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Archive for November, 2009

Wilmington Police use closed motel for training session

Thursday, November 5th, 2009

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The former Whitey’s El-Berta Motor Inn hosted some dramatic law enforcement training Thursday afternoon.

The Wilmington Police Department’s Special Enforcement Response Team and it’s bomb squad practiced getting in doors and windows, using a battering ram, and other tactics, in case of an emergency.

Officers said using old buildings is a great way to get some hands-on experience to be prepared for a real-life situation.

“Given the fact that we have these buildings out here and we’re actually able to actually able to do some type of demolition to them where we don’t have to worry about actually breaking stuff and we don’t have to do any kind of repairing, it’s a perfect time for us to come out here,” said Wilmington Police Department’s Kevin Johnson.

The owner of Whitey’s gave the WPD permission to use the site for Thursday’s training. The motel closed in June.

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The former Whitey’s El-Berta Motor Inn hosted some dramatic law enforcement training Thursday afternoon.

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Some municipal races in Columbus County still too close to call

Thursday, November 5th, 2009

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Election Day has come and gone, but the work is not over for Board of Elections officials in Columbus County. A number of municipal races in the county are still too close to call.

Philip Honeycutt got the most votes for Chadbourn Town Council. Billy Leonard and Rashad Roberts are within just one vote of each other for the second seat.

In Fair Bluff, Chris Scott leads Spruell Britt by just 2 votes in the mayoral race.

Also, Harry Foley trails Ivan Wilson in the race for Lake Waccamaw mayor by 10 votes.

Right now, the Board of Elections is busy validating the votes. Results will be certified this upcoming Tuesday.

Candidates will then have the opportunity to request a recount if they feel the election is too close to call. A recount is mandatory if the margin of victory is smaller than one percent of the total votes cast.

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Election Day has come and gone, but the work is not over for Board of Elections officials in Columbus County. A number of municipal races in the county are still too close to call.

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Police investigating baby death at NC home daycare

Thursday, November 5th, 2009

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APEX, N.C. — A North Carolina home daycare is closed while authorities investigate the death of an infant.

Multiple media outlets report Thursday that 3-month-old Eliana Navy was pronounced dead at a hospital Oct. 26 after dispatchers were called about a child that had stopped breathing.

A cause of death has not been released.

The next day, state officials suspended the license of the home daycare center operated by Judy Lucas in Apex. The state Department of Health and Human Services found violations ranging from inadequate supervision of children to exposed electrical outlets and inadequate smoke detectors.

Lucas was first licensed to operate the center in August 2004.

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

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A North Carolina home daycare is closed while authorities investigate the death of an infant.

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Police holding bomb squad training off Market Street

Thursday, November 5th, 2009

Wilmington Police Department’s Special Enforcement Response Team and the bomb squad is conducting training exercises this afternoon at Whitey’s El-berta Motor Inn at 4504 Market St. The exercises are scheduled to begin at about 3 p.m., according to a news release from Lucy Crockett of the WPD.

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Higher NC sales tax means larger break for holiday

Thursday, November 5th, 2009

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RALEIGH — A higher sales tax means North Carolina consumers will get a larger break when they purchase energy-efficient appliances compared to a year ago.

The sales-tax holiday on so-called Energy Star appliances like clothes washers, freezers and air conditioners will be held Friday, Saturday and Sunday statewide.

The holiday was first held last November when the sales tax rate consumers paid on merchandise was 6.75 percent in most counties. Now, it’s 7.75 percent.

Fran Preston with the North Carolina Retail Merchants Association says retailers are planning special sales on the products to coincide with the holiday.

Other Energy Star items that qualify for the sales tax exemption include refrigerators, some heat pumps, ceiling fans, dehumidifiers and programmable thermostats.

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

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A higher sales tax means North Carolina consumers will get a larger break when they purchase energy-efficient appliances compared to a year ago.

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