to 20 months on the attempted larceny charge which will be served at the expiration of the prior sentence. King’s attorney, James Caviness of Chadbourn, …..

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Bladen and Sampson law enforcement work together on larceny case

Bladen and Sampson County law enforcement worked together on a felony larceny case. Sheriff Thornton from Sampson County stressed the importance of good relationships between different law enforcement agencies after an arrest was made last week. On July 6, 2017, Investigators with the Sampson County Sheriff’s Office charged Donald Hardman, 63, W/M of 1804 Bull St. Garland, NC with 2 counts of Felony Larceny and 1 count of Misdemeanor Larceny. The charges were related to three larcenies that were reported to the Sampson County Sheriff Office between June 30 and July 1. On June 30, a lawn mower and trailer were reported stolen from Broad St. in Roseboro and on …..

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Motor vehicle larceny suspect sought at White Lake, NC

UPDATE: White Lake suspects identified in felony larceny case https://bladenonline.com/white-lake-suspects-identified-in-felony-larceny-case/ Original Post: White Lake police are investigating a larceny of motor vehicle that happened at Goldstons Beach in the 1600 block of White Lake Drive on Saturday July 8, 2017. This occurred between 6:45 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. The victim laid an article of clothing down next to them that contained the keys to their vehicle as they played arcade games with their family. A woman is seen on video removing the keys from the pocket of the clothing, walking to the parking area and sounding the alarm with the key fob. The woman is then seen entering the vehicle …..

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Man pleads guilty to misuse of 911 system

A Bladen County man pled guilty to one count of misuse of the 911 system on Wednesday in Bladen County District Court. He appeared before Judge William Fairley. According to Bladen County Assistant District Attorney Quentin McGee, David Fredendall was calling 911 with the belief he had an emergency. He said Fredendall alleged he had no minutes left on his cell phone so he mistakenly believed if he hung up, the dispatcher would send someone to his aid. McGee said Fredendall made multiple calls which led to the charges. Fredendall was given credit for time served and ordered to pay a fine. Share:

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Two plead guilty to misdemeanor larceny

Two men pled guilty to misdemeanor larceny charges in Bladen County District Court on Wednesday in a break-in that ocurred in Bladenboro. They appeared before Judge William Fairley. Nashawn Patrick pled guilty to one count of misdemeanor larceny and received 12 months of probation and was ordered to pay restitution. He was represented by Attorney Cynthia Singletary. J-Abril Baker also pled guilty to one count of misdemeanor larceny in the matter and received 12 months of probation and was ordered to pay restitution. He was represented by Attorney Kyle Melvin. According to Assistant Bladen County District Attorney Quentin McGee told the court that all of the items that were taken …..

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Inmates tested for Hepatitis C

Inmates in the Bladen County Jail are undergoing tests for Hepatitis C after a make-shift tattoo gun was found. Jailers learned last week three inmates had received tattoos using the device and one of those inmates has contracted Hepatitis C. According to WECT, jailers learned two other inmates also received tattoos and they are now being tested. It is not currently known how the inmate who tested positive for Hepatitis C contracted the illness, according to reports. The tattoo gun was found after a search was performed earlier this week. According to the Center’s for Disease Control in Atlanta, Ga., Hepatitis C affects the liver and is spread thorough contact …..

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Man held under $1 million bond on sex offense charges

An Elizabethtown man remains under a $1 million secured bond and he is to have no contact with individual’s under the age of 18. This is following his first appearance in court on Wednesday morning. William Bryan Clark, 35, of 305 Glenwood Drive, Elizabethtown, was arrested on Tuesday and charged with Disseminating Obscenity to a Minor, Soliciting a Child By Computer and Indecent Liberties with a Child. He appeared before Judge William Fairley who appointed Attorney Cynthia Singletary to represent him on the matter. His next court appearance is scheduled for July 17. Bladen County Assistant District Attorney Quentin McGee told the court Clark has two other sets of similar …..

