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Archive for April, 2009

16-year-old sought after another teen’s accidental shooting

Thursday, April 23rd, 2009

The New Hanover County Sheriff’s Office is searching for a 16-year-old boy released on bond after an accidental shooting in which a 17-year-old boy was shot in the neck in a Monkey Junction area home.

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Thousands evacuated because of fire

Thursday, April 23rd, 2009

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Gov. Mark Sanford has declared a state of emergency for the South Carolina county where a fire has burned thousands of acres near one of the state’s busiest tourist areas.

Sanford on Thursday ordered the state of emergency for Horry County, where he said the blaze has consumed 15,000 acres and destroyed dozens of homes.

Earlier estimates by the South Carolina Forestry Commission said more than 8,000 acres had burned. No injuries have been reported.

About 2,500 people have been evacuated, mostly in the Barefoot Landing area near North Myrtle Beach. There are three shelters set up in the area, housing a total of about 250 people.

Sanford said the fire is continuing to spread and more people may be affected.

A burning ban has been issued by Brunswick County Fire Marshal Scott Garner due to public health concern. This burning ban is being enacted in an effort to reduce any additional smoke that could affect the health and well being of county residents. This burning ban restricts burning within 100 feet of structures in the county.

Over the next few days smoke and ash from the Horry County Fire will greatly impact the entire Brunswick County Area.

Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office has sent units to assist in traffic control. The SABLE helicopter is also assisting.

WWAY’s Jenna Caiazzo is covering the story, and will have more on WWAY at 5, 5:30, 6 and 11.

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

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About 2,500 people have been evacuated, mostly in the Barefoot Landing area near North Myrtle Beach. Smoke and ash from the Horry County fire will impact the entire Brunswick County Area.

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Man says acquaintance robbed him of methadone prescription

Thursday, April 23rd, 2009

A man told police that an acquaintance took his methodone prescription at gunpoint after giving him a ride to a Wilmington Wal-Mart to have the prescription filled Wednesday evening.

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DNA test confirms human remains those of Wilmington woman

Thursday, April 23rd, 2009

Testing has confirmed suspicions by police that additional bones found off Carolina Beach Road belong to one of the two women whose remains were found in the same spot last April.

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Deputies shut down marijuana growing house

Thursday, April 23rd, 2009

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Wednesday, Columbus County Sheriff’s Deputies seized hundreds of thousands of dollars in marijuana plants, shutting down a growing house.

The Sheriff’s Department had been eying the house on Andrew Jackson Highway in Chadbourn for about three months. That’s a long time to sit on a known marijuana operation, but Sheriff Chris Batten wanted to wait for activity. The house has been vacant for quite some time.

“As far as being an indoor operation, this is a pretty big operation for what we’ve discovered in Columbus County,” Batten said. “We’ve got approximately 120-150 plants. We haven’t done an inventory yet, but more than likely that’s a street value of $150,000 – $200,000.”

The growing house is now history. The marijuana plants, most of them fairly large, got packed up and loaded into the Sheriff’s trailer. Two men were taken into custody after the drug sting – Michael Kessler and Jay Dancy. They’re both being held under a $50,000 secured bond at the Columbus County Law Enforcement Center. Kessler admitted his guilt to WWAY, and revealed his medical condition.

“I’ve got terminal cancer and I already have a life sentence,” Kessler said.

When WWAY reporter John Rendleman asked Kessler if he was serious about having cancer, Kessler replied “Yes sir, there’s some proof for you. I got cancer. I grow pot. I smoke it to maintain instead of doing harder drugs, and this is what happens.” Kessler lifted up his shirt, revealing to John a large scar on his stomach.

Kessler and Dancy both have residences in Florida, and own vehicles registered in Florida. The house was rented from two individuals in South Carolina. The Sheriff’s office is now looking into the landlord’s involvement. Kessler and Dancy are both charged with two counts of trafficking marijuana.

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Columbus County Sheriff’s Deputies seized hundreds of thousands of dollars in marijuana plants, shutting down a growing house.

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