Vivian Ann Johnson Croom, 76

Vivian Ann Johnson Croom

WILMINGTON — Vivian Ann Johnson Croom, 76, passed away Tuesday, Dec. 6, 2016. She is survived by her loving husband, Bobbie Croom; and other family members. A celebration of life service is planned for 2 to 4 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 8, at Satellite Bar & Lounge at 120 Greenfield Street.

Paul Anthony Rodriguez, 55

Paul Anthony Rodriguez

WILMINGTON — Paul Anthony Rodriguez, 55, passed away on Sunday, Dec. 4, 2016, at New Hanover Regional Medical Center with his sister and niece by his side. He was born on Feb. 24, 1961, in New York, N.Y., to the late Pablo and Gisela Rodriguez. He is survived by his sister, Eileen Prado, and her […]

Laura Toppercer, 73, retired emergency room physician

Laura Toppercer

WILMINGTON — Laura Toppercer, M.D., a retired emergency room physician passed peacefully at home on Wednesday, Nov. 30, 2016. A funeral Mass will be celebrated at noon Friday, Dec. 23, at St. Therese Catholic Church, 209 S. Lumina Ave., Wrightsville Beach, NC 28480. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to St. Therese Church. […]

Peggy Oldham Shepard, 78, loved to dance

WILMINGTON — Peggy Oldham Shepard, 78, born in Wilmington, N.C., passed away peacefully Monday, Dec. 5, 2016, surrounded by her family. She was preceded in death by her husband and the love of her life of 61 years, Richard Shepard; daughter, Cynthia (Simmons) Shepard; parents, Thomas Oldham and Erma (Bradshaw) Oldham; and sister, Sandra (Oldham) […]

Gang member wanted for sexual assault and kidnapping two college students considered armed and dangerous

Police are searching for 19-year-old Titus Nafis Lee, a wanted gang member charged with kidnapping and sexually assaulting two college students at an off-campus apartment. (Courtesy photo.

  Update: Titus Nafis Lee was arrested by U.S. Marshals at about 3 p.m. in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, on Dec. 7. WILMINGTON — A $5,000 reward is being offered for information leading to the arrest and conviction of a Wilmington gang member, wanted in connection with kidnapping, assaulting and robbing two college students at gunpoint. Titus […]

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