08/17/2019
  • 7:04 am Thoughts While Shaving for August 17
  • 12:46 am This Day in History for August 17
  • 12:31 am Vacation leave, overtime pay policies on Bladen commissioners’ agenda
  • 12:05 am Vineyard Golf Club Championship Set Sept. 14-15
  • 11:55 pm Desmond Bryant Football Camp Set For Aug. 24
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An Elizabethtown man is recovering from a gunshot wound he received on Monday and another man is being held on attempted murder charges, according to the Elizabethtown Police Department. The Elizabethtown Police Department received a 911 call of a subject shot in the area of James Street near Della Street in Elizabethtown around 11 am […]

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By Erin Smith A fifth individual has been arrested following an investigation into election fraud in Bladen County.  The arrests are the result of a lengthy investigation into absentee ballot irregularities in Bladen County. Rebecca D. Thompson was arrested on Thursday evening after turning herself in at the Bladen County Sheriff’s Office. Thompson has been charged with […]

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The Columbus County Sheriff’s Office SWAT Team executed a search Warrant at the 701 Business Center located at 2388 James B White Highway North in Whiteville. During the search warrant, Columbus County Sheriff’s Office seized approximately $8,000.00 in cash, over 80 video gaming machines, and approximately 10 flat screen televisions. On Monday, March 4, 2019, […]

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Sheriff James A. McVicker is warning the public of several phone scams where individuals are using the Sheriff’s Office as a cover to gain personal information. “We have had several calls from the public asking if this office can provide further information on calls they have received,” said McVicker. “We are telling everyone that this […]

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By Erin Smith Four individuals have now been arrested following an investigation into election fraud in Bladen County. A fifth individual who was indicted has not yet been arrested. “The SBI is working with local law enforcement to arrest Rebecca D. Thompson in connection to this investigation,” Anjanette Grube, Public Information Officer with the North […]

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By Erin Smith Several drug-related cases were on the docket for Wednesday’s session of Bladen County Criminal District Court. During the session, several drug-related charges were dismissed and 17 cases were continued to the April session. Sharonda Stevens accepted a plea arrangement through her Attorney Goldston Womble. Stevens pled guilty to one count of possession […]

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By Erin Smith Two Bladen County men pled guilty to charges stemming from a series of break-ins that ocurred at several Bladen County hog farms in the fall of 2018. Wesley Carroll was sentenced by Superior Court Judge Croom to 77 to 105 months in prison after he pled guilty to one count of felony […]

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A Kelly man was sentenced to 13 years in prison for his role in home invasion that ocurred in Elizabethtown. Marcus Blake, 35, entered guilty pleas to robbery with a dangerous weapon, first degree burglary, and possession of firearm by felon in Bladen County Superior Court on Monday. Blake was sentenced by Judge Croom to […]

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By Erin Smith Following the raid and closing of four video gaming establishments in Bladen County last week, some of our readers have asked what it is that makes the games illegal. The answer to that is not so easy. “Video gaming and gambling in general is a grey area and everyone interprets this area […]

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By Erin Smith A second arrest has been made in the investigation into election fraud and absentee ballot irregularities in Bladen County. Caitlyn Croom is the second individual to be arrested. According to the NC State Bureau of Investigation (NC SBI), she was arrested in New Hanover County on Sunday at 11:30 a.m. Croom is […]

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By Erin Smith Two court cases of interest in Bladen County were on the docket in Bladen County Superior Court on Monday, March 4, 2019. Judge Croom presided over the court proceedings on Monday. The case of Delane Jackson, a former Bladenboro Town Manager, was on the docket on Monday. Defense Attorney Butch Pope addressed […]

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By Erin Smith A Bladen County man who was involved in a six-hour standoff with law enforcement in November 2017, could be facing a trial in July. MacKenzie Brisson was in Bladen County Superior Court along with his defense attorney, Butch Pope on Monday. As Brisson’s case was called by Judge Croom Pope addressed the […]

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Contributed Friday and Saturday night, ALE special agents arrested more than 123 people for alcohol, drug, firearm, and gambling charges during a state-wide crackdown in partnership with local, state and federal agencies. Each of the eight districts targeted violence and illegal activity anywhere alcohol was sold – whether legally or illegally. “ALE’s primary mission is to […]

