Crime

NC daycare worker accused of intentionally dropping 11-month-old child

A North Carolina daycare worker is accused of intentionally dropping an infant in her care, according to deputies with the Onslow County Sheriff’s Office.

Man serving life sentence for fatally stabbing wife at Wilmington gas station in 1987 up for parole

  Officials release identity of body found in Wilmington

  At least a dozen shots fired, two people hospitalized in incident at Prince Mini Mart

  Employee arrested in connection to break-in at Whiteville restaurant

  KNOW HIM? Wilmington police seek ID of man accused of obscene act in public

Reward offered in unsolved 2018 Wilmington homicide

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  Oak Island police asking for assistance in identifying man in video

  Teen charged with murder in Shallotte shooting death; victim’s brother also facing charges

Columbus Co. woman admits to stealing nearly $100K from in-laws

  DNA links man to 2018 rape, Wilmington police say

  Two Brunswick County men face rape charges in separate cases

  Third arrest made in April assault where woman’s hair was set on fire

  Wilmington police try to reunite stolen items with rightful owners after series of weekend break-ins

Wilmington police are trying to reunite stolen items to their rightful owners after a series of thefts over the weekend.

  'He was honestly the best soul,’ friends of teen killed in Shallotte shooting tell his story

One night after Jacary Bethel was killed at Cardinal Pointe in Shallotte, his friends gathered at the very spot he was found bleeding.

  Former standout student-athlete killed in Cardinal Pointe Apartments shooting in Shallotte

According to the Shallotte Police Department, no one is in custody and the shooting is under investigation.

Man convicted in FBI secretary’s murder requests case review

A man convicted in the 1999 killing of an FBI secretary has requested a review of his criminal trial and all evidence used in the proceedings.

Couple accused of selling Xanax gummies in Bladen County community

Whiteville man used $55K in counterfeit checks to buy vehicles, police say

WPD looking for suspects in theft from Mayfaire store

Warrants issued for separate Wilmington hit-and-runs on same day

  Driver charged with hitting car, wall at Wilmington parking deck arrested

Woman accused of backing into car, telling victim ‘I don’t care’

Shallotte police looking for suspects in thefts at Walmart, Belk

Police released surveillance photos of the two women on its Facebook page Wednesday.

  Wilmington man pleads to manslaughter in deadly Jungle Rapids shooting

A Wilmington man pleaded guilty to voluntary manslaughter in connection with a drug deal that turned into a deadly shooting at Jungle Rapids in 2017.

Man charged with attempted murder in Elizabethtown shooting

An Elizabethtown man is charged with attempted murder in connection with a shooting that injured a man last week.

Woman accused of stabbing roommate during fight

Ashley Scott, 27, has been charged with assault with a deadly weapon inflicting serious injury.

  Whiteville police looking for ‘persons of interest’ in machine break-ins

The Whiteville Police Department is asking for the public’s help in identifying “persons of interest” in the breaking and entering of coin-operated machines at two business.

  Burgaw man wanted in alleged hit-and-run surrenders to Wilmington police

A Burgaw man accused in a hit-and-run crash that caused around $8,000 worth of damage has surrendered to Wilmington police.

  COLD CASE BREAKTHROUGH: Testing of rape kit leads to DNA match, arrest in 1996 sexual assault

The Wilmington Police Department, New Hanover County District Attorney Ben David and NC Attorney General Josh Stein made the announcement Monday that Wayne Edward Soller, 61, of Deltona, Fla., was arrested June 5 for the 1996 sexual assault.

  City spends $500K to settle lawsuit after questionable arrest on child rape allegations

The criminal charges against James Bader were leveled in the midst of a bitter child custody battle, and were later dismissed due to lack of evidence to warrant prosecution.

WPD, Attorney General to hold news conference regarding cold case

Attorney General Josh Stein, WPD Chief Ralph Evangelous and District Attorney Ben David are expected to speak at a news conference Monday “regarding a major cold case announcement.”

  Elizabethtown man charged with murder in Fayetteville store clerk’s death

Rodriquez D. McNeill, 23, has been charged with first-degree murder, robbery with a dangerous weapon and conspiracy to commit robbery with a dangerous weapon.

Leland man convicted of shooting former Marine during armed robbery attempt

A Leland man will spend at least ten years in prison after shooting a former Marine during an attempted armed robbery in the parking lot of a Wilmington hotel in 2017.

Couple accused of passing bad checks at Brunswick Co. credit union

Detectives with the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office are asking for the public’s help to identify a man and a woman accused of passing thousands of dollars in bad checks at an area credit union.

