07/23/2019
  • 7:22 am Thoughts While Shaving for July 23
  • 12:35 am State’s unemployement rate remains at 4.1%
  • 12:22 am Bladen County to receive hurricane recovery funds
  • 12:15 am This Day in History for July 23
  • 3:30 pm Bladen County Sheriff’s office receives recognition for participation in Operation Medicine Drop Take Back Event
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The Elizabethtown Police Department made an arrest in a case involving counterfeit currency.  John Sylvester Clax, who initially identified himself to officers as John Sylvester Manning of Spring Lake, was arrested and charged with two counts of obtaining property by false pretenses, uttering a forged instrument, possession of counterfeit currency, and one count of obtaining […]

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The Elizabethtown Police Department is asking the public’s help to identify the man in the above pictures who is wanted for questioning in a larceny that ocurred on February 9. According to Interim Police Chief Kip Hester, the larceny ocurred at the Elizabethtown Florist.  Hester said that the suspect also used a credit card that was that was […]

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The jury has received instructions from the judge on Monday afternoon in the murder trial of Travion Devonte Smith as they prepared to decide his fate. Attorneys and Prosecutors made their closing arguments as the sentencing phase of the trial came to a close on Monday.  Smith was found guilty of first-degree murder in the […]

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The Fayetteville Police Department is being sued by an Elizabethtown Police officer after a 2014 incident in which he claims two Fayetteville Police Officers were guilty of racial profiling. Officer Willie Thompson filed the lawsuit on Jan. 13 in Cumberland County Superior Court and is seeking a jury trial and damages of more than $25,000. According […]

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A South Brunswick High School student is facing charges after he threatened to “shoot the school up.” Austin Ray Collins, 17, has been charged by Brunswick County investigators with two counts of communicating threats from an incident that ocurred on Wednesday, according to reports. Collins is alleged to have threatened to harm someone as well […]

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The sentencing phase of the murder trial for Travion Devonte Smith has begun with witnesses taking the stand to detail Smith’s upbringing as well as the victim’s daughter describing finding her mother, Melissa Huggins-Jones’ body. Huggins-Jones is a former resident of Bladen County and had moved to Raleigh after divorcing her husband in Tennessee. Smith […]

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Four people agreed to plea deals in Monday’s session of Bladen County Superior Court. Judge James M. Webb presided. Those sentenced during the court’s session were: ** Kendrick Lamont Gillespie, 35: Pleaded guilty to felony possession of cocaine. Sentenced to 120 days in custody and credited with the 125 days he had served, placed on […]

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A Wake County jury deliberated for just one and one-half hours on Tuesday and found Travion Devonte Smith guilty of first-degree murder. The jury heard the closing arguments in the matter after a one day delay due to inclement weather on Monday. The jury will now decide if Smith will receive the death penalty in […]

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Jessica Falor, a former deputy with the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office, has been charged with impersonating a police officer. According to reports, Falor identified herself on two separate occasions as a law enforcement officer and on one occasion even searched a person’s home.  She was arrested on Monday. Falor worked for the BCSO Detention Center […]

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Dennis Windell Marshall was the driver of the vehicle who was involved in a shooting early Saturday morning with Bladen County Sheriff’s Deputy David A. Schmale Jr. and Elizabethtown Police Office J. Blake Bryan, the State Bureau of Investigation said Monday night in a news release. Marshall, 29, was hospitilized after being shot during what […]

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Charges against a Lumberton man accused of being involved in a series of break-ins in Bladen County were dismissed Monday in Bladen County Superior Court when a key witness could not be located to testify. The trial of Jeffery L. Hunt on charges of breaking and entering, larceny, possession of stolen goods, safecracking and possession […]

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In an emotional appearance Monday morning, the man charged in the shooting death of a woman last week was not given a bond and appointed an interim lawyer. Kelly Dwayne Hamilton, 44, spoke softly and, at times, fought back tears at his hearing on the first-degree murder charge in the death of Crystal Lynn McLamb, […]

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Two law enforcement officers were involved in a shooting early Saturday morning that sent a wanted man to the hospital following an exchange of gunfire during a traffic stop in Elizabethtown. According to Bladen County Sheriff James McVicker, a deputy initiated a traffic stop near the intersection of Poplar Street and King Street about 1 […]

