08/18/2019
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A man died from an apparent gunshot wound Monday near the Bladen County-Columbus County board in what did not appear to be a random act, Columbus County Sheriff Jody Greene said. Kris Andrey Bryant, 49, was found dead after Columbus County Sheriff’s deputies arrived at residence in the 200 block of Bowen Blanks Drive in […]

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Brunswick Fire Department assistant chief and treasurer David Heath Porter was arrested Monday on embezzlement and obtaining property by false pretense, the Columbus County Sheriff’s Office said. Porter, 31, of Whiteville, was taken to the Columbus County Sheriff’s Office Law Enforcement Center and was released after posting a $235,000 bond, according to a news release […]

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RALEIGH – A St. Pauls man was sentenced Thursday to eight years in federal prison followed by four years of supervised release after pleading guilty to conspiracy to distribute and possess with intent to distribute 100 grams or more of heroin, the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of North Carolina announced. Stanley Jamar […]

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By Charlotte Smith A man involved in a 6-hour standoff with law enforcement in Dublin on November 21, 2017 charged with three felony counts of assault with a firearm on a government official stood trial this week. Judge Michael A. Stone presided over the case. The unique case has no historical example with similar happenings […]

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Update: This story initially listed charges against Tonya Britt Long in connection with this case, but Wake County District Attorney Lorrin Freeman said Long’s name was submitted to the grand jury by mistake, and the charges against her have been dismissed. The grand jury will review allegations against Tonya D. Long in the future, Freeman […]

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Michael Devonte Hill of Robeson County was sentenced 25 years in prison Tuesday in federal court in Raleigh for robbing three Fayetteville-area convenience stores two years ago. Hill, 26, pled guilty in April to three counts of Hobbs Act robbery, one count of discharging a firearm in furtherance of a crime of violence and one […]

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Attorney General William P. Barr Directs the Federal Bureau of Prisons to Adopt an Addendum to the Federal Execution Protocol and Schedule the Executions of Five Death-Row Inmates Convicted of Murdering Children Attorney General William P. Barr has directed the Federal Bureau of Prisons (BOP) to adopt a proposed Addendum to the Federal Execution Protocol—clearing […]

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The Department of Justice today announced three major developments related to the implementation of the First Step Act of 2018 (FSA): Over 3,100 federal prison inmates will be released from the Bureau of Prisons’ (BOP) custody as a result of the increase in good conduct time under the Act. In addition, the Act’s retroactive application […]

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By Charlotte Smith Bladen County Clerk of Superior Court, Niki Dennis sent out a warning on Thursday evening of scammers threatening local residents. Mrs. Dennis urges all residents to help spread the word. A couple of residents received phone calls this week from someone claiming to be from the United States Marshals Office making threats […]

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Sheriff James A. McVicker said the second suspect in the abduction of 4 month old Lonnisha Renee Askew on Monday has been arrested. McVicker said Lonnie Lee Williams, 29, of 1309 Clyde Norris Road, Tabor City, NC was arrested Thursday afternoon by Investigators with the Bladen County Sheriff’s Office. “My investigators located Mr. Williams in […]

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Sheriff James A. McVicker said the second suspect in the abduction of 4 month old Lonnisha Renee Askew on Monday has been identified. “We now have a warrant for the arrest of Lonnie Williams, 29, of 1309 Clyde Norris Road, Tabor City, NC for Felonious Abduction of a Child,” the Sheriff said. “Our investigation leads […]

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By Charlotte Smith Juanita Askew faced Judge Ashely Gore in Bladen County Superior Court today after she was arrested by Bladen County Sheriff’s Office yesterday, July 16, for child abduction. Askew is facing 59 months in jail according to Judge Gore for a Class E felony charge for child abduction. Judge Gore appointed attorney Michael […]

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By Charlotte Smith In July there were two court cases of interest on the docket for Bladen County Superior Court. The two defendants, Delane Jackson and MacKenzie Brisson have totally different cases, but many are asking what has happened with both cases. The first scheduled case on the local court docket was for Delane Jackson, […]

