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Bladen County News

Woman, alleged accomplice arrested for husband's 2010 murder

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Two people have been charged with a four-year-old murder in Bladen County. Donyee Bowman Jessup, 29, of Fayetteville, and Garry Tyrell McCray Jr., 26, Salisbury, MD, have been charged with first-degree murder in the shooting death of Johnnie Terrel Jessup. Full story...
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Deputies bust Bladenboro meth lab, arrest three on drug charges

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Deputies busted a meth lab in Bladenboro yesterday, landing three people behind bars in connection to the drug operation, with additional arrests expected. Full story...
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Response to crash leads officers to shooting

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Elizabethtown Police say as they responded to one crime this weekend, they wound up finding another. Full story...
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FBI: Kidnap victim rescued with help of area agencies in elaborate international plot

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Federal agents say they rescued a South Carolina man in North Carolina with the help of several area agencies six days after the man was kidnapped as part of an international plot. Full story...
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ONLY ON 3: Clarkton residents say something's wrong with exorbitant water bills

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video Some residents in Clarkton say there's something wrong with their water bills. They say say it's a problem that should have been fixed months ago. Full story...
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Bladen dad admits to killing 7-month-old daughter

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videoA Bladen County father has pleaded guilty to killing his baby daughter nearly two years ago. The District Attorney's Office says Juan Andres Hernandez, 22, will spend as much as 10 years five months behind bars after pleading guilty to second-degree murder today. Full story...
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UPDATE: Stolen Elizabethtown police car results in high speed chase

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videoA man is behind bars under a $158,000 secured bond after investigators say he stole a police car and led them on a chase through two counties. Full story...
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WWAY SURPRISE SQUAD sparks smiles at Four County Electric

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videoSeveral people were paying the minimum amount on their electric bill Tuesday, just trying to keep lights and air conditioner on. Thanks to Perry's Emporium, the Surprise Squad was in Bladen County today to help out. Full story...
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Tar Heel plant should reopen Friday morning

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videoIt looks like factory workers at the Smithfield plant in Tar Heel won't be headed back to work until tomorrow. The pork packing plant has been shut down since an ammonia leak Tuesday morning. Full story...
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Man charged with stealing trailer of hogs

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A Bladenboro man is in jail charged with stealing a trailer full of hogs. Bladen County Sheriff's deputies arrested Alfonza Lewis, 38, around 11:30 p.m. Wednesday. Full story...
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Smithfield still cleaning up, workers waiting to go back

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videoThe latest on the Smithfield ammonia leak. The world's largest pork production plant still is not producing anything after yesterday's incident. Smithfield representatives say all safety checks for factory machinery and equipment was up-to-date. Full story...
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Thousands evacuated after ammonia leak at Tar Heel plant

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videoSmithfield Foods says it is working with local emergency agencies to determine the cause of an apparent ammonia leak at its packing plant in Tar Heel in Bladen County, a company spokeswoman said. Full story...
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Woman sentenced in teen's 2011 murder

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videoA Bladen County woman is headed to prison for the 2011 murder of a teenager. The District Attorney's Office says a judge today sentenced Shakendria Harper for the second-degree murder of Princess Cromartie, 17. Full story...
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Bladen Co. man charged with shooting man in back

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video A Bladen County man is in jail charged with shooting another man in the back. The Bladen County Sheriff's Office says it happened around midnight at 229 Bladenboro Airport Rd. Full story...
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Family and friends to honor Bladen Co. native murdered last year

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videoFamily and friends will take time tonight to honor a Bladen County native murdered a year ago. Melissa Huggins-Jones's cousins have planned a ceremony in her hometown tonight to honor her. Full story...
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