02/20/2019
  • 11:57 am Bladen’s Best of the Best for 2019
  • 11:35 am Updated news about Bladen County Election Investigations
  • 5:31 pm Lean Culinary Services, LLC Recalls Ready To Eat Chicken Salad Products due to Possible Listeria Contamination
  • 5:27 pm Hospital is damaged, but still providing care
  • 5:10 pm Wake Forest study shows extraordinary health benefits of the muscadine grape
  • 5:03 pm Kiwanis Club of Elizabethtown encourages volunteers and students
  • 4:53 pm Town of Elizabethtown NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING 
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The West Bladen Assisted Living facility was the victim of a break-in on Saturday, Sept. 15th, 2018, according to the Bladenboro Police Department. Chief Chris Hunt said nothing was reported missing from the facility. He said officers did confront a suspect who was holding a shotgun but was not aggressive towards the officers. Chief Hunt […]

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Yadkin County- As part of a continued investigation involving the May 21st, 2018 death of North Carolina Trooper Samuel N. Bullard during a vehicle pursuit in Yadkin County, additional charges have been filed.  After consultation with the Yadkin County District Attorney’s Office and presenting their office with further findings related to Trooper Bullard’s death and the […]

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A former Elizabethtown doctor with a history of reprimands has been arrested on charges he was operating an opioid distribution operation out of his Tabor city practice. Jong Whan Kim, 72, and Tammy Thompson, 53, were arrested Friday on multiple felony charges. Thompson was the office manager and Kim’s reported girlfriend. The two were managing a large […]

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Update from Columbus County Sheriff’s Office as of 9:30 p.m. on Friday, June 29, 2018 READ MORE Update as of 4:07 p.m. on Friday June 29, 2018: A former Elizabethtown doctor with a history of reprimands has been arrested on charges he was operating an opioid distribution operation out of his Tabor city practice. Jong Whan Kim, […]

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  Tabor City, NC – On June 28, 2018, Columbus County Sheriff’s Office Vice-Narcotics Detectives were patrolling a known drug area in Chadbourn. Vice-Narcotics Detectives noticed a vehicle leaving the area, driving erratically. The driver, James Eldred Buffkin, passed a Vice-Narcotics Detective’s vehicle in a curve, in a no passing area. The detectives initiated a […]

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The Columbus County Sheriff’s Office (CCSO) recovered approximately $115,000.00 worth of stolen property, last week.  The property was recovered in three unrelated incidents. On June 20, 2018, Jeffery Lee Allen of Chadbourn discovered that his white 32 feet long, enclosed trailer had been stolen from his property while he was asleep.  Mr. Allen secured his […]

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An Ivanhoe man who was already under arrest for outstanding warrants from Duplin County, is now facing a murder charge for the shooting death of Jamaris Pridgen. According to reports, Pridgen’s body was found on Saturday, June 2nd,  in shallow grave just off of Wilbur Pridgen Road near the Harrells community. Lajona Demarrias Carr, 41, […]

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By Erin Smith An Elizabethtown woman was charged with identify theft after a Whiteville Police Officer attempted to serve warrants for driving while license revoked and identity theft from Robeson County on June 16th. According to Division Commander Major A. May, with the Whiteville Police Department, officers were contacted by members of the Robeson County […]

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Investigators with Bladen, Columbus and New Hanover Counties located a stolen boat using the Bladen Air 1 Helicopter according to Bladen County Sheriff’s Office. The Sheriff’s office received a citizen tip about the missing boat. The Sheriff reported responding to a wooded area off of Woodyard Rd in Columbus County. The boat was reported stolen […]

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On Wednesday, June 13, 2018 at approximately 11:45 p.m., officers with the Fayetteville Police Department responded to the BP Gas Station located at 1899 Skibo Road in reference to a personal robbery. The preliminary investigation revealed the victim was behind the gas station when he was approached by an unknown suspect. The suspect displayed a […]

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RALEIGH – Today, as the Department of Justice recognizes World Elder Abuse Awareness Day, Robert J. Higdon, Jr., the United States Attorney for the Eastern District of North Carolina, reaffirms the Eastern District of North Carolina’s commitment to combating elder abuse and financial exploitation.  Mr. Higdon commented: “Our seniors deserve our best efforts to prosecute those […]

