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Harris Teeter requests to extend Carolina Beach property lease

CAROLINA BEACH, NC (WECT) - A popular question around Carolina Beach is whether or not Harris Teeter will ever build on the island. The grocery store chain has owned property along North Lake Park Boulevard since 2005 and on February 13 requested to extend their lease for their Conditional Use Permi


Wilmington man convicted of illegally stockpiling firearms

RALEIGH -- A Wilmington man who reportedly lied about his mental health history has been sentenced for illegally stockpiling guns. Hasan Eminof, 20, pleaded guilty Nov. 19 to an indictment of two counts of making a false statement to a firearm dealer, and one count of possession of a firearm by a pe


For some Carolina Beach businesses, Florence isn't over

CAROLINA BEACH -- When the phone rang Tuesday in The Savannah Inn's office, manager Brittany Francis let it ring. With the hotel's 22 rooms still scarred by storm damage, she won't be taking reservations any time soon.


NC county considering new tax on prepared foods, beverages

BRUNSWICK COUNTY N.C. (WECT) - Neighbors and tourists visiting Brunswick County may have to pay more for their meals. Brunswick County representatives in the state House, Deb Butler (D) and Frank Iler (R), filed House Bill 17 on Jan. 31. The bill would let county leaders in municipalities decide to


First Alert Forecast: COLD WARM COLD WARM COLD

WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) - The temperature rollercoaster continues, friends! A fidgety front is the culprit. Thursday: boundary lifts north as a warm front, temperatures make gains. Friday: boundary charges back south as a cold front, readings drop off. And as you might guess, warm air will muscle its


Former WECT employee honored by New Hanover Co. Schools

WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) - A former WECT reporter received the top honor Tuesday at the Downtown Wilmington Rotary Club's third annual New Hanover County Schools Rookie of the Year ceremony at Cape Fear Country Club.


Intern killed by lion at North Carolina wildlife center was dragged around by her neck, fought back

The 22-year-old intern killed by an escaped lion at a North Carolina wildlife education center tried to fight off the animal as she was dragged around by the neck, according to an autopsy report released Tuesday.


Accident shuts down southbound lane of Carolina Beach Road in Monkey Junction

WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) - Crews have temporarily closed down the southbound lane of Carolina Beach Road at the intersection with S. College Road in Wilmington after a vehicle accident Saturday night.


Gas prices skyrocketing across North Carolina

RALEIGH, N.C. (WNCN) - Gas prices have gone up by 12 cents in North Carolina in just the last week, AAA reports. Last Wednesday, the average price of gas was $2.15. It is now $2.27 and that's even four cents higher than Tuesday.


NCDEQ to hold public hearing on Chemours in Bladen County

WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) - The North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality’s Division of Air Quality will hold a public meeting and hearing Monday on a draft air permit for Chemours to install and operate a thermal oxidizer/scrubber system for emission control at their Fayetteville Works Facilit


Lion killed intern at No. Carolina zoo when gate was blocked, witness says in report

BURLINGTON, N.C. — A witness told authorities a gate blocked by a ball at a North Carolina animal preserve allowed a lion to reach three people cleaning an enclosure and begin a fatal attack, biting one intern's ankle and pulling her into the enclosure, according to a medical examiner's report.


Education And Race - Next Steps In New Hanover County

The New Hanover County Board of Education will meet next week to discuss the future of Williston Middle School. At issue is whether it will become an arts school, a high school, or perhaps stay as it is. That’s just one of several items the new Board is working on this year. And those items come wit


Two arrested in connection with armed robbery of Circle K gas station thanks to Crime Stoppers tips

WILMINGTON — The New Hanover County Sheriff’s Office has made an arrest in an armed robbery case thanks to a tip that came through Crime Stoppers. According to a press release, “James Randolph Williams has been arrested for armed robbery of the Circle K gas station on Gordon Rd from January 29. A ti


North Carolina lagging behind as marijuana legalization sweeps nation

Marijuana legalization can affect multiple things from a state's tax income to incarceration rates. Will North Carolina legalize it? And if so, when?


North Carolina transgender inmate denied move to women's prison

LILLINGTON, N.C. - A transgender woman convicted of insurance fraud is serving time at a men's prison in North Carolina despite her repeated requests to transfer to women's housing.


Mark Harris' son warned him about operative in North Carolina scandal

In emotional testimony Wednesday, the son of North Carolina Republican Mark Harris said he warned his father about the absentee ballot strategy used by Leslie McCrae Dowless, the political operative now at the center of an election fraud scandal in the state's 9th Congressional District.


Larger than Wilmington’s The Avenue, massive development ‘The Preserve’ could be coming to Hampstead

HAMPSTEAD — Despite an ongoing five-year legal battle over the state’s right of emminent domain on its 684-acre property — located just northwest of Topsail High along U.S. 17 — national developer Jamestown L.P. seems to be pushing forward a mixed-use development proposal that would be considerably


Uber driver says passenger attacked him, tried to steal his car while on duty

WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) - A Wilmington Uber driver said a passenger attacked him and tried to take his car during an early morning fare Wednesday. David Fortin typically drives for Uber late at night and finishes his shifts around 5 or 6 in the morning. He likes driving that late because he says there


NJ woman sentenced in NC for using children to traffic heroin

BRUNSWICK COUNTY, NC (WECT) - A woman from New Jersey was sentenced in Brunswick County after using children to help traffic heroin along the east coast. A multi-agency, long term investigation revealed Cherelle Hills was part of a network that was trafficking heroin from Camden, NJ to Brunswick Cou


NC man sentenced after lying on ATF applications, owning stockpile of weapons

WILMINGTON, N.C. (WECT) - A Wilmington man deemed "mentally defective" was sentenced for illegally possessing firearms and lying on background checks at two area gun dealers. An investigation revealed Hasan Eminof made a false written statement on an ATF background check from Blackwater Guns in Wilm