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Nicholas Oates (Source: New Hanover County Detention Center) Nicholas Oates (Source: New Hanover County Detention Center)

At school safety summit, officials decline to discuss rape charge against former teacher's assistant

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Dr. Tim Markley, superintendent of New Hanover County Schools, said the panel at Tuesday's school safety summit would not answer any questions about individuals in the school system.

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EPA hosts forum on GenX, other compounds in Fayetteville Video included

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The community engagement event was held in Fayetteville, where federal, state and local organizations gave presentations. A five-hour public comment session followed.

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County sets timeline for first phase of creating public park at Echo Farms

The pool and other areas of Echo Farms are set to be renovated and turned into a public park. (Source: WECT) The pool and other areas of Echo Farms are set to be renovated and turned into a public park. (Source: WECT)
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The future of a portion of Echo Farms has become a little clearer as the City of Wilmington and New Hanover County have put together a timeline for the property.

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Surf City man with disability riding high with kindness from friends, strangers Video included

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A man who has struggled with physical disability since he was a baby now has an upgraded set of wheels thanks to the kindness of a friend and the generosity of strangers. 

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Protected by law: Did school system’s inaction open door to teen’s rape? Video included

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Sending sexually suggestive texts to a student was not enough to get Nicholas Oates fired from New Hanover County Schools. The former middle school special education assistant at Myrtle Grove Middle School was reinstated from an unpaid suspension in 2016 when sheriff’s officials determined the texts about the size of his anatomy to a child did not break the law.

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WPD investigating after two people injured in separate overnight shootings

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The Wilmington Police Department is investigating after it says two men were injured in two overnight shootings that are believed to be unrelated. 

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First Alert Forecast: few strong storms this evening, plenty of hot 90s ahead Video included

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Through midweek, a hot and dry high pressure system will expand its influence across the Carolinas and bring higher temperatures and lower rain chances to the Cape Fear Region.

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Carolina Beach police asking for public's help in identifying suspect in attempted robbery

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The Carolina Beach Police Department responded to a report of a possible robbery at a fast food restaurant Thursday night.

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Getaway vehicle identified in Carolina Beach bank robbery

Carolina Beach police are searching for this man suspected of robbing a bank on Friday. (Source: WECT) Carolina Beach police are searching for this man suspected of robbing a bank on Friday. (Source: WECT)
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According to a news release, a man in his late 20s or early 30s entered First Citizens Bank at 612 North Lake Park Boulevard, passed a note to a teller demanding money, committed a robbery and fled on foot. 

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At least 22 dead in bridge collapse in Italy Video included

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Rescuers are using heavy machinery to move chunks of concrete to search for victims. The bridge fell onto structures, a railway and a roadway below.

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New Hanover Co. Schools completes investigation into killing of goose at Ashley High

Wild geese near the Ashley High School baseball field. (Source: WECT) Wild geese near the Ashley High School baseball field. (Source: WECT)
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No additional action is expected to be taken against a former Ashley High School student-athlete charged with killing a Canadian goose on the school's baseball field.  

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Brunswick County celebrates opening of Southwest Branch Library

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The Southwest Brunswick Branch Library held a grand opening ceremony on Monday at the former location of Brunswick Community College's South Brunswick Isles Center. 

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Duck Donuts location at the Pointe at Barclay to close Sunday

A little more than a year after it opened, the Duck Donuts location at the Pointe at Barclay announced it is closing. (Source: WECT) A little more than a year after it opened, the Duck Donuts location at the Pointe at Barclay announced it is closing. (Source: WECT)
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The donut shop made the announcement Tuesday on Facebook, saying it would permanently close the store Sunday.

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New Hanover County Schools hosting back-to-school safety summit

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New Hanover County Schools will host a back-to-school safety summit Tuesday night with district officials, Judge J.H. Corpening, law enforcement and other first responders, counselors and mental health professionals.

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Uberh20: New mode of transportation docks in Holden Beach Video included

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A new mode of transportation around town recently docked in Holden Beach.

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Port City band spreading positivity with its music named best hip-hop group Video included

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The band is performing Friday at 10 p.m. at the Calico Room in downtown Wilmington and its best hip-hop group trophy will be on display.

