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Wilmington man caught in fentanyl and heroin bust, largest ever at the time, gets 17 years

RALEIGH — On Thursday a Wilmington resident and fentanyl distributor, Shawqi Gray, 37, was sentenced to 17 years in prison by Chief U.S. District Judge Terrence Boyle. In November, Gray pleaded guilty to possession with the intent to distribute 100 grams or more of heroin and a quantity of fentanyl,


Wilmington Police identify murder victim in late night shooting

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Wilmington Police have identified the teenager shot and killed in the Creekwood South community on Thursday night. Zalleux Johnson, 18, was found shot near the basketball court in the 700 block of Emory Street.


New Hanover, Wilmington move to address affordable housing

WILMINGTON -- The New Hanover County Commissioners and Wilmington City Council held a joint meeting Thursday to try to move past years of discussion about the region's affordable housing crisis.


First Alert Forecast: showery Friday night, warmer with more dry time for the weekend

WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) - Happy Friday! We hope you had a great week and are ready to enjoy the weekend! The same front that has been driving changing weather in the Cape Fear Region all week has, on this day, reinvented itself as a cold front. And, just like that, our weather converts back to the chi


Police seek driver in hit-and-run crash that left two injured

WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) - The Wilmington Police Department is asking for the public’s help to locate a hit-and-run driver accused of crashing into another vehicle while driving down the wrong way on South 17th Street last month.


18-year-old killed in overnight shooting in Wilmington

WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) - An 18-year-old was killed in a shooting in Wilmington late Thursday night. According to the Wilmington Police Department, officers responded to the 700 block of Emory Street shortly after 11 p.m. after a ShotSpotter notification.


WPD looking for man charged with fleeing wrong-way S. 17th St. crash

WILMINGTON -- The Wilmington Police Department are looking for a 28-year-old man who tried to travel the wrong direction on one-way South 17th Street last month, striking a car and leaving two people injured.


Wilmington 'gang leader' sentenced to 20 years

RALEIGH -- A U.S. District Court judge on Thursday sentenced a Wilmington man identified as a gang leader to 20 years in prison, according to a release from the office of the U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of North Carolina.


Feds indict man deported three times, found in New Hanover Co.

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Federal prosecutors say a grand jury has indicted a Honduran man found in New Hanover County, who has been deported from the United States three times.


State lawmakers propose new hands free driving bill

WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) - While texting and driving is already illegal in North Carolina, drivers could soon be ticketed for talking on their phone while driving. A bill entitled “Hands Free NC" was introduced in the North Carolina House of Representatives on Thursday and would prohibit drivers from u


Boil water advisory to impact some Wilmington residents Sunday

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — A boil water advisory will impact some water customers in Wilmington this weekend. The Cape Fear Public Works Utility Authority (CFPUA) announced Friday morning the order will impact about 250 customers near Shipyard Boulevard.


New Hanover father convicted of brutally assaulting his four-year-old son, given 23 to 30 years

WILMINGTON — After a weeklong trial in New Hanover County Superior Court, a jury on Friday found New Hanover resident Joshua Lewis Johnson, 42, guilty of child abuse causing serious bodily injury to his four-year-old son and sentenced him to 23 to 30 years imprisonment.


Man who ran from Leland traffic stop still on the run

LELAND, NC (WWAY) — Leland Police say when they attempted to stop the driver of an SUV that was driving aggressively, the man got out and ran. It happened just before 11:00 p.m. Thursday on Highway 17 near the Best Western.


Felon sentenced for beating his own son

WILMINGTON -- A New Hanover County judge sentenced a local man to more than 23 years in state prison Friday after he was found guilty of several charges in the 2016 assault of his then-4-year-old son, according to a press release from the New Hanover County District Attorney's office.


Wilmington suffers first homicide of the year

An 18-year-old was shot and killed Thursday in an incident police are calling the first homicide of 2019. According to a release from the Wilmington Police Department, officers received a ShotSpotter notification from the 700 block of Emory Street around 11:10 p.m. When they arrived, they found a vi


North Carolina doctor gets 3 years for trading drugs for sex

GASTON COUNTY, N.C. -- A North Carolina doctor has been sentenced to three years in federal prison for giving female patients drugs such as Percocet and Clonazepam in exchange for sex.


Longtime Local Law Firm Moving Main Operations To Eastwood Road

A longtime local law firm has grown into new office space, planning to move its main operations to Eastwood Road from downtown Wilmington. The attorneys of Murchison, Taylor & Gibson announced the decision Thursday to relocate their firm's main operations to 1979 Eastwood Road, Suite 101, in Landfal


Wilmington to demolish empty building at city's gateway

WILMINGTON -- City leaders plan to tear down a long-empty warehouse sitting at one of the main gateways to Wilmington. 1020 N. Front St., which sits just behind the sign welcoming visitors to downtown Wilmington at the corner of North Front and North Third streets, was damaged by Hurricane Florence.


Brunswick Co. officials looking for missing 15-year-old

WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) - The Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office is asking for the public’s help in locating a missing teenager. Jasmine Shaw, 15, was last seen in the area of Black Chestnut Road in Leland at approximately 6:30 p.m. Thursday.


North Carolina police chase ends when off-duty officer, driving with family, gets out to tackle suspect

POLK COUNTY, N.C. — Lt. Michael Capps happened to be in the right place at the right time Wednesday, WLOS reports. He’s a 23-year law enforcement veteran and current lieutenant of the Laurel Park Police Department.