Update: Man pleads guilty to involuntary manslaughter in deaths of toddler, newborn

Matthew Blair Deans

UPDATED: Wednesday 11:44 a.m. A Wilmington man charged with a wreck in Pender County that killed a Charlotte couple’s children has pleaded guilty on the day of his arraignment to two counts of involuntary manslaughter. He was sentenced to more than a year in prison and ordered to serve three years of supervised probation. — Matthew Blair […]


Police body cameras produce mountains of data, questions about how to store it

Wilmington Police Chief Ralph Evangelous, left, speaks to media about a recent arrest along with Capt. Jim Varrone. Photo by Christina Haley, Port City Daily

Forty Wilmington police officers currently strap on body cameras before their shifts begin, then get into one of 170 police cars equipped with cameras. Seventy more body cameras are on the way, but the influx of technology designed for police – and citizen – accountability has had some unintended consequences. How does the department manage […]


SBI, sheriff’s office investigating death of female inmate

State and local authorities are investigating the death of a woman who was reportedly held at the Brunswick County Jail. Deputies discovered 35-year-old Heather Alene Johnson unresponsive in her jail cell from an apparent suicide attempt at about 10:45 a.m. Sunday, according to Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office Spokeswoman Emily Flax. After about 45 minutes, deputies […]


Crime notebook: Armed robberies, weekend shootings and Brunswick break-ins

Wilmington Wilmington police are searching for a suspect wanted in connection with two armed robberies reported over the weekend. A white man reportedly robbed CVS, 4600 Oleander Drive, at about 4:51 a.m. Saturday, according to Wilmington Police Department Spokeswoman Cathryn Lindsay. The suspect allegedly held the store clerk at knifepoint, took cash and ran out […]


Death of homeless man in January ruled accidental, not homicide

The death of a homeless man in January was featured in a Crimestoppers video by Wilmington Police Department. His death was recently classified as an accident. Photo from video.

The death of 32-year-old homeless man who was discovered dead inside an abandoned home in Wilmington has been ruled as an accident. Investigators have re-classified the homicide investigation into the death of 32-year-old Kevin Billups, after a medical examiner’s report ruled the case an accidental death, according to Wilmington Police Chief Ralph Evangelous, who spoke […]


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