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WPD releases evaluation of K-9 Unit

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videoThe Wilmington Police Department has released an outside report that evaluates its K-9 unit. The report was commissioned following an incident last fall where the use of a police dog at the end of a car chase was brought into question. Full story...
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Man with stolen gun leads police on foot chase during shots fired call

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Police investigating reports of shots fired last night ended up chasing a man they say took off running with a stolen firearm after officers stopped a suspicious vehicle nearby. Full story...
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Former church worker pleads guilty to embezzlement

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videoA woman charged earlier this year for stealing from the church where she used to work has pleaded guilty to the crimes. Gloria Hardee, 58, recently pleaded guilty in Pender County Court to three counts of embezzlement. Full story...
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Woman accused of setting house fire that killed two pleads guilty to murder

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videoA Bladen County woman is now serving time for her role in a house fire that killed a woman and her 12-year-old daughter in 2011. Full story...
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Man facing charges for Sunday shooting following heroin arrest

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A man who was arrested by deputies for heroin trafficking now faces charges with Wilmington Police for the Sunday shooting on Maides Avenue. Full story...
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Payne to defend suspect in federal gang-related kidnapping of NC prosecutor's father

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Shallotte attorney James Payne has been appointed to represent one of the suspects in a high-profile federal case. Jakym Camel Tibbs is charged in connection with the kidnapping of Frank Janssen, 63, who was taken from his Wake Forest home April 5. Full story...
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Arrests on heroin charges after two investigations

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After two investigations, investigators said they made two heroin busts. The New Hanover County Vice and Narcotics Unit took Carl Scott, Markee Scott and Deshawn Hankins into custody Wednesday in the Market North Housing Complex during a traffic stop. Full story...
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Schools locked down as police search for pharmacy robber

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videoAn armed robbery at a Wilmington pharmacy led to a lockdown at nearby schools this morning. Wilmington Police say they are looking for a man who robbed Kings Pharmacy at S. College Road and Shipyard Blvd. Full story...
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Police arrest suspect in Scotty McCreery robbery

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Police in Raleigh have arrested a suspect in the home invasion robbery of country singer Scotty McCreery and his friends. They say 19-year-old old Mikkail Jamal Shaw has been charged with armed robbery and conspiracy after he turned himself in Tuesday night. Full story...
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McMahon looks to November after trouncing former boss

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videoIn New Hanover County, the hottest race had to be the battle for sheriff, but it turned out not to be much of a battle at all on the Democratic side. Incumbent Ed McMahon beat his old boss Sid Causey by winning more than 80 percent of the vote. Full story...
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DA keeps seat in Brunswick, Bladen and Columbus counties

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Jon David will keep his seat as District Attorney in Brunswick, Bladen, and Columbus counties. David won the Republican primary with 59% of the vote over Attorney Ryan Smithwick. Full story...
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Ashley High School grad victim of Georgia college shooting, suspect charged with assault

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video21-year-old Jajuan Baker should be studying for finals, and counting down the days til summer, but instead he is in the hospital recovering from a gunshot wound to the head. The Ashley High School graduate was shot on the campus of Paine College in Augusta, Georgia, yesterday. Full story...
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FIRST ON 3 UPDATE: Sen. Rabon cited for hitting parked car

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videoWilmington Police have cited a state senator for hitting a car in a downtown Wilmington parking lot Sunday night. In a story that was FIRST ON 3, witnesses claimed Sen. Bill Rabon (R-8th District) hit a car in the lot at 2nd and Princess streets Sunday evening. Full story...
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NC court upholds life sentence for UNC killing

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The state Court of Appeals says the man who was a teenager when he killed UNC student body president Eve Carson should stay behind bars for life. Full story...
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FIRST ON 3: Witnesses accuse state senator of hit and run

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videoWitnesses say a state senator was behind the wheel of a vehicle involved in a hit-and-run accident in downtown Wilmington last night. The crew of a movie shooting on Princess Street says they saw Sen. Bill Rabon (R-8th District) drive off after hitting a parked car in a parking lot at 2nd and Princess, but the senator says he had no idea. Full story...
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