Crime in the Cape Fear Region
Ben David was born and raised in Gainesville, Florida. He moved to North Carolina to attend Wake Forest Law School where he graduated in 1995 in the top 10% of his graduating class. David has worked in the District Attorney’s office of New Hanover County since the year 1999. Along with being New Hanover County’s DA, he also teaches classes at UNCW on a variety of criminal justice topics.
Chief David Donaldson started his career as a University of North Carolina at Wilmington police officer in 1992. Donaldson has an associate’s degree in law enforcement technology along with a bachelor’s in business administration. Donaldson was appointed Chief of Police at UNCW in the year 2003. He has been awarded the Advanced Law Enforcement Certificate by the North Carolina Criminal Justice Standards Division, which is the highest level of law enforcement certification awarded by North Carolina.
Captain Donny Williams works for the Wilmington Police Department and focuses on youth outreach and prevention. Williams was born and raised in Wilmington, North Carolina and grew up in the Creekwood neighborhood. He has worked for the WPD for over 21 years.
Frankie Roberts is the Executive Director of LINC, Inc. This organization provides a halfway house for recently released criminals who cannot find a job right out of prison. The organization also has many prevention programs for Wilmington’s youth along with many community outreach programs. Roberts owned his own barbershop for 18 years that taught him the importance of community outreach and connection. Roberts is the co-chair of the Youth Violence Action Team and is a member of the Criminal Justice Partnership Board.
Kristin Bolton is an Assistant Professor at the University of North Carolina Wilmington in the School of Social Work. She received her Ph.D. from the University of Texas at Arlington. The Association of Baccalaureate Social Work Program Directors selected Bolton as the Emerging Baccalaureate Social Work Educator-Scholar Initiative this year.
This week on WingSpan we discuss crime in the Cape Fear Region. Joining us are experts on the topic District Attorney Ben David, Wilmington Police Captain Williams, and UNCW Police Chief David Donaldson. We will be touching on the types of crimes and punishments, crimes on the UNCW campus and breaking the cycle of youth violence.