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Update from Bladen County Sheriff’s Office at 4:13 Amber Alert Lifted For 4 Month Old Sheriff James A. McVicker announced the recovery of 4 month old Lonnisha Renee Askew and the arrest of her mother, Juanita Renee Askew. “At approximately 1:30 this afternoon we recovered baby Lonnisha near the bus station in Lumberton with the help […]

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A  four-month old girl was abducted from a day care facility near Bladenboro on Monday afternoon by her mother who was not allowed unsupervised visits, the Bladen County Sheriff’s Office said late Monday night. The name of the facility was not given. Authorities are searching for Juanita Renee Askew, 22, of Whiteville, who went to […]

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Clarendon, NC – On July 12, 2019, at approximately 11:40 am Columbus County Sheriff’s Office (CCSO) Deputies were dispatched to the 2100 block of Walter Todd Road in Clarendon in reference to shots fired. Upon arrival, deputies located Timothy Tyrone Riggins, 31, deceased from an apparent gunshot wound. CCSO Deputies quickly secured the scene.  CCSO […]

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By Charlotte Smith An Elizabethtown resident and mother was murdered by her father’s own hands this week. Jada Swindell, 21, texted, “He’s killing us,” to her mother on Monday as her father was stabbing her to death, according her sister’s report. The nightmare unfolded at John D. Hargrove’s home in Warren County, North Carolina, after […]

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Abby Lynn Patterson has been missing from Lumberton since 11:30 a.m. on Tuesday, September 5, 2017. In September of the same year a reward was offered for her safe return. The Federal Bureau of Investigation now features a downloadable poster of Miss Patterson on their FBI Most Wanted list for kidnapped/missing persons list. Patterson was […]

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Rakeem Sincere Douglas of Spring Lake entered guilty pleas Monday afternoon in Bladen County Superior Court for an armed robbery of the Family Dollar store in Bladenboro in 2017. Douglas, 27, was sentenced to a minimum of 139 months and a maximum of 179 months in prison, a news release from the Bladen County District […]

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Bladen County Sheriff’s Office announced narcotics arrests around Bladenboro Middle School and surrounding areas early on Wednesday morning. Sheriff James A. McVicker released the names of several individuals arrested recently on illegal narcotics possession and sale. Several of these arrests were individuals who lived in and around Bladenboro, specifically the areas around Bladenboro Middle School […]

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RALEIGH – United States Attorney Robert J. Higdon, Jr. announced that today in federal court, United States District Judge James C. Dever III sentenced AARON WAYNE PICKRELL, 50, of Fayetteville, North Carolina, to 3 years’ probation and 90 days house arrest. PICKRELL was named in a five-count Indictment filed on December 12, 2018, and on […]

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A person suspected of stealing a tow truck in Johnston County died Monday afternoon after the vehicle ran off the road and struck trees following a chase and exchange of gunfire, the North Carolina Highway Patrol said. The name of the suspect had not been released as of late Monday night. The incident began about […]

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The U.S. Marshals Eastern District of North Carolina Violent Fugitive Task Force, in coordination with various federal, state and local agencies, arrested 174 people in June as part of Operation Zero Hour II, the federal agency announced Monday. The operation was designed to locate suspects in Cumberland and Robeson counties who were wanted on outstanding […]

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Derby C. Sykes of Bladenboro was arrested Friday and charged with third degree criminal sexual conduct in North Myrtle Beach, the town’s police department announced Saturday morning. Sykes’ bail was set at $10,000. Sykes, 32, is accused of assaulting a “young female” who was swimming in the ocean near 4th Avenue North on Tuesday evening, […]

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Operation Sugar Hill Gang defendants receive more than a century of time in federal prison. RALEIGH – The United States Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of North Carolina announced that ANTONIO KEVIN MCKOY, 32, of Garland, NC, TONY CHEVALLIER, 40, of Clinton, NC, and JABARR RYEHEINE RUDOLPH, 39, of Clinton, NC were sentenced by […]

