Crime

Police seek person who abandoned dog at Sunset Beach

In a Facebook post, the police department said the dog was found at the end of Salt Marsh Street off of Seaside Road SW.

  Wrongway driver on Isabel Holmes Bridge accused of hit-and-run

Murder trial underway for Wilmington man accused of fatal beating

  Officials say alleged shoplifter threatened employees with scissors at beauty supply store

  Suspect in Pender County man’s murder arrested at Wilmington hotel

  How to protect your child from identity theft

Brunswick Co. deputies respond to report of shots fired in grocery store parking lot

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  Bumper left lying on sidewalk after hit-and-run collision

Authorities raid illegal nightclub in Columbus County

  WANTED: Man wanted for strangulation and assault on a female

  1 arrested, 1 sought in armed robbery of Columbus County mini-mart

Trio arrested on cocaine trafficking charges, deputies say

  Man pleads guilty in 2017 fatal shooting in Wilmington

  Two Columbus Co. men heading to prison on gun charges

Two Columbus County men are heading to federal prison after pleading guilty to firearm charges earlier this month.

Wilmington man convicted of drug, firearm offenses

A Wilmington man will spend the next five and a half to ten years in prison after pleading guilty on Monday to several drug and firearm-related offenses.

  New information released in killing of NC teen at father’s home

Officials say 32-year-old Joshua Lee Burgess is charged with murder in the death of his 15-year-old daughter.

Former death row inmate found dead at Bertie Correctional Institution

The Department of Public Safety says Kyle Berry was found unresponsive in his cell Sunday afternoon at the Bertie Correctional Institution.

Revenge porn case leads man to plead guilty to rape, kidnapping, burglary charges

Man considered habitual felon after pleading guilty to 2018 shooting

  Man pleads guilty to murdering father’s fiancé

KNOW HIM? WPD seeks ID of suspect in indecent exposure incident

Sheriff’s Office looking for suspect in convenience store larceny

  Deputies arrest Brunswick Co. couple wanted on dozens of animal cruelty charges

ICE arrests fugitive on rape charges in NC after prior release in Mecklenburg County

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials arrested a Honduran man after deputies in Mecklenburg County released him, despite rape and child sex charges.

  Trio face charges after emaciated horses found at New Hanover farm

Three family members have been charged for the alleged mistreatment of several horses at a farm off Greenville Loop Road, according to officials with New Hanover County Animal Control.

  Pender Co. man facing human trafficking charges after holding woman, infant captive, deputies say

A Willard man is facing human trafficking charges after he allegedly held a woman and her 8-month-old child captive, according to officials with the Pender County Sheriff’s Office.

  Bill to extend statute of limitations could help NHCS teacher sex abuse victims

A bill making its way through the North Carolina legislature attempts to give greater protection to people who were sexually abused as children. The bill has bipartisan support, and could play a significant role in the civil lawsuit recently filed by victims of Michael Kelly.

Man sought by WPD in connection to breaking and entering

Wilmington police are asking for the public’s help in identifying a man it believes was involved in a breaking and entering.

  Man pleads guilty in DWI crash that killed woman, seriously injured child

A Raleigh man is headed to prison after pleading guilty to a 2018 DWI crash that killed a woman and seriously injured her 2-year-old child.

  Woman injured in Wilmington drive-by paintball shooting: ’What if we were target practice?’

Wilmington Police have increased patrols in downtown Wilmington, following a drive-by paintball shooting Monday night.

Leland police ask for public’s help in identifying alleged gas thieves

Police are asking for the public’s help in identifying two men accused of stealing gas from a Leland convenience store in May.

Cerro Gordo woman accused of stealing juveniles’ identities to obtain credit cards

According to Michele Tatum with the Columbus County Sheriff’s Office, a person reported to law enforcement on June 20 that the identities of the two juveniles had been used to fraudulently obtain credit cards

Columbus Co. man says men fired shots at him after he complained about speeding

According to Michele Tatum with the Columbus County Sheriff’s Office, a deputy responded to a report of shots fired on Davids Pathway in the Delco area.

Man arrested in connection to vehicle break-ins at assisted living center

According to a Facebook post from the New Hanover Co. Sheriff’s Office, Donald Wesley Shepard Jr., 32, was arrested Tuesday afternoon.

  District Attorney: Deputy-involved shooting of drug suspect was justified

The shooting of an alleged drug dealer by a New Hanover County Sheriff’s Office detective during broad daylight at a busy intersection in Wilmington on June 27 was a justified use of force, according to District Attorney Ben David.

