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Wilmington Police Department

Police use pepper spray on downtown crowd

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videoWilmington Police say officers had to use pepper spray after a crowd got out of hand downtown early yesterday morning. WPD spokeswoman Linda Rawley says it started at 2:17 a.m. when officers responded to a crowd "being extremely unruly" in front of Pravda at 23 N. Front St. Full story...
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ONLY ON 3: Issues identified in 2004 study persist at WPD

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videoRecent surveys and studies have identified problems at the Wilmington Police Department, including moral and issues with the K-9 Unit among others. But many of the same problems were identified by another study conducted for the department a decade ago. Full story...
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Search for Vannewkirk, identification of body found continue

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Wilmington Police Chief Ralph Evangelous said today officers continue to search for Shannon Rippy Vannewkirk, who has been missing since early last month. Full story...
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WPD releases evaluation of K-9 Unit

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videoThe Wilmington Police Department has released an outside report that evaluates its K-9 unit. The report was commissioned following an incident last fall where the use of a police dog at the end of a car chase was brought into question. Full story...
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Schools locked down as police search for pharmacy robber

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videoAn armed robbery at a Wilmington pharmacy led to a lockdown at nearby schools this morning. Wilmington Police say they are looking for a man who robbed Kings Pharmacy at S. College Road and Shipyard Blvd. Full story...
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FIRST ON 3 UPDATE: Sen. Rabon cited for hitting parked car

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videoWilmington Police have cited a state senator for hitting a car in a downtown Wilmington parking lot Sunday night. In a story that was FIRST ON 3, witnesses claimed Sen. Bill Rabon (R-8th District) hit a car in the lot at 2nd and Princess streets Sunday evening. Full story...
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Man charged with shooting and chase Sunday, other shooting still unsolved

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videoTwo shootings, one in the 500 block of Maides Avenue and another at 10th & Castle Streets, are believed to be unrelated according to police. Full story...
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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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