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Archive for July, 2013

Child finds gun in Wilmington park

Wednesday, July 24th, 2013

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WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — A child playing in a Wilmington park yesterday afternoon found a gun on the plaground.

Wilmington Police say the boy was on the playground at Portia Mills Hines Park at N. 10th and Rankin streets around 1 p.m. when he found a handgun under the stairs. Police say the child went to his grandmother and told her, and she called 911.

“That just goes to show you what’s out there,” WPD spokeswoman Linda Rawley said. “Certainly glad that this lady was able to collect it and that this child was not hurt.”

Police responded to the scene and took the gun. They ran its serial number through a national law enforcement database, but Rawley said they did not get any hits on it, and it has not been reported stolen.

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Tropical Storm Dorian forms in eastern Atlantic

Wednesday, July 24th, 2013

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WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Tropical Storm Dorian has formed off the coast of Africa in the eastern Atlantic.

Midday Wednesday, the storm's maximum are near 50 mph. It's important to note that this system is thousands of miles away from the US, and about 5 days away from the Caribbean Islands.

Right now, waters are relatively cool in the open Atlantic, and there is an abundance of dry air in front of the storm which will make it harder to gain strength. 

As always, we'll continue to track the storm for you. The best way to get updates is to visit Hurricanes 101. You can also get updates on the StormTrack 3 Mobile App. 

– Meteorologist Tim Buckley

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UPDATE: DA will get SBI probe of WPD

Wednesday, July 24th, 2013

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WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — New Hanover County District Attorney should soon get the results of a SBI investigation into the Wilmington Police Department and the way officers handled of a botched prostitution sting last year.

Yesterday, SBI spokeswoman Jennifer Canada told WWAY the results are now being reviewed by the Attorney General's Special Prosecution Section. Today Canada said that information was not accurate. She said SBI agents have finished the investigation and are finalizing the report to go to the DA.

Canada said she had confused our request for information on the WPD investigation with the SBI's investigation into former New Hanover County Sheriff's Lt. Joey LeBlanc, which the special prosecutors are now handling.

David and Police Chief Ralph Evangelous asked for the WPD probe in March after WWAY helped uncover details of the sting that Evangelous admitted officers covered up for months.

WPD disciplined at least three officers believed to be involved in the incident. Two of the men eventually quit.

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ABC movie to shoot at Wilmington homes throughout August

Wednesday, July 24th, 2013

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WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — The City of Wilmington has issued the first film permits for the Hallmark Hall of Fame movie “Christmas in Conway.”

The movie, starring Mary-Louise Parker, will shoot interiors and exteriors at homes at 1307 and 1311 Country Club Road throughout August. The permit says the shoots will be on weekdays starting Aug. 5 and ending Aug. 28. According to the permit, the shoots will include up to 10 cast members, 70 crew members and 30 extras.

“Christmas in Conway” is slated to air on ABC and WWAY later this year.

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Deputies looking for suspect after fugitive roundup

Wednesday, July 24th, 2013

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WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — New Hanover County Sheriff’s deputies say a recent undercover operation led them to arrest 16 people on drug charges, but they’re still looking for one more suspect.

Investigators say James Edison Smallwood Jr. has warrants for two counts of possession with intent to sell/deliver heroin, two counts sell/deliver heroin, two counts possession of drug paraphernalia and maintaining a dwelling/vehicle. Smallwood is a 32-year-old black male approximately 5’11’ and 155 lbs. Anyone with any information on Smallwood please call the New Hanover County Sheriff’s Office (910) 798-4162.

The Sheriff’s Vice & Narcotics Division conducted the undercover operation in the Long Leaf Park Community after getting numerous complaints from citizens and tips of drug dealing. Detectives targeted dealers selling crack cocaine, heroin, prescription pills and marijuana. Officers executed three search warrants leading to charges against 16 people.

Search warrants:

219 Davie Dr.

Arrested:

· Tracyee Stokes charged with PWISD Marijuana (3 counts), selling marijuana (2 counts), possession of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia (3 counts) and Maintaining a dwelling (3 counts)

· Joseph Reaves charged with conspiracy to sell marijuana.

· Sonja Smith charged with possession of marijuana and possession of paraphernalia.

2814 Morgan St.

Arrested:

· Kendrick Johnson charged with PWISD Marijuana (2 counts), selling marijuana (2 counts), possession of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia (2 counts), and maintaining a dwelling/vehicle (2 counts)

· Michallee Hooper charged with possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia.

321 Calhoun Drive

Arrested:

· George Wright charged with PWISD Marijuana (4 counts), selling marijuana (3 counts), possession of marijuana (4 counts), manufacturing marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia (3 counts), maintaining a dwelling (3 counts).

· Juanicka Brown charged with PWISD Marijuana, possession of marijuana, manufacture marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia, and maintaining a dwelling.

-Other arrest in Long Leaf park

· Tiffianie Millinor charged with selling heroin, possession with intent to sell heroin and possession of drug paraphernalia.

· Tiwan Mullings charged with selling cocaine (2 counts), possession with intent to sell cocaine (3 counts), manufacture cocaine, possession of drug paraphernalia (2 counts), maintaining a dwelling/vehicle (3 counts), and conspiracy to deliver cocaine.

· Donald James charged with Possession with intent to sell cocaine, manufacture cocaine, possession of drug paraphernalia, conspiracy to sell cocaine, and maintaining a dwelling/vehicle.

· Michele Dominguez charged with selling cocaine, possession with intent to sell cocaine, possession of drug paraphernalia, maintaining a dwelling/vehicle and conspiracy to sell cocaine.

· Dathan McIntyre charged with selling cocaine, possession with intent to sell cocaine, possession of drug paraphernalia, conspiracy to sell cocaine, and maintaining a dwelling/vehicle.

· Terrence Miller charged with Possession with intent to sell cocaine (2 counts), selling cocaine (2 counts), conspiracy to sell cocaine, and possession of drug paraphernalia (2 counts).

· Dequannze Williamson charged with Possession with intent to sell cocaine (1 count), Sell or Deliver Cocaine (1 Count)

· Mark Allen Hewett charged with Trafficking Heroin (8 counts) Possession with intent to sell cocaine (1 count), Sell or Deliver Cocaine (1 Count), possession with the intent to manufacture/sell/deliver schedule III(1 count), possession with the intent to manufacture/sell/deliver schedule I(1 count)

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