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Archive for March, 2009

Man charged after SUV crashes into Market Street building

Monday, March 9th, 2009

A 46-year-old man faces a felony charge in connection with a wreck Sunday in which an SUV crossed six lanes of a busy street and crashed into a building.

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Supreme Court ruling guarantees Pender a seat in state House

Monday, March 9th, 2009

The Supreme Court ruled Monday in a case from North Carolina that electoral districts must have a majority of African-Americans or other minorities to be protected by a provision of the Voting Rights Act.

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Man stabbed in thigh, taken to hospital

Monday, March 9th, 2009

A man was taken to New Hanover Regional Medical Center with minor injuries Monday evening after he was stabbed in the thigh with a small knife, Cpl. A.R. Wilson of the Wilmington Police Department said. The stabbing occurred about 7:30 p.m. in a house at the corner of Eighth and Church streets.

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Indictment delayed for Anthony Pierce

Monday, March 9th, 2009

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The grand jury decision on whether to indict Anthony Pierce has been put off until Tuesday morning.

Pierce was driving the vehicle Wilmington police officers were chasing the night Officer Rich Matthews crashed his car and died.

Matthews was responding as back up, and now prosecutors are trying to indict pierce on charges in connection to Matthews’ death.

At the very least, Anthony Pierce will be charged with felony fleeing to elude arrest, but prosecutors say those charges aren’t enough.

Just before pierce pulled his vehicle over for officers, they say he or his two companions threw contraband out of the car window.

Now, Pierce may be facing more serious charges than the already serious felony fleeing to elude arrest, and possession of marijuana.

“Charges through a grand jury, just like verdicts in trial cases, have to be based on the facts and the law,” said DA Ben David.

Cameras aren’t allowed in the grand jury room, but WPD officers and members of the District Attorney’s Office have been in and out of the room for most of the day.

Witnesses testified one by one, providing evidence in the case against Anthony Pierce.

The DA’s office could not confirm exactly what charges they are pursuing, but one North Carolina law that could apply in this case is felony murder. That comes into play when someone loses their life attempting to stop a felony from being committed, which could be argued was the case with Officer Matthews.

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videoThe grand jury decision on whether to indict Anthony Pierce has been put off until Tuesday morning.

Pierce was driving the vehicle Wilmington police officers were chasing the night Officer Rich Matthews crashed his car and died.

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Wilmington Police Dept. gets $465,000 in stimulus money

Monday, March 9th, 2009

More stimulus numbers are in, and Wilmington law enforcement is one of our region’s big winners.

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