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Kelly Dwayne Hamilton has been charged with murder in the shooting death of Crystal Lynn McLamb, according to the Bladen County Sheriff’s Office. Hamilton, 44, was taken into custody Friday night. He is in Bladen County Jail. A man who identified himself as Hamilton called the 911 center at 3:02 a.m. Thursday about a shooting […]

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Three Columbus County men have been charged with selling illegal CD’s and DVD’s in Whiteville following an undercover operation by several law enforcement agencies, says Alcohol Law Enforcement Special Agent David Hales. Garry Tyrell McCray, 52, of Whiteville; Mark Anthony McCray, 25, of Chadbourn; and Robbie Stephens, 44, of Cerro Gordo, have each been charged […]

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The Raleigh murder trial of Travion Devonte Smith appears to be coming to a close. On Friday, Smith chose not to take the stand in his own defense and the defense did not present any evidence nor call any witnesses to the stand. The prosecution rested its case on Friday morning. Smith is one of […]

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The suspect in a gang-related shooting that took place in January in Elizabethtown is back in Bladen County and being held in the Bladen County Jail under a $2.6 million bond. The Elizabethtown Police Department has been actively searching for Meredith Cromartie since the January 18 shooting. “After following up on multiple leads, Detective Jeff […]

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US Marshals apprehended a man on Wednesday afternoon in Cumberland County that is wanted by the Elizabethtown Police Department for attempted murder charges following a gang-related shooting in January. Meredith Jaquan Cromartie was arrested at a convenience store in Fayetteville on Wednesday afternoon, according to the US Marshals office. He was wanted on five charges […]

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The Bladen County Sheriff’s Office will be hosting a Church Security and Training meeting tonight (Monday, Feb. 8) at the Elizabethtown Baptist Church fellowship hall that is open to the public and is targeted for pastors and church officials in the county. “We have invited all interested churches to attend. The meeting will be to […]

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On the fourth day of the murder trial for Travoin Devonte Smith, witnesses testified to seeing Smith along with his co-defendants Sarah Redden and Ronald Anthony Jr. together on the afternoon of the murder. The trio are charged with first-degree murder in the death of Melissa Huggins-Jones. Amy Radley, who worked as the manager of […]

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A wreck at the intersection of Britt Road and US 701 South, reduced the busy highway to just one lane for a time on Friday morning. The collision occurred when a white Chrysler 200 traveling on Britt Road pulled into the path of a dark colored Honda Passport traveling southbound on US 701, according to […]

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Three people who were charged as part of an undercover narcotics investigation dubbed Operation Summertime Shakedown have agreed to plea deals in Bladen County Superior Court and received suspended sentences and supervised probation. The three-month operation that resulted in 14 arrests and ended in early July 2015 targeted the sale and delivery of prescription pills, […]

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One of the trio accused in the murder of former Bladen County resident Melissa Huggins-Jones took to the witness stand on Thursday. Sarah Redden described her role in the evening’s crime spree as well as events leading up to murder. Redden, now 21, was testifying against Travion Devonte Smith, who along with Redden and Ronald […]

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The two women charged in the November shooting death of a Tar Heel man near Dublin had their bonds reduced Thursday morning in Bladen County Superior Court. D’Nazya Sade Downing, who was being held on a $1 million bond, and Shanika Nicole Mitchell, who was being held on a $1.75 million bond, had their bonds […]

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A judge Wednesday agreed with the findings of a mental health evaluation and ruled that Marquail Allen Burney is not competent to stand trial on a first-degree murder charge in the death of his father’s fiancee. The ruling by Superior Court Judge D. Jack Hooks came during a hearing in Bladen County Superior Court. Burney, […]

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The second day of testimony in the Raleigh murder trial of Travion Devonte Smith got underway on Wednesday with Judge Ridgeway hearing a motion regarding references to the plea deal received by Ronald Anthony Jr. After hearing arguments from both sides, the judge allowed the motion to restrict references to Anthony’s plea deal to stand. […]

