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Local leaders want loggerhead turtles to be a state animal

Their buggy black eyes, wiggly flippers and fierce determination to reach the sea have charmed Cape Fear locals for generations. Now, the loggerhead turtle could soon become an official state symbol.
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Former sheriff pushes bill in NC House to clear rape kit backlog

Sexual assault evidence collection kits are not required for survivors who want to press charges against their alleged assailants.
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Problem with water heater to blame for active shooter scare at Topsail High School

The Pender County Sheriff's Office says the report of an active shooter at Topsail High School this morning turned out to be a malfunctioning gas hot water heater. 
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Alan Cutler wins open Pender County Sheriff seat

A new sheriff will soon take over in Pender County for the first time in 16 years.
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Carson Smith to transition from Pender County Sheriff to NC House

Pender County Sheriff Carson Smith easily won election to the NC House of Representatives to defeat Democrat John Johnson. 
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‘Welcome to Pender Co.’: Escapee talks about his run from police

Surf City Police say they now know how a man in their custody got away at the county jail early Thursday morning. That suspect spoke only with WWAY about how it all happened.
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Crowded, hotly contested: Pender Co. Sheriff’s race talk of community

Pender County has had the same sheriff since 2002, but that will soon change.

Former NHSO lieutenant announces intent to run for Pender Sheriff

Joseph A. Cina, a former lieutenant with the New Hanover County Sheriff’s Office and current small business owner in Pender County, has announced his intent to run for Pender County Sheriff next year.

WFD Battalion Chief announces plan to run for Pender Sheriff seat

After 20 years with the Wilmington Fire Department, Battalion Chief Randy Burton announced he plans to retire in January but not from public service. 

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