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Archive for June, 2013

Pit bulls rescued by police could soon be put down

Monday, June 24th, 2013

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Wilmington Police rescued six pit bulls from a home at 2834 Ward Street Friday, but there may not be much of a future for the animals.

An animal control spokesman says pit bulls cannot be adopted out, so if their owner does not claim the dog in five business days, they’ll be put down.

Police found the dogs at a home where the tenants had been evicted. They believe a felon lived at the house, where they found two rifles and a handgun.

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Man sentenced to more than 10 years in prison for heroin charges

Monday, June 24th, 2013

A Wilmington man was sentenced to more than 10 years prison recently after pleading guilty in March to conspiracy to possession with the intent to distribute and distribution of a quantity of heroin and four counts of distribution of a quantity of heroin.

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Arrest made in overnight murder in Leland

Monday, June 24th, 2013

Investigators with the Brunswick County Sheriff's Office have arrested a man accused of murder and two others for drugs.

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2nd suspect injured in checkpoint shooting released from hospital, charged

Monday, June 24th, 2013

The second suspect who was shot during an incident at a DWI checkpoint in Brunswick County earlier this month has been released from the hospital and has been arrested.

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Neighbors say gangs behind increase in shootings

Monday, June 24th, 2013

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — An undermanned Wilmington Police Department is working overtime after another shooting in the Port City.

Meanwhile community leaders say they have had enough, and it’s time to stop the violence.

“I’ve never seen in my life so many African-American males perishing and people are walking around like they’re almost oblivious to what is happening to them,” said Rev. James Jamison Jr. of Hope Baptist Church for all Nations.

With 48 reports of shots fired in the month of June, including four people shot in the past five days, a crime wave has hit the Port City, and residents say there is no end in site.

“There were two gentleman that were released from prison, and they said they were going to get revenge on whoever it was that ratted on them,” said Hampton Colclough, who lives in a neighborhood where a teen was shot and killed last week. “It was Blood on Blood, which is family on family. They’re trying to extinguish each other.”

To combat the violence, Police Chief Ralph Evangelous is faced with a dilemma: fill the 19 vacancies in his force or have the current force log more overtime hours.

“It’s a jungle here,” Colclough said. “It’s a jungle, and these guys are going wild. They’ve got more guns than the cops down here. They have more guns than the cops!”

“Why pay overtime when we can get more officers?” Jamison said. “I have noticed the streets in the last couple of days the usual suspects are not hanging out where they usually hangout, because they know there is more officers present, and they’re going into their little cubby holes until this storm blows over.”

Community leaders are now trying to band together to break the binds of gang violence, not with law enforcement, but with one unified voice.

“I’m African-American, and these are my babies out here dying every day,” Jamison said. “Yes, we have a gang problem, but we really have a problem with adults taking responsibility for their children.”

Police say they hope to fill the open jobs soon, but it still takes time to train those officers and get them up to speed.

If you have any information on any of the recent shootings in wilmington contact police.

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