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Archive for July, 2009

Heavy rains could cause minor flooding across region

Monday, July 13th, 2009

At 7:30 p.m. Monday, the National Weather Service in Wilmington said showers and thunderstorms with heavy rain would move from Brunswick County across New Hanover County into southern PenderCounty through 8:30 p.m. Rainfall rates of 1 to 2 inches per hour were forecast. That amount of rainfall in

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First gun shot death of 2009

Monday, July 13th, 2009

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By this time last year, there were four deadly shootings in the city of Wilmington. There hadn’t been any in 2009, until late Saturday night when seventeen-year-old Tyshawn Gause was shot and killed.

“I heard a gun shot, but I thought it was a firecracker cause people popping firecrackers around here,” said Larisha Rogers.

Police say Gause was shot on the corner of Eighth and Red Cross streets.

Witnesses say they saw a blue Dodge Intrepid with black tinted windows drive by and shoot him in the face.

He stumbled to the corner where a crowd of witnesses say they tried to help stop the bleeding, and calm him down.

Now it’s up to police to find Gause’s killer.

Neighbors we spoke with say they all know who did it, but aren’t willing to talk.

Gause did have a criminal record for breaking and entering and resisting arrest. His family said he wasn’t perfect, but he was their son, and nothing will bring him back.

“He minded me, and respected me to a certain extent, but he was a teenager and he did what he wanted to do,” said his mother LaKeitha Smith.

The family doesn’t believe Tyshawn Gause was involved in a gang; however, police are investigating all leads and may have a suspect in mind.

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videoBy this time last year, there were four deadly shootings in the city of Wilmington. There hadn’t been any in 2009, until late Saturday night when seventeen-year-old Tyshawn Gause was shot and killed.

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June home sales figures worst in almost 10 years

Monday, July 13th, 2009

By Wayne FaulknerWayneFaulkner@StarNewsOnline.com

It was the worst June for Wilmington area home sales since 2000, according to data released Monday by the Wilmington Regional Association of Realtors.

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Still wade-ing for flood relief

Monday, July 13th, 2009

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Heavy rains in Wilmington turned one woman’s lawn into a pond today. It’s a problem she’s been having for almost half a century, but relief could be in sight.

Gertrude Kincaid lives at 212 Pine Grove Drive. She’s seen plenty of heavy rains turn her lawn into a lake. That’s meant plenty of fun for her neighbors. “They brought their paddle boats here and were paddling around in my yard,” Kincaid said. But for Kincaid, it’s been quite the hazard. “It affects my life by making me stay indoors. I can’t get out unless I am going to wade.”

Flooding wasn’t always a problem. When Kincaid built the house in the 1950’s, her home was high and dry. “At that time, Treadwell Street was an alley, so we had no problems with flooding.”

Once the city paved the road all that changed.

Kincaid says her pleas to city officials had fallen on deaf ears.

After a call from WWAY, city storm water crews stopped by her house to see what could be done.

“We do have some projects we’re working on in coordination with DOT, trying to alleviate some of the flooding over in that area,” said Richard King.

But King says the location could make it difficult for Kincaid to keep her head above the water. “That area over there is relatively flat and her house is probably one of the lower areas over there so a lot of the water will migrate to that ditch.”

Still, Kincaid says she’s thankful for any rescue attempts. “They’re going to try to see what they can do to rectify the situation. It might be drainpipes larger, getting the trash out of them, maybe diverting the water. I was so thrilled and I want to thank WWAY.”

King says today’s flooding was probably made worse by last week’s large rains, but storm water crews will be out this week to make sure the drain lines are clear and survey the system to see if they can provide any additional relief.

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Workshop teaches waterway protection

Monday, July 13th, 2009

Brunswick County residents will have an opportunity Tuesday to learn ways they can help reduce polluted runoff reaching local waterways.They can also get their hands dirty by helping construct a wetland at the county government complex in Bolivia to treat stormwater before it flows off site.

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