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Bladen County News

Bladen Commissioner fills in a few blanks about sheriff controversy

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video After nominating Sheriff Earl Storms for the position we tried to catch up with Commissioner Delilah Blanks to ask her about her decision. Full story...
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Bladen Sheriff snubs commission; does not attend special meeting

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video The newly appointed Bladen County Sheriff was nowhere to be found at a meeting called to determine his future with the department. Some county commissioners and the standing room only crowd are still searching for answers. Full story...
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ONLY ON 3: Former Bladen deputy talks about dismissal

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video One of the deputies interim Bladen County Sheriff Earl Storms chose not to swear in is finally speaking out about what happened. In a story you'll see ONLY ON 3, former Sheriff's Sgt. Scott Pait says he was surprised to learn he was out of a job Tuesday. Full story...
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FIRST ON 3: Storms promotes Benston to Chief Deputy

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Interim Bladen County Sheriff Earl Storms told us today that Prentis Benston is now his chief deputy. That could be a problem for the Democratic nominee for Sheriff this fall. Full story...
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ONLY ON 3: Shakeup at Bladen Co. Sheriff's Dept. had nothing to do with murder charge dismissal says DA

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video A local TV station is reporting that the firing of five deputies at the Bladen County Sheriff's Office by Interim Sheriff Earl Storms this week led to a murder charge dismissal. Not true says District Attorney Rex Gore. Full story...
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ONLY ON 3: After meeting to "cover my ass," Sheriff still can't get story straight

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video There's still controversy and confusion in Bladen County on what's really going on in the Sheriff's Office. WWAY sat down once again with interim Sheriff Earl Storms hoping to clear things up, but we found out it wasn't that easy. Full story...
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FIRST ON 3 UPDATE: Deputy speaks out as Bladen County Sheriff tries to cover tracks

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videoAfter speaking with WWAY Wednesday afternoon, Sheriff Earl Storms called a special meeting with his deputies. One of the officers who attended that meeting says he's had enough of the political games. Full story...
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FIRST ON 3 UPDATE: Interim Bladen County Sheriff can't seem to get his story straight; Commissioners may try to terminate him

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video Earl Storms fired five of his deputies Tuesday moments after being sworn in as Interim Sheriff. But when asked why, he told us one story - and another TV station another.... Full story...
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Bladen residents, visitors outraged at interim Sheriff's moves

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video The sudden changes in the Bladen County Sheriff's Office are catching the attention of people who live there. Tonight, many are fired up and speaking out. Full story...
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FIRST ON 3 UPDATE: Interim Sheriff explains why deputies were not sworn in

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video Earl Storms tells WWAY he needed more time to get enough information about the deputies and could reinstate them down the road. Full story...
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Bond increased for murder, arson suspect

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The bond for the woman charged with setting a fire that killed her aunt and cousin has been increased to $10 million. Autopsies show the two died of smoke inhalation. Full story...
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FIRST ON 3: Woman charged with murder of aunt, cousin in fire

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video A woman is accused of setting a fire Wednesday that killed her aunt and 12-year-old cousin, according to Bladen County Sheriff's Office investigators. Full story...
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Former sheriff appointed on interim basis

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videoThere's a new sheriff in Bladen County. Sort of. Bladen County commissioners appointed a former sheriff to lead the department until the November election. Full story...
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Questions surround Bladen fire deaths

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Mystery surrounds a fire that killed two people in Bladen County Wednesday. Elizabethtown firefighters wouldn't say much, but they did call the fire, which killed a 12-year-old and an adult, suspicious. Full story...
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FIRST ON 3: Bladen Sheriff's race will be on November ballot

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videoBladen County Elections Director Larry Hammond says Billy Ward has met the petition requirement to run as an Independent. Ward needed signatures from four percent of Bladen County voters to qualify. Full story...
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