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By Erin Smith The Elizabethtown Police Department is warning the town’s residents to lock their car doors at all times. Sgt. Detective T. Davis said the department has received six reports so far of someone entering unlocked vehicles on the east side of town and removing money. “We urge everyone to please leave their vehicles […]

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Whiteville, NC – Columbus County Sheriff’s Office Criminal Investigative Unit and Columbus County Fire Marshal’s Office have completed a joint investigation of a structure fire that occurred at 166 Johnny George Roadin Whiteville. As a result of the investigation, one individual has been charged for intentionally setting the fire. On April 12, 2018, at approximately 6:30 am, […]

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By Erin Smith A second man charged in the murder of a man on Ida’s Lane in Clarkton appeared in Bladen County Superior Court and had his case continued. Raliek Tyree Lapaix is facing a charge of first degree murder in the death of Charles Leon Leach of Clarkton. He is scheduled to appear in […]

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GREENVILLE – Robert J. Higdon, Jr., United States Attorney for the Eastern District of North Carolina, announces that a federal grand jury in Greenville has returned indictments charging Aquileo Perez-Pineda, age 48, of Mexico, Abel Ramirez-Uribe, age 33, of Mexico, and Pedro Vicente Sanchez-Jovel, age 34, of Guatemala, with Illegal Reentry of a Deported Alien. […]

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GREENVILLE – The United States Attorney for the Eastern District of North Carolina, Robert J. Higdon, Jr., announced that today in federal court, Senior United States District Judge Malcolm J. Howard sentenced Roderick McNeill, 23, of Lumberton, North Carolina to 40 months of imprisonment followed by 3 years of supervised release. McNeill was named in an Indictment on […]

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Fayetteville, NC— On Wednesday, May 30, 2018 at approximately 2:00 am, officers with the Fayetteville Police Department responded to the Econo Lodge located at 1952 Cedar Creek Road in reference to a reported robbery of a person. The preliminary investigation revealed the victim was speaking to a female he recently became acquainted with in a […]

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By Erin Smith   The attorney representing the man who is charged with the shooting death of Lonnie Level Smith was in Bladen County Superior Court on Monday. According to attorney Brooke Mangum, her client, Harold Eugene Swindell, has received a plea offer from the Bladen County District Attorney’s Office. Mangum informed Bladen County Resident […]

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By Erin Smith The attorney for one of three co-defendants in the murder of Charles Leon Leach which took place at Ida’s Lane in Clarkton in December appeared in Bladen County Superior Court on Monday. Bladen County Resident Superior Court Judge Douglas Sasser heard arguments regarding setting bond for Malik Riggins. Riggins’ Attorney, William Dowdy, […]

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Sheriff James A. McVicker announced today the arrest of an Elizabethtown woman wanted by Bladen County for selling narcotics. “The Whiteville Police Department arrested Antonia Nicole Smith, 30, of Elizabethtown Sunday on several outstanding warrants,” McVicker disclosed. Smith was charged with Sell/Deliver Cocaine, Maintain a Dwelling for the Purpose of Keeping or Selling Controlled Substances, […]

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RALEIGH – United States Attorney Robert J. Higdon, Jr. announced that today in federal court, Chief United States District Judge James C. Dever, III sentenced James Daniel Mckoy, 54 from Garland, North Carolina, to 210 months in prison, followed by 5 years of supervised release. James Mckoy was part of a violent drug trafficking organization […]

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RALEIGH – United States Attorney Robert J. Higdon, Jr. announced that in federal court today, Chief United States District Judge James C. Dever III sentenced JAMES TRUMAN WIGGINS, JR.¸68, of LaGrange, North Carolina to 25 months of imprisonment to be followed by 5 years of supervised release.  In addition the court ordered WIGGINS to pay restitution in the amount […]

