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SBI’s Northwestern District Office Phone Number is Being Spoofed

HICKORY – Citizens from Rolesville to Rutherfordton are getting deceptive calls from people who are spoofing the State Bureau of Investigation’s Northwestern District Office phone number and claiming to be from the SBI. These people are not with the SBI and have no connection with the agency. Spoofing uses technology that allows an anonymous person to send and receive phone messages from a different number than the device they are using. The SBI number being spoofed is 828-294-2226. If anyone gets a call from someone claiming to be with the SBI and saying that you are the victim of identity theft, disregard the caller and hang up. Local law enforcement, not the SBI, …..

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Bladen Community College Convocation 2018

DUBLIN – As the fall semester commenced at Bladen Community College, the August 30th convocation was an opportunity for pensive reflection and great expectations for students and staff on campus. “There is no limit to what you can achieve,” remarked Board of Trustees Chair Dennis Troy. In this assembly of campus-wide staff, faculty, and students, speakers brought words of encouragement and advice. Student Government Association President Adriana Quiroz remarked “As SGA president, I welcome you to campus and wish you the best of success.” The gathering included four guest speakers who reflected on how the community college experience has changed their lives. President William Findt shared his educational background, which …..

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ALE’s Weekend Statewide Operation Addresses Crime at Alcohol Establishments

North Carolina Alcohol Law Enforcement special agents arrested 226 people on alcohol, drug and other charges during an operation August 24th as part of a statewide crackdown. During the operation, ALE special agents in Fayetteville intervened during a shooting following a disturbance outside a Food Lion on Rosehill Road and provided medical aid to the shooting victim until EMS arrived. In Alamance County, special agents and members of the Burlington Police Department arrested multiple employees and patrons involved in the sale of controlled substances at a gas station on North Church Street. In Iredell County, special agents detected employees of Apps and Taps in Mooresville, using controlled substances, selling alcoholic beverages to intoxicated patrons, …..

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Detention officers receive specialized training

Contributed The Bladen County Training Center at White Lake has been a hub of activity this week as a group of Bladen County Detention Officers have undergone specialized training. Sgt. Gary Turlington with the Bladen County Sheriff’s Office Specialized Training Division, said, “In an effort to more efficiently serve the citizens of our county and to enhance officer safety by having more deputies afield, a new program was initiated by Bladen County Sheriff Jim McVicker. A select group of Certified Detention Officers from the Bladen County Sheriff’s Office has undergone an intensive training program this week to lessen the frequency of having deputies from the Uniformed Patrol Division escort and/or …..

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ReBuild NC Hurricane Matthew Application Center Opens in Bladen County

By Erin Smith A ReBuild NC Hurricane Matthew application center has opened in Bladen County, at the Bladen County Training Center at White Lake. The application center is located at 5853 US 701 Highway North, Elizabethtown, NC. On Tuesday morning, Kimberly Robertson, the Community Development Specialist with the Community Development Block Grant-Disaster Recovery (CDBG-DR) Emergency Management; Hazard Mitigation Specialist Kimberly Talbert; and Bladen County Emergency Management Director Bradley Kinlaw were going over the program and making final preparations for residents to begin their application process. Kinlaw said anyone who suffered damage due to Hurricane Matthew is eligible to apply.  The ReBuild NC application center, located in the former chapel of …..

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Bladen County Sheriff’s Office makes narcotics arrests

Sheriff James A. McVicker reported the Bladen County Sheriff’s Office had a busy start to the weekend. Sheriff McVicker said his Narcotics Unit began the weekend with a search warrant in the Rico Road area of Clarkton early Friday morning. “My deputies, assisted by the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office, executed a search warrant at 253 Rico Road, Clarkton. During this search there were two arrests made and deputies recovered marijuana and weapons. Undercover buys of prescription medication were made previously at this address,” said Sheriff McVicker. Arrested were Johnnie Norris Willis, 60, of 253 Rico Road, Clarkton. Willis was charged with one count of sell and deliver counterfeit controlled substances …..

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U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Homeland Security Investigations Eye Raleigh for Document and Benefit Fraud Task Force

RALEIGH – Robert J. Higdon, Jr., United States Attorney for the Eastern District of North Carolina, announced today that his Office is “proud to partner with Homeland Security Investigations and other top-tier law enforcement agencies to pursue benefit fraud investigations and prosecutions. Immigration fraud is a significant national problem, and we need to address it with all available resources.” Established in April 2006, these task forces, known as DBFTFs focus their efforts on detecting, deterring and disrupting both benefit fraud and document fraud. Investigators from a variety of agencies with expertise in different aspects of document and benefit fraud collaborate with U.S. Attorney’s Offices around the country to formulate a …..

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Justice Department, DEA Propose Significant Opioid Manufacturing Reduction in 2019

WASHINGTON — The Department of Justice and U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) have proposed a reduction for controlled substances that may be manufactured in the U.S. next year. Consistent with President Trump’s “Safe Prescribing Plan” that seeks to “cut nationwide opioid prescription fills by one-third within three years,” the proposal decreases manufacturing quotas for the most six frequently misused opioids for 2019 by an average ten percent as compared to the 2018 amount. The Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) marks the third straight year of proposed reductions, which help reduce the amount of drugs potentially diverted for trafficking and used to facilitate addiction. On July 11, 2018, the Justice Department …..

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NC Emergency Management to test new low-cost flood gauges

RALEIGH – North Carolina Emergency Management has been selected by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Science and Technology Directorate to help deploy and test three prototype, low-cost flood sensors designed to help bring early flood detection and warning to more communities at a reasonable cost.   Beginning in mid-August, NCEM will deploy a total of 75 early warning flood sensors. These prototype sensors have been designed and constructed by three different companies. Each sensor, depending on configuration, is expected to cost less than $1,000 – which is significantly less expensive than most of the 578 flood gauges that are currently part of North Carolina’s Flood Inundation Mapping and Alert Network …..

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Strong thunderstorms roll through Bladen, one house damaged

By Erin Smith Strong thunderstorms passed through Bladen County overnight Sunday leaving many residents without power and yards littered with debris. One Elizabethtown family had a tree fall on their home. Bladen County Fire Marshal Kenneth Clark said there were multiple reports of trees down throughout the county and one tree was reported to have crashed through a mobile home located on Powell Street in Elizabethtown. Clark also said several farm sheds were also reported to have received damage. Elizabethtown Fire Chief Nick West said the owner of the mobile home on Powell Street is receiving assistance from the American Red Cross. Chief West added he does not know where …..

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Elizabethtown PD Issues Body Cameras to officers

A goal of the Elizabethtown Police Department is to promote transparency and accountability within our community. In an effort to achieve this goal, Elizabethtown has become the first law enforcement agency in Bladen County to implement body worn cameras. With the assistance of the North Carolina Crime Commission, we received a 50/50 grant that allowed us to purchase body worn cameras for all uniformed members of our patrol division. With enhanced technology, body worn cameras are both useful and necessary for informing and maintaining public confidence and trust.  Body worn cameras enables officers to record situations that occur in most any environment and provide the best opportunity of capturing the …..

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Brunswick County Sheriff to Hold Active Shooter Training at Courthouse 

Contributed Brunswick County, N.C. – In keeping with best practices and in an effort to ensure the safety of judges, staff, and the public, the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office along with Brunswick County Court Officials will be holding an active shooter training exercise inside the Brunswick County Courthouse the afternoon of Thursday, June 21st. An administrative order has been issued to close the courthouse to the public during this time. Any member of the public who needs to file something after 12:00 p.m. can do so at the Magistrates’ Office located at the Brunswick County Detention Center, 70 Stamp Act Drive, Bolivia, NC. The Sheriff’s Office will begin clearing the …..

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Information Regarding This Morning’s Staff Assault at Central Prison

RALEIGH – This morning at approximately 8 a.m., two correctional officers were assaulted in a dining area incident at Central Prison. Early indications determined several inmates refused orders from staff. Two of the correctional officers who responded were both assaulted by one inmate who hit them with his fists. The situation was brought under control by other staff. The injured correctional officers were taken to outside medical for treatment and were released. No other staff or offenders were determined to be injured during this incident. The incident is under internal investigation and local law enforcement was contacted. DPS is cooperating with local law enforcement related to any criminal charges that may be …..

