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ONLY ON 3: WPD believes new unit's lone focus will be different than other gang initiatives

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videoWilmington's gang problem is nothing new, but WPD hopes a new Gang Investigative Unit will finally help beat the violence. Deputy Chief Mitch Cunningham is overseeing the creation of the new unit. He says he thinks it will reduce violence and help dismantle gangs permanently. Full story...
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FIRST ON 3 UPDATE: 'Happy Gilmore' star blew .15 during Wilmington DWI stop

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videoA Hollywood star was arrested for DWI in Hollywood East early this morning, according to deputies at the New Hanover County Jail. Highway Patrol says Christopher McDonald blew .15 on a breath test after being pulled over on 3rd Street. 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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Community leaders search for solutions to gun violence

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videoLess than one month after the end of a 90-day cease fire initiative, shootings continue in the Port City. Just minutes after a news conference by the city and county yesterday on fighting gang violence, more shots were fired. So again, community leaders are stepping up, speaking out, and trying to make a difference by stopping the gun violence. Full story...
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Mistrial granted in 2005 Chadbourn triple homicide

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videoA man convicted of a 2005 triple murder in Chadbourn could be given a second trial after the North Carolina Court of Appeals overturned his conviction. 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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FIRST ON 3: No confirmation Smith was armed when shot and killed

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As details continue to be released regarding the shooting and killing of Brandon Smith by a New Hanover County Sheriff's Deputy, one big fact cannot be confirmed yet - whether or not Smith was armed when he was shot. Full story...
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Rescued animals from Pender Co. arrive at Greensboro trauma center

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videoNearly 100 animals rescued from a home in Pender County last week have arrived at the Guilford County Animal Shelter. The News & Record of Greensboro reported that 56 dogs, 41 chickens and a goat have been placed with the shelter's trauma center. Full story...
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UPDATE: Man shot in stomach uncooperative with investigators

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videoPolice are investigating after they say ShotSpotter led them to a man who was shot in the stomach from the front porch of a home Monday night. Police say the victim, 20-year-old Timothy Waterman, told them he heard gunshots when he took a single round to his lower abdomen. Waterman told police he then ran inside the home. Full story...
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