Crime

Man wanted for homicide in D.C. could be in the Carolinas

The U.S. Marshals Capital Area Regional Fugitive Task Force is looking for a man who is charged with second-degree murder and could be in the Carolinas.

Police investigating two shootings in Wilmington Saturday

Family Dollar now reopened after hurricane, looting

Convicted Wilmington drug dealer sentenced to 9 years in prison

  Wilmington Police Department proposes county takeover of crime lab

  Motorcyclist crashes, dies following chase with troopers in New Hanover County

  Police search for driver in Wilmington hit and run

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  Deputies: Couple lures woman to home, beats her up, uses pepper spray, lights her hair on fire

Suspect in deadly SC shooting may be heading to NC with kidnapped woman

Man supplying cocaine to Wilmington gang sentenced to prison

Police looking for men accused of leaving Leland bar without paying

Leland police search for person accused of Walmart theft

  How much does excessive drinking cost New Hanover County taxpayers?

  Embattled attorney R.C. Soles accused of mishandling entrusted funds

A superior court judge has granted the North Carolina State Bar’s request for a preliminary injunction against embattled attorney R.C. Soles, after allegations that he has mishandled entrusted funds.

Man wanted in Whiteville shooting arrested

Claudis Faulk was wanted in connection to the shooting of two men shortly after 9 p.m. on Dec. 18, 2018, at the Timesaver Convenience Store.

  Willard man accused of multiple sex-related crimes

Billy Antwan Ennis, 37, was arrested Thursday.

  Suspect in Texas shooting arrested on a bus in Wilmington

According to KCEN-TV and a Killeen (Texas) Police Department Facebook post, Daran Cedric Hill, 41, was arrested without incident around 2 p.m. Thursday.

  Wilmington woman after waking up at oral surgeon’s office: ‘My shirt was missing along with my bra, my pants were unbuttoned’

Supply man sought on rape, sexual battery charges

Third suspect charged in 2018 Food Lion murder in Longs

Man accused of car break-ins, motorcycle thefts in Oak Island

  WPD responds to more than 50 wrecks caused by distracted drivers in the last 60 days

  Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office conducts first drug roundup of 2019

  UNCW gives all clear after police find no evidence of shooting near campus

Officials with the University of North Carolina at Wilmington have given the “all clear” alert after reports about a possible shooting near the university’s campus Wednesday afternoon.

Wilmington police looking for driver who struck bicyclist

According to the WPD, a 50-year-old woman was riding her bike south on 44th Street at around 6:30 p.m. when the driver of a car heading east on Park Avenue failed to stop at a stop sign.

  WPD: Teen accused of shooting Arby’s employee, windows with pellet gun

Jessica Thomas has been charged with assault with a deadly weapon, property damage and discharging a pellet gun in the city limits.

  Off the hook: Prosecutors dismiss charges against man accused of abandoning his pet fish

The District Attorney’s Office announced Tuesday that charges against a Wilmington man accused of abandoning his pet fish have been dismissed.

  Two accused of armed robbery at Monkey Junction Walmart

According to the New Hanover County Sheriff’s Office, Edward Huffman and Audrey Cross were leaving the store when loss prevention officers asked them to come back inside and answer a couple of questions regarding shoplifting.

  UNCW students among victims in alleged social media ‘sextortion’ case

Kevin Allen Kerney, 32, of Denton, NC, was booked into the New Hanover County Jail on Friday on three counts of cyberstalking and three counts of extortion. He made his first court appearance in New Hanover County on Monday.

Tar Heel man sentenced to prison for shooting at moving vehicle

Dyrall Hardy, 28, entered guilty pleas to discharging a firearm into an occupied vehicle, assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill and possession of a firearm by a felon.

Bladen County man gets prison time for selling heroin

A Bladen County man is headed to prison after he admitted to selling heroin that was laced with fentanyl to undercover officers.

  WPD plans for unprecedented growth, traffic in the city

The Wilmington Police Department is planning ahead to stay on top of the projected growth in Wilmington.

  WPD releases ID of victim in fatal shooting

A 27-year-old man was the victim of a fatal shooting in Wilmington Friday night.

  Wilmington man accused of attacking man with knife

Terrance Lionell Roland, 37, was arrested Saturday and charged with assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill and inflicting serious injury.

Community members hold “Stop the Violence” event

The second homicide of 2019 in Wilmington Friday only solidified the reasons for community members to hold a “Stop the Violence” event, they said.

  WPD investigating gang-related fatal shooting

The shooting happening Friday night on Emory Street in Wilmington.

