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Bladen County News

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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Woman charged with smuggling drugs into jail

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Investigators say a Bladen County woman tried to smuggle drugs in the county jail, but landed herself behind bars instead. Deputies arrested Anicet Delgado Ibarra, 20, of Elizabethtown yesterday and charged her with possession of a controlled substance in jail. Full story...
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'USA Today' story uncovers problem with criminal sentencing

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video A recent change in federal law means some folks may be wrongfully serving time in federal prison. Our story stems from an investigation in "USA Today" centered around a man from Elizabethtown sitting in jail for a crime he did not technically commit. Full story...
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