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Submitted by Sara Hopkins on Wed, 11/05/2014 - 5:09pm.READ MORE:
Voters elected a new sheriff in Bladen County Tuesday. It's the first time a Republican will hold that position in recent history. Full story...
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Submitted by Alyssa Rosenberg on Tue, 02/25/2014 - 5:15pm.READ MORE:
A 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...
Submitted by Alyssa Rosenberg on Wed, 02/19/2014 - 5:25pm.READ MORE:
For 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...
Submitted by Alyssa Rosenberg on Tue, 11/12/2013 - 5:45pm.READ MORE:
Ever 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...
Submitted by Alyssa Rosenberg on Tue, 11/05/2013 - 7:23pm.READ MORE:
The 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...
Submitted by WWAY on Fri, 02/08/2013 - 3:30pm.READ MORE:
Records 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...
Submitted by WWAY on Thu, 02/07/2013 - 4:41pm.READ MORE:
More than three weeks after a man was severely beaten inside the Bladen County Jail, the sheriff is finally speaking out. Full story...
Submitted by Cacky Catlett on Mon, 01/28/2013 - 11:47pm.READ MORE:
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...