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Archive for October, 2009

Wrightsville Beach Fire prepares with real-life training exercise

Thursday, October 29th, 2009

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There was a real-life training exercise in Wrightsville Beach Wednesday night. The Wrightsville Beach Fire Department simulated a hydrogen peroxide spill from a tanker on North Lumina Avenue. Crews were called in to treat the tanker’s driver.

After going through the proper protocol to control the spill, Wilmington’s HazMat team was called in to clean up the corrosive chemical, represented by water leaking from a clean tanker.

“Transferring a truck to this storage tank is something that occurs periodically, and its one of the operations where it is possible to be a problem,” said Wrightsville Beach Fire Chief Frank Smith. “We don’t consider it likely, but it’s a scenario we want to be prepared for if it does occur.”

The drill is intended to make sure each of the agencies participating, including New Hanover County Emergency Management and the Wrightsville Beach Fire Department, know how each other’s systems work. That way, cooperation is easy in the event of an emergency.

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There was a real-life training exercise in Wrightsville Beach Wednesday night. The Wrightsville Beach Fire Department simulated a hydrogen peroxide spill from a tanker on North Lumina Avenue.

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Peddie turns himself in Thursday

Thursday, October 29th, 2009

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A suspected murderer is in custody in Pender County.

Ronnie Peddie turned himself in Thursday afternoon. Peddie is accused of killing Harry Lee Tate of Willard over the weekend.

Tate’s family believes a dispute started between the two a couple years ago over a truck Tate sold to Peddie.

Peddie is in the Pender County jail under no bond.

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A suspected murderer is in custody in Pender County.

Ronnie Peddie turned himself in Thursday afternoon.

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Cats nip all of NC man’s $1.7 million estate

Thursday, October 29th, 2009

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RALEIGH — A Raleigh man has left his nearly $1.7 million estate to four North Carolina cat charities.

WRAL-TV reported Thursday that Emil Campbell died suddenly last month and left instructions for his lawyer to bequeath his entire estate to cats.

Attorney Bobby Khot says Campbell left the money to four charities: Snowflake Animal Rescue, Marley’s Cat Tales, SAFE Haven for Cats and Second Chance Pet Adoptions.

A spokeswoman for Snowflake Animal Rescue says her organization typically gets less than $6,000 a year in donations. She says she had to read the letter about Campbell’s donation twice before she believed it.

Khot says his client didn’t work at a high paying job but was very frugal and saved money. He says Campbell had one surviving daughter.

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

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A Raleigh man has left his nearly $1.7 million estate to four North Carolina cat charities.

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Yes, swine flu is bad, but could be a lot worse

Thursday, October 29th, 2009

By Vicky EckenrodeVicky.Eckenrode@StarNewsOnline.com

The H1N1 virus is the latest version of constantly changing influenza, a visiting researcher said Thursday.Andrew Suddith, a research associate at Kansas State University’s veterinary diagnostic laboratory, spoke at Cape Fear Community College about the virus’ origins and how the vaccine works.

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Former Laney High teacher cuts deal with prosecutors

Thursday, October 29th, 2009

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A band teacher who admitted to having sex with a student will not serve a day in jail, will not have to register as a sex offender, but will never teach again.

Richard Priode once taught at Laney High School. Wednesday, he cut a deal with prosecutors in Mecklenburg County. Prosecutors maintained Priode started a sexual relationship with one of his band students at South Mecklenburg in March of 2008.

The relationship continued after she graduated, until she told a college roommate, then a counselor, and finally, police.

Because the girl in this case was over 16 years old, the only charge prosecutors could go with was taking indecent liberties with a student, a Class I felony.

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A band teacher who admitted to having sex with a student will not serve a day in jail, will not have to register as a sex offender, but will never teach again.

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