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Columbus Co. murder trial goes to jury

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videoA quadruple murder trial in Columbus County is coming to an end. Late this afternoon the jury was read the charges against Danny Lamont Thomas, who's accused of killing for people. Tomorrow the jury will start deliberations. Full story...
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ONLY ON 3: Viewer captures video of Thursday storm near Whiteville

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Pat Kern sent us this video of Thursday's severe weather shot in front of his house on Mrs. Tates Rd. in Whiteville. Kern says he followed it to 1.5 miles west of Hallsboro on the north side of US 74/76. Is it a tornado forming? You be the judge! Full story...
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Tornado damage around Columbus County

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video Though the severe weather wasn't quite as bad today as it was a few weeks ago, there were a few places in Columbus County that did see some damage. Full story...
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ONLY ON 3: Why Tabor City Police always respond to Sen. Soles's house

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Former State Senator R.C. Soles lives near Tabor City, but not "in" Tabor City. His sprawling estate is outside of the official city limits. Yet whenever something happens at the house, Tabor City Police always respond, even though it's technically out of their jurisdiction. Full story...
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ONLY ON 3 UPDATE: Columbus Co. Sheriff's Dept. not investigating Soles/Scott scuffle; Tabor City Police misinformed

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Columbus County Sheriff Chris Batten says Tabor City Police mis-informed us when they said his department was investigating last week's scuffle between former State Senator R.C. Soles and Stacey Scott. Full story...
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ONLY ON 3: Tabor City Cop who forgot about Frog interview has own legal issues

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The Tabor City Police Detective who discovered an interview with Allen "Frog" Strickland Sunday night and caused the mistrial today has legal issues of his own. Det. Greg Sibbett is on administrative leave from the Tabor City Police Department. He's charged with assault by pointing a gun and two counts of illegally arresting two men. Full story...
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ONLY ON 3: WWAY video shows insurance agent at Frog's house day after fire

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The district attorney's office subpoenaed video from us today they claim shows an insurance agent at Allen "Frog" Strickland's house the day after it caught on fire. Strickland was charged with burning his own house down in order to collect insurance money. Former senator R.C. Soles bought him the house. Strickland's attorney last week claimed Frog never knew he had insurance on his house. Full story...
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FIRST ON 3 UPDATE: Stacey Scott speaks out about R.C. Soles

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video Tabor City Police say they found a man lying in the middle of the road early Friday morning. That man was Stacey Scott. Scott says former Sen. R.C. Soles attacked him with a metal pipe, held a gun to his head, and threatened to kill him if he told anyone about what happened. This did not keep Scott from telling his side of the story. Full story...
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Bolton man shot and killed outside nightclub

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An early morning argument led to the death of a young Bolton man Saturday. Full story...
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FIRST ON 3: Stacey Scott speaks out to WWAY about R.C. Soles

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video This is the raw, uncut footage of our interview. We will have more on this story Sunday, on WWAY NewsChannel 3 at 11 p.m. ** WARNING: SOME OF THE LANGUAGE IN THIS INTERVIEW MAY BE OFFENSIVE AND IS NOT SUITABLE FOR CHILDREN. ** Full story...
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DEVELOPING: Stacey Scott says Senator Soles pounded him with a pipe and held gun to his head

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video A former client of R.C. Soles claims the former senator beat and threatened him early this morning. Scott said Soles dropped him off at the Welcome Center, put a gun to Scott's head and said, "If you tell anyone about this, I will blow your f****** head off." Full story...
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Tabor City Police also investigating another disturbance at Soles's house Thursday night

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I approached the vehicle and Frankie Jernigan and his wife, Danielle Jernigan were walking toward me from RC's driveway. Frankie said that RC Soles had called him by phone and told him to meet him at his residence, but they were out of gas and were unable to leave. Moments later, RC arrived and said he had not invited Frankie to his residence and that Frankie was not welcome there. Full story...
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Judge dismisses evidence in Strickland's arson case

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videoThe arson case involving a teen with ties to former Sen. R.C. Soles is taking an Easter break. Before recessing for the weekend today, the judge ruled on evidence in the trial of Allen "Frog" Strickland that could have a big impact on the case. Full story...
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Handler and K-9 testify in Strickland arson trial

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video On the third day of trial prosecutors called up special agents Wednesday with the State Bureau of Investigation in the arson case against Allen "Frog" Strickland. The teen is accused of burning his own home in an attempt to collect money from his insurance. Full story...
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Testimony starts in Strickland's arson trial

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video The jury has been seated, and today the first witnesses took the stand in the arson case of Allen "Frog" Strickland. The teen is a former client and friend of former state Sen. R.C. Soles. Full story...
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