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New flood gauges increase public safety, expand flood prediction capability

RALEIGH – When river levels began rising last year after a late-April storm dumped five to eight inches of rain across North Carolina’s Piedmont, North Carolina Emergency Management (NCEM) warned community leaders along the Neuse River what day and time the river would crest and just how high water levels would rise in their community.  A series of flood gauges provided critical data to make those predictions. Soon 13 more gauges will join that state network and help alert other communities to dangerous flooding. “Time and again over the last several years, we’ve used data from these flood gauges to warn residents and communities about dangerous flood conditions,” said State …..

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Update: Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office searching for missing teen; Found Safe

by Erin Smith Update: A missing Brunswick County teen has been found safe. READ MORE The Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office is searching for a missing teen. Jessica Marie Millis, 17, was last seen leaving her residence on Potterfield Road in Winnabow on foot at approximately 1:30 p.m. Sunday wearing a multicolored striped T-shirt and cut-off jean shorts. Millis is described as standing approximately 5 feet 5inches in height and weighing 130 pounds with light brown/blond colored hair and blue eyes. Anyone with information should contact Brunswick County Sheriff’s Det. Boynton at ‭910-398-5492. ‬   Share:

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Bladen County Sheriff’s Office conducts specialized training class

The Bladen County Sheriffs Office has been conducting training to enhance the safety of our school children, residents, and businesses on a repetitive basis since the Specialized Training Section was established in 2015. On Thursday another initiative was launched to support those goals and objectives, according to Bladen County Sheriff’s Office Sgt. Gary Turlington. “In preparation for the response to imminent and active threats, the Bladen County Sheriff’s Office began the next portion of training to respond to threats such as active shooters in our schools and other public facilities,” said Sgt. Turlington. In this training session, conducted for every member of the Bladen County Sheriff’s Office and local allied …..

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SHP Participates in National Campaign to Combat Fatal Collisions

RALEIGH – As the amount of traffic increases across the state due to motorists traveling to their intended vacation destinations, reducing collisions is a top priority of the State Highway Patrol. Combating needless collisions that result in serious injury or death is a nationwide effort of which the Patrol will partner with nine other states in hopes of ensuring safe travel. The operation entitled Border to Border, will focus on the US 15 corridor throughout each participating state. Troopers will monitor all motor vehicle violations with an increased focus on impaired driving, speeding, distracted driving and seatbelt use. Another priority of the campaign is to strictly enforce the move over …..

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NC DOT

Staged Train Crash Emphasizes Rail Crossing Safety

  STAR – The N.C. Department of Transportation has a safety message for motorists: Never try to outrun a train at a railroad crossing. To illustrate its point, the agency today staged and videotaped a simulation showing a remote-controlled car trying to beat a train at a railroad crossing in Montgomery County. The car, fitted with crash dummies, did not get over the crossing before the train smashed into it. “All the injuries and deaths we see at railroad crossings are preventable if motorists would respect the railroad crossing,” said Roger Smock, who coordinates NCDOT’s BeRailSafe program and helped organize Wednesday’s simulation. “It’s our hope, that by showing the impact that occurs when …..

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Take Back NC Initiative, Bladen County Opioid Forum strive to raise awareness

  By Erin Smith On Monday, the Take Back NC Initiative unveiled a get tough plan for drug dealers. The plan calls for stiffer penalties for those caught dealing drugs and for those dealers whose products cause the death of a user to be charged with second degree murder. That theme was continued as the Bladen County Opioid Task Force met on Thursday evening to discuss the opioid epidemic on the local level. On Thursday, a panel of 20 individuals offered all manner of information from statistics to personal stories to upcoming events. Bladen County Schools Superintendent Dr. Robert Taylor said when he first began his duties with Bladen County Schools, he …..

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SHP Expecting Increased Travel During Memorial Weekend

RALEIGH – In anticipation of the upcoming Memorial Day weekend, increased traffic congestion is expected across the state, as motorists travel to their intended destinations.  North Carolina provides several vacation opportunities from the mountains to the coast which also invites an increased number of visitors from surrounding states.                                                   With this in mind, the State Highway Patrol is urging motorists to use caution while traveling.  Throughout the weekend, troopers will be out in full force to monitor driver behavior in an attempt to reduce collisions that occur from high speed, impaired and distracted driving and aggressive driving.  Using the Vision Zero approach, the focus is to report zero fatal collisions …..

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New License and Theft Inspectors Ready to Serve

RALEIGH – The NCDMV License and Theft Bureau held graduation ceremonies on Friday, May 18, for its 23rd Basic Inspector Class at the N.C. Justice Academy in Salemburg.  Eight new inspectors will be assigned to various regions of the state and will join 190 other inspectors who primarily investigate vehicle theft, title fraud, driver license ID card fraud, and vehicle odometer fraud. “Governor Cooper and I want to express our pride in the dedication and responsibility demonstrated by each of these graduates today,” said DMV Deputy Commissioner Scott Parker.  “They are a great example of what law enforcement represents, and they are ready to serve the citizens of North Carolina.” The new …..

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NC DOT

Grants Approved to Support 19 N.C. Airports

RALEIGH – The N.C. Board of Transportation has approved state and federal funds for much-needed improvements to 19 North Carolina airports. The $10.2 million in funding will be used to provide improvements such as better lighting, longer runways and repairs to hangars and terminal buildings. North Carolina airports serve as a vital economic engine connecting people and business enterprises with the world. For example, the funds will improve safety and customer service at the Edenton airport, says Harry Davis, manager of Edenton’s Northeastern Regional Airport. “Right now, we’re having to use a fuel truck to fill up these aircraft,” Davis said. “Once we get this new pavement in, aircraft will be …..

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Public information session about GenX scheduled for May 29

RALEIGH – State officials announced an information session has been scheduled about the state’s ongoing activities related to the GenX investigation that originated at Chemours’ Fayetteville Works facility. The information session is scheduled for 6 p.m. on Tuesday, May 29, at St. Pauls Middle School, located at 526 West Shaw Street in St. Pauls. This will be the fifth information session held in an effort to provide updates and answer questions about GenX released by the Chemours’ Fayetteville Works facility. Topics will include drinking water well sampling results, air and rainwater sampling results, fish tissue sampling results, initial results from the carbon filter pilot project, alternative water options, and surface water sampling. WHAT: Information session about the …..

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NC DOT

Project to Improve U.S. 74 Intersection in Columbus County

BOARDMAN – The N.C. Department of Transportation wants citizen input on the preliminary design for building an interstate-style interchange on U.S. 74 in Columbus County. The interchange would carry Old Boardman Road/Macedonia Church Road over U.S. 74 and have loops to allow traffic to enter the highway without stopping. Currently, motorists on the side roads must stop before pulling out onto the highway. Additionally, a roundabout on either end of the on/off ramps would be constructed to improve mobility and safety. Citizens can view the proposed design map on this NCDOT website. The improvement would be built in Boardman, a half hour south of Lumberton. The Cape Fear Rural Planning Organization (RPO) …..

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Road Closings and Openings for May 16

By Faye Boyne, NCDOT OPENINGS: SR1176 (Forrest Drive) SR1176 (Forrest Drive) is open as of 3:00 p.m. Wednesday, May 16. CLOSINGS: SR1100 (Center Road) SR1100 (Center Road) is closed with a posted detour in both directions.  Road is closed for bridge construction and miscellaneous roadway work. Is expected to be closed until July 3, 2018. SR1700 (Mercer Mill) SR1700 (Mercer Mill) will close Monday February 26 to replace Bridge 32 for 120 days. It is located just North of the Rosindale Road intersection. It is currently posed at 5 tons.   UPCOMING CLOSINGS:    ELWELL FERRY: Is operating     Share:

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NCDOT and GEICO Unveil “Safe Phone Zones” at Rest Areas as Summer Driving Season Begins

RALEIGH – As the summer travel season begins, the N.C. Department of Transportation, in partnership with GEICO, today announced a new, statewide effort that encourages North Carolina drivers to stop driving distracted. Highway rest areas are now rebranded as “Safe Phone Zones”, and have signage asking drivers to wait to check their phones until they arrive at one of these locations. “Last year, 1,394 people died in vehicle crashes in North Carolina, many due to distracted driving. This is far too many lives gone and more must be done to increase driver awareness,” said NCDOT Chief Engineer Tim Little. “Programs such as this GEICO partnership help remind every driver who gets …..

