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Archive for September, 2009

Update – Deputies searching for man who robbed Murrayville gas station

Wednesday, September 30th, 2009

The New Hanover County Sheriff’s Office is searching for the man who robbed Gas Center #11 at 2321 N. College Road in Murrayville, according to a news release.

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Update – Sexual assault, murder of Hampstead woman rattles neighborhood

Wednesday, September 30th, 2009

By Veronica GonzalezVeronica.Gonzalez.StarNewsOnline.com

A 52-year-old Hampstead woman found dead in her bathroom on Sunday night had been sexually assaulted, a Pender County Sheriff’s Office detective said Wednesday.

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Racine Commons recovers from Tuesday fire

Wednesday, September 30th, 2009


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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