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Sheriff James A. McVicker said a call into the Bladen 911 Center shortly before 10 am by a concerned neighbor resulted in the foiling of a breaking and entering and a high speed chase. The call was about a home in the 8300 block of NC 41 West, Bladenboro. “We received a call from a […]

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Robeson County Deputies, Bladen County Deputies and Highway Patrol Trooper’s are in the area of Littlefield School with ground units and a helicopter searching for a suspect involved in a Break In and high speed chase that started in Bladen County according to Robeson County Sheriff Burnis Wilkins. Bladen County Deputies were trying to overtake […]

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RALEIGH – United States Attorney Robert J. Higdon, Jr. announced that today in federal court, United States District Judge James C. Dever III sentenced LUIS JOEL ROBLES LATORRES, 42, of Fayetteville, North Carolina, to 162 months imprisonment, followed by 5 years of supervised release. LATORRES was named in a 12-count Indictment filed on December 12, 2017, and on […]

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By Charlotte Smith On Sunday, May 26th a blue, female, pit bull dog was stolen from the area of Chicken Foot Road and Calvin Tyson Road in St. Pauls near Tar Heel, according to the owner. Investigator Greg Bullard with the Bladen County Sheriff’s Office is asking for the public’s assistance. The two are captured […]

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By Charlotte Smith Kenneth Clark, Bladen County Fire Marshal confirmed Monday afternoon arrests have been made in relation to the recent arson fires over the weekend. “Friday, starting about 4:30 in afternoon we had three structure fires in Bladen County and one structure fire in Columbus County,” Clark said. There was a vehicle that was […]

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Sheriff’s Office and Department of Social Services Launch Joint Operation Sheriff James A. McVicker said his office working jointly with members of the Department of Social Services Child Support Unit began an early morning operation on Monday, June 10th that has so far resulted in the arrest of 13 individuals on 16 cases of Child […]

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The Bladen County Sheriff’s Office Narcotics Unit has completed an investigation into the distribution of Controlled Substances in the Tar Heel area of Bladen County. During the investigation, it was determined by the Bladen County Sheriff’s Office Narcotics Unit that the below listed individuals were responsible for distributing Controlled Substances. This investigation originated from citizen […]

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The Bladen County Sheriff’s Office released three photos on Thursday evening in reference to an attempted larceny of a dog and a breaking and entering case in Clarkton. The photos were taking on Monday, June 10th, around 8:20 p.m. The Sheriff’s office is asking for the public’s assistance. The office stated, “We would like to […]

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NEW BERN – United States Attorney Robert J. Higdon, Jr. announced that in federal court, before Chief United States District Judge Terrence W. Boyle, CALVIN MARK WILSON, also known as “Bali,” 35, of New Bern, North Carolina was sentenced to 35 years (420 months) in federal prison for conspiring to distribute and possess with the intent to […]

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RALEIGH – The United States Attorney for the Eastern District of North Carolina, Robert J. Higdon, Jr., announced that today in federal court, Chief United States District Judge Terrence W. Boyle sentenced MARCUS ANTONIO BLANKS, 32, of Saint Pauls, North Carolina, to 168 months in prison, followed by 5 years of supervised release. On February 6, 2019, BLANKS pleaded […]

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Zakaryia Abdin, 20, of Ladson, South Carolina, was sentenced yesterday to 20 years to be followed by a lifetime of supervised release for attempting to provide material support to the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS), a designated foreign terrorist organization.  Abdin previously entered a guilty plea in August of 2018 and has remained […]

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By Charlotte Smith There was a shooting in Elizabethtown leaving two victims wounded early Friday morning on Della Street in Elizabethtown. On Monday afternoon the Elizabethtown Police Department released a statement about one arrest in the case.  On the day of the shooting, Sergeant Detective T. Davis with Elizabethtown Police Department said one victim was […]

