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B.J. Wright, wife arrested for jury tampering

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B.J. and Karen Sealey Wright are each charged with one count of felony conspiracy, harrassment of a juror and obstructing justice, according to the Columbus County Jail. Columbus County Sheriff Chris Batten says more charges may be filed after investigators talk to the couple. Full story...
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Missing person case ends in murder investigation

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video A Columbus County mother is grieving after learning her son died at the hands of another. It started as a missing persons case, but turned into much more. Full story...
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B.J. Wright trial delayed as attorney withdraws, new investigation starts

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A judge has delayed the trial for a young man with ties to R.C. Soles before testimony started. Full story...
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UPDATE: Missing boater found in Lake Waccamaw

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Investigators have confirmed that the missing boater in Lake Waccamaw has been found. The search began after a boat was found circling the middle of the lake with no one on board yesterday. Full story...
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ONLY ON 3: B.J. Wright back in court after window escape try

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video B.J. Wright faces a host of charges, including cocaine and marijuana possession, resisting and delay and a habitual felon charge. All of the charges stem from incidents early last year. Full story...
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Warrants issued for three wanted for Tabor City shooting, robbery

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Police have warrants for three men they believe are connected to the robbery and shooting of David Grubbs in a Tabor City church parking lot. Full story...
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Woman in jail, three men wanted for Tabor City shooting

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video New details about a shooting last week in Tabor City. A woman has turned herself in to police in connection with the crime. Full story...
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Tabor City shooting victim recovering after surgery

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The man shot in Tabor City early yesterday morning is in serious condition in a Myrtle Beach hospital. Full story...
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B.J. Wright jumps out of courthouse window

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One of the troubled young men with ties to R.C. Soles is back in trouble and in the hospital. The Columbus County Sheriff's Office says B.J. Wright jumped through a second-story window at the Columbus County Courthouse in Whiteville this afternoon. Full story...
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Police say string of crimes overnight ends with man shot in neck, face

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video An early-morning shooting in Tabor City may be linked to as many as five people in two states. Police say they are working to figure out what crimes fit where after a shooting in a church parking lot led investigators to three other crimes throughout the night. Full story...
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Hog farm ordered to pay for wetlands preservation

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A Columbus County hog farm operator has been ordered to pay $1.5 million in fines and restitution for violations of the federal Clean Water Act. Full story...
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Columbus Co. woman says faith helped her hold on until rescued from pond

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A Columbus County woman who mistakenly drove her SUV into a pond near Lumberton last week said Monday that she prayed and sang to pass the time until someone finally heard her cries for help. Full story...
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Silver Alert issued for woman who may be heading to Columbus County

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A Silver Alert has been issued for Margaret Britt Simmons. Simmons, 84, who is believed to be suffering from dementia or some other cognitive impairment, was last seen in Lumberton. She could be headed toward Evergreen in Columbus County. She also has family in Bladen County. Full story...
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Boys & Girls Homes of NC and Thompson Child & Family Focus to unite programs

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Two nonprofitagencies – Boys and Girls Homes of North Carolina,Inc. (Lake Waccamaw-based) and Thompson Child & Family Focus (Charlotte-based)– have entered into a partnership that expands regional access to mental healthand child welfare community services aimed at improving the lives of vulnerablechildren and families. Full story...
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Man accused of killing Lumberton police officer had child in car

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video Marques Brown, 27, had a small child in a car seat in his vehicle when Brown shot and killed Master Patrol Officer Jeremiah Goodson, according to Captain Johnny Barnes with the Lumberton Police Department. Full story...
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