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Registered sex offender gets 17.5 years in prison in child porn case

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A Wilmington man has been sentenced to 17.5 years in prison in a child pornography case. Michael Thomas Bassett Jr., 33, pleaded guilty in April to receipt of child pornography. Full story...
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Response to crash leads officers to shooting

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Elizabethtown Police say as they responded to one crime this weekend, they wound up finding another. Full story...
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Dead bear helps biologists track population

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videoA black bear was found dead in the median of US 17 in Holly Ridge this morning. Highway Patrol say a truck hit the bear around 9 p.m. Full story...
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CAUGHT ON CAMERA: Police ask for help identifying dinosaur thieves

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videoState Capitol Police are asking for the public's help identifying a man and woman caught on video Monday afternoon taking a baby dinosaur replica from a display at the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences. Full story...
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Police: Two teens used gun to rob construction crew near Wilmington work site

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videoPolice are investigating after they say two teens used a gun to rob a construction crew when the group of workers went to get food from a Wilmington restaurant near their work site. Full story...
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FBI: Kidnap victim rescued with help of area agencies in elaborate international plot

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Federal agents say they rescued a South Carolina man in North Carolina with the help of several area agencies six days after the man was kidnapped as part of an international plot. Full story...
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West Columbus basketball coach Michael Powell reassigned; Chris Haney leaves East Columbus

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videoMichael Powell is the dean of high school basketball coaches in our region. He's been the head boys basketball coach for 27 years at West Columbus High School. Powell has been reassigned to rival East Columbus, but Powell may not accept the assignment. Powell may opt to retire instead. Chris Haney has resigned as the head football coach at East Columbus High School in order to go back to Ashley High. Full story...
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Wilmington Tigers prepare for home opener in inaugural season with Jay Ross as head coach

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videoJay Ross is moving forward. His NFL career appears to be behind him. The former New Hanover Wildcat and East Carolina Pirate is now the head football coach of the Wilmington Tigers. Wilmington's semi-pro football team will hold their home opener on Saturday. Full story...
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Lightning to blame for fire that destroyed home

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Lightning is believed to be responsible for a house fire off of Hogan Court in New Hanover County. The fire began just after 4:00 Tuesday afternoon, just as a line of strong storms moved through the area. Full story...
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Brunswick County Schools superintendent leaving next summer

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Superintendent Edward Pruden announced his intentions to leave Brunswick County Schools after the 2014-2015 school year. Full story...
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The Surprise Squad gets emotional in Carolina Beach

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video The Surprise Squad made a trip out to Pleasure Island to pay some bills. We found one of the most emotional stories to date. Full story...
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FIRST ON 3: Car chase leads to crash, suspects still sought

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videoA car chase involving a suspected drug dealer led to a traffic crash on a busy Wilmington highway. Full story...
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Sheriff candidate says Hewett's death from lack of experience, procedure in jail

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videoRepublican Jason Vaughn says Ron Hewett did not receive correct treatment according to standard protocol, and that circumstances like those surrounding his death are caused by the inexperience of the deputies assigned to the jail. Full story...
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STORMTRACK 3: Strong to severe storms reported today

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An approaching cold front brings strong/severe thunderstorms to the area. Full story...
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UNCW settles case with Mike Adams

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videoSeven years after an associate professor sued UNCW over a denied promotion, the teacher and school have reached a settlement. Full story...
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