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Rodriquez D. McNeil of Elizabethtown has been charged with murder in the shooting death of a Fayetteville convenience store cashier, according to the Fayetteville Police Department McNeil, 23, of the 800 block of Thompson Avenue, had warrants drawn Friday for first degree murder, robbery with a dangerous weapon and conspiracy to commit robbery with a […]

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Ex-school administrator, bus driver charged with sex crimes – The Fayetteville Observer – https://www.fayobserver.com/news/20190607/ex-school-administrator-bus-driver-charged-with-sex-crimes   Share:

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The Bladen County Sheriff’s Office Narcotics Unit completed an investigation into the distribution of Controlled Substances in the Bladenboro area of Bladen County. Agents conducted undercover purchases from the defendants in these investigations where prescription medication (Xanax and Oxycodone) were purchased, according to the Sheriff’s report.  At the conclusion of this investigation, the defendants were arrested and […]

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By Charlotte Smith There was a shooting in Elizabethtown leaving two victims wounded early Friday morning on Della Street. Sergeant Detective T. Davis with Elizabethtown Police Department said one victim has been transported to Cape Fear Valley hospital and is in critical condition. Another victim of the shooting received a flesh wound. Several rounds struck […]

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One person died and two others were critically injured Thursday afternoon when the vehicle they were traveling in ran a stop sign and crashed into a tractor-trailer near Chadbourn in Columbus County, according to the N.C. Highway Patrol and published reports. The wreck happened about 1:30 p.m. on N.C. 410, according to reports. The identities […]

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By Charlotte Smith A suspect described as a slender, white, well spoken, short-haired male is still wanted for a home invasion robbery according to Investigator Greg Bullard with the Bladen County Sheriff’s Office. However, Investigator Bullard had a few updates in the case and is asking for the public’s assistance. The male suspect involved in […]

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By Charlotte Smith On Sunday, May 26 a blue, female, pit bull dog was stolen from the area of Chicken Foot Road and Calvin Tyson Road in St. Pauls near Tar Heel, according to the owner. Investigator Greg Bullard with the Bladen County Sheriff’s Office is asking for the public’s assistance. There have been two […]

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By Charlotte Smith On Sunday a blue, female, pit bull dog was stolen from the area of Chicken Foot Road and Calvin Tyson Road in St. Pauls near Tar Heel, according to the owner. Investigator Greg Bullard with the Bladen County Sheriff’s Office is asking for the public’s assistance.   “I think some of the people […]

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RALEIGH – United States Attorney Robert J. Higdon, Jr. announced that today, Daquan Madrid Pridgen, 27, of Whiteville, North Carolina was convicted in federal court following a three-day trial before Chief United States District Judge Terrence W. Boyle. The jury found Pridgen guilty of bank robbery, discharging a firearm in furtherance of a bank robbery, […]

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Columbus County, NC – On May 18, 2019, Columbus County Sheriff’s Office (CCSO) conducted a checking station in the Chadbourn community.  During the checking station, a 1999 Honda passenger car approaching the checking station abruptly turned in the middle of the road and began traveling North on Joe Brown Highway. A CCSO Deputy pursued the […]

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On May 23, 2019 officers with the Elizabethtown Police Department executed a search warrant at 111 W. Mckay Street in Elizabethtown.  The search warrant was obtained after conducting numerous hours of surveillance and citizens complaints of suspected illegal activity at the residence, according to Detective Sgt. W.Thompson with the police department. Prior to the search […]

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The man wanted in connection with a robbery and carjacking of an Elizabethtown Middle School bus driver in the predawn hours at the school was arrested Friday in Fayetteville, according to Bladen County Sheriff James McVicker. Michael Darrell Smith, also known as Pooh Daddy, was booked into the Cumberland County Detention Center on an outstanding […]

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David Wayne Gore of Wilmington was found guilty Thursday of involuntary manslaughter in the shooting death of a man in a lumber yard in Kelly in 2017. Friday morning Gore was sentenced in Bladen County Superior Court. Gore, 57, who is the owner of Gore Marine in Wilmington, had been charged with murder. Gore was […]