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State continues to investigate White Lake fish kill

By Erin Smith State officials are continuing to investigate a fish kill that occurred over the weekend at White Lake. Bridget Munger, the Public information Officer for the North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality, said on Wednesday afternoon the state still has not received any test results from samples collected at White Lake and a cause of the fish kill which occurred during the weekend still has not been determined.  According to White Lake Mayor Goldston Womble, on Wednesday State officials were still reviewing water test results which were performed by the town.  The Town of White Lake had contracted with HAB Aquatics of Nebraska to perform alum treatments of the lake at a cost of $525,000. …..

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NC DOT

Watch for Me NC Encourages Drivers and Bicyclists to Be Safe and Considerate Road Users During Bicycle Safety Month

RALEIGH – The N.C. Department of Transportation, through its Watch for Me NC program, is reminding drivers to “Make Room for Bikes” and bicyclists to take steps to be safe on the state’s roadways during Bicycle Safety Month. May is recognized as Bicycle Safety Month, both in North Carolina and nationally, as a time to celebrate the benefits of two-wheeled transportation. A variety of events are scheduled this month, including National Bike to School Day on May 9, National Bike to Work Week May 14-18, and National Bike to Work Day on May 18. As such, NCDOT expects more bicyclists to be on the roads, and take steps to make sure everyone stays safe. The  Watch for Me …..

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Four County EMC Earns Safety Accreditation

Burgaw, N.C.- Four County Electric Membership Corporation (Four County EMC), received national recognition for its compliance with a comprehensive safety program called the Rural Electric Safety Accreditation Program (RESAP). RESAP is one of the few programs in the country that provides electric cooperatives a management tool for continuous safety and loss control assessment. The certificate, the 16th of its kind to be awarded to the cooperative, was recently presented to Mitchell Keel, CEO of Four County EMC, at the annual meeting of North Carolina’s Electric Cooperatives in Raleigh. “Our culture of safety did not develop overnight. It was born out of a firm commitment that every individual return home safely …..

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State Awards Mitigation Grants to Get Matthew Survivors Into More Resilient Homes

Raleigh – NC Emergency Management this week notified four communities that they soon would receive $2.2 million in federal and state funds to acquire, elevate or reconstruct homes damaged by Hurricane Matthew. The initial award funds the first five projects using Hazard Mitigation Grant Program (HMGP) grants. “We know homeowners and communities have been waiting patiently for this money and are eager to move into more flood-resilient homes,” said state Emergency Management Director Mike Sprayberry. This first award of HMGP funds will help 15 homeowners across the city of Fayetteville and Camden, Moore and Nash counties move into more resilient homes. Eight of the properties will be acquired so the homeowner …..

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Road Closing

Road Closings and Opening

By Faye Boyne OPENINGS: CLOSINGS: SR1100 (Center Road) SR1100 (Center Road) is closed with a posted detour in both directions.  Road is closed for bridge construction and miscellaneous roadway work. Is expected to be closed until July 3, 2018. SR1700 (Mercer Mill) SR1700 (Mercer Mill) will close Monday February 26 to replace Bridge 32 for 120 days. It is located just North of the Rosindale Road intersection. It is currently posed at 5 tons.  SR1524 (Susie Sand Hill) SR1524 (Susie Sand Hill) will close on Wednesday, April 25, 2018 at 8:00 a.m.  It will be closed to thru traffic. It will open on Thursday, April 26 at 3:30 and will close again next week to thru …..

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Brunswick Opioid Task Force hears about NC’s response to Opioid Epidemic

By Erin Smith The Brunswick County Opioid Task Force met on Tuesday afternoon at the St. James Community Center in St. James and learned more about North Carolina’s response to the Opioid Epidemic. Allen Dellapenna with the Injury and Violence Prevention Branch of the NC Division of Public Health addressed the group and told them that through the year 2016, Brunswick County had the third highest opioid death rate in the state. Brunswick County Sheriff Ingram asked Dellapenna if there was any data for the county death rates in 2017, to which Dellapenna replied all 2017 data is still being reviewed and calculated. Dellapenna said, “Folks working on this issue …..

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State Highway Patrol Concludes Operation Drive to Live

RALEIGH – The State Highway Patrol concluded Operation Drive to Live on Friday, Apr. 20, after a week-long effort to reduce teen related collisions statewide.  Troopers conducted more than 153 traffic safety presentations and patrolled nearly 560 school zones, monitoring driving behaviors of teens as they traveled to and from school.   The operation, which began Monday, Apr. 16, is conducted each year around prom season, focusing on education and enforcement.  Across the nation, motor vehicle collisions are the leading cause of death of teens each year.   In 2017, SHP investigated over 58,529 motor vehicle collisions involving drivers and passengers who were between the ages of 15 – 19. Of those collisions, 10,905 injuries …..

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DIT Leaders Honored

Raleigh, N.C. – Three leaders in the North Carolina Department of Information Technology have been honored by a national publication for being among the best in their fields. Deputy State Chief Information Officer Tracy Doaks, Chief Customer Officer Jon Minshew and Chief Risk Officer Maria Thompson were among 50 state IT professionals recognized for excellence during the StateScoop 50 Awards in Baltimore on Sunday evening during the National Association of State Chief Information Officers’ (NASCIO) midyear conference. “The North Carolina Department of Information Technology has quality people serving at every level and in every field,” said DIT Secretary and State Chief Information Officer Eric Boyette. “These are three of our finest leaders and …..

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Updated listing of Bladen County Road Closings

By Faye Boyne, NC DOT OPENINGS:  CLOSINGS: SR1100 (Center Road) SR1100 (Center Road) is closed with a posted detour in both directions.  Road is closed for bridge construction and miscellaneous roadway work. Is expected to be closed until July 3, 2018. SR1700 (Mercer Mill) SR1700 (Mercer Mill) will close Monday February 26 to replace Bridge 32 for 120 days. It is located just North of the Rosindale Road intersection. It is currently posed at 5 tons. SR1710 (Elkton Road) SR1710 (Elkton Road) will be closed for approximately two weeks starting April 9 – April 20 to replace a large diameter pipe.  UPCOMING CLOSINGS: SR1524 (Susie Sand Hill) SR1524 (Susie Sand Hill) will close on Tuesday, …..

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CDC

CDC expands nationwide lettuce recall

By Erin Smith The Centers for Disease in Atlanta, Georgia has expanded a nationwide recall of romaine lettuce to include all forms of Romaine lettuce. The recall was issued following an E. Coli outbreak that has been connected to Romaine lettuce. The CDC’s warning states the recall applies to all types of Romaine lettuce from Yuma, Arizona. The expanded warning follows reports of new outbreaks of the E. Coli infection which have occurred in Alaska. The CDC warns if you have purchased Romaine lettuce in any form to throw it out and to avoid eating Romaine lettuce in restaurants. Symptoms of E. Coli infection include diarrhea, severe stomach cramps and …..

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NC 911 Board Honors Crisis Support Member, Awards Grant at Monthly Meeting

Raleigh, N.C. – The North Carolina 911 Board today honored a Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department telecommunicator who helped counsel a colleague in training after a 911 call during which a psychiatric patient threatened to harm himself and his mother. The incident resulted in the patient being shot and killed by police. Wendy Bignall of the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department peer support team talked through the 911 call and helped a MEDIC Telecommunicator process the incident. “Being a 911 dispatcher is an intense job. You’re the first of the first responders,” said Secretary Eric Boyette of the North Carolina Department of Information Technology, who is chair of the N.C. 911 Board. “I can’t imagine going through a …..

