3-year-old Janiyah Brooks’ family speaks out

Brooks family said they wanted nothing more than to keep her alive and well, but understood that it was time for her to rest after so much pain.

Oak Island splash pad set to open on Friday

  ‘Stranger Things’: New Coke, from 1985, to make comeback on TV show

TRAFFIC ALERT: Emergency repairs cause lane closure on Oleander Dr.

  Andrea, the first Atlantic tropical system of 2019, weakening near Bermuda

  Wilmington murder suspect and victim were dating, police say

  Reward offered for info on hit-and-run involving pedestrian

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  DO YOU RECOGNIZE HER? Police seek credit card theft, fraud suspect

Four charged in connection to methamphetamine in Pender Co.

Sumter Police searching for missing active-duty Airman

  Attorneys: Ohio State needs to reveal who knew about abuse

  Elizabethtown police seek public’s help in fraud case

  ‘One of the hardest jobs out there’: Encouragement and tips for not only taking care of yourself, but someone else too

  First Alert Forecast: searching for cooling showers as sizzling holiday weekend nears

In this forecast period, a weak cool front will tail into the Cape Fear Region Tuesday and engineer a slight temperature drop for Wednesday. Big heat is set to return by Memorial Day weekend, though!

  ‘He’s very dangerous’: Murder suspect’s ex-girlfriend describes him as evil

Mary Deschamps says hearing the news that her ex-boyfriend was accused of killing a woman was not surprising. Deschamps was one of his victims. He stabbed her in 2006.

  Military plane crash reported near Havelock; pilot ejected safely

Craven County officials say they are responding to reports of a military plane crash.

  Golf cart rentals to roll into Kure Beach

Kure Beach Town Council approved a special use permit (SUP) application for golf cart rentals in the town Monday.

  North Carolina class teaches kids as young as six how to use guns

Man charged in death of beloved dog Tommie

More details released about slain Auburn officer, suspect

Former UNC Wilmington head coach Jerry Wainwright joining Haith’s staff at Tulsa

  Hate speech, racist symbol spray-painted on vehicle, sign in Wilmington neighborhood

Firefighters stop to do yard work for elderly woman they see struggling with mower

  WPD survey shows business owners, residents feel safe downtown at night

The Wilmington Police Department conduced a survey to find how residents and business owners perceive the safety of downtown Wilmington.

  Laughter is the best medicine: ‘This Hurricane Blows’ follows neighbors stuck together during storm

'This Hurricane Blows' follows a group of neighbors stuck together during an insanely long hurricane; the show will donate some of its proceeds to Hurricane Florence recovery.

  Leland mayor writes open letter addressing feedback to Regional Compromise Plan

The community feedback has been positive for the Regional Compromise Plan but some have stated opposition based on misinformation, Brenda Bozeman said.

Indictment: Race, color a factor in 13-year-old Hania Aguilar’s kidnapping, death

The kidnapping and murder of 13-year-old Hania Aguilar was due to her “race, color, religion, nationality, or country of origin.”

Report: Administrative mistakes, lack of expertise delayed NC Matthew-related funds

A North Carolina government watchdog agency says administrative mistakes and a lack of expertise caused delays in the state’s distribution of certain federal long-term recovery funds following Hurricane Matthew.

KY man finds unlicensed bears behind wheel of car

An Owensboro barber’s wild experience last week is gaining some attention on Facebook.

  First Alert Forecast: summer to keep flexing...

In this forecast period, unusually strong high pressure ridge will continue to sear and steam the Cape Fear Region with summery weather.

  ‘Game of Thrones': Water bottles join coffee cup in guest-starring roles

The series finale of “Game of Thrones” treated fans to another visual faux pas as two modern-day water bottles showed up in one of the scenes.

Scalf honored after final home series with Seahawks

Family, friends, current and former players and members of the administration of UNCW and the CAA were on hand for a ceremony honoring head coach Mark Scalf, who is retiring at the end of the season.

  Ex-Columbia Police Chief Randy Scott arrested on federal charges in Florence County

Deputies in Florence have arrested the former chief of the Columbia Police Department on warrants issued by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms.

Driver dies days after school bus crash that injured 22, including students

Officials said a total of 22 people were injured in the crash. A total of 18 children were injured while four adults were also treated for injuries.

