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Bladen County News

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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UPDATE: Victim's name released in Bladenboro shooting death

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videoPolice Chief Chris Hunt said Patricia Lynn Cooper,38, died from a single gun shot wound. When emergency crews arrived at the apartment complex at 428 Ash Street around 2:30 a.m., they said Cooper was still breathing. Full story...
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Bladenboro woman allegedly killed by boyfriend; Police chief not releasing any details

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videoPolice here are investigating a fatal shooting that reportedly took place on Sunday. According to preliminary information, a woman was shot and killed by her boyfriend. Full story...
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PAC formed in support of Bladen beer and wine referendum

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videoVoters will decide the issue May 6 during the primary election. Bladen County commissioners agreed to put the issue on the ballot last year. Full story...
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ONLY ON 3: Church group building handicap bathroom for amputee has materials, trailer stolen

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videoOne minute it was there, and the next it was gone. Members of the Haw Bluff Baptist Church in Bladen County say someone stole a trailer full of materials being used to build a handicap accessible bathroom for a double amputee. Full story...
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Man wanted for first-degree attempted murder in Jan. shooting arrested

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videoElizabethtown Police arrested a man who was wanted for first-degree attempted murder since a shooting that landed one person in the hospital back in January. Covington is in the Bladen County Jail under a $1,010,000 bond. Full story...
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ONLY ON 3: State inspections confirm complaints about Bladen jail conditions

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videoA trip to jail is not a visit to a luxury hotel, but there is a basic expectation of safety and health conditions. For months, though, we've heard complaints about problems inside the Bladen County Jail, and they're not just from inmates. They're also coming from state regulators. Full story...
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Elizabethtown Baptist Church finishes restoration of damaged buildings

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videoNearly three years ago, a string of deadly tornadoes tore through Bladen County leaving the Elizabethtown Baptist Church in shambles. Since then, the church has worked hard to rebuild, and now renovations are complete. Full story...
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ONLY ON 3: Sheriff Benston still won't talk about issues inside Bladen County Jail

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videoFor months we've tried speaking with Bladen County Sheriff Prentis Benston several times since first looking into problems at the county jail. In November, he referred us to County Attorney Leslie Johnson. So we sent Johnson a long list of questions and concerns about the jail in November, December, January and now February. Today we got some answers. Sort of. Full story...
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Charges dismissed against former Bladenboro administrator

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Two criminal charges have been dismissed against Bladenboro's former town administrator. Delane Jackson faced a charge of assault and a count of communicating threats in separate incidents. Full story...
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Bladen County takes latest snow day in stride

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videoThis storm is creating a second winter wonderland in less than two weeks, and the people of Bladen County actually seem to be coming around to it. Full story...
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ALE, Bladen Sheriff arrest eight on drug trafficking charges

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During the past month, the Department of Public Safety's Alcohol Law Enforcement section has arrested and charged eight people with drug trafficking, larceny, forgery and other crimes following a year-long, multi-county criminal investigation. More charges are pending. Full story...
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Man killed, another in jail after neighborhood dispute

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Bladen County deputies say a shooting in an Elizabethtown neighborhood over the weekend ended with one man dead and another man behind bars. Full story...
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