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Archive for March, 2009

Sheriff’s Office identifies body found in river

Wednesday, March 25th, 2009

New Hanover County Sheriff’s detectives have confirmed local artist Robert Delford Brown, 78, accidentally drowned before his body was found in the Cape Fear River.

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Closed section of Ocracoke Island beach expanded

Wednesday, March 25th, 2009

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OCRACOKE ISLAND, N.C. — The section of Ocracoke Island beach closed for pre-nesting of shorebirds has been expanded after five signs marking the closure were vandalized.

The Virginian-Pilot of Norfolk reported the signs were vandalized Monday.

That section of the Cape Hatteras National Seashore was closed to protect anticipated breeding areas of shorebirds.

The Park Service said the 2-foot-by-2-foot wooden posts were broken off at the ground, and vehicle tracks were evident at three of them.

Under the terms of a court agreement signed in April 2008, vandalism of fencing requires a 50-meter expansion of the closed area.

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

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The section of Ocracoke Island beach closed for pre-nesting of shorebirds has been expanded after five signs marking the closure were vandalized.

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NC school system cutting hundreds of jobs

Wednesday, March 25th, 2009

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CHARLOTTE — One of North Carolina’s largest school systems is cutting 534 jobs and is preparing for more layoffs if they are needed.

The Charlotte Observer reported Wednesday that Charlotte-Mecklenburg school Superintendent Peter Gorman couldn’t say how many people will get layoff notices because of vacant positions affected. Gorman said most of the positions will disappear at the end of the school year.

There are more than 19,000 employees in the school system and this week is the first time employees have been notified of large-scale layoffs.

Positions being eliminated include 310 in schools and 91 in the central office. No classroom teachers are being laid off.

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

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One of North Carolina’s largest school systems is cutting 534 jobs and is preparing for more layoffs if they are needed.

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NC city is a finalist for cycling hall of fame

Wednesday, March 25th, 2009

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GREENSBORO — A newspaper reports that a North Carolina city is vying with one in California to become then new headquarters of the U.S. Bicycling Hall of Fame.

The News & Record of Greensboro reported Wednesday that the head of the organization’s search committee said Davis, Calif., and Greensboro were finalists. The group’s hall of fame currently is in Somerville, N.J.

The newspaper said Bill Brunner said a group from the biking organization will visit Greensboro on Monday and Tuesday.

Brunner said the group will tour possible sites for the headquarters. The group already has visited Davis, which bills itself as “the bicycle capital of the United States.” The city
pioneered the creation of bike lanes more than 40 years ago and is home to the California Bicycle Museum.

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

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A newspaper reports that a North Carolina city is vying with one in California to become then new headquarters of the U.S. Bicycling Hall of Fame.

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Five from WPD honored at City Council meeting; approved parking lot and dock for fire boat

Wednesday, March 25th, 2009

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For law enforcement officers, saving lives is part of the job. But it is not every day they are recognized for their bravery. Some Wilmington police officers, along with a Good Samaritan, were honored at Tuesday night’s City Council meeting for a job well done.

It was a proud night for the Wilmington Police Department, as five of its members were honored by Mayor Bill Saffo. Three received an award for saving a woman who jumped off the Cape Fear Memorial Bridge the day after Christmas.

Officer Amy Gospodarek, along with detectives Joseph LaChapelle and Andy Lazarro, helped pull the unconscious woman from the water. Harry Rivenbark and his friend were in a boat nearby, which they offered to the officers.

Wilmington Police Chief Ralph Evangelous congratulated Rivenbark by stating, “You are part of the WPD family now, thank you so much.”

Rivenbark received a Citizen Award Tuesday night. “It’s nothing nobody else would do. It’s always good to help,” he said.

“It’s just a nice feeling to know you saved someone, especially that close to Christmas time,” said Officer Amy Gospodarek.

Corporal John Musacchio was awarded with the department’s highest honor, The Medal of Valor, for his bravery responding to an incident in September 2007. “The suspect fired a shot at the fireman and he backed off. At that time I went in and challenged the subject, had him drop his weapon, proceed forward, and at that time detained him,” described Corporal Musacchio.

Officer Justin Ovaska was honored for reviving someone who collapsed in Walmart December 18th, during the department’s annual Santa Cop program.

Without a doubt, it was a very humble group honored Tuesday night. Corporal Musacchio said, “You don’t even think about it. You respond the way your training tells you. You don’t even think, you just do what you were trained to do.”

City Council approves parking lot and Wrightsville Beach dock

Also at Tuesday night’s meeting, Council approved using $750,000 from the city’s parking fund to buy a privately owned parking lot on South Second Street. The lot is next to the Hannah Block USO Building.

The night also marked good news for the Wilmington Fire Department as well. City Council approved an agreement with Wrightsville Beach to build a $60,000, 200-foot dock to house a fire boat. It will be built near the Wrightsville Beach Public Works Department and is expected to cut response times to fires near the Intracoastal.

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videoFor law enforcement officers, saving lives is part of the job. But it is not every day they are recognized for their bravery. Some Wilmington police officers, along with a Good Samaritan, were honored at Tuesday night’s City Council meeting for a job well done.

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