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Man pleads guilty to murder charge

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videoA man accused of hitting and killing another driver while running from a robbery pleaded guilty to murder Wednesday. Full story...
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Convicted killer seeks third trial to prove innocence

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videoA man convicted twice for second degree murder is seeking a third trial. Joseph Sledge says he was wrongly accused of the murder of two Bladen County women in the late 1970’s. Josephine Davis, 74 and her daughter Aileen, 53, were found dead in their home Labor Day 1976. Full story...
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With ground already saturated, Chantal could be significant flooding threat

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videoAfter flooding rains in the Carolinas the last several weeks, we're finally getting a break. But now Tropical Storm Chantal looms in the Atlantic. So can our area handle any more rain? Full story...
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Officer injured after police chase

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A Whiteville police officer was injured after a car chase. Officers were called to the Cook apartment complex located on W. Burkhead St. and Martin Luther King Avenue by Deondra Johnson. She had an altercation with her boyfriend Dashad Deleon Maultsby earlier in the day. Full story...
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Jury convicts Jenrette on two counts of murder

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A Columbus County man will spend the rest of his life behind bars after a jury convicted him of two murders in 2007. Full story...
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Former counselor pleads guilty to murder

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A former school counselor will spend 20 to 34 years in prison for a 2011 murder. Michael Shawn Brown pleaded guilty to 2nd degree murder in Columbus County Superior Court. Full story...
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Trial starts for man charged with two 2007 murders

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videoSantonio Jenrette faces two counts of first degree murder after investigators charged him with the 2007 murders of Darnell Frink, 22, and Rashed Delamez Jones, 14. Full story...
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Cardboard boat races attract hundreds to Lake Waccamaw

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videoThe weather was perfect this weekend for all types of water-sports, even...cardboard boat racing? That's right. Hundreds of people soaked up the sun at Lake Waccamaw for the North Carolina Cardboard Boat Championship races. The challenge was to design and build a human-powered, cardboard boat that could finish, and stay afloat, during a 200-yard course around the lake. A few folks even put their imaginations to work while building. Full story...
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Teams ready to sink or swim at NC Cardboard Boat Championships

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video A boat race of a different kind is happening tomorrow at Lake Waccamaw. The event shows all sorts of ships will sail even if you don't think they can hold water. For some it leads to a smile. While it leaves others with a sinking feeling. Full story...
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Former detention officer faces more sex crimes after indictment

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videoA former Columbus County detention officer faces more sex crimes after a grand jury indictment. Full story...
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Former detention officer arrested for indecent liberties with a child

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Detectives with the Columbus County Sheriff's Office arrested a former Detention Officer on one count of indecent liberties with a child. Full story...
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Jury quick to find man guilty of murdering wife

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video It did not take long for a Columbus County jury to come to a verdict in a 2011 murder case. Jurors took about half an hour to find Elijah Jones guilty of first degree murder for the shooting death of his estranged wife. Full story...
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ONLY ON 3: Jones takes stand, recounts shooting

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video A man accused of the shooting death of his estranged wife was back on the witness stand today in Columbus County. He and his attorney tell a much different story about what happened that day. Full story...
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College offers cloned Venus Flytraps to Alderman Park

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videoHelp could be on the way for Alderman Park after more than 1,000 Venus Flytraps were poached last week. Southeastern Community College has offered some of its cloned Venus Flytraps plants to replenish the breed at the Stanley Rehder Garden in Wilmington. Full story...
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ONLY ON 3: Family remembers slain mother

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Following the August 2011 murder of Joan Everette her daughters said that it left a void in their heart that may never be filled. Monday her family members filled up the pews at the Columbus County Courthouse to hear testimony in the murder trial of her estranged husband Elijah Jones. Full story...
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