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By Charlotte Smith Two individuals are accused of stealing from a local farmer and other surrounding areas. One Wednesday a man was caught taking down cameras from a local farmer. The individual captured on camera, along with another passenger is accused of stealing approximately $600 worth of security cameras and solar panels according to farm […]

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Contributed The owner of a North Carolina mental health company was sentenced to prison today for the submission of false claims to Medicaid and tax evasion, announced Principal Deputy Assistant Attorney General Richard E. Zuckerman of the Justice Department’s Tax Division and U.S. Attorney Matthew G.T. Martin for the Middle District of North Carolina. Catinia […]

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Contributed The Bladen County Sheriff’s Office Vice/Narcotics Unit and North Carolina Alcohol Law Enforcement have completed an investigation into illegal video gambling operations throughout Bladen County. During the investigation, it was determined that the below listed locations were operating as illegal gambling establishments. This investigation originated from citizen complaints which prompted Vice/Narcotics Agents to the […]

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By Erin Smith Following the indictment and arrest of McCrae Dowless for his role in an absentee ballot operation in the 2016 election and in the 2018 primary, others could be facing charges as well. According to reports, four other individuals who assisted Dowless in his campaign efforts in 2016 are also potentially facing charges. […]

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By Erin Smith An Elizabethtown woman was charged for damaging a cemetery in the Kelly community on Monday. The Garden of Memories cemetery located on NC 53 in the Kelly community suffered an estimated $3,000 in damages in the incident. Bladen County Sheriff’s Office Chief Deputy Larry Guyton said damages occurred to five tombstones when […]

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Contributed A traffic stop by the Elizabethtown Police Department on Tuesday resulted in an arrest on an outstanding warrant. Sgt. Butler was conducting a downtown patrol after businesses were closed. when he came in to contact with a vehicle parked in the area, according to Lt. Mark McMichael with the Elizabethtown Police Department.  As the […]

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Contributed Elizabethtown police officers responded to the area of Smith Circle, Benjamin Manor apartments, on Monday night where it was reported man was shooting at a vehicle. As Sgt. Vause arrived several residents of the area were shouting “he has a gun” to Sgt. Vause and pointing at a man who was fleeing the area, […]

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By Erin Smith A former union official with the United Food and Commercial Workers Local Union 1208 entered a plea of guilty on Tuesday in the Eastern District of North Carolina federal court. Terry Slaughter, 48, who served as the secretary-treasurer, entered a guilty plea to one count of embezzlement of labor union assets. As […]

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By Erin Smith McCrae Dowless has been indicted by a grand jury in Raleigh and arrested on several charges resulting from his handling of absentee ballots in the 2016 general election and 2018 primary election.  According to the NC State Bureau of Investigation (NC SBI), Dowless was arrested without incident at his Bladenboro residence on Wednesday […]

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By Erin Smith Several drug-related cases were on the docket for Monday’s session of Bladen County Criminal District Court. During the session, several heroin charges were dismissed, one felony charge for larceny of a motor vehicle was reduced to a misdemeanor and 11 cases were continued to the next session.  Christen Diamond Russ,  23, accepted a […]

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By Erin Smith An arraignment hearing for a former Elizabethtown doctor and his girlfriend has  been moved to June. The  arraignment hearing for Dr. Jong Whan Kim and his former girlfriend Tammy Thompson was originally scheduled to take place on March 12, has been rescheduled to June 4, 2019 in New Bern. Dr. Kim and Thompson are alleged to […]

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RALEIGH – United States Attorney Robert J. Higdon, Jr. announced that in federal court, United States District Judge James C. Dever III sentenced Brian David Riggins, 26, from Tabor City, North Carolina, to 84 months in prison, followed by 3 years of supervised release. Riggins was charged in an indictment filed in the Eastern District […]

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By Charlotte Smith Bladen County’s Opioid Task Force met this month to discuss many components in the fight against opioid and drug abuse. UNC Project ECHO, Southeastern Carolina Crossroads, strategic planning and the new Substance Abuse Initiative Liaison program were all topics metaphorically bearing fruit during the meeting. Two church members from White Lake Baptist […]

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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 VICTOR DEMETRIOUS WATSON, 27, of Ash, North Carolina, to 120 months in prison, followed by 5 years of supervised release. WATSON was charged […]

