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New chapter beginning for Bladen County Sheriff

videoVoters elected a new sheriff in Bladen County Tuesday. It's the first time a Republican will hold that position in recent history.

Bladen County elects new sheriff as Benston loses race

Voters elected a new sheriff in Bladen County Tuesday. The county's first black sheriff tried but did not succeed getting a second term in office.

Bladen Co. sheriff wins, voters stike down three ballot issues

Bladen County Sheriff Prentis Benston is a step closer to reelection, but Bladen County voters were not as enthusiastic for ballot questions about increases the sales tax and alcohol sales.

ONLY ON 3: State inspections confirm complaints about Bladen jail conditions

videoA trip to jail is not a visit to a luxury hotel, but there is a basic expectation of safety and health conditions. For months, though, we've heard complaints about problems inside the Bladen County Jail, and they're not just from inmates. They're also coming from state regulators.

ONLY ON 3: Sheriff Benston still won’t talk about issues inside Bladen County Jail

videoFor months we've tried speaking with Bladen County Sheriff Prentis Benston several times since first looking into problems at the county jail. In November, he referred us to County Attorney Leslie Johnson. So we sent Johnson a long list of questions and concerns about the jail in November, December, January and now February. Today we got some answers. Sort of.

Bladen County leaders won’t talk about issues inside jail

videoEver since Linda Edwards, 44, hanged herself in the Bladen County Jail last week, we've heard several reports of poor conditions inside the jail. So today WWAY went back to bladen county looking for answers.

FIRST ON 3: Woman hangs herself in Bladen Co. Jail; inmates complain of conditions

videoThe Bladen County Sheriff says a woman is dead after she hanged herself in jail just hours after a judge denied her request for a lower bond. Linda Hester Edwards, 44, attempted suicide at the Bladen County Jail Monday. She was taken to New Hanover Regional Medical Center, where she died this morning.

FIRST ON 3: Records show spike in prisoners injured in Bladen Co. jail

videoRecords WWAY requested through the Freedom of Information Act from Bladen County show that eight inmates had to be taken to the hospital after jail fights in 2012. That's compared to six over the previous three years combined.

FIRST ON 3 UPDATE: Bladen Co. Sheriff responds to jail beating

videoMore than three weeks after a man was severely beaten inside the Bladen County Jail, the sheriff is finally speaking out.

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