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Pender County News

Alcohol vaporizers newest trend in fast highs

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video A new trend in getting drunk has the attention of law enforcement agencies, as it makes its way to North Carolina. Experts say people are using alcohol vaporizers to get drunker faster. Full story...
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Pender County murder suspect turns himself in

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videoThe man accused of a deadly shooting last night in Pender County turned himself in this afternoon. Pender County Sheriff's Deputies responded to the 911 call at a home off US 17 in Hampstead just after 9 p.m. Tuesday. When Deputies arrived on the scene, they found the body of Donnie Lee Pridgen. Full story...
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Registered sex offender charged with 20-year-old crimes against child

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videoA registered sex offender is back in jail charged with sex crimes against a child two decades ago. The Pender County Sheriff's Office arrested Barry Gene Gurganious, 42, of Currie Tuesday for two counts of first degree statutory sexual offense and two counts of indecent liberties with a child. Full story...
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Lane closures on Surf City bridge continue tonight

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videoThe NC Department of Transportation will again temporarily close one of two lanes on the bridge on NC 210/NC 50 in Surf City tonight from 9 p.m. to 5:30 a.m., weather permitting. Full story...
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Wilmington teen charged with sexual assault in Pender Co.

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videoA Wilmington teen is facing several sexual assault charges including attempted rape. The Pender County Sheriff's Office says deputies arrested 17-year-old Tyler Koenig last week. Full story...
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Pender Co. deputy totals patrol vehicle

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videoA Pender County Sheriff’s Deputy is recovering from an accident suffered while on patrol. Full story...
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No one hurt after school bus rolls onto its side

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videoHighway Patrol says no one was hurt when a Pender County school bus rolled onto its side. It happened just after 7 a.m. on NC 210 near Old Plantation Road east of Rocky Point. Full story...
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Closures planned for Surf City bridge

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videoThe NCDOT will temporarily close one of two lanes on the bridge into Surf City Sunday and Monday, from 9 p.m. until 5:30 a.m. each night, weather permitting. Full story...
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Fire crews investigate after flames destroy Burgaw home

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Fire crews are investigating after flames destroy a home in Burgaw early Wednesday morning. Full story...
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Pender deputy suspended for drinking before alcohol test training

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videoA Pender County Sheriff's deputy is back on duty after being suspended without pay for more than a week last month. Sheriff Carson Smith says Jan. 11 Dep. Nick Carter was attending a class to re-certify operating an alcohol breath test in Jacksonville. During a practice exercise at around 10 a.m., Dep. Carter blew a 0.02. Full story...
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Topsail student arrested for slashing tires

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videoA Topsail High School student is charged with multiple crimes in connection with slashed bus tires at the school. Full story...
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6 from Carolinas get French Legion of Honor

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Six World War II veterans from the Carolinas have been honored with France's highest military award, the Legion of Honor. Full story...
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FIRST ON 3 UPDATE: Woman recovers after I-40 crash

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videoA woman is still in the hospital after an accident that shut down I-40 yesterday. Full story...
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Surf City motel destroyed, one person hurt

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videoTiffany's motel went up in flames around 3 a.m. The building was a historic part of Surf City. When the call came in, flames were engulfing Tiffany's motel, and strong winds quickly spread the flames to nearby buildings. Full story...
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FIRST ON 3: Good samaritan comforts victim of crash that closed I-40

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video Emergency workers had to use the jaws of life today to pry a woman from her car. The crash in Pender County closed down I-40 this afternoon for almost an hour near mile marker 401, but a good samaritan showed up just in time to help save the day. Full story...
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