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New Hanover County, Crime Reports (2011)
Total Violent Crime:160
Murder And Nonnegligent Manslaughter:3
Forcible Rape:19
Aggravated Assault:101
Total Property Crime:2,577
Larceny Theft:1,881
Motor Vehicle Theft:93
New Hanover County, Census Data
Information About People and Demographics
Total population of persons residing within the County in 2010 202,667
Estimate of the County's total residency as of April 1, 2000160,330
Percentage change of the total resident population as of April 1, 2000 to April 1, 201026%
Net change of residents' total population from April 1, 2000 to April 1, 201042,360
April 1, 2000 complete count of Countywide resident population160,307
Population estimate of residents less than 5 years of age12,179
July 1, 2009 estimated percentage of residents that are less than 5 years of age6%
July 1, 2009 estimate of residents that are less than 18 years of age39,600
July 1, 2009 estimated percentage of residents that are less than 18 years of age 20%
July 1, 2009 percentage estimate of residents that are 65 years of age and older14%
July 1, 2009 estimate of residents that are 65 years of age and older26,867
July 1, 2009 total estimate percentage of female residents52%
County's white resident population recorded in 2010160,298
County's black resident population recorded in 201029,907
County's American Indian and Alaska Native resident populations recorded in 20101,005
County's Asian resident population recorded in 20102,410
County's Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander resident population recorded in 2010130
Countywide 2010 resident population of two or more races4,065
Countywide 2010 resident population of Hispanic or Latino origin10,716
Non Hispanic white resident population in 2010155,631
Countywide percentage of white residents in 201079%
Countywide percentage of black residents in 201015%
Countywide percentage of American Indian and Alaska Native residents in 20101%
Countywide percentage of Asian residents in 20101%
Countywide percentage of Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander in 20100%
Countywide percentage of Two or more races in 20102%
Countywide percentage of Hispanic or Latino Origin in 20105%
Countywide percentage of non Hispanic white in 201077%

Vital Statistics

Births and deaths occurring in New Hanover County
Births 20072,495
Deaths 20071,566
Infant death occurring within the County of persons one year of age or less in 20079
Percentage of persons with the same residence of one year or more from 2005 to 200977

Resident Background Information

Education and background history of New Hanover County Residents
Percentage of foreign born population in the County from 2005 to 20094%
Percentage of residents 5 years of age and older that speak languages other than English at home from 2005 to 20096%
Percentage of persons from 25 years of age and older with high a school education or higher from 2005 to 200989%
Percentage of persons from 25 years of age and older with bachelor's degree or higher from 2005 to 200936%
Total number of Veterans from 2005 to 200916,590

Current Housing and Real Estate Data

Households located in New Hanover County
Average time spent commuting to work for person 16 years and over not working from their personal residence between 2005-200920
Housing unit estimates as of July 1, 2009100,560
Net change of housing units estimates as of April 1, 2000 to July 1, 200920,923
Housing unit estimates - percent change, April 1, 2000 (base) to July 1, 200926%
Percentage of the County's housing units being occupied by owners between 2005 and 2009 62%
Median value of the County's housing units being occupied by owners between 2005 and 2009 $218,300
Percentage of housing in structure of multi dwelling units between 2005 and 200927%
Total number of households between 2005-200982,156
Average size of households between 2005-20092

New Hanover County Employment Data

Income, earnings and payrolls of people residing within the County
Per capita income in the past 12 months in dollars adjusted to inflation in 2009 $29,148
2009 Countywide income of median households in New Hanover County$44,719
Percentage of persons living in poverty in the year 200916%
The personal income of persons employed in 2007$6,741
Per capita income of persons employed in 2007$35,461
Labor force of civilian workers in 2009102,646
The unemployment of the civilian labor force in 20099,652
The rate of unemployed civilian labor force in 2009 9
Employment of person relating to all industries in 2007 135,927
Net change of employment in all industries between 2000 and 2007 26,265
People employed by the government in 2007 18,977
Earnings by persons working in all industries in 20075,336,103
Average earnings per job in all industries in 200739,257
Number of private non farm establishments in 2008 6,979
The employment of non farm pay for the period of March 12, 2008 89,138
Percentage change of private nonfarm employment for the pay period of March 12, 2008 15%
Total of non employer establishment in 2008 according to NAICS 16,585
Total NAICS 72 sales of accommodation and food services establishments with payrolls in 2007525,548

