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ELIZABETHTOWN, NC (WWAY) — After speaking with WWAY Wednesday afternoon, Bladen County Sheriff Earl Storms called a special meeting with his deputies Wednesday night. One of the officers who attended that meeting says he’s had enough of the political games.

Sheriff’s Sgt. Gary Edwards says he spent time Wednesday night cleaning out his patrol car. That’s because Edwards says he’s convinced he’ll be fired for blowing the whistle on Sheriff Storms.

“We were told tonight that we were not to speak to anybody outside this agency about anything that’s going on with this agency, period,” Edwards said.

He says he’s had enough of the lies and secrets that have spread through the Sheriff’s Department since Storms took over as interim sheriff Tuesday. Storms told us ten deputies were supposed to be sworn in on Tuesday, but Edwards says that’s not true.

“I want to say that there is either 48 or 52 deputies, but everybody got sworn in except for those five,” Edwards said.

And after deciding not to swear in the five deputies Tuesday morning, Storms told us he needed more time to get background information on those deputies. Wednesday, Storms changed his story and said he didn’t swear in those five deputies because they had not filled out an application. But Sgt. Edwards was sworn in, and he says he never filled out an application… until Wednesday night’s meeting.

“The Sheriff, the interim Sheriff that’s acting now, said to me, it’s to cover his ass,” Edwards said.

County Commissioners plan to hold a public meeting Friday to figure out what Storms is up to. Commissioner Billy Ray Pait says commissioners may even ask for Storms’ resignation. Edwards says he also believes the deputies who weren’t sworn in are paying a political price.

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  • Guest

    DONT BE HATIN, YALL KNOW THAT BOB MEEKER AND RONNIE CAN DO THE JOB. U JUST DONT WANT TO ADMIT IT. I FEEL SORRY FOR YOU POOR THING. GO EARL GO EARL GO EARL HEY HEY GO EARL GO EARL GO GO !!!! CLEAN THAT NASTY PLACE UP!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Guest

    This is the most interesting thing to happen in Bladen County. Why is everyone in an uproar now but when Nikki Dennis was elected Clerk of Superior Court years ago she fired a team of folks and no one spoke out or even questioned her decision. We should be outraged that she earns more than $80,000 a year with only a high school diploma. I seriously doubt an African American would have been given the same opportunity in Bladen County.

    As for Storms, he is the Sheriff and we should pray for him as a leader. Maybe politics played a role in his decision but its the same politics that has allowed Sylvia Campbell to be elected Mayor of Elizabethtown. If the deputies were all black, I seriously doubt there would be so much debating. The deputies fired should have all remained neutral. The genetic relationship of one of the deputies to an eleted official has definately played a role in the controversy. If it had been me, I doubt seriously anyone would have noticed or even cared. But now that the shoe is on the other foot all hell has broken loose. The good ole boy system is nearing an end.

    As for Billy Ward, he will have his day and the citizens of Bladen County will speak once again. Maybe we can all take something from this and progress forward. I see the situation from both perspectives! We should all stop complaining and be sure to go out and vote in November.

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