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Bladen County News

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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Woman accused of setting house fire that killed two pleads guilty to murder

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videoA Bladen County woman is now serving time for her role in a house fire that killed a woman and her 12-year-old daughter in 2011. Full story...
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Bladen Co. sheriff wins, voters stike down three ballot issues

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Bladen County Sheriff Prentis Benston is a step closer to reelection, but Bladen County voters were not as enthusiastic for ballot questions about increases the sales tax and alcohol sales. Full story...
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NC 11 Bridge closed for repairs

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Drivers will have to cross the river in Wilmington or Elizabethtown to cross the Cape Fear River in this area. W.R. Marsh, the Resident Engineer, said the closure is due to damage from being struck by a piece of equipment Monday evening. Full story...
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Man shot in knee when shots fired into car after Elizabethtown party

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Deputies are investigating after they say someone shot into a car with several people inside, hitting the driver in the knee. Full story...
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Woman murdered in Elizabethtown possibly victim of domestic violence

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Police say Kelvin Donta McKeithan, 33, brought 40 year old Mary Ellen Council to the hospital. Once hospital officials retrieved her from the vehicle he drove away and did not return. Full story...
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Booze question on Bladen County ballot

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videoWhen booze is on the ballot there is no shortage of opinions and come next Tuesday voters will make their opinions law. Along the sleepy roads of Bladen County there are places to stop and buy beer just not everywhere. Full story...
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Bladen man heads to prison after attempted murder guilty plea

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A Bladen County man will spend at least 10 years in prison after pleading guilty earlier this month to attempted first-degree murder, according to the District Attorney's Office. Full story...
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Bladen Co. man sentenced to life for 2012 murder

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A Bladen County man will spend the rest of his life behind bars for a 2012 murder. A jury convicted Jesse Earl Simpson of first-degree murder in the shooting death of Charles Bernard Stephens on Aug. 13, 2012, in Clarkton. Full story...
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