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By Erin Smith Two court cases of interest in Bladen County will be on the docket in Bladen County Superior Court on Monday, March 4, 2019. The case of Delane Jackson, a former Bladenboro Town Manager, is expected to be present in Bladen County Superior Court. He is charged with one felony count of obtaining property […]

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Sheriff Jim McVicker of Bladen County announced more drug arrests made with joint agency efforts. Arrests involving cocaine, narcotics and marijuana were all part of what the Sheriff announces as the “Valentines Roundup”. On February 14, 2019, the Bladen County Sheriff’s Office with the assistance of the Bladenboro Police Department executed a search warrant at […]

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By Erin Smith A Columbus County man charged in the shooting death of NC Highway Patrol Trooper Kevin Conner was indicted by the Columbus County Grand Jury on Thursday morning on a first-degree murder charge for a murder that took place in 2016. Chauncey Askew, of Chadbourn, was indicted on a first-degree murder charge  in […]

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GREENVILLE – Justin Lee Myers was sentenced to 14 years in prison Wednesday on drug trafficking and money laundering charges, according to the office of U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of North Carolina Robert J. Higdon Jr. Myers, 34, of Tabor City, was among eight people charged as part of a 22-count indictment filed […]

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RALEIGH – Gary Lynn Gatlin of Orrum was charged Tuesday for possession of a firearm by a felon after allegedly firing multiple shots toward law enforcement officers last Friday, U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of North Carolina Robert J. Higdon Jr. announced Wednesday in federal court. The case was brought using the Take Back […]

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By Erin Smith A Bladen County hit and run death still remains unsolved after more than ten years. Amber Paige Babson was struck by car in September 2008 as she sought help from a residence on Pleasant Grove Church Road near Bladenboro. Bladen County Chief Deputy Larry Guyton said the case is also being investigated […]

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RALEIGH — The United States Attorney for the Eastern District of North Carolina, Robert J. Higdon, Jr., announced that today, Chief United States District Judge Terrence W Boyle sentenced Cheyne Martin Potrafka, 35, of Burgaw to 220 months’ imprisonment, followed by a lifetime of supervised release which will prohibit him from having or watching any […]

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Eight people were arrested Monday and seven others were being sought following investigations into the distribution of controlled substances throughout Bladen County, Sheriff James McVicker announced Wednesday afternoon. A Bladenboro man is in custody in another county and will be served during his next court appearance while three others had been arrested earlier during the […]

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Contributed On Monday, February 4, 2019, minutes before 3:00 pm, a Columbus County Sheriff’s Office (CCSO) Deputy was on routine patrol in the Green Acres community of Tabor City, when he observed a vehicle parked near the wood line. The CCSO Deputy drove to the vehicle to check on the vehicle and offer his assistance. […]

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NEW BERN – The United States Attorney for the Eastern District of North Carolina, Robert J. Higdon, Jr., announced that on February 1, 2018, Samuel DeWayne Doolittle, 33, of Erie, Pennsylvania, was sentenced by United States District Judge Louise W. Flanagan for interstate transportation for prostitution and use of the internet to promote an unlawful […]

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By Erin Smith An arrest has been made in a shooting of a vehicle that occurred outside of Thee Factory on Martin Luther King Street in Elizabethtown last weekend. Marcus Jermil Blake, 35, of Elizabethtown, was arrested on Sunday, Feb. 3, 2019, and charged with possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, injury to […]

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By Erin Smith The jury in the Christopher Baldwin murder trial returned a verdict of guilty on all charges after deliberating for 30 minutes. Superior Court Imelda Pate sentenced Baldwin to life in prison without the possibility of parole. Baldwin was convicted of first-degree murder in the shooting death of Darrell Council. He was also […]

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By Erin Smith Videos of two interviews conducted by investigators with Christopher Baldwin punctuated the afternoon on Thursday as testimony continued in Baldwin’s murder trial in Bladen County Superior Court. Baldwin is on trial for the shooting death of Darrell Council in November 2015. In the videos played in court, jurors heard Baldwin first tell Investigator Morgan […]

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By Erin Smith The start of day three in the murder trial for Christopher Baldwin was delayed on Wednesday morning by more than one hour and 45 minutes due to a juror who was late to court. Baldwin is on trial for the November 2015 shooting death of Darrell Council. The juror was admonished by Judge Imelda […]