CMPD: Woman killed was 24 weeks pregnant, search continues for suspected killer

A man accused of killing a pregnant woman then abducting two children is still being sought on multiple charges.

  One man injured in shooting on Meares Street

The Wilmington Police Department is investigating after shots were fired Tuesday afternoon in the 200 block of Meares Street.

Delco woman accused of making purchases with stolen debit card

A Delco woman is facing charges after she allegedly used a stolen debit card to make several purchases, the Columbus County Sheriff’s Office said.

  Deputies investigate deadly shooting in Columbus County

The Columbus County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a deadly shooting in the Riegelwood area Monday morning.

Assistant chief accused of embezzling nearly $50K from Columbus County fire department

The assistant chief for the Brunswick Fire Department is accused of stealing money from the agency, according to the Columbus County Sheriff’s Office.

  Supply man wanted on arson charges

Brunswick County Sheriff’s investigators are searching for Kody Devin Medford, 26, of North Tanglewood Drive in Supply, in connection to a fire that happened over the weekend in Calabash.

Man accused of spiking wife’s drink with meth

A New Hanover County man is behind bars after he allegedly spiked his wife’s drink with methamphetamine, according to deputies.

Woman gets four months in prison for beating up woman, lighting her hair on fire

Muriel Hansley, 33, pleaded guilty to assault with a deadly weapon and false imprisonment.

Woman paid for Chinese food with fake $50 bill, Leland police say

Detectives with the Leland Police Department are asking for the public’s help to identify a woman accused of using counterfeit money at a local restaurant.

Man who sold woman drugs that caused her death sentenced to 20 years in prison

A Myrtle Beach man who sold drugs to a woman which caused her death is set to be sentenced Thursday in federal court.

  Bulletproof backpacks show up in Wilmington stores

Don’t be surprised to see school bags with a little more padding then normal this school year. Parents across the county have made the item a top priority on their annual back-to-school shopping lists.

Fort Bragg soldier accused of stealing $2 million worth of military property

Department of Justice officials say a soldier stationed at Fort Bragg is accused of stealing millions of dollars worth of military property.

Detectives dismantle major drug trafficking network in New Hanover County

Narcotics detectives with the New Hanover County Sheriff’s Office arrested seven people and seized large quantities of drugs following the conclusion of a three-month investigation, the agency announced on Thursday.

  WPD: Man faces charges for hindering hit-and-run investigation involving UberEats driver

According to the Wilmington Police Department, warrants have been issued for Qua’Shaun Malik Stukes of Wilmington.

Man sentenced to at least 15 years after pleading guilty to sex crimes

James Dale Alexander Jr. pleaded guilty Wednesday in a Brunswick County courtroom to statutory rape, statutory sex offense, indecent liberties with a child and selling/distributing tobacco to a minor.

Wilmington police seek hit-and-run driver who sideswiped three vehicles on Market Street

Wilmington police are searching for the suspect driver in a hit and run that damaged at least three vehicles on Market Street Tuesday night.

Current firearm bills unlikely to move in NC House committee

Calls to move gun reform bills through a North Carolina’s House of Representatives committee may not yield the results supporters want to see. Rep. Ted Davis (R-New Hanover), the Senior Chairman of the House Judiciary Committee is calling for comprehensive solutions rather than separate proposals.

  Sheriff’s office: Man allegedly stole generator, AC unit from Walmart

The New Hanover Sheriff’s Office is asking for the public’s help in identifying a man accused of stealing a generator and an AC unit from Walmart.

  Wilmington police looking into vandalism of business

The Wilmington Police Department is investigating a vandalism at a business on Oleander Drive.

  WPD looking for man who allegedly used stolen credit cards

The Wilmington Police Department is asking for the public’s help in identifying a man it believes used stolen credit cards at two area stores.

  Pender County jury returns guilty verdict in murder-by-baseball bat case

A Pender County jury found a man guilty of first degree murder Tuesday afternoon, in the death of 18-year-old Antonio Logan. Logan was beaten to death with a baseball bat in Willard on June 29, 2017, following a dispute over social media.

Trial for suspect in hours-long armed standoff ends in hung jury

A mistrial was declared Friday after a jury could not reach a unanimous decision on whether to convict a Bladen County man accused in an hours-long standoff with law enforcement of felony or misdemeanor charges.

