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Archive for July, 2009

Troubleshooters Update: Howard’s Towing

Wednesday, July 15th, 2009

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There is an update on a Troubleshooters report we first brought you last week.

A Wilmington family called to complain about Howard’s Towing. Carolina Beach Police Department called Howard’s to pull Scott Brown’s SUV out of a retention pond, after he had a stroke and wrecked.

When the Brown’s went to retrieve the vehicle from the tow lot, Howard’s refused to release it, even though they had paid in full. They took Howard’s to small claims court, and won a judgment against Wayne Howard, but have yet to see a dime.

Since our story aired, the Carolina Beach Police Department has put Howard’s Towing on probation. The police department said if there are any more questionable incidents, Howard’s will be removed from the towing rotation list all together.

Howard’s is still on the Wilmington Police Department’s rotation list, but the WPD is investigating complaints against the company.

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There is an update on a Troubleshooters report we first brought you last week. A Wilmington family called to complain about Howard’s Towing. Carolina Beach Police Department called Howard’s to pull Scott Brown’s SUV out of a retention pond, after he had a stroke and wrecked.

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Protecting historic artifacts from flooding

Wednesday, July 15th, 2009

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When severe weather strikes, the Cape Fear Museum has a mission. Keep the artifacts safe in order to preserve history. It’s a big project, that’s been tested throughout the years. “Floyd was really hard on us. We got an inch of water in the basement,” said Cape Fear Museum curator Barbara Rowe. “Fortunately it did not directly touch any artifacts, so we didn’t have any water damage. But what it did do was raise our humidity levels to where we did get some mold.”

The main problem area is the basement. It contains many of the artifacts deep under ground, making it especially prone to flooding. Storms like Floyd pointed out this weakness.

In the basement there are three main precautionary measures used to help keep the artifacts safe. One of which being four inch plastic pallets that elevate all the artifacts above the floor. Another is sump pumps installed throughout the facility that help to pump the water out in the event that it did collect on the floor of the basement. There is also a control panel for newly installed generators that would keep the electricity running in the event of a power outage.

Even with all these measures to protect the basement’s treasures, when a storm strikes, its all hands on deck.

Even with revamped storm preparations, museum curators know sometimes, there’s no stopping Mother Nature. “I feel good. I can’t say that I feel in control. You’re never in control,” said Rowe.

The museum is creating a list of the most historically important pieces in their collection, that way they can be saved first in the event of an evacuation.

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videoIn the event of a hurricane, many of us have a plan for protecting our homes and valuables. But what about historic artifacts housed in city buildings like the Cape Fear Museum?

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Witness helps police identify suspect in teen’s murder

Wednesday, July 15th, 2009

By Veronica GonzalezVeronica.Gonzalez@StarNewsOnline.com

Wilmington police are looking for a suspect in connection with the shooting death of a 17-year-old last weekend.

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Inmates at Brunswick County Jail not contagious, on antibiotics

Wednesday, July 15th, 2009

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Brunswick County health officials are trying to keep tuberculosis under lock and key at the county jail. After a former inmate tested positive for the infection, more than four hundred other inmates and employees were tested.

Thirty-three tested positive, but they are not contagious. Tuberculosis is only considered infectious, and active, if it reaches the lungs.

On Monday, those people started antibiotics to keep the infection at bay.

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Brunswick County health officials are trying to keep tuberculosis under lock and key at the county jail. After a former inmate tested positive for the infection, more than four hundred other inmates and employees were tested.

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Big time fun and learning at Cape Fear Museum

Wednesday, July 15th, 2009

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Some campers had the chance to play with a few larger than life toys while learning about science today.

Spec 6 campers from Jacksonville stopped by the Cape Fear Museum to play with some giant folk toys.

Toys include a six-foot tall Jacob’s ladder, some large battling tops, and a couple of dancers.

The interactive exhibit shows how the toys use principals of physics, but the kids were more concerned with just having fun.

The museum offers one hour guided tours of the exhibit, which also looks at the mechanics behind the toys.

Toy time runs through the first week in August.

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Some campers had the chance to play with a few larger than life toys while learning about science today.

Spec 6 campers from Jacksonville stopped by the Cape Fear Museum to play with some giant folk toys.

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