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Bladen County News

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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Snow, ice blanket Elizabethtown, make travel hard

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video Downtown streets in Elizabethtown were covered with ice and snow early this mornin, but some people did not seem to mind. Full story...
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Man shot twice during burglary

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A Bladen County man is recovering after being shot twice as his home was robbed, investigators say. The Bladen County Sheriff's Office got a call around 9 p.m. Friday that someone had been shot at a home in the 700 block of Mitchell Ford Rd. Full story...
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Bladen County man charged with weekend stabbing

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videoA Bladen County man is in jail charged with a Saturday night stabbing. Investigators say it happened around 10 p.m. at a home in the 200 block of Columbus County Rd. in Council. Full story...
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Teacher of the Week: Tiffany Gooden

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videoWWAY honors a teacher who would do anything for her students, even if that means reaching out to someone all the way in Afghanistan. Full story...
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Judge helps catch suspected shoplifters

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videoLocal Judge helps nab suspected shoplifters. Lawrence Albert Davis and Tracey Nicole Tart were charged after shoplifting from the Dollar General in Dublin Sunday afternoon around 4:45 PM. Full story...
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Bladenboro Town Administrator resigns after being asked to step down

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videoBladenboro's Town Administrator resigns one week after he was served a warrant for simple assault and a criminal summons for communicating threats. Delane Jackson resigned Monday at noon after Bladenboro Mayor Livingston Lewis said commissioners asked Jackson to step down. Full story...
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Soldier's homecoming an early Christmas surprise for daughter

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videoAn ordinary school day turned into one a little girl will never forget, when her father returned home early from Afghanistan. Caroline McKernan thought she was performing on stage for her class, but she was in for a big surprise. Full story...
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Bladenboro town administrator charged

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videoFor the second time this year, Bladenboro's town administrator has been charged with a crime. The Bladen County Sheriff's Office says Delane Jackson was served with a warrant for arrest for simple assault and a criminal summons for communicating threats. Full story...
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Bladen Community College closing early due to utility problem

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A facilities utility problem is forcing administrators at Bladen Community College in Dublin shut down the campus early today. Full story...
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Bladen County leaders won't talk about issues inside jail

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videoEver since Linda Edwards, 44, hanged herself in the Bladen County Jail last week, we've heard several reports of poor conditions inside the jail. So today WWAY went back to bladen county looking for answers. Full story...
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