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Sex Offender Arrested on New Charges

Sheriff James A. McVicker announced the arrest today of William Bryan Clark, 35, of 305 Glenwood Drive, Elizabethtown, on charges of Disseminating Obscenity to a Minor, Soliciting a Child By Computer and Indecent Liberties with a Child. Clark was placed under a $1 million secured bond pending a first appearance hearing Wednesday. “My deputies began investigating this case in early June and were able to obtain enough evidence to satisfy the elements of these crimes and make an arrest today,” said McVicker. “This individual was previously arrested in April of this year by the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation on a charge of Indecent Liberties With a Minor. The …..

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Bladen County Sheriff’s Office implements new technology

The Bladen County Sheriff’s Office has implemented an advanced tool for  the benefit and enhanced safety of our citizens and deputies this week.  Sgt. Gary Turlington said training and qualifications have begun for the deployment of less lethal munitions for encounters with dangerous, violent, and resistive individuals. “This does not supplant the applications for Taser, pepper  spray, or other techniques. This adds another valuable tool in the  deputy’s toolbox to more effectively protect ourselves and the citizens of our county,” said Sgt. Turlington. Sgt. Turlington said this application, called a “beanbag munition,” affords Deputies the capability to apply less-lethal force to distract and/or overcome situations that would have previously been …..

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Copper Thief Caught In The Act

Sheriff James A. McVicker said deputies were able to locate and arrest a man who was in the process of stealing copper from a Four County Electric Membership sub-station on Natmore Road in Kelly Monday night. “Our 911 center received a call of an intruder at the substation Monday  night,” said McVicker. “Their live video feed showed a man attempting to cut through the fence. Deputies arrived and located a 2005 Toyota Tundra pickup parked down the road from the sub-station.  They placed the truck under surveillance and also checked the sub-station where they found discarded bolt cutters. They located a man in the woods lying down trying to evade …..

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Suspect sought in Elizabethtown armed robbery

The Elizabethtown Police Department is seeking a suspect in connection with an armed robbery that ocurred at the Melton’s Restaurant. Lt. D. Cheshire said the robbery ocurred as the restaurant was closing on Saturday. Lt. Cheshire said, “We do know one subject entered through the back door.” The suspect is described as wearing a camouflage coat with a hoodie and mask. He was also carrying a silver handgun. Lt. Cheshire said once the man entered the building, he approached the three employees who were inside and demanded money at gun point. The suspect left through the back door and was last seen on foot heading toward the O’Reilly’s Auto Parts …..

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Elizabethtown restaurant robbed

The Elizabethtown Police Department is investigating an armed robbery that occurred at Melton’s Restaurant on Saturday evening. The restaurant was open for business on Sunday morning. According to Sgt. Davis with the Elizabethtown Police Department, the Melton’s Restaurant was the victim of an armed robbery which occurred as the restaurant was closing on Saturday. Sgt. Davis said the incident is still under investigation and no arrests have been made. No further details were released. BladenOnline.com will have more information as it becomes available. Share:

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Suspect In Domestic Violence Shooting Arrested

Sheriff James A. McVicker said today that an incident which began at approximately 4:30 a.m. ended without incident when the suspect was taken into custody at his residence. “Our 911 Center received a call at approximately 4  a.m. this morning from a woman reporting she had shot herself,” said McVicker. “When EMS and Law Enforcement arrived they found she had been shot multiple times in the chest and arm with a .22 caliber rifle. She then told my deputies that her boyfriend, Johnny Mack Cook, 48, of 125 Bohica Drive had shot her.” The victim, Sylvia Ann Jacobs, 46 of 357 Bohica Drive, Elizabethtown, was transported to Bladen County Hospital …..