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NEW BERN — A Lumberton man could serve more than seven years in prison after he was sentenced Thursday in federal court on possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, according to a news release. Frederick Beverly, 41 pled guilty to the charge in January, says Robert J. Hidgon Jr., who is the U.S. […]

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David Wayne Gore of Wilmington was found guilty Thursday of involuntary manslaughter in the shooting death of a man in a lumber yard in Kelly in 2017. Gore, 57, who is the owner of Gore Marine in Wilmington, had been charged with murder. A sentencing hearing is expected to be held Friday in Bladen County […]

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By Charlotte Smith The trial for a Wilmington man who is charged in the 2017 Christmas weekend shooting death of Allen W. Blanchard, 34, also of Wilmington started Monday in the Bladen County Superior Court . David Wayne Gore, 54, owner of Gore Marine in Wilmington, was charged with felony second degree murder for the […]

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RALEIGH – On Wednesday, May 22, 2019 at approximately 3:26 a.m., the State Highway Patrol stopped to check on a Chevrolet SUV that was parked stationary on the shoulder of I-40 near mile marker 340 in Sampson County. During the course of the investigation, the driver of the Chevrolet pointed a gun at the trooper.  As […]

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The Bladen County Sheriff’s Office announced today there were multiple suspects arrested and some are still wanted by Sheriff Jim McVicker and his team members with the Vice/Narcotics Unit, the Criminal Investigative Division, and the K-9 Unit. Some of the charges listed included heroin, cocaine, and selling controlled substances 1,000 feet from school grounds. The […]

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Morgan County man convicted on federal hate crime charges   INDIANAPOLIS – United States Attorney Josh J. Minkler announced that Nolan Brewer, 21, of Eminence, Indiana, was sentenced in federal court yesterday evening to three years in prison for conspiring to violate the civil rights of Congregation Shaarey Tefilla, a Jewish synagogue in Carmel, Indiana. Brewer […]

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Report update at 1:54 p.m. by Bladen County Sheriff’s Office Suspect Named In Car Jacking Incident Elizabethtown Middle School Sheriff James A. McVicker said a suspect has now been named and warrants obtained after a school bus driver was robbed at gunpoint before day Monday, May 20th. McVicker said the incident occurred at approximately 4:15 […]

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RALEIGH — Joseph Anthony Vaught was sentenced to 150 months in prison Thursday in federal court on drug charges following an undercover investigation that began in late 2016. Vaught, 29, of Wilmington, also was sentenced to five years of supervised probation following his release from custody, according to U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of […]

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Whiteville, NC –The Columbus County Sheriff’s Office (CCSO) Vice-Narcotics Unit arrested one individual on May 07, 2019, at the conclusion of an investigation. This investigation was initiated as the result of social media posts. Columbus County Sheriff’s Office Vice-Narcotics Unit received information that a student was advertising the sale of prescription medication on a social […]

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By Charlotte Smith A suspect described as a slender, white, well spoken, short-haired male is wanted for a home invasion robbery according to Investigator Greg Bullard with the Bladen County Sheriff’s Office. The crime took place on Owen Hill Road in Elizabethtown, Friday, May 3. Announced Tuesday afternoon, a reward is now being offered for […]

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Friday evening the the Bladen County Sheriff’s Office announced an arrest made by Bladen County Sheriff’s Office Vice/Narcotics Unit involving cocaine. The arrest was in the Kelly area. Following is the information released from the Sheriff’s Office. The Bladen County Sheriff’s Office Vice/Narcotics Unit and K-9 Unit conducted a warrantless search at the residence of […]

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A Bladenboro man was sentenced up to 26 years Thursday after entering a guilty plea to second degree murder in the shooting death of Crystal McLamb of Tar Heel in 2016. Kelly Dwayne Hamilton, 47, of Bladenboro, entered the plea Wednesday in Bladen County Superior Court, according to the Bladen County District Attorney’s Office. He […]

