Crime

  Crime rate goes down in 2019 as WPD releases annual crime report

Wilmington saw a deadly streak of gang violence and word of serial rapist downtown sent shock waves through the Port City, but the 2019 statistics show Wilmington is statistically safer than ever before.

Man cut off girlfriend’s arm with machete, Fayetteville police say

  Burglary suspect arrested in New Hanover County

  Elizabethtown police looking for persons of interest in vehicle break-in

  Man charged in November assault that left two Marines injured

  Man pleads guilty to vicious assault caught on video, sentenced to five days in jail

KNOW HIM? Leland police seek suspect in debit card fraud

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Dog found abandoned and severely injured in York Co. leads to possible dog fighting investigation

  Man charged with murder, attempted murder in Sam’s Pit Stop shooting

Police: No more cases of attacks on men by serial predator since media attention on the case

  Man accused of firing rifle at roommates

  WPD: Man accused of trying to rob CVS

  Suspects sought in thefts of used car batteries

  “We know there were witnesses”: WPD offers reward for information in December fatal shooting

The Wilmington Police Department is offering a reward of up to $2,000 for information that leads to an arrest in connection to the murder of William Springer.

Homicide investigation underway after missing Columbus County man’s body found

A homicide investigation is underway after Columbus County authorities located a missing man’s body.

2 men accused of stealing copper from Duke Energy facility

Two Robeson County men are accused of repeatedly stealing copper from a Duke Energy facility near Whiteville, according to the Columbus County Sheriff’s Office.

  Two people accused of giving teens alcohol before fatal wreck on Christmas

Jose Navarrete-Velazquez, 32, and Marilu Cifuentes Roblero, 42, were arrested Wednesday and charged with three counts of overage person aid & abet a minor under the age of 21 in possessing a malt beverage.

  Sheriff’s office: Man accused of using counterfeit money at Dollar General

Richland Co. woman files police report after stalking incident inside Walmart on Two Notch Road

  'Sometimes we don’t even leave the house at night’: Victim named in fatal Wilmington shooting

Registered sex offender charged with trying to kidnap 14-year-old girl in Fayetteville, deputies say

North Carolina authorities investigate triple stabbing

Walmart temporarily evacuated due to man with bow and arrow

  WPD looking for woman wanted for questioning in fraud case

The Wilmington Police Department is asking for the public’s help in identifying a woman wanted for questioning in a fraud case.

  WECT Investigates: County preparing for potential claim in death of inmate Nicholas Oates

The family of Nicholas Oates has filed a claim against New Hanover County, apparently stemming from Oates death late last year while in the custody of the New Hanover County Jail.

Father accused of abuse after 1-year-old overdoses on heroin

The father of a 1-year-old boy has been accused of negligent child abuse after authorities say the boy overdosed on heroin.

Two people charged for not reporting sex crimes in Brunswick Co.

Sean Martin Joseph Lent and Deena Ann Lent were arrested by the sheriff’s office on Friday.

  Leland police looking for man accused of stealing from thrift store

The Leland Police Department is asking for the public’s help in identifying a man it says stole items from a thrift store.The Leland Police Department is asking for the public’s help in identifying a man it says stole items from a thrift store.

Amanda Knox, acquitted in roommate’s murder in Italy, visits Wilmington

Amanda Knox, who served four years for the murder of her roommate Meredith Kercher will be the keynote speaker at the LINC’s 2020 Milestones Dinner at Hotel Ballast Feb. 3.

  WPD: Man charged in weekend shooting on Castle Street

Officials say that Deandre S. Watkins was arrested at the scene and found with a .45 caliber gun that had been reported stolen in Wilmington in 2016.

  Southport police looking for ‘person of interest’

The Southport Police Department is asking for the public’s help in identifying “a person of interest” in a larceny that took place at Walmart.

Raleigh-Durham airport staffer charged with ‘secret peeping’

Raleigh-Durham International Airport officials say an employee has been charged with secret peeping after authorities were tipped off about "potential illegal activity" at the airport.

  Investigation leads to dozens of drug charges against Hampstead man

Louis Charles Webb Jr., 62, was arrested Tuesday evening after detectives had been investigating him for several months for allegedly selling heroin and Oxycodone.

65-year-old habitual felon sentenced for stealing appliances from new homes

Delone Alford, of Wilmington, was sentenced to 103 to 136 years in prison.