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Tabor Correctional Inmate Captured in Whiteville

RALEIGH — A Tabor Correctional Institution inmate who left his work assignment on Tuesday is back in custody after being captured today at 1 a.m. Members of the prison staff, along with the Columbus County Sheriff’s Department, captured Ricky Robinson in Whiteville early this morning. Robinson, a minimum custody inmate, was discovered missing from his work assignment Tuesday. He was working as a janitor at Columbus Correctional Institution in Whiteville when he walked away from his assignment. Robinson, 59, will face charges for his escape. He is currently serving a sentence as a habitual felon. He was scheduled for release in June 2021. Share:

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Barricaded man peacefully surrenders

A man who barricaded himself in his home earlier Thursday on Bohica Drive has surrendered peacefully. No one was injured in the incident. The Bladen County Sheriff’s Office requested assistance from the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office Hostage Negotiation and SRT team. The incident occurred when a call came into the 911 Call Center at about 4 a.m. with a report of a self-inflicted gunshot wound. When the ambulance arrived and transported the shooting victim to Cape Fear Valley-Bladen Healthcare for treatment, she then alleged her boyfriend, Johnny Mack Cook, had shot her, said Bladen County Sheriff’s Major Larry Guyton. The victim was shot multiple times in the chest and torso, according …..

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Man barricades self in home

A man has barricaded himself in his home on Bohica Drive following a shooting incident on Thursday morning. According to Major Larry Guyton, the Bladen County Sheriff’s Office has requested assistance from the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office Hostage Negotiation and SRT team. Major Guyton said a call came into the 911 Call Center at about 4 a.m. from a woman saying she had a self-inflicted gunshot wound. He said when the ambulance transported the victim to Cape Fear Valley-Bladen Healthcare, she alleged her boyfriend had shot her. “She was shot multiple times in the chest area and arm,” said Major Guyton. He said officers used a K-9 and tracked the …..

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Scam Alert: Company soliciting basketball sponsorships not legit

A company operating in Texas has been contacting Bladen County residents claiming to solicit sponsorships on behalf of the East Bladen High School basketball program. “This is a scam!” said Athletic Director Patty Evers. “Please, do not give any money to this company.” If you suspect you have been a victim of this or any other scam, contact the Bladen County Sheriff’s Office or your local law enforcement agency. The North Carolina Attorney General’s Office Consumer Protection Division offers tips to staying safe from scams. Those tips include: *Never give out your social security number, bank account or credit card information to strangers over the telephone or by email. *Don’t …..

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Tabor Correctional Inmate Escapes from Work Detail

RALEIGH – Corrections and law enforcement officers are seeking Ricky Robinson, a minimum custody inmate from Tabor Correctional Institution in Columbus County, who was discovered missing from his work assignment today. Robinson was working as a janitor at Columbus Correctional Institution in Whiteville when he walked away from his assignment. Robinson, 59, is serving a sentence as a habitual felon. He is scheduled for release in June 2021. Anyone who has seen Robinson or has information on his whereabouts is asked to call local law enforcement or Tabor Correctional Institution at (910) 653-6413. Share:

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Bladen County Sheriff's Department

Convicted Felon Caught With Weapon

Sheriff James A. McVicker said a stop by one of his K-9 officers lead to a narcotics violation and the recovery of a stolen weapon Saturday night. “Sergeant Daniel Clark and his K-9 partner Jaxx made a vehicle stop for suspected impaired driving, Saturday night around 11:00 p.m in the Butters Community,” said McVicker. “During the stop Clark determined the driver, Kendrick Lee Jackson, 36 of 421 Marigold Lane, Lumberton was operating a vehicle with no license. Deputy Clark requested the assistance of Bladenboro Officer Timothy Hester and Bladen Corporal Travis Deaver. Clark deployed his K-9 Jaxx who alerted on the vehicle.” McVicker said a subsequent search disclosed a stolen …..

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Trip To Beach Ends Early For Three Virginia Youths

Sheriff James A. McVicker released details of a traffic stop on Saturday that lead to arrests for drug and alcohol possession. “The traffic stop began Saturday at 11:30 when Trooper Ronnie Walker with the North Carolina State Highway Patrol stopped a 2006 Trailblazer for speeding 76 in a 55 mph speed zone on NC 87 near Tar Heel,” said McVicker. “Trooper Walker noticed the smell of marijuana on his approach to the vehicle. He asked for assistance and Sergeant Donnie Williamson with my office responded. A search of the vehicle disclosed drugs and alcohol and Agent Ron Hebert with North Carolina Alcohol Law Enforcement was also notified.” McVicker said the …..