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Governor’s Crime Commission Forms Special Committee to Improve School Safety

RALEIGH: At Public Safety Secretary Erik A. Hooks’ request, the Governor’s Crime Commission has established a special committee consisting of representatives from law enforcement, juvenile justice, courts, schools and others to identify resources and develop recommendations to strengthen school safety. “School shootings have tragically become too common an occurrence in our country. We must use every resource available to us to examine and address this dangerous threat posed to our children and educational professionals,” Secretary Hooks stated. “I have made this a continuing priority for our department and have asked the members of this special committee to help us find solutions to the threat of shootings in schools.” The committee …..

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NCSHP Participates in Drive to Save Lives Campaign

RALEIGH – The North Carolina State Highway Patrol is proud to announce it will join a collaborative effort to reduce collisions along the I-95 corridor.  Through support from the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) and states along the eastern portion of the U.S., the Drive to Save Lives Campaign is intended to increase visibility of law enforcement over a period of two days.  In 2014, the IACP initiated an effort to significantly reduce more than 30,000 highway deaths, which occurs annually across the nation.  The state police and highway patrol leaders from the IACP Division of State and Provincial Police have led a sustained data-driven effort since 2014.  It focused on …..

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200 million eggs are being recalled

By Erin Smith If you have purchased eggs recently, you may want to check to see if your eggs are part of a recall issued by Rose Acre Farms in Seymour, Indiana. The company has recalled more than 200 million  eggs due to potential Salmonella contamination.  According to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the eggs were distributed from a farm in Hyde County, North Carolina and were distributed to restaurants and retail outlets in Colorado, Florida, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Virginia and West Virginia.  The notice from the FDA lists varieties which include Country Daybreak, Coburn Farms, Crystal Farms, Sunshine Farms, Glenview,  Food Lion brand …..

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NC DOT issues updated listing of Bladen County road openings, closings

By Faye Boyne, NC DOT The North Carolina Department of Transportation has issued an updated listing of roads in Bladen County which are open and closed. OPENINGS: SR1302 (Bladen Union Church Road) SR1302 (Bladen Union Church Road) will be close for cross line repair starting Tuesday, April 10. CLOSINGS: SR1302 (Bladen Union Church Road) SR1302 (Bladen Union Church Road) will close for cross line repair starting Monday, April 16 (M.P. 3.20) 0.73 M NW of SR1303. SR1100 (Center Road) SR1100 (Center Road) is closed with a posted detour in both directions.  Road is closed for bridge construction and miscellaneous roadway work. Is expected to be closed until July 3, 2018. SR1700 …..

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Search for missing man at Singletary Lake to continue Saturday

By Erin Smith UPDATE: Both missing from Bladen County Found As Friday’s search at Singletary Lake State Park comes to close, there is still no sign of a missing Fayetteville man, according to Katie Hall with NC State Parks. Jesse Sgro, 23, of Fayetteville, was reported missing on Saturday, April 7. According to Hall, crews searched the entire lake with two K-9 teams. She said searchers will return to Singletary Lake on Saturday morning. “Tomorrow we have Duplin County Water rescue coming to search with dive teams and side scan sonar,” said Hall. She also added that Parks boats and staff will continue the search as well and local fire departments …..

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State Highway Patrol Joins Governor Cooper to Address Teen Driving Fatalities

RALEIGH – The State Highway Patrol opened its annual “Operation Drive to Live” initiative with a press event today in Nash County.  The week long initiative is designed to bring attention to the loss of life suffered from teen driving fatalities across our state. The event was held at Northern Nash High School in Rocky Mount at 1 p.m. today.  Remarks were provided by Governor Roy Cooper, Colonel Glenn M. McNeill Jr. and Superintendent Dr. Shelton Jefferies of the Nash-Rocky Mounty School System.  Each speaker brought a unique perspective on how we all have a part in keeping our students safe each and every day. “As a father to a 16 year old …..

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Statement from Director of Prisons Kenneth Lassiter on Attack at Lanesboro Correctional Institution this Morning

RALEIGH: This morning at approximately 8:30, an inmate assaulted another inmate at Lanesboro Correctional Institution. Correctional officers responded to the situation and one of the inmates turned and assaulted one of the officers.   The correctional officer and both inmates were taken to outside medical facilities with non-life-threatening injuries. Lanesboro’s close custody units are on lockdown.   Local law enforcement responded to the incident and we appreciate all their support. We will seek assault charges on the inmate who initiated the incident.   Share:

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NC DOT

Secretary Trogdon to Address Robeson County Vision Zero group

Robeson County Vision Zero Taskforce will hold a meeting on Thursday, April 12, at 10 a.m. at the Robeson County Emergency Operations Center, located at 38 Legend Drive, Lumberton, NC. The featured speaker will be Transportation Secretary James Trogdon, who has made highway safety a top priority, will speak to the task force’s executive committee and its guests, which include area firefighters, police officers, and other agencies that response to vehicle crashes. The committee also will review 2017 crash figures and discuss campaign materials that seek to change driver behavior and eliminate highway deaths. The meeting is open to the media. Robeson County Vision Zero is the state’s first countywide effort, with participation from NCDOT, …..

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NC DOT

NCDOT Touts Work Zone Safety in Cumberland County

FAYETTEVILLE – Last year, two people died and 147 crashes occurred in work zones in Cumberland County. Going too fast and not paying attention behind the wheel are among the top causes of work zone crashes. Statewide last year, there were more than 7,200 crashes and 38 deaths in work areas. This spring, the N.C. Department of Transportation, the N.C. Governor’s Highway Safety Program and the State Highway Patrol are teaming up for a safety campaign that coincides with an increase in highway construction or maintenance projects. Rear-end collisions are the most frequent type in work areas.Gov. Roy Cooper has proclaimed April as Work Zone Safety Awareness Month and April 9-13 as Work Zone Safety …..

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Safety and Security Improvements Prompt Changes for Several Prison Facilities 

RALEIGH: The NC Division of Prisons today announced mission changes at several facilities to address safety, security and operational needs. The changes, which could take up to a year to complete, include converting Lanesboro Correctional Institution in Polkton (Anson County) into a facility for female inmates and renaming it Anson Correctional Institution. The facility currently houses male inmates classified for close custody, the highest level of supervision within state prisons. The Lanesboro minimum unit will continue to house minimum custody male inmates at the former Brown Creek unit, which is adjacent to the Lanesboro property. Two female facilities, Southern Correctional Institution in Troy (Montgomery County) and Eastern Correctional Institution in …..

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Fire department announces recalls

The Elizabethtown Fire Department would like to pass along reports of two recalls to ensure the safety of the local and surrounding communities. The recalls involve products that may cause burns and fire hazards. Elizabethtown Fire Department first announced Vornado Air Recalls Electric Space Heaters due to fire and burn hazards and then the Paw Patrol product recalled due to burn hazard. View the reports on the CPSC.gov website by clicking the links below: https://www.cpsc.gov/Recalls/2018/Vornado-Air-Recalls-Electric-Space-Heaters-Due-to-Fire-and-Burn-Hazards https://www.cpsc.gov/Recalls/2018/Spirit-Halloween-Recalls-Nickelodeon-PAW-PATROL-Marshall-Hat-with-Flashlight-Due-to-Fire-and-Burn-Hazards Share:

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NC DOT

NC DOT offers work zone safety tips

RALEIGH – As the weather warms up and more people hit the roads, there’s a greater chance drivers will encounter a work zone. The safety of motorists and construction crews is the top priority of the department, and wants to ensure everyone makes it home tonight. Last year, there were more than 7,200 crashes and 38 deaths in work zones across North Carolina. Distracted driving and speeding were the primary causes of the crashes. To help save lives, Gov. Roy Cooper has declared April as Work Zone Safety Awareness Month, and April 9-13 as Work Zone Safety Awareness Week. “Every year we have people working on a road who never come …..

