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Opening statements expected Wednesday in Lovette trial

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It's taking longer than expected to pick a jury in the trial of Laurence Lovette Jr. and opening statements are now likely Wednesday morning. Full story...
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ONLY ON 3: Murder suspect's ex-fiancee regrets dropping charges

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The Castle Hayne man accused of murdering his wife sits in the New Hanover County Jail. The arrest of Keith Waters shocked one woman, but it didn't surprise her. She, too, has a violent history with Waters and feared something like this would happen. Full story...
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ONLY ON 3: Records show pastor's alleged victim was teen boy

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New details about a local pastor charged with sex crimes against a child. Today, we dug a little deeper into the file of Thomas Archie Wiggins, Jr. at the New Hanover County Courthouse. Full story...
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Studies say sexting among teens down, but some experts disagree

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video With more people staying connected through cell phones, sexting, or sending sexually explicit messages, photos or videos via text message, is popping up on teens' phones. But new studies show fewer than 20 percent of teens send or receive sexually explicit messages. Some experts, though, disagree. Full story...
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Boyfriend says he doesn't know why NC woman killed

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The boyfriend of the North Carolina woman who shot and killed five children, wounded a former lover and killed herself says he doesn't why know she did what she did. Full story...
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Opening statements could begin today in Lovette trial

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Opening statements could be heard Monday in the trial of Laurence Lovette Jr. He's the second man charged in connection with the murder of UNC Student Body President Eve Carson. Full story...
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NC man crashes into DWI checkpoint, charge pending

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A North Carolina motorist could face charges once police decide why he crashed into their DWI checkpoint. Full story...
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Man charged with brother's murder

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One man is dead, and his brother is in jail as the prime suspect. Full story...
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Carolina Beach Police looking for armed robbery suspect

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Carolina Beach Police are looking for an armed robbery suspect. Police say the suspect walked into a Scotchman gas station on Canal Drive last night and demanded money from the cashier. Anyone with information is asked to call Carolina Beach Police at (910) 458-1246. Full story...
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FIRST ON 3: Hillcrest murder victim was Spider-Man store robber

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video The Spider-Man robber has been unmasked. Wilmington Police say a man killed in the Hillcrest community in October was the man who robbed several area stores disguised as Spider-Man. Full story...
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FIRST ON 3: Boy kidnapped during Ogden break-in

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video Every family fears having their home broken into, but one Wilmington family went though something worse. Their 10-year-old son walked into the house while two people were still ransacking the home making him a victim of two crimes. Full story...
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ONLY ON 3: Riel back in court, trial date set

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For the second time this week the former North Brunswick High School band teacher accused of sexting a student was in court. Mark Riel is charged with indecent liberties with a minor after allegedly sending an inappropriate text to a student in January. Full story...
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Ex-Marine charged with wife's murder under $1M bond

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video A former Marine accused of killing his ex-wife is in jail under $1 million bond. New Hanover County Sheriff's deputies arrested 48-year-old Keith Waters last night for the murder of his wife Kay at their home on Hanover Avenue in Castle Hayne. Full story...
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2 with ties to Perdue surrender at Wake jail

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Two people with close ties to Gov. Bev Perdue have surrendered at the Wake County jail on charges related to campaign finance violations. Full story...
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FIRST ON 3 UPDATE: Deputies get warrant for bank robbery suspect

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Brunswick County Sheriff's detectives have obtained a warrant for a man they say robbed a Calabash bank this afternoon. Investigators say Christopher Wilson Scott, 32, of Little River, SC, robbed the Security Savings Bank at 10231 Beach Drive SW around 12:25 p.m. Full story...
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