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Columbus County News

UPDATE: Man shot during robbery has died

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videoStore clerks in New Hanover County have become famous for protecting themselves from would-be robbers. Now that trend has moved out to Columbus County, where there was a a robber was shot and killed near Lake Waccamaw. Full story...
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ONLY ON 3: Site of deadly shooting working with sheriff to prevent future problems

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videoIt's been more than three weeks since a deadly shooting in Columbus County. Now the sheriff's office and the property owner where the shooting took place are working together to make sure this does not happen again. Full story...
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Couple with ties to Soles arrested in separate incidents

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video A couple with ties to R.C. Soles are back in trouble after separate alleged crimes. Frankie Jernigan is accused of trespassing again on the former senator's property. His wife is in trouble after police say she was caught on tape using pepper spray during a fight at a convenience store. Full story...
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Suspect surrenders in Whiteville murder investigation

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A man is in custody after turning himself into police a day after a shooting in Whiteville left a man dead. Whiteville Police say Torres Newkirk surrendered earlier today. Full story...
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Man charged with serving booze at site of deadly shooting

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A man is out of jail tonight after being charged with aiding and abetting and alcohol possession at a Columbus County club where a man was murdered last month. Full story...
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New Year's baby in Whiteville

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video Imagine giving birth to a baby on Christmas, Easter and New Year's. One Columbus County mother continued a tradition of having holiday children. Full story...
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FIRST ON 3: Neighbors doubt shooting that killed teen was an accident

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video It's been three days since a teenager was killed and two other people hurt by a single bullet in Chadbourn. Neighbors say not only are they surprised by what happened, but also that they believe it was not an accident. Full story...
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One dead, two hurt after Chadbourn shooting

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video One person is dead and two more are injured after a shooting this morning in Chadbourn. Although investigators are not releasing many details, neighbors say they are shocked by what happened. Full story...
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Dewey Hill won't seek reelection

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Rep. Dewey Hill, who represents Brunswick and Columbus Counties, will finish his tenth term next year, but will not run again. After spending 20 years in Raleigh, Hill says it's time for someone else to bring some new ideas to the table. Full story...
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Columbus County deputies looking for missing 12-year-old girl

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The Columbus County Sheriff's Office is looking for held finding a 12-year-old girl. Sonia Trinidad Barios has been missing from her home in the Welches Creek area of Columbus County since at least early Sunday morning. Full story...
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Columbus Sheriff looking into whether to close down site of deadly weekend shooting

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video One man is dead and two women were hurt after a birthday party turned deadly over the weekend in Delco. The Columbus County Sheriff's Office says the shooting at the Triple K Ranch may eventually lead to shutting down the facility at night. Full story...
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FIRST ON 3 UPDATE: Deadly shooting at Columbus County party, deputies searching for shooter

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Columbus County Sheriff Chris Batten says one man is dead and two women injured after a party turned fatal early Saturday morning. Full story...
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Family gets help after losing home to fire, 911 problem

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A Columbus County family lost their home to a fire last week after they say they got no response from 911. The Smiths are living with family while they try to sort everything out, and donations are beginning to come in. Full story...
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FIRST ON 3 UPDATE: County doubts new equipment led to problem with 911 calls during fire

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video A family from Columbus County lost their home along with all of their possessions last week in a house fire. As you saw FIRST ON 3 this weekend, Brian and Amy Smith say they repeatedly called 911 during the fire, but could not get in touch with an operator. Now Columbus County Emergency Management says it is investigating what happened. Full story...
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Whiteville sacks football coach

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Baxter Morris received a call from the Whiteville High School principal this morning letting him know he had been let go as head coach of the football team. Full story...
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