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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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FBI to hold active shooter training at Independence Mall Sunday

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videoDon't be alarmed if you see a lot of law enforcement around Independence Mall in Wilmington Sunday night. It is only a drill. Full story...
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Lawyers, locals react to WPD's surveillance device

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videoYou might want to think twice about having your cell phone on you at all times. The Wilmington Police Department has surveillance equipment called Stingray. It turns your phone into a tracking device, giving law enforcement crucial information on where you are. But it might violate your rights. Full story...
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Police surveillance equipment raises eyebrows

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videoHarpoon, StingRay and Kingfish are all surveillance items purchased by the Wilmington Police Department. What they do, though, and how long they've been around, might surprise you. Full story...
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Investigation claims WPD uses spy gear to snoop on citizens

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videoIs the Wilmington Police Department using spy gear to trick your cell phone into giving away private info? That's what the ACLU and New Hanover County's Public Defender believe. Full story...
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FBI investigating hacked NCDOT digital road signs

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The North Carolina Department of Transportation says the FBI is looking into a group that hacked into at least five digital road signs yesterday, including one in New Hanover County. Full story...
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FBI agent joining NC elections investigations team

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North Carolina's elections board is hiring a longtime FBI agent involved in recent corruption and campaign finance investigations. The State Board of Elections announced Tuesday that Chuck Stuber will join its investigation team next month. Full story...
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Charlotte mayor arrested on federal corruption charges

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Charlotte Mayor Patrick Cannon was arrested Wednesday by FBI agents for alleged violations of federal public corruption laws, announced Anne M. Tompkins, US Attorney for the Western District of North Carolina. Full story...
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WHA: Gang heroin bust a sign of residents helping fight crime

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videoThe New Hanover County Sheriff's Office says six gang members are in jail charged in a heroin ring. NHSO spokesman Sgt. Jerry Brewer says in a news release the investigation intro heroin trafficking by validated members of the Blood gang started in November in partnership with Wilmington Police and the FBI Safe Streets Task Force. Full story...
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WPD arrests four wanted by FBI

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Wilmington Police say they've arrested four people who were wanted in Greensboro and by the FBI. A police spokeswoman says it started with officers pulling over a suspicious vehicle just before 11 p.m. on Stradleigh Road. Full story...
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Onslow County teacher/coach quits after sex crime charge

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videoAn Onslow County teacher and coach has quit his job after being charged with a sex crime involving a child. John Tobias Sweeney, 36, of Jacksonville is charged with solicitation of a child by a computer or other electronic device to commit an unlawful sex act. Full story...
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StarNews: FBI opens probe into police K-9 attack

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videoThe FBI is investigating a Wilmington Police Department K-9 officer's decision to send his dog through an open car window when the suspect appeared to surrender at the end of a lengthy chase, a spokeswoman confirmed Thursday. Full story...
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FBI, BCSO ask for help finding teen missing since 2011

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videoThe FBI and the Brunswick County Sheriff's Office are looking for new tips to find a teenage girl who has been missing for more than two years. Rachel Natacha Owens was last seen getting into a car outside of South Brunswick High School in Boiling Spring Lakes on May 5, 2011. Full story...
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Gang possibly targeting Wilmington police, says FBI

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videoMembers of one Wilmington gang are "committed to engage in shootings," possibly focusing on law enforcement, after the shooting death of Brandon Devone Smith, according to an FBI memo sent to the state's police chiefs. Full story...
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FBI releases images of 2 men at Boston Marathon

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video The FBI has released photos of two suspects in the Boston Marathon bombings and is asking for the public's help in identifying them. Full story...
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