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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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Former sheriff appointed on interim basis

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videoThere's a new sheriff in Bladen County. Sort of. Bladen County commissioners appointed a former sheriff to lead the department until the November election. Full story...
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FIRST ON 3: Bladen Sheriff's race will be on November ballot

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videoBladen County Elections Director Larry Hammond says Billy Ward has met the petition requirement to run as an Independent. Ward needed signatures from four percent of Bladen County voters to qualify. Full story...
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