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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...

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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ONLY ON 3: Why did Oak Island Fire Chief keep job after DWI conviction?

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videoThere are still many more questions than answers after a Brunswick County judge last week dismissed a fire chief's DWI charge. So, what's next? 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...

Constantineau stories have folks ranting

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video We've been amazed at what we've been able to dig up about Richard Constantineau Jr.'s driving record. Some of you have been, too. Full story...

Suspect in fatal crash not talking

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When we reached Richard Constantineau Jr. late this afternoon, he said he had "no comment." Full story...
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ONLY ON 3: Man hit by alleged drunk driver talks about crash

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videoOne of the pedestrians hit by an alleged drunk driver on Wrightsville Beach over the Memorial Day weekend speaks out. Marc Miller's leg is in pretty bad shape, but surprisingly, he is in good spirits. Full story...
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FIRST ON 3: State Rep. Dewey Hill plans to address loophole in DWI law

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State Rep. Dewey Hill (D-Brunswick/Columbus) told us today on the phone that he plans to talk with the Speaker of the House tonight to try and begin closing a loophole in the state DWI laws. Full story...
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Unfinished text found in car that hit pedestrians

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Police say they found a partially written text message on the screen of Jedadiah Woodcock's phone. Texting while driving is illegal in North Carolina. Full story...
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ONLY ON 3: Driver involved in deadly accident may keep license even after DWI charge

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video We've learned that Richard Constantineau has made bond, is out of jail and can get behind the wheel again as soon as today even though he's charged with DWI and killing a woman he hit head-on. Full story...
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FIRST ON 3 UPDATE: Driver charged with DWI after deadly accident

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video A man is behind bars tonight in connection to the Brunswick County accident that killed a 23-year-old woman. Richard Constantineau is charged with felony death my vehicle and DWI. Full story...
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FIRST ON 3: Suspect in DQ DWI crash an illegal immigrant

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video The New Hanover County Sheriff's Office confirmed that Isaias Martinez-Garcia is an illegal immigrant. Martinez-Garcia is facing his fifth DWI charge in New Hanover County. Full story...
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