If the town had decent investigative journalists that weren't afraid of the city council and county freeholders who worry about driving tourism and business away; it might even solve it's problems some day. Last time I was there the economy exhibited more pawn shops than gas stations and bars. Oh, yeah, even more pawn shops than churches, too.
Violent crime rate in 2011
Not an excuse, but, just a fact. It isn't even a big city. Population 100,000. But, there are frequent murders. Some of the police just 'don't have time' for anything except self-defense in any situation.
Shortly after President Obama took office there was a crack down by the US Justice Department on a drug network. Something like 50 members of the drug network were in North Carolina and at least 12 were rounded up in Wilmington. But, that was an FBI sting operation. Yes, indeed, the Port City has plenty of problems. They have had the same pathetic mayor for what seems like forever.
Mayor Saffo and Chief Evangelous (click here)
They like to bask in their own joy.
And this is the radio station that likes to think they 'set the social order.' (click here)
guns in abundance.
By M. Alex Johnson
Staff Writer, NBC News