Crime

Traffic stop leads to trio of arrests on heroin-related charges

A trio of men are facing heroin-related charges following a traffic stop in Bladen County Thursday afternoon.

  Pender Co. deputies seek ID of car break-in suspects

Bladen deputies use stop sticks to blow out tires, arrest suspected motorcycle thieves

NHCSO asks for public’s help in larceny cases

WPD investigating hit and run on S. 5th Ave.

Woman charged in connection with 5-year-old Cannon Hinnant’s August murder

  WPD: Man found hiding in closet at boarding house after allegedly robbing gas station

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Charges are pending for driver who caused wreck in Bladen County

SC parents stop man accused of looking under bathroom stall at Cracker Barrel, chief says

UPDATE: Wanted man seen fleeing Rocky Point in a white truck with a female

Narcotics investigation and traffic stop reveals 40-45 pounds of marijuana

  Columbus County commissioner facing two felonies in theft of barn

Female suspect accused of stabbing woman while in car on 17th Street

Body of missing Raleigh man found in Virginia, police say

The body of a 39-year-old man missing since Saturday afternoon is believed to have been located in Virginia, Raleigh police said.

DNA links murder suspect to 2019 Wilmington shooting

A Wilmington man already jailed for murder in connection with a deadly shooting in 2013 is now facing charges for a separate shooting.

Mississippi man pleads guilty to extorting New Hanover Co. women during phone calls

Otis Leslie Howell, 55, of Meridian, Miss., pleaded guilty to four counts of extortion and one count of attempted extortion Wednesday in New Hanover County Superior Court.

  Third suspect arrested in Pender County human trafficking investigation

A man attending court Monday in New Hanover County was arrested for outstanding warrants out of Pender County.

Virginia man arrested in connection with Raleigh man’s disappearance

Funeral taking place Monday for victim in Myrtle Beach Cook Out shooting

Leland man gets decades-long prison sentence after pleading guilty to child sex crimes

  Second suspect charged with teen’s murder in Carolina Beach Road shooting

Adult, 14-year-old boy charged in connection to fatal shooting of 5-year-old Charlotte girl

Wilmington man with over 14,000 images of child porn gets eight-year federal prison sentence

Former UNC women’s basketball coach Hatchell pleads guilty in fatal traffic collision

Former UNC-Chapel Hill women’s basketball coach Sylvia Hatchell pleaded guilty Tuesday to a misdemeanor charge in connection with a fatal traffic collision in January.

  Columbus Co. man sold drugs to undercover agent with toddler in car, deputies say

A Columbus County man is being held on a $2 million bond following his arrest on heroin-related charges over the weekend.

  WPD: Man in stable condition after Hillcrest shooting

A man is expected to survive after he was shot in the Hillcrest housing community Tuesday evening, according to the Wilmington Police Department.

Wrightsville Beach police warn hotel guests of scam

According to a WBPD Facebook post, people are calling hotel guests and impersonating front desk staff in an effort to get personal information.

80-year-old man beaten, robbed, left in canal, Whiteville police say

The Whiteville Police Department is investigating after an 80-year-old man was robbed, beaten, and left in a canal off a rural road in Columbus County on Friday.

Hampstead man charged with attempting to provide material to support a terrorist organization

Two self-described “Boogaloo Bois” individuals were charged Friday September 4 with conspiring and attempting to provide material support to a designated foreign terrorist organization (Hamas); one of the two is from Hampstead.

Break-in suspects caught after Bladen County manhunt, deputies say

Three men are behind bars after they allegedly broke into a home in Bladen County Friday morning.

Rocky Point man accused of attempting to set two people on fire

A Rocky Point man is accused of pouring cooking oil and gasoline on two people and trying to set them on fire late Thursday night.

  VIDEO: WPD looking for hit and run suspect

Video shows the car running a red light and striking another vehicle. Police say the driver, who does not own the car, fled the scene on foot.

  Woman accused of stabbing man in Wilmington

Akia Mills, 36, was taken into custody without incident and charged with assault with a deadly weapon intent to kill inflicting serious injury.

N.C. operation leads to rescue of 8 children from sexual abuse, 23 child exploitation arrests

A North Carolina operation has led to the rescue of eight children from sexual abuse and at least 23 child exploitation arrests.

Death penalty sought against two suspects in murder of UNCW student

According to the District Attorney’s Office, the state announced its intention to seek the death penalty against Raymond Lee Brooks Jr. and Brandon Tyrell Chambers in the murder of 23-year-old Chris Duane Stewart.