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The Bladen County Sheriff’s Office Command Staff joined Bladen County Sheriff Jim McVicker at the Community Watch meeting for the Hickory Grove community. The meeting took place at the Hickory Grove Community Building on Center Road adjacent to the Hickory Grove Baptist Church. There were about 40 concerned members of the community in attendance. Leslie […]

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The four people charged in the shooting death of 24-year-old Darrell Dionte Council in November have had additional charges filed in the case. Montise Arman Mitchell, 24; Shanika Nicole Mitchell, 17; D’Nazya Sade Downing, 20, and Christopher James Baldwin, 25, have each already been charged with first degree murder in the shooting that occurred at […]

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A Bladenboro man charged with killing his father’s girlfriend in October at the home they all shared along N.C. 41 West is expected to have a hearing Wednesday to determine if he is competent to stand trial. Marquail Allen Burney, 21, has been found not competent to stand trial following a court-ordered mental evaluation, his […]

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The trial of Travion Devonte Smith, one of three people accused in the brutal murder of Melissa Huggins-Jones, got under way Tuesday in a Raleigh courtroom. In opening arguments, Wake County Assistant Prosecutor Melanie Shekita described to jurors how Huggins-Jones was beaten and stabbed to death. Her body was discovered by her 8-year-old child who […]

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The Bladen County Sheriff’s Office has announced several drug arrests in the county. According to Bladen County Sheriff Jim McVicker, a joint operation of the between the Sheriff’s Office, North Carolina Probation and Parole, Elizabethtown Police Department and Bladenboro Police Department, several searches were made of residences of persons on probation January 14. Those searches resulted […]

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A Clinton man was arrested Sunday after it was discovered he was making methamphetamine in his parent’s vacation home at White Lake, according to a news released from the White Lake Police Department. David Lee Johnson, 34, has been charged with possession of drug paraphernalia, maintaining a dwelling for a controlled substance, manufacturing methamphetamine, and […]

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By: Erin Smith A family cemetery fell victim to vandalism early last year, and the caretaker, Stephen Nowell is still trying to locate some of the items taken from his family’s cemetery. The Atkinson Cemetery is located just off NC 53 between White Lake and Singletary Lake. Nowell said the Atkinson Cemetery fell victim to […]

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Four individuals have been arrested and charged with the sell and deliver of crack cocaine and prescription pills in the county, according to Bladen County Sheriff Jim McVicker. Three other individuals are still being sought in connection with the case. “This investigation by the Bladen County Sheriff’s Office Vice and Narcotics Unit was over a two […]

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Last week, Elizabethtown Police Officer Davis found a bicycle at the Trinity United Methodist Church. The department is now attempting to locate the owner of this bicycle in order to return it. The bicycle is designed for a female rider. Officer Davis said, “The bicycle looked fairly new and I thought it may have been […]

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The Elizabethtown Police Department is investigating a shooting they are calling “gang-related” that occurred on Monday afternoon. Police are attempting to locate Meredith J. Cromartie of Fox St. in Elizabethtown.   Interim Police Chief Kip Hester said that about 4 p.m. on Monday, Cromartie fired several shots from a semi-automatic handgun.  “The shots were fired in the […]

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The members of the White Lake Police Department have welcomed another new police officer onto the force. On Monday, Jan. 11,  White Lake Mayor H. Goldston Womble and Police Chief Bruce Smith conducted the swearing-in ceremony at the White Lake Town Hall for Patrol Officer Darrell Spaulding. Spaulding is a graduate of East Columbus High School and […]

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Chief Deputy Larry Guyton with the Bladen County Sheriff’s Office said on Thursday afternoon, the sheriff’s office had received a report of two white males attempting to sell insurance in the Owen Hill area of the county. “We dispatched a car but they did not locate the individuals,” said Guyton. He said the investigation into […]

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By: Erin Smith Two men are alleged to have knocked on doors of residences on Old Abbottsburg Road on Tuesday and claimed to residents they were selling insurance and that they worked with West Bladen Assisted Living.  A representative of West Bladen Assisted Living said that the men were not affiliated with the facility. “We […]

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A Riegelwood man was found guilty Wednesday of misdemeanor sexual battery involving a 15-year-old boy over an incident that took place in July 2014. Levon Blanks, 54, was sentenced by Superior Court Judge Ola M. Lewis to a suspended 75-day jail sentence, 60 months of supervised probation, have no contact with anyone under 18, be […]