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The Bladen County Sheriff’s Office, Vice/Narcotics Unit, K-9 Unit, and the North Carolina Probation and Parole Searches yielded multiple arrests and charges in April according to a recent press release. The Bladen County Sheriff’s Office released the following reports in reference to the arrests and charges. The Bladen County Sheriff’s Office Narcotics Unit conducted a […]

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Contributed CHECKING STATION Whiteville, NC – On April 27, 2019,  Columbus County Sheriff’s Office joined forces with neighboring law enforcement agencies to conduct a checking station on Highway 130 near Ervin T. Richardson Road in the Old Dock community.  The goal of this combined enforcement effort was to ensure compliance of the motor vehicle codes […]

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WHITEVILLE – Two Whiteville men were arrested Friday morning following a three-month investigation, according to a release from the Columbus County Sheriff’s Office Vice-Narcotics Unit. The investigation because of a several citizen complaints. Andrew Johnson, 30, of Greenfield Estates Road, has been charged with two counts each of possession of a firearm by a felon […]

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Bladen County Sheriff’s Office Narcotics Unit Makes Multiple Arrests   The Bladen County Sheriff’s Office Vice/Narcotics Unit has completed multiple investigations into the sale and delivery of controlled substances throughout Bladen County.  These investigations were initiated after numerous community complaints.   After the completion of these investigations, the following individuals were arrested by the Bladen […]

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Contributed The owner of a physical security school has been indicted by a federal grand jury for defrauding a U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) program dedicated to rehabilitating military veterans with service-connecting disabilities and for making false statements to the VA. Assistant Attorney General Brian A. Benczkowski of the Justice Department’s Criminal Division, U.S. […]

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Contributed Tabor City, NC –According to the City of Pickens Police Department, on April 16, 2019, Rebecca Marie Purry went to the Police Department to report that her ex-boyfriend, Marco Murice Vaught, 36, had threatened to come to her house and get her. On April 17th, at approximately 1:00 am, the City of Pickens Police […]

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Contributed The following events were conducted on Saturday, April 20, 2019 by the Bladen County Sheriff’s Office Narcotics Unit.  The Bladen County Sheriff’s Office Narcotics Unit and North Carolina Alcohol Law Enforcement conducted a knock and talk at 1581 MLK Drive, Elizabethtown.  A consent search was conducted and a verbal warning was issued in reference […]

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The Elizabethtown Police Department is seeking the public’s help in identifying a person. According to Lt. Mark McMichael, the police department wants to speak with him regarding a larceny that occurred at the Elizabethtown Walmart store on Friday. The suspect is described as a white male with red hair and what appears to be tattoos on […]

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RALEIGH – Robert J. Higdon, Jr., the United States Attorney for the Eastern District of North Carolina, announces that Chief United States District Judge Terrence W. Boyle sentenced TYRA MAKAVA WATSON, 19, of Lumberton to 144 months’ imprisonment, followed by 5 years of supervised released, and BOBBY PRESTON MCNAIR, 26, of Lumberton to 184 months’ […]

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By Erin Smith A series of suspicious fires that ocurred in February and March remain under investigation near Dublin, according to the Bladen County Fire Marshal’s Office. “We’ve got some persons of interest,” said Bladen County Fire Marshal Kenneth Clark. “We’re still looking, watching and waiting.” The series of fires all ocurred within a mile […]

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RALEIGH – The United States Attorney for the Eastern District of North Carolina, Robert J. Higdon, Jr., announced that United States District Judge James C. Dever III, sentenced Rufus Lamar Parker, 28, of Wilmington to 78 months’ imprisonment, followed by 3 years of supervised release. On July 9, 2018, Parker pled guilty to six counts […]

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By Erin Smith Two Bladen County men entered guilty pleas on Monday in Bladen County Superior Court Criminal Session. One pled guilty to trafficking in heroin while another pled guilty to a shooting.   Monte Williams, of Bladenboro, was sentenced to 90 to 120 months in prison after he pled guilty to one count of […]

