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Archive for October, 2014

Police: Man shoots at car driving by, hits porch & parked car

Friday, October 24th, 2014

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Wilmington Police are investigating after ShotSpotter tipped them off to a drive-by shooting, where officers say witnesses watched a man fire shots at a passing vehicle.

It happened in the 800 block of Grace Street just before 8 p.m. Thursday. That’s where police say witnesses saw a tall, skinny black man in a white SUV stop at the intersection and fire two rounds at a passing vehicle.

Officers say witnesses told them the shooter’s SUV appeared to be a Tahoe or Yukon, and that the car he shot at was a dark car that looked like a Dodge Challenger or Charger.

Police say no one was hurt, but bullets hit both a vehicle parked nearby and the porch of an unoccupied home.


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Expect traffic delays for the PPD Beach2Battleship Triathlon

Friday, October 24th, 2014

The annual PPD Beach2Battleship Triathlon starts Saturday, Oct. 25 and a lot of traffic tie-ups are expected throughout the weekend.The Wilmington Police Department is working with event organizers to ensure participants will be safe and the traffic tie-ups are minimized.According to a news release, traffic on the Wrightsville Beach Draw Bridge will increase significantly until 10:30 a.m.Saturday.Also, downtown, Water Street from Grace Street to Dock Street, the site of the finish line, will …

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Man fires gun at vehicle on Grace Street

Friday, October 24th, 2014

A man fired gunshots at a passing vehicle in the 800 block of Grace Street on Thursday evening

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First Alert Forecast: Cloudier to end off the work week, but sunny skies and warmer temps for the weekend

Friday, October 24th, 2014

Lots of sun and a weekend warming trend.

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Accused murderer speaks from jail

Friday, October 24th, 2014

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Did Marokus Ballard kill Hisan Polk? That’s a question a jury will decide.

“I’m not guilty of first degree murder,” said Ballard, “I am not.”

From jail Ballard told us little about what happened Sunday night.

“I tripped and stumbled in something that’s going to take a lot to get out of,” Ballard revealed, adding he couldn’t say more without talking to his attorney.

Police say Ballard shot and killed 23 year old Polk in the 1500 block of S. 15th St.

“None of that was supposed to happen,” he said, “Nothing wasn’t even supposed to happen. I should have just stayed home like I was supposed to,” Ballard said.

He didn’t stay home though. Ballard says he had just gone to a concert with Polk’s half-brother the day before. He says he would not have just turned around the next day and killed his brother.

At a news conference Thursday Chief Ralph Evangelous addressed Ballard’s arrest and the 9 shootings that have happened recently. Saying when officers get to a crime scene, in many instances, no one will tell them what happened.

“Our kids are being killed out there and because of our deafening silence these individuals continue to live this lifestyle,” Evangelous said.

As the investigation continues details about what happened are scarce. Ballard contends he’s saving the information he does have for a court of law.

“Do you know who killed him?” I asked. “No I don’t,” Ballard said.


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