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DA faces tall order in NC girl's murder case

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The stepmother of Zahra Baker has been charged with murder in the little girl's death, but securing a conviction won't be easy. Full story...
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New charges in Fort Bragg soldier stabbing death

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A Fort Bragg soldier accused of killing a fellow paratrooper last year in Iraq now faces additional charges of negligent homicide and obstructing justice. Full story...
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Hope Mills man charged with starting wildfire

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The North Carolina Forest Service has cited a man it says caused a 1,100-acre wildfire still burning in eastern Cumberland County. Full story...
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FIRST ON 3: Two puppies beaten and killed with hammer

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Someone killed two puppies by striking them on their heads. The two pups were in a ditch. One already was dead. The other had visible injuries but was still alive. Full story...
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Mexican fraud bust has Wilmington ties

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video Eleven states and 19 cities, including Wilmington. That's where multiple federal agencies believe members of a highly sophisticated and violent fraudulent document trafficking organization were working. Full story...
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Ex-defense team in Zahra's death took evidence

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The former defense team for a North Carolina woman accused of killing her disabled 10-year-old stepdaughter took key evidence from a crime scene early on in the case. Full story...
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Woman charged in NY infant snatching due in court

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A North Carolina woman indicted on a charge that she kidnapped a newborn from a Harlem hospital more than two decades ago is due for another court appearance in New York. Full story...
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Zahra's stepmother in court

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The stepmother of a 10-year-old girl will keep her same lawyer now that she has been charged with the girl's murder. Full story...
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NC House panel passes tougher DWI punishments

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Anyone convicted of impaired driving in North Carolina under certain aggravating factors would face more time behind bars and higher fines in legislation that has cleared a House committee. Full story...
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Daughter of Malcolm X to stay in NC jail for now

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The daughter of civil rights leader Malcolm X has been ordered to stay in a North Carolina jail for at least a week as authorities in New York City make plans to pick her up to face larceny, forgery and identity theft charges. Full story...
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Former band director's court date delayed

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North Brunswick High School's former band director will have to wait a little longer for his day in court. Full story...
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Leland Police take tougher stance on Walmart shoplifting

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videoLeland Police are addressing a shoplifting problem at the town's biggest store. Today Police Chief Tim Jayne announced anyone caught stealing from the Leland Walmart will face stricter procedures and punishments. Full story...
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WPD: Baby-Daddy cuts woman's face and arms

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The victim told officers that the father of her children, Terrell Courtney Battle, d.o.b. 8-19-1975, of Wilmington, had come to her residence and cut her with a knife. The victim sustained a puncture wound above her eye, as well as numerous cuts to her arms that required stitches. Full story...
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Man says he's stabbed while standing on downtown corner at 3 a.m.

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The victim told investigators that he was on the corner at 10th and Campbell when a man drove up in a burgundy jeep and asked him if he had anything (drugs) to sell. He said that when he replied he didn’t have anything, the man got out of the jeep, stabbed him several times, took his money, and then drove away. Full story...
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WPD: Drunk driver plays bumper-cars last night downtown

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Responding WPD officers spoke with witnesses who said they saw a vehicle hit a car in the unit block (0 – 99) S. Water Street. The witnesses followed the vehicle, trying to get a license plate number, but the car sped away. The witnesses said they relocated the vehicle after it had hit three parked cars in the 1300 block of Dock Street. Full story...
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