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Archive for August, 2009

New Hanover 911 down; calls being routed to Brunswick dispatch

Friday, August 21st, 2009

Emergency calls in New Hanover County are being routed to Brunswick County because of a technical problem with the 911 service.

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NC police barricade neighborhood to cut crime

Friday, August 21st, 2009

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CHARLOTTE — Police in North Carolina’s largest city have obtained approval from residents to barricade two streets in an effort to combat drive-through drug deals.

The Charlotte Observer reported that about 50 residents from Howie Acres in Charlotte met with police and city leaders Thursday night to discuss the barriers. They had been placed on neighborhood streets earlier this week without residents’ permission. The neighbors agreed to let the city install cement barriers on two streets in September as long as the barriers can be removed if they don’t reduce crime in the area.

Police say drug dealers have taken advantage of the small neighborhood’s easy access to busier roads, turning it into a “drive-through” for drugs. Police say the barriers will cut off escape routes to busier streets.

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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Police in North Carolina’s largest city have obtained approval from residents to barricade two streets in an effort to combat drive-through drug deals.

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High surf forecast as Hurricane Bill nears

Friday, August 21st, 2009

By Shannan BowenShannan.Bowen@StarNewsOnline.com

Local beaches are expected to experience swells twice their normal size and high surf throughout the weekend as Hurricane Bill pushes closer.

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HUD: No religious service in NC subsidized housing

Friday, August 21st, 2009

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GREENSBORO — The mostly elderly and disabled residents of a North Carolina subsidized housing community are questioning a federal policy that won’t allow them to use common spaces for religious activities.

The News & Record of Greensboro reported Friday that the authority that operates the subsidized Elm Tower community near Greensboro has appealed to Housing and Urban Development
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The housing authority notified residents a few weeks ago that gathering for religious activities in common areas of the buildings would no longer be allowed.

A spokeswoman for the housing authority said the practice violates a federal policy that forbids organizations receiving HUD funds from engaging in religious activities.

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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The mostly elderly and disabled residents of a North Carolina subsidized housing community are questioning a federal policy that won’t allow them to use common spaces for religious activities.

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Man charged with stealing from purses in New Hanover courthouse

Friday, August 21st, 2009

A Wilmington man was arrested on charges that he tampered with purses and stole a wallet in the New Hanover County Courthouse.

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