Wilmington HotelsWilmington AdvertiseWilmington AttractionsWilmington BeachesWilmington Business DirectoryWilmingtonWilmingtonWilmington GolfWilmington JobsWilmington NewsWilmington DiningWilmington Weather



Wilmington, NC News

  Free Wilmington Travel Guide!

Archive for August, 2013

Man described as one of city’s worst offenders back in jail, mom talks ONLY ON 3

Thursday, August 22nd, 2013


WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — A man Police Chief Ralph Evangelous dubbed one of Wilmington’s worst offenders is back behind bars.

Rashawn Hines, 19, was arrested last night for a felony probation violation.

Earlier this month, Evangelous criticized a visiting judge for letting Hines go on a probation violation Hines told us was bogus.

“A visiting judge dropped the ball and released one of our worst offenders back onto the streets,” Evangelous said during a news conference Aug. 8.

A few days later, we asked Hines in an ONLY ON 3 interview what he thought of the chief’s statements.

“They let me go. They get on TV saying I’m the worst criminal, the day I got out I was shooting. I was in here in the bed,” Hines said.

Less than two weeks later, Hines is back in jail. This time it’s for another felony probation violation.

According to court documents, Hines violated the terms of his probation when he was convicted Wednesday of resisting an officer.

Hines agreed to do a jailhouse interview with us, but when we arrived, he refused, saying there was nothing more to talk about.

His mother spoke on his behalf instead.

She says since his release from jail, her son had been staying out of trouble and attending school every day working toward his GED.

“He told us he was trying to change, you know? But what can he do?” Fredericka Hines said.

She says the whole reason he pleaded guilty is because his lawyer quit the day before his court date, and he did not have the time or money to get a new attorney.

“So he went in there to ask for a motion. The judge didn’t want to give him a motion,” Fredericka Hines said. “He said that case was going to be tried today. He wanted to hear it today. It had to be tried. So it was either find your lawyer right then out there in the courthouse, or you’re going to take care of it yourself.”

Fredericka Hines says her son did not feel he would be treated fairly.

“So he just went on and took the guilty plea, even though he didn’t feel he was guilty, but he just felt that he wasn’t going to have a fair trial, so that’s why he took a guilty plea,” she said.

Hines is in the New Hanover County Jail under $500,000 bond. He is due back in court Monday.

“The recent arrest of Rashawn Hines is the result of a combined effort with the Wilmington Police Department, the New Hanover County Courts and our local probation office,” Wilmington Police Chief Ralph Evangelous said in a statement to WWAY. “We are committed to removing repeat offenders from our streets who fail to obey the law.”

More: continued here

YOU MAKE THE CALL: Was traffic stop of city employee handled properly?

Thursday, August 22nd, 2013


WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Often in newsrooms there are stories that lead to debate: Is it news or not? Will viewers want to see it, or should they see it all?

Tonight, we ask you to be the judge.

After getting a tip about a traffic stop this week in Wilmington involving a city employee, we started to dig.

Here are the facts: Monday morning Ofc. Robert Pearce (Call sign 250) initiated a traffic stop for speeding in the 600 block of Market Street. We also know the SUV driven by Roger Johnson, Assistant to the City Manager for Development, did not stop until reaching a parking lot on Chestnut Street about six blocks away.

So we’d like you to watch the full dashcam video (click on the video, above left) from Ofc. Pearce’s car and let us know what you think.

We talked with Johnson yesterday. He would not go on camera, but said he was pulling into a lot where he normally parks because it was safe. He said he did not believe his position with the city helped him get out of the ticket.

City Manager Sterling Cheatham told us he had heard “something about it,” but could not to speak to the situation, because he did not know all the facts, other than that Johnson had been very apologetic.

We also asked Police Chief Ralph Evangelous about what happened.

“It was probably three blocks, and he was speeding it looks like. Roger was extremely apologetic, and he has apologized to the officer, and the officer is doing his job out there, and he tried to make that traffic stop. He went about three blocks, from what I can determine from the video, into the parking lot,” Evangelous said.

“We have, officers have discretion every day. They don’t give tickets out to everybody that they stop. They have the discretion to give verbal warnings, written warnings, or whatever, so… Officers do that on a regular basis.”

New Hanover County Dispatch says Ofc. Pearce cleared the call through the computer in his car. The dispatch Event Report shows he closed it with a verbal warning.

More: continued here

Judge orders hearing in sweepstakes parlor fight

Thursday, August 22nd, 2013


WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — A judge has called for an evidentiary hearing as a sweepstakes parlor fights to stay in business.

Capital One Reward Zone filed for a temporary restraining order against the New Hanover County Sheriff and the District Attorney for raiding the Market Street business last month.

The business’s attorney argues the software used on its computers is not illegal, so the sweepstakes parlor should not have been busted and employees cited.

The judge has called for a hearing Monday in civil court.

More: continued here

Laney-Pender football game moved to Saturday

Thursday, August 22nd, 2013

Rather than playing Friday night in Burgaw, Laney will meet Pender at 6 p.m. Saturday at Topsail.

More: continued here

Evidence hearing set for lawsuit filed against NHCSO, District Attorney’s Office

Thursday, August 22nd, 2013

The District Attorney's Office and the New Hanover County Sheriff's Office were both served with a lawsuit Wednesday, according to DA Ben David.

More: continued here



News provided by WWAY NewsChannel 3 and the StarNewsOnline

|Home| |Events| |Attractions| |Accommodations| |Restaurants| |Golf| |Beaches| |Jobs| |Getting Here| |Climate| |Directory| |News| |Advertise| |Contact Us|

  Welcome to Wilmington, North Carolina