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DOWNTOWN VIOLENCE: Mayor Saffo's answer... bar owners should take more responsibility

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The community is at odds over who should step up and help fight the ongoing violence downtown and it seems everyone is pointing a finger at someone else to come up with solutions. Full story...
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FIRST ON 3: Police release names of other stabbing victims

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Wilmington Police released the names of the other two stabbing victims from Sunday night. Police say 18-year-old Codey Cesar Guerrero 18, who's from Riegelwood, and 22-year-old Omar Rashad Williams who's from Wilmington, were both stabbed in front of the Rhino Club Sunday night. Full story...
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State ABC aware probes focus on New Hanover board

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The state Alcoholic Beverage Control Commission on Tuesday acknowledged that the liquor board in New Hanover County is the focus of state and federal investigations - reports WRAL.com. Full story...
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FIRST ON 3: Police Department calls out TV station and newspaper for reporting robbery that may not have happened

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video Another Wilmington TV station reported this morning that six armed men had broken into an apartment and stolen a TV, computers, wallets and cell phones. The police officers who responded to the call say they smelled marijuana when they showed up and reported that the two "victims" waited 30 minutes before they called for help. Full story...
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FIRST ON 3 UPDATE: Campus reacts to band director's 'sexting' arrest

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videoA well known high school band director is off the job tonight after landing in jail over the weekend. North Brunswick's Mark Riel is on administrative leave after allegations surfaced against him. Full story...
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DOWNTOWN VIOLENCE: Rhino Club patron stabbed to death overnight

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According to witnesses, a large crowd from the club exited at closing time and a fight broke out. Witnesses said 30 – 40 people were involved. Three men were stabbed. All three victims were driven to the New Hanover Regional Medical Center by people at the scene. One of the men, age 20, had been stabbed in the chest. He was pronounced dead at the hospital. The other two victims are being treated for stab wounds that do not appear to be life-threatening. Full story...
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ONLY ON 3: Murder victim's family speaks exclusively to WWAY

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videoWilmington Police are investigating the first murder of the year after a fight outside a downtown Wilmington bar early this morning. Police say as many as 40 people were involved in the fight outside the Rhino Club that killed one man and sent two more to the hospital. Full story...
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DOWNTOWN VIOLENCE: City leaders react to murder outside Rhino Club

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video Violence tied to bars in downtown Wilmington has been making news for years. It's sparked a lot of debate but little action. Many folks say this proves downtown Wilmington needs a serious logistical makeover, but what exactly needs to be fixed? Full story...
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Three men plead guilty, sentenced in cold case murder

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Three of four co-defendants in a 2007 murder were sentenced in New Hanover County Court today. Full story...
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ONLY ON 3: Sex offender lived in Brunswick County church

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video No one wants to hear that a sex offender lives next door, but what about above the sanctuary at your church? A concerned citizen in Brunswick County contacted WWAY about registered sex offender Michael Butler staying on the second floor of a church in Shallotte. Full story...
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AG Cooper touts new DNA law with police chiefs

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North Carolina Attorney General Roy Cooper plans to talk to police chiefs from around the state about a new DNA law and fighting prescription drug abuse. Full story...
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NC woman who raised NY baby faces kidnap charges

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A North Carolina woman who raised a child snatched from a New York hospital more than two decades ago is set to appear in federal court to face kidnapping charges. Full story...
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FIRST ON 3: Roommate slashed with machete

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The preliminary investigation revealed that the victim had been in an argument with roommates, and one of the other men grabbed a machete and hit the victim on the head. Full story...
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Authorities seek woman who raised long-lost child

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Local, state and federal authorities are searching for a woman involved in raising a child who recently reunited with her long-lost mother. Full story...
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Zahra's stepmother to be arraigned on bigamy charge

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The stepmother of a disabled girl who died under mysterious circumstances is set to be arraigned in a North Carolina jail on charges of being married to more than one man. Full story...
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