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Pender County Sheriff's Office

Pender High student charged with statutory rape on campus

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videoDeputies in Pender County have charged a 19-year-old with raping a fellow student at Pender High School on the last day of school earlier this month, WWAY has learned. Full story...
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Fired deputy the latest in string of cops accused of bad behavior

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videoThis is the latest incident involving law enforcement accused of wrongdoing in our area. Taking a look at just the past 18 months, we found nearly 20 cases where officers were disciplined, arrested or even convicted. Full story...
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ONLY ON 3: Incest suspects try to share story before surrendering

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video The Pender County father and daughter on the run and charged with sex offenses reached out to WWAY over the weekend. They say they want their side of the story to be heard. Full story...
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ONLY ON 3: The family of the man and his daughter wanted for incest speak out

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Detectives in Pender County charged Robert Earley and his daughter Natalie Earley with incest. Full story...
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Hampstead man, daughter wanted for incest, other charges

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Pender County Sheriff's deputies are looking for a Hampstead man and his daughter wanted for incest Detectives are looking for Robert Lee Earley Jr., 51, and his daughter Natalie Sheree Earley, 25. Investigators say the Earleys lived at 102 Doe Court. Full story...
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Homeowner charged with setting fire that destroyed house

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videoPender County Sheriff's deputies have charged the owner of home destroyed by fire last night with setting the blaze. Full story...
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FIRST ON 3: Pender sheriff discusses deputy's DWI charge

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videoAfter firing a deputy involved in an alleged drunk driving crash yesterday, Pender County Sheriff Carson Smith wants to make sure nothing like that happens again. Full story...
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FIRST ON 3: Investigators say Pender Co. deputy was drunk before wrecking car

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video A Pender County Sheriff's deputy is out of a job after being charged with DWI after a car crash in Onslow County this morning. Full story...
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Alcohol vaporizers newest trend in fast highs

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video A new trend in getting drunk has the attention of law enforcement agencies, as it makes its way to North Carolina. Experts say people are using alcohol vaporizers to get drunker faster. Full story...
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Pender County murder suspect turns himself in

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videoThe man accused of a deadly shooting last night in Pender County turned himself in this afternoon. Pender County Sheriff's Deputies responded to the 911 call at a home off US 17 in Hampstead just after 9 p.m. Tuesday. When Deputies arrived on the scene, they found the body of Donnie Lee Pridgen. Full story...
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Registered sex offender charged with 20-year-old crimes against child

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videoA registered sex offender is back in jail charged with sex crimes against a child two decades ago. The Pender County Sheriff's Office arrested Barry Gene Gurganious, 42, of Currie Tuesday for two counts of first degree statutory sexual offense and two counts of indecent liberties with a child. Full story...
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Wilmington teen charged with sexual assault in Pender Co.

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videoA Wilmington teen is facing several sexual assault charges including attempted rape. The Pender County Sheriff's Office says deputies arrested 17-year-old Tyler Koenig last week. Full story...
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Pender Co. deputy totals patrol vehicle

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videoA Pender County Sheriff’s Deputy is recovering from an accident suffered while on patrol. Full story...
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Pender deputy suspended for drinking before alcohol test training

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videoA Pender County Sheriff's deputy is back on duty after being suspended without pay for more than a week last month. Sheriff Carson Smith says Jan. 11 Dep. Nick Carter was attending a class to re-certify operating an alcohol breath test in Jacksonville. During a practice exercise at around 10 a.m., Dep. Carter blew a 0.02. Full story...
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School bus tires slashed at Topsail High

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videoSome students in Pender County got a late start to their school day after vandals apparently targeted school buses. A statement from Pender County Schools says at 5:15 a.m., bus drivers arrived to begin their routes and found flat tires on 15 buses parked at Topsail High School. Full story...
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