Brunswick County man accused of stabbing neighbor with filet knife

A Brunswick County man is accused of attacking his neighbor with a knife Thursday morning.

  Three men arrested in Pender Co. armed robbery

Three men have been arrested in connection to an armed robbery that took place last month in Pender County.

  Whiteville man charged in wreck that killed Columbus County couple

Gordon Lee Griffen, 57, has been charged with two counts of felony death by vehicle in the deaths of Donald Timmons an Joy Long Timmons on May 31.

  More officers died by suicide in 2018 than in line of duty, study says

More officers died by suicide than in the line of duty in the United States for the third straight year in 2018, according to the nonprofit Blue H.E.L.P, run by active and retired officers.

Undocumented immigrant charged with child sex crimes

An undocumented immigrant from Honduras has been charged by the Pender County Sheriff’s Office with several child sex crimes.

  Hours before ‘disturbance,’ armed suspects rob Burgaw convenience store

According to Chief Jim Hock with the Burgaw Police Department, officers were dispatched to the store located at 400 W. Wilmington St. for a report of an armed robbery.

  Wilmington man sentenced to nine years for heroin charge

Richardo Quamaine Tillery, 33, was sentenced to 108 years in prison followed by three years of supervised parole after he pleaded guilty to one count of distribution of and possession with intent to distribute heroin.

  Man accused of killing 2-year-old in 2016 crash found guilty of second-degree murder, other charges

A Wilmington man accused of a crash that killed a 2-year-old boy near Independence Mall in 2016 has been found guilty of all charges.

  Documents: Suspect’s ‘strange’ phone call led to discovery of murdered woman

A Wilmington man charged in the killing of his girlfriend claimed in an interview with police the victim pulled a gun on him, according to court filings in the case.

  One man arrested, another sought after Sunset Beach hit-and-run

According to a Facebook post by the Sunset Beach Police Department, 23-year-old Jacob Tyler Cortes is wanted on four felony charges and a misdemeanor charge for an incident which took place Thursday at Walgreen’s.

KNOW HER? Leland police seek ID of woman in cell phone theft case

Detectives with the Leland Police Department are asking for the public’s help to identify a woman they say may have been involved in a cell phone theft last month.

‘Armed and dangerous’ SC man wanted in the death of woman found near vacant home

Derrick Allen McIlwain, 41, of Heath Springs, is wanted on a warrant for domestic violence of a high and aggravated nature.

  Autopsy: Daughter stabbed, slashed, hit mother 128 times

An autopsy found 95 stab and slash wounds, as well 33 blunt force injuries on a 63-year-old woman who police say was killed by her daughter in October of last year.

  State wraps its case in trial for man accused of killing 2-year-old in crash while high on heroin

After several days of testimony, the state wrapped its case Monday in the trial against a driver accused of killing a boy just before his third birthday.

  Man arrested in connection to shooting on Memorial Day

Zion Roland, 18, was arrested Saturday and charged with assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill.

  ’I was just as surprised as anyone’: Friend, fellow aviator shocked to learn of ‘Jerry’ Tremblay’s death, man killed in police shooting

The Wilmington Police Department has identified 62-year-old Gerard Tremblay as the man shot and killed by officers outside of his Owens Court home Wednesday night.

Wilmington man sentenced to federal prison on child porn charges

A Wilmington man is headed to federal prison after he was convicted of downloading hundreds of files depicting child pornography.

  Wilmington police identify officers who fatally shot man on Owens Court Wednesday night

The Wilmington Police Department has identified the officers involved in the fatal shooting of 62-year-old Gerard Tremblay outside of his Owens Court home Wednesday night.

Whiteville man convicted in federal court of daring Lumberton bank robbery

A Whiteville man was convicted in federal court on Thursday on charges related to a daring bank robbery in Lumberton and subsequent police chase that spanned two counties last year.

Pair arrested AGAIN shortly after posting bond

A pair of people who were arrested and charged after running from a checkpoint in Chadbourn was arrested again, shortly after posting bond.

  911 call reveals tense moments before deadly officer-involved shooting in Wilmington

911 calls released Thursday revealed the tense moments before a 62-year-old man was shot and killed by Wilmington police after he reportedly refused to drop his weapons when confronted by officers.

  Columbus Co. fugitive released from jail due to ‘human error’ caught in Rhode Island

A Columbus County man who was released from jail last year due to “human error” is back in custody after he was arrested in Rhode Island earlier this month.

  Trial continues for man accused of killing 2-year-old in crash while high on heroin

On Wednesday, the trial continued for the man accused of causing an accident near Independence Mall that killed a 2-year-old boy in 2016.

