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Columbus deputy, girlfriend facing assault charges

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videoAn off-duty Columbus County deputy and his EMT girlfriend were each charged with assault in a Sunday confrontation at their home, Sheriff's Office reports show. Full story...
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Sheriff Hatcher wins first Columbus Co. campaign

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Lewis Hatcher won his first campaign Tuesday night. Hatcher beat out for other democrats for the office of Columbus County Sheriff. Full story...
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Inmate charged with 2011 party murder

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videoMore than two and a half years after a fatal shooting at a Columbus County party, a man already in jail has been charged with murder and aggravated assault. Full story...
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Man killed in fire believed set by murder suspect identified

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videoAn autopsy has positively identified the man found dead in a suspected arson in Tabor City yesterday. Assistant Columbus County Coroner William Hannah says the victim is Eugene T. McQueen. 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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Teen driver charged for three deaths in highway pileup

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videoAccording to Highway Patrol, two children and an elderly man were killed in a three-car accident near Whiteville around 10 p.m. Friday. Highway Patrol says Jaquan Wandarias King, 17, was charged with three counts of misdemeanor death by motor vehicle, driving left of center and driving without a license. Full story...
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Investigation continues into Delco shooting death

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videoThe investigation continues into the shooting death of a Columbus County man Monday night. The Columbus County Sheriff's Office says an autopsy in Raleigh yesterday determined Livis Charles Owens, Jr., died of a single gunshot wound that entered around his right shoulder and exited his body near his left shoulder. Full story...
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Man shot, killed in Delco overnight

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videoThe Columbus County Sheriff's Office is investigating a shooting death late last night. The Sheriff's Office says officers responded at about 11:43 p.m. to 631 Evergreen Church Rd. Full story...
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ONLY ON 3: Columbus Co. sheriff's candidate calls on Sheriff Hatcher to join him for forum

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Calvin Norton is running to be the next sheriff of Columbus County and he's trying to get some traction for his campaign this weekend. Today he sent out an email challenging current Sheriff Lewis Hatcher to a debate on Saturday. Full story...
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UPDATE: Suspect now in critical condition following officer-involved shooting

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The man who led authorities on a high-speed car chase that ended in an officer-involved shooting Sunday is now in critical condition, according to hospital staff. Investigators say multiple officers from both the State Highway Patrol and the Columbus County Sheriff's Office shot at Evans. Full story...
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Four sent to the hospital after school bus crash

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videoOne woman is recovering tonight after Highway Patrol says she rear-ended a school bus Friday morning. Investigators say a woman driving a van on Highway 701 hit the bus when it stopped near Dogwood Lane in Whiteville. Full story...
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Convicted killer sentenced to life without parole

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videoIt was a case that broke when the teen suspects bragged at school about a murder. Today the victim's own nephew found out how he would be punished for the crime. Full story...
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Retired Army K9 reunited with handler

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video What would you do if you found out that your family pet actually belonged to someone else? A Whiteville woman adopted a retired Army K9 just three weeks ago, and now she’s giving him up to the man she says is his rightful owner. Full story...
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Mark Little steps down as West Columbus football coach

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videoMark Little has turned in his resignation as head football coach and athletics director at West Columbus High School after two years in Cerro Gordo. Full story...
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Tip from one county to another leads to drug bust

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videoPlans to distribute eleven pounds of marijuana went up in flames after a drug bust Thursday. The Columbus County Sheriff's Office detectives arrested Darriel Scott of Tabor City. Full story...
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