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Wilmington Police Department

WPD and WHA differ on how much crime has decreased in public housing

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videoWe received two news releases this afternoon highlighting how much crime has gone down over the last six months in Wilmington's public housing. In the first, the Wilmington Housing Authority said it was down 74%. But then the Wilmington Police Department quickly sent a follow-up news release saying it was down 51%. Full story...
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Wilmington man charged with stealing $100,000 worth of camera equipment

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videoWilmington Police have arrested a man for allegedly stealing $100,000 worth of camera equipment from a movie company he worked for. Kevin Shaun Martinek, 31, is charged with larceny by employee. Full story...
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Body found in Pender not missing woman, suspect still charged with murder

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videoWilmington Police say a body found earlier this week in Pender County is likely not that of a Wilmington woman missing for several weeks. Full story...
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Man convicted of killing child charged with murder of missing Shannon Rippy

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videoThe search for a missing woman might have ended Tuesday night, but not the way family and friends had hoped. Last night police accused James Bradley, who was convicted of a 1988 murder, of killing Shannon Rippy Vannewkirk. Full story...
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Police: Speeding driver led officer on car, foot chase

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videoPolice arrested a man they say led them on a car chase after an officer caught him speeding through a Wilmington neighborhood. When an officer got to the area, police say a black car flew past the officer's marked car within minutes of parking. Full story...
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Police: Woman robbed at gunpoint by trio who stole pizza box, bag

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videoPolice are investigating after they say three people robbed a woman at gunpoint near a Wilmington convenience store, getting away with a pizza and her bag. Full story...
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Man calls police, winds up in jail on drug trafficking charges

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videoIf you're going to ask police to check your home for a possible intruder, make sure you don't have drugs packaged for sale inside. That's what Wilmington Police say happened late last night when Bruce Rickenbacker reported someone may have broken into his house on Highland Drive. Full story...
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WPD investigates scam targeting grandparents

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Wilmington Police are investigating a credit card scam that conned two elderly victims out of $16,000. Detectives say two Wilmington women, ages 78 and 83, told investigators that on April 8 young men posing as their grandsons on the phone told the women they needed bail money for DWI arrests. Full story...
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Take a look: Police release photo of suspect in pharmacy robbery

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videoWilmington Police are asking for help identifying the suspect in a recent pharmacy robbery. Witnesses told police the man pictured in the surveillance photos released today is believed to have jumped through the pharmacy window at the Walgreen at 4521 Oleander Drive April 20. Full story...
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Shot fired into 2-year-old's bedroom

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videoWilmington Police are investigating after they say a shot was fired into a child's bedroom. WPD spokeswoman Linda Rawley says an officer was on Market St. around 11 p.m. Friday when he heard shots fired from Princess Place Drive. Full story...
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Police: Speed, alcohol likely factors in fatal, single-car crash

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videoPolice are investigating a car crash after they say a man was killed when he hit a tree and power pole late last night. Wilmington Police responded to the crash, saying a man in his early 20s was the only person in the car. Full story...
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NHSO, WPD to move gang, housing, downtown units under same roof

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videoA new initiative is joining some forces of the New Hanover County Sheriff's office and the Wilmington Police Department under one roof. They are transforming the former "Shaw Speaks" building downtown into a "law enforcement fusion" building. Full story...
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Accident involving motorcycle shuts down lane on Cape Fear Memorial Bridge

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videoAn accident involving a motorcycle has shut down at least one lane of the Cape Fear Memorial Bridge. Full story...
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WPD: Three suspects wanted for Monday shooting of teen

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Wilmington Police say they are looking for three men in connection with a shooting that targeted a 15-year-old boy Monday afternoon. Full story...
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WPD investigates shooting on S. 15th St.

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videoWilmington Police are investigating a shooting that happened just before 4 p.m. today. Investigators say when officers responded to the 1400 block of S. 15th St. they found shell casings but no victim. Full story...
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