Have fun, but stay safe, during the Azalea Festival

With the Azalea Festival expected to bring a bunch of visitors to Wilmington this week, law enforcement will be on high alert as festival goers have fun — but hopefully not too much fun — downtown.

Wilmington sees fewer reports of violent crime, latest FBI stats show

The latest numbers from the FBI show Wilmington law enforcement received fewer reports of murder and robbery in the first half of 2018, as compared to the first half of 2017.

WPD asks for help identifying man accused of using fake cash at grocery stores

Police have released surveillance photos from Wilmington grocery stores in hopes of finding out more about a man they say has been using counterfeit money.

  WPD: Man upset at wait time for food storms out of restaurant, threatens employee with knife

A man who stormed out of a pizza restaurant in downtown Wilmington after getting upset at the wait time for his food later threatened an employee with a knife and sprayed pepper spray into the establishment.

  Bradley to face life in prison after mistrial declared in sentencing hearing

A judge has declared a mistrial in the sentencing hearing of convicted killer James Bradley who will now be sentenced to life in prison without parole, according to District Attorney Ben David.

Officials: Operation Tooth Fairy leads to eight convictions

About 40,000 dosages of heroin and fentanyl are off the streets as a result of a multi-year, multi-agency investigation dubbed Operation Tooth Fairy, officials said Thursday.

  Bond reduced for NC oral surgeon facing 30 sex crime charges

On Wednesday, Judge Lindsey McKee ruled that Hasson’s bond be lowered to $500,000. Hasson had been held in the New Hanover County Jail under a $1.1 million bond.

WPD attempting to ID man who hit woman’s vehicle then fled scene

The man got out to assess the damage but fled the scene in his vehicle when the victim said she was calling the police.

Leland police looking for man in connection to Walmart thefts

According to a Facebook post from the Leland Police Department, the thefts took place at the Walmart in Leland on March 26.

  Animal cruelty: Cats found in deplorable condition, one dead

Animal control officers with the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Department Animal Protective Services Unit arrested William Ronald Gore Jr. in connection to animal cruelty.

  State House passes bill on sheriffs working with ICE; NC Sheriff’s Association opposes it

The North Carolina Sheriff’s Association released a statement explaining the organization’s opposition to House Bill 370, the legislation that compels sheriffs to fulfill detainer requests from the federal government for illegal immigrants incarcerated for being charged with a crime.

  Man arrested in armed robbery of Wilmington gas station

Eddie McCracken, 54, was arrested and charged with armed robbery.

  NC man accused of fatally shooting neighbor’s dog facing another count of animal cruelty

A New Hanover County man arrested and charged with fatally shooting his neighbor’s dog last week over excessive barking is facing another count of animal cruelty.

  Man arrested for running eBay shop stocked with stolen tools out of Charlotte storage unit

Edwin Barkley pleaded guilty to Interstate Transportation of Stolen Property in connection with the investigation by CMPD and the U.S. Secret Service-Organized Crime Task Force.

  Man accused of abandoning pet fish faces animal cruelty charges

A New Hanover County man was arrested on animal cruelty charges after he allegedly failed to provide fresh water and food to his pet fish.

  Woman indicted on involuntary manslaughter charge after patient dies in her care

A Brunswick County grand jury has indicted a woman on involuntary manslaughter charges after a handicapped man died of a drug overdose while in her care.

Suspected killer of rapper Nipsey Hussle arrested, police say

Eric Holder, 29, had been on the run for two days before he was captured in Bellflower, a Los Angeles-area city about 20 miles southeast of where Hussle was gunned down two days earlier.

Driver fell asleep, killing two pedestrians in Outer Banks crash, police say

Police say a Virginia school teacher and her husband were killed when the driver of a pickup truck fell asleep at the wheel and struck a group of six people on the North Carolina coast.

  18-year-old injured in Tuesday morning shooting

Wilmington police are investigating after an 18-year-old was hospitalized following a shooting early Tuesday morning.

WPD looking for man connected to alleged larceny at pizza restaurant

The Wilmington Police Department is asking for the public’s help in identifying a man it says is a suspect in a larceny at a local pizza restaurant.

Man sentenced to life for New Hanover Co. murder could get parole

Elroy Mitchell, 52, is being considered for the parole via the Mutual Agreement Parole Program, the N.C. Post-Release Supervision and Parole Commission announced Tuesday.

Wilmington man heading to prison for stealing from former employer

Dwight McKinsey Price, 52, pleaded guilty to three counts each of breaking and entering and felony larceny Monday.

