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Bladen County News

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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Marine who fell from Osprey identified

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videoThe Marine who died after apparently falling out of an MV-22 Osprey during a training flight over Bladen County Monday night has been identified by family. Full story...
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Officials: Body of Marine who fell from Osprey found

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videoOfficials have confirmed that the body of the Marine who fell from the Osprey during a training mission has been found. Search crews found the body in a blueberry field off US 701 this afternoon. Full story...
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Owner of raided building denies nightclub allegations

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videoInvestigators say a building raided by five agencies this weekend is a "makeshift nightclub," but the owner says the building is just a place for friends and family to gather. Full story...
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30+ guns confiscated after Bladenboro backyard nightclub raid

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Investigator James Daniels of the Bladenboro Police Department says more than 30 guns, including an assault rifle, were confiscated before the night was over during a raid at a backyard nightclub on Butler Mill Road. Full story...
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ONLY ON 3: Father says autistic son taken home from school in deputy's car, possibly in handcuffs

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videoA Bladen County dad is upset after he says his autistic son was taken out of class and put into a sheriff deputy's car. Full story...
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Robeson Co. deputy, woman killed in jet ski accident on Cape Fear River

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videoInvestigators say two bodies were pulled from the Cape Fear River near Elizabethtown after an apparent jet ski accident. Full story...
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SURPRISE SQUAD premiers at Melvin's in Elizabethtown

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videoWWAY NewsChannel 3 is celebrating its 50th anniversary this summer with the Surprise Squad! With the generous support of Alan Perry and Perry's Emporium, we'll be showing up somewhere every day this week helping people out by buying them lunch or filling up their cars with gas. Full story...
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