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ONLY ON 3: Man beaten in Bladen Co. Jail probably should not have been there


BLADEN COUNTY, NC (WWAY) -- A Bladen County woman says her husband is fighting for his life tonight after being beaten while in jail. And making the whole thing even more upsetting is that Joshua Ward maybe should not have even been behind bars in the first place.

Around 3:30 p.m. Tuesday, Ward was arrested on a warrant for failure to appear in court on a traffic infraction. He was booked in the Bladen County Jail. By 5:30 p.m., he was severely beaten by inmates.

"They put a sheet over the camera and beat him within an inch of his life," Ward's wife Amanda said.

Amanda says her husband suffered three broken ribs, a broken nose, 12 stitches to his face and head and bleeding in his brain. She says he should not have been arrested in the first place.

"He had already went to court, and the lawyer told him it had been continued, go on home," she said.

She's also outraged, because she says she learned of her husband's beating from a friend and that the jail has not given her any information.

"They don't want to talk," Amanda said. "They don't want to say anything. They're sorry."

Bladen County Sheriff's Department spokesman Capt. Rodney Hester said in a statement, "We understand Mr. Ward was severely beaten last night. An investigation is underway, and charges will be filed."

Amanda Ward says she wants answers.

"Sorry is not fixing it," she said. "Sorry is not making it better. Nobody is fessing up. Nobody is standing up to say, 'Hey, we're responsible for this. What can we do to help?'"

At last check, Ward is listed in serious condition at New Hanover Regional Medical Center.

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Smoking Cigarettes on County Property???

Am I wrong about this? Didn't Bladen County prohibit smoking on county property? Most counties and cities have taken this measure. I see taxes going up in Bladen County next year to pay for this lawsuit, if Mr. Ward pursues it.

I also envision a lawyer being disciplined or disbarred for failing to do their sworn duty as an officer of the court. Why hasn't the lawyer's name been published? Any good news article answers: WHO, WHAT, WHEN, WHERE, WHY, and HOW, the news item occurred. The arresting officer's name isn't mentioned. The jail has an AOC computer database in the magistrate's office. The jailer's names are not mentioned, those that were outside smoking (if they were).

Why didn't the officer who arrested Mr. Ward have taken a few seconds to verify the status of the victim's case? I's sure that the first thing out of Mr. Ward's mouth is similar to: "Officer, my lawyer got the case continued. There is a paper trail to prove it. A quick check of the system will prove it to you." The OAC database is available 24/7 if someone will take time to access it.

An outside agency should be brought in to do an unbiased investigation and let the chips fall where they will. It appears, in my opinion, that too many officials dropped the ball here. They need to be identified and released to the press. I hope that WWAY will put their best investigative reporter on this case, not to solve it but to publish names of all involved, not in an accusatory fashion, but to inform the public who watches WWAY to get the news.

whats the point of a

whats the point of a surveillance camera if no one is watching it? Someone could be killed and no one is watching? Senseless

The waman on the video is my daughter

and immediatly after hearing from her I myself checked to see if his case had indeed been continued,"IT HAD" until march. Josh should not have been arrested, if the public database had that information so quickly you would think that bladen county would come on up to the 21st century with the rest of the world so they could access their computers or place pertinant information on them so someone would not have to endure the ignorance of the people they hire in this county to be law enforcement officers, The courts by the way are also a joke in bladen county, someone said it earlier its who you know, And I will add this how much money they can get out of you by whatever means necessary legal or not. I don't say this blindly as I myself was personally extorted by the Honorable Nancy Phillips out of over $15,000.00 and yes I have the evidence to substanciate this.
The final word in the matter is this Bladen County legal system is corrupt.

Start with his lawyer

A good investigation starts with the beginning of a crime. Start with the lawyer. If he made a promise and didn't keep it, he is a guilty party, also. Then get the guys who beat him.

I am not for jailing people for minor traffic violations. I see no point in arresting someone for traffic tickets when suspending his license would be sufficient punishment until he can pay the fine.