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Wildfire burns more than 500 acres in Bladen County

ELIZABETHTOWN – The cause of a wildfire that has burned more than 500 acres near White Lake over the past two days remains under investigation, the NC Forest Service said Tuesday in a news release. Strong wind allowed the fire to grow to about 300 acres Monday before fire lines were completed, said Brian Haines, who is the public information officer for the state agency. The fire is located near NC 53, NC 41 and NC 210. Tuesday, crews “used strategic firing on about 250 acres to burnout fuels between fire lines and the main fire, which increased its footprint to approximately 553 acres and containment to about 50 percent,” …..

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State Highway Patrol Holds Public Information Session

The State Highway Patrol is proud to announce the arrival of a team of assessors from the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, Inc. (CALEA) on Monday, Apr. 2 to examine aspects of the organization’s policy and procedures, management, operations, and support services. The purpose of the assessment is to ensure SHP complies with 170 standards from CALEA in order to gain accredited status. By undergoing this voluntary submittal of intense scrutiny and peer review from the Commission; SHP can prove to the citizens of North Carolina that their state law enforcement agency is among the finest in the nation. As part of the on-site assessment, agency employees and …..

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State Starts New Unit to Combat Cyberattacks

RALEIGH – The N.C. Department of Public Safety is partnering with the N.C. Department of Information Technology to combat the growing threat of cyberattacks. A new entity – housed in the State Bureau of Investigation’s N.C Information Sharing and Analysis Center (ISAAC) – will focus on promoting cyber awareness and information sharing and to provide actionable cyberintelligence to private and public sector partners and citizens. The new cyber unit will be led by Thomas McGrath, who will work as part of the DPS Information Security Office. McGrath and his team will work with federal, state and local partners including the North Carolina National Guard, Department of Homeland Security, FBI, SBI, …..

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Statement by Director of Prisons Kenneth Lassiter Regarding the Assault at Foothills Correctional Institution

The Burke County Sheriff’s Office, as well as the Division of Prisons, are investigating inmate Jose Rios’ (1548344) assault on an officer at Foothills Correctional Institution. As previously reported, the assault happened Saturday at approximately 9:30 p.m. in a housing unit at the facility. Prisons Director Kenneth Lassiter’s statement on the assault: “Rios has a history of assaultive and threatening behavior as evidenced by the crime that landed him in prison and the rules infractions he has been charged with since his incarceration. I appreciate the prompt response of the other prison staff who came to the officer’s aid and we are all hopeful the officer, who remains in stable …..

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Funeral arrangements for Retired Deputy announced

Flags are being flown half staff in honor of a retired Bladen County Sheriff’s Deputy who passed away this week. Joe Kelly served with the Bladen County Sheriff’s Office from 1971 until his retirement in 1994. He served as one of the  first school resource officers to serve in the county. Mr. Kelly is also retired from the United States Army. The following are the visitation and funeral arrangements for Deputy Joe Kelly. Visitation: Wednesday, March 21st, from 2-6 p.m. at Johnson’s Funeral Home located at 207 S. Pine Street in Elizabethtown. Funeral: Thursday, March 22nd, at 12 noon at Mt. AME Zion Hill Church located at 807 MLK Drive …..

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Gaston Correctional Center Inmate Missing From Facility

DALLAS, NC – State correctional and local law enforcement officers are seeking Gaston Correctional Center minimum custody inmate Thomas Walker (#0421574), who was reported missing from the facility Thursday night. Campbell was last seen near the facility at 11:21 p.m. Campbell, 41, is a white male with a thin build who stands 5-foot-6 and weighs 126 pounds with brown hair and brown eyes originally from Gaston County. He was serving a sentence for larceny over $1000 and was admitted to prison on August 12, 2014. He was scheduled for release this June. If you see Walker, please call local law enforcement or Gaston Correctional Center at 704-922-3861. Share:

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Department Announces Additional Steps Taken to Improve Prison Safety

RALEIGH — The Department of Public Safety today announced additional action steps taken to improve prison safety. The prison reform measures involve security policies and practices, training and hiring. “DPS has moved forward swiftly to provide a safer working environment for our employees,” Judge Reuben Young, Interim Chief Deputy Secretary of Adult Correction and Juvenile Justice stated. “We realize there is still much work to be done and the department’s leadership and prison managers are committed to the ongoing effort. We focus on these improvements every day and are continually working to enhance operations.” The department implemented the reforms following two tragedies that resulted in the deaths of five prison …..

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Bladen County Training Center a hub of activity

The last week of February and continuing through March 15th, the Bladen County First Responder Training Center at White Lake has been and will be a busy location. Gary Turlington, with the Bladen County Sheriff’s Office, said the training center has hosted the entirety of the uniformed members of the North Carolina State Highway Patrol Troop B, the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission, and local law enforcement agencies have all utilized the facility. Turlington said the Highway Patrol is conducting their spring firearms training, proficiency, and qualifications. That brings more than 250 State Troopers into Bladen County, said Turlington. “They will return in the fall,” said Turlington. The North Carolina …..

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Early morning fire claims life of Bladenboro woman

By Erin Smith A house fire early Sunday morning claimed the life of a Bladenboro woman. According to Bladen County Assistant Coroner Kenneth Clark, the fire happened at 5 a.m. near the intersection of Center Road and NC 410. Clark said four people were asleep in the house when the fire occurred. He said the great-granddaughter was able to wake everyone up but she was not able to reach her grandmother, Ida Mae Butler, due to the fire and smoke. Clark said the great-granddaughter, who is nine years old, was able to run out of the house and alert a neighbor who came to help. “The neighbor was able to …..

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NC DOT

N.C. 410 Bridge to be Replaced in Columbus County

Bridge to close on Jan. 22 CHADBOURN – Contract crews will close N.C. 410 over Beaverdam Swamp on Monday, Jan. 22, to begin replacing the 70-year-old bridge, which is about four miles south of Chadbourn. The closure will require a detour that includes Rough and Ready Road and U.S. 701. The new bridge is expected to open by June, 2018. Doing the work is E.S. Wagner Co. LLC of Piedmont, S.C., which last year received a $5 million contract from the N.C. Department of Transportation. The N.C. 410 bridge is one of six similarly aged bridges in Columbus County the company is replacing under the contract. For real-time travel information, …..

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SBI Develops New Hand-held Fingerprint Technology

The State Bureau of Investigation has deployed a mobile fingerprint scanning application for local and state law enforcement officers that instantly searches state and national databases for a positive identification. The process is simple. A suspect places his or her finger on a small portable device, about the size of a smartphone and the fingerprints become digitized and sent to the SBI’s Statewide Automated Fingerprint Identification System and to the FBI for a search of their databases for any matches. The Rapid ID System allows law enforcement officers to capture fingerprints remotely using the mobile fingerprint scanner. An officer quickly receives the results of a search on the hand-held device. If a fingerprint …..

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Eight New State Capitol Police Officers Sworn In

RALEIGH – Eight new officers with the State Capitol Police were sworn in today in a formal ceremony at the Justice Building in Raleigh. Officers Jon Bennett, Tyrone Champion, Dustin Dobson, Tito Frink, Colby James, Quantina Seydel, Shelby Smith and Jesse Urban were all welcomed to the agency by Chief Glen Allen, who provided opening remarks. “These officers have a broad range of education, training and experience, which makes them valuable additions to our agency,” said Chief Allen. “I’m proud to welcome them to State Capitol Police and to have them on board.” The oath of office was administered by North Carolina Supreme Court Senior Associate Justice Paul M. Newby. Shortly after …..

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New Law Helps Enhance Prison Safety

Raleigh – A new law goes into effect today that helps increase public safety at prisons in North Carolina. As of Dec. 1, it is illegal to fly unmanned aircraft systems, also called drones, 250 feet above and within 500 feet of correctional facilities. Under the new law, those who use drones to try to sneak cell phones, weapons or other contraband material into a correctional facility can be charged with a felony. People who simply fly drones near prisons can be charged with misdemeanors. “Unfortunately, there are those who want to use this technology for nefarious purposes rather than its intended use,” said Public Safety Secretary Erik A. Hooks. …..

