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Archive for April, 2014

Body of Shannon Rippy found; Arrest made

Wednesday, April 30th, 2014

WILMINGTON, NC (StarNews) — A convicted murderer and co-worker of missing Wilmington woman Shannon Rippy Vannewkirk has been arrested and charged in her killing after her body was recovered in Pender County on Tuesday, Vannewkirk’s friend and employer Steve Mott confirmed this morning.

James Opelton Bradley, 51, of 2505 Flint Drive in Wilmington, is being held in the New Hanover County jail on a charge of first-degree murder.

Wilmington Police Department investigators found Vannewkirk’s body buried off Hoover Road in Hampstead on property where Mott was preparing to grow vegetables, he said.

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Beer by the glass on Pender ballot

Wednesday, April 30th, 2014

Pender County voters on Tuesday will decide whether to allow businesses to sell beer by the glass.

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WWAY says goodbye to Ashley Jacobs

Wednesday, April 30th, 2014

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — It’s a sad day at WWAY, as we say goodbye to Good Morning Carolina anchor Ashley Jacobs.

Ashley’s husband Nick recently earned a promotion to Warrant Officer in the US Marine Corps. As a result, he, along with Ashley and their two young kids, have been transferred to Camp Pendleton outside San Diego.

Ashley joined the WWAY family in February 2012. She left us at the end of the year, as the commitments of being a military wife meant she needed more time at home. Soon, though, the siren’s song of TV news brought her home to us again, as she returned to the GMC anchor desk in August.

We all thought she’d be here for a long time, as it looked like Nick would be at Camp Lejeune for a while. But life doesn’t always work out the way you planned, and while we are sad to see them go, it’s tough to be too upset saying goodbye to a family that has devoted itself to service to our country. It’s people like them that we all need to be grateful to and thankful for.

We will certainly miss Ashley, her contagious laugh, her loveable goofiness and those funny moments when her Midwest accent pops up. You can take the girl out of Ohio, but you can never take Ohio out of the girl!

Please join us in wishing Ashley and her family all the best. She has certainly given us that during her time here.


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Officials find body of missing woman, man charged with first degree murder

Wednesday, April 30th, 2014

Deputies with the Pender County Sheriff's Office teamed up with officers from the Wilmington Police Department in the discovery of a dead body on Hoover Road in Hampstead Tuesday night.

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HAPPENING NOW: Body of Shannon Rippy found; Arrest made

Wednesday, April 30th, 2014

WILMINGTON, NC (STARNEWSONLINE.COM) — An arrest has been made in the disappearance of Shannon Rippy Vannewkirk, an official said this morning.

The Wilmington Police Department will hold a press conference to announce the arrest and information on Vannewkirk at 9:30 a.m. today, said WPD spokeswoman Linda Rawley.

Vannewkirk, 53, has been at the center of an extensive police and community search. She was reported missing April 6 after she failed to show up for her birthday celebration the day before. She was last seen in downtown Wilmington leaving The Husk bar, 31 S. Front St., about 7 p.m. April 5. Surveillance cameras captured her as she entered The Husk at 3 p.m.


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