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Independent investigator hired to look into Bladen County teen's death

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An attorney representing the family of a Bladen County teenager says they have hired an independent investigator to look into his death after an autopsy report said he died because of hanging. Attorney Allen Rogers said Thursday the family is questioning the autopsy report and is considering an independent autopsy. Full story...
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Whiteville man convicted in wife's death 14 years later

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A Whiteville man will spend more than five years in prison after his conviction for killing his wife 14 years ago. According to a news release from District Attorney Jon David, John Avery Phillip Cumbee, 53, was convicted Thursday of voluntary manslaughter in the shooting death of 36-year-old Angela Jones Cumbee. Full story...
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UPDATE: NAACP holds memorial for Bladenboro teen

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The North Carolina NAACP will hold a community meeting and memorial service for a Bladen County teen found dead last month.video Full story...
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DA keeps seat in Brunswick, Bladen and Columbus counties

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Jon David will keep his seat as District Attorney in Brunswick, Bladen, and Columbus counties. David won the Republican primary with 59% of the vote over Attorney Ryan Smithwick. Full story...
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UPDATE: Columbus Co. deputies shoot, kill murder suspect; 2nd death under investigation

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videoInvestigators say Columbus County Sheriff's deputies shot and killed a murder suspect in Tabor City overnight after they say he fired at them. Meanwhile they are also investigating a fire, where another man died. Full story...
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New ad pits old sheriff against current district attorney

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videoIt's not every day you see a democrat buy an ad supporting a republican, but that's exactly what a former sheriff did and more. Full story...
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UPDATE: Officer charged with shooting teen turns himself in, bonds out

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videoA Southport Police detective turned himself in to deputies Tuesday night and then quickly bonded out, according to the Brunswick County Jail. Monday night, a grand jury indicted Det. Bryon Vassey, who's accused of fatally shooting Keith Vidal, 18, less than two minutes after arriving at the teen's home Jan. 5. Full story...
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Family of teen shot and killed by cop want justice, answers

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video The family of a Boiling Spring Lakes teen shot and killed by a police officer at his home yesterday is demanding answers and justice. Full story...
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Suicide death of Davina Buff Jones now ruled 'undetermined'

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video The evidence in this case supports two divergent theories about cause of death. That is, Officer Jones was either murdered or died of a self-inflicted gunshot. Currently, there are seasoned investigators, whose opinions I value and respect, on both sides of this debate. Yet, it is in this divergence, that the appropriate determination becomes manifest. Given the well-documented uncertainty which surrounds this case, justice demands that the cause of death be classified as undetermined by this agency. Full story...
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David brothers' criminal presentation for a good cause

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video Jon and Ben David are twins with twin jobs. They prosecute criminals. Tonight they presented three cases from 911 calls to investigation, trial and conviction. The cases were connected to both New Hanover and Brunswick counties. Full story...
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GANG VIOLENCE FLASHBACK: Growth in criminal gangs worries law enforcement (2010 StarNews article)

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An emerging gang problem over the last five years has prompted local authorities to refocus efforts on gang prevention, helping at-risk youth avoid the pitfalls of criminal activity in an attempt to choke off sources of gang recruitment, said Assistant District Attorney Jon David. Full story...
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Chadbourn man charged in extortion case involving Columbus Co. court official

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An alleged extortion attempt involving Columbus County's trial court administrator has landed a Chadbourn man in jail. Full story...
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Inmates housed in Bladen County Jail for years before trial

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video The Bladen County Jail has been housing inmates for years before the prisoners see a courtroom. The Bladen County Jail is home to some people who are charged with violent crimes, including robbery, rape and murder. Full story...
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DA: Officers were justified in June checkpoint shooting

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videoBrunswick County's district attorney says officers were justified in using lethal force when they shot at a vehicle that tried to leave a DWI checkpoint in Leland in June. Full story...
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Brunswick Co. Grand Jury indicts man for killing 3-year-old

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videoA Brunswick County Grand Jury indicted Montey Murray for first degree murder and child abuse in connection with the death of three-year-old Jaron McAllister. Full story...
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