Crime

  1 arrested, 2 others sought in Columbus County home invasion

One of a trio of suspects wanted in connection with an armed home invasion in the Bolton community last week has been arrested, according to the Columbus County Sheriff’s Office.

  KNOW HIM? Sunset Beach police seek to ID person of interest after white nationalist stickers left throughout town

  14-year-old in serious condition after Wilmington shooting

Be aware of potential scam before transferring money

WPD: Man pulls knife on bartender after card declined

  Man charged in New Hanover Co. armed robbery

  Man convicted in 1978 murder to be paroled in 2021

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  Less prison time for some drug offenders in First Step bill

  Bus wrecks in New Hanover County rise over past month

  Bill named after fallen trooper Kevin Conner signed by governor

  Wilmington gang member gets 11 years in prison on federal heroin charge

One month later, no charges have been filed in Columbus Co. triple murder

  Officials believe same suspect robbed Pender, New Hanover convenience stores overnight

  Law enforcement annex opens in Kelly

Bladen County Sheriff’s Office, the North Carolina Highway Patrol, and the North Carolina Wildlife Enforcement Division will be able to use the substation while working in the Kelly area.

  New Hanover Co. Sheriff’s Office looking for vehicle break-in suspect

The New Hanover County Sheriff’s Office is asking for the public’s help in identifying a man it says is a suspect in a motor vehicle break-in.

2nd man charged with murder of NC teen basketball star, police say

A second man has been arrested and charged with murdering an 18-year-old star basketball player in Raleigh in August, police said.

  N.C. man with nearly 7,000 files of child porn gets 10 years in federal prison

A Wilmington man who had a cache of thousands of images and videos depicting child pornography on his electronic devices is headed to federal prison.

  Two people injured in Pender County shooting

North Carolina ranks in the top 10 in the U.S. for most solved murders

  New Hanover County Deputies search for armed robbery suspect

Pender Co. man accused of breaking into home, assaulting woman

Teen charged after threatening to ‘shoot up’ Wilmington movie theater in social media post, deputies say

Wilmington man sentenced to eight years in prison on drug charges

NC man sentenced for drug distribution that caused 100+ illnesses

A man has been sentenced for distributing synthetic marijuana that authorities believe made several people sick, including more than 100 military members.

Bladen Co. deputies recover stolen ATV amid rash of property thefts

Deputies with the Bladen County Sheriff’s Office are warning of a rash of property thefts following the recent recovery of a stolen all-terrain vehicle.

Cash, firearms reportedly stolen during Bolton home invasion

A 79-year-old man told deputies that armed men forced their way into his home and stole cash and guns early Wednesday morning.

  18-year-old injured in Wilmington shooting

The Wilmington Police Department is investigating after an 18-year-old was struck by gunfire Wednesday night.

N.C. man accused of raping 5-year-old he was babysitting arrested in West Virginia

A Cove County, N.C. man wanted for allegedly raping a 5-year-old child he was babysitting was arrested in West Virigina, according to authorities.

  Suspect in Columbus County home invasion works at county prison

A Columbus County homeowner stabbed an intruder multiple times following an early morning break-in Monday.

  Wilmington police identify woman injured in Tuesday night shooting

Officers responded to a multiple-round ShotSpotter alert in the area of N. Liberty Court just after 9:30 p.m.

Stepfather, mom charged in 7-year-old’s death in Fayetteville

Homicide detectives are investigating Wednesday morning after a 7-year-old child was found dead inside a Fayetteville home.

  Laney High School student accused in campus sexual assault appears in court

A Laney High School student is accused of sexually assaulting a victim on the school campus Tuesday.

  Wilmington police hope grille, headlight photos lead to arrest in fatal hit-and-run

Detectives with the Wilmington Police Department are hoping newly released photos of debris left behind by the suspect vehicle in a fatal hit-and-run over the weekend can help lead investigators to an arrest.

  ‘Just never quit. Just absolutely never quit’: Female sheriff’s deputy makes department history

Erica Paquette began her career as a sheriff’s deputy in the jail, then worked patrol before becoming a school resource officer at New Hanover High School.Eventually, the ERT caught her eye and she became determined to make it.

