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$10K reward offered for stolen guns

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videoInvestigators are offering a reward for helping find whoever is responsible for stealing dozens of handguns. Full story...
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Family asks feds to probe death of man accused of shooting Wilmington detective

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videoAn attorney representing Brandon Smith's family is calling for a US Department of Justice investigation into the circumstances surrounding Smith's death, according to a letter sent July 10. Full story...
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UPDATE: Former Sheriff Ron Hewett jailed on federal weapon charge

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videoFormer Brunswick County Sheriff Ron Hewett is back behind bars after being accused of possessing a firearm as a felon. Full story...
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Business owner no longer sure fire was arson; investigation continues

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videoA Wilmington business owner said she thought someone set fire to her livelihood Thursday as she watched it burn to the ground. But as a joint task force of local, state and federal agencies investigates, she says the blaze may have been far less sinister. Full story...
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Owner says fire that destroyed business was arson

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After four hours of battling the flames crews finally have extinguished a fire at a Wilmington business. Now a joint task force made up of the Wilmington Fire Department, New Hanover County Fire Rscue and the ATF is trying to figure out what started the fire. Full story...
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Deputies make raw heroin bust at Wilmington apartment

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videoThe New Hanover County Sheriff's Office at ATF say a six-week investigation led them to bust a man with more than 44 grams of raw heroin at a Wilmington apartment. Sheriff's Office spokesman Sgt. Jerry Brewer says in a news release the investigation centered around Vincent Bruce Jackson transporting heroin from neighboring states to New Hanover County. Full story...
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DA: Officers justified in shooting that killed man accused of shooting deputy

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video The District Attorney says a shooting that killed the suspect accused of shooting a New Hanover County Sheriff's deputy last month was a reasonable use of deadly force. District Attorney Ben David said the officers were "absolutely justified in taking Brandon Smith's life." Full story...
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Suspect: Explosives were for defense in case of apocalypse

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video Wilmington Police and ATF officers arrested Erik Rudolph Arnebold after an investigation into drugs turned up 24 explosive devices. Detectives say 23 of them were hidden down in a trap door under the house at 4705 Patrick Ave. in Wilmington. Full story...
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Three charged in Brunswick County cocaine bust

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videoThree people are in jail after local, state and federal agents busted a cocaine operation in Brunswick County. Full story...
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WFD: 'Unusual circumstances' surround fire death

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A Wilmington Fire Department spokesman says there are "unusual circumstances" surrounding a house fire where a man was found dead today. Full story...
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Rockers, cops subject of federal gun probe

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A federal investigation is under way after pictures surfaced of rock stars with firearms in Rowan County. WSOC-TV in Charlotte has learned a former Rowan County police officer works with musicians like Tommy Lee of Motley Crue and Bret Michaels. WSOC received photos of the musicians at the Rowan County Peace Officers Association, where they were brought to fire guns. Full story...
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FIRST ON 3: Bomb squad called in for explosives found in Brunswick County

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Bomb experts are working to dispose of a crate of dynamite found in rural Brunswick County. Sheriff's Office spokeswoman April Stanley says it was found in the 7800 block of Pireway Road near Ash. Full story...
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