CRIME & SAFETY
Two hospitalized after two-vehicle wreck with rollover on N.C. 906 near Bolivia
BOLIVIA, N.C. (WECT) - The Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office reported a vehicle wreck with a rollover at 10:40 a.m. on Friday, June 2. Per the BCSO, the crash took place near Midway Road (N.C. 906) and Rutland Road near Bolivia. The Bolivia Fire Department posted an update a few...
Deputy City Manager Mary Vigue charged with DWI
WILMINGTON, N.C. (WECT) - Wilmington Deputy City Manager Mary Vigue was arrested on Thursday afternoon during a license check near East Lake Shore Drive. According to a New Hanover County Sheriff’s Office spokesperson, Vigue was arrested at 4:34 p.m. and charged with driving while impaired. She was given a $2,500 unsecured bond.
Man dies after single-vehicle crash in Brunswick County
A man died Tuesday morning following a single-vehicle car crash on an area in Brunswick County where Interstate 140 and U.S. 17 merges. Sgt. David S. Gould of the North Carolina State Highway Patrol said the driver struck a road sign around 8 a.m. before losing control and hitting a guardrail near I-140. The car flipped over several times and landed upside down on U.S. 17, with the roof on the ground. It stopped moving near the guardrail.
Southport police relocate large alligator from Southport-Supply Road SE
SOUTHPORT, N.C. (WECT) -The Southport Police Department was able to relocate a large alligator that was found Monday night in front of the Verizon store on Southport-Supply Road SE. The SPD, Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office and NC Wildlife worked together to relocate the large animal.
Brunswick County murder trial concludes with guilty verdict
A woman will spend the rest of her life behind bars after a Brunswick County jury found her guilty of first-degree murder of her mother. Susan Copenhaver, 63, was found dead and partially dismembered inside her Oak Island home on the morning on Oct. 25, 2018. Her daughter, Julia, was also at the Northeast Second Street home. She was 24 years old at the time.
Man charged after popular Wilmington store for gamers damaged during break-in
WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — A popular store for gamers in the Cape Fear was the target of a break-in Tuesday night. Cape Fear Games, in the 41-hundred block of Oleander Drive, was broken into at around 10:30 p.m., just minutes after employees left for the night. The suspect, Christopher...
Wilmington police searching for missing woman
WILMINGTON, N.C. (WECT) - Wilmington police are asking for the public’s help in locating Karen Jill Decatur, 35, who is possibly in Wilmington or Rockingham. According to the release from the WPD, Decatur is 5′ 5″ tall and weighs around 135 pounds. She was last seen wearing a sweatshirt with Iron Furnace on it, blue jeans and flip-flops. She may also be carrying a purse with a floral design.
Man dies after car hits railing and flips on U.S. 17 near I-140 in Brunswick Co.
BRUNSWICK COUNTY, N.C. (WECT) – A man died after a single-vehicle crash on U.S. 17 on Tuesday morning, according to a North Carolina State Highway Patrol representative. The DriveNC Website said the crash caused closures in the area near Town Creek at about 8 a.m. Per SHP, the car...
Woman sentenced to life in prison for murder of her mother, who was stabbed nearly 100 times
OAK ISLAND, NC (WWAY) — A woman who stabbed her mother to death has been sentenced to life in prison. Julia Copenhaver was found guilty of stabbing her mother nearly 100 times, killing her in 2018. Closing arguments in the case took place Tuesday morning. The jury unanimously sentenced...
One in custody in connection to fatal hit-and-run in Southport
Crews were able to save the 14-year-old who was then transported to Novant Health Brunswick Medical Center for further evaluation. New Hanover-Pender County Medical Society, health department to offer free sports physicals. Updated: 4 hours ago. |. The physicals will take place on June 1 at the New Hanover County...
Assault charges dropped for suspect who allegedly threw drugs during arrest, ‘exposing’ several officers
On January 6 of this year, the New Hanover County Sheriff’s Office sent a press release, describing how, during an arrest, Lewis Rudolph Brown Drayton, 37, had “attempted to throw drugs out of his vehicle,” exposing an unnamed Detective and two unnamed deputies. According to NHCSO, “the...
Brunswick Co. Sheriff’s Office locates missing man
BRUNSWICK COUNTY, N.C. (WECT) - The Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office announced on Tuesday, May 30 that 39-year-old John Kenneth Windham has been safely located. Previously, on Monday, the sheriff’s office announced that it was looking for Windham.
Southport police: Man charged in deadly hit-and-run accident
A 37-year-old motorist from Southport was charged Saturday for allegedly driving away from a fatal hit-and-run accident. According to a news release from the Southport Police Department, officers responded around 4:15 a.m. to find an unresponsive female lying in the roadway. After police responded to the 300 block of East 18th Street, it was determined that the victim was struck by a vehicle that left the area. She was pronounced dead at the scene.
Bathroom closure at Long Leaf Park due to vandalism
WILMINGTON, N.C. (WECT) - The men’s restroom near the Long Leaf Park playground will be closed for the next few days because of vandalism. New Hanover County Parks and Gardens asks that anyone who sees someone defacing property to call the main office at 910-798-7621. The men’s restrooms near...
Truck runs into media center at Burgaw Middle School
Man dies after car hits railing and flips on U.S. 17 near I-140 in Brunswick Co. Army Corps of Engineers to hold public open house to discuss deepening of Wilmington harbor. Wilmington Community Meetup to be held Monday with focus on financial support. New 9,500-gallon wave flume installed at UNCW...
Coast Guard: teamwork helps keep boaters safe
The United States Coast Guard joined other law enforcement partners last week at Station Oak Island to encourage safe boating as the weather warms up and more people take to the water. Coast Guard Commander Corrie Sergent stood in front of representatives from Southport Fire Department, Oak Island Fire Department,...
Wilmington Police Department to host ‘Demo Day’ in June
WILMINGTON, N.C. (WECT) -The Wilmington Police Department has announced that its next “Demo Day” will occur on Tuesday, June 13. According to the announcement, the event will be held from 9 to 10 a.m. at the WPD HQ, located at 615 Bess St. in Wilmington. “This is a...
Oak Island Fire Department rescues 14-year-old on a ‘red flag’ day
OAK ISLAND, NC (WWAY) — Oak Island Fire Department rescued a 14-year old from the water Sunday evening. At 4:47 p.m., the Oak Island Fire department responded to a 9-1-1 call concerning multiple teenagers stuck in the ocean, needing rescue. Crews were able to arrive quickly due to a new Quick Response Vehicle.
New Hanover Co. Sheriff’s Office Mounted Unit honors late detective, awarded in competition
WASHINGTON, D.C. (WECT) – During National Police Week, the New Hanover County Sheriff’s Office Mounted Unit honored the one of its own at the National Law Enforcement Memorial and received multiple awards during a skills competition. According to the release from the sheriff’s office, Master Deputy Gordon and...
Bolivia Fire Department crews respond to two-car crash
BOLIVIA, N.C. (WECT) - Crews from Bolivia responded to a two-car crash on Hwy 17 near Kentucky Avenue on Friday morning, May 26. According to the Bolivia Fire Department, nobody in either vehicle was trapped, and injured people were transported by EMS. “With incoming severe weather please be cautious on...
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