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Several Wilmington gang members who gathered guns to prepare for a confrontation with a rival gang in Goldsboro are going to prison.
People filled a New Hanover County courtroom Thursday morning, but it was not for a court case.
The Bladen County Sheriff's Office says it seized 10 weapons from known gang members in both Bladen and Robeson counties.
Wilmington Police say crime in the Port City is at its lowest rate in nearly a quarter century.
Chicago police say more than 40 people were shot over the holiday weekend and more than three dozen guns were seized.
A Shot Spotter alert led to the arrest of an 18-year-old Wilmington gang member overnight.
Jurors are ready to start hearing the case of a reputed Bloods street gang leader who could spend the rest of his life in federal prison if convicted of orchestrating the intended kidnapping of the prosecutor who put him in state prison for life.
An officer at a juvenile prison in Columbia told lawmakers that gangs are strong in the jail which has led to three riots in the past eight months.
Police say offenders are committing crimes, getting out and then committing more crimes sometimes even more violent crimes.