  WPD investigating early morning shooting

According to the Wilmington Police Department, officers responded to the 5200 block of Penny Lane in reference to shots fired.

  Graceland, Levitt Shell and ’I Heart Memphis’ mural tagged with ’Defund the Police’ graffiti

Messages of “Defund the Police” and “BLM” mark the wall outside Graceland on Elvis Presley Boulevard and the Levitt Shell in Overton Park.

Narcotics investigation leads to five arrests in Columbus Co.

An investigation into the distribution of narcotics in the Whiteville area led to the arrests of five people last week.

WPD looking for suspect in hit and run

According to a Facebook post from the WPD, the driver of a Chevy HHR is accused of striking two parked cars on Red Cross Street at approximately 9 p.m. on Aug. 24.

Masked man robs Advance Auto Parts store over weekend, deputies say

The New Hanover County Sheriff’s Office is investigating after an Advance Auto Parts store was robbed over the weekend.

Narcotics investigation in Chadbourn leads to arrest

After receiving multiple citizen complaints, an investigation by the Columbus County Sheriff’s Office Vice-Narcotics Unit led to the arrest of Jacqueline Gray Spivey.

Gang member sentenced to more than nine years in prison on drug charges

Terrance Fisher, 29, of Wilmington, was sentenced to 112 months in prison.

More than 600 bags of heroin seized after investigation by New Hanover, Pender sheriff’s offices

A five-month investigation by the New Hanover County and Pender County sheriff’s offices led to more than 600 bags of heroin being seized Wednesday.

WPD: 15-year-old accused of shooting young girl after altercation on Anderson Street

Officers with the Wilmington Police Department are on the scene of a shooting in the 500 block of Anderson Street between Rankin and Campbell Streets.

Whiteville police operation leads to three drug arrests

An enforcement operation conducted by the Whiteville Police Department and the N.C. Division of Alcohol Law Enforcement led to three drug-related arrests Thursday.

Innocent Florida inmate released after 37 years

A Florida man who spent the last 37 years in prison on a rape and murder charge was released Thursday, hours after officials revealed dramatic new evidence that proved his innocence.

Man who was convicted of crimes in Brunswick Co. reported missing from prison job assignment

Michael Lee Willis-Rockett, 29, was last seen wearing green pants and either a white or grey T-shirt just before 10 a.m. at the the Department of Public Safety’s Correction Enterprise warehouse in Apex

Community complaints lead to drug bust in Bladen Co.

Community complaints led to the arrest of three people on drug charges Thursday in Bladen County.

Two charged in Columbus Co. home invasion

An 18-year-old and a juvenile have been charged in a July home invasion of a Chadbourn residence, according to the Columbus County Sheriff’s Office.

  Man charged with murder in Aug. 14 shooting in Wilmington

Keith Melvin, 36, was arrested Wednesday in connection to the shooting death of Ronald Hall.

  Correctional officer in Columbus County arrested for possessing tobacco in prison facility

A correctional officer at the Columbus Correctional Institution was arrested Aug. 20 for allegedly having tobacco in his boot while at the prison.

Warrants issued for arrest of Breonna Taylor’s ex-boyfriend amid leaked new documents

Two bench warrants have been issued for a central figure in the Breonna Taylor case, sources told WAVE 3 News on Wednesday.

Driver was watching movie when Tesla plowed into NC deputy’s vehicle, troopers say

The driver of a Tesla was watching a movie early Wednesday while the vehicle was on auto-pilot when it plowed into a Nash County deputy’s vehicle, the Highway Patrol said.

BCSO looking for suspect in larceny at Calabash store

According to a Facebook post from the sheriff’s office, the incident took place at Callahan’s shortly after 4:30 p.m. on Tuesday.

  Suspect wanted in Shawn “Ski Dog” Grady’s murder arrested

Suspect wanted in Shawn “Ski Dog” Grady’s murder arrested

Drug bust in New Hanover, Brunswick nets cocaine, guns, $100K in cash

Three people were arrested and one other sought following a joint investigation into cocaine trafficking in the Cape Fear Region.

  Wilmington police address chaotic Wright Street incident caught on video

The Wilmington Police Department on Monday said it has concluded its investigation into a chaotic incident last week on Wright Street involving two police officers that was caught on video and posted to social media.

Bladen Co. officials say body recovered from Cape Fear River is Durham man; foul play suspected

An autopsy performed Monday positively identified the body as 54-year-old Kenneth Ross Covell.

