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Archive for September, 2009

Racine Commons recovers from Tuesday fire

Wednesday, September 30th, 2009

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Around 7:00 Tuesday night, firefighters responded to a fire at the Racine Commons shopping center. The fire started at Double Pearl Nails and Spa.

“We just were all hoping and praying that nothing bad happened to any of the other stores because one store going down is bad enough,” said Daniel Schronce.

The fire charred the nail salon, but fire fighters were able to keep it from spreading to the connecting stores.

“Luckily, the separation wall between the units held. There was some smoke damage that got through, but there was no fire damage,” said Chief Frank Blackley.

The smoke spread throughout other stores in the shopping center causing both people and merchandise to evacuate.

“We had a lot of smoke damage, so we got everybody out of the tanning beds. The fire department came and evacuated the whole shopping center,” said Kristi King of Timeless Tans.

For most of the stores the biggest headache was dealing with the smell, but for Double Pearl Nails and Spa, it’s a long road to recovery that could have been prevented.

“If sprinklers had been installed, the fire probably would have been extinguished by one head and the amount of damage would have been minimal,” said Chief Blackley.

It took firefighters about three hours to put out the fire. No one was injured.

Officials are still investigating the cause of the fire.

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videoAround 7:00 Tuesday night, firefighters responded to a fire at the Racine Commons shopping center. The fire started at Double Pearl Nails and Spa.

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Brunswick commissioner regrets helicopter acquisition

Wednesday, September 30th, 2009

By Shelby SebensShelby.Sebens@StarNewsOnline.com

Brunswick’s County new helicopter is a liability and will cost more in the long run than using a shared helicopter with Wilmington, the vice chairman of the board of commissioners said Wednesday.

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AT&T’s 3G hits Wilmington area ahead of schedule

Wednesday, September 30th, 2009

Some AT&T cell phone customers — most notably, iPhone users — are discovering that their phones are picking up signals from the company’s new 3G network, but the system isn’t quite completely functioning yet.

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Confiscated contraband destroyed by NHC Sheriff’s Department

Wednesday, September 30th, 2009

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The New Hanover County’s Sheriff’s Department spent the morning sifting through piles of contraband confiscated at the courthouse.

More than three thousand items ranging from forks to large knives, to handguns have been seized from courthouse visitors.

Sheriff Ed McMahon said seizing items that could potentially be used as a weapon is just one way of securing the courthouse. “You know you can’t be too careful. The courthouse can be a very volatile place,” said Sheriff McMahon. “We’re going to take every precaution we can, and make it as safe an environment as possible.”

The sheriff’s department destroyed all the items collected. They continue to warn courthouse visitors to leave all “questionable” belongings at home or in their car.

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The New Hanover County’s Sheriff’s Department spent the morning sifting through piles of contraband confiscated at the courthouse.

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Sheriff Ingram answers questions about missing inmate

Wednesday, September 30th, 2009

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A WWAY exclusive interview with Brunswick County Sheriff John Ingram answered questions as to how one jail inmate was mistakenly released on Sunday.

This mix-up has led to an internal investigation of the detention officer, as well as another investigation looking another inmate’s involvement in the escape.

Rosher Rodriguez-Aguilar was released from the Brunswick County jail Sunday, and a little too early.

The detention officer who checked him out, failed to properly check his identification. Rodriguez-Aguilar still had time left on his sentence.

“We do have human beings working here, so any time human error comes into play, there is the chance of this happening,” Sheriff Ingram said.

Officials also say Rodriguez-Aguilar may have stolen the identity of another inmate, Tony Torres.

Pictures are just one of many forms of photo identification officers have for each inmate. When released, detention officers have to check each form.

“With technology, you will eventually and inevitably have problems, and we know that, and that’s why we have redundancies built into our system to ensure that,” Ingram said.

Inmates wear a nametag with their picture. Their personal belonging bag also has their picture on it.

In this case, the Sheriff says someone just wasn’t paying attention and as a result, an inmate is roaming the streets as opposed to paying his dues behind bars.

“I think one is too many, and we believe that, and that one can be a dangerous individual,” Ingram said.

Authorities are still looking for the missing inmate.

They believe Rodriguez-Aguilar may be in northern Brunswick County or New Hanover.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Sheriff’s Office at 800-642-6379.

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videoA WWAY exclusive interview with Brunswick County Sheriff John Ingram answered questions as to how one jail inmate was mistakenly released on Sunday.

This mix-up has led to an internal investigation of the detention officer, as well as another investigation looking another inmate’s involvement in the escape.

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