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WPD K9 Arko Remembered

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videoWilmington Police honored one of their own Wednesday. Arko was euthanized last month because of a medical condition. Full story...
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ONLY ON 3: With almost half of New Hanover Co. without power; city, county, police mute

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We've learned from a source close to the situation that the Wilmington Police Department had no special plan in place today to handle power outages or dark traffic lights. We're told in fact that no officers got any special instructions or scheduling updates from Chief Ralph Evangelous or his management team on how to handle traffic or neighborhoods with no power. Full story...
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WPD K-9 officer will return in different job; K-9 unit to be reviewed

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videoWilmington Police say the officer who unleashed his K-9 on a man in November will return to work, but in a different job. Ofc. Stafford Brister is clear to come back to work, but he will be working as a patrol officer. Full story...
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WPD still waiting on review of K9 officer

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videoWilmington Police are still waiting on the results of an internal review into an officer under investigation for use of force involving a police dog. Full story...
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Council recognizes 3 WPD officers, approves bulletproof vest funding

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video The Wilmington City Council took time out of Tuesday night’s meeting to recognize three of Wilmington’s finest. Full story...
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K9 bite investigation report to be released soon

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video Wilmington Police Chief Ralph Evangelous said Tuesday night we are one step closer to getting the results of an internal investigation into whether the use of a police K-9 on a chase suspect was appropriate use of force. Full story...
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FIRST ON 3: Community activists call for Wilmington police chief's resignation

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videoSonya Patrick, New Hanover County Representative of the North Carolina Black Leadership Caucus, and former Brunswick County Commissioner Charles Warren say the police department is out of control, and they say Chief Ralph Evangelous is to blame. Full story...
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Dash cam video released in K9 biting incident

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videoDash cam video released Monday gives a closer look at what happened when a Wilmington Police K-9 officer unleashed his police dog on a suspect who police say drove through a DWI checkpoint and led them on a chase Nov. 1. Full story...
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DA: Officers justified in Pizza Hut shooting that killed two

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videoDistrict Attorney Ben David says officers were fully justified in their use of force when they shot at three suspects at a Wilmington restaurant last month killing two of the men. Full story...
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UPDATE: SBI to review arrest involving K-9 unit

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videoThe State Bureau of Investigation is reviewing a recent arrest involving a K-9, as requested by Wilmington Police Chief Ralph Evangelous and District Attorney Ben David. Full story...
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North Carolina statutes shed light on use of force laws

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video The new information has many debating whether the shooting that killed two of three alleged robbers was excessive force or justifiable homicide. Full story...
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Chief: Suspects in Pizza Hut robbery ran at cops, did not shoot

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video Wilmington Police say the suspects involved in Friday night's shooting outside a restaurant ran at officers but did not fire shots. Full story...
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City Council approves funding for WPD gang investigative unit

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videoWilmington Police Chief Ralph Evangelous asked for and received more than $142,000 for a new gang investigative unit, and reinforcements are coming to his department not a minute too soon. Full story...
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How witness lists become hit lists

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videoDefense Attorney James Payne said it happens because the prosecution and defense must provide copies of their witness lists and defendants have a right to see them. Full story...
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GANG VIOLENCE FLASHBACK: Growth in criminal gangs worries law enforcement (2010 StarNews article)

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An emerging gang problem over the last five years has prompted local authorities to refocus efforts on gang prevention, helping at-risk youth avoid the pitfalls of criminal activity in an attempt to choke off sources of gang recruitment, said Assistant District Attorney Jon David. Full story...
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