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Mexican cartels using small NC towns to traffic drugs

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videoWilmington certainly fits the bill for a cartel sub-hub. It has the obligatory major thoroughfare, I-40, which runs all the way to Barstow, CA, 2,500 miles away. Wilmington's Latinos constitute only around 6 percent of the city's population, but outlying counties like Cumberland, Sampson and Duplin have watched their Latino numbers skyrocket in the past two decades. Employment -- construction in the city and farming in the counties -- is the big draw. Full story...
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Deputies need help identifying break-in suspect caught on camera

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The New Hanover County Sheriff's Office needs help identifying a suspect caught on camera. He is wanted for a breaking and entering that took place in May at a home off Medallion Place in the Ogden area. Full story...
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Police, family hope billboard will help solve cold case murders

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video Wilmington Police hope a billboard on Oleander Drive can help generate leads in some unsolved murder cases. The family of Allison Jackson Foy believes the billboard could make the difference when it comes to the unsolved murder case of their loved one. Full story...
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4 injured in unrelated Goldsboro shootings

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Four people have been injured at two separate shootings in Goldsboro over the weekend. Full story...
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Former Easley aide completes sentence

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A man who served as a top aide to former Gov. Mike Easley has finished a federal sentence for tax evasion. Ruffin Poole reportedly left a halfway house Friday. Full story...
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NC man says girlfriend set self on fire, shot herself

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A Pitt County man charged with murder says his girlfriend set herself on fire before shooting herself in the head. Full story...
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Optometrist, husband arrested after B&E report uncovers alleged pot grow house

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A Wilmington optometrist and her husband face several drug charges after police say they found a a marijuana "grow" operation in the couple's basement. Full story...
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Man accused of attack with flashlight

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Brunswick County Sheriff's detectives have charged a man for allegedly attacking another man with a flashlight. Christopher Lane Wood Hodge is charged with assault with deadly weapon. Full story...
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NC House panel votes to bar death row TVs

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A House committee has voted to prohibit North Carolina death row inmates from watching television, although the warden for the condemned prisoners warned removing the TVs could increase violence at Central Prison. Full story...
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NC GOP seeks sharp limits to racial justice law

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North Carolina lawmakers are proposing legislation to all but erase the ability of convicted killers to prove racial discrimination led to their death penalty conviction. Full story...
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Fight over woman gets man stabbed in stomach and hands

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A man was stabbed repeatedly after becoming involved in a dispute over a woman. Full story...
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Leland woman arrested for faking her own abduction

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A Leland woman is in jail for making up her own abduction. Leland Police received a report Saturday that Ashley Hutchins had been abducted and was being held for an undisclosed ransom. Hutchins was found Sunday in Winnabow. Full story...
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Judge in Edwards case to reconsider trial motions

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The judge overseeing the John Edwards case will reconsider a pair of defense motions on whether the government tried the case in the right venue and whether prosecutors gathered evidence improperly. Full story...
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Former UNCW basketball player arrested on drug charges

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A former UNCW basketball player has been arrested on drug charges. New Hanover County Sheriff's deputies arrested Donte Morales after they say he sold marijuana at a Wilmington apartment complex last night. Full story...
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FUGITIVE FILES: Duo wanted for armed robbery of convenience store

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Bladen County Sheriff's deputies are looking for help finding two men who robbed a convenience store in East Arcadia overnight. Deputies say it happened at the East Arcadia Party Lite at 24885 NC 87 E. just after midnight. Full story...
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