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The Bladen County Sheriff’s Office has arrested one person in connection with a shooting that happened on Sunday afternoon. “Bladen County EMS received a report of a shooting early Sunday afternoon. Upon arrival of law enforcement they learned that two men had been shot, one in the foot and one in the knee,” said Bladen […]

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A second person has surrendered in connection to a string of White Lake larcenies. “Approximately 10:30 p.m. on January 6, 2016, Emily Brooke Thornton, 19, turned herself in to the Elizabethtown police where she was served the outstanding warrants for arrest pertaining to the larceny and possession of stolen goods charges at White Lake,” said White […]

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Bladen County is now home for the corporate headquarters of Cerno Veritas, Inc. (CVI), a private investigations firm which provides a variety of professional investigative services throughout the state. The company was founded in February 2014 by Tracey Scott Trivette of White Lake and has office locations near Selma and Morehead City. Its new corporate […]

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The White Lake Police Department has charged three people in connection to a series of larcenies that took place between Oct. 25 and Nov. 7, 2015. The investigation revealed the suspects were stealing kayaks, yard swings, and lawn mowers, and then selling the stolen items using social media websites. Kirkland McCray Smith, 19 years old, of […]

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A co-owner of a popular White Lake business has been indicted by a Bladen County Grand Jury with multiple sex offenses following a complaint from a parent about a child being improperly touched while working at the business. Phillip William Goodwin, 45, of Winterville, surrendered to authorities Tuesday evening and was charged with indecent liberties […]

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Montise Arman Mitchell had his bond set at $3 million Tuesday morning on his first degree murder charge in the shooting death of a Dublin man in November. Mitchell, 24, appeared before Judge Douglas B. Sasser in Bladen County Superior Court. He had been held without bond since being found and arrested in early December […]

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One man has been arrested and charged in connection to two breaking and entering cases involving commercial businesses in Bladen County. Jonathan Adam Andrews, 27, of 2890 Center Road, Bladenboro, was arrested and charged in two different breaking and entering cases. The first breaking and entering occurred at the K&I Grocery in White Oak on […]

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The Bladen County Sheriff’s Office seized more than 130 weapons in the Kelly area on Friday. Bladen County Sheriff Jim McVicker said the arrest comes on the heels of an extensive investigation. Andrew Jackson Simmons, 72, of 25245 N.C. Hwy 53 East, Kelly, was charged with one count of felonious possession of a firearm by […]

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ALE Agent R. Taylor said on Monday that warrants have been issued for the arrest of Jeffrey Scott Smith of Dublin in connection to a sweepstakes raid in Sampson County last week. “He is aware of it and has obtained legal counsel,” said Taylor. He added that Smith’s attorney is also aware of the warrants. […]

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Attorney Cynthia Singletary who represents Jeffrey Scott Smith, 45, has contacted media outlets over the weekend claiming that a press release sent out by the Sampson County Sheriff’s Office that stated Smith was charged in a recent Sampson County raid on Internet sweepstakes businesses was false. The press release in question was submitted to BladenOnline.com on Friday by Capt. Eric Pope […]

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Teddy Randal Deaver Jr. became the third man to plead for his part in a series of break-ins in Bladen County from June, 2014 through March. Deaver, 32, agreed to plead guilty to possession of stolen goods and breaking and entering Dec. 14 in Bladen County Superior Court. He was sentenced by Judge Gale Adams […]

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Several vehicles were broken into in Elizabethtown Wednesday night and the Elizabethtown Police Department is seeking the public’s help in locating the person or persons responsible. The vehicles were broken into on Wednesday between the hours of 6 p.m. and 8 p.m. According to Elizabethtown Police Chief Kip Hester, several vehicles were broken into at […]

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  Law enforcement officers, firefighters, Highway Patrol, State Parks personnel and Bladen County Emergency Management personnel, have all spent the past two weeks involved in training in the forests of Bladen County. The purpose of the class is teach participants the fundamental skills to be able to quickly locate a child or adult who becomes […]

