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Archive for September, 2009

Ashley, Laney reviewing stadium lights in danger of collapse

Tuesday, September 15th, 2009

By Rachel GeorgeRachel.George@StarNewsOnline.com

With an alert from the Consumer Product Safety Commission, New Hanover County Schools officials are working to inspect stadium light poles at Ashley and Laney. Nine poles installed by the same company have collapsed.

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South Kerr Avenue closed at Cedar Avenue for sewer repairs

Tuesday, September 15th, 2009

By Patrick GannonPatrick.Gannon@StarNewsOnline.com

All lanes of South Kerr Avenue at Cedar Avenue will be closed for about three weeks for sewer repairs and stormwater improvements there.

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Dark Water: The Legacy of Hurricane Floyd, Part 2

Tuesday, September 15th, 2009

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We remember Hurricane Floyd primarily for the water, but it is important to remember that Floyd was nearly a category 5 hurricane at one point. On September 13, 1999, Hurricane Floyd moved into an area of light shear and warm water near the Bahamas. The storm intensified rapidly, sustained winds increasing to 155 mph.

Combined with a storm diameter over 400 miles wide, Floyd necessitated one of the largest peacetime evacuations in United States history. Residents from Florida to the Carolinas were not taking any chances with this one. Of course, it was North Carolina that would ultimately take a direct hit. Given Floyd’s strength, we were bracing for primarily a wind event, but it did not turn out quite that way.

In the hours just before landfall, Floyd encountered a limited zone of dry air that briefly altered the tight structure of the eye. The window for re-organization was narrowing, and Floyd landfalled well below category 3 status around 3:00 a.m. on September 16. Wind gusts over 100 mph still caused damage in, pushing a 10-foot storm surge into some coastal areas. But it was the rain that caused the most problems.

Floyd’s rainbands were enhanced by an existing low pressure trough along the Carolina coast. Over 19 inches of rain fell across parts of the state. Combined with the rains from Hurricane Dennis just a few weeks before, some parts of Carolina wound up with nearly 40 inches of rain, and a permanent place in the record books.

For more on Floyd, visit our special, Remembering Hurricane Floyd section on our website.

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videoIt was 10 years ago Tuesday night that Hurricane Floyd slammed ashore in southeastern North Carolina. Meteorologist Jerry Jackson continues his special look at Floyd in our series, Dark Water.

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Brunswick County residents gain the know-how to make their county safer

Tuesday, September 15th, 2009

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The Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office has 20 new additions. Citizen’s Academy held its graduation Monday night. And while the students did not get guns or badges, they do have the know-how to help make the county safer.

“We consider them part of our law enforcement family when they go through this class and complete it,” said Brunswick County Sheriff John Ingram.

The 20 Brunswick County residents had eleven weeks of intense hands on training before receiving diplomas Monday from the Citizen’s Academy.

“With that knowledge they can pass that along to their neighbors and friends, and hopefully help us make Brunswick County safer,” added Ingram.

While the graduates can not carry badges, they did get a badge of honor; a small pin with the sheriff’s star. “It felt very good. It felt like I was putting the pins on when I was in the service,” described Citizen’s Academy graduate Karl Wendelken.

Graduate Jo-Ann Tompkins said, “It felt really good because I learned so much. I have a totally new respect for law enforcement in Brunswick County with the sheriff’s office.”

Jo-Ann’s daughter, Deanna Whalen, is now a sheriff’s office volunteer, after getting her stripes in the last class. She was the inspiration for mom to do it this time. “I am very proud of mom and I’m very proud and honored to be part of the sheriff’s office,” she said.

Deanna was not the only one. Pauline Shiltz also graduated and said, “I feel so proud. When I got my PhD I was alone, and this is a group of friends and I’m really proud and I feel good about the sheriff’s office.”

Along with camaraderie, students said the program builds an understanding of what danger looks like, and how to be pro-active, as opposed to reactive.

If you are interested in being a part of the next Citizen’s Academy, visit the sheriff’s office website at www.brunswicksheriff.com for an application. The program is free to attend for Brunswick County residents who pass a background check.

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videoThe Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office has 20 new additions. Citizen’s Academy held its graduation Monday night. And while the students did not get guns or badges, they do have the know-how to help make the county safer.

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Police quiz suspect in NC teen’s bus stop slaying

Tuesday, September 15th, 2009

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CHARLOTTE — North Carolina police have questioned the adoptive brother of a pregnant 15-year-old who was shot in the head as she waited at a Charlotte school bus stop.

Multiple media outlets reported that 36-year-old Royce Mitchell was wanted on warrants for statutory rape and indecent liberties with a minor. Charlotte-Mecklenburg homicide detectives have questioned him about the shooting, but describe him as a person of interest rather than a suspect.

Tiffany Wright died Monday, hours after she was shot while waiting for a morning school bus near her home in north Charlotte. The Hawthorne High School 11th-grader’s baby was delivered at Carolinas Medical Center.

Police spokesman Rob Tufano says the shooting followed a domestic dispute.

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

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North Carolina police have questioned the adoptive brother of a pregnant 15-year-old who was shot in the head as she waited at a Charlotte school bus stop.

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