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Archive for June, 2009

Marty Cooke declines N.C. Senate seat bid

Monday, June 8th, 2009

Brunswick County Commissioner Marty Cooke has decided not to run for a seat in the state Senate in 2010.

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Pender deputy demoted surrounding animal abuse cases

Monday, June 8th, 2009

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Pender County Sheriff Carson Smith has released information as to why one of his deputies was demoted last month.

Sergeant Michael Lewis was demoted after he helped rescue malnourished horses in the Hampstead area.

Monday, Sheriff Smith cited two other incidents where he claims Lewis took over animal abuse cases without informing animal control.

According to Smith, Sergeant Lewis also seized animals and made arrests without consulting members of his department, and allegedly without proper training.

The County Manager and the Pender County Board of Commissioners approved the statement regarding Lewis’ demotion.

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Sergeant Michael Lewis was demoted after he helped rescue malnourished horses in the Hampstead area.

Today, Sheriff Smith cited two other incidents where he claims Lewis took over animal abuse cases without informing animal control.

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National Wireless Safety Week underway

Monday, June 8th, 2009

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Today kicks off National Wireless Safety Week, highlighting safer ways to operate cell phones, PDA’s and other devices that could send us spinning into a ditch, or worse, into other drivers.

Most of us admit we’re guilty of it, talking on the phone or texting while driving.

Wilmington has the highest accident rate in the state, and many of those crashes are possibly because our eyes are on our phones instead of the road.

“Pretty much everywhere I go, I’m always on the phone, either texting or talking,” said Liz Harrell of Wilmington.

Her passenger wasn’t as guilty. “Every now and then I’m guilty of it sometimes, but aren’t we all?” said Marty Landou.

Many would agree with Marty, but we would also probably agree, it’s not the safest idea.

“Cell phones and texting is a tremendous distraction and has been a result of several collisions, major contributing factor, and several collisions we’ve had here,” said First Sergeant A.E. Morris of the NC State Highway Patrol.

First Sergeant Morris and the International Wireless Association encourage drivers to use a cell phone behind the wheel responsibly: try to only make calls when you’re stopped at traffic lights, don’t text while driving, use speed dial, voice activation, and speakerphone when possible, and consider purchasing a hands-free device.

Most newer cell phones are Bluetooth capable; the gadget costs anywhere from $20 to $120.

“We give a plethora of different options that you can use from a hands-free device to a visor mount to a Bluetooth to wireless or wired adapters,” said Greg Williams, manager at Verizon.

A regular Bluetooth connects to the side of your ear, so you can be hands-free.

With the Bluetooth visor mount, nothing is attached to your ear. With the Bluetooth device mounted on your sun visor, you are able to carry on a conversation while keeping both hands on the wheel.

Nelson James spends most of the day on the road delivering roofing supplies. His company requires all truck drivers to wear a Bluetooth behind the wheel.

He said the headset allows him to keep his hands on the wheel and focus on the road.

First Sergeant Morris said there are between four and five thousand car accidents in New Hanover and Brunswick counties every year.

He says the drivers of most accidents won’t admit they were texting and talking on the phone at the time of the crash, but he says many of the crashes are likely contributed to using cell phones behind the wheel.

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videoToday kicks off National Wireless Safety Week, highlighting safer ways to operate cell phones, PDA’s and other devices that could send us spinning into a ditch, or worse, into other drivers.

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New Hanover high schools to enforce stricter dress code

Monday, June 8th, 2009

New Hanover County high schools will have stricter dress codes next school year. The new uniforms will bar students from wearing shorts, skirts and dresses shorter than knee length and clothing that is torn or ripped, oversized or too tight.

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Fire at closed Seawitch Cafe deemed suspicious, investigators say

Monday, June 8th, 2009

Carolina Beach | Authorities are investigating a fire that began Monday afternoon in a shuttered restaurant in Carolina Beach and which officials say appears suspicious.Authorities received a call at 1:29 p.m. that the Seawitch Cafe at 234 N. Carolina Beach Ave. was on fire.

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