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New law to collect DNA from suspects

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video Beginning tomorrow, law enforcement in North Carolina can collect DNA from suspects in certain violent felony and misdemeanor arrests. Opponents say it violates privacy rights. Full story...
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Student attacked with hammer at Laney High School

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A New Hanover County spokesperson says two students got into a fight this morning. He says one student pulled out a hammer and hit the other student in the head near his eye. The 17-year-old went to the hospital. No charges have been filed yet. Full story...
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Dozens of police break up brawl at church

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A dispute over leadership at a Henderson County church has turned from angry words to fist fights. About 30 police officers from five agencies were called to break up fights Sunday at Greater New Zion Baptist Church in Fletcher. Full story...
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Fort Bragg soldier shot; gunman is at large

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A Fort Bragg spokesman says a soldier was shot and wounded, and authorities are working to find the gunman. Full story...
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Teen on trial in ex-Robeson County teacher's death

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A Lumberton teenager is going on trial in the death of a retired Robeson County teacher shot and as he dropped off his garbage at a trash bin behind a convenience store. Full story...
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DOWNTOWN VIOLENCE: Both Rhino and Rox closed this weekend; Rox closing for good in September

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Rox owner Paul Ponte tells a local newspaper that he's closing his bar across the street this weekend out of concern that there could be follow up violence and retaliation for last weekend's stabbings. Full story...
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FIRST ON 3: Woman faces fine for posting pictures of mutilated cat on Facebook; Updated with info from Sheriff's Dept.

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A New Hanover County woman posted pictures of herself with a mutilated animal on her Facebook page, and it's causing quite the stir on the Internet. Full story...
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ONLY ON 3: What is the ii street gang?

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videoFrom California to New Jersey to Wilmington, the notorious Bloods gang has made it to our neck of the woods. Full story...
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Another stabbing in Wilmington Thursday

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WPD officers responded to 6th and Swann Streets for a fight about 10:25 this morning. A man who lives in that neighborhood apparently had been fighting with another man and was stabbed in the abdomen. Full story...
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DOWNTOWN VIOLENCE: Neighbors react to Rhino's liquor license suspension

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video The suspension of the Rhino Club's alcohol permits has some neighboring businesses talking about the future of downtown. Full story...
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FIRST ON 3: Stabbing victim at Rhino Club confirmed 5-Star General in local gang

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Wilmington Police have confirmed Taaron Jones, who was stabbed to death outside the Rhino Club Sunday night, was a confirmed member "Double I" (ii) street gang. Full story...
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DOWNTOWN VIOLENCE: ABC Commission shuts down Rhino Club (summary suspension documents attached)

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videoThe state ABC commission has suspended the Rhino Club's liquor permits after a murder outside the club Monday morning and various other problems in and around the club. Full story...
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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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