  Elizabethtown police want to question man in connection to fraud case

The police department released pictures of the man and a vehicle in a Facebook post Wednesday.

FBI officials warn of scammers spoofing FBI phone numbers

The Internet Crimes Complaint Center says more than 12,000 people nationwide have reported being victims of government impersonation scams in 2019, with losses totaling over $112 million.

Teacher, church youth leader charged with indecent liberties with a child

The sheriff’s office is asking parents of any children who came into contact with him to check their child’s cell phone for any inappropriate messages

  Roland Grise band teacher suspended without pay after charges for child sex crimes

Peter Frank, a band teacher at Roland Grise Middle School, has been suspended without pay from his role with New Hanover County Schools, after being charged with a dozen felony sex crimes.

Man sentenced in death of former Onslow County deputy

Will Welch was sentenced to serve between 13 and 16.5 years in prison. The judge gave him credit for time already served and ordered him to receive mental health treatment while behind bars.

Dropped wallet returned to owner

A dropped wallet that was allegedly picked up by another customer at a local grocery store has been returned to its owner.

Former labor union president pleads guilty to embezzlement of union assets

The former president of the union representing thousands of workers at Smithfield Foods has admitted to embezzling union assets for personal use.

  New Hanover County band teacher charged with 12 felony sex crimes

The New Hanover County Sheriff’s Office is investigating after a middle school band teacher was charged with 12 felony sex crimes.

Documents: Slaughterhouse union officers spent funds on all-inclusive vacation, trip to SeaWorld

The former two top officers of the union representing thousands of workers at Smithfield Foods siphoned off hundreds of thousands of dollars in union funds for personal use.

Wilmington man injured in trooper-involved shooting

A man from Wilmington was injured in a trooper-involved shooting Monday night in Robeson County.

No injuries reported after multiple shots fired in Wilmington

Wilmington police officers responded to the 900 block of Colwell Ave. just after 11 a.m. after a ShotSpotter Alert of gunfire in the area.

SHERIFF: Husband kills wife, children & family dog before shooting self

Craven County Sheriff Chip Hughes says a husband shot and killed his wife, three young children, and the family dog before turning the gun on himself.

  ‘I want them to know I’m coming at you now,’ murder victim’s sister looks for answers in cold case

As Randy Hockabout's family prepares to mark 34 years since he was killed, there is a new push for answers in a cold case murder

Columbus County man accused of shooting at girlfriend, 3-year-old child

A Columbus County man was arrested after he allegedly shot at his girlfriend and a three-year-old child during a domestic violence incident last week.

Woman wanted in connection to 2016 double homicide in NC now in custody

Police say a woman who was on the run after not showing up for sentencing for her alleged involvement in a 2016 double murder is now in custody.

N.C. deputies seize 40 dogs, charge woman with cruelty to animals

A woman is facing charges after deputies reportedly seized multiple dogs in Robeson County.

Operation ‘Fall of the House of Usher’ leads to 41 meth-related arrests

Officials say the Organized Crime Enforcement Task Force investigation targeted the delivery of extremely potent methamphetamine to New Hanover, Duplin and Sampson counties.

  Man accused of kidnapping in Columbus County arrested in S.C.

According to a Facebook post from the sheriff’s office, Jaide Devon Mackenzie Harvey, 23, has been charged with first-degree kidnapping and is awaiting extradition back to North Carolina.

6 stolen cargo trailers recovered in Columbus County

Investigators say six cargo trailers stolen from owners in North and South Carolina have been recovered in Columbus County.

18 arrested, 12 sought in operation that targeted drug dealers in Oak Island area

The Oak Island Police Department on Thursday announced 18 people have been arrested and 12 others sought following a year-long narcotics investigation.

  'Justice never sleeps’: Man charged in 2016 murder of Wilmington teen

Cedric Alden Burnett, 23, was arrested in Wilmington Wednesday evening and charged with first-degree murder.

Documentary on LGBTQ woman disemboweled 30 years ago to premiere in February

Documentary on the brutal murder of Talana Kreeger to premiere February 22

Member of card-skimming group busted in Wilmington gets federal prison sentence

The group was believed to be making $250,000 a month as a result of the scheme.