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By Erin Smith A Tar Heel store was the victim of an armed robbery on Saturday night. Bladen County Chief Deputy Larry Guyton said two men entered the Dollar General in Tar Heel around 10 p.m. wearing ski masks and armed with handguns. Guyton said, “They made the manager and clerk go to the back room and made […]

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RALEIGH – United States Attorney Robert J. Higdon, Jr. stated today: “I was pleased to return the United States Attorney’s Office to full operations this morning following the resolution of the lapse in appropriations by our leadership in Washington. And as we resume normal operations, I want to thank and commend the lawyers and staff […]

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By Erin Smith Jury selection continued on Tuesday morning for the fourth person accused in the shooting death of Darrell Dionte Council. Christopher Baldwin sat quietly in the courtroom observing the potential jurors as they sat in the jury box and were questioned by District Attorney Jon David. Jury selection began on Monday afternoon and has continued into Tuesday. Judge […]

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By Erin Smith A vehicle in a parking lot near a club in Elizabethtown was shot multiple times on Sunday morning, according to the Elizabethtown Police Department. The report of gunshots in the area of Thee Factory on Martin Luther King Drive was made at 2:15 a.m. Lt. D. Cheshire said, “Our officers in the […]

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The Bladen County Sheriff’s Office Narcotics Unit has completed an investigation into the mailing of controlled substances to the Bladen County Sheriff’s Office Detention Center. On December 24, 2018, the Bladen County Sheriff’s Office Detention Center intercepted personal mail addressed to an inmate containing suspected controlled substances and the Narcotics Unit was requested to assist. […]

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By Erin Smith After more than two years, an Elizabethtown murder case involving an illegal farm worker remains unsolved. The crime happened in June 2016 and investigators say they are still following leads related to the crime. “It remains an active case,” said Lt. D. Cheshire. “We’ve got some people we suspect, but nothing we […]

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By Erin Smith The Elizabethtown Police Department is asking for the public’s help in identifying the suspect involved in the breaking and entering of the Dragonfly Coffee House on West Broad Street last week. Lt. D. Cheshire has released security camera footage of the suspect in the hopes someone may recognize him. The suspect is […]

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By Erin Smith Jury selection is scheduled to begin on Monday afternoon for the fourth person charged in the shooting death of Darrell Dionte Council. Christopher Baldwin is the final defendant to face trial for the November 2015 shooting. He is facing charges of first-degree murder, two counts of felony conspiracy, discharging a weapon into an occupied […]

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Contributed Officers and Detectives with the Fayetteville Police Department’s Violent Criminal Apprehension Team (VCAT), Gang Unit, and members of the United States Marshals Service have located and arrested Zhivargo K. Jenkins (B/M, 41 years of age), who was wanted for seventeen (17) outstanding warrants for arrest and orders for arrest. Jenkins was located along the […]

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By Erin Smith Detention hearings were held for a former Elizabethtown doctor and his girlfriend this week at the federal courthouse in Wilmington. Dr. Jong Whan Kim  appeared before US Magistrate Judge Robert Jones Jr. on Thursday who allowed Dr. Kim to be released from the custody of US Marshals. Dr. Kim was ordered to […]

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By Erin Smith Five individuals wanted in the Operation Take Back Bladenboro round up remain at large. The Bladen County Sheriff’s Office needs the public’s help in locating them. When asked about progress with arrests on Tuesday, Bladen County Chief Deputy Larry Guyton said, “The five are still at large.” If you have seen these […]

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By Erin Smith An Elizabethtown business was the victim of a breaking and entering early Tuesday morning. Lt. D. Cheshire with the Elizabethtown Police Department said the Dragonfly Coffee House located at 119 West Broad Street reported a breaking and entering on Tuesday morning. “The suspect or suspects took an undisclosed amount of money,” said Lt. Cheshire. Anyone who may […]

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By Erin Smith The Columbus County Sheriff’s Office has arrested a Clarkton man on charges of indecent liberties with a child. The Columbus County Sheriff’s Office arrested Andrew Lee Bass of Clarkton, on Friday and have charged him with two counts of indecent liberties with a child, two counts of statutory rape of a child […]

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Contributed Detectives with the Fayetteville Police Department’s Violent Criminal Apprehension Team (VCAT), the United States Marshal’s Service, and the North Carolina Department of Public Safety’s Probation Office are requesting the public’s assistance locating Zhivargo K. Jenkins, 41, who has 17 outstanding warrants for arrest and orders for arrest. Jenkins is currently wanted for the following: […]

