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Robbery suspect charged with murder after fatal car crash

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video A Columbus County man made his first appearance in court today to face charges of murder and other crimes after investigators say a robbery led to a deadly car crash. The Columbus County Sheriff's Office says Lloyd Thomas Buffkin, 32, Sidney Cherry Rd. is charged with murder, common law robbery and assault on a government official. Full story...
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Investigators found liquor bottles, straw with "white substance" in Grooms's car

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video Thomas Grooms was driving south on River Road last year when witnesses say he hit and killed Trey and David Doolittle. Witnesses today explained in great detail what they believe happened that Sunday morning when the Doolittles were hit and killed while riding their bicycles. Full story...
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Hoggard coach fired after arrest for fight at school, students react

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video A Hoggard High School teacher assistant and assistant football coach has been fired days after being arrested for allegedly assaulting several students at school. A New Hanover County Schools spokeswoman said Joseph Brown's termination was effective yesterday. Full story...
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Thief breaks into prison to steal copper

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Police in Salisbury are looking for the rare thief who's apparently eager to go to prison. Someone broke into the Piedmont Correctional Institution, stole copper from an air conditioning unit and escaped. Full story...
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Testimony starts in trial of man accused of killing cyclists

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video Thomas Grooms is charged with second-degree murder. Witnesses talked about the lives of David and Trey Doolittle and their final moments. Full story...
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Slain UNC student's photo used on Indian ads

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The image of slain University of North Carolina Chapel Hill student body president Eve Carson has turned up in an unlikely place: adorning billboards in southern India. Full story...
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Berger's traffic charges reduced; plans to appeal domestic order violation

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New Hanover County Commissioner Brian Berger got a break in court today, when charges stemming from a January traffic stop were reduced. Full story...
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Jury seated in cyclists' death trial

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Opening arguments start tomorrow in Wilmington in the trial of a man accused with hitting and killing a father and son riding their bikes. Full story...
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Seven girls face charges in alleged gang fight at school

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The New Hanover County Sheriff's Office is preparing juvenile petitions against seven girls allegedly involved in a fight at a Wilmington middle school last week. Sheriff's Office spokesman Sgt. Jerry Brewer says investigators believe the fight Thursday at Williston Middle School was gang related. Full story...
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19-year-old charged with raping girl he met online

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Bladen County Sheriff's deputies have charged a 19-year-old man with raping a child he met online. Full story...
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Jury selection underway for man charged with killing father and son cyclists

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Thomas Grooms is charged with two counts of second degree murder and driving while impaired. Troopers say Grooms hit and killed Ronald Doolittle and his 17-year-old son Trey last April as they biked on River Road in Wilmington. Full story...
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Feds seek to limit information before Edwards jury

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Prosecutors have asked a federal judge in North Carolina to bar those in the upcoming trial of former presidential candidate John Edwards from mentioning his poor health because of concern it could create sympathy among jurors. Full story...
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Naked man chases cars in Wilmington neighborhood

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video Naked and on the run. That's what folks on Forest Hills Drive saw when a man sprinted down the road with no clothes on chasing cars. "It's not something that happens in the neighborhood very often," witness Bill Poteat said. "Certainly we've never seen that before." Full story...
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Police make arrest in February double shooting

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Wilmington Police have arrested a man in connection to the shooting of two people last month. Police arrested Michael Gerrod Jones last night. He is charged with attempted murder, assault with a deadly weapon and other gun charges. Full story...
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ONLY ON 3: Families say coach came looking for alleged victims night before assaults

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video An assistant football coach at Hoggard High School has been arrested after an incident at the school last week. The New Hanover County Sheriff's Office has charged Joseph Clinton Brown Jr. with five counts of simple assault and one count of assault with a deadly weapon. Full story...
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