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Suspect arrested in armed robbery

Sheriff James A. McVicker announced on Friday afternoon the arrest of Lonnie Junior Willis, 30, of 139 Pine Oak Road, Ivanhoe, NC, for Robbery With a Dangerous Weapon. “On Wednesday afternoon, June 14, the victim, Donnie Levane Stringfield, 59, of 605 Lightwood Knot Road, Kelly was robbed by three men at his home,” said McVicker. “The robbery happened about 7:30 p.m. The victim told my deputies he was at his residence when someone knocked on the door. Stringfield said when he opened the door that Lonnie Junior Willis, a man he knew, was there and asked if he had change for a $100 bill. When he told Willis no, Willis got …..

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Alleged murder weapon lost; murder trial still on

A motion to dismiss first degree murder charges filed against Haywood Lee Lewis was denied in Bladen County Superior Court Criminal Division recently. Judge Douglas Sasser heard the motion. Defense Attorney Michael Wilson presented a motion to dismiss the charges against his client, Haywood Lee Lewis, based on the fact that the Bladen County Sheriff’s Office “lost” the murder weapon. The motion was denied, by Judge Douglas Sasser. When asked about the case, Bladen County Assistant District Attorney Quentin McGee said, “There are plenty of murder cases that are tried without a murder weapon.” The Bladen County Sheriff’s Office referred all questions regarding the matter to the District Attorneys office. …..

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Crime: One charged in incident involving Elizabethtown Public Works pump

The Elizabethtown Police Department has identified the driver of a vehicle which struck a water pump at the Public Works facility during the Memorial Day weekend. According to Lt. D. Cheshire, Natalie Whitney Jackson of Elizabethtown was charged with injury to personal property.  He said On Sunday, May 28, Jackson’s vehicle struck the water pump located beside Public Works and then left the scene. The police department obtained video of the incident from a security camera in the area. He said information given to police led to a tip to her identity and Jackson turned herself in.   Share:

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Crime: Suspect identified in Memorial Day larceny

The Elizabethtown Police Department has identified a suspect in a larceny that occurred at the Elizabethtown Walmart store during the Memorial Day weekend. Lt. D. Cheshire said an anonymous caller identified the suspect as Frederick Anthony Cargill of Fayetteville. He is charged with one count of felony larceny. The incident occurred on Monday, May 29, 2017. According the Lt.  Cheshire, at approximately 8:45 a.m. Cargill entered the Walmart of Elizabethtown and stole two cell phones from the electronic section of the store. Share:

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Covington court case continued until July 31

Saquon Covington was in Bladen County Superior Court on Monday and his case was continued until July 31. He is facing charges of possession with intent to sell/deliver marijuana; manufacture schedule VI controlled substance; conspire to sell schedule VI controlled substance; Trafficking in MDA/MDMA; manufacture schedule I controlled substance; conspiring to traffic MDA/MDMA; felony possession schedule VI controlled substance; possession with intent to manufacture, sell and deliver schedule I controlled substance; possession with intent to sell and deliver cocaine;  possession with intent to manufacture/sell/deliver schedule IV controlled substance; conspiracy to sell/deliver schedule IV controlled substance; felony carrying concealed gun; and possession of drug paraphernalia. He is represented by Attorney Goldstone …..

