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Archive for July, 2009

Arrest made in Dock Street rape

Monday, July 20th, 2009

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Wilmington Police and US Marshals arrested 18-year-old Damian Johnson Saturday night. He is charged with first-degree rape, kidnapping, sexual offense and robbery.

The alleged attack happened in the 300 block of Dock Street around 1:00 a.m. July 13th. Police said a 22-year-old woman was walking home, when Johnson allegedly approached her with a gun and assaulted her.

Johnson is in the New Hanover County Jail under $750,000 bond.

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Wilmington Police and US Marshals arrested 18-year-old Damian Johnson Saturday night. He is charged with first-degree rape, kidnapping, sexual offense and robbery.

The alleged attack happened in the 300 block of Dock Street around 1:00 a.m. July 13th.

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Atmosphere Academy: Tornadoes and their frequency

Monday, July 20th, 2009

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Believe it or not, tornadoes have can happen in any state, even Alaska. But when it comes to tornado frequency, location is everything.

Jerry Jackson has more in this week’s edition of Atmosphere Academy.

 
 
 
 
 

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videoBelieve it or not, tornadoes have can happen in any state, even Alaska. But when it comes to tornado frequency, location is everything.

Jerry Jackson has more in this week’s edition of Atmosphere Academy.

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Homeade arts and crafts enjoyed at Riverfront Park

Monday, July 20th, 2009

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People filled Riverfront Park in downtown Wilmington Sunday afternoon looking for a bargain.

The Sunday Scene Arts and Crafts Fair featured vendors that make all homemade arts and crafts. There are also live music and food vendors to make the fair a family event. It takes place every Sunday.

Sunday Scene coordinator Valerie Foote said, “We are right there on Water Street in front of the court house. With the sun setting over the river as a back drop, it doesn’t get any better than that.”

If you would like more information on how to become a vendor or musician for the Sunday Scene, you can email Valerie at vpfoote@earthlink.net.

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People filled Riverfront Park in downtown Wilmington Sunday afternoon looking for a bargain.

The Sunday Scene Arts and Crafts Fair featured vendors that make all homemade arts and crafts.

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Unused food does not go to waste

Monday, July 20th, 2009

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A donation of a few leftovers goes a long way – all the way to the hands of those in need. The 2nd Loaf tent is always pitched along Lumina Ave. in Wrightsville Beach, where volunteers wait to collect food donations for the Good Shepherd soup kitchen. “They feed several hundred people, three times a day. So food from anywhere is very beneficial to them,” said 2nd Loaf coordinator Ann Martz.

They say when the vacation is over, many visitors, out-of-towners and residents are asked to “hand over” the leftovers. “They are driving out of town, they don’t have anywhere to take it and they really don’t want to throw it away,” described volunteer Nan Spainhour. “So it’s just neat that they can drop it by. We love it because it supports the Good Shepherd and to feed those that need feeding.”

Kim Wilt donates to 2nd Loaf and said, “Even as residents of Wrightsville Beach, we always have food that our family can’t finish and we are always looking for a place to take it too. We thought this was a great opportunity to donate close to home and to keep it in the community.”

Every Saturday from Memorial Day to Labor Day, for the past nine years, 2nd Loaf volunteers hope passers-by will leave bags of perishable, non-perishable food items or even clothing. Recently, donations have taken a hit. Volunteers said they can only blame the economy when less people head to the beach for vacation. “We wish we could get more, but the ones who bring the food are just so happy that we are doing this. So instead of throwing food away, it’s going to a good cause,” Martz said.

Members of the Little Chapel on the Boardwalk take the donated food to the Good Shepherd every Monday. This Saturday they collected a dozen bags full of food.

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videoMany people flock to Wrightsville Beach for fun and sun. Now some folks hope the crowds will translate into donations for a good cause; a cause that takes the guess work out of packing up unused food for the trip back home.

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Filling the hole in the Wilmington bypass

Monday, July 20th, 2009

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Last week, we told you an infusion of about $22 million in federal stimulus money was going to speed up construction on the Wilmington bypass. But the new plan leaves a big hole in the middle. The part of the bypass connecting North Market Street to Highway 421 is complete and already quite popular. For some reason traffic engineers call it the “C” leg, which they built first.

You would think they would complete the next leg from there west, the “B” leg. Instead they are going to build the “L” leg from Highway 17 in Brunswick County north to 74/76, leaving a big gap in the middle.

So why build a road with a big gap in the middle? Money.

The state already has funding in the pipe line for the “B” leg, linking 421 to 74/76, starting in 2012. The stimulus money was an unexpected windfall that altered the game plan. “We started looking at the B section and wanted to build a piece of the B section. The first connecting piece, from 421 over to Cedar Hill Road is all bridge and is a $140 million project by itself. It really got down to economics and what we could use the dollars for to build on the Wilmington bypass,” said DOT’s Allen Pope.

The bidding process on that southern leg starts in a matter of weeks. Construction could be complete within three years.

“There’s a hole in the middle but that hole will be filled someday in the future,” Pope said. By 2015 if the current plan holds.

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videoLast week, we told you an infusion of about $22 million in federal stimulus money was going to speed up construction on the Wilmington bypass. But the new plan leaves a big hole in the middle.

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