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  The town of Elizabethtown has named Tony Parrish to serve as police chief. Parrish replaces Chief Bobby Kinlaw who retired after serving 34 years with the Elizabethtown Police Department. Elizabethtown Town Manager Eddie Madden said Parrish began his career in law enforcement in 1988 as a patrolman with the city of Greenville. In 1990, he joined […]

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The Bladen County Sheriff’s Office is seeking help in identifying a man who broke into a residence in the 5000 block of Mercer Mill Road near Elkton Road about 10:30 a.m. Friday, Dec. 11. The owner was not at home at the time of the break-in. Anyone with information about the break-in or can identity […]

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A former employee of Smithfield Packing in Tar Heel was sentenced up to 74 months in prison Monday for shooting into the vehicle of his former supervisor as the supervisor left work. Dymaree Thompson, 21, received a minimum of 51 months and a maximum of 74 months in prison for discharging a weapon into a […]

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A Bladen County Sheriff’s Office narcotics detective posed as a UPS driver in March and delivered a package containing more than five pounds of marijuana to an address on Peanut Plant Road in Elizabethtown. Tuesday in Bladen County Superior Court, the man who received the package pleaded guilty to felony possession of marijuana as well […]

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A former U.S. Postal Service employee in Bladen County pleaded guilty to two counts of misdemeanor larceny and has paid back nearly all of the more than $8,000 she took during a six-month period beginning in March 2012, according to statements made Tuesday in Bladen County Superior Court. Taneisha Wilkerson, 29, received 24 months supervised […]

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Mitchell Dean Johnson picked up a Bible and clutched it to his chest, lowered his head and sobbed when asked if he was guilty of sexual offense charges involving children. After a moment and in tears, he asked Judge Douglas Sasser, “Can I just agree to the plea?” Sasser asked again if he was guilty […]

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By Erin Smith The Bladen County Commissioners met on Monday and dealt with requests from the Sheriff’s Office, Emergency Management and the Board of Education.   Jeff Singletary (pictured left) of the Bladen County Sheriff’s Office told the board that Bladen Community College has requested the Sheriff’s Office station two uniformed deputies at the campus. […]

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On 12/04/2015 Elizabethtown officers received information that a black male suspect was selling crack cocaine and marijuana near the intersection of MLK Dr. and Dunham St. Officers arrived on scene and located the black male suspect wearing the clothes as described in the information received. Elizabethtown officers made contact with the suspect and he was […]

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Willie Edward King of Martin Street in Elizabethtown was arrested Friday, Dec. 4 on drug charges after Elizabethtown police received a tip, interim Police Chief Kip Hester said. Officers were told of a man selling crack cocaine and marijuana near the intersection of Martin Luther King Drive and Dunham Street on Dec. 4, Hester said. […]

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Shanika Nicole Mitchell had her bond set at $1 million Monday afternoon during a brief appearance in Bladen County District Court. Mitchell, 17, is one of four people charged with first degree murder in the shooting death of 24-year-old Darrell Dionte Council in November. The shooting occurred at the intersection of Twisted Hickory Road and […]

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The Highway 242 Grill in Ammon was broken into during the early morning hours of Monday. Owner Gloria Smith said she is offering a reward for the information that leads to the arrest and conviction of those responsible. Smith said that between the hours of 2:30 a.m. and 3 a.m. someone entered the store through the […]

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By Erin Smith All four suspects wanted in the shooting death of Darrell Dionte Council have been arrested. Christopher James Baldwin (pictured, left), 25, of Lumberton was arrested Wednesday night and D’Nazya Sade Downing, 20, of Parkton was arrested on Thursday afternoon.  Both are facing charges of first degree murder. Montise Mitchell (pictured, right), 24, […]

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Police officers are always at the ready to assist whenever a citizen is in distress. That was the case on Friday, Nov. 27, when Bladenboro Police Officer Brooks Yandle answered call near the Pawn South store. Chief Chris Hunt said Yandle received a call about an unconscious male in front of the Pawn South store […]

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                        The members of law enforcement from Bladen, Sampson and Scotland counties, the NC Highway Patrol, Bladen County EMS, state parks personnel and firefighters all took part in a tracking class held at the Bladen County Law Enforcement Training Center at White Lake and Jones Lake […]

