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Blue Ribbon Commission looks to prevent youth violence

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video Safety, wellness and education are three focus areas the Blue Ribbon Commission are now directing its attention towards to prevent violence among area youth. Back when the organization started in 2008, leaders focused on reducing out-of-school suspensions, the high school dropout rate, and engaging an army of volunteers to come into the youth enrichment zone and help serve the community. Full story...
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DA: No officers charged in Hewett jail death

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videoAfter a full review of security video and a SBI investigation, New Hanover County District Attorney Ben David has decided not to charge any officers in the jailhouse death of former Brunswick County Sheriff Ron Hewett. Full story...
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DA: "She is to be commended for her bravery"

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After more than two years in the court system, a domestic sexual abuse case came to a close Thursday. A Burgaw man pleaded guilty in Pender County Superior Court to sex and weapons charges stemming from an April 14, 2012, incident at his house on Highway 52 East. All this is according to a news release from District Attorney Ben David. Full story...
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Visitation for 2-year-old boy run over by car Friday; Likely no charges filed

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videoA funeral service for 2-year-old Carter L. Gilson is scheduled to begin at 5:00 p.m. at Coble Ward-Smith funeral home. Investigators say Carter was run over by 28-year-old Stevie Wallace over the weekend in a private driveway. Full story...
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ONLY ON 3: Girlfriend disgusted, officers cleared in Hampstead shooting death

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videoThe District Attorney says a state trooper had a right to defend himself when he shot and killed a Hampstead man in April. Now a woman who says the man killed, Maynard Thomas, was the love of his life is speaking out. 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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Commissioner Berger leaves comment on story about where he's been the last few months

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I will take a Polygraph. WWAY and the Wilmington Star-News "reporters" won't. Anyone who wants to see the message from the Star-News, Ashley Withers, "Lie and tell me what my bosses want for the story or I will, with their direction, make something up." That's the Star-News attitude. 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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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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UPDATE: Grand jury indicts former New Hanover County deputy

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videoA former New Hanover County Sheriff’s Deputy is in jail under a $500,000 bond after a grand jury indicted him Monday. Jurors reviewed the results from an investigation conducted by N.C. State Bureau of Investigation regarding the misconduct of Lt. Joey LeBlanc. 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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David brothers' criminal presentation for a good cause

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video Jon and Ben David are twins with twin jobs. They prosecute criminals. Tonight they presented three cases from 911 calls to investigation, trial and conviction. The cases were connected to both New Hanover and Brunswick counties. Full story...
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Carolina Beach officer commended for actions before and after fatal hit & run

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A Carolina Beach police officer was awarded for his involvement in a fatal hit and run last year. 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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