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FIRST ON 3: New Hanover Co. lieutenant fired amid SBI drug investigation

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videoThe New Hanover County Sheriff's Office has fired Lt. Joesph A. Leblanc, who was serving as the Assistant Division Commander in the Vice and Narcotics Division. Full story...
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Burgaw man caught with 15,000 child porn images to spend decade in prison

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videoAn undercover SBI investigation early last year led agents to arrest Paul Joseph Schmura Jr. after they found nearly 15,000 images of child pornography on computer, external hard drives and other storage devices in his home. Full story...
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AG Cooper disagrees with Senate plan to move SBI

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videoAttorney General Roy Cooper is speaking out against Republican plans to move the state bureau of investigation out of his control. Full story...
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Law enforcement backs NC attorney general on SBI

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North Carolina's Democratic Attorney General Roy Cooper is opposing a state Senate budget provision that moves much of an investigative unit from his department to one headed by an appointee of Republican Gov. Pat McCrory. Full story...
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Police: Firefighter arrested in BSL prostitution case; cop was robbed during encounter

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video Police say two more people have been arrested in connection with a prostitution case in Boiling Spring Lakes, including a firefighter. Meanwhile, investigators say a police officer arrested in the case was robbed during the incident in question. Full story...
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FIRST ON 3: Northwest cop quit before prostitution arrest; warrant details allegations

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videoLast week he was a police officer. Today he's out of a job and has been in and out of jail. A former Northwest police officer was charged in connection to an ongoing prostitution investigation in another Brunswick County town. Full story...
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Three charged in Brunswick County cocaine bust

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videoThree people are in jail after local, state and federal agents busted a cocaine operation in Brunswick County. Full story...
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Officers arrest man in connection with cocaine operation

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video Law enforcement has raided a Columbus County business and a Bladen County home they say are tied to a drug operation. Full story...
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FIRST ON 3: DA says SBI to investigate after Bolton police chief shot

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videoWhiteville Police are looking for the man they say shot Bolton Police Chief Edward Gillim in the leg Wednesday night. Full story...
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Second officer linked to botched prostitution WPD sting resigns

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video A second officer believed to be connected with a botched prostitution sting last year has resigned from the Wilmington Police Department. Full story...
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Suspect linked to pipe bombs to remain in custody

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videoA man connected to bombs found in storage units in Wilmington and Pennsylvania will stay in jail. A federal judge in Philadelphia ruled today to keep Istvan Merchenthaler, 42, behind bars. Full story...
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SBI to investigate WPD

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video The State Bureau of Investigation will look into whether members of the Wilmington Police Department did anything criminal during a botched prostitution sting last year.

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Pennsylvania man in custody in connection to bombs found in self storage unit

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video The FBI on Friday confirmed that Istvan A. Merchenthaler, 42, was in custody. He faces charges in connection with a Ponzi scheme that officials say defrauded $2 million from investors over seven years, according to media reports in Pennsylvania.

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FIRST ON 3 UPDATE: Former Leland cop not among those who lost certifications

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video The North Carolina Department of Justice now says one of five former Leland Police officers it said had lost their law enforcement certification was not part of the criminal investigation. Full story...
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One in custody as bomb investigation continues

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video One person is in custody as state and federal agents continue an investigation of bombs found at a storage unit on Carolina Beach Road yesterday. Full story...
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