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Columbus County Sheriff's Office

Detectives make record meth bust in Columbus Co.

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Columbus County Sheriff's deputies and State Bureau of Investigation agents say they've made the largest crystal meth bust in county history. Full story...
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Judge shuts down Columbus County nightclub

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A judge today shut down a Columbus County nightclub that prosecutors say has been the site of violent crimes, including a fatal shooting. Full story...
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Columbus Co. man arrested for wife's 2000 murder

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Columbus County Sheriff's detectives and investigators with the District Attorney's Office arrested John Avery Phillip Cumbee, 51, of Honey Field Road, Whiteville, for the 2000 murder of his wife, Angela Jones Cumbee. Full story...
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Three shot at Columbus County club

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One person remains in critical condition after a shooting early this morning in Columbus County. It happened around 2 a.m. at Balls Night Club in Evergreen. Full story...
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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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Shot suspect lives next door to home he allegedly robbed

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An update on the shooting of a breaking and entering suspect over the weekend in Columbus County. WWAY learned today the suspect lives next door to the home investigators say he broke into on Carver Moore Road near Lake Waccamaw. Full story...
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Federal grant to help law enforcement in Columbus County

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A federal grant will help law enforcement in Columbus County get on the same page. The county has received a Byrne Justice Assistance Grant (JAG) of $14,683 to increase communications and information sharing among law enforcement agencies in the county. Full story...
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Sheriff's offices offer help as Bladen Co. mourns fallen deputy

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As sheriff's deputies in Bladen County go to a colleague's funeral tomorrow, sheriff's offices from surrounding counties will lend a helping hand. Full story...
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Three Columbus Co. teens charged with murder after bragging to classmates

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video Three Columbus County teenagers have been arrested and charged with murdering a Hallsboro man after deputies say they bragged to classmates at East Columbus High School. Sheriff Chris Batten says deputies found three of the victim's guns in the suspects' homes Thursday. Full story...
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FIRST ON 3: Brawl breaks out at West Columbus High School

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video A brawl broke out at a Columbus County high school this week. When it was all said and done, more than a dozen students were suspended. Now they all face charges. Full story...
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Gun found on Columbus County school bus

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Students found a gun on a South Columbus High School bus this morning. According to Columbus County Sheriff Chris Batten, four students were riding the bus near Tabor City, when one student told the bus driver that a gun was on a seat. Full story...
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Columbus County man shot and killed in his home

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A Columbus County man is dead after being shot in the head in his home Friday evening, according to Sheriff Chris Batten. Full story...
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Former Columbus Co. detention officer sentenced for inmate assault

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A former Columbus County detention officer is heading to prison for his role in a jailhouse assault. Full story...
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Robbery suspect charged with murder after fatal car crash

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video A Columbus County man made his first appearance in court today to face charges of murder and other crimes after investigators say a robbery led to a deadly car crash. The Columbus County Sheriff's Office says Lloyd Thomas Buffkin, 32, Sidney Cherry Rd. is charged with murder, common law robbery and assault on a government official. Full story...
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