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Crime

Police find 45 pounds of pot in couple's van, home

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Officers found 36 pounds of marijuana in their van and nine more later at their house. Full story...
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Rash of car break-ins, thefts plague Leland neighborhoods

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Leland Police Chief Tim Jayne says they happened Thursday night into Friday morning in the Stoney Creek and Snee Farm neighborhoods. Full story...
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Wilmington Police arrest man for two bank robberies

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Wilmington police say they have their man in two bank robberies in the last two weeks. Officers caught Reggie Andre Beckton last night. Full story...
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Woman who accused Duke lacrosse players in jail

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The woman who falsely accused Duke University lacrosse players of rape has been taken back to jail, accused of violating a release agreement. Full story...
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NC court: 'Life' inmates to continue sentences

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North Carolina's Supreme Court says prisoners sentenced to life in prison more than 30 years ago should not qualify for credits that would allow them to go free. Full story...
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Art helps DA's office work with victims

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The purpose of the art is to calm victims of crime who are there to explain what they've suffered, which can be a tough thing to talk about. The art can also relieve stress on people when they are going through a trial. Full story...
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Wilmington Police investigate second bank robbery in nine days

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For the second time in nine days Wilmington Police are investigating a bank robbery. The latest happened just before 10 a.m. Thursday at the New Bridge Bank at 704 S. College Rd. Full story...
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TROUBLESHOOTERS UPDATE: Builder charged with embezzlement

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In tonight's Troubleshooters report, we have an update on a story we've been following since 2008. An Oak Island builder has been arrested, accused of embezzling $700,000. Full story...
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Brunswick County ADA loses case; never subpoenas police officers

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video Court documents say it all. Apparently Brunswick County assistant district attorney Erin Holden was not prepared to prosecute a case involving John Richard Smilowski. The Oak Island resident was charged with strangling an on-and-off again girlfriend. Smilowski pleaded not guilty on August 16, 2010. Full story...
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NC SBI Director to launch nationwide search for lab director

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SBI Director Greg McLeod will convene a panel of law enforcement officials, defense attorneys and prosecutors to help him begin a national search for a new leader of the state forensic lab, he announced Friday. Full story...
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FIRST ON 3: BCSO - two arrested for busting into safe

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On Wednesday, August 11th, a property owner on Whiteville Road observed forced entry to the back door of their residence. The residence was last secured on July 26th. A safe with approximately $ 4,700 in US Currency and multiple blank checks were removed from the residence. Full story...
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Police nab man they say robbed Wilmington Wal-Mart

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According to witnesses, a man approached the service center inside the store and displayed a handgun. He ordered the female employee behind the counter to hand over cash. As this was happening, a second employee entered the service area. Both women complied with the robber’s instructions. Full story...
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Brunswick County child pornographer sentenced to 35 years in prison

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On January 15, 2009, photographs were brought to the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office that depicted SCHMIDT engaged in sex acts with small children. Federal and local law enforcement then went to SCHMIDT’s residence where he was arrested. Officers additionally recovered a large quantity of other illegal photos. Full story...
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NHC Sheriff's Detectives make heroin bust

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videoBased on the investigation by Vice and Narcotic Detectives, it was determined that there was a specific organization responsible for supplying large quantities of heroin to New Hanover County. Detectives continued to investigate leads which led them to Newark, New Jersey and to the subjects involved. Further investigation revealed that these subjects would be coming to the Wilmington area. Full story...
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Rhino Club owner says his bar not the problem downtown

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videoThree throwdowns downtown over the weekend have Wilmington Police busy. Cops continue to investigate fights that left three people bloodied and battered. One of the fights was inside City Limits Saloon. The other two were outside the Rhino Club and Side Bar. Now the Rhino's owner is defending his club. Full story...
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