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West Bladen High FFA fellowships with Bladenboro PD

On​ ​November​ ​30th,​ ​2017,​ ​West​ ​Bladen​ ​High School Future Farmers of America (FFA)​ ​members​ ​and​ ​Bladenboro​ ​Police​ ​Officers​ ​visited the​ ​Over​ ​Yonder​ ​Ice​ ​Cream​ ​shop​ ​in​ ​Bladenboro.​ ​​ ​The​ ​West​ ​Bladen​ ​FFA​ ​members​ ​got​ ​to​ ​talk and​ ​visit​ ​with​ ​the​ ​police​ ​officers​ ​for​ ​a​ ​little​ ​while,​ ​and​ ​presented​ ​them​ ​with​ ​a​ ​care​ ​package.​ ​​ ​The care​ ​packages​ ​included​ ​clipboards,​ ​pens,​ ​chewing​ ​gum,​ ​and​ ​other​ ​items​ ​that​ ​could​ ​help​ ​them during​ ​their​ ​day​ ​to​ ​day​ ​routine​ ​on​ ​the​ ​job.​ ​The​ ​West​ ​Bladen​ ​FFA​ ​would​ ​like​ ​to​ ​thank​ ​all​ ​police officers​ ​for​ ​what​ ​they​ ​do,​ ​and​ ​considered​ ​it​ ​a​ ​privilege​ ​to​ ​fellowship​ ​with​ ​local​ ​officers​ ​in​ ​their community. In the photo, President​ …..

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Bladen County Sheriff's Department

Sheriff offers tips for shopping during the Holiday season

While people are searching for bargains and trying to find the perfect gift, Bladen County Sheriff Jim McVicker said don’t let your guard down at malls and stores. “The holiday season is upon us and shoppers are crowding malls and discount stores to buy the latest gadgets and find the best deals,” said Sheriff McVicker. He added shoppers should not be neglecting their safety.  According to Sheriff McVicker, “This time of year attracts more shopping-related criminal activity because of the larger crowds and the extended store hours.  These factors and the usual distraction of shopping, creates a more favorable environment for petty thieves and other offenders. The Sheriff reminds all …..

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Bladen County Adopt-A-Cop Christmas under way

By Erin Smith As folks begin to think about Christmas, one group of law enforcement officers’ wives want to make sure those who protect our citizens are not forgotten. The Second Annual Bladen County Adopt-A-Cop for Christmas is now under way. “We have 125 officers,” said Melanie Davis, one of the event’s organizers. The officers include the White Lake Police Department, Elizabethtown Police Department, Bladenboro Police Department, Bladen County Sheriff’s Office, Park Rangers and Wildlife Officers. Adopting a cop for Christmas is easy. All you have to do is contact Davis by calling 910-308-8148 or by email at bladencountyadoptacop@yahoo.com. You can adopt as many officers as you wish. Davis said about half of …..

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Scam Alert: U.S. Marshals Urge Public to Report Phone Scams to FTC

Raleigh – The U.S. Marshals are alerting the public of several nationwide imposter scams involving individuals claiming to be U.S. marshals, court officers, or other law enforcement officials. They are urging people to report the calls not only to their local U.S. Marshals Service office, but also to the Federal Trade Commission. The FTC has the ability to detect patterns of fraud from the information collected and share that data with law enforcement. “These are not victimless crimes,” said Robert D. Pettit, Acting United States Marshal for the Eastern District of North Carolina. “People have lost thousands of dollars to these scammers. This can be devastating, especially during the holidays.” The …..

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NC DOT

NCDOT : Traffic Incident Response Week

Safety is always the top priority at the N.C. Department of Transportation, not only for drivers and employees, but also first responders. Each year, hundreds of emergency responders representing fire, law enforcement, emergency medical services, towing and transportation agencies are injured or killed by distracted drivers while responding to calls for service. In an effort to raise awareness of these dangers and help keep them safe, the department is partnering with the State Highway Patrol to offer some reminders to drivers during Traffic Incident Response Week which runs Nov. 13-19. Remember to: Slow down and move over when passing an incident scene. It’s the law in North Carolina; and If …..

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One Arrested, One Sought on Breaking and Entering Charges

Update: Warrants have been issued for the arrest of Mathue Hannaniah Johnson, 23, of 40 Fredrick Britt Road, Bladenboro. He is facing charges of felonious breaking and entering, felonious larceny, and felonious possession of stolen goods. If you have information regarding the whereabouts of Johnson, you are asked to contact the Bladen County Sheriff’s Office at 910-862-6960. Sheriff James A. McVicker released the names of two individuals responsible for the breaking and entering and larceny of a storage building behind a residence in the 4000 block of US Highway 701 South of Elizabethtown on September 27, 2017. “Investigators have been able to arrest two individuals responsible for the September breaking and entering,” …..

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ALE Cautions Teachers, Parents on Teens Using Flavored Vapors and THC Candy

Many teens today are using vapors instead of smoking cigarettes, according to Israel Morrow, an assistant special agent in charge for Alcohol Law Enforcement who oversees the state’s tobacco program. “Vapor juice infused with marijuana is appealing to teens who get a euphoric high from ingesting the vapors,” Morrow said. Also, candy made with CBD (Cannabidiol) is being sold along with e-cigarettes at vape shops and some convenience stores. The packaging may claim, “No THC,” (Tetrahydrocannabinol), but ALE special agents have taken samples to the North Carolina crime lab for testing and chemists have found THC regardless of the advertising. Foods, candy and a wax substance similar to Butane Hash Oil …..

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Bladen deputies train at Highway Patrol Precision Driving Facility

Contributed The Bladen County Sheriff’s Office Patrol Deputies traveled to the North Carolina State Highway Patrol’s Precision Driving Facility in Raleigh on Friday to learn the specific handling properties of the new Dodge Charger that is being issued to the deputies. “The Patrol’s driving facility affords the deputies an opportunity to operate the vehicle in extreme conditions on a closed course devoid of traffic and other potential hazards,” said Bladen County Sheriff’s Office Training Division’s Sgt. Gary Turlington. The topics covered during the course were high speed operations, precision curve skills, off-road recovery, and vehicle dynamics while being operated at highway speeds, according to Sgt. Turlington. “Sheriff McVicker has sent …..

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Bladen County Sheriff's Department

Sheriff’s Office to conduct Glamour in the Slammer

The Bladen County Sheriff’s Office is conducting Operation Glamour in the Slammer this afternoon to raise funds for Bladen We Care. All Bladen County employees, municipal employees, and elected officials are encouraged to participate. To participate simply come to the magistrate’s office at the new detention center between the hours of 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. and turn yourself in. You will be “processed” as a “prisoner” into the new facility. A “bond” will be set (normally $25 but more is appreciated) and once your “bond” is posted you can be released. Everyone is encouraged to stay for two hours or so for training purposes. By participating in this event …..

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North Carolina receives international accolades for swift water and flood rescue

SOUTH BEND, Indiana – North Carolina has received the international Higgins and Langley Award for Outstanding Achievement in Swift Water Rescue for the coordinated local, state and federal response in October 2016 to Hurricane Matthew. More than 30 teams rescued 2,336 people and brought them to safety as Matthew’s floodwaters rose.  The premier internationally recognized award for excellence in swift water and flood rescue was presented last night during the annual conference of the International Association of Water Rescue Professionals in South Bend, Indiana. “When the flood waters rose after Hurricane Matthew, these heroes put their lives on the line to save others,” Governor Roy Cooper said. “We’re grateful for their courage and …..

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Crime Victims Compensation Commission Honors Longtime Chair Dick Adams

RALEIGH – For the first time since it was created in 1987, the state’s Crime Victims Compensation Commission soon will have a new chairperson. Dick Adams, who has chaired the Commission for the past 30 years, retired after today’s quarterly meeting. The Crime Victims Compensation Commission reimburses victims of violent crime for medical bills, lost wages, out-of-pocket expenses and other losses related to their victimization. Adams, who has been involved with crime victim rights since the murder of his son, Richard, in 1982 during a robbery, was honored by the Commission and the state of North Carolina prior to the meeting. He received the Order of the Long Leaf Pine, the …..