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By Erin Smith A traffic stop initiated by the Elizabethtown Police Department on Friday afternoon led to the arrest of a man wanted for at least two break-ins that occurred in 2014. According to Lt. D. Cheshire, Shajuan Morgan James, 28, of Fayetteville, was stopped by Elizabethtown Police Officers on Friday. During the traffic stop, […]

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By Erin Smith A Gofundme page has been started to raise funds to assist the Raleigh Police Officer who was shot wounded on Wednesday night. The page was started by David Blackwelder who is the Wake County Chapter President of the North Carolina Sheriff Police Alliance. The group hopes to raise $50,000 to assist officer […]

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By Erin Smith A Columbus County judge is allowing the State to move forward a capital case against one of the two men accused in the shooting death of NC Highway Patrol Trooper Kevin Conner. Chauncy Askew, 18, of Chadbourn, is charged with first-degree murder in the shooting. While his attorney argued that Askew was […]

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By Erin Smith The North Carolina Attorney General’s Office is warning North Carolina residents to be alert for a new scam targeting your Social Security number. According to reports, the scammer poses as a Social Security employee and will either threaten the victim or give them misleading information in an effort to obtain their Social […]

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By Erin Smith A former Elizabethtown doctor and his former girlfriend appeared in federal court before US Magistrate Judge Robert B. Jones Jr on Monday in Wilmington. Dr. Jong Whan Kim was advised of his rights and the charges against him were read, according to court documents. He is represented by attorneys James B. Polk […]

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By Erin Smith A Raleigh police officer was shot multiple times on Wednesday night as he was investigating a report of a stolen vehicle at an apartment complex on Western Boulevard. The wounded officer is recovering following surgery. Raleigh Police Chief Cassandra Deck-Brown said on Twitter, “The officer who was shot in this incident is […]

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Contributed The Elizabethtown Police Department has announced several drug arrests. On January 4th, 2019 Elizabethtown Patrol Officers responded to a minor vehicle accident at 304 S. Poplar St.  While conducting the accident investigation officers smelled a strong odor of marijuana emitting from one of the vehicles involved in the accident and contacted an Elizabethtown Narcotic […]

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The Bladen County Sheriff’s Office has announced three more arrests in Operation Take Back Bladenboro. Chief Deputy Larry Guyton said five more suspects remain at large. The Bladen County Sheriff’s Office is requesting the public’s help in locating those individuals who remain at large. If you have seen these individuals or know their whereabouts, you […]

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There were 27 arrests made on Friday, January 4th and there are eight more warrants for arrests in Bladen County. Sheriff James A. McVicker and Bladenboro Police Chief William Howell announced the results of a joint investigation conducted in and around the town of Bladenboro in the last two months. Over the past several months, […]

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Two arrest were made in Bladen County for narcotic related charges. Bladen County Sheriff Jim McVicker announced on Thursday the two arrests were made after the Narcotics Unit completed an investigation into the distribution of Controlled Substances in the Elizabethtown area of Bladen County. This investigation originated from citizen complaints which prompted Narcotics Agents to the […]

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By Erin Smith One of the two suspects in the murder of NC Highway Patrol Trooper Kevin Conner is scheduled to be in court on Friday, January 11. Chauncy Askew of Chadbourn is facing charges of first-degree murder and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. Askew could receive the death penalty if he is […]

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By Erin Smith A former Elizabethtown doctor and his assistant were indicted in federal court in December for a pill mill they were operating in Tabor City. Dr. Jong Whan Kim and Tammy Lynn Thompson are scheduled to appear on Monday, January 7, 2019, at the federal courthouse in Wilmington at 10 a.m. The couple […]

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By Erin Smith A little over one year after a shooting in Kelly, a Wilmington man is scheduled to return to Bladen County Superior Court in February 2019. David Wayne Gore, 54, who is the owner of Gore Marine in Wilmington, is charged with felony second degree murder for the shooting death of Allen Blanchard, […]

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By Erin Smith An Elizabethtown man who is facing a charge of arson is scheduled to be in court on Monday, January 7, 2019, according to court records. Brandon Malek Malone of Elizabethtown is charged with felony first-degree arson and two counts of attempted first-degree murder. The charges stem from a fire at apartment 5B […]