  TRAFFIC ALERT: Maintenance scheduled for Wrightsville Beach drawbridge

An inspection of the Wrightsville Beach drawbridge will cause lane closures Wednesday, May 22.

  Winnabow man accused of sex crimes involving a child

Toby Dean Hinson, 37, was arrested by the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office on Friday and charged with three counts of second-degree forcible sexual offense and three counts of indecent liberties with child.

Former Carolina Beach Mayor dies

Ted Seawell, former Mayor of Carolina Beach passed away May 14

  4 swimmers rescued in Emerald Isle, one rushed to hospital in critical condition

Emerald Isle officials have confirmed that a 48-year old Jacksonville man is in critical condition after being pulled from the water Sunday afternoon.

  Wilmington Fire Department opens new station on Shipyard Blvd

The Wilmington Fire Department unveiled its newest station Saturday.

  Lidl announces store coming to Wilmington

Discount grocery store chain Lidl announced plans to open several stores across the East Coast on Friday, including one in Wilmington.

Wilmington City Council considers funding for police training simulators

Wilmington City Council is expected to discuss requests made by the Wilmington Police Department for two different training simulator systems on Tuesday.

Community comes together to smash cancer in local tennis tournament

The Greater Wilmington Tennis Organization brought hundreds of people together this weekend for their 10th annual Smash Cancer tennis tournament.

Local animal hospitals hold dog wash fundraiser for improved animal health

The College Road and Carolina Beach animal shelters teamed up to wash dogs to help pay for outstanding vet bills

  First Alert Forecast: summery heat and humidity continue

A summery high pressure ridge continues to deliver a sun and south breeze combination to the Cape Fear Region.

  Non-profit helps families send their children to Pre-K

The Megan Cajigas Education Foundation is a nonprofit that raises money for families who don’t meet that requirement, but still can’t afford Pre-K. The group hosted a cook off Saturday to raise money for scholarships for those families.

Thousands gather nationwide to raise awareness about clean energy

Crowds joined hands forming lines across beaches, parks and state capitol steps across the country in synchronized “Hands Across the Sand/Land” demonstrations Saturday.

Country music star Travis Tritt involved in multi-vehicle crash that left two dead, others injured on Highway 22

Two people are dead following a multi-vehicle car crash on Highway 22 early Saturday morning.

Cape Fear community advocates for a more diverse blood bank

Area leaders held a summit Saturday morning to discuss the importance of having a blood bank full of diverse donors.

Volunteers needed for Sunset Beach shoreline planting project

The North Carolina Coastal Federation is reaching out to volunteers to help plant native grasses behind a newly constructed reef at Sunset Beach Waterfront Park.

Isabel Holmes Bridge back open after brief malfunction

The Isabel Holmes Bridge Tender confirms traffic is moving on the bridge Saturday afternoon after a short malfunction.

  WPD looking for man accused of using counterfeit bills

According to the WPD, fake $50 bills were used at Hanover Shopping Center.

  First Alert Forecast: Summery temps in store this weekend

Daily chances for showers and storms stay low while temperatures fly high as a summery high pressure ridge builds and delivers a sun and south breeze combination to the Cape Fear Region.

  Surveillance video shows grandmother violently carjacked in broad daylight

A grandmother is recovering after she was carjacked Tuesday afternoon, in broad daylight. Police reports indicate the suspects demanded her keys and threatened to kill her before one of them attacked.

World War II vet celebrates 100th birthday

Donald Browning celebrated his 100th birthday surrounded by friends and family Friday afternoon.

UNCC Police recognize untold story of student’s heroics during campus shooting

After the campus shooting at UNC Charlotte that killed two students and injured four others, there were stories of heroics and images that will forever be linked to the active shooting.

  Surf City considers smoking ban on beaches

Surf City is one of few North Carolina beaches that still allows smoking, but that could change come June.

Ocean Isle Beach woman arrested after hitting police officer with her car, high speed chase

A woman from Ocean Isle Beach faces attempted murder charges after she injured a South Carolina police officer and ran from law enforcement on Tuesday.

  Wilmington City Council to hear updates on rail realignment, soccerplex at meeting Tuesday

After years of study and planning, Wilmington’s rail realignment project is finally gaining steam.