Lawsuit against New Hanover County Schools could get ‘exceptional case’ designation

The complicated nature of a civil suit against New Hanover County Schools, top administrators, and former teacher and convicted sex offender Michael Kelly may lead the courts to designate the case as ‘complex’ and assign it a dedicated judge.

  WPD investigating stabbing after victim arrives at ER

Shortly after 5 a.m., officers were dispatched to New Hanover Regional Medical Center where a stabbing victim had arrived in the emergency room.

Pizza delivery driver shoots armed robbers during overnight attack in east Charlotte

Four people were arrested and three were shot in a robbery attempt of an armed pizza delivery driver in east Charlotte late Monday night.

KNOW HIM? Leland police seek alleged meat thief

Detectives with the Leland Police Department are asking for the public’s help identifying a man they say stole nearly $100 worth of meat products from a grocery store earlier this month.

  ‘They should be commended’: No charges for officers involved in deadly Wilmington apartment shooting

Kyle Horton was fatally shot by law enforcement officers just before 9 p.m. on Dec. 17 at Briarcliff Villas Apartments.

N.C. police searching for ‘armed and dangerous’ man wanted on child sex crime charges

Fayetteville police are looking for an “armed and dangerous” man wanted on multiple sex crime charges involving a pre-teen child, according to a press release.

WPD arrests suspect in string of car break-ins

The Wilmington Police Department has arrested a suspect accused of breaking into cars along the Market Street corridor and using stolen credit cards at nearby stores.

  21-year-old injured in weekend shooting, Wilmington police say

Witnesses told police that someone in an SUV opened fire on a crowd of people gathered in the area, then took off.

  Fayetteville mom, infant son found safe after being kidnapped at gunpoint, police say

Fayetteville police are searching for the man they say kidnapped a woman and her infant son at gunpoint Monday morning.

  Operation Dodgeball yields several drug-related convictions of Wilmington gang members

Federal prosecutors will hold a news conference on Friday to discuss the results of Operation Dodgeball which led to the convictions of several Wilmington gang members on heroin- and fentanyl-related charges.

NY murder suspect believed to be in North Carolina, public asked to ‘exercise caution’

A man accused of killing someone in New York in November is believed to be in North Carolina.

Bond for suspect in Kim Bland’s murder set at $2 million

Earlier this week, Andrew Boynton was indicted on first-degree murder and felony larceny charges in connection to the November death of Kim Bland.

Woman accused of fraudulently cashing ex-husband’s checks

Toni Enzor Coleman, 43, was arrested earlier this month.

  Man charged with murder in attempted robbery that resulted in fatal shooting

Erick Jemonia Gibbs, 29, was arrested by the Wilmington Police Department Thursday night.

Chadbourn police charge son with murder in father’s shooting death

Isaac Gene Miller, 25, is accused of fatally shooting his father, Anthony Chestnut, at the Jackson Street home on Dec. 17.

  Wilmington tile and marble business vandalized

Vandals broke ten slabs of high-end marble at Cape Fear Marble & Tile on the night of January 9

Wrightsville Beach police release sketches of suspects in 2019 sexual assault

The Wrightsville Beach Police Department has released sketches of two suspects believed to be involved in a sexual assault from last year.

Wilmington man accused of trying to rob gas station at knifepoint

A Wilmington man is accused of trying to rob a gas station at knifepoint last month.

Columbus County deputies looking for 8 suspects for property, financial crimes

The Columbus County Sheriff’s Office is asking for the public to be on the lookout for several people wanted for various property and financial crimes.

  ‘Circumstances are different for everybody, but emotions are the same;’ Crisis negotiators wield weight of the job

They’re on the front lines in some of the most intense situations; called in to negotiate with individuals who may be threatening to take their life, or someone else’s.

NC middle school teachers accused of exchanging ‘sexually explicit’ images with student

West Rowan Middle School teachers, 29-year-old Justin Andrew Avery and Ethan Andrew Grose, were both arrested and charged with third-degree exploitation of a minor.

Man armed with stolen gun arrested, Wilmington Police investigate shooting

It happened in the 1000 block of Chestnut Street early Saturday morning.

  Wilmington police arrest suspect in armed robbery at bank

The incident took place at the Dogwood State Bank located at 1131 Military Cutoff Road near the Mayfaire Town Center.

4 teens arrested in armed robbery of Leland gas station

Four teenagers have been arrested in connection with the armed robbery of a Leland gas station earlier this week.