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Archive for October, 2013

Maintenance contractor to lay off nearly 100 workers in New Hanover

Monday, October 28th, 2013

These layoffs primarily signify the end of a current contract, not necessarily a net loss in employment.

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Mom: Robbery, shoot-out suspects ‘made bad decisions’

Monday, October 28th, 2013

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — The only survivor of a Friday night police shoot made his first court appearance this afternoon.

Jalani Smith, 20, made a video appearance as his family watched in the courtroom. He faces multiple armed robbery charges and four counts of first degree kidnapping.

Investigators say late Friday night Smith, Ronald Roland and Tevin Robinson robbed the Pizza Hut on S. 17th St. As they left, police were waiting. Investigators say when the trio failed to follows commands from officers, gunshots were exchanged. Roland and Robinson died. Smith was hurt.

Smith’s parents say Monday’s hearing was the first time they were able to see and speak to him since the shooting.

“Unfortunately they made bad decisions, and we can’t take that back,” Smith’s mother Regina Smith said. “But regardless, he is loved, and he is not a bad child.”

Smith is in jail under a $1.5 million bond.

Wilmington Police say Friday’s shoot-out does not clear the string of restaurant robberies in the area. They say they are still investigating with help from several agencies.

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Redenbaugh considering a run for Goolsby’s seat

Monday, October 28th, 2013

Elizabeth Redenbaugh is considering a run for Republican Thom Goolsby’s state Senate seat.

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Adams sentenced to life after admitting killing young mother

Monday, October 28th, 2013

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — A Wilmington man will spend the rest of his life in prison after pleading guilty today to murder a young mother early last year.

Andrew Bernard Adams, 56, admitted to killing Latricia Scott. The 24-year-old Cape Fear Community College student was last seen at Adams’s downtown Wilmington home the night of Jan. 10, 2012. Wilmington Police found her body buried in the backyard of the house three days later.

This is not Adams’s first trip to prison. He served 30 years for a series of rapes in the 1970s.

Adams avoided the death penalty after his defense team argued he was mentally retarded. An expert witness for the state supported the claim.

Adams is also charged in connected to cold cases in Craven County. After police arrested him for Scott’s death, he also confessed to the 1977 rape and murder of Gwendolyn Nelson in New Bern and was charged with first-degree murder in that case.

Adams will be transferred to Craven County, where he will enter a guilty plea to second-degree murder and second-degree rape. He will receive another life sentence for each offense under the sentencing law in effect in 1977.

After that he will go to Central Prison in Raleigh to serve out his sentences.

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CHARGED: Woman charged with animal cruelty after puppy mill raid

Monday, October 28th, 2013

The Pender County Sheriff's Office charged a woman Monday morning in connection to a puppy mill raid that happened earlier this month.

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