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RALEIGH – The United States Attorney for the Eastern District of North Carolina, Robert J. Higdon, Jr., announced that, ANTONIO KEVIN MCKOY, 31, of Garland, NC, TONY CHEVALLIER, 31, of Turkey, NC, and JABARR RYEHEINE RUDOLPH, 38, of Clinton, NC were convicted in Federal Court following a seven day jury trial before Chief United States […]

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By Erin Smith An Elizabethtown man was found not guilty of drugs charges and other charges against him have been dismissed. Treiman Davon Thomas, of 1003 Richardson Street in Elizabethtown, was found not guilty of possession with intent to manufacture sell and deliver, not guilty of possession of schedule II substance, and not guilty of delivering a […]

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By Erin Smith A former Smithfield Foods employee was arrested and charged with felony larceny by employee. Michael James Baxley Jr. of 310 Ronald Britt Road, Bladenboro, was charged with three counts of felony larceny by employee and three counts of possession of stolen goods, according to Bladen County Sheriff’s Office Chief Deputy Larry Guyton. He […]

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NEW BERN – The United States Attorney for the Eastern District of North Carolina, Robert J. Higdon, Jr., announced that, Kiet Vo, 50, of Fayetteville, was sentenced by United States District Judge Louise W. Flanagan to 18 months imprisonment for one count of Conspiracy to Conduct an Illegal Gambling Business. In January 2015, with the […]

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RALEIGH – The United States Attorney for the Eastern District of North Carolina, Robert J. Higdon, Jr., announced that Chief United States District Judge James C. Dever, III sentenced Marvin Earl Blanks, Jr., 33, of Lumberton, North Carolina, to 84 months imprisonment followed by 3 years of supervised release. Blanks was named in a two-count Indictment on […]

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WILMINGTON– The United States Attorney for the Eastern District of North Carolina, Robert J. Higdon, Jr., announces that a Federal grand jury in Wilmington has returned an indictment against Raymond Lee Bryant, Jr., of Roseboro, North Carolina.  Bryant is charged with carjacking, carrying and brandishing a firearm during and in relation to the carjacking,  possession with intent […]

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By Erin Smith Bladen County residents are being urged to secure their four wheelers when they are not in use after a rash of four wheeler thefts. “There have been several four wheelers stolen in the southern part of Bladen County,” said Bladen County Chief Deputy Larry Guyton. The most recent theft was reported on […]

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By Erin Smith The Shallotte Police Department is asking for the public’s help in identifying the man in the photos. He is wanted for questioning by police for making fraudulent purchases at the Lowes Home Improvement Store in Shallotte and at other locations in North and South Carolina. If you have any information as to […]

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Bladen County Sheriff's Department

Sheriff James A. McVicker is seeking the help of the public to locate several individuals being sought for the sale of drugs in Bladen. “Following an undercover operation involving the controlled purchase of narcotics, we are looking for these individuals to arrest,” said McVicker. “We need the public’s help to locate these individuals. If you […]

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Sheriff James A. McVicker said Narcotics Investigators completed a three month undercover operation in and around Tar Heel with the arrest of several drug dealers. At least a half dozen of those arrested were employees of Smithfield Foods, according to the Bladen County Sheriff’s Office. “Pursuant to a three-month investigation and numerous controlled purchases of […]

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Elkin- The suspect sought in the murder investigation of Trooper S. N. Bullard is in custody after an extensive search by state and local authorities.  On Wednesday, May 23 at approximately 3:30 a.m., investigators arrested Dakota Kape Whitt, 22, of Elkin without incident. At approximately 10:53 p.m., troopers attempted to stop a black BMW passenger vehicle that traveled […]

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By Erin Smith Two South Carolina men made their first appearance today in Bladen County Superior Court on charges related to the February robbery of the Dollar Tree in Elizabethtown. Robert Lee Fogle, age 60, and Darryl Antonio Burden, age 35, both of South Carolina, appeared before Judge James Bell Jr. on Monday morning for their first […]

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By Erin Smith A case against a Clarkton man was dismissed on Monday morning in Bladen County Superior Court. District Attorney Quentin McGee told Judge James G. Bell, Jr. the case against Marcus Cyril McKoy was dismissed. Marcus Cyril McKoy, of Pear Tree Road, Clarkton, was arrested in October 2016 and charged with one count of Robbery […]