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Bladen County to benefit from Crime Commission grants

By Erin Smith Bladen County law enforcement and the District Attorney’s Office for the 13th Prosecutorial District will receive $97,123 from the North Carolina Governor’s Crime Commission to assist them in performing their duties. The District Attorney’s Office for the 13th Prosecutorial District, which includes Bladen, Brunswick, and Columbus counties, will receive $76,955.38 for Bladen/Columbus Domestic Violence Prosecution. The Bladen County Sheriff’s Office will receive $20,167.62 for the purchase of jail extraction suits. The extraction suits provide protection to officers from blunt force trauma injuries. There were 437 programs throughout North Carolina which received funding in the 2017 grant cycle. A total of $73 million in grants was made available …..

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Correction Enterprises Recognizes Nash Community College For On-Campus Optical Center Partnership

RALEIGH – Correction Enterprises and Nash Community College have had a great relationship thanks to the school providing complimentary space and cooperation for an on-campus optical center. On Thursday, Correction Enterprises presented the school with its first Platinum Partnership Award. The award recognizes individuals or organizations that have demonstrated a commitment to support Correction Enterprises’ mission. “We created this special award in appreciation for those who have demonstrated an extraordinary commitment to supporting NCCE’s vision to create a safer North Carolina through the changing of lives,” Correction Enterprises Director Karen Brown said. “We could not have picked a better first recipient of this award than Nash Community College.” Correction Enterprises has …..

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Bladen County Sheriffs Office trains in Kelly

The Bladen County Sheriff’s Office has been conducting training on Forced Vehicle Stops in Kelly this week. The training consists of classroom session conducted at the Kelly fire Department and then practicing what they have learned in the classroom on Haw Bluff Road, explained Sgt. Gary Turlington. “This is the third part of the Forced Vehicle Stops Series delivered by the Bladen County Sheriff’s Office Training Section. The first two parts were completed during the summer with precision driving sessions at the Elizabethtown Airfield followed by pursuit training on the airfield’s southernmost taxiways,” said Sgt. Turlington. This section of training involves the training and deployment of tire deflation devices that …..

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Elizabethtown to conduct public hearing on proposed Golf Cart Ordinance

By Erin Smith The Elizabethtown Town Council will meet tonight at 7 p.m. in the Council Chamber and is scheduled to conduct a public hearing regarding a proposed golf cart ordinance for the town. Following the public hearing, the board will consider whether or not to adopt the ordinance. The need for a golf cart ordinance came to light during the board’s noon work session in August. Elizabethtown residents have raised concerns about children operating golf carts in a reckless manner on public streets. These reports are a violation of North Carolina Statue Article 15 § 160A-300.6. There are concerns from citizens as well as town officials that a child could …..

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Make a Plan During National Preparedness Month

Friday, September 1, marks the beginning of National Preparedness Month (NPM) 2017. This year’s theme is Disasters Don’t Plan Ahead. You Can. In addition to the overarching theme for the month, each week has a theme highlighting different preparedness actions. The focus for the first week of NPM, September 1-9, is, Make a Plan for Yourself, Family, and Friends. Learn how to plan with the following steps from the Ready Campaign: *Make an Emergency Plan. For more information, click here. *Sign up for alerts and warnings in your area. *Learn your evacuation zone and have an evacuation plan. For more information, click here. *Check your insurance coverage and review the Document and Insure Your Property guide. *Plan …..

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BCC Basic Law Enforcement Training Begins in September

Contributed DUBLIN – Bladen Community College will begin classes for men and women interested in Basic Law Enforcement Training (BLET) on September 21. Over the past 25 years, the college has graduated 250 candidates, providing skilled law enforcement personnel to local, town, county, regional, state, and federal organizations. The BLET program combines physical conditioning with required classwork. Coursework includes intensive training in the use of firearms, emergency vehicle operation, defense tactics, legalities, and diffusing domestic violence. Classes meet Monday through Friday evenings, from 5:30 PM until 10 PM and every other Saturday, from 8 AM until 5 PM. The program is approved for financial aid and VA benefits. For more …..

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North Carolina Soars Beyond REAL ID Milestone

Contributed RALEIGH – The N.C. Division of Motor Vehicles has surpassed the 100,000 milestone since the REAL ID debuted in May. The N.C. REAL ID is a new form of identification that meets new federal security requirements for boarding a commercial airplane or visiting a military base or other federal facility. “We are glad North Carolinians are getting ahead of the deadline,” DMV Commissioner Torre J. Jessup said. “Traveling by air will be much easier with a REAL ID when the Transportation Security Administration begins enforcing tougher identification requirements at the airport on Oct. 1, 2020.” The total number of REAL ID driver licenses and identification cards issued to-date is 106,074. Currently, REAL IDs account for …..

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FEMA reports: Hurricane Myths Vs. Facts

Learning about hurricanes will help keep you prepared during hurricane season, which continues through November 30. Make sure you do not confuse myths for facts, so you can be confident about taking the proper preparedness actions. Here are a few myths to look out for when you are preparing for a hurricane: Myth: Homeowner’s insurance will cover everything if a hurricane affects your home. Fact: Standard homeowner’s insurance does not cover flood damage. Consult your insurance agent about flood damage and learn more from the National Flood Insurance Program. Myth: Taping windows will protect them from strong, hurricane force winds. Fact: Taping windows can create larger, deadlier shards of glass. …..

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FEMA asks: Are Your Solar Eclipse Glasses Safe? Protecting Your Eyes from the Solar Eclipse

A solar eclipse will be visible across the continental United States on Monday, August 21. Many people will be hosting parties, going to the beach, and planning camping trips to view this rare occurrence. If you are planning to view the solar eclipse, do so safely with eclipse glasses and solar viewers that meet the international safety standard. Consider products marked with ISO 12312-2, which means they meet the international safety standard. Find more information on choosing safe glasses from the Federal Trade Commission and follow these tips: Use new glasses or viewers – Do not use glasses more than three years old, wrinkled, or scratched. Follow the instructions on …..

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Elizabethtown in Bladen County to enforce golf cart laws

By: Charlotte Smith Some laws are put in place to protect citizens safety. Elizabethtown residents have voiced concerns about young golf cart drivers and their lack of safety and supervision on public roads in town. Children barely able to see over the steering wheel have been reported as recklessly driving golf carts on public roads in Elizabethtown. A few concerned citizens have said they have pleaded with parents to keep their children off public roads with their golf carts due to the potential danger, however the kid cruisers are still seen zipping around unsupervised on public roads. The reports are abuse of the North Carolina Statue Article 15 § 160A-300.6. …..

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Business owners should be vigilant of email scams

Bladen County business owners are asked to be aware as business email scams are rampant. The Federal Bureau of Investigation has issued a warning regarding an email scam that compromises your business e-mail accounts. The email looks legitimate, and seems to come from a legitimate source, but in reality is a scam designed to fraudulently gain access to your business funds or your company data. BUSINESS E-MAIL COMPROMISE: THE 3.1 BILLION DOLLAR SCAM This FBI Public Service Announcement (PSA) (Alert Number I-061416-PSA) is an update to the Business E-mail Compromise (BEC) information provided in Public Service Announcements (PSA) 1-012215-PSA and 1-082715a-PSA. This PSA includes new Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3) …..

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Crash temporarily closes NC 211

By Erin Smith A three vehicle crash caused emergency officials to close NC 211 in the vicinity of Twisted Hickory Road on Monday afternoon. The road remained closed for about an hour as the crash was investigated and officials worked to clean the crash scene. The crash occurred at 4 p.m. North Carolina Highway Patrol Trooper R. L. Walker said a logging truck being driven by Ballard Braxton of Bolton was traveling westbound on NC 211 following a black Camaro being driven by Marilyn Willis of Bladenboro. A burgundy Suzuki SUV being driven by Makayla Jade Quattlebaum of Clarkton was traveling eastbound on NC 211. Trooper Walker said Quattlebaum traveled …..

