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NC toughens rules for inmates' home leaves

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The state Department of Public Safety is making it tougher for inmates nearing the end of their sentences to make home visits. But the move falls short of North Carolina prosecutors' request that the governor scrap the program. Full story...
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Four arrested, fifth suspect shot after home invasion in Wilmington

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videoFour suspects are in jail and a fifth is in the hospital after a home invasion overnight in Wilmington. Full story...
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Question on jury trials could soon reach NC voters

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North Carolina voters could decide next year whether some defendants should be given the option to waive their right to a jury trial. Full story...
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As shootings continue, police emphasize community help

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videoDespite a call by area clergy for a cease fire, police responded to yet another shooting in Wilmington yesterday. Police say bullets hit three apartments in Creekwood and one car. Full story...
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WPD crime lab gets international accreditation, looks to up staffing

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videoThe Wilmington Police Department's Crime Lab now has its international accreditation, which puts it on a level with state and nationally recognized labs. Full story...
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Former counselor pleads guilty to murder

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A former school counselor will spend 20 to 34 years in prison for a 2011 murder. Michael Shawn Brown pleaded guilty to 2nd degree murder in Columbus County Superior Court. Full story...
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WWAY news director pays fine for January arrest

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videoThe case is closed involving the arrest of WWAY News Director Scott Pickey. Today Pickey pleaded guilty to failure to obey an officer. Full story...
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Higher rewards from NC gov may soon be possible

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There soon could be more financial inducements at the disposal of North Carolina's governor to help capture fugitives and solve serious crimes. Full story...
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More law enforcement to patrol Masonboro Island for holiday weekend

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videoThe New Hanover County Sheriff’s Office and the state Division of Coastal Management are coordinating an increased law enforcement presence for this year’s Independence Day holiday at the Masonboro Island Reserve in Wilmington. Full story...
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Deputies involved in checkpoint shooting back on duty

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videoThe sheriff's deputies involved in a shooting at a DWI checkpoint in Leland last month are back on the job. Full story...
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