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Bladen County News

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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Benston closes in on Bladen County Sheriff, history

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video Prentis Benston is one step away from becoming the first African-American sheriff in Bladen County history. Full story...
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The Rant: A lesson in journalism

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You've gone too far with this DWI dismissal, says one viewer. Not quite, says our Rantmaster. We'll explain why our coverage has been far from "biased" or "one-sided" as a Rant accuses. Full story...

FIRST ON 3: Bladen Sheriff candidate not violating Hatch Act

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A Bladen County Sheriff's deputy has not violated federal law by running for Sheriff. Eric Bryan's attorney released a letter from the US Office of Special Counsel he received today. Full story...
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Bladen County settles Taser death case

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Billy Ray Cook died in April 2006 after deputies Tased him while trying to arrest him. Lawyers for his estate claimed they may have used the Taser as many as 38 times on Cook. Full story...
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Plant manager says workers fine after carbon monoxide exposure

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videoInvestigators say the problem was a faulty forklift leaking high doses of carbon monoxide. The dangerous gas got into the ventilation system and circulated throughout the building. Full story...
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Bladen gas leak sends more than 50 people to the hospital

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A gas leak at a blueberry warehouse in Bladen County sent more than 50 people to the hospital overnight. Full story...
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Troubleshooters Conclusion: Officials Respond to Questions about Molestation Investigation

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Bladen County Sheriff's Officials explain how they responded to concerns over the way the case was handled. Full story...
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TROUBLESHOOTERS UPDATE: Bladen Co. investigators respond

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Thursday, we finally got a response from the Sheriff's Office. Chief Deputy Phillip Little told us the victim gave his investigators conflicting statements, and that factored into the way they handled the case. Full story...
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Troubleshooters: Teen molested by uncle upset at lack of penalty

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video A 16-year-old molested by his uncle is upset that uncle is doing no active jail time, and won't have to register as a sex offender. Full story...
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ONLY ON 3: Shooting victim speaks out

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video It's been more than a week since 17-year-old Robert Davis was shot outside of West Bladen High School. For the first time, the teen is speaking out about what he says happened on the afternoon of May 11. Full story...
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