Virtual eyes and ears on the street: an inside look at Wilmington’s new, high-tech crime solving center

“The primary purpose of the STING center is to increase situational awareness for police officers within the agency.”

Jeffrey Lynn Johnson

WILMINGTON — Take a walk within the Wilmington Police headquarters, down a small hallway and through a single glass door, and you enter a space dedicated to serving the community in real time. The Wilmington Police Department’s “STING” Center is now in operation and helping solve crimes across the city. The STING (Situational Tactics and […]


Georgia man to serve less than a year in prison after hit-and-run of four people in Porters Neck

“He was under the name 'John Doe' because he was thrown over 50 feet and had no identification on him – it was scattered everywhere.”

Aaron Blake Williams

NEW HANOVER COUNTY — A Georgia man will serve less than one year in prison in connection with an October 2015 hit-and-run involving four pedestrians near the entrance of the Marsh Oaks community in Porters Neck. Aaron Blake Williams, 24, pleaded guilty Tuesday in New Hanover County Superior Court to charges of felony hit and […]


Where We Live: Castle Hayne man’s home doubles as ‘organic artist retreat’

There’s the old saying that one man’s trash is another man’s treasure; that statement couldn’t be more true for Walker.

Walker World

Where We Live: A weekly look at the homes in the Cape Fear Region CASTLE HAYNE — Over a set of railroad tracks in northern New Hanover County, down a winding dirt and gravel road, there’s a 10-acre plot of land by the Cape Fear River that Allen Walker calls home. Welcome to “Walker World,” […]


Plan ahead: Streets to close in downtown Wilmington for the annual Martin Luther King Jr. Day Parade

Today's Martin Luther King Jr. parade will begin at 11 a.m. Monday. Photo contributed.

WILMINGTON — A celebration and remembrance of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. will commence in downtown Wilmington with the city’s annual parade on Monday. The Martin Luther King Jr. Day parade will begin at 11 a.m. at Cape Fear Community College’s Schwartz Center, according to the City of Wilmington. From there, the parade will travel […]


Archaeologists detail the process for preserving of 18th-Century cannon that’s been underwater for centuries

Looking into the tank of a Colonial-era cannon: Deputy State Underwater Archaeologist Billy Ray Morris (left), stands next to Site Manager Jim McKee, with Alan Ferrell at the end.

“This is not a hands-off operation. It requires constant monitoring …” BRUNSWICK COUNTY — Let the preservation begin. Underwater Archaeologists with the state and those at Brunswick Town/Fort Anderson State Historic Site are working to restore an 18th-century cannon that was recovered from the Cape Fear River just before Christmas. The Colonial-era cannon was discovered […]


DA: Leland shooting was legally justified after officer was shot multiple times without provocation

Crime scene tap left behind  on Bridgeport Way. Photo by Christina  Haley.

“Not only are Officer Schwenk’s actions justified, they are heroic.”   BRUNSWICK COUNTY — District Attorney Jon David has declared the actions of Leland Officer Jacob Schwenk justified in the fatal shooting of 43-year-old Brent Quinn in December. David announced the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation concluded its investigation about one month after the […]


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