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Whiteville, NC – During the early morning hours of May 18, 2018, Columbus County Sheriff’s Office Deputies were dispatched to a residence on Gore Trailer Road in Whiteville. The call was in reference to a domestic dispute between the adults residing at the residence, the defendant, his girlfriend, and her mother.  Two young children also reside […]

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Bladen County Commissioner Ashley S. Trivette is scheduled to appear on Tuesday, June 5th, in Brunswick County Superior Court. According to court records, she is facing charges of DWI and misdemeanor child abuse. Trivette was indicted on the misdemeanor child abuse charge in February and the indictment was served on March 2, according to court records. She is represented by Attorney […]

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The man involved in a 6-hour standoff with law enforcement in Dublin in November had his case continued in Bladen County Superior Court.  McKenzie Brisson is scheduled to appear in Bladen County Superior Court on July 9th.  Attorney Harold “Butch” Pope told the court in March his client was in a treatment center in Asheville. Brisson […]

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Agents with the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office Vice-Narcotics Unit have arrested two South Carolina men on multiple drug charges following a traffic stop yesterday evening. Dashon Cortez Grate, 27, of Golf Colony Lane, Little River, SC, is charged with two counts of PWIMSD heroin, sell/deliver heroin maintaining a vehicle used for selling heroin and other […]

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Officers with the Fayetteville Police Department’s Cross Creek District Community Empowerment Response Team (CERT) have charged and arrested four suspects for felony narcotic violations as the result of a search warrant executed along the 4500 block of Sterling Street on May 14, 2018. Officers conducted a search warrant at a residence along the 4500 block […]

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By Erin Smith Two Bladen County Sheriff’s Deputies received minor injuries last week when they attempted to serve an arrest warrant at a residence in White Oak. According to Bladen County Chief Deputy Larry Guyton, the two deputies arrived at 36 Lair Brown Road off of River Road in White Oak to serve a warrant for the […]

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The saying goes, “Crime doesn’t pay.” Those words rang true Sunday evening for three suspects accused of trying to break in a Bladen County barn. “Three people tried to break into our barn and Dad and I held them at gun point until the cops got there,” Brent Underwood explained. The three suspects, Phillip Turner, […]

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Fayetteville, NC – Officers with the Fayetteville Police Department’s Central District Community Empowerment Response Team (CERT), with assistance from the Narcotics Unit, have identified and charged two suspects for felony narcotic violations as the result of a search warrant, along the 1100 block of Bernadine Street, on May 10, 2018. Officers conducted a search warrant […]

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Whiteville, NC – On April 29, 2018, the Dollar General located at 25 Dock Road in Whiteville was robbed at gun point by two masked subjects. The manager and a store employee locked the store and were getting into their vehicles when a masked male came from the side of the store with a shotgun in his […]

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By Erin Smith Bladen County Superior Court records indicate a former West Bladen High School teacher will face trial in July on charges she had sex with a student.  According to court documents, Shanna May Harrelson will go to trial on Monday, July 16th. She is facing charges of disseminating obscene material to a minor and […]

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By Erin Smith The final defendant charged in the 2015 shooting death of Darrell Dionte Council will soon face trial. Attorney Gregory Bullard, who is representing Christopher James Baldwin, appeared in Bladen County Superior Court on Monday and a trial date of September 24th was set.  Baldwin is facing charges of murder, two counts of felony conspiracy, one count […]

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RALEIGH – The United States Attorney for the Eastern District of North Carolina, Robert J. Higdon, Jr., announced that in federal court, before United States Magistrate Judge Robert T. Numbers, II, Raymond Lee Bryant, Jr., of Roseboro, North Carolina, was charged in a federal Criminal Complaint with carjacking and carrying and brandishing a firearm during […]

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   GREENVILLE – Robert J. Higdon, Jr., United States Attorney for the Eastern District of North Carolina, announces that today in Federal court, Tranquere Sanchez Irons, a 30-year-old resident of Lumberton, was convicted following a two-day trial before Senior United States District Judge Malcolm J. Howard. The jury found Irons guilty of Possession with the […]

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