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Bladen County News

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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Teen shot at West Bladen HS is back in hospital, and facing charges

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video The teen shot at West Bladen High School last week is now charged in connection to the shooting. Full story...
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Security tightened after WBHS shooting

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video A student shot outside of a Bladen County high school is recovering tonight. The incident has parents at West Bladen High looking for answers. Parents had tons of questions after the shooting, and some are still out of the loop today, including the victim's mother. Full story...
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Astronaut lands in Bladen County hometown

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A hometown hero returned to Bladen County. Retired NASA astronaut Curtis Brown was escorted by police into downtown Elizabethtown. Full story...
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Student shot at West Bladen HS, but didn't realize it until he got on the bus

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video The Superintendent of Bladen County Schools tells John Rendleman that one student was shot Tuesday afternoon at West Bladen High School shortly as school was letting out around 3 p.m. Full story...
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State, feds invesitgate elections allegations in Bladen Co.

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video From vote buying to violations of a federal law, state and federal elections investigators have their hands full with Bladen county. There's not one or two but three investigations into recent elections and candidates. Full story...
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