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Calabash man nabs $120K Cash 5 jackpot

A Calabash man is celebrating after winning a $120,000 Cash 5 jackpot. (Source: NC Education Lottery) A Calabash man is celebrating after winning a $120,000 Cash 5 jackpot. (Source: NC Education Lottery)
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Claude Parcell IIl’s good fortune happened when he bought a $1 ticket at the Circle K on Ocean Highway West in Ocean Isle Beach. His ticket beat odds of one in 749,398 to win Monday’s jackpot. 

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Lindsey Buckingham bringing 'Solo Anthology' tour to Wilmington

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Grammy award winner and internationally recognized guitar player and song writer Lindsey Buckingham is coming to Wilmington in October.

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WPD on scam attempt: Don't hesitate to call 911 in a situation like that Video included

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The Wilmington Police Department wants the public to know that if it feels like it may be a target of a scam, don't hesitate to reach out to law enforcement.

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NCDMV makes changes to reduce wait times

(Photo courtesy CBS 17) (Photo courtesy CBS 17)
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The changes include adding staff to the busiest NCDMV offices, having NCDMV staff assist those waiting in line to see if they have the correct documents, and establishing dedicated road test teams.

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Shots fired at Tabor City home with children inside

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Shots were fired early Tuesday morning at a Tabor City home while five women and five children were sleeping inside, according to the Columbus County Sheriff's Office.

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Oldest NC woman celebrates 113th birthday, but new info reveals she may be even older Video included

(Kristen Hampton | WBTV) (Kristen Hampton | WBTV)
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Whether it be 113 or 114, we wish Ms. Hester Ford a very Happy Birthday!

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Bridge on US 701 in Bladen Co to undergo restoration

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The concrete surface of the northbound U.S. 701 bridge over the Cape Fear River in Elizabethtown soon will be restored. 

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Catfishing scheme helps Garner police uncover murder-for-hire plot

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An investigation into an online dating scam turned into the initial victim facing charges of trying to hire someone to kill her mother.

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Clear the Shelters: Come find your FUR-ever friend in Brunswick Co. Video included

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WECT is teaming up with local animal shelters in the fourth annual National event, Clear the Shelter. 

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Baby super excited to see doll with deployed military dad's face

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Nathan was just 3-months-old when Army Sgt. Chase Briscoe left on a 9-month deployment to Poland.

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Survivor of deadly MO duck boat accident wants to ban the 'death trap' boats

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One of the survivors of last month's duck boat tragedy has launched a petition to ban the boats.

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Support for IN Catholic school counselor placed on leave for same-sex marriage Video included

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Shelly Fitzgerald was placed on administrative leave after school officials found out about her marriage to another woman, and students have shown support.

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Nebraska becomes first state to use fentanyl in execution Video included

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At 60, Carey Dean Moore spent more than half his life on death row.

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NC woman pregnant with twins accused of shoplifting; Staples apologizes

A manager at an office supply store in North Carolina has been fired after a pregnant woman shopping there was confronted about what she was concealing beneath her shirt. (Source: Pixabay) A manager at an office supply store in North Carolina has been fired after a pregnant woman shopping there was confronted about what she was concealing beneath her shirt. (Source: Pixabay)
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A manager at an office supply store in North Carolina has been fired after a pregnant woman shopping there was confronted about what she was concealing beneath her shirt: "Twins," she said.      

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Repaving for an Ocean Isle Beach road could take 7 months

One lane in each direction on Old Georgetown Road in Ocean Isle Beach will close as crews repave and patch-up the road. (source: WECT) One lane in each direction on Old Georgetown Road in Ocean Isle Beach will close as crews repave and patch-up the road. (source: WECT)
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A major road in Ocean Isle Beach is getting a facelift and it could take up to 7 months. According to NCDOT, crews are working to patch-up and repave a portion of Old Georgetown Road. The work will take place from NC 179 Business all the way down to NC 904.

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Governor visits Columbus County; says hurricane relief 'has to move faster' Video included

Gov. Roy Cooper, right, visited Fair Bluff to discuss Hurricane Matthew relief efforts Monday. (Source: WECT) Gov. Roy Cooper, right, visited Fair Bluff to discuss Hurricane Matthew relief efforts Monday. (Source: WECT)
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North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper visited the new Fair Bluff Fire and Rescue Station on Monday before stopping by the Columbus County ReBuild NC Application Center.

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Wilmington police continue search for second suspect in weekend manhunt Video included

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The Wilmington Police Department on Monday identified the second suspect wanted in connection to a police chase that led to a manhunt in the Forest Hills area Saturday night.

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