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Archive for November, 2013

Man pleads guilty in Creekwood shooting; once talked about staying on right track

Wednesday, November 27th, 2013

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — A Wilmington man pleaded guilty today in connection to a shooting in Creekwood in late September.

An orange jumpsuit and a guilty plea were not the way things were supposed to end up for Jones. Five years ago he was one of three young men highlighted in a WWAY special report “Young, Black and Under Attack.” The stories focused on negative stereotypes of young black men.

Jones and two other high school seniors heading to college despite tough starts in life were cited as success stories.

“I didn’t have the money, the clothes, and I just kept pushing myself and telling myself I’m not going to be like this when I get older, and I’m going to try to achieve as much as possible in life. That’s what I’m doing here today,”Jones said in the spring 2008 interview.

Wednesday, though, Jones pleaded guilty to going armed to the terror of the public and breaking and entering after a shooting in Creekwood Sept. 29 injured two people.

As part of his suspended sentence and probation, the judge ordered him to avoid the other two defendants in the case. It was a reminder of the now prophetic advice Jones once shared with us.

“Don’t look toward the negative,”he said during the 2008 interview. “Just because it looks fun at the time, worse case if someone gets shot, you’re all going down for that charge. Where will you be? You’ll be in jail, and you’ll wish you weren’t there, so just find someone that you can be positive with.”

Records show Jones was also convicted of assault and disorderly conduct as a teen. In the courtroom Wednesday he told the judge, “I learned my lesson.”

Jones received a 45-day suspended sentence. Because he already served 59 days in jail, he was released this afternoon. The judge also ordered him to stay away from Creekwood and all other WHA properties and not be involved in any gang activities.


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Employee at teen agency wins funds to study effective health contributors

Wednesday, November 27th, 2013

Jill Boesel has set a daunting two-year goal for herself

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Supply man killed in Holden Beach wreck

Wednesday, November 27th, 2013

The road was shut down between Stanbury and Boones Neck for more than an hour

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It’s Chris’ last day at WWAY; leaving us to tie the knot

Wednesday, November 27th, 2013

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — A familiar face is leaving us soon in the name of romance.

Chris Phillips, our co-anchor and former chief meteorologist, is moving to the Columbia, SC, area to be closer to his fiancee Roberta. They plan to marry in 2014.

Chris is one of the most talented on-air people I’ve ever worked with. He can talk about anything for as long as you need him to during a newscast. Plus he’s incredibly witty to boot.

I know I will be joined by thousands of people in Southeastern North Carolina who will be sad to see him go and will miss his charm and talent. It was a great opportunity for this television station to be able to bring Chris back to anchor in 2010.

Chris’s last day on-air will be the day before Thanksgiving, Wednesday, Nov. 27.

Chris – good luck, thank you for all that you did for WWAY, and we wish you and Roberta nothing but the best together!


Scott Pickey
News Director

Thanks everybody. It has been a time of great new beginnings for me here. From starting in weather back in 2005 to my move to the anchor desk. I had a chance to meet so many people covering weather and news.

Wilmington has been a wonderful home and I will miss many people here, in Southport, Carolina and Kure Beaches.

TV is a mobile business, like a sports team many people come and go under the station banner. WWAY will continue to grow through change and challenges and will endure as a place where many will begin a career in TV and some will remain long enough to become familiar.

I will miss you all.

Chris Phillips


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Holiday travel: Both bridges expected to go up this evening, plan accordingly

Wednesday, November 27th, 2013

According to the bridge tender, both bridges are expected to go up between 5:30 p.m. and 6 p.m. Wednesday while a barge leaves the Port City.

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