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Archive for January, 2012

UPDATE: Man shot during robbery has died

Thursday, January 12th, 2012

LAKE WACCAMAW, NC (WWAY) — Store clerks in New Hanover County have become famous for protecting themselves from would-be robbers. Now that trend has moved out to Columbus County, where there was a shooting earlier today near Lake Waccamaw.

“We’ve been here like 20 some years and ain’t nothing ever happened like that,” neighbor Alton Nichols said. “I don’t see why someone would do something like that. It don’t make sense.”

Lake Waccamaw Police say an employee at Waccamaw Outdoor Supply gunned down a man trying to steal from the store around lunchtime. They say things like this usually don’t happen in their quiet town.

“When something, a violent crime occurs, it, of course, concerns everybody in the community,” Police Chief Scott Hyatt said. “We pride ourself on having a safe environment here, but you can’t plan for the unexpected like that.”>

Chief Hyatt says the would-be robber did have a weapon, a sledge hammer.

“This is all still very fresh,” Hyatt said. “We are trying to get closure with the family, out of respect for them, before we disclose the other things. It just seems like the right thing to do.”

Neighbors say they heard three gunshots, then rushed to the scene. They say one of those three gunshots hit the suspect in the head. They also say it was not the first time he tried to rob the store.

“He ran over there the first time last week and then came in this week and this is what happened,” Nichols said.

Police are not confirming the identity of the shooter or the robbery suspect at this time. They say the man shot was rushed to Columbus Regional Healthcare System in Whiteville, then transported to New Hanover Regional Medical Center in Wilmington where he died Wednesday evening.

Chief Hyatt said. “We believe the intent was to try and steal guns.”

So far there are no charges in this case.

The shooting is still under investigation.

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Neighbors: Man shot tried to rob store before

Wednesday, January 11th, 2012

LAKE WACCAMAW, NC (WWAY) — Store clerks in New Hanover County have become famous for protecting themselves from would-be robbers. Now that trend has moved out to Columbus County, where there was a shooting earlier today near Lake Waccamaw.

“We’ve been here like 20 some years and ain’t nothing ever happened like that,” neighbor Alton Nichols said. “I don’t see why someone would do something like that. It don’t make sense.”

Lake Waccamaw Police say an employee at Waccamaw Outdoor Supply gunned down a man trying to steal from the store around lunchtime. They say things like this usually don’t happen in their quiet town.

“When something, a violent crime occurs, it, of course, concerns everybody in the community,” Police Chief Scott Hyatt said. “We pride ourself on having a safe environment here, but you can’t plan for the unexpected like that.”>

Chief Hyatt says the would-be robber did have a weapon.

“This is all still very fresh,” Hyatt said. “We are trying to get closure with the family, out of respect for them, before we disclose the other things. It just seems like the right thing to do.”

Neighbors say they heard three gunshots, then rushed to the scene. They say one of those three gunshots hit the suspect in the head. They also say it was not the first time he tried to rob the store.

“He ran over there the first time last week and then came in this week and this is what happened,” Nichols said.

Police are not confirming the identity of the shooter or the robbery suspect at this time. They say the man shot was rushed to Columbus Regional Healthcare System in Whiteville, then transported to New Hanover Regional Medical Center in Wilmington with serious injuries.

“It’s hard to speculate what one’s mindset is without being able to talk to the individual,” Chief Hyatt said. “We believe the intent was to try and steal guns.”

So far there are no charges in this case.

The shooting is still under investigation.

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ONLY ON 3: Site of deadly shooting working with sheriff to prevent future problems

Wednesday, January 11th, 2012

COLUMBUS COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — It’s been more than three weeks since a deadly shooting in Columbus County. Now the sheriff’s office and the property owner where the shooting took place are working together to make sure this does not happen again.

This incident took place at the Triple K Ranch. The owner of the facility rents it out for events, as they did the night of the shooting. Now the owner is keeping a closer eye on what happens on his property, and the sheriff’s office is keeping an eye on him.

“My condolence goes out to the families and everybody involved with this. We are taking all kinds of measures to make sure nothing of this magnitude happens again,” said Greg Keith, co-owner of Triple K Ranch, where last month a shooting killed a man and injured two young women. The facility has not reopened since.

“We temporarily closed our doors to make sure that all of our guidelines was lining up with the police force,” he said.

Keith and the Columbus County Sheriff’s Office have been working together since the shooting. Sheriff Chris Batten told WWAY and the owners of the Triple K Ranch that another incident would result in the permanent closure of the venue.

“We are working very close with the police department to make sure we are not doing anything illegally or trying to do anything against the neighbors with the noise ordinance,” Keith said.

Keith rents out the ranch for the weekend, which was the case the night of the shooting.

“This one just got out of hand and we’re really sorry that it happened in this way,” Keith said.

But he is now stepping back and reviewing the guidelines he sets out for renters.

In the meantime, the sheriff’s office has made an arrest connected to the party, but not for the shooting. John Freeman and James Flemming are both charged with providing alcohol to minors.

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Trial date set in Brunswick drive-by shooting

Wednesday, January 11th, 2012

Matthew Baber, 28, is charged with felony conspiracy to commit murder, other offenses

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Wilmington couple pleads guilty to federal charges

Wednesday, January 11th, 2012

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — A Wilmington couple has pleaded guilty to federal drug and firearms charges.

The US Department of Justice says Maurice and Jessica Lott received a suspicious package that was mailed from Washington state to Wilmington last March. After the couple picked up the package containing marijuana, ecstasy and oxycodone from the post office, investigators go a search warrant for their home. That search turned up additional drugs and a handgun.

Sentencing is scheduled for April.

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