05/20/2019
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  • 9:55 pm This Day in History for May 20
  • 8:50 am Thoughts While Shaving for May 19
  • 1:27 am This Day in History for May 19
  • 1:22 am Bladen County Headlines … 35 Years Ago
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By: Erin Smith In partnership with the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office, Leland Police Department, and Fayetteville Police Department, the North Carolina Harm Reduction Coalition will host two regional gatherings on Law Enforcement Assisted Diversion or LEAD.  LEAD is a new way of looking at policing and how law enforcement responds to low level crimes such as […]

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GREENVILLE – The United States Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of North Carolina announced that in federal court today, Senior United States District Judge Malcolm J. Howard, sentenced Balal Theo Choudhary, a/k/a Paco Choudhary, 28, of Lumberton, to 140 months imprisonment, followed by 5 years of supervised release. On October 5, 2015, Choudhary pled guilty to […]

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CLINTON—Taylor and Vicki Michaels will appear in Vegas Rocks On! at a special benefit performance for the Sampson Community Theatre on Saturday, April 23, at 8 p.m. Audiences of all ages will enjoy this modern day variety show that packs the coolest music, magic and comedy in a tribute to the legendary acts of Las […]

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An investigation into one bus driver texting while driving has lead to her being suspended by Bladen County Schools. According to reports, Sue McLaurin was suspended on Monday following the investigation. An internal investigation was begun after the situation was called to the attention of school officials. According to reports, she has worked for the […]

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A ground breaking for the new Bladen County Law Enforcement Detention Center is planned for Monday, April 18, at 4:30 p.m. at 272 Smith Circle in Elizabethtown. There has been some work started clearing the land for the proposed jail and law enforcement center. Also, the Bladen County Board of Commissioners recently chose ECS Carolinas LLP […]

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By: Erin Smith The Bladenboro Police Department will be getting a new tool to help them in their efforts to better serve the citizens of Bladenboro. The Bladenboro Town Council voted unanimously on Monday to approve a new “standard operating procedure” for the police department involving the use of Naloxone also known as Narcan. Naloxone […]

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Sheriff James A. McVicker said his office assisted in a search of several persons on probation at the request of North Carolina Probation and Parole. Members of the Elizabethtown Police Department and White Lake Police Department also participated  in the searches. The searches were conducted on Friday, April 8th. Arrested were: Tammy Singletary, 48 of […]

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Sheriff James A. McVicker announced today the arrest of two individuals believed to be involved in a flimflam operation across a three county area.   “We received a report late last week of two individuals going door to door selling tickets for a plate sale from the Elizabethtown Presbyterian Church and Bladen Crisis Assistance,” said […]

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Sheriff James A. McVicker said his office assisted in a search of several persons on probation at the request of North Carolina Probation and Parole. Members of the Elizabethtown Police Department and White Lake Police Department also participated  in the searches. The searches were conducted on Friday, April 8th. Arrested were: Tammy Singletary, 48, of […]

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According to reports Shana Horne was apprehended Sunday, April 10 by the Bladen County Sheriff’s Department and charged with obtaining property under false pretense. Horne is 36 years old, 5-feet-5 with hazel eyes and red or auburn hair color. The app listed Jason Todd being apprehended on the same day and charged with fictitious or […]

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Bladen County Sheriff's Department

Sheriff James A. McVicker has issued an alert to the citizens of the county to be aware of a couple soliciting funds for the Elizabethtown Presbyterian Church and for Bladen Crisis Assistance. “We have been informed of a couple who were in the Bladenboro area this weekend going door to door selling tickets for a […]

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A Riegelwood man who was charged with armed robbery of the Butters Quick Shop last year was sentenced Tuesday in Bladen County Superior Court under a plea agreement with the state. Gerrod Basil Ellison, 25, was sentenced to conspiracy to commit robbery with a dangerous weapon and possession of a stolen firearm. He was sentenced […]

