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Wilmington apartment complex evacuated after 911 call

Tuesday, December 29th, 2009

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Residents of a Wilmington apartment complex had to be evacuated Monday night.

A resident of building 1001 in the Pines Apartment complex called 911 to report a strange chemