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FIRST ON 3 INVESTIGATION: Court documents outline former deputy's addiction to Oxycodone

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videoCourt documents we obtained today show that former New Hanover County Sheriff's Deputy Joseph Antoine LeBlanc started visiting the CVS Pharmacy on College Rd. and 17th St. with what may have been forged requests for drugs starting in November 2012. During this time, Lt. LeBlanc was second in command of the Vice and Narcotics Division. Full story...
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Sheriff McMahon releases statement regarding firing of former deputy LeBlanc

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Responding to a request for an interview to discuss the multiple grand jury indictments against former deputy Joseph LeBlanc, Sheriff Ed McMahon declined to go on camera but released this statement... Full story...
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UPDATE: Grand jury indicts former New Hanover County deputy

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videoA former New Hanover County Sheriff’s Deputy is in jail under a $500,000 bond after a grand jury indicted him Monday. Jurors reviewed the results from an investigation conducted by N.C. State Bureau of Investigation regarding the misconduct of Lt. Joey LeBlanc. Full story...
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New Hanover Commission approves nearly $670k for sheriff's Housing Unit

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videoNew Hanover County Sheriff Ed McMahon told county commissioners this morning he has a new plan to fight crime. It involves a seven new positions, six deputies and one sergeant, who will work side-by-side with seven Wilmington Police officers in the city's public housing projects. Full story...
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New Hanover Co. Sheriff's deputy charged with DWI by another deputy; resigns

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A spokesman for the New Hanover County Sheriff's office says Det. Craig Blackmon was caught by another deputy driving drunk. He was charged with DWI early Saturday morning. Full story...
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Sheriff reaches out to community, responds to NAACP criticism

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videoA Wilmington woman brought a little holiday cheer to the hillcrest community to bring local leaders and residents together. Sheriff Ed McMahon attended and took some time to talk to us about recent comments by the NAACP. Full story...
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Sheriff defends deputies involved in Smith shooting

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videoAt a news conference today we asked Sheriff Ed McMahon what he would say to those who think the deputies should not have shot Brandon Smith. Full story...
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DA: Officers justified in shooting that killed man accused of shooting deputy

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video The District Attorney says a shooting that killed the suspect accused of shooting a New Hanover County Sheriff's deputy last month was a reasonable use of deadly force. District Attorney Ben David said the officers were "absolutely justified in taking Brandon Smith's life." Full story...
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How witness lists become hit lists

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videoDefense Attorney James Payne said it happens because the prosecution and defense must provide copies of their witness lists and defendants have a right to see them. Full story...
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GANG VIOLENCE FLASHBACK: Growth in criminal gangs worries law enforcement (2010 StarNews article)

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An emerging gang problem over the last five years has prompted local authorities to refocus efforts on gang prevention, helping at-risk youth avoid the pitfalls of criminal activity in an attempt to choke off sources of gang recruitment, said Assistant District Attorney Jon David. Full story...
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City, county leaders announce 'enforcement partnership' in wake of shootings

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video Wilmington and New Hanover County leaders announced what they called an "enforcement partnership" between Wilmington Police and the Sheriff's Office in the wake of recent violence, including the shooting of a deputy and the shooting death of his alleged assailant. Full story...
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Man wanted for shooting deputy killed

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video The search for a man wanted for allegedly shooting a New Hanover County Sheriff's deputy came to a fatal end Sunday. "Brandon Smith is dead," District Attorney Ben David said during an early evening news conference near the scene where the 30-year-old suspect was shot and killed. Full story...
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Sheriff promises to end violence after deputy shooting

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video For the first time in nearly a decade a New Hanover County Sheriff’s deputy was shot in the line of duty, and now Sheriff Ed McMahon is vowing to bring an end to the crime wave sweeping through the area. Full story...
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Raided sweepstakes parlor likely to go bankrupt before legal fight plays out

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videoA sweepstakes parlor that has been fighting to r-open its doors for weeks will now have to wait longer for an answer after a hearing today. Full story...
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Hearing Thursday in sweepstakes raid lawsuit

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videoAn evidentiary hearing will be held Thursday as A Wilmington sweepstakes parlor raided last month by New Hanover County Sheriff's deputies tries to reopen its doors. Full story...
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