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The North Carolina Highway Patrol will be increasing its patrols over the Thanksgiving weekend. The Highway Patrol will be teaming up with local law enforcement agencies in the NC Interstate Challenge Campaign. The campaign is an effort to reduce the number of traffic fatalities on the state’s highways during the holiday weekend. According to a […]

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The trial for a St. Pauls man accused of raping a child was continued until Dec. 7 during Monday’s session of criminal court at the Bladen County Courthouse. Stevie Earl Bullard Jr., 30, was charged in January 2014 of first degree rape of a child, attempted first degree rape, and six counts of first degree […]

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By Erin Smith and Charlotte Smith The search for a man wanted from New York continues on Monday afternoon and on into the evening. As of 6:30 pm the suspect still has not been found. The Elizabethtown Police Department, Bladen County Sheriff’s Office, the North Carolina Highway Patrol along with the SABLE helicopter from New Hanover County […]

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The Elizabethtown Police Department arrested Tanner Cole Atkins on Friday, Nov. 13, on charges involving a breaking and entering case from June. Atkins, of White Plains Church Road in Clarkton, was arrested and charged with breaking and entering, larceny of firearm, and possession of stolen firearm. Atkins was placed in the Bladen County Jail under […]

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Sheriff James A. McVicker disclosed today the largest heroin seizure in the county to date. McVicker said Narcotics Investigators with the Bladen County Sheriff’s Office seized 1,450 bindles of heroin late Wednesday evening, November 11th. The seizure was the result of a traffic stop on NC 211 between Bladenboro and Clarkton. The vehicle was stopped […]

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One of three people charged with the murder of former Elizabethtown resident Melissa Huggins-Jones two years ago in her Raleigh apartment was in court Monday seeking to have the death penalty removed as an option if he is convicted. Lawyers for Travion Devonte Smith, 22, of Raleigh, said in court Monday that the state withheld […]

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The Bladen County Sheriff’s Department is seeking the public’s help in locating Montise Arman Mitchell, 24, of 27 Charlie McMillan Circle, Saint Pauls. Bladen County Sheriff Jim McVicker said his office taken out a warrant charging Mitchell with first degree murder in the shooting death of Darrell Dionte Council, 23, of Tar Heel. The shooting […]

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The lawyer for Jonathan Parker on Tuesday asked that the case against his client be carried over as a mental evaluation continues and evidence reports are compiled. Parker, 44, is accused of first-degree murder in the death in October of 78-year-old John Robert Cole at Cole’s home in Elizabethtown. Judge Pauline Hankins set Dec. 21 […]

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Email and phone scams apparently are making the rounds in Bladen County, says Sheriff James McVicker. “Sadly, email and phone scams like these prey on the elderly, the desperate of the good hearted friend,” McVicker said. “If you have any doubt about whether an email or phone call is legitimate, get as much information as […]

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Two Pizza Hut employees were robbed at gunpoint Thursday night in the parking lot of the Elizabethtown restaurant, says interim Police Chief Kip Hester. As the employees were walking toward their vehicle about 11 p.m., a man armed with a handgun ordered them into the vehicle, Hester said. The man took items from the employees […]

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An anonymous tip to law enforcement led to the arrest of three people in October on charges related to growing marijuana inside a residence in Kelly, Bladen County Sheriff James McVicker said Tuesday. Charged with manufacturing marijuana and maintaining a dwelling for the purpose of manufacturing a controlled substance were Ciara Gutierrez, 22, of Sebastian […]

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Two Bladen County men charged with murder in separate cases have each made their appearance in Bladen County Superior Court and have had their next court dates set, according to documents. Jonathan Parker, 44, (pictured left) appeared before Judge Scott Ussery on Wednesday and had bond set at $5 million. His next court date was […]

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A 20-year-old Bladenboro man is being held without bail on a murder charge after an incident Tuesday night left the fiancee of the man’s father dead. Marquail Allen Burney is charged in the death of Crystal Dionne Cruz of N.C. 41 West, Bladenboro, says Bladen County Sheriff James McVicker. Burney was arrested Wednesday morning in […]