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By Erin Smith Two Bladen County residents will be back in the courtroom in January. The next session of Bladen County Superior Court Case Management will meet on Monday, January 7th. According to the court docket, Delane Jackson, former town manager of Bladenboro, and Jonathan Parker are scheduled to appear. Jackson is alleged to have […]

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By Erin Smith The Elizabethtown Police Department is actively seeking the whereabouts of a suspect wanted in an early December shooting. According to Lt. D. Cheshire, officers are still seeking the location of Curtis Sanders Cromartie. “We have got him entered as wanted nationwide,” said Lt. Cheshire. He added Cromartie’s information has been entered into […]

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By Erin Smith The Bladen County Sheriff’s Office needs your help in locating a man wanted for the distribution of drugs. Bladen County Chief Deputy Larry Guyton said Sheriff’s Deputies are still seeking the location of Marvin Lamar McKiver. Chief Deputy Guyton said McKiver is wanted on charges of sell/deliver cocaine and possession with intent […]

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Governor Roy Cooper announced that the State of North Carolina is offering a reward of up to $5,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible for the murder of United States Army Specialist Jose Juan Melendez, Jr., age 31. On Tuesday, November 28, 2017, Specialist Melendez was meeting […]

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RALEIGH: Governor Roy Cooper announced today that the State of North Carolina is offering a reward of up to $5,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible for the murder of United States Army Specialist Jose Juan Melendez, Jr., age 31. On Tuesday, November 28, 2017, Specialist Melendez was […]

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Contributed Sheriff James A. McVicker said his deputies have made several arrests for narcotics violation and also breaking and entering. “In the past week, my deputies have taken several criminals off our streets,” said the Sheriff. “ It is always good to take down those who do harm to our county and its,” said Sheriff […]

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Contributed Bladen County Sheriff James A. McVicker has asked for the public’s help to locate a man wanted for selling drugs in the county. “We are looking for Marvin Lamar McKiver, 35, whose last known address is 204 Wright Street, Apartment 21, Elizabethtown,” said Sheriff McVicker. ”He is wanted for Sell / Deliver Cocaine, Possession […]

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By Erin Smith The Christmas season is the time for scammers to strike unsuspecting citizens. In North Carolina, there are reports of scam victims being asked to purchase gift cards to pay “fees” and “fines” for late bills, tax bills or legal issues. You can take steps to protect yourself from becoming a victim. Bladen […]

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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 Tony Chevallier, 40, from Clinton, North Carolina, to 360 months in prison, to be followed by 10 years of Federal Supervised Release. Chevallier was part of a regional drug trafficking organization […]

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By Erin Smith Two men had their murder cases dismissed in Bladen County Superior Court on Wednesday. Raliek Tyree Lapaix and Malik Sharmaine Riggans were charged with first-degree murder. Those charges have been dismissed, according to Bladen County court records. Bladen County Assistant District Attorney Quentin McGee said the case against defendant Gabriel McDowell is […]

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RALEIGH – Robert J. Higdon, Jr., the United States Attorney for the Eastern District of North Carolina, announces that a federal grand jury in Greenville has returned an indictment charging Aaron Wayne Pickrell, a former registered nurse at the Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Fayetteville, North Carolina, with five counts of obtaining possession […]

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By Erin Smith The man arrested and charged with Hania Aguilar’s murder made his first appearance in Robeson County Court Monday where his bond was revoked, according to court records. The FBI announced late Saturday that an arrest had been made in the murder of 13-year-old Hania Aguilar.  According to the release from the FBI, […]

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GREENVILLE — James Spencer Bell of Lumberton was sentenced Friday after pleading guilty to possession with intent to distribute a quantity of cocaine base and discharging a firearm in furtherance of a drug-trafficking crime, U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of North Crolina Robert J. Higdon Jr. announced in a news release. Bell, 29, plead […]

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Contributed Sheriff James A. McVicker said his Narcotics Unit have conducted a search warrant and made other arrests this week. The Bladen County Sheriff’s Office Narcotics Unit completed an investigation into the distribution of Controlled Substances in the Graham Road area of Clarkton. This investigation originated from citizen complaints which prompted Narcotics Agents to the […]

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By Erin Smith A Bladenboro man pled guilty to second-degree murder in connection to a shooting that left one dead and one injured in September 2016. Bladen County Resident Superior Court Judge Douglas Sasser presided over the proceedings on Wednesday. Henry Spivey, 40, pled guilty to second-degree murder, attempted first-degree murder and assault with a […]

