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Archive for February, 2009

Feds indict NC man charged in 2008 ‘scaring’ death

Thursday, February 19th, 2009

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CHARLOTTE — A man facing state charges of scaring a North Carolina woman to death while fleeing after a bank robbery attempt is facing federal charges related to the case.

Larry Whitfield faces several charges related to the attempted bank robbery and one in the death of 79-year-old Mary Parnell last year.

Police say Whitfield and another man went to a Gastonia credit union armed with semi-automatic weapons on Sept. 26, but were locked out by the bank’s security doors. They drove off, but crashed a few miles away.

Police say Whitfield forced his way into Parnell’s home. He told authorities he made her sit in a chair in her bedroom. She died of a heart attack, which an autopsy says was from the shock of the home invasion.

Whitfield faces up to life in prison if convicted of the charges.

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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A man facing state charges of scaring a North Carolina woman to death while fleeing after a bank robbery attempt is facing federal charges related to the case.

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Planners present designs for Cape Fear Skyway

Thursday, February 19th, 2009

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A new cable bridge connected New Hanover and Brunswick County is one step closer to reality.

Wednesday, planners presented conceptual designs for the Cape Fear Skyway to the state turnpike authority.

Still under discussion is the exact route. The idea is to connect US 17 in Brunswick County with Carolina Beach Road and Independence Boulevard in Wilmington with a cable bridge across the Cape Fear River, similar to the one in Charleston.

The new billion dollar bridge is still a ways off. It is expected to be open in 2017.

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A new cable bridge connected New Hanover and Brunswick County is one step closer to reality.

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Manufacturing company to add jobs at NC plant

Thursday, February 19th, 2009

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RALEIGH — A Wisconsin-based manufacturing company plans to expand its western North Carolina plant by adding 40 jobs and investing $2 million.

Snap-on Inc. said Thursday it will consolidate its Massachusetts plant to create the new jobs at a plant in Murphy.

The company manufactures diagnostic tools. Its Murphy plant, about 60 miles south of Great Smokey Mountains National Park, specializes in making industrial power tools. It currently employs 178 workers.

The company received a $120,000 grant from the One North Carolina Fund. The grant is provided by local governments to attract new business projects.

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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A Wisconsin-based manufacturing company plans to expand its western North Carolina plant by adding 40 jobs and investing $2 million.

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Retail Details: Gems of deals found at closing jewelry store

Thursday, February 19th, 2009

I never knew there was a jewelry store in Carolina Beach until Tuesday, when I saw the billboard just over Snow’s Cut Bridge advertising Bradley & Co. Jewelers’ going-out-of-business sale.

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New Hanover County Animal Control holds another Dog Court

Thursday, February 19th, 2009

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Every month on WWAY we take you inside New Hanover County Animal Control’s Dog Court.

The dangerous dog board heard one case last night; a dispute between neighbors who live in a development off Carolina Beach Road.

Deborah Mitchell reported her neighbors, the Thompson’s, after their two dogs ran away from their property and attacked her smaller dog, which was tied to a tree.

The board found the Thompson’s dogs not dangerous, saying it was an isolated incident with the dogs getting away from their owner.

“We’ve been educated that if something like this does happen again, that it’s more than prudent, and to be a good neighbor we do need to report it,” said Mitchell.

Mitchell said this was not the first incident she has had with her neighbors’ dogs and will not hesitate to contact animal control in the future.

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The dangerous dog board heard one case last night; a dispute between neighbors who live in a development off Carolina Beach Road.

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