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On Thursday, April 04 at approximately 1:00 p.m., the State Highway Patrol stopped a Nissan passenger vehicle for traveling 96 mph in a 55 mph zone on US 70 near Edwards Rd in Johnston County. During the course of the traffic stop, an altercation ensued with the driver of the Nissan, who was armed with […]

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WILMINGTON – United States Attorney Robert J. Higdon, Jr. announced the conclusion of OCDETF Operation “Tooth Fairy”. An Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force (OCDETF) is a joint federal, state, and local cooperative approach to combatting drug trafficking and is the nation’s primary tool for disrupting and dismantling major drug trafficking organizations, targeting national and […]

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By Erin Smith Two court cases of interest in Bladen County now have trial dates for Bladen County Superior Court. A third case has not yet received a trial date. The case of David Wayne Gore of Wilmington has been assigned a trial date of May 9, 2019. Gore, who is the owner of Gore’s Marine […]

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The Elizabethtown Police Department along with agents of the North Carolina Probation and Parole and the Bladen County Sheriff Deputies effected the arrest of Curtis Sanders Cromartie today in the area of Jasmine Lane in Bladen County. Cromartie was wanted by the Elizabethtown Police Department for the following felony charges: Assault With a Deadly Weapon […]

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The Bladen County Sheriff’s Office Vice/Narcotics Unit and North Carolina Probation and Parole conducted a probation search on Monday, April 1,  at the residence of Christian McCullum, located at 8336 Mercer Mill Brown Marsh Road, Clarkton.  Law enforcement officers were directed to the aforementioned residence after community complaints were received that residents of this location […]

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By Erin Smith Bladen County District Court held criminal sessions on Thursday and Friday.  Several drug-related cases were continued in both sessions. On Thursday, Trista Desselle appeared before Judge Ashley Gore and had her case continued to April 5th. She is facing charges of misdemeanor possession of marijuana up to 1/2 ounce and misdemeanor possession of marijuana […]

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By Erin Smith A Robeson County Sheriff’s Deputy who was struck by a pick up truck early Friday morning was reported to have suffered a concussion and no broken bones on Friday afternoon. An update issued by the Robeson County Sheriff’s Office indicated that Detective Matt Lassiter remains hospitalized in Florence, SC on Friday afternoon. Detective Lassiter was redirecting […]

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By Erin Smith A Robeson County Sheriff’s Deputy was struck by a vehicle and seriously injured on Highway 301 early Friday morning while directing traffic, according to the  Robeson County Sheriff’s Office. The deputy was airlifted from the scene to the hospital. Robeson County Sheriff Burnis Wilkins issued a release on his Facebook page: “On […]

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By Erin Smith The court date for the driver who is accused of damaging the Garden of Memories Cemetery in Kelly is set for May 1. Allanda Darine Parrish, 66, of Elizabethtown, appeared in Bladen County District Criminal Court on Monday. She is facing charges of driving while impaired, reckless driving to endanger, and revoked […]

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The Bladen County Sheriff’s Office Vice/Narcotics Unit, K-9 Unit, and North Carolina Probation and Parole conducted a probation search at the residence of Laquile Davis and Heather Hunt, located at 2794 Hwy 20, Saint Pauls, North Carolina.  Law Enforcement Officers were directed to the aforementioned residence after community complaints were received that Davis could possibly […]

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By Charlotte Smith The Bladen County Sheriff’s Office announced arrests and persons wanted by the Narcotics Unit on Wednesday morning. Individuals involved with heroin, cocaine, ecstasy and/or other controlled substances have been arrested or are wanted by the Sheriff’s office. Not only are there drug related charges in this report, but some of those wanted […]

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The Bladen County Sheriff’s Office Narcotics Unit has completed an investigation into the distribution of controlled substances in the Tar Heel area of Bladen County. During the investigation, it was determined by the Bladen County Sheriff’s Office Narcotics Unit that the below listed primary defendant was responsible for distributing controlled substances. This investigation originated from […]

