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Crime

FIRST ON 3 UPDATE: District Attorney will appeal Fire Chief's DWI dismissal; Read the DA's news release

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videoNew developments about Oak Island's fire chief who walked away from his DWI conviction. WWAY has been demanding accountability. Tonight, we're getting results. Full story...
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ONLY ON 3: Trooper says he was never called for Chief House's appeal hearing

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Brunswick County District Attorney Rex Gore said the Assistant DA had what he calls a "mix-up" and subpoenaed the wrong trooper. First Sgt. A.E. Morris was the correct trooper, but he says he was never contacted by the DA's office at any point about House's DWI charge. Full story...
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The Rant: A lesson in journalism

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You've gone too far with this DWI dismissal, says one viewer. Not quite, says our Rantmaster. We'll explain why our coverage has been far from "biased" or "one-sided" as a Rant accuses. Full story...

Funny money afloat in Columbus County

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Show me the money. Just make sure it's real. Counterfeit money has been circulating in Columbus County, and police are cracking down. Full story...
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Two die in wreck; speeding and alcohol factors

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videoIn the last 60 days in Brunswick County four people have died in car accidents where one of the drivers is accused of driving while impaired. The latest crash happened yesterday and claimed two lives. Highway Patrol says alcohol and speed both played a factor in the crash. Full story...
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Holden Beach bank robber nabbed

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Police arrested an Oak Island woman Monday afternoon. The woman is accused of robbing the Waccamaw Bank in Holden Beach. Full story...
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FIRST ON 3 UPDATE: Fire chief had already been convicted of DWI charge; judge threw out appeal and conviction

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video We're digging deeper into the Oak Island Fire Chief John House's DWI charge. So far we've learned from a Brunswick County Court Clerk that House had already been found guilty of his December 2008 DWI charge. The case before Superior Court Judge Ola Lewis was an appeal. Full story...
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The Rant: Folks are fired up about fire chief getting off DWI hook

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video Investigators say Oak Island fire chief John House blew a .14 when they stopped him at a checkpoint in December 2008. Judge Ola Lewis said case dismissed Tuesday when a prosecutor wanted a few more hours to get a trooper to court to testify. Now many of you are saying, "WHAT?!?" Full story...

Pender teen arrested for indecent liberties with child

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Pender County deputies have arrested a 16-year-old Rocky Point boy for indecent liberties with a minor. Investigators says the charge requires that the defendant be at least five years older than the victim. Full story...
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Embezzelment investigated at St. James

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A police report says someone took money from the St. James Property Owners Association. The incident report lists five stolen checks with a total value of more than $12,000. Full story...
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Man wanted in Brunswick Co. tracked down in Texas

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The Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office Tip Line received an anonymous tip on May 19th on Wanted subject, John Carl Wilson. The tip advised that Wilson was residing at an address in Arlington, Texas. Full story...
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Sex offender facing pot charges

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Detectives with the Pender County Sheriff’s office Narcotics Unit arrested 41-year-old David Gerald Batts, a convicted sex offender, at his residence at 308 Oakmont Dr. Hampstead... Full story...
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Rocky Point man charged with arson

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Investigator’s With the Pender County Sheriff’s Office arrested 32-year-old Edward Lee Lippard III with Fraudulently Burning A Dwelling after he set fire to a residence that he was occupying in the 2800 Block of Clarks Landing Rd. in Rocky Point. Full story...
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Father, daughter plead guilty to federal health care fraud charges

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A Wilmington man and his daughter have pleaded guilty to federal charges after prosecutors say they used several medical practices they owned to submit fake bills to Medicare and Medicaid. Full story...
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DOWNTOWN VIOLENCE: Fight breaks out at Slice of Life Pizza

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A WPD officer on patrol spotted a crowd of about 15 men at Market and Front Streets, and they seemed to be involved in a verbal dispute. As the officer got out of her car, several of the men started walking away from her. Then a man approached whose face was covered with blood. Full story...
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