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May 22-June 4 Click It Or Ticket Campaign Results Announced

The North Carolina State Highway Patrol has announced the results from the May 22-June 4 Click It Or Ticket Campaign. The total traffic and criminal violations for Bladen County was 563. Other southeastern North Carolina county figures for traffic and criminal violations were Columbus (615), Brunswick (727, Duplin (807), Pender (497), Robeson (1,575) and Sampson (853). Share:

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Four make first appearance in East Arcadia drive by shooting

The four men arrested for a drive by shooting that ocurred on Carter Road in the East Arcadia community on Friday made their first appearance in court on Tuesday. They appeared before District Court Judge Jerry Jolly. Phil Wilson Jr. of Wilson McKoy Road, Elizabethtown, is charged with two felony counts of assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill. Judge Jolly said each count carries a maximum sentence of 136 months. Wilson is also charged with felony fleeing to elude arrest which Judge Jolly said carries a maximum penalty of 39 months. He is also charged with one felony count of discharging a firearm from within an enclosure …..

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Man arrested in Clarkton shooting death to be in court July 10

The man arrested for the shooting death of Lonnie Level Smith will have his next court appearance on Monday, July 10, according to court records. Harold Eugene Swindell, 47, of South Page Road, Clarkton, is charged with first degree murder and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. Smith, 38, of Jasmine Lane, Clarkton, was shot and killed following an altercation at the Oakdale Homes apartment complex. Share:

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Bladen County Sheriff's Department

Drive By Shooting Leads to Arrests

Sheriff James A. McVicker said a shooting that happened in the East Arcadia community Friday afternoon has led to the arrest of four men. “We received multiple 911 calls around 2:30 this afternoon of shots being fired at 161 Carter Road in the East Arcadia Community,” McVicker said. “The callers said at least two people had been shot and gave a description of the vehicle involved. One of my deputies who was responding to the call met a vehicle matching the description on NC 211 near Council and when he attempted to stop them they fled at a high rate of speed. Deputies pursued them several miles and were able …..

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Clarkton Undercover Operation Leads to Search Warant

Sheriff James A. McVicker said today that deputies from his office, assisted by members of the Elizabethtown Police Department executed a search warrant at 94 North Mitchell Ford Road in Clarkton. McVicker said the search warrant was the result of citizen’s complaints which lead to an undercover operation that has been conducted for the past several months Two men were arrested as a result of the search warrant and a weapon and vehicle were seized. Arrested was James Alvin Ratliff, 38, of 94 North Mitchell Ford Road, Clarkton. Ratliff was charged with possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, felony fleeing to elude arrest and resist, obstruct and delay …..

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Bladen County Sheriff’s Office investigating possible shooting in East Arcadia area

Two men arrived at New Hanover Regional Medical Center in Wilmington with gunshot wounds and it was learned they had allegedly been shot in Bladen County. Bladen County Sheriff’s Office Major Larry Guyton said “All we know right now is we have two people with gunshot wounds at New Hanover Regional Medical Center.” Major Guyton said the shooting is alleged to have ocurred in the East Arcadia area. He did not have the exact location of the shooting and the incident is under investigation. BladenOnline.com will have more details as they become available. Share:

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Bladen County Sheriff’s Office conducts search in Clarkton

The Bladen County Sheriff’s Office conducted a search of a residence in Clarkton on Friday morning, according to Bladen County Sheriff’s Office Major Larry Guyton. According to the Sheriff’s Office, numerous complaints have been received from neighbors and an undercover operation was conducted resulting in the execution of a search warrant. Bladenonline.com will have more details as they become available. Share:

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Raleigh Investment Advisor Sentenced to Prison for Orchestrating Ponzi Scheme on Clients

Raleigh – United States Attorney John Stuart Bruce announced that yesterday afternoon in federal court Chief United States District Judge James C. Dever III sentenced Hugh Monroe Dyson, 67, of Holly Springs, North Carolina, to serve 48 months in federal prison, for committing Mail Fraud. Dyson was also ordered to forfeit the proceeds of the offense, to make restitution, and to serve three years of supervised release. Between 1993 and 2012, Dyson was a registered representative and financial advisor who was employed at two financial services firms in Raleigh, where he provided financial advice to various investor clients. During that same time period, Dyson created a fictitious entity, known as …..

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