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Archive for September, 2014

Cape Fear Museum’s new director coming from Virginia

Friday, September 19th, 2014

Sheryl Kingery Mays will start her new job in Wilmington on Nov. 4.

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Wilmington officials plan public forums about transportation bond

Friday, September 19th, 2014

The meetings will provide information on projects proposed in the $55 million bond package

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Detective went to former cop’s house on child sex crimes call

Friday, September 19th, 2014

BRUNSWICK COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — New details are emerging about the former Leland Police officer accused of leading a high-speed chase into South Carolina this week, including allegations of sex crimes involving a young child.

Arrest warrants for Hank Smith accuse his of pointing a rifle at a woman at their Supply home Sept. 7 and threatening to kill her and her children.

The next day, a detective for the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office responded to the home for a call about sexual exploitation of a minor and indecent liberties with a minor. According to the incident log, the alleged victim is a 3-year-old girl, and the suspect is a 40-year-old white male.

A Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman would not comment on whether Smith, 40, was the suspect identified in that investigation.

Tuesday deputies tried to serve warrants for assault on a female, assault with a deadly weapon, assault by pointing a gun and communicating threats on Smith at the grocery store where he works. Those charges stem from the Sept. 7 incident.

Investigators say Smith took off and led them on a high-speed chase into Horry County, SC. They say he shot at them along the way, leading to several more charges, including attempted murder.

Smith was hospitalized after the chase. Late this morning he was listed in fair condition at Grand Strand Medical Center in Myrtle Beach.

Smith resigned from the Leland Police Department in May 2013. His resignation came days after WWAY broke a story of a Leland man who asked the town for $100,000 to settled a claim of wrongful arrest against Smith and another Leland officer. The man later filed a federal lawsuit against the town and officers.

Stay with WWAY NewsChannel 3 for more on this developing story.


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Happening Now: State of the Art/Art of the State

Friday, September 19th, 2014

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — This weekend hundreds of artist from around the state are showing off their work and helping raise money.

Cameron Art Museum is hosting the ‘State of the Art/Art of the State’ event. From noon Friday through noon Saturday, artist will drop off their work at the museum. There are musical performances all evening through midnight and starting back in the morning. The performances and arts sampler(24 hrs) are free to check out.

The event aims to raise $24,000 in 24 hours which organizers say will be matched dollar for dollar.
Artist from around the state will have their work seen by curators from around the country.

Cape Fear Community College art student Branden Summers is entering his ‘Merman’ piece of art made out of tape and plastic. “We started out just doing our hands,” he said. “and I kind of got enthralled with the body, and the casting and kind of went with it. It slowly turned into a merman. The piece is called Plasticasy”.

Curators will check out everyone’s work Saturday evening during the exhibition opening at 6pm.

For more details on the event, check out the museum’s website:


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First Alert Forecast: breezy with coastal showers to start the weekend

Friday, September 19th, 2014

The last weekend of summer begins with northeast breezes, clouds, and coastal showers. 

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