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FIRST ON 3: Jury says Strickland not guilty of arson

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video A Columbus County jury says a teen with ties to former Sen. R.C. Soles is not guilty. It did not take long for jurors to acquit Allen "Frog" Strickland on charges of arson and trying to rip off his insurance company. Full story...
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SBI agents, K-9: Gas found in Strickland's home after fire

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The arson retrial of a Columbus County man with ties to former state Sen. R.C. Soles continues. Today jurors heard from fire investigators, who say they found gasoline inside Allen Strickland's home. Full story...
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Arson trial reveals teen's connection to Sen. Soles

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video On day two of the Allen Strickland arson retrial jurors heard from several witnesses including an agent with the State Bureau of Investigation. Megan Kwalick interviewed Strickland hours after the July 2009 fire. In that conversation Strickland told Agent Kwalick about his financial connection with former state Senator R.C. Soles. Full story...
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Strickland arson retrial begins

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video A former client and friend of Senator R.C. Soles was back in a Columbus County courtroom today. Allen 'Frog' Strickland is accused of burning his own home and then trying to collect from his insurance company. More than 50 people were called forward for jury duty Monday to see who would be selected to take part in the arson retrial. Full story...
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Saturday's legion baseball rained out in Whiteville

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Saturday's baseball playoff game in Whiteville was postponed due to rain. Wilmington Post 10 and Whiteville Post 137 will now begin the best of five playoff series in Wilmington on Sunday. Full story...
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FIRST ON 3: Columbus Co. hog farm pleads guilty to dumping waste into stream

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Freedman Farms, Inc. and its president, William B. Freedman, pleaded guilty yesterday in federal court in New Bern to violating the Clean Water Act when they discharged hog waste into a stream that leads to the Waccamaw River. Full story...
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"Conversations with Kay" scheduled for Thursday to be rescheduled

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The "Conversations with Kay" events that were scheduled for Thursday in Elizabethtown, Whiteville and Burgaw are cancelled and will be rescheduled due to Senate business. Full story...
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Police: Unlicensed teen hits Ft. Bragg soldier

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Police say a wreck involving an unlicensed teen driver who turned in front of a motorcycle has left a Fort Bragg soldier in serious condition. Full story...
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FIRST ON 3 & THE BIG TALKER FM: Website encourages victims of R.C. Soles to come forward

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videoA new website www.rcsolesboys.com is encouraging anyone claiming to be molested by former State Senator R.C. Soles to come forward with their story. Full story...
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Tabor City man charged with kidnapping, raping child

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Police charged 49-year-old Calvin Sherwood Watts with kidnapping, rape and three counts of sexual offense. They say the charges stem from an incident involving an 11-year-old girl Saturday night or Sunday morning. Full story...
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