Durham deputy, rescued dog reunite permanently

— Seven months after a Malamute named Marty was seized during an animal cruelty investigation in Durham, he was permanently reunited Friday with the deputy who helped rescue him.

Deputy Dakota Beck responded on July 21 to a complaint about two dogs running loose on Sybil Drive and noticed a strong smell of urine and feces coming from a nearby home. Beck heard barking inside the house and saw dogs with matted fur in pens in the backyard. Beck obtained a search warrant and found 31 dogs on the property, including Marty, a malnourished Malamute.

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Deputy involved in Bladen County traffic stop shooting returns to full duty

— A Bladen County sheriff’s deputy involved in traffic stop shooting that injured an Elizabethtown man returned to full duty Friday after an internal review by the sheriff’s department, Sheriff James A. McVicker said.

According to authorities, Deputy D.A. Schmale Jr. stopped a vehicle driven by Dennis Marshall on Feb. 13. After learning Marshall had an oustanding warrant for his arrest, Schmale attempted to arrest him. Marshall resisted, retrieved a handgun from his vehicle and began firing at Schmale and Elizabethtown Police Officer Blake Bryan, who had arrived on scene to assist Schmale, McVicker said.
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Sheriff issues new badges, reflective of heritage and duty

BadgesSomething is different about Henderson County’s sheriff’s deputies, who were recently reminded of their roots and how they should serve the community.

New seven-point star badges have been issued by Sheriff Charles McDonald as part of his vision for the department as they move forward.

“We felt like going back to the traditional deputy badge (that) reminds us and reaffirms us of what our mission is to the community,” he said.

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Deputies: Man caught with video poker machines

videopokerROCKINGHAM — A Richmond County man is accused of running an illegal gambling operation.

Sheriff’s deputies arrested 74-year-old Peter Thomas MacMillan of Sanford Street on Jan. 12, following an undercover investigation.

Investigators say they found four video poker machines.

“We got complaints from the community and our officers investigated and made an arrest,” Sheriff James E. Clemmons Jr. said Tuesday.

MacMillan was charged with one misdemeanor count each of operating or possessing slot machines and allowing gaming tables on his premises and released on a $5,000 unsecured bond.

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