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Archive for September, 2014

Neighbors react to cop accused of chase

Thursday, September 18th, 2014

SUPPLY, NC (WWAY) — A former Leland Police officer accused of leading a high-speed chase from Brunswick County into South Carolina was wanted on warrants that accuse him of threats against a woman and her children involving a rifle. Police were attempting to serve those warrants when they say Smith fled.

“It could have been anything,” Hunter Cuthbert said to herself when she heard sirens blaring last night. ““I didn’t really know what was going on I just knew they were going fast cause when I looked outside they were gone.”

It wasn’t until the next day when she and other folks in the neighborhood where Hank Smith lived found out what had happened.

“I seen the sheriffs deputies pass you know,” Julie Bryant said, motioning her arm back and forth.

It all started off of Hillock Dr. in Supply, police say, as they came to serve warrants on Smith.

The warrants say Hank Smith pointed the AR-15 rifle at the woman and told her he would kill her and her children. The alleged incident Sept. 7 led to charges of assault on a female, assault with a deadly weapon, assault by pointing a gun and communicating threats.

Detectives have since gotten warrants against Smith for attempted murder, flee/elude arrest and assault on a law enforcement officer with a firearm.

Investigators say the chase continued into Horry County and ended on SC Highway 31, where Smith was taken into custody by South Carolina officials. Horry County Police say Smith is in an area hospital and will be charged when he is released. There’s no word yet on what those charges will be.

When neighbors found out Smith was a former law enforcement officer himself, they were angry.

“You don’t wanna know what I think,” said Bryant, “I just think it’s a mess. I mean he’s supposed to uphold the law and here he is a criminal.”

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More answers in the hot car death of a sheriff’s K-9 deputy

Thursday, September 18th, 2014

DUPLIN COUNTY, NC (WCTI.com) — We continue to ask questions in the case of a Duplin County Sheriff's K-9 deputy that died after allegedly being left inside a hot patrol car for about 24 hours.

Now many more facts and many more questions are coming to light. "Kela," a 9-year-old Belgian Malinois, died last month, said Duplin County Sheriff Blake Wallace. She had been with her handler, Deputy Kevin Williams, for four-and-a-half years. We called Duplin County Manager Mike Aldridge to check on the status of this case. Aldridge said he had been told the county attorney was going to turn the case over to the State Bureau of Investigation. 

After three failed attempts at reaching the county attorney, we contacted the SBI directly. SBI officials said the case had not been forwarded to them.

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Authorities search for man who robbed Shallotte bank

Wednesday, September 17th, 2014

The man fled on foot with an undetermined amount of money.

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Beach nourishment takes center stage at candidates event

Wednesday, September 17th, 2014

Funding options for beach nourishment and inlet dredging were among the topics addressed at a roundtable discussion

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“Unsafe” portion of Downtown Riverwalk closing

Wednesday, September 17th, 2014

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — On Tuesday night, city staff announced that they will be blocking off about half a block of the downtown riverwalk as they make some much needed repairs to the wooden planks.

Engineers from both the city and other companies said the area needs substantial repairs. Right now, officials said it is not structurally safe to walk on.

Although the city is responsible for the riverwalk, the Brooks Building owns the concrete support underneath. Both the city and the building owners worked for two years to agree on a plan. But now city officials are saying they need to pursue other options to repair the riverwalk.

“Well, they’re just going to have a chance to explore Water Street for that one half a block and then get back on the Riverwalk,” said Dylan Lee, the city spokesman. “But nonetheless that’s also a historic area so we think it’s equally charming.”

City officials said this project is set to begin within the next few days. There’s no word yet on how long the repairs will take.

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