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PENDER COUNTY: Incumbent sheriff wins primary while redistricting prompts change

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Pender County's top cop will have another chance at re-election. Redistricting for the Pender County Commission forced two sitting commissioners into the same district. Full story...
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Pender County animal shelter fails inspection report

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video Complaints are mounting about problems at the Pender County Animal Shelter. Allegations include theft of county property, misuse of donated materials, abuse of animals and other misconduct. Full story...
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FIRST ON 3: Pender sheriff discusses deputy's DWI charge

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videoAfter firing a deputy involved in an alleged drunk driving crash yesterday, Pender County Sheriff Carson Smith wants to make sure nothing like that happens again. Full story...
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Pender County murder suspect turns himself in

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videoThe man accused of a deadly shooting last night in Pender County turned himself in this afternoon. Pender County Sheriff's Deputies responded to the 911 call at a home off US 17 in Hampstead just after 9 p.m. Tuesday. When Deputies arrived on the scene, they found the body of Donnie Lee Pridgen. Full story...
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Pender deputy suspended for drinking before alcohol test training

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videoA Pender County Sheriff's deputy is back on duty after being suspended without pay for more than a week last month. Sheriff Carson Smith says Jan. 11 Dep. Nick Carter was attending a class to re-certify operating an alcohol breath test in Jacksonville. During a practice exercise at around 10 a.m., Dep. Carter blew a 0.02. Full story...
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ONLY ON 3: Deputy Sloan fired after prostitution arrest; WPD confirms passenger was male; Sloan says "no sex"

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video The Pender County Sheriff's Department fired Capt. Mark Sloan after being arrested Tuesday night for soliciting a prostitute and crimes against nature. Sloan says he could not talk about the situation in detail but did say that he had "good intentions" and it was "not sex." Full story...
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Pender County inmates to be tracked with GPS ankle monitors

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Some inmates in Pender County will soon be allowed to walk around freely before going to trial. Full story...
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Pender deputy demoted surrounding animal abuse cases

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Sergeant Michael Lewis was demoted after he helped rescue malnourished horses in the Hampstead area. Today, Sheriff Smith cited two other incidents where he claims Lewis took over animal abuse cases without informing animal control. Full story...
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Dole discusses immigration plan in Pender County

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videoIf Pender County Sheriff Carson Smith apprehends a criminal who happens to be an illegal immigrant, there's not much he can do. Full story...
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