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Bladen County Superior Court was in session Monday, April 4 and Tuesday, April 5. Judge Douglas B. Sasser presided. Some of the plea agreements reached were: ** Qushawnda Mae Moore, 22, plead guilty to felony possession of Schedule II controlled substance under a deferred prosecution agreement. Sentenced to 12 months supervised probation. If she fulfills […]

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One Elizabethtown minister is warning residents to be aware of a potential scam.  Rev. Chris Denny said that he recently received two phone calls alerting him to a possible scam.  Denny said that callers described a white female, with freckles and strawberry blonde hair standing between 5’3″-5’6″ going door-to-door in Bladenboro in the Village Drive Apartments area. Denny said that she […]

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The Columbus County Sheriff’s Office has arrested one individual for the homicide of Felicia Moore Porter. Porter was reported missing on March 11, 2016.  She was last seen around Fowler’s Supermarket in Tabor City.  On March 12, a body was located in a wooded area in Tabor City and the Medical Examiner’s Office conducted an […]

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A shooting on Sunday evening shattered and otherwise quiet in Clarkton and left one man shot in the leg, according to Bladen County Sheriff Jim McVicker. Sheriff McVicker said 21-year-old Michaaveei Brown was shot in the left thigh at a building that used to be a washerette near the Time Saver in Clarkton. Brown resides […]

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Bladen County Superior Court was in session Wednesday, March 23. Judge Douglas Sasser presided. Some of the plea agreements reached were: ** Rodriquez McNeil, 20, pleaded guilty to possession of firearm by a felon. Sentenced to 9 to 20 months in custody. In court statements, on Feb. 22, 2015, deputies were called to a home […]

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A man known for his work with community organizations is free on bond while facing charges of assault with a deadly weapon inflicting serious injury. Charles Simmons Cain, 74, of Scout Lane in Elizabethtown, had his $1,000 unsecured bond on the charge revoked Wednesday during a hearing in Bladen County Superior Court after Judge Douglas […]

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The man who was the driver of a vehicle used to leave the scene following an armed robbery at Dollar General in Dublin pled guilty Wednesday in Bladen County Superior Court under an agreement with the state. Naquan Alphonso Matthews, 20, of Elizabthtown, pled guilty to common law robbery and fleeing to elude arrest with […]

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Patrick Tremaine Rhodie was sentenced Wednesday to 15 to 27 months in custody on drug charges under a plea agreement entered in Bladen County Superior Court. Rhodie, 34, pled guilty to selling a Schedule II controlled substance and possession of cocaine. On the first charge, Rhodie was recorded selling 2 grams of crack cocaine to […]

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By Erin Smith  A Sheriff’s Office watercraft has gotten a new lease on life. “Sheriff McVicker tasked me with getting a boat that had been sitting derelict and unused into service before the summer season to ensure that the Sheriff’s Office could effectively respond to waterborne emergencies,” said Gary Turlington. Turlington said this was just one […]

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RALEIGH – The United States Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of North Carolina announced that in federal court, United States District Judge Terrence W. Boyle sentenced Maurice Malik Spencer, 22, of Raleigh, to 180 months imprisonment, followed by 10 years of supervised release. Spencer was named in a six count Indictment filed on June […]

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The Governor’s Highway Safety Program, Booze It And Lose It, had a definite effect in Bladen County and other southeastern counties in the state. During the campaign, which concluded last weekend, Bladen had a total of 315 traffic violations. Other counties and their totals were Columbus (395), Brunswick (516), Cumberland (1347), Pender (231), Sampson (190), […]

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A dispute over a woman has lead to one man being arrested and charged with assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill. According to Bladen County Chief Deputy Larry Guyton, Michael McClendon, 32, of Elizabethtown,  was involved in an incident on March 17 on  NC Highway 210 near Garland with the victim. Guyton said […]

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A casual conversation between a state trooper and a potential juror during a break in Bladen County Superior Court on Tuesday morning resulted in a trial being delayed and an admonition from the judge for the county to get juror tags for everyone in the jury pool. Twelve jurors were being questioned by Assistant District […]