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By Erin Smith Several court cases of interest in Bladen County were continued last week in Bladen County District Criminal Court in Elizabethtown. Judge Nancy Phillips presided over the proceedings which were conducted on Wednesday. Attorney Oscar Blanks made an appearance on behalf of Daniel James Storie and Daniel Paul Storie who operated Freddie’s on […]

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Lumberton, NC – Chauncy Askew was housed at Robeson County Detention Center in Lumberton for the October 2018 homicide of Trooper Kevin Conner according to the Columbus County Sheriff’s Office. The Sheriff’s office gave the following report, “On March 20, 2019, Askew and another male inmate were in a common area of the Robeson County […]

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By Erin Smith No charges will be filed in a crash that killed  a pedestrian, according to the North Carolina Highway Patrol. According to Trooper Freeman, Ricky Gonzalez, 18, of Asheboro, was struck while he was walking in the northbound lane of US 701. Trooper Freeman said Michael Casey Smith, 26, of Harrells, was driving […]

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Staff report A West Bladen High School student died from injuries he sustained in a wreck on Butler Mill Road occurring on Sunday, March 10 at 1:50 p.m., according to the North Carolina Highway Patrol (NCHP). Charges have been filed against the underage driver according to the NCHP report. Media reports on Monday, March 11 […]

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RALEIGH – The Department of Public Safety confirms that Correctional Officer Mary Crosby was assaulted by an offender at approximately 10:05 a.m. today at Harnett Correctional Institution. Crosby, a 17-year-veteran, suffered non-life-threatening injuries when attacked in a housing dorm by a male offender armed with a homemade weapon. According to staff who have spoken with Officer […]

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By Erin Smith Three suspicious fires remain under investigation near Dublin, according to the Bladen County Fire Marshal’s Office. “We’ve got some persons of interest,” said Bladen County Fire Marshal Kenneth Clark. The first suspicious fire occurred when an unoccupied home on NC 410 burned near West Bladen High School on Tuesday, February 5th, and […]

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By Charlotte Smith A Tar Heel man was charged this week with Indecent Liberties with a minor according to Chief Deputy Larry Guyton with the Bladen County Sheriff’s Department. The report was filed in November of 2018. The District Attorney’s office requested a medical exam (CME) of the victim be completed. The exam had no […]

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A vehicle that was parked on Gooden Street resulted in the arrest of the vehicle’s owner on drug related charges. On Monday, March 11th, 2019, the Elizabethtown Police Department with the assistance of Probation & Parole and the Bladen County Sheriff’s Department discovered 112.3 grams of Marijuana packaged for sale and over $1,000 dollars upon […]

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A parking violation led to one person being issued a citation for marijuana by the Elizabethtown Police Department. While on patrol, Patrolman Todd came into contact with a vehicle parked illegally in a handicap parking spot near Wash Tubs, according to Lt. Mark McMichael. Patrolman Todd stopped to speak with the driver, Janiya Hicks, about […]

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RALEIGH – The N.C. Judicial Branch has launched a new court date notification service allowing you to quickly and easily subscribe to up-to-the-minute criminal court date notifications and reminders via email or SMS/text messages at www.NCcourts.gov/services. Subscribers are immediately notified of court date, room or session changes, as well as upcoming court date reminders seven days and one […]

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By Erin Smith A federal grand jury for the Eastern District of North Carolina is now investigating potential election fraud that occurred in the 9th Congressional District race. A federal grand jury subpoena was issued to the NC State Board of Elections on Tuesday morning requesting all documents and records regarding the State Board of Election’s investigation […]

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  The Bladen County Sheriff’s Office announced the arrest of 12 people Tuesday following investigations into the sale and delivery of controlled substances throughout the county. Two of those charged had bonds set at more than $1 million. Sheriff Jim McVicker said the investigations were initiated after several complaints from citizens. McVicker added that anyone […]

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