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House at Bay Tree burns

  A Bladen County home caught fire Wednesday evening according to a neighbor. The home is located in the Bay Tree Lakes’ community. No injuries have been reported at this time. Emergency responders are on the scene to assist the fire fighters due to the heat outside and the task of fighting the fire. More information will be provided as soon as it becomes available. Share:

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State Highway Patrol Focuses on Safety for July 4 Weekend

RALEIGH – As the July 4 Holiday weekend approaches, the State Highway Patrol is encouraging motorists to focus on safety while traveling.  Several festivities are planned across the state to celebrate our nation’s independence which will lead to an increased number of vehicles on the state’s roadways. Along with increased travel, SHP is placing a special emphasis on impaired driving by participating in the Governor’s Highway Safety Campaign’s 2017 Operation Firecracker.  The campaign is a joint effort among state and local law enforcement to remove impaired motorists from the roadway.  Troopers will conduct checkpoints and saturation patrols in each county, attempting to combat the number of collisions that occur from …..

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Tyson Foods Inc. Recalls Ready-To-Eat Breaded Chicken Products Due To Misbranding And Undeclared Allergens

  WASHINGTON, June 9, 2017 –  Tyson Foods Inc., a New Holland, Pa. establishment, is recalling approximately 2,485,374 pounds of ready-to-eat (RTE) breaded chicken products due to misbranding and undeclared allergens, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced today. The products could contain milk, a known allergen, which is not declared on the product label. The RTE breaded chicken items were produced and packaged on various dates from Aug. 17, 2016 through Jan.14, 2017. The following products are subject to recall: 31.86-lb. bulk cases of “Tyson FULLY COOKED, WHOLE GRAIN STRIP-SHAPED CHICKEN PATTIE FRITTERS-CN” with case code 003859-0928 and production dates of 09/09/2016, 10/05/2016, 10/14/2016, …..

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FEMA Encourages People to Prepare Now for the 2017 Atlantic Hurricane Season

WASHINGTON – The Atlantic hurricane season starts today, and there is no better time to get ready than now. The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) encourages residents and businesses across the nation to prepare by understanding their risk, planning together for the entire family, and downloading the FEMA App. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Climate Prediction Center seasonal outlook for 2017, released last week, states that the Atlantic could see an above-normal hurricane season this year. The full seasonal forecast is linked at www.noaa.gov/media-release/above-normal-atlantic-hurricane-season-is-most-likely-year. Both hurricanes and tropical systems have the potential to cause serious damage to coastal and inland areas.  Their hazards could come in many forms including …..

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State Highway Patrol Memorial Service

Fallen Members Honored For Sacrifice RALEIGH—The State Highway Patrol held a memorial service today to honor the 62 members killed in the line of duty since the patrol’s inception in 1929. The service began with remarks provided by Col. Glenn McNeill, who welcomed the attending family members of those being honored.  After each fallen member’s name was read, a ceremonial wreath was posted at the patrol’s monument, located at the training academy in Garner. “I am proud of the service demonstrated by each member”, said Colonel Glenn McNeill, Commander of the Highway Patrol.  “We can never repay our debt to them; this morning’s service is but a token of remembrance …..

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Bladen County employees receive critical incident training

Bladen County employees were presented training by the Bladen County Sheriff’s Office for Critical Incidents last week. This training fosters work place safety and awareness concepts. Bladen County Sheriff Jim McVicker wanted this training completed to enhance employee safety at work and at home, according to Sgt. Gary Turlington of the BCSO Training Division. Additionally, through employee awareness the community is better prepared by having these leaders trained in Crisis Response ideology. Bladen County Manager Greg Martin’s office fully supported the training session, stated Sgt. Turlington. “Safety is a lifestyle and mindset. It doesn’t favor the untrained and unprepared,” said Sgt. Turlington. According to Turlington, there were six classes delivered …..

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Bladen County Animal Shelter closed due to illnesses

The Bladen County Animal Shelter announced on Tuesday, May 9, the local shelter will be temporarily closed. According to Marianne Valentiner with the Bladen County Health Department the Bladen County Animal Shelter will be closed until May 17, 2017 at 8:30 a.m. The reason for the temporary closure, Valentiner gave, is due to several animal illnesses in the shelter.  The county representative used the term Parvo. Shelter Manager Karen Suggs confirmed Tuesday afternoon two adult dogs have died as a result of Parvo Virus. “We had four adult dogs in the shelter who came from the same residence and they were here at the shelter for five days. They were released to …..

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Adopt-A-Cop for National Police Week

By: Amy Schumacher The week of May 14 – May 20 is recognized as “National Police Week” and has brought about the opportunity to once again “Adopt-A-Cop”. Melonie Knight Davis who works at First South Bank in Elizabethtown and is married to one of the police officers that serves the people of White Lake, Officer Jay Davis, began the program. Within one week every “cop” was adopted and then adopted a second time. Davis has again organized this program and as of May 1, 2017, all but 35 of our police force have been adopted. Our community is asked to once again pull together and recognize these men and women who serve …..

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Crime: North Carolina to Participate in Learning Lab to Fight Opioid Addiction

State One of Eight Selected by NGA to Develop Opioid Treatment for Inmates North Carolina is one of only eight states nationwide selected to participate in a learning lab to find better ways to fight opioid addiction among prison inmates, Governor Roy Cooper announced today. The National Governors Association selected North Carolina to participate in the effort along with Alaska, Indiana, Kansas, Minnesota, New Jersey, Virginia and Washington. Through the learning lab, North Carolina and the other participating states will develop and execute six-month strategic action plans to treat the epidemic of opioid addiction in prisons. The plans will include steps for creating policy and aligning programs across relevant agencies …..

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North Carolina flags were ordered lowered to half-staff in honor of fallen Corrections officer

Flags at the Bladen County Fallen Officers memorial were flying at half-staff on Thursday in honor of a fallen Corrections officer. Governor Cooper has ordered that state flags are to fly at half-staff in honor and remembrance of Sgt. Megan Lee Callahan. Flags are to remain at half-staff until sunset on Friday, April 28, 2017. Sgt. Callahan served as a Corrections officer at the Bertie Correctional Institution where she was attacked by an inmate at about 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday. According to the Raleigh News and Observer, inmate Craig Wissink is suspected of the attack on Sgt. Callahan. The officer had been employed with the North Carolina Department of Corrections since 2012. …..

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Kids Appreciation Day event set for May 6

By: Erin Smith The Elizabethtown Police Department and Elizabethtown Fire Department, together, will be conducting their annual Kids Appreciation Day event on Saturday, May 6, 2017. The event will be held at the Elizabethtown Town Hall located at 805 West Broad Street, Elizabethtown. There will be food, games, horseback riding, a home run derby, a basketball free throw shoot and the police department will be giving away bicycles. Everyone is encouraged to come out and enjoy the day. The event is proudly brought to you by these sponsors: Walmart Bladen Crises Center First Source Staffing Service Kentucky Fried Chicken Southeastern Automotive Melvin’s Restaurant Domino’s Pizza Lower Cape Fear Hospice BB&T …..

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New Executive Director of Governor’s Crime Commission Named

RALEIGH – Department of Public Safety Secretary Erik Hooks has named Caroline C. Valand as the next executive director of the Governor’s Crime Commission.  She begins her new duties May 1. “Caroline is a strategic thinker and consensus builder and will work well managing the Governor’s Crime Commission staff,” said Hooks.  “She has worked with CEOs and elected officials, and we look forward to her high-energy, results-oriented leadership.” Most recently, Valand served as chief of staff to the president and CEO of 3D Systems in Rock Hill where she oversaw the planning and execution of administrative and operational activities of the company. Prior to that time, Valand served as chief of staff …..

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BladenOnline.com Roundtable Discussions Series on Opioid Epidemic: HB 243

 BladenOnline.com‘s roundtable discussions on the opioid epidemic in North Carolina and Bladen County continues this week with a look at NC House Bill 243 known as the “The STOP Act.” NC Rep. Brenden Jones was a co-sponsor of the bill. His comments regarding the bill are below: “Over the last several years, there has been an ongoing opioid abuse problem across the country.  In North Carolina, we have 4 of the top 25 cities in the country for opioid abuse rate.*  This is a crisis that is causing people to lose their lives, displacing families, and wreaking havoc on many neighborhoods. What HB243 does is attempt to address this problem …..

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