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A three vehicle crash involving two transfer trucks and a pick-up truck at the intersection of NC 41 West and NC 131 closed the roadway to traffic for a brief period of time. North Carolina Highway Patrol Trooper A. M. Russ said Dewitt Demery from South Carolina, driving for Anderson Oil Company of South Carolina was […]

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As I advance in age, I have a difficult time passing by someone begging (thumbing) for a ride, but I know times have changed and we never know when someone is “high” on drugs, may have a weapon…pistol, knife or who knows what. Years ago, thumbing to town and back home was just a normal […]

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By: Erin Smith An afternoon of horseback riding on Saturday ended with one rider going to the hospital and a round-up of one horse.  Bladen County Emergency Services Director Bradley Kinlaw said that a group of horseback riders were enjoying the warm weather on Saturday afternoon on some land across from Singletary Lake State Park […]

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By: Erin Smith On Tuesday afternoon the Columbus County Sheriff’s Office identified a body found near Tabor City on Saturday as that of a woman who had been reported missing on Friday. The Sheriff’s Office is releasing few details of the investigation into the disappearance of Felicia Moore Porter, but did say that it has […]

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A man who was reported missing from his home in Bladenboro barricaded himself in a home in Fayetteville for several hours on Sunday morning. According to Lt. David McLaurin of the Fayetteville Police Department, Darryl Reed Hester Jr., 54, broke into a home in Fayetteville and was confronted by the couple that resided there. According to […]

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The Columbus County Sheriff’s Office announced late Saturday a female body has been found. This announcement comes after the missing person’s report of Felicia Moore Porter, the department made on March 11th. The Sheriff’s Facebook page made the following press release on Saturday. Around 2:30 this afternoon, Columbus County Sheriff’s Office located the body of […]

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A Bladenboro man was sentenced up to 25 months in prison Tuesday for breaking into a home and stealing firearms. Under a plea agreement with the state, Mathue H. Johnson, 21, plead guilty in Bladen County Superior Court to breaking and/or entering and possession of a firearm by felon. He was sentenced to between 15 […]

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Two of the three people charged in October as part of a marijuana growing operation in Kelly accepted plea agreements Tuesday in Bladen County Superior Court. Daniel Giraldo plead guilty to misdemeanor possession of 1/2 ounce up to 1 1/2 ounces of marijuana. He was sentenced to 18 months supervised probation, ordered to submit to […]

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The former operator of The Honey Hole nightclub in Bladenboro that was shut down in July accepted a plea agreement Monday in Bladen County Superior Court and will be on supervised probation for 18 months. Michael Antione Spivey, 39, of Bladenboro plead guilty to maintaining a vehicle, dwelling or place for controlled substance. Along with […]

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Anthony L. Parker was sentenced up to 17 months in prison Tuesday on drug charges related to selling oxycodone to an undercover officer. Under a plea agreement with the state, Parker plead guilty in Bladen County Superior Court to deliver Schedule II controlled substance and manufacturing a Schedule II controlled substance. He was sentenced to […]

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Bladen County Superior Court was in session Monday, March 7 and Tuesday, March 8. Judge Beecher R. Gray presided. Some of the plea agreements reached were: ** Robert Claude Milton, 49, plead guilty to felony possession of Schedule II controlled substance. Sentenced to 18 months of supervised probation and ordered to receive a substance abuse […]

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The man involved in a shooting with two law enforcement officers in February was read the charges against him and appointed a lawyer late Tuesday afternoon during a brief appearance in Bladen County Superior Court. Dennis Windell Marshall, 29, was indicted Monday by a grand jury on two counts of attempted first degree murder and […]

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Firefighters, law enforcement officers and EMS crews will conduct a search Tuesday for a missing Garland woman. Crews will be staging at the Ammon Fire Department. Bladen County Chief Deputy Larrry Guton said Judith Deavers Hyder, 53, of 201 Oliver Lane, near Garland, was reported missing on Wednesday, Dec. 9, by her roommate.  She was […]