Maple Hill man accused of shooting victim during attempted robbery

Barkym Lamar James, 28, was arrested on Sept. 27 and charged with attempted first-degree murder, first-degree kidnapping, attempted robbery with a dangerous weapon, discharging a weapon into an occupied property causing serious injury and possession of a firearm by a felon.

Arrest made in shooting of man found dead in SC daycare parking lot, deputies say

Investigators have arrested Nikia Jovon Allen, 29, in connection with the shooting death of Nathaniel Johnson, 41, according to Lt. Ryan Flood, with the Greenville County Sheriff’s Office.

  Homicide investigation underway after body found near Whiteville park

A homicide investigation is underway after a body was found near a Whiteville park Monday morning.

  Wilmington murder suspect takes plea deal in 2016 shooting death

Zibree Brawley Washington, 21, was sentenced to 6 to 8 years in prison after pleading guilty to a charge of voluntary manslaughter.

  21-year-old Wilmington gang member gets decade in prison on federal drug charges

A 21-year-old gang member from Wilmington will spend a decade in prison after he was sentenced on federal drug charges, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office of the Eastern District of North Carolina.

Hampstead woman among 2 charged with rash of Onslow County vehicle break-ins

The Holly Ridge Police Department has charged a man and a woman in connection with a rash of vehicle break-ins earlier this month.

Man injured in Carolina Shores shooting, deputies say

A man was injured in a Monday morning shooting in the Carolina Shores community, according to the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office.

  Three pedestrians killed in 10 days on New Hanover County roads

Two pedestrians were killed in Wilmington this weekend in separate instances while trying to cross heavily traveled roads. Police are looking for the driver involved in one of the cases.

  Man allegedly flees from Bladen Co. traffic stop, throws marijuana at officers

According to the Bladen County Sheriff’s Office, a truck driven by Anthony Brown was pulled over on Sept. 25, for multiple traffic violations.

  Do you know who this person is? Leland police would like to know

According to a Facebook post from the Leland Police Department, the person in the photo “attempted to gain entry into the cash register at the McGee Market” at approximately 5:30 p.m. on Sept. 3.

  Wilmington business posts surveillance video of break-in

According to its Facebook page, Bone & Bean BBQ on Carolina Beach Road was the victim of a break-in early Sunday morning but the suspect didn’t get away with much.

  Police: Wilmington couple with dementia scammed out of $20K

Police say the suspects have a pressure-washing company.

Student accused of leaving threatening note at South Brunswick High School

The 16-year-old was arrested Wednesday and charged with communicating a threat of mass violence on an educational property.

Man found not guilty in fatal 2016 shooting in Wilmington

Sebastian Gerard Robinson had been charged with first-degree murder, robbery with a dangerous weapon, and conspiracy to commit robbery with a dangerous weapon in the fatal shooting of Antwyn Beatty in 2016.

  District Attorney: Springer will “get away with murder” if witnesses don’t come forward

Charges have been dismissed against a man in connection to a fatal shooting in Wilmington in 2017, the District Attorney’s Office said Friday.

Man heading to prison for armed robbery in Columbus Co.

A jury found Rhasheem Mikale McMillian guilty of robbery with a dangerous weapon and resisting a public officer this week after a three-day trial.

Man charged after missing NC woman killed, tossed off bridge

A woman reported missing from Lincoln County Wednesday was found dead and a man has been charged with murder in her death.

Man accused of setting fire outside Break Time Billiards

Wilmington police have charged a man with intentionally setting a fire outside of Break Time Billiards early Monday morning.

Deputies: Fight between neighbors leads to stabbing

A fight between two neighbors escalated into a stabbing Wednesday night, according to the New Hanover County Sheriff’s Office.

SBI investigates fatal officer-involved shooting

The State Bureau of Investigation is looking into an officer-involved shooting that left a man dead Wednesday night.

  Operation Carnivore leads to 17 arrests in Columbus Co.

Operation Carnivore focused on the the Green Acres, Dessie Road, and Ten Mile Road communities.

  WPD: Fight between 2 women led to Emory Street shooting; arrest warrant issued

A fight between two women led to a shooting in the Creekwood South community Tuesday evening, according to the Wilmington Police Department.

  Woman accused of kidnapping Wilmington cab driver

Wilmington police say a woman allegedly held a cab driver hostage while forcing him to drive out of county Tuesday morning.

