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Crime

16-year-old found shot to death in Wilmington

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A 16-year-old boy is dead after a shooting in Wilmington. Full story...
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FIRST ON 3 UPDATE: Troopers on desk duty after being accused of intimidation

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Trooper Edward Wyrick Jr. and Trooper Andrew Smith have been placed on administrative duty after allegations that Wyrick intimidated a Raleigh woman during a traffic stop. Full story...
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Woman charged for preacher kiss at gay pride event

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A North Carolina woman has been charged with simple assault after she kissed a Bible-waving preacher at a gay pride parade. Full story...
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FIRST ON 3: Pender Co. employee charged for released personnel records

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A Pender County employee has been charged with releasing confidential personnel records to the media. The Pender County Sheriff's Office charged James Thomas Bellizzi a class 3 misdemeanor. Full story...
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ONLY ON 3: Attorney and wife talk after meeting with Highway Patrol

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videoThe Raleigh attorney and his wife who called out a New Hanover County Highway Patrol trooper in a letter to the governor are now speaking out on camera. Hoyt and Gina Tessener say they were in Wilmington last week for a conference. The attorney thought the trip would be like any other trip to the coast. Instead it became an experience that evoked fear and uncertainty. Full story...
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FIRST ON 3 & THE BIG TALKER FM: Website encourages victims of R.C. Soles to come forward

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videoA new website www.rcsolesboys.com is encouraging anyone claiming to be molested by former State Senator R.C. Soles to come forward with their story. Full story...
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Cooper: Crime rate in NC reaches 33-year low

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Crime in North Carolina has fallen to its lowest levels since the 1970s, with the murder rate lower than at any time since record-keeping began. Full story...
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Man walking downtown shot in jaw

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According to the victim, the assailants began to run away toward Fourth Street, but then turned around and shot him in the jaw. Full story...
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Man found innocent after 17 years in jail sues law enforcement

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A North Carolina man declared innocent of a murder for which he spent almost 17 years behind bars has sued five former agents and supervisors of the state's law-enforcement agency. Full story...
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Tabor City man charged with kidnapping, raping child

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Police charged 49-year-old Calvin Sherwood Watts with kidnapping, rape and three counts of sexual offense. They say the charges stem from an incident involving an 11-year-old girl Saturday night or Sunday morning. Full story...
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Brunswick Co. man wanted for armed robbery

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Brunswick County Sheriff's deputies are searching for a man in the Ocean Isle Beach area they say was involved in an armed robbery at a convenient store in Sunset Beach earlier this month. Full story...
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SBI investigation of Sen. R.C. Soles - Day 687

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It's been 687 days since the SBI began investigating former State Sen. R.C. Soles for sexual misconduct. The investigation began in August 2009 when Stacey Scott alleged that Soles had molested him. This past weekend, a local newspaper published an in-depth report that claims Soles has molested at least five men. Full story...
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ONLY ON 3: Uncle forgives man charged with grandmother's murder

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video Betty Smith Pace, 75, was known as a loving and prideful woman by friends and family. She raised her grandson, Jesse Pace, who is now accused of her murder. Full story...
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Scam paver no-show at contempt hearing

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A paver banned from working in North Carolina was a no-show this morning in Wake County Court. Noelle Talley, a spokeswoman for the NC Department of Justice says a lawyer for Tommy Clack, who got his start in Wilmington, did attend the criminal contempt hearing. Full story...
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Pender teacher's cyberstalking charge makes international headlines

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The story of a Burgaw Middle School teacher charged with cyberstalking a 13-year-old boy is now getting international attention. Saturday morning ABCNews.com posted its own version of the story involving teacher Megan Mantooth, who was arrested earlier this month after allegedly sending hundreds of text messages to her former student. Earlier this week, Britain's Daily Mail also posted a story about the case. Full story...
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