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ONLY ON 3: State inspections confirm complaints about Bladen jail conditions

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videoA trip to jail is not a visit to a luxury hotel, but there is a basic expectation of safety and health conditions. For months, though, we've heard complaints about problems inside the Bladen County Jail, and they're not just from inmates. They're also coming from state regulators. Full story...
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ONLY ON 3: Sheriff Benston still won't talk about issues inside Bladen County Jail

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videoFor months we've tried speaking with Bladen County Sheriff Prentis Benston several times since first looking into problems at the county jail. In November, he referred us to County Attorney Leslie Johnson. So we sent Johnson a long list of questions and concerns about the jail in November, December, January and now February. Today we got some answers. Sort of. Full story...
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Bladen County leaders won't talk about issues inside jail

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videoEver since Linda Edwards, 44, hanged herself in the Bladen County Jail last week, we've heard several reports of poor conditions inside the jail. So today WWAY went back to bladen county looking for answers. Full story...
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FIRST ON 3: Woman hangs herself in Bladen Co. Jail; inmates complain of conditions

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videoThe Bladen County Sheriff says a woman is dead after she hanged herself in jail just hours after a judge denied her request for a lower bond. Linda Hester Edwards, 44, attempted suicide at the Bladen County Jail Monday. She was taken to New Hanover Regional Medical Center, where she died this morning. Full story...
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FIRST ON 3: Records show spike in prisoners injured in Bladen Co. jail

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videoRecords WWAY requested through the Freedom of Information Act from Bladen County show that eight inmates had to be taken to the hospital after jail fights in 2012. That's compared to six over the previous three years combined. Full story...
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FIRST ON 3 UPDATE: Bladen Co. Sheriff responds to jail beating

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videoMore than three weeks after a man was severely beaten inside the Bladen County Jail, the sheriff is finally speaking out. Full story...
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ONLY ON 3: David says his office 'monitoring' jail beating case

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video Last week, WWAY broke the story of Joshua Ward, who was badly beaten in the Bladen county jail. Former jailer Marcus Hubbard told us that kind of violence is nothing new at the Bladen county jail. He said his complaints would often times fall on deaf ears. Full story...
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ONLY ON 3: Jail beating victim speaks out

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video Yesterday, we told you about a Bladen County man severely beaten in the county jail. Today, we spoke with Joshua Ward, 30, who is recovering from gashes to his head and three broken ribs. Full story...
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ONLY ON 3: Alleged bullying by deputy's daughter turns violent in Bladen Co.

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videoIn Bladen County, one mother says her daughter has been dealing with a bully for months. She says nothing is done because the bully's father is a deputy. Now, the situation has turned violent, and this time, it was all caught on camera. Full story...
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Many questions, few answers about Bladen Co. Improvement Committee

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video Last month, we did a series of reports on Get out the Vote activities in Bladen County, where candidates pay people to round up votes for them. We received a number of calls in response to those reports saying we never mentioned the biggest player of all in the Bladen Get out the Vote arena. Full story...
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ONLY ON 3: Bladen County voter fraud accusations investigated

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video The Bladen Ballot Battle continues. The May primary has already been investigated for claims Commissioner Delilah Blanks cast multiple votes. Now the North Carolina Board of Elections is investigating several claims of voter fraud stemming from the May primary and the run-off in the sheriff's race. Full story...
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ONLY ON 3: Sheriff's deputy says "Bladen County is a criminal's paradise"

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videoDeputies say at a meeting last week Storms told them "not to conduct vehicle stops or call the K9 unit." They say Storms also ordered all radar equipment removed from the cars. Full story...
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Bladen Sheriff snubs commission; does not attend special meeting

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video The newly appointed Bladen County Sheriff was nowhere to be found at a meeting called to determine his future with the department. Some county commissioners and the standing room only crowd are still searching for answers. Full story...
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FIRST ON 3: Storms promotes Benston to Chief Deputy

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Interim Bladen County Sheriff Earl Storms told us today that Prentis Benston is now his chief deputy. That could be a problem for the Democratic nominee for Sheriff this fall. Full story...
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FIRST ON 3 UPDATE: Interim Bladen County Sheriff can't seem to get his story straight; Commissioners may try to terminate him

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video Earl Storms fired five of his deputies Tuesday moments after being sworn in as Interim Sheriff. But when asked why, he told us one story - and another TV station another.... Full story...
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