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Bladen County News

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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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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