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Bladen County News

Inmates convicted of gun crimes could be released

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A federal judge has overturned the conviction of a North Carolina man sent to prison after he was wrongly charged as a felon for possessing firearms. It was the first of what could be as many as 3,000 inmates with similar convictions set aside. Full story...
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FIRST ON 3: Bladen man charged with murder after shooting victim dies

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A Bladen County man is now charged with murder after a man he allegedly shot earlier this week died. Full story...
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Man charged with shooting in Clarkton

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Bladen County Sheriff Prentis Benston told WWAY News a call came in to 911 at 6:22 Monday night. Deputies went to a house in Clarkton where they found a 51 year old black male suffering a gunshot wound to the head. Full story...
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Bladen Co. man sees results, as president signs Lejeune water law

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video A Bladen County man is finally seeing results from a 15-year-long crusade. The retired Marine has been battling for help from the effects of toxic tap water at Camp Lejeune. Yesterday he saw the president join his fight. Full story...
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Film about Lejeune water to be shown in Raleigh

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The award-winning documentary about the toxic drinking water at Camp Lejeune is getting a showing in Raleigh that includes a tribute to the Bladen County man who led the fight to disclose information about the contamination. Full story...
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Man accused of threatening deputy with golf club

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A Bladen County man is in jail accused of threatening a sheriff's deputy with a golf club. The Bladen County Sheriff's Office says it arrested Joseph Lewis Branch, 57, of 73 Graham Blanks Rd. in Riegelwood Wednesday afternoon. Full story...
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Elizabethtown added to Small Town Main Street program

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Elizabethtown is one of five new communities chosen to participate in the state's Office of Urban Development's 2012 Small Town Main Street program. Full story...
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Suspected burglar arrested after dropping cell phone in house

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A Robeson County man is in jail after investigators say he dropped his cell phone in a Bladen County home he broke into Wednesday morning. Full story...
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Domestic disturbance leads to knife injuries

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A domestic disturbance led police to a home in Elizabethtown Wednesday evening. James Hunt and Erika Pearson both had minor knife injuries. Full story...
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Bladen detectives look for owner of pot plants found in field

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An anonymous tip led detectives from the Bladen County Sheriff's Narcotics Unit to nearly 200 marijuana plants growing in a field. Full story...
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ONLY ON 3: NFL player and East Bladen grad Desmond Bryant aims to inspire kids at football camp

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It’s no doubt that kids look up to professional athletes, but that admiration only increases when the star has been in their shoes. NFL player and Bladen County native Desmond Bryant held a free football camp on his old stomping grounds Saturday. Full story...
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Bladen deputies search for suspects in car break-ins

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Bladen County Sheriff's deputies are looking for help solving a rash of vehicle break-ins. They happened between midnight and 6 a.m. Tuesday in Clarkton. Full story...
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Bladen County man charged with cutting neighbor with machete

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A Bladen County man is in jail charged with cutting his neighbor with a machete. Full story...
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Two local NFL players will hold free football camps in July

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Buffalo Bills defensive lineman Jay Ross will hold a free football camp in Wilmington on July 14. Oakland Raider defensive lineman Desmond Bryant will hold a free football camp on July 14 in Elizabethtown. Full story...
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Highway Patrol completes investigation of crash that killed Bladen deputy

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Highway Patrol says Dep. Dewayne Hester was driving approximately 90 mph June 8 when he ran off the road and overcorrected to the left. He hit a tree and died. Full story...
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