Case closed: Police say estranged husband solely responsible for murder of in-laws

WILMINGTON — The multi-agency investigation into the disappearance and death of two Wilmington women has come to a close. The Wilmington Police began their missing person investigation of Eva Jones and her daughter Tiffany Cartwright on April 3.   Within hours, the search became a murder investigation involving four law enforcement agency between North and South […]

Taking babies from mommies – Opioids’ impact on families

The opioid epidemic in Wilmington destroys the lives of users and drives violent crime across town. But the youngest victims are the children caught in between parents struggling with opioids and the social service struggling to protect them. County officials are underfunded and backlogged, but a bigger – and more surprising – culprit is the recent proliferation of private treatment centers.


Author’s note: This series has explored questions about the opioid epidemic in Wilmington. It has focused on the basics: what are opioids, who are the people using them? Some questions remain: what is at the root of epidemic? Why is this epidemic hitting our area so hard – harder than nearly anywhere else in the nation? […]

Deputies charge man with second-degree murder in Monkey Junction shooting, ID victim

New Hanover County Detectives at the scene of a shooting incident on Julia Drive in the Sycamore Grove neighborhood. (Photo by Christina Haley.)

NEW HANOVER COUNTY — Detectives have identified 39-year-old Terry Dale Greenwood as the man killed in the Monkey Junction area following a shooting early Wednesday morning. Aaron Christopher Stephens, 42, has been charged with second-degree murder in connection with Greenwood’s death, according to New Hanover County Sheriff’s Office Spokesman Lt. Jerry Brewer. Deputies responded to gunfire […]

Four more arrested in Brunswick County drug sweeps

BRUNSWICK COUNTY — Four more offenders have joined the dozens arrested last weekend by the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office Drug Enforcement Unit after multiple investigations into illegal drug activity throughout the county. Last week, the Sheriff John Ingram’s Office credited community complaints and tips for triggering various investigations across Brunswick that lead arrests Sunday and […]

19-year-old New Hanover County man to serve jail time for taking part in prostitution of 17-year-old girl

NEW HANOVER COUNTY — A 19-year-old New Hanover County man will serve between 10 and 21 months in jail after admitting to prostituting a 17-year-old girl. Philip Scott Pleasants on Thursday pleaded guilty to promoting prostitution.  Prosecutors said Pleasants drove a 17-year-old girl to places in response to calls for prostitution services, after which he kept […]

Man involved in fatal gunfight outside illegal gambling den to serve up to 9 years

  WILMINGTON — A 24-year-old Wilmington man will serve up to 9 1/2 years in prison for a series of charges from 2014 and 2015, including an armed robbery that saw the death of his co-conspirator when the victim brandished his own gun and fired back. Patrick Terrell Fields, 24, pleaded guilty Thursday in New Hanover County […]

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 […]

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. […]

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