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FREE TICKETS to see Academy Award-winning ‘Undefeated’ TONIGHT

Thursday, June 20th, 2013

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — "Undefeated," winner of the 2011 Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature, is coming to Wilmington for one showing only.

Presented by the Wilmington Police Department, Cape Fear Community College and WWAY NewsChannel 3, the film shows viewers the struggles of the Manassas Tigers of Memphis, as they attempt a winning season after years of losing.

Coach Bill Courtney helps turn high school team around and helps turn a group of young men into an academic and athletic team.

The screening will be Thursday, June 20 at the CFCC Schwartz Center at 6 p.m.

SWING BY THE TELEVISION STATION (LOCATED AT 615 NORTH FRONT STREET) BETWEEN 9 A.M. AND 4 P.M. TO PICK UP YOUR FREE TICKETS.

 

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Southport’s first black police chief dies at 72

Thursday, June 20th, 2013

By Brian Freskos
Brian.Freskos@StarNewsOnline.com
 
SOUTHPORT, NC (StarNewsOnline.com) — George R. McCracken, who became Southport's first black police chief during an era of simmering racial tensions in the South, died early Monday in his sleep at his home on Jabbertown Road. He was 72.
 
Born on April 3, 1941, at Dosher Memorial Hospital, McCracken joined the Southport Police Department in the 1960s at the urging of white friends, his wife said, placing him among the first black police officers in North Carolina. 
 
The city appointed him chief in 1974, forcing the mayor at the time to travel to the state Capitol to defend the hiring of a black man as the town's top law enforcement official.
 

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UPDATE: One person dead, another injured after shots fired in downtown Wilmington

Thursday, June 20th, 2013

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Police are investigating an overnight shooting that left one man dead, and another shot in the leg.

Dispatchers say it all started when calls came in, reporting shots fired in downtown Wilmington near the 1300 block of S. 7th Street just after 1:30 a.m.

Wilmington police say they found the body of a young man near S. 6th and Kidder Streets, and are working to identify him. They say he suffered an apparent gunshot wound.

Another man was shot in the leg, and is being questioned in the hospital.

Police taped off a few blocks near the scene, between 6th and 7th Streets, as well Kidder and Marstellar Streets.

No word on whether the two victims were involved in the same incident.

Stay with WWAY for more on this developing story.

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Pender High student charged with statutory rape on campus

Thursday, June 20th, 2013

PENDER COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — Deputies in Pender County have charged a 19-year-old with raping a fellow student at Pender High School on the last day of school earlier this month, WWAY has learned.

A school district spokeswoman said “an alleged incident” happened at the school, but she would confirm if it was a rape allegation.

Pender County Sheriff’s detective Sgt. John Leatherwood told WWAY this afternoon he was not prepared to release information about the investigation. Hours later, though, Leatherwood told our partners at the StarNews that Sam Clark Sanchez, 19, of Ivanhoe is charged with one count of statutory rape.

The newspaper reports deputies arrested Sanchez June 7, the same day the alleged rape occurred. He was jailed in Pender County in lieu of $75,000 bond.

Sgt. Leatherwood told the StarNews that investigators believe the rape happened during school hours and on school grounds, where both the suspect and alleged victim attended classes.

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WEATHER: Coastal showers

Thursday, June 20th, 2013

WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) Showers, once again will be in the forecast, as the same pesky trough stays close enough to the coast hat showers will be possible at any given time – mainly along the coast. Inland

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