I think the lawyer is where this investigation should begin. It may be revealing! Maybe more than a driver's license is involved here. Maybe the State Bar's Disciplinary Board ought to be involved and probably will be. Something ain't right about this case. A lawyer with integrity would represent his client from beginning to the end of a case.

wrongfully arrested

Look people he went to court, this is a crooked small town politics and police that have messed up severely. The magistrate and his lawyer had paperwork proving his innocence on the fta he was arrested for. There is no taking up for these sorry excuses for police that dragged him out of his car and took him to jail, wrongfully. He was beaten and could have died, and you people are blaming hin for going to court on a traffic infringement. They can find a fta but not a bank robber. O and the "gaurds"" were outside talking to town cops smoking cigarettes.

The police officers can only

The police officers can only rely on the information at hand. To accuse them without knowing all the facts is completely premature. If their information is that there is an active warrant, then they have a duty to act on the warrant. We don't know if that is the case. For all you know the lawyer could have lied to his client or a clerk could have failed to properly enter the disposition of the case. There are a number of possibilities and until further information is given, we really shouldn't jump to conclusions.

Bladen Co Jail

I am sure there is more to this story. But just one question. Why was the camera in the cell and not outside the cell so that the camera could not be covered up? I agree, that if the lawyer was supposed to handle the case, he is responsible. This happened to my sister, but she just had her license revoked, but reinstated after everything was cleared up. So, again I say there is more to this story on both sides. I pray that the man will pull through and that the ones who did this to him, get what is heading their way.

My son was beaten up by

My son was beaten up by three men while he was sleeping in mallard jail in pearl river county Ms Where was the guards at when that happen. Pretty bad jail.

wrongfully arrested

Look people he went to court, this is a crooked small town politics and police that have messed up severely. The magistrate and his lawyer had paperwork proving his innocence on the fta he was arrested for. There is no taking up for these sorry excuses for police that dragged him out of his car and took him to jail, wrongfully. He was beaten and could have died, and you people are blaming him for going to court on a traffic infringement. They can find a fta but not a bank robber. O and the "gaurds"" were outside talking to town cops smoking cigarettes.

He got beat by blacks

He got beat by blacks because he was the only white face in there. It was allowed to happen because all the guards are black as well. Why is a camera mounted in a position that allows a sheet to be put over it?? - Get an attorney and sue. Demand people be fired. They ONLY way this mess will change is if the county has to pay through the nose a few times.

don't go there

He was just beaten by blacks, there was a white in the picture too my friend.

One of the men that had

One of the men that had beaten him up was white. Look at the facts before u become racist on something that you don't know

Not a saint

If you search for him, you'll find he has active charges outstanding in Harnett & Robeson counties too, and one had a court date of 1/23/13. He may have missed one of those. He may also have come to court late and he already had the warrant out for his arrest...the case would have been continued when the warrant was issued, so the statement may have been correct. It doesn't say if the "attorney" referenced was his attorney or the prosecutor. There is more to this story than has been reported.

no one is

Doesnt matter what charges he has pending. He was in court. With a lawyer, and was arrested and beaten a week later. Bladen county should bow at his feet. Because this county is crooked as they come.

sue 'em

Honey - sue 'em all for what happened to your husband. Get a good attorney and have them start with your previous lawyer, then move on up to Bladen County. Make sure this doesn't happen again. Good luck and my prayers are with you, your husband and family.

My son was jump on when he

My son was jump on when he was in Bladen county jail and got hurt pretty bad
I think they shouldn't let things like that to happen someone is not doing there Job I even have pictures where he was beaten real bad and when he got beat up the staff at the jail house didn't contact none of his family members when they took him to the hospital we didn't hear anything I think something should be done about it.


THAT'S BLADEN COUNTY FOR YOU!!!!I sure hope nothing ever happens to me in that county because the cops there are aweful. I've dealt with that county before and their investigation skills SUCK!!!!

BCC finest

They are Bladen Community College finest. That the best they have, straight from BCC to goofying up someone's life.

Bladen County is a joke. I

Bladen County is a joke. I have lived here over 30 years and can give hundreds of examples of the failures of our 'fine' County Law Enforcement. They are so outstanding that a deputy removing a baby snake warranted a front page photo spread in the Bladen Journal. I guess because they suck so bad for the most part at actually doing their jobs.

Channel 3.....if you really want a story that will blow the place out of the water...start investigating every attorney in town starting with the County attorney. Also do some real investigative journalism and dig deep, check even the judges that work the courts in Bladen County. You make this investigation publicly announced and I will personally hand you more than enough material to give you one helluva jumpstart on your expose.

