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How does a convicted murderer go free?

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videoNo one saw this coming. Just when we thought there were answers, the search for Shannon Rippy continues on. Wilmington Police Chief Ralph Evangelous said Thursday that a body found in Pender County Tuesday turned out not to be the body of Rippy. Full story...
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Body found in Pender not missing woman, suspect still charged with murder

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videoWilmington Police say a body found earlier this week in Pender County is likely not that of a Wilmington woman missing for several weeks. Full story...
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Man convicted of killing child charged with murder of missing Shannon Rippy

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videoThe search for a missing woman might have ended Tuesday night, but not the way family and friends had hoped. Last night police accused James Bradley, who was convicted of a 1988 murder, of killing Shannon Rippy Vannewkirk. Full story...
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Two women arrested for leaving kids unsupervised

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videoFour children are now in custody of the Onslow County Department of Social Services. Full story...
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Man killed in fire believed set by murder suspect identified

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videoAn autopsy has positively identified the man found dead in a suspected arson in Tabor City yesterday. Assistant Columbus County Coroner William Hannah says the victim is Eugene T. McQueen. Full story...
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UPDATE: Columbus Co. deputies shoot, kill murder suspect; 2nd death under investigation

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videoInvestigators say Columbus County Sheriff's deputies shot and killed a murder suspect in Tabor City overnight after they say he fired at them. Meanwhile they are also investigating a fire, where another man died. Full story...
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New Hanover Co. Sheriff GOP candidates differ on violence solutions

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videoThe debate Tuesday between Republicans vying for New Hanover County Sheriff was much more civil than the one between the Democrats. Jason Vaughn and Marc Benson differed slightly on most topics WWAY's political editor Kevin Wuzzardo asked them about. Full story...
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Grease used as weapon in crime

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videoDomestic violence knows no bounds when it comes to its victims, according to District Attorney Ben David saying justice was served in a Pender County court room today. In January of this year, Vernon Lee woke up to the pain of boiling grease being poured onto him by his girlfriend Lisa Wells. Full story...
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ONLY ON 3: Benson & Vaughn debate in GOP race for New Hanover Co. Sheriff

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videoThey are both former New Hanover County Sheriff's deputies. One is an attorney. The other a private investigator and radio host. Full story...
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Police: Speeding driver led officer on car, foot chase

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videoPolice arrested a man they say led them on a car chase after an officer caught him speeding through a Wilmington neighborhood. When an officer got to the area, police say a black car flew past the officer's marked car within minutes of parking. Full story...
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Police: Woman robbed at gunpoint by trio who stole pizza box, bag

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videoPolice are investigating after they say three people robbed a woman at gunpoint near a Wilmington convenience store, getting away with a pizza and her bag. Full story...
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Bladen man heads to prison after attempted murder guilty plea

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A Bladen County man will spend at least 10 years in prison after pleading guilty earlier this month to attempted first-degree murder, according to the District Attorney's Office. Full story...
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Man calls police, winds up in jail on drug trafficking charges

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videoIf you're going to ask police to check your home for a possible intruder, make sure you don't have drugs packaged for sale inside. That's what Wilmington Police say happened late last night when Bruce Rickenbacker reported someone may have broken into his house on Highland Drive. Full story...
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Wanted man charged with breaking into cars

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videoA man wanted on multiple outstanding warrants is in jail after police say he broke into several cars in downtown Wilmington over the weekend. Full story...
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WPD investigates scam targeting grandparents

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Wilmington Police are investigating a credit card scam that conned two elderly victims out of $16,000. Detectives say two Wilmington women, ages 78 and 83, told investigators that on April 8 young men posing as their grandsons on the phone told the women they needed bail money for DWI arrests. Full story...
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