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Bladen County News

Suspects plead guilty in 2009 Bladen County murder

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video An Elizabethtown murder investigation is now closed. More than three years ago, a shootout at a fast food restaurant ended with a 19-year-old dead. Today, the last two defendants entered a plea in court. Full story...
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Bladen deputies looking for two men in store robbery

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Deputies are looking for two men who robbed the Grocery & Grill on Highway 41 in Bladenboro late last night. Full story...
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Joe Salas expected to be the next West Bladen football coach

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West Bladen High School has never had much of a football tradition. Perhaps that will change soon. Veteran coach Joe Salas is expected to be named head football coach of the Knights. West Bladen finished 1-9 in 2011. Full story...
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16-year-old charged with attempted murder

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Investigators in Bladen County have charged a 16-year-old boy with attempted murder after a shooting last month. Full story...
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Thieves shoot Bladen Co. woman when she arrives home

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A homeowner arrived home this morning to find a gray older model car in the driveway. Two black males exited the residence and the victim was shot by the suspects. Full story...
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Two arrested for theft of scrap metal

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Samuel Stephenson Butler II, 26, and Jessica Renea Hunt, 27, of 405 Melvin Road Elizabethtown were both arrested on 01/05/2012 and charged with Felony Larceny and Felony Possession of Stolen Property. Full story...
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Stolen shotgun recovered during New Year's Eve traffic stop

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The Bladen County Sheriff's Office says it ended 2011 by catching a man with a stolen shotgun. Full story...
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Bladen Co. man gets life in prison for 2009 murder

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A Bladen County jury ruled Kevin Christopher Rogers killed Sean Maurice Lesane in 2009 and sent him to prison for life. Full story...
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Classmates mourn 8-year-old boy killed in hunting accident

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video An eight-year-old boy died Friday after a hunting accident in Bladen County. Family and friends gathered in Clinton for James Ethan Bartley's funeral today. Meanwhile, his friends at school mourned their classmate. Full story...
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JUST ADD HOPE: Church surprises Thanksgiving shoppers with free groceries

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video A small Clarkton church is adding hope by surprising Thanksgiving shoppers with a holiday treat and footing the bill for their turkey and all the fixin's. Full story...
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Sheriff, school district say no evidence of gang issues after school fight

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Things were back to normal at West Bladen High School today. The Bladen County Sheriff's Office and school district say there was at least one fight yesterday at the school. Full story...
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Crossing enemy lines: Ken Cross starting to settle in at East Bladen

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video Leaving West Bladen to coach at East Bladen is like going from Duke to UNC. It's just not common. Back in May Ken Cross resigned as the West Bladen boys basketball coach to coach at East Bladen. It's been an adjustment for both the players and Cross, but it's a good adjustment. Full story...
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C.J. Melvin intends to go back to ECU

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Courtney "C.J." Melvin would like to play college basketball at East Carolina. She's just not ready to do it this season. The former East Bladen standout would like to re-join the Pirate Nation for the 2012-2013 season. Full story...
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Son shoots mom's boyfriend after she's hit with beer can

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Paul Lewis Sawyer was shot in the thigh with a shotgun Sunday morning following a domestic disturbance with his girlfriend, Tina McDaniel. Sawyer allegedly struck McDaniel with a thrown beer can and her son retrieved a shotgun and shot Sawyer. Full story...
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D.J. Mason signs with Campbell Camels

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West Bladen senior basketball standout D.J. Mason signed with the Campbell Camels on Thursday. Topsail High School had two softball players sign national letter of intents as well. Full story...
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