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The competency hearing for an Elizabethtown man accused of murder was delayed Monday in Bladen County Superior Court after the defense filed a motion to have its own mental evaluation done. Jonathan Parker, 44, is accused of killing 78-year-old John Robert Cole at Cole’s home in Elizabethtown last October. Parker is being held in Bladen […]

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The U.S. Marshals Service is warning the public of a nationwide telephone scam involving individuals claiming to be U.S. marshals, court officers or law enforcement officials seeking to collect a fine in lieu of arrest for failing to report for jury duty. The U.S. Marshals Service does not call anyone to arrange payment of fines […]

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Sheriff James A. McVicker announced the arrest of several individuals involved in a larceny ring that included three counties. “This investigation has been ongoing for several months,” said McVicker. “My deputies have worked closely with officers from Columbus and Robeson County Sheriff’s Offices as well as Lumberton Police Department, Whiteville Police Department and Bladenboro Police […]

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By: Erin Smith A fire on Thursday morning resulted in one man being issued a citation for illegal burning, according to Columbus County Fire Marshall Shannon Blackman. Acie Kelly of Fayetteville was issued a citation for illegal burning as firefighters from North Whiteville and Clarkton Fire Departments worked to keep the fire contained to the […]

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Sheriff James A. McVicker announced the arrest of Cary Efton Graham, 34, of 3396 Sandy Hills Drive, Leland. Graham was arrested for the February 14 kidnapping of and assault of Brittany Hunt, 26, of Lake Waccamaw. “Graham and Hunt had a domestic relationship,” said McVicker. “Hunt went to Jacobs Loop Road in Bladen County and […]

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RALEIGH – The United States Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of North Carolina announces that Santiago De La Torre, 45, of Joliet, Illinois, pleaded guilty today to counts one and seventeen of the indictment, which charge him with conspiracy to make false statements concerning highway projects, and perjury. The indictment alleged that Santiago De […]

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A former detective with the Columbus County Sheriff’s Office was arrested Monday and charged with distributing opiates, according to Columbus County Sheriff Lewis Hatcher. Christi Caraballo Heath, 32, of Mt. Moriah Church Road in Whiteville, was charged with possession with intent to sell or deliver Schedule II controlled substances and maintaining a vehicle to sell […]

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RALEIGH – The United States Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of North Carolina announced today in federal court, Chief United States District Judge James C. Dever, III, sentenced April Lynn Locklear, 36, of Rowland, to 24 months’ imprisonment, followed by 3 years of supervised release.  Locklear was also ordered to pay $500,000 in restitution, […]

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By Erin Smith The residents of Robeson County can rest a little easier tonight knowing that their streets are a little safer thanks to the men and women of law enforcement who participated in Operation Zero Hour from February 23 through February 25. According to Scott Parker, with the U.S. Marshal’s Service, Operation Zero Hour […]

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Sheriff James A. McVicker announced today the Bladen County Sheriff’s office has completed its internal and separate review of the officer involved shooting that happened on February 13, 2016, in Elizabethtown involving Deputy D.A. Schmale Jr. and Elizabethtown Police Officer Blake Bryan. McVicker said, at the time of the incident, Deputy Schmale made a vehicle […]

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On Tuesday, a judge in Vance County revoked the probation of a Bladenboro man. Gregory Lynn Hester was charged with two counts of probation violation and had his probation revoked, according to court documents. Hester pled guilty in Bladen County Superior Court in 2013 to felony contributing to the delinquency of a minor and one […]

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A crash on NC 242 near Baldwin Branch Church resulted in one man being charged with DWI on Thursday, according to North Carolina Highway Patrol Trooper Freeman. According to Freeman, Gary Bellamy was traveling south NC Highway 242, when he ran off the right side of the road and flipped once coming to rest against a tree in a yard. […]

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The Elizabethtown Police Department made an arrest in a case involving counterfeit currency.  John Sylvester Clax, who initially identified himself to officers as John Sylvester Manning of Spring Lake, was arrested and charged with two counts of obtaining property by false pretenses, uttering a forged instrument, possession of counterfeit currency, and one count of obtaining […]

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Crime Report

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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