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Archive for July, 2014

Nicholas Sparks film ‘The Longest Ride’ changes extras casting

Monday, July 28th, 2014

Fewer people will be taking "The Longest Ride" to Jacksonville.

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Pender County man pleads guilty in meth lab case

Monday, July 28th, 2014

A Pender County man apologetically pleaded guilty to several meth charges Monday afternoon in Pender County Superior Court.

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What does the state budget deal mean for film incentives?

Monday, July 28th, 2014

State legislative leaders announced over the weekend that they had reached a framework for a budget deal

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Holley and Miller selected to NCHSAA Hall of Fame

Monday, July 28th, 2014

Seven more outstanding individuals in the annals of state prep athletics have been selected for induction into the North Carolina High School Athletic Association Hall of Fame.

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DA: Gangs connect to trafficking heroin in Wilmington

Monday, July 28th, 2014

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Five co-defendants from New Jersey pleaded guilty to, and received their sentences for, trafficking heroin in New Hanover County.

The district attorney’s office said the charges stem from arrests on March 30, 2012. When Wilmington Police got a tip from an informant, investigators launched what would become a two-month investigation.

Investigators said they found out the United Blood Nation gang from New Jersey had connected with Wilmington members. Investigators watched the suspects and then bought heroin from them at the Days Inn Motel on Market Street. That’s how investigators were able to get a warrant to search the rooms the suspects had rented. There they found 2,718 glassine bags of heroin and arrested eight suspects for several drug felonies.

Stephen Poole, 23, Leah Porter, 31, James Thomas, 36, Tykeem Thomas, 39, and Reginald Willis, 30, all admitted to heroin trafficking. Poole also pleaded guilty to selling and delivering the drug. Their sentences range from up to one year to more than 16 years in prison.

District Attorney Ben David said it’s important to give drug traffickers harsh sentences.

“Heroin is a dangerous drug that takes the lives of hundreds of people each year,” David said. “Drug dealers from Wilmington, and from other cities, need to know that my office takes offenses involving heroin seriously and that offenders will face stiff penalties for dealing drugs in my district.”


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