People and Businesses

Firms and companies of New Hanover County
Total number of firms located in the County for the year 200722,315
Total percentage of black owned private firms in 20076%
Total percentage of American Indian and Alaska Native owned firms in 20070%
Total percentage of Asian owned firms in 20071%
Total percentage of Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander owned firms in 2007 0%
Total percentage of Native Hispanic owned private firms in 20070%
Total percentage of Women owned private firms in 200727%
Value for shipments from manufacturers according to NAICS 31-33 in 2007 2,883,612
Sales of establishments with payroll from merchant wholesalers according to NAICS 42 in 20071,410,140
Sales of establishments with payroll from retailers in 2007 3,825,475
Per capita sales of establishments with payroll from retailers in 2007 20,126

Land Valuation

Property value and New Hanover County territory
2009 totals of building permits for new private housing units in 2009 427
The valuation of all new private housing units authorized by building permits in 2009 87,596
Adjusted 2007 acres of land in farms4,416
Total expenditures by the federal government for the 2008 fiscal year1,248,653
Per capita total expenditures by the federal government for the 2008 fiscal year6,485
Size in square miles of land as of 2000199
Population per square mile in the year 20101,019
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Wilmington man arrested for December murder
WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) -- Wilmington Police arrested a man they say is responsible for a December murder. Police arrested Reginald Laughlin this morning for the murder of Drayshawn Dowd, 20. According to police Dowd was shot after an altercation at a party Dec. 7 in the 4400 block of McLelland Dr. He later died. Laughlin, 30, is charged with first degree murder. Court records show Laughlin also has pending drug and gun charges in New Hanover County. Department of Corrections records show he has more than two dozen convictions mainly for drug offenses.
Happening April 24 2014 - Source:

Rally for film industry slated for May 4
WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) -- As the General Assembly heads back to session next month, supporters of North Carolina's film industry hope to make a statement with a rally supporting the state's tax incentives for TV and movie projects. The North Carolina Production Alliance and Wilmington Regional Film Commission will host the 2nd Annual NC Film Rally on Sunday, May 4 at 5 p.m. at the bottom of Market St. on the Wilmington Riverwalk. Organizers say the event is to help raise awareness for the vitality of film jobs. "The rally is just the beginning of what we hope is a very successful legislative session," the Production Alliance said in a statement. "So many local families depend upon film for steady work, and this is a great opportunity to show the community that we value their support and recognize the hundreds of folks who want to get more involved." Wilmington Mayor Bill Saffo and other state and local leaders, as well as special guests from the entertainment industry are expected to speak. The state's tax incentives for film are set to expire soon if legislators do not extend them. Earlier this spring a study commissioned by film commissions across the state showed the loss of the film incentives in North Carolina would have a negative impact on the state's economy. But the validity of that study was soon called into question by a non-partisan legislative staff report requested by Rep. Rick Catlin, a New Hanover County Republican. The report questioned the methodology used in the film commission study and says North Carolina loses money on the incentive program. Last year, thousands of people rallied in Wilmington on short notice to show their support for the film industry in the Port City and across the state.
Happening April 24 2014 - Source:

Third annual Surfalorus kicks off this summer
WILMINGTON, NC (NEWS RELEASE) -- Presented by the Cucalorus Film Foundation, the 3rd Annual Surfalorus Surf Film Festival takes place during the inaugural Wrightsville Beach Waterman Ocean Festival, inviting surfers, nature lovers, water weirdos, cinephiles and fans of everything aquatic to enjoy three days of screenings, soirees, and contests exclusively in Wrightsville Beach – bringing people from Southeastern North Carolina together to celebrate low country coastal culture. The Surfalorus you know and love will still feature the hottest new surf films and docs and will include the outdoor Board + Beach Expo at Tidal Creek Co-op. With 3 nights of free screenings, a sundown BBQ, board raffle and curated surf expo, this year’s festival is the warm fix you need to get the summer started. The Cucalorus Film Foundation has collaborated with Wrightsville Beach Longboard Association (WBLA) and the Wrightsville Beach Museum to create a new event celebrating recreational water culture at Wrightsville Beach – the first ever Wrightsville Beach Waterman Ocean Festival. As part of the inaugural festival, the trio of local organizations will also celebrate the 50th anniversary of the quintessential indie surf film The Endless Summer by Bruce Brown with a free screening on Friday May 2nd, at the Holiday Inn Resort Wrightsville Beach.
Happening April 24 2014 - Source:

