Bolivia, NC – The Brunswick County Sheriff's Department says 80-year-old Lillian Hickman fought back when four masked and gloved men broke down her door Sunday night. The men originally tried to bind Hickman with duct tape, before deciding to lock her in a bathroom, where she called 911 while they robbed her house. Sheriff's officers arrived shortly after the robbers fled with Hickman's purse.
Hickman was left with a black eye from being struck with her door as the men forced their way inside, but did not go to the hospital.
Wilmington, NC – Thick black mud squelches away from the treads of the city's recently-acquired swamp buggy as it jolts along the watery track use to keep an eye on several thousand feet of troubled sewer line near Hewlett's Creek.
In their now-daily patrols of the line, utilities workers have spotted woodpeckers, hawks, and myriad animal tracks back among the trees.
Wilmington, NC – Construction on the new Wilmington Police headquarters is just about done.
The city says the $24-million building has come in under budget.
In January the police department will move from its Red Cross Street location to the new building on Bess Street. Police Chief Ralph Evangelous says the new headquarters will offer more for Wilmington's law enforcers.
Wilmington, NC – A revised indictment out of the clerk of courts office shows the foreman of the grand jury checked the wrong box when issuing an indictment of second-degree murder against a former New Hanover County Deputy.
Documents attached to the revised indictment show members of the grand jury called the foreman Monday night after watching media reports that former New Hanover County deputy Christopher Long had been indicted on second-degree murder.