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By Erin Smith A competency hearing was held on Wednesday afternoon for an Elizabethtown man who is accused of murder. Bladen County Resident Superior Court Judge Douglas Sasser ruled on Wednesday afternoon Jonathan Parker is competent to stand trial. Parker is facing a charge of first-degree murder for the stabbing death of 78-year-old John Robert […]

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The Elizabethtown Police Department is requesting the public’s assistance in reference to locating Curtis Sanders Cromartie.  Cromartie is wanted in connection with a shooting that occurred on December 3, 2018 in Elizabethtown that seriously injured a female who was inside of a residence. Felony warrants have been obtained for Cromartie’s arrest for Assault With A […]

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Bladen County Sheriff James A. McVicker said members of the Narcotics Unit made arrests on Sunday of two individuals for the sale of controlled substances to undercover officers. The Bladen County Sheriff’s Office Narcotics Unit completed an investigation into the distribution of Controlled Substances in the East Broad Street area of Elizabethtown. During the investigation, […]

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The Bladen County Sheriff’s Office along with the White Lake Police Department conducted a joint operation that shut down a Methamphetamine Lab near White Lake last week. Sheriff James A. McVicker said, he and White Lake Chief of Police Bruce Smith, are very proud of the joint operation. The investigation started after observations made by the […]

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By Charlotte Smith Photos by Kenneth Armstrong The new year will bring a documentary, Always In Season, about Lennon Lacy. Lacy was a 17 year old West Bladen High School Football player, found dead in August of 2014. He was hanging from a swing set, in a mobile home park not far from his home. […]

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RALEIGH – Robert J. Higdon, Jr., United States Attorney for the Eastern District of North Carolina, announces that a federal grand jury in Raleigh has returned an Indictment charging Sara Jane Brinson  age 34, from Clinton, North Carolina, with aiding and abetting visa fraud and false statements in immigration proceedings. The Indictment alleges Brinson, a […]

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By Charlotte Smith   The Elizabethtown Police Department is requesting the public’s assistance to identify two females and a male according to the departments media release. The three subjects are suspected of Felony Larceny at a business in Elizabethtown on November 25th, 2018. According to the police department the suspects are likely from Robeson County or […]

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RALEIGH – Robert J. Higdon, Jr., United States Attorney for the Eastern District of North Carolina, announces the unsealing of an Indictment charging Kelvin Donnell Johnson, Khadir Elijah Beamon, Timothy Lydell Jones, Carvis Charles Marable and Brandon Darnell McNeill with conspiracy to distribute marijuana and theft of mail. According to the allegations in the Indictment, […]

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By Erin Smith A body that was found in Robeson County late Tuesday afternoon has been identified as Hania Aguilar, according to the Lumberton Police Department and FBI. A press conference conducted on Wednesday afternoon, Lumberton Police Chief Michael McNeill, said, “This is absolutely heart wrenching. We believe we have found the body of Hania.” McNeill continued his […]

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  By Erin Smith A body was discovered on Tuesday afternoon off Wire Grass Road in Robeson County, according to the FBI and Lumberton Police Department. The discovery was made at about 4:45 p.m. today as investigators were following leads in the case of missing Lumberton teen Hania Aguilar. The body has not been positively […]

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It’s important to be secure whenever you shop online. On Cyber Monday, cybercriminals may try to take extra advantage of online shoppers. Here are some tips to protect your information: Shop from trustworthy and established websites only. Make sure your information is encrypted. Look for URLs that begin with https:// and have a closed padlock […]

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By Charlotte Smith   A horrific true story about a powerful, political man torturing a Pastor and his family for five years was unfolded at Elizabethtown Baptist Church on Sunday, November 11. Rebecca Alonzo, author of “The Devil in Pew Number Seven,” described her early life’s events with remarkable poise and forgiveness. The evening contained […]

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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 Court Judge James C. Dever III sentenced RODNEY TROY WILLIAMS, 50, of Bolivia, North Carolina, to 204 months in prison, followed by 60 months of supervised release. WILLIAMS was charged in a two-count […]

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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 Anthony Andrews, 51, of Lumberton, North Carolina, to 132 months imprisonment, followed by 3 years of supervised release. Andrews was named in an Indictment filed on March 15, 2016, charging him […]

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