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Columbus County News

FIRST ON 3: SCC baseball team raising money to go to Junior College World Series

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Members of the Southeastern Community College Rams baseball team are making a personal appeal for support to help them travel to Enid, Oklahoma for the National Junior College Division II World Series. Full story...
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FIRST ON 3: Jurors in Thomas case deadlocked; Judge gives life sentence

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video After a jury that convicted a man of four murders could not come to an agreement on a sentence, the judge in the Danny Thomas case handled the sentence. Full story...
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Christian counselor charged with murder

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The Sheriff's Office says Michael Shawn Brown bonded out of jail this afternoon on a $50,000 bond for the death of Larry Townes back in March. Full story...
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SECC Rams win region ten baseball title

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The Southeastern Community College baseball team will be playing in the national junior college baseball tournament later this month. They earned their invitation by claiming the region ten title on Monday in Morehead City. Full story...
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No sentence yet for Thomas

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Day three of deliberations in a quadruple murder case in Columbus County and still no sentence. A jury took just a few hours May 5 to convict Danny Lamont Thomas of killing four people in Chadbourn in 2005 but their decision of how he should pay for the crimes is taking much longer. Full story...
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FIRST ON 3: No info about who posted bond for B.J. Wright

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video B.J. Wright is getting out of jail. A Columbus County bail bondsman has posted a $750,000 bond for the young man charged with a host of crimes, including vandalism at the home of former Sen. R.C. Soles. Full story...
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Jury deadlocked in Thomas sentencing

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Jurors in the Danny Thomas case spent Friday deliberating his sentence for killing four people during robberies in Chadbourn in 2005. The jury said they were deadlocked this afternoon, leading the court to decide to continue the sentencing portion of trial on Saturday morning. Full story...
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Police officer's wife heads to court on drug charge

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Capt. Dean Foley's wife Teresa was scheduled to make her first court appearance today on charges of embezzling controlled substances from her employer. Full story...
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Killer faces death as jury deliberates Friday

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He has been convicted of four counts of first degree murder. Now it's time for a jury to decide whether Danny Thomas deserves the death penalty. Full story...
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Tabor City bank robbed

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Tabor City Police Chief Donald Dowless says the BB&T on Hickman Road in Tabor City was robbed around 2:45 p.m. Thursday. So far investigators have not released a description of the robber. Full story...
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Bond hearing scheduled for B.J. Wright

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A judicial source tells WWAY the hearing is about posting bond. A judge has required that whoever posts Wright's bond appear before the court and explain why. Full story...
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Driver sentenced for drunk driving crash that killed man standing in yard

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A Columbus County man will spend at least a dozen years behind bars for killing a man with his pick-up last year. Full story...
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TROUBLESHOOTERS: HVAC contractor leaves customers in the cold

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video Friendship and business can be a risky proposition. One Riegelwood couple may have found that out the hard way. They claim they hired a friend to install a new heating and air system in their home only to be left in the cold. Full story...
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Testimony wraps in Thomas sentencing

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video The jury had a short day Tuesday. They heard testimony in the morning and were released just before lunch time, but the attorneys stayed busy the rest of the day discussing and preparing for what's next. Full story...
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Mother of girl sexually battered on school bus says punishment doesn't fit crime

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videoSchool bus number 48 takes students from Acme-Delco Elementary and Middle schools to and from school every day, but Friday witnesses say one student crossed the line on a dare, and the victim's mother says not enough is being done about it. Full story...
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