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Bladen County News

Army paratrooper drowns at White Lake

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videoA paratrooper from Fort Bragg has drowned while swimming in White Lake. White Lake police Sgt. Terry Fell says 21-year-old Pvt. Jordan Miles of Longview, Texas, was swimming with others at the lake last Saturday when he apparently hit his head on a pier. Full story...
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Police: Two men hospitalized after shooting each other

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Two men were taken to the hospital after they apparently shot each other yesterday in Elizabethtown. Full story...
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NC's first military public charter school celebrates grand opening

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videoNorth Carolina’s first military public charter school celebrated its grand opening today. Students, dressed top to bottom in military uniforms at the new Paul R. Brown Leadership Academy will be getting a different educational experience this year. Full story...
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Elizabethtown man charged with shooting brother

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videoAn Elizabethtown man is in jail charged with attempted murder after investigators say he shot his brother. Full story...
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Vineyard owner wants Bladen Co. voters to approve alcohol sales

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video Bladen County has long been a dry county, but with muscadine vines now growing in fields that used to grow tobacco, some are calling for the sale of alcoholic beverages to become legal. Full story...
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Elizabethtown man arrested after selling drugs to undercover police

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videoAn Elizabethtown man was arrested Thursday night after allegedly selling crack cocaine. Full story...
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Clarkton fire chief and asst. fire chief charged with fraud

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videoRobinson, who was the Clarkton Fire Chief, has been charged with two counts of Insurance Fraud, five counts of Embezzlement, and two counts of Corporate Malfeasance. The case was presented to a Bladen County Grand Jury Monday. Full story...
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Public hearing scheduled for proposed Bladen Co. biomass energy facility

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The state has scheduled a Sept. 4 public hearing to gather comments on an air quality permit for a proposed biomass energy plant in Bladen County. Full story...
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Suspect charged in cold case rape

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videoPaul Lee Oxendine is charged with attempted first degree rape, first degree sexual offense and breaking and entering. The Sheriff's Office and SBI used DNA evidence to solve the cold case from 1996. Full story...
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Traffic stop leads to drug arrests in Elizabethtown

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A traffic stop helped police make two drug arrests in Elizabethtown Friday. Full story...
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$8,000 worth of marijuana seized during traffic stop

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An expired registration plate on a car helped the Bladen County Sheriff's Office make two arrests and seize a big stash of marijuana Friday night. Full story...
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Clarkton Fire Department under investigation for alleged financial issues

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State and local investigators are looking into possible wrongdoing at the Clarkton Fire Department. Full story...
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Walmart theft leads police to drug bust

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videoElizabethtown Police say a report of a theft from Walmart led them to arrest two women on drug and other charges. Full story...
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Rep. Jones asks for Congressional hearing on Smithfield sale

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Rep. Walter Jones (R-3rd District) wants a Congressional hearing on the planned sale of Smithfield Foods, Inc., to a Chinese company. Full story...
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Bladen Co. man killed while crossing NJ highway

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A Bladen County man is dead after being hit and killed as he tried to cross a New Jersey highway. Family members tell WWAY the victim is Charles Robert Shaw. Full story...
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