  Columbus Co. authorities serve search warrants at four gaming establishments

Multiple arrests were made after search warrants were executed at four gaming establishments simultaneously in Columbus County on Aug. 2.

Abuse of Power: WECT Investigates risks seniors face with powers of attorney

While these strongly-worded, legally-binding documents can help seniors keep their affairs in order, they also include significant risk.

Supply man out on bond charged with rape again

A Supply man who was arrested and charged with rape in June is back behind bars, accused of sexually assaulting another victim while out on bond.

  New details after mayor’s son walks free in child porn plea deal

Justin Brochure's sentence is a stark contrast with other child pornography cases, including the recent sentencing of 27-year-old Brenan West, who will serve at least 10 years in prison, despite facing fewer chargers than Brochure.

  Leland police seek hit-and-run driver

Detectives with the Leland Police Department are asking for the public’s help to identify the driver of a Honda that was involved in a hit and run last month.

  Sheriff’s office asking for help in identifying man accused of stealing credit cards

The New Hanover County Sheriff’s Office is asking for the public’s help in identifying a man it says used stolen credit cards at several local businesses.

  Woman accused of abducting child last month also charged in assault that left man paralyzed

Juanita Askew has been charged with common law robbery, felony larceny, first-degree kidnapping, assault inflicting serious bodily injury, and assault by strangulation in connection to the beating of Jerry Williams Sr. on July 8.

  Wilmington Police seek information on Friday night shooting

The shooting happened on Greenfield Street, leaving one person injured.

  Casey Parsons, adoptive mother of murdered teen Erica Parsons, pleads guilty

Almost exactly six years to the day she was reported missing, Erica Parsons adoptive mother, Casey Parsons, has pleaded guilty to murder and child abuse in Erica’s death.

Man injured in shooting just blocks from apparent shootout hours earlier

A 56-year-old man sustained minor injuries after being shot on Colwell Avenue Thursday evening.

  CAUGHT ON VIDEO: Woman involved in hit and run at Wilmington intersection surrenders to police

Jennifer Lee Lenihan, 57, is wanted for driving during revocation, failing to stop at a red light and the hit and run, according to a Facebook post from the Wilmington Police Department.

  Columbus County looking to crack down on illegal dump site

Residents that live on Spearman Road have seen this go on for years. The closest neighbors live about a half-mile down from the site and say they’re surprised nothing has been done yet.

  Whiteville man accused of selling meth

A Whiteville man is behind bars after allegedly selling methamphetamine in Columbus County.

  'He took an angel out of this world’: hit-and-run victim’s son talks about crash

Richard Sean Lesink of Wilmington has been charged with felony hit and run, among other charges in relation to the death of Sheila Faircloth, who was hit and killed on Carolina Beach Road Saturday night.

  Crime Stoppers reward money running low in New Hanover County

An organization that’s helped solved crimes by offering reward money is in need of money. Crime Stoppers of New Hanover County is running low on cash.

Wilmington police investigate reports of possible shootout on Queen Street

The Wilmington Police Department is investigating reports of a possible shootout on Queen Street Thursday afternoon.

  Supply man charged with murder after hit and run victim dies

Troy Jeremy West-Sturdevant, 33, has been charged with second-degree murder in connection with the death of John Curtis Smith.

  Sheriff’s office looking for suspect in Lowe’s larceny

According to a Facebook post from the sheriff’s office, the theft took place at Lowe’s Howe Improvement at 5110 South College Road.

Wilmington woman arrested in connection to stabbing

Clarissa Gagum, 27, was arrested by the Wilmington Police Department on Wednesday and charged with assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill inflicting serious injury.

  Sheriff’s office looking for suspect in Dollar General robbery

Officials say that a man entered the store at approximately 10:30 p.m. and told two store clerks to get on the ground and demanded money.

  Wilmington man arrested in fatal hit and run

North Carolina State Highway Patrol has arrested a man in connection to a fatal hit and run on Carolina Beach Road.

Ocean Isle Beach man sentenced for statutory rape of minor

An Ocean Isle man is headed to prison for up to three decades after pleading guilty to the statutory rape of a minor.

Brunswick County man gets prison time for having child porn on his cell phone

A Brunswick County man is headed to prison for possessing images of child pornography on his cell phone, according to the District Attorney’s Office.

KNOW HER? Shallotte police seek ID of Walmart larceny suspect

Detectives with the Shallotte Police Department are asking for the public’s help to identify a woman they say was involved in a larceny.