  Probation search yields drugs, firearm stolen during home invasion

A probation search sparked by community complaints resulted in the seizure of various drugs and firearms, including a rifle reportedly stolen during a home invasion in Alabama.

  Man accused of pointing gun at deputy after fleeing traffic stop

Clarida allegedly pulled out a hand gun and pointed it at a deputy during the foot chase.

  WPD: Teen injured in Monday afternoon shooting

One person was injured in a Monday afternoon shooting in Wilmington.

Rape, murder case involving Robeson County teen expected to be heard in court Tuesday

The case of a Robeson County teenager that garnered national attention is expected to be heard in court on Tuesday.

  Officials investigate shooting death of USC Upstate student from Columbia

Officials are investigating the shooting death of a 22-year-old University of South Carolina Upstate student who was originally from Columbia.

  Mother of slain UofSC student: ‘Don’t ever forget her name. Samantha Josephson’; suspect no-show in court

Nathaniel David Rowland is set to appear in front of a judge at Alvin S. Glenn Detention Center at 2 p.m. after being charged with kidnapping and murdering Samantha Josephson, 21.

  WPD asks for your help identifying robbery suspect

The robbery happened around 2:20 Sunday morning at the Phoenix Mart on South 17th Street.

  24-year-old man charged with kidnapping, murder of UofSC student Samantha Josephson

The Columbia Police Department says their investigation in the disappearance of 21-year-old University of South Carolina student Samantha Josephson has now become a death investigation.

  Would-be thief falls through store ceiling during break-in

A suspect in a break-in at a Columbus County gas station found himself in quite a predicament after the ceiling gave way and he was left trapped inside the store.

  Sentencing in James Bradley case expected Tuesday

The jury deliberated for less than three hours Tuesday morning before returning a verdict.

  Police identify two men injured in Wilmington shooting on Wednesday

Linda Thompson, spokeswoman for the Wilmington Police Department, said the shooting happened around 1 p.m. in the area of 13th and Greenfield streets in the Houston Moore community.

Columbus County inmate stabbed multiple times in prison attack

An inmate at Columbus Correctional Institution was hospitalized after he was attacked and stabbed by a trio of men Monday morning.

  Saint Pauls man on probation arrested on drug, firearm charges

A Saint Pauls man who was sentenced to probation last month now is facing new charges after law enforcement conducted a search of his home.

  Two plead guilty, sentenced to prison for taking indecent liberties with a child in Pender County

According to a news release from the District Attorney's Office, James Allen Bunch, 63, of Virginia, and Aaron Bradley Woodcock, 23, of Ivanhoe, entered guilty pleas to two counts of indecent liberties with a child.

Castle Hayne woman accused of lying about SUV damage, charged with insurance fraud

Special agents with the Department of Insurance’s Criminal Investigations Division accuse Jeneva Powell, 25, of falsely reporting the details of how damage occurred to her SUV to Nationwide Insurance Co.

  Clayton man sentenced for throwing Molotov cocktail at Hampstead home

According to a news release from the District Attorney’s Office, Jason Bradley Morgan, 45, of Clayton, was sentenced to 4.8-6.8 years in prison.

  Uncle of Pender toddler killed gets prison time on unrelated charges

David Wesley Prevatte, the uncle of 5-year-old Paitin Fields and the only named suspect in the toddler’s homicide, is headed to prison after he pleaded guilty to several unrelated charges.

  Festival organizers work to spread anti-violence message

Two men are working to stop the violence, starting in their own community and hoping to spread the message nationwide.

Bill forcing NC sheriff’s offices work with ICE advances

North Carolina Republican lawmakers unhappy with recent decisions by newly elected sheriffs to stop assisting federal immigration agents are now pushing legislation that would force them to hold defendants if requested by Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

  New bill would set tougher punishments for drug dealers if substance causes death

A new bill set to be filed Wednesday in North Carolina would create harsher punishments for a person who distributes drugs that result in another person’s death.

911 calls released in deadly police shooting at Charlotte Burger King

CMPD says officers ordered the armed man repeatedly to put down his gun. He was taken to the hospital where he later died from his injuries.

  First reports of sexual assault against Wilmington oral surgeon issued to police in 2017

The North Carolina State Board of Dental Examiners released documents Tuesday that show a police report had been issued to the Wilmington Police Department in October 2017, accusing Dr. Michael Lee Hasson of sexual assault during a surgery.

  Warrant: Man deleted searches for escort services days before dumping wife’s body

The man accused of killing his wife deleted searches for escort services just days before he allegedly dumped her body in a shallow grave nearly 100 miles away from their Holden Beach home, search warrants obtained on Tuesday reveal.