01/20/2019
  • 11:35 am Updated news about Bladen County Election Investigations
  • 8:18 am Boost the Boro donates $10,000 to local businesses
  • 8:13 am Thoughts While Shaving
  • 1:24 am This Day in History for January 20
  • 1:09 am JV Girls Basketball: Red Springs 24, West Bladen 19
  • 1:05 am JV Boys Basketball: Red Springs 44, West Bladen 25
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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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