  $2 million bond for Rocky Point man accused of setting home on fire

A Rocky Point man is facing arson charges after he intentionally set a home on fire in Atkinson Sunday morning, according to the Pender County Sheriff’s Office.

Wilmington police investigate a Saturday morning shooting that injured a man

Police say it happened at the Houston Moore community and there is one male victim.

  “Shame on you”: Concrete lion stolen from Lion’s Gate

Wilmington Police are investigating the theft of a solid concrete lion from the entrance of Lion’s Gate off Eastwood Road.

NC House Rules Chair pleads guilty to federal charges, resigns seat

House Rules Chairman David Lewis (R-Harnett) has been charged with federal crimes. He resigned his office this afternoon, shortly before the charges were filed.

  VIDEO: Bladen County deputies need help identifying catalytic converter thieves

The Bladen County Sheriff’s Office is asking for the public’s help identifying suspected catalytic converter thieves who are targeting victims across the county.

Man pleads guilty to taking upskirt picture of woman at New Hanover gas station

New Hanover County prosecutors credited an alert convenience store manager for helping identify a man who would later plead guilty to taking upskirt pictures of a young woman at the business earlier this year.

  Man wanted for attempted murder in Navassa arrested in Wilmington

According to online records, Gabriel Alexander Graham was arrested in Wilmington on Wednesday.

  WPD: Man wanted in hit and run on Market St.

According to the Wilmington Police Department, Gilbert D. Stephenson III is wanted for hit/run leaving scene with property damage and failure to reduce speed.

Bladenboro man sentenced on firearm charge

A Bladenboro man, Devin Antonio Manuel, was sentenced Tuesday to 10 years in prison for possessing a firearm as a convicted felon.

‘Operation Shocker’ nets guns, cash, narcotics, prescription drugs; 5 arrested

A Columbus County drug investigation yielded five arrests, thousands of dollars in cash, handguns, narcotics, and hundreds of prescription medications, according to the sheriff’s office.

  4 teens, including juvenile, arrested in connection with Raleigh girl’s murder outside Bojangles’

Four teens, including a juvenile, have been arrested and charged in connection with the murder of a 17-year-old girl who was found dead in a car outside a Raleigh Bojangle’s last weekend.

  Man convicted in murder of Michael Jordan’s father granted parole

One of two men convicted in the 1993 murder of Michael Jordan’s father will be released from prison.

Wilmington man sentenced to 80 months in prison on drug, firearm charges

Tysuan Nash, 31, was sentenced to 80 months Tuesday for possession with intent to distribute 28 grams or more of crack cocaine and a quantity of heroin and possession of a firearm.

4 arrested in Columbus County narcotics investigations

Four people were arrested following separate narcotics investigations in Columbus County.

  Man charged with murder, investigation continues after Leland shooting

The Leland Police Department responded to a deadly shooting that happened around 9 p.m. Friday night on W. B. and S. Road.

  Man dies in shooting on 30th Street

A 45-year-old man was killed in a shooting Friday morning in Wilmington.

  Knife-wielding suspect flees Walgreens after clerk refuses to give him money, deputies say

The New Hanover County Sheriff’s Office is asking for the public’s help in identifying a suspect in an attempted armed robbery at a drug store Wednesday.

Man gets 10 years in federal prison for cooking meth in Wilmington, Raleigh

A Wilmington man will spend ten years in federal prison after he admitted to running a mobile methamphetamine lab in Raleigh and the Port City.

  Detective’s tactics questioned after more charges dropped for lack of evidence

After WECT aired a story about Bader’s case, where WPD dropped child sex assault charges against him for lack of evidence after his highly publicized arrest, another man came forward to say the same thing had happened to him at the hands of the same detective.

  WPD: 18-year-old stabbed, struck by car after fight at Carolina Beach Road club

An 18-year-old woman was stabbed and intentionally struck by a car following a fight at a club on Carolina Beach Road early Thursday morning.

  North Carolina woman accused of poisoning husband, stepson makes court appearance

A Wilmington woman facing attempted murder charges after she allegedly poisoned her husband and stepson with household cleaning supplies made her first court appearance Wednesday afternoon.

Man in custody after 5-year-old fatally shot in Wilson

Darius Sessoms, 25, was arrested by Wilson police and the U.S. Marshals’ Carolina Regional Fugitive Task Force.

  Second suspect wanted in Pender County human trafficking investigation now in custody

Deputies with the Pender County Sheriff’s Office are asking for the public’s help to locate a second suspect wanted in connection with a human trafficking and prostitution-related investigation.