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Sheriff James A. McVicker has released information concerning telephone scams. Many Bladen County residents have recently been getting phone calls on both their cell phones and home phones telling them they have won a prize and wanting them to send money to receive their prize. “Any time you get asked to give money to receive […]

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39 year old Ottis McGill of Clarkton was sentenced Tuesday to 19 to 25 years in prison for two robberies in the Wilmington area. He entered guilty pleas earlier this year of robbing Western Union in downtown Wilmington of $6,000 in August 2013, and about a month later of robbing Newbridge Bank on Military Cutoff […]

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Two Elizabethtown men were arrested Wednesday on drug and weapons charges after a search of a house on South Lower Street, Elizabethtown interim Police Chief Kip Hester said. Brandon Quinnard Ward of the 400 block of South Lower Street was charged with probation violation, possession of a firearm by a felon, trafficking opium, possession of […]

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An Elizabethtown man has been charged with felony breaking and entering after shattering the glass at the drive-thru window of Anderson Drug early Friday morning, says Elizabethtown Interim Police Chief Kip Hester. Corey Murchison of Smith Circle was caught about 4 a.m. a block away from the store with blood stains on his shirt and […]

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NEW BERN – United States Attorney Thomas G. Walker announces that fifteen individuals were sentenced for their involvement in an international cocaine trafficking organization. All 16 were part of the same drug trafficking organization operating in the Elizabethtown and Bladen County area. The organization was importing the cocaine from Jamaica for distribution. The following individuals […]

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NEW BERN — Nine people from Bladen County were among 16 sentenced Friday for their involvement in an international cocaine trafficking organization operating in Bladen County, U.S. District Attorney Thomas Walker announced. The organization was importing the cocaine from Jamaica for distribution, according the the U.S. Attorney’s Office. The following from Bladen County pleaded guilty: […]

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On 9/12/15 Elizabethtown Officers responded to Bladen County Hospital in reference to a stabbing that occurred in the area of 1204 Lewis St. in Elizabethtown. The Victim Tracy Christopher Custis was assaulted while attempting to visit with a female at the residence of suspect Cleo Lewis. Lewis confronted Custis at the residence and an altercation ensued. Custis was stabbed several […]

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During the early morning hours of 09/02/2015 Elizabethtown Officers responded to an alarm call at US cellular on W. Broad St. in Elizabethtown. Officers arrived on the scene within seconds of receiving the call and observed the rear glass door shattered. During the investigation officers found that the suspects entered the business but were unsuccessful in their attempt to […]

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By: Cheryl Thurston On Thursday, September 3rd, the Bladen County Juvenile Crime Prevention Council met in their regular session to discuss progress on projects already in the works, and new items that are coming in the near future. The local JCPC works with the Department of Justice’s Juvenile Delinquency Prevention program to provide a comprehensive […]

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Two of the eight sex offenders arrested recently in Bladen County for not being in compliance with their N.C. Sex Offender Registry requirements had served time for first degree rape and another had been convicted of attempted rape. The list also included a sexual battery charge and four charges of indecent liberties with a minor, […]

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ELIZABETHTOWN, N.C. – Eight sex offenders who were found to be not in compliance with their North Carolina Sex Offender Registry requirements were arrested over the past week in Bladen County. This sweep was the culmination of a multi-agency compliance check that began last week and involved officers from the U.S. Marshals Violent Fugitive Task […]

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On 08/29/15 Elizabethtown officers made a vehicle stop on S. Poplar St. The driver of the vehicle gave a fictitious name and officers noticed the odor of marijuana coming from the vehicle. The officers ordered the three occupants out of the vehicle and a vehicle search was conducted. Officers discovered a loaded .357 magnum revolver […]

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Three Elizabethtown men were arrested Monday night and charged in an armed robbery of the Dollar General store in Dublin, according to the Bladen County Sheriff’s Office. The men were apprehended after a brief vehicle chase that ended in a mobile home park at the intersection of Owen Hill Drive and Robin Drive less than […]

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Sheriff James A. McVicker announced the apprehension and arrest of three individuals responsible of an armed robbery of the Dollar General store on Albert Street in Dublin Monday night. McVicker said the robbery call came in at approximately 8:45 pm. The call was made by a customer who was at the back of the store […]

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