Wilmington HotelsWilmington AdvertiseWilmington AttractionsWilmington BeachesWilmington Business DirectoryWilmingtonWilmingtonWilmington GolfWilmington JobsWilmington NewsWilmington DiningWilmington Weather
     

 

 

Wilmington, NC News

  Free Wilmington Travel Guide!

Archive for April, 2009

Do you feel safe with others texting while driving?

Friday, April 17th, 2009

Body

Multi-tasking is something many people do quite well, but lawmakers say multi-tasking while behind the wheel needs to stop.

A bill making its way through the state legislature would make it illegal to text message while driving.

“I’ve done it from time to time, but I do know that when I’m texting, I can’t concentrate 100% on driving, so the bill would be good if it passed,” said Tami Rosage of Jacksonville.

The bill to ban text messaging while driving in North Carolina passed the House and now it’s off to the Senate.

Violators could face a $100 fine.

Story image

text300.jpg

Story summary

videoMulti-tasking is something many people do quite well, but lawmakers say multi-tasking while behind the wheel needs to stop.

A bill making its way through the state legislature would make it illegal to text message while driving.

Story summary image

text150.jpg

Associated poll

More: continued here

Burr accused of using insider information

Friday, April 17th, 2009

Video

Body

Senator Richard Burr is causing a stir among political bloggers.

After reportedly talking to treasury secretary Henry Paulson during last fall’s banking crisis, Burr called his wife and told her to withdraw cash from their bank’s ATM.

Critics believe the senator used insider information to aid his family.

Earlier this week MSNBC’s Keith Olbermann called Burr the day’s ‘Worst Person in the World’.

Burr says the incident was blown out of proportion. “I have opportunities to use information that we hear in Congress everyday to make decisions. I have never done that, nobody’s ever questioned my integrity, it’s politics, and I think people really are disgusted about the process.”

The Senator said he wasn’t trying to remove all of his money, just enough to get by.

Burr added that every American should keep some cash on hand, and not be totally dependent on ATMs and banks.

Senator Burr has already announced his intent to run for re-election in 2010.

He was in Wilmington Friday evening as the keynote speaker at the New Hanover County Republican Party’s Reagan Day Dinner.

Story image

Story summary

Senator Richard Burr is causing a stir among political bloggers.

After reportedly talking to treasury secretary Henry Paulson during last fall’s banking crisis, Burr called his wife and told her to withdraw cash from their bank’s ATM.

Story summary image

Associated poll

More: continued here

School bus rear ends another bus

Friday, April 17th, 2009

Video

Body

It was a bumpy ride home for some New Hanover County school middle school students Friday.

Two school busses transporting children from Myrtle Grove Middle School got in an accident, with each other.

It happened Friday afternoon at Carolina Beach Road and Silva Terra. Bus 330 slowed down for a stoplight, but bus 331 did not stop, until it rear-ended bus 330.

No one suffered major injuries, but several students were shaken up with head bumps, and stiff necks. One parent says his son developed breathing problems.

Some parents believe there should be a better way to inform them when school bus accidents happen.

“I would love to see some sort of system put in place that would notify parents when something like this does happen so we know more up front if there is something to worry about of if we can all take a deep breath,” said parent Cynthia Livingood.

Students were transferred onto different busses once highway patrol finished their initial investigation. That lengthy process irritated a few parents as well.

Story image

bus300.jpg

Story summary

It was a bumpy ride home for some New Hanover County school middle school students Friday.

Two school busses transporting children from Myrtle Grove Middle School got in an accident, with each other.

Story summary image

bus150.jpg

Associated poll

More: continued here

Cesar Laurean lands at ILM, facing murder charges in Onslow County

Friday, April 17th, 2009

Body

Marine Corporal Cesar Laurean was extradited to the US from Mexico today. He passed through Wilmington Friday night on his way to Onslow County where he faces murder charges in the death of Lance Corporal Maria Lauterbach.

Flight 5101 from Atlanta landed at ILM around 7:00 Friday night. On board was Marine Corporal Cesar Laurean.

Authorities in a tinted van, waiting to take Laurean to the Onslow County jail, greeted the plane.

“He was the first one off and didn’t even notice it. So he was just any old prisoner as far as we knew,” said passenger Mike Adams.

Laurean faces charges the death of Maria Lauterbach who was eight months pregnant when her charred remains were found buried in Laurean’s Jacksonville backyard in January 2008.

By that time, he was believed to have already fled to Mexico where he was arrested and had been held since last April.

Passengers on Laurean’s flight to Wilmington say he was dressed in street clothes, handcuffed, and escorted by three agents. “Had I known who it was wouldn’t have bothered me one bit, especially with three of them on one fugitive, not a problem,” Adams said.

Authorities quickly got Laurean into the van that left ILM and headed north to Onslow County where murder charges await him.

Laurean was booked into the Onslow County Jail around 9:00 Friday night.

Along with murder charges, he also faces charges of financial card transaction fraud and obtaining property by false pretenses. He’s being held without bond and will have his first court appearance on Monday.

Cesar Laurean is one of eighteen individuals charged with murder awaiting trial in Onslow County. The Onslow County Sheriff maintains that Cesar Laurean and his family will receive the same professional treatment by the Onslow County Sheriff/Jail staff as that given to all the other inmates and their families, with no exception.

Story image

ces300.jpg

Story summary

videoMarine
Corporal Cesar Laurean was extradited to the US from Mexico today. He passed through Wilmington Friday night on his way to Onslow County where he faces murder charges in the death of Lance Corporal Maria Lauterbach.

Story summary image

cesar150.jpg

Associated poll

More: continued here

Bruce Cavanaugh closes up shop

Friday, April 17th, 2009

Body

Bruce Cavanaugh has closed his auto sales business. The problem is financing, more specifically the lack of it.

The shut down has hit the remaining 35 employees hard. “I loved it here. It was one of the best places I’ve worked in the car business,” said Roland Johnson.

Bruce Cavanaugh has been spending a lot of time on the phone trying to find financing for his car business.

The official statement reads this way: ‘Due to the current business climate our inventory lender has decided to discontinue the line of credit we use to purchase our inventory. We have not been able to secure other financing at this time. Therefore, we regret to say that we must close until we are able to secure such funding.’

His problem is not unique. Auto dealers across the country have been wrestling with the same financing issues.

Cavanaugh has been fighting the good fight, closing other lots earlier and consolidating operations at one Market Street location.

Caught in the perfect storm of declining sales, tightening credit, and rising used car prices at the wholesale auto auctions, Bruce Cavanaugh has cried uncle, at least for now.

Story image

cav300.jpg

Story summary

videoBruce Cavanaugh has closed his auto sales business. The problem is financing, more specifically the lack of it.

Story summary image

cav150.jpg

Associated poll

More: continued here

 

Archives

News provided by WWAY NewsChannel 3 and the StarNewsOnline

|Home| |Events| |Attractions| |Accommodations| |Restaurants| |Golf| |Beaches| |Jobs| |Getting Here| |Climate| |Directory| |News| |Advertise| |Contact Us|

 
 
  Welcome to Wilmington, North Carolina