SC school district considering a four-day school week

According to the plan proposed by Florence School District Three Superintendent Laura Hickson, classes would be Monday through Thursday, with school days extended 1.5 hours per day.

Overturned vehicle on U.S. 17 near Surf City slows southbound traffic

An overturned vehicle near Surf City is slowing southbound traffic on U.S. 17 Friday afternoon.

NC Coast Guard safely pulls 3 from sinking sailboat

Three people were hoisted out of a boat taking on water Thursday night, according to the Coast Guard.

  Several alligator sightings reported this week, including one underneath someone’s front porch

Seeing alligators isn’t that uncommon for people living in southeastern North Carolina. Finding one underneath someone's front porch is rare, and no doubt shocking, but that's what happened at a residence on Sam Potts Highway in Bolton on Wednesday.

Black bear cub seen roaming around inside SC restaurant

There wasn’t a picnic basket inside, but that didn’t stop a bear from heading into a Murrells Inlet restaurant.

Fentanyl, meth, cocaine seized in Wilmington drug bust

Officers seized 45.9 grams of fentanyl, 276.47 grams of methamphetamine, 24.04 grams of crack cocaine, a gun, and $5,055 in cash.

  Highway 6: Generations of family history intertwined in the vines of Lu Mil Vineyard

Stories that span generations and a family history grown from the ground up are intertwined in the grape vines of Lu Mil Vineyard.

NC family asks for help finding missing man with Stage 4 lung cancer

A Raleigh family is asking for help to find a missing 64-year-old man battling cancer. Joi Johnson said it's unusual not to hear from her husband of more than a decade, Larry Johnson

Man wanted in Mass. armed robbery, shooting caught in Wilmington

A man accused of shooting a woman during an armed robbery in Springfield, Massachusetts earlier this year was caught in Wilmington Friday afternoon.

  Highway 6: White Lake’s newest restaurant keeps customers coming back for more

Hot Rods Grill opened in April 2018 and so far, it's a big hit with locals and visitors all year round.

  Highway 6: Behind the scenes of how White Lake Water Park prepares for the summer season

The White Lake Water Festival may just last one weekend, but the White Lake Water Park gives visitors a chance to beat the heat all summer long.

  House approves sweeping bill to expand gay rights

Dubbed the Equality Act, the bill is a top priority of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, who said it will bring the nation "closer to equal liberty and justice for all."

‘Shocking’: Ohio State doc abused 177, officials were aware

Dr. Richard Strauss groped or ogled young men while treating athletes from at least 16 sports and working at the student health center and his off-campus clinic, investigators from a law firm hired by the university found.

WATCH: Dog trained to get beer, koozie, throw away cans

A Kentucky man has trained his dog to get him a beer out of the refrigerator. And get a koozie. And throw away the empties.

  Highway 6: The oldest Nautique dealer in the world is located right on White Lake

White Lake Marine has been selling and serving boats on White Lake since 1955.

  Researchers track several great white sharks foraging off the Carolina Coast

Brunswick was first spotted in the Carolinas on April 15, about 25 miles off the coast of Wilmington.

With 20 prior convictions, Rocky Point man heads to prison for breaking into coin-operated dryers

A Rocky Point man with a history of breaking into coin-operated dryers is headed to prison after he admitted to breaking into two laundry buildings at a pair of Wilmington apartment complexes last year.

  Highway 6: White Lake multi-use path opens just in time for Water Festival

A project years in the making is finally finished right in time for water festival.

Bolton woman dies after wreck near Lake Waccamaw

According to the N.C. State Highway Patrol, Carol Williamson, 70, died in a wreck at the intersection of 74/76 and Chaunceytown Road.

Gaming business operator charged after ignoring warnings

A video gaming establishment in Columbus County is in hot water after ignoring warnings to stop giving cash payouts.

Baby food maker recalled for potential glass breakage

BEABA has issued a recall of Babycook Neos purchased between July 2018 and February 2019 in the United States and Canada.

Lottery player wins $30,000 in Shallotte

According to the N.C. Education Lottery, someone won $30,000 while playing Carolina Keno in Shallotte Thursday night.

  One person taken to hospital after crash involving Leland police car

According to Leland Police Chief Brad Shirley, an officer was responding to a call at approximately 4:30 p.m. when the police car collided with another vehicle at the intersection of Village Road and S. Navassa Road.