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Judge shuts down two local businesses

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videoTwo local businesses are shutting down and police say that's a step in the right direction. Good Times Lounge and The Chestnut Market both are shutting their doors. Police say Good Times Lounge on Dawson St. had a history of complaints and incidents involving weapons. Full story...
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WPD wants help fighting heroin

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videoThe police department is asking the federal government to declare our area a high intensity drug trafficking area. With thousands of bindles of heroin taken off the streets just over the past few weeks they say it's a problem worth fighting. Full story...
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WPD credits ABC Review Policy for drop in downtown crime

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video Downtown crime continues to decrease. Wilmington's police chief says over the past few years they have seen a 68 percent decline. Full story...
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City Manager, Police Chief get 1.5% raises

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According to a City of Wilmington spokesman, both City Manager Sterling Cheatham and Police Chief Ralph Evangelous got a 1.5% increase for fiscal year 2014-15. Cheatham went from a salary of $178.932 to $181,636. Evangelous was bumped from $144,950 to $147,134. Full story...
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Police give insight into Mayfaire standoff

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videoOn the heels of the ‘critical incident’ Tuesday evening questions arose about just what the police response entailed. We're getting an inside look into those crucial moments where one officer’s life was on the line. Full story...
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Police chief defends secrecy during standoff with suicidal officer

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videoIt took police negotiators more than 11 hours, but the standoff in Mayfaire ended peacefully Tuesday night. Now we are learning more about what happened inside the apartment where a police officer barricaded himself with a gun, and why the situation was handled with such secrecy. Full story...
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ONLY ON 3: City Manager explains why Department of Justice came to Port City and issues at WPD

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videoIn the last several months the Wilmington Police Department has seen low morale, problems in the K9 unit, and several SBI investigations. Despite these issues, Wilmington City Manager Sterling Cheatham says crime rates have gone down virtually every year for the last 10 years. Full story...
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Attorney representing teen in use-of-force case wants access to video of incident

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A Wilmington civil rights attorney is representing a 16-year-old at the center of an incident that has a Wilmington Police Department corporal on leave, and she's asking for immediate access to any video showing what occurred. Full story...
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Chief, DA say Denk autopsy wrong

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videoWilmington's police chief and the district attorney say they side with the family of a woman who died in a confrontation with police in disputing an autopsy report from the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner (OCME). Grace Louise Denk died Jan. 28 after police say she raised a gun at officers, who then opened fire killing her. Full story...
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WPD offers little information about use of force investigation during strange news conference

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videoIn what can probably best be described as a bizarre news conference, Wilmington Police Chief Ralph Evangelous told reporters today the department has asked the SBI to investigate a use of force incident WPD discovered during a review. He said the investigation did not stem from a citizen complaint. Full story...
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ONLY ON 3: Issues identified in 2004 study persist at WPD

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videoRecent surveys and studies have identified problems at the Wilmington Police Department, including moral and issues with the K-9 Unit among others. But many of the same problems were identified by another study conducted for the department a decade ago. Full story...
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Search for Vannewkirk, identification of body found continue

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Wilmington Police Chief Ralph Evangelous said today officers continue to search for Shannon Rippy Vannewkirk, who has been missing since early last month. Full story...
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ONLY ON 3: City manager addresses low morale at WPD

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videoA Wilmington Police survey shows many employees are not happy with their job. So today we took those concerns to the city's top administrator. Full story...
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Law enforcement looking for ways to make up ABC funding cut for downtown task force

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videoAs expected, the New Hanover County ABC Board will pull back its funding to Wilmington's Downtown Task Force. The phasing out will happen gradually over the next few years. So what does this mean for your safety, and what does law enforcement think? Full story...
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ONLY ON 3: Shooting victim's sister says police could have done more

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videoLess than one month shy of her 22nd birthday, Grace Lousie Denk, a former Marine, was shot four times by a Wilmington Police officer killing her. "I had her birthday present on my dresser," Denk's sister Annie Babbit said in an exclusive interview with WWAY. Full story...
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