Bladen men arrested on multiple charges

By: W. Curt Vincent -

ELIZABETHTOWN — Two Bladen County men have been arrested on multiple charges — one after a foot chase, the other after being sought by Sampson County law enforcement for several weeks.

According to Bladen County Sheriff Jim McVicker, the arrests should show other crooks that efforts will not stop to locate them after a c5rime is committed.

“Felons need to know we will keep looking for them till we locate them and bring them before the courts to answer the charges against them,” said McVicker.

Arrested on Wednesday was Bernard Murchison, 52, Elizabethtown. Murchison had outstanding warrants from an undercover operation conducted by the Bladen County Sheriff’s Office and Elizabethtown Police Department back in January of this year. He was also wanted on felony probation warrants.

Murchison was apprehended after a short foot pursuit at his residence. He was charged with two counts of possession with intent to sell and deliver cocaine, two counts of sale of cocaine, two counts of delivering cocaine, and two counts of manufacturing cocaine. In addition to his drug charges he was served with two counts of felony probation violation and one order for arrest for failure to appear in court.

Murchison is currently in the Bladen County Jail under a $171,000 secured bond.

In a separate matter, deputies arrested Steven Douglas Newgent at his residence in the Ammon area of the county. Newgent had been sought for several weeks by Sampson County for felonious breaking and entering, felonious larceny, and felonious possession of stolen goods.

Newgent was also a fugitive from the state of Indiana for a felonious assault on a government official. Newgent was initially placed in Bladen County Jail under a $100,000 bond, but has since been picked up by Sampson County and is now in their jail on their charges and awaiting extradition to Indiana.

W. Curt Vincent can be reached by calling 910-862-4163.

W. Curt Vincent