WANTED: Police search for suspected firearm thief

Police in Whiteville are looking for a man who reportedly stole several firearms from a hunting and fishing store last week.

  Deputies arrest suspect following chase on Carolina Beach Road

The New Hanover County Sheriff’s Office has arrested a suspect who eluded them during a chase on Carolina Beach Road overnight.

Carolina Beach man jailed on $2M bond in sexual assault of child

A Carolina Beach man is facing a dozen charges after he allegedly sexually assaulted a child during a four-year period.

New Hanover Co. man sentenced to 14 years in prison on drug charges

Anthony Williams, 36, was sentenced to 168 months in prison and five years of probation this week.

5 charged in stabbing attack at Columbus Co. prison

Five men are accused of assaulting and stabbing a fellow inmate multiple times during a vicious prison attack earlier this month.

  Man wanted for questioning in Columbus County triple murder in custody

Marquez Montrell Cherry, 23, of Whiteville, was taken into custody Tuesday.

  New Hanover deputies arrest trio on I-40 for transporting heroin, ecstasy

Three people suspected of transporting drugs from out of state to the Wilmington area were arrested Saturday, September 14. Detectives arrested James Vaughan, Nicole Williams, and Rachael Ermacor and charged them with numerous drug offenses including trafficking heroin and trafficking MDMA.

  Pender Co. man gets decades in prison after pleading guilty to dozens of child sex crimes

A Pender County man pleaded guilty to dozens of child sex crime charges in Pender County Court Monday.

Police warn of scam targeting Venmo users

If you use the Venmo app, police warn of an active scam going around.

Two arrested in connection to string of lawn equipment thefts

Officials say that the WPD property crimes units has been investigating the theft of thousands of dollars worth of equipment from businesses and private citizens over the last month and a half.

Warrants: Suspect hit man with bat, assaulted woman after breaking into Ash home

A Brunswick County man is accused of breaking into a neighbor’s home Friday and hit a man with a bat and physically assaulted a woman.

Teens accused of stealing van, money from Columbus Co. church

Two teens have been arrested in the theft of a van and other items from a Columbus County church.

Arrest made after emergency officials find man shot to death in car

The Columbus County Sheriff’s Office has charged a man from Tabor City with murder in connection to a fatal shooting.

Second person wanted for questioning in Columbus County triple homicide

A second person is wanted for questioning in connection with the killing of three family members in Columbus County last weekend.

WPD asking for help in hit-and-run case

According to a Facebook post from Wilmington police, the incident took place near Rutledge Drive and Morgan Street on Sept. 3 at approximately 7 p.m.

  Sunset Beach police: Two wanted for questioning in Food Lion theft

The Sunset Beach Police Department is asking for the public’s help in identifying two people wanted for questioning in connection to a larceny at the town’s Food Lion.

  $350K boat stolen from Wilmington marina recovered in Florida

Law enforcement has arrested two people and are seeking to identify two others after a boat that was stolen from a Wilmington marina was located in Florida.

  39,000 bags of heroin, $250K in cash seized in Wilmington drug bust

New Hanover County deputies seized thousands of bags of heroin and hundreds of thousands of dollars in cash following a major drug bust in Wilmington.

  Woman charged with arson in fires at Wilmington home

A woman is facing arson charges after allegedly trying to set a home on fire with people inside, according to the Wilmington Police Department.

  SBI: Missing man’s remains found, bringing end to 24-year-old cold case

State and local investigators have discovered skeletal remains that are believed to be that of a missing Boiling Spring Lakes man, bringing an end to a 24-year-old cold case.

  Wilmington drug trafficker gets 10 years in federal prison

A New Hanover County man will spend ten years in prison after pleading guilty to trafficking narcotics into the Port City.

  WPD: No charges for man who fatally shot neighbor trying to enter his home

A homeowner who fatally shot a neighbor who was trying to enter his home last week will not be charged, according to the Wilmington Police Department.

  Man wanted for questioning in Columbus County triple homicide

The Columbus County Sheriff’s Office is asking for the public’s help to locate a man wanted for questioning in connection with last weekend’s triple homicide.

Man sentenced to life for New Hanover Co. murder to be released from prison

A man who was sentenced to life in prison for a murder in New Hanover County has been granted parole.