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Archive for September, 2009

Wilmington Police looking for credit card thief

Monday, September 21st, 2009

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The Wilmington Police need your help identifying the man shown in these surveillance pictures.

He is wanted for using stolen credit cards to purchase gift cards at Walgreens and CVS at six area stores last week.

If you know who he is, call the Wilmington Police Department.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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The Wilmington Police need your help identifying the man shown in these surveillance pictures.

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Dog’s life: Cops, canines coexist after workday

Monday, September 21st, 2009

MyReporter answers: What do Brunswick County Sheriff K-9 Deputies do with the dogs when work is done?

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UPDATE – Alert canceled after missing New Hanover County man contacted

Monday, September 21st, 2009

The New Hanover County Sheriff’s Office has canceled the missing person alert for Robert “Earl” Scherm. Detectives made contact with Scherm, who is fine.

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Author Nicholas Sparks sets film in his ideal Wrightsville Beach

Monday, September 21st, 2009

By Ben Steelman,Ben.Steelman@StarNewsOnline.com

There’s Wrightsville Beach, and then there’s Nicholas Sparks’ version of Wrightsville Beach. The latter figures in Sparks’ new novel, “The Last Song.”

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Big headaches surround two area Walmarts

Monday, September 21st, 2009

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The Wilmington Police Department divides its patrols into districts based on call volume. The more calls, the smaller the district. The Wilmington Walmart falls into District 5a, the busiest district in the city.

“Compared to other businesses that may close at 5 or 9 or 10, they’re 24-7. A lot of our calls are either in their parking lot of Walmart, or inside the store itself,” said Wilmington Police Department’s Lt. Kathy Cochran.

In the past 6 months the department has responded to more than 600 calls. That is about 3 to 4 calls each day, and officers never know what crime they’re going to get.

“A shoplifter, larceny in progress, we have 911 hang up. We’ve had child abuse calls out there, hit and run calls out there, warrant services out there,” said Lt. Cochran. “You name it we’ve had a lot of calls in that vicinity.”

In Monkey Junction, the New Hanover County Sheriff’s Department responds to the Walmart on Carolina Beach Road about 2 to 3 times per day.

Deputy Charles Smith said, “It certainly consumes the deputies time, in taking an initial report, or the number of reports from that outlet as well as following up with an arrest and transportation to the jail.”

With the upcoming annexation, the Monkey Junction Walmart will also become WPD’s responsibility. The department plans on adding five new officers to help patrol the area.

As for Walmart, law enforcement said the employees do what they can to help.

“In most cases when deputies respond, the loss prevention officers have their information that will assist in the prosecution of those crimes ready for the deputies upon arrival,” added Deputy Smith.

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videoArea Wal-Marts provide more calls for local law enforcement than almost any other patrol location. For officers and deputies it means around the clock patrols.

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