  Columbus Co Correctional is one of 10 NC prisons without air conditioning

Hundreds of inmates and prison staff throughout the state are suffering the extreme heat in numerous prison facilities because they do not have air conditioning systems.

Pender Co. man heading to prison for sex crimes involving children

Haywood Elwood Garner, 71, pleaded guilty Tuesday to one count of statutory sex offense, three counts of first degree sex offense, and one count of indecent liberties with a child.

  Man accused of running ‘illegal nightclub’ in Fair Bluff

Mack Vay Edwards, 42, is accused of operating the business and has been charged with possession/sell of alcoholic beverage with no permit and possession of a spirituous liquor on a premises not authorized by ABC law.

  Officers involved in tasing incident during traffic stop will not be charged

No law enforcement officers will be charged after an incident involving a man who was tased and injured during an encounter with Pender County sheriff’s deputies in March.

New Hanover deputies arrest trio on heroin trafficking charges

Two men and a teenage girl were arrested on heroin trafficking charges following a two-month investigation by the New Hanover County Sheriff’s Office.

Dropped wallet leads Carolina Beach police to vehicle break-in suspect

Carolina Beach police say a dropped wallet led detectives to a man accused of breaking into several vehicles last week.

Teen boy found shot to death in vehicle at Duke Hospital, Durham police say

Durham police are investigating after a teen boy was found shot inside a vehicle at a local hospital Tuesday morning, officials said.

WPD: Man accused of firing gun at occupied car

Wagus Moore has been charged with discharging a firearm into an occupied property, possession of a firearm by a felon and discharging firearm in a reckless manner.

  State Highway Patrol urges drivers to be more cautious this Memorial weekend

State Highway Patrol says 37.6 million motorists will be on the road for Memorial weekend and they urge all drivers to take extra caution.

  Deputies capture man accused of robbing Bladen Co. school bus driver at gunpoint

The Bladen County Sheriff’s Office says the man accused of robbing a school bus driver at gunpoint then taking her car has been captured.

  ‘I forgive them’: After sentencing hearing, girlfriend of shooting victim embraces man who pulled the trigger

David Wayne Gore walked out of the Bladen County Courthouse a mostly free man Friday, and not long after descending the front steps of the courthouse, he was also forgiven by a woman still grieving the loss of the man Gore killed.

Carolina Beach police charge two men with multiple car break-ins

Two men are accused of breaking into multiple vehicles in Carolina Beach last week.

Deputies arrest suspect in Hallsboro double shooting

Deputies with the Columbus County Sheriff’s Office have arrested the suspect accused of shooting two men in Hallsboro earlier this month.

NC Senate budget to fund testing of old rape kits

The budget set to be released by the North Carolina Senate next week will include money to test all untested sexual assault kits across the state, according to a source with knowledge of the budget, who asked not to be named to discuss legislation that had not yet been released.

  DO YOU KNOW HER? Shallotte police investigating theft at Belk

According to a Facebook post from the SPD, the larceny occurred at Belk in Shallotte on May 22

  Sheriff’s office looking for man who allegedly stole donation jar from Brunswick Co. store

According to a Facebook post from the sheriff’s office, the theft occurred Wednesday at approximately 3 p.m. at the Gator Hole Country Store located at 2801 River Road SE.

Wilmington officers say calling 911 is best option if you spot a child or pet in a hot car

As temperatures continue to rise into the heart of summer, officers are working double time to remind parents and animal owners to never leave them inside a vehicle.

Burgaw man wanted on assault, kidnapping charges

Detectives with the Pender County Sheriff’s Office are asking for the public’s help tracking down a man wanted on several charges.

  A second chance: City council approves expansion of juvenile justice building ahead of Raise the Age law

Wilmington City Council approved a special use permit application Tuesday to allow New Hanover County to expand its Juvenile Justice Center in downtown Wilmington by more than double its current size.

WPD: Suspect crashes vehicle in Castle Hayne while fleeing police

A man wanted by Wilmington police allegedly crashed his vehicle during a pursuit in Castle Hayne Thursday morning.

Brunswick County man convicted of assault on girlfriend who lost an eye

A Navassa man is headed to prison after he was found guilty of assaulting his girlfriend to the point where she lost an eye during an altercation at their home in 2017.

  One person injured in Wilmington shooting

According to the Wilmington Police Department, officers responded to the 700 block of Queen Street just before 1 a.m. after a ShotSpotter notification of gunfire in the area.

  New Hanover Co. Sheriff’s Office looking for larceny suspect

The New Hanover County Sheriff’s Office is asking for the public’s help in identifying a suspect in a possible larceny at the Walmart located at 5135 Carolina Beach Road.