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 […]

23-year-old Wilmington man sentenced to prison sentence for rape of teenager

Nestor Alonso De Los Santos-Hernandez

WILMINGTON — A 23-year-old Wilmington man will serve between six to 12 years in jail after pleading guilty to second degree rape and indecent liberties with a child. Nestor Alonso De Los Santos-Hernandez Thursday pleaded guilty in New Hanover County Superior Court to second degree rape and indecent liberties with a child. Judge Ebern T. […]

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 […]

Man shot twice in drive-by shooting on Wooster Street

A new design scheme for Wilmington Police Department cruisers. Photo by Ben Brown.

WILMINGTON — Detectives with the Wilmington Police Department are investigating a drive-by shooting on Wooster Street. A ShotSpotter alert came in at 9:23 p.m. Saturday, in the 1400 block of Wooster Street, according to Wilmington Police Spokeswoman Linda Rawley. Officers responding to the scene were called to New Hanover Regional Medical Center for a male […]

Two taxi drivers robbed at gunpoint on Covil Avenue

Port City Daily file photo.

WILMINGTON — Detectives in Wilmington are searching for a male suspect who reportedly robbed two taxi cab drivers at gunpoint Saturday night. Police responded to Covil Avenue in Wilmington just after 11 p.m. Saturday. That’s where two taxi cab drivers reported they were robbed, according to Wilmington Police Department Spokeswoman Linda Rawley. The first cab […]

Police seek two men in armed robbery of John’s Tire Service

John's Tire Service is located off Market Street. Photo from Google Maps.

WILMINGTON — Detectives with the Wilmington Police Department are searching for two men wanted in connection with an armed robbery at a local tire store Friday evening. The robbery took place at John’s Tire Service, 3722 Market St., just before 6 p.m., according to police department spokeswoman Linda Rawley. The owners of the business reported […]

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