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Bladen County News

ONLY ON 3: Fireworks erupt among Bladen Co. Commissioners, audience

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video Tempers flared at tonight's Bladen County Commissioners' meeting after commissioner Charles Peterson showed his disapproval of the board's no-vote in naming the emergency services building after former county Deputy Fire Marshall John Hall. Full story...
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Bladen county attorney: SBI won't be called to investigate jail beating case

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video Bladen county commissioners met for the first time Monday night since an inmate was beaten in the county jail. Commissioners said the recent case of violence would not be added to the agenda but would be discussed in a private session. Full story...
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FIRST ON 3 UPDATE: Fourth inmate charged in Bladen Co. Jail beating

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video A fourth inmate has been charged with the assault of a fellow inmate last month at the Bladen County Jail. David Wilson Gilchrist, 18, of Elizabethtown, is charged with assault inflicting serious bodily injury and second degree kidnapping. Full story...
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Bladen County woman first to win $150,000 top prize in Hot Streak game

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Mary Sinkler, a resident of Elizabethtown, plans to pay bills after winning the first $150,000 top prize in the new Hot Streak game. “I didn’t believe it,” Sinkler said. “I had to get my daughter to look at it before I thought it was real.” Full story...
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Train derails near Bladenboro, forces evacuations

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videoAccording to Bladen County Dispatch a train has derailed near the town of Bladenboro. Emergency Management says only one car has chemicals in it, and it appears that it is not leaking at this time. Full story...
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FIRST ON 3: Elizabethtown bank robbery suspect arrested in California

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video A man wanted for a bank robbery in Bladen County earlier this month has been arrested in California. Full story...
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Bladen Co. jail beating victim back in hospital

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video The man severely beaten in the Bladen county jail last week is back in the hospital. Joshua Ward's wife, Amanda, tells us he was showing signs of improvement, but after being released from the hospital Friday, he suffered a chronic headache. Full story...
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ONLY ON 3: David says his office 'monitoring' jail beating case

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video Last week, WWAY broke the story of Joshua Ward, who was badly beaten in the Bladen county jail. Former jailer Marcus Hubbard told us that kind of violence is nothing new at the Bladen county jail. He said his complaints would often times fall on deaf ears. Full story...
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ONLY ON 3: Former Bladen Co. jailer says violence nothing new at jail

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video Three days after 30-year-old Joshua Ward was beaten by several inmates, a former jailer says he saw similar violence first-hand. "I have seen many cases where inmates will assault another inmate," Marcus Hubbard said. Full story...
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ONLY ON 3: Jail beating victim speaks out

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video Yesterday, we told you about a Bladen County man severely beaten in the county jail. Today, we spoke with Joshua Ward, 30, who is recovering from gashes to his head and three broken ribs. Full story...
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ONLY ON 3: Man beaten in Bladen Co. Jail probably should not have been there

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videoA Bladen County woman says her husband is fighting for his life tonight after being beaten while in jail. And making the whole thing even more upsetting is that Joshua Ward maybe should not have even been behind bars in the first place. Full story...
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ONLY ON 3: Hear 911 call from Elizabethtown school threat

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videoPolice are still searching for a man they say robbed a bank in Elizabethtown Friday, and they're wondering if he's connected to a bomb threat at a nearby school around the same time. We now have the 911 call someone at the school from the bomb threat. Full story...
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FIRST ON 3: Mistrial, dismissal end case against mom in baby mauling death

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videoA Bladen County family can start the healing process after a judge ruled the 2011 death of a nine-day-old girl was an accident. Full story...
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Jury deliberates fate of mother whose baby was mauled to death by dogs

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videoA 12 person jury is set to return to court Wednesday in Bladen County to determine the fate of a 19-year-old accused of involuntary manslaughter after her 9-day-old baby was mauled to death by dogs in 2011. Full story...
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Elizabethtown Police identify suspect in bank robbery

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video Police say Elizabethtown is a quiet community that rarely has much crime, but that changed today with two major incidents just minutes apart. Full story...
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