What happened to Josh was wrong and the County IS responsible. Getting locked up on FTA? Amazingly.....I would be curious as to how old the warrant is.......because they are supposed to be served within 30 days but, seemingly that is another thing in this County. I have seen warrants over 2 years old served and nothing said by the court judge when it came back before him.

The LEO of Bladen County are, for the most part, a big joke. Do I feel safe in Bladen? NO
Does either of my children feel safe in Bladen? NO
Does it do any good for a woman to try to get help on domestic violence in Bladen? NO! (They will threaten to lock her up too......regardless of the circumstances or injuries)
For the one or two decent Deputies out there....dudes I hate that you are working with the backwoods hillbilly redneck version of the keystone cops with guns.


I am speechless. If I were this man's spouse, I would be furious too. A traffic infraction and this man was put behind bars with the dredges of the earth? And where were the guards? Good luck to the family, I hope they see justice.


Why you call the inmates dredges, because their where two blacks involved. Well don't forget there was was also a scatterwag too. Hate what happened to Ward, but i bet you, there morre too the story than youj know. Ward probably got just what he asked for.


How about we refer to them as dregs of the earth unless they sit in the middle of a river sucking up the bottom.... uhhhh... ok sucking up the bottom works too!!

Did anybody mention color? Nice race card failure! Grow up....

Both of you should think some before you embarrass yourselves.... **chuckle**

about bladen county

bladen county is about who u know and nobodys perfect even cops go out break laws that ait no lie in that is no way to be but sense i live in bladen it ait got me no were just like i join two fire departments two help and save lifes and got kick off because it is who u know around here and the and the one fire department is tarheel all because i dont fit in but i dont get in no trouble but josh is a smart man can do about anything too help someone out but he just like all the rest of us that dont fit in so bladen didnt care about breaking the fight up he should have not been in there so that is what i wanted too say some that care get down and pray so let jesus be with hin


You can't even write a paragraph! Get an education and USE it, and then go back and apply. I am sure they would give more consideration to someone who cared about themselves enough to put a best foot forward. Based on the slack way you have butchered the english language and punctuation, I also wouldn't want you to fight any fires that had lives at stake because I don't think you care enough for yourself, much less anyone else.

That being said, I agree that it was not right for this man to be beat without mercy. This is especially true because it is alleged that he was incarcerated for no reason. But again, we do not know the entire story, and I doubt we ever learn.


The individual you are responding to obviously has a learning disorder. I happen to know him and he has a good heart, he just happens to learn differently than the rest of us. You are obviously a bully and probably the type of person who would beat someone within an inch of their life (just like the animals in the Bladen County Jail did to Josh).


I most certainly am NOT a bully and would never THINK of doing something so horrid! I understand learning disorders very well. I am simply saying that if you want to make a point for people to understand then you need to write in a way that people will understand. If he needs help getting his point across someone should help him do so. This is a free forum and he is perfectly free to post his thoughts. But if he has this severe form of a learning disorder I stand by my statement that perhaps being a first responder isn't the best career choice for him.


Just.....stop commenting.

People are sorry these days..

Joshua Ward is my uncle. I am only 15 years old and have maybe seen him once when i was a baby. And now for me to see him for the first time i have to see him laying in a hospital bed not responsive and blood just everywhere. Im just so angry that people will literally beat a man they dont know and for no reason. The world these days is just cruel. Now i see why my mom want let me go out on weekends to hang out with my friends because you have so many, rapist, and just mean people who will hurt you for no reason just to satisfy their entertainment. Which is very sick. I might not know alot about my uncle or his wife but i love them dearly and hope he makes it through this without any complications in the future. And to whoever done this to my uncle better be praying really hard to God for mercy, and hope he see`s that you deserve it.

Praying for josh!!

Praying for josh!!

Oh cry me a river!

If he went to court and was told his case was continued, that means he has to go back! To court! Again! Clearly he did not do so, which constitutes failure to appear, the reason why he was rightfully arrested and thrown in the slammer. As far as what caused his injuries from that point on, one can only surmise; however, it is not very likely that a group of inmates attacked your husband without first being provoked in some way. You know what I mean. This is jail, not a summer vacation. Those who don't want to end up in jail live their lives responsibly and don't make light of the law. And yes this requirement extends to those who reside in Bladen county too.