See Dennis Hopper's former pad and other downtown apartments and homes this weekend
WILMINGTON, NC (NEWS RELEASE) -- The Downtown Lifestyle Tour is set for this Saturday, April 26 from 11am to 4pm. Ten cool homes will be open for the tour including the former residence of actor Dennis Hopper, a studio once operated by actress Linda Lavin, two above the shop apartments and two newly constructed homes. Better still, the weather will be fantastic. Advanced tickets for the tour are $15 and available by using this link. Tickets will also be available the day of the event by visiting the information booth outside of Finkelstein’s Music at 6 South Front Street. As an added bonus, anyone buying advanced tickets will automatically be entered in a drawing for a $75 gift certificate from Bourbon Street Restaurant. The first 100 people to pick up tickets will also receive a free Bring It! Downtown tote bag. The tour is self-guided and at your own pace. Participants can stop along the way at dozens of shops, restaurants and attractions. You can use this link for tour FAQ’s. The event is also offering a narrated tour led by former preservation planner Maggie O’Conner. Due to limited space, there is one session that will leave at 11am and a second session at 2pm. There is no extra charge for the guided tour. “In addition to seeing cool living spaces, the tour is a great way to discover what Wilmington has to offer and savor the full Downtown experience by visiting some of the shops or grabbing a delicious bite to eat at a bistro along the way,” said WDI President Ed Wolverton. “This is also an opportunity for patrons to see how people live Downtown and envision themselves in the lifestyle,” he said. The Downtown Lifestyle Tour is sponsored by Town and Country Real Estate, Port City Java, Coastal Cupcakes, Reel Café, the Fortunate Glass, Front Street Brewery, Plantation Builders, Bring It! Downtown, Bourbon Street Restaurant, Dock Street Printing, WECT and the Wilmington Regional Association of Realtors. Wilmington Downtown Incorporated is the tour host. For more details about the Downtown Lifestyle Tour, visit the WDI website at or call 910.763.7349.
Happening April 24 2014 - Source:

Deadline approaching for youth art show
WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) -- Wilmington Art Association (WAA) is getting ready for their inaugural Budding and Blooming Art Show. It gives kids the chance to be entrepreneurs for a day. They get to showcase their creativity while art show attendees shop for artwork. Forty "budding" kids will be selected to display their work for free in a 10x5' booth, while 20 "blooming" artists will also display their work. Emerging young musicians will also be able to show off their talent throughout the day. All interested applicants have to do to be considered for selection is send a photo of their artwork to WAA, along with a statement on why they'd like to participate. Just head to their website to enter and get more information on the actual festival June 28 at Mayfaire. As WAA spokeswoman Dorian Hill explained in her interview on Good Morning Carolina, the deadline for entries is April 28. Check out all the details by watching her full interview now.
Happening April 24 2014 - Source:

Pender school board OKs plan to move teachers off tenure
Tenure is an extra layer of job protection that teachers receive after working for three years.
Happening April 24 2014 - Source:

New Hanover County, Missing People
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A Silver Alert has been issued for Willie Lee Ashworth by the N.C. Center for Missing Persons
The New Hanover County Sheriff's Office is searching for Willie Lee Ashworth who is a 79 year old male. Anyone with information should contact the New Hanover County Sheriff's Office at 910-798-4111.
March 17 2014 - Source:,000014,000081,001683&mpa=2573

New Hanover County, Crime News
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Witness description of crooks, car leads to quick arrest
WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) -- New Hanover County Sheriff's deputies say a suspected thief was caught not long after the crime was committed. A spokesman says deputies were called Tuesday to a breaking and entering in progress at 4484 Amelia Ct. The witness gave investigators a description of three suspects and the license tag number of the car they used. Deputies found the car in the parking lot of ...
April 24 2014 - Source:

Challengers criticize incumbent Sheriff at candidate forums in New Hanover County
Sheriff Ed McMahon defended his record during candidate forums Thursday night at the Senior Center in New Hanover County. Former Sheriff Sid Causey criticized McMahon during their Democratic forum. Marc Benson and Jason Vaughn, the two GOP candidates, did the same in their forum.
April 18 2014 - Source:

ABC Board approves funding for safety task force
The New Hanover County ABC Board voted Tuesday to keep full funding for Wilmington's Downtown Task Force in the 2014-2015 fiscal year.
April 15 2014 - Source:

FIRST ON 3: Three people dead in Porters Neck home
WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) -- The New Hanover County's Sheriff's Office is investigating after deputies found three people dead in a Porter's Neck home. The Sheriff's Office is not saying much, but we know the call came in as a welfare check this afternoon here in 7700 block of Meadowlark Lane in the Plantation Village community. Sheriff's Office spokesman Sgt. Jerry Brewer says when deputies got to ...
April 11 2014 - Source:

Deputies investigate death in Porters Neck
WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) -- The New Hanover County Sheriff's Office is on the scene of a death investigation in Porters Neck. Sheriff's Office spokesman Sgt. Jerry Brewer says deputies are at a home in the 7700 block of Meadowlark Lane. That's in a gated neighborhood Porters Neck Rd. and Champ Davis Rd. Brewer said he could not yet release more details of the investigation, but he did say Sheriff ...
April 11 2014 - Source:

UPDATE: No justice for bigamy victim
A bigamy victim featured on our newscast a year and a half ago is moving on with her life, but has yet to receive justice.
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