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Columbus County Sheriff's Office

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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New law lets sheriff's office seize vehicle involved in chase last week

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videoCriminals who run from flashing lights face more punishment than just spending time behind bars. The "Run and You're Done" law that went into effect in December, allows law enforcement to seize chase vehicles and sell them at auctions. All the money goes to the county school board. Full story...
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ONLY ON 3: Columbus Co. detention officer under investigation after fight over poker machine

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video A fight over a video poker machine has turned into an internal affairs investigation at the Columbus County Sheriff's Office. Full story...
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FIRST ON 3: Mom says five-year-old son raped by classmate at school

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video A Tabor City mom says her five-year-old son was raped at school. But it's who she says attacked the boy that you just won't believe. Sherri Loika says her son was sodomized in a restroom at Tabor City Elementary School by a five-year-old classmate. She found out the night it happened after his teacher called. 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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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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ONLY ON 3: Man who says Soles molested him wants to make formal complaint

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videoA man who says former state Sen. R.C. Soles molested him three decades ago is trying to tell his story, but he says law enforcement turned him away. Toby Faircloth has told his story to WWAY before, but now he wants to file a formal complaint. Full story...
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Chadbourn man charged with stabbing dad, stealing mom's car

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videoA family feud landed a Chadbourn man behind bars after he reportedly stabbed his father and drove off with his mother's car. The Columbus County Sheriff's Office says deputies arrested Jeremy Ward after they chased him on foot after he abandoning his mother's car. Full story...
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Wright out on $1.027M bond, Soles subpoenaed to testify against 'Frog'

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video He has no job and no known source of income, but a Columbus County man with ties to R.C. Soles is a free man after someone posted another big bond for him. Full story...
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Leland man arrested on insurance fraud

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Insurance Commissioner Wayne Goodwin today announced the arrest of Joshua Rex Walston, 26, of 1567 Lanvale Road, Leland; he is charged with one count each of insurance fraud and obtaining property by false pretense. Full story...
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ONLY ON 3: Uncle forgives man charged with grandmother's murder

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video Betty Smith Pace, 75, was known as a loving and prideful woman by friends and family. She raised her grandson, Jesse Pace, who is now accused of her murder. 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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