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Bladen County News

Former Bladen Co. Fire Marshal pleads guilty to stealing money from county

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The former Fire Marshal and director of Emergency Management Services for Bladen County has pleaded guilty to two felony counts of obtaining property by false pretense. Full story...
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Dublin hosts 20th annual Peanut Festival

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A small town in Bladen County grew in size over the weekend thanks to the local love of legumes. Full story...
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Couple charged after deputy breaks shoulder during arrest attempt

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A Fairmont man is in jail charged with assaulting and injuring a Bladen County Sheriff's deputy yesterday. The Sheriff's Office says Dep. Kenny Simmons broke his shoulder in four places and will require surgery. Full story...
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ONLY ON 3: Folks take a ride to celebrate fallen Bladen Co. deputy's life, raise money for his family

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video Family and friends of a fallen Bladen County Sheriff's Deputy continue to mourn his loss. But Saturday, folks came from all over to celebrate Dewayne Hester's life by doing something he loved to do. Full story...
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Deputy finds bags of pot, cocaine after car accident

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A Fayetteville man is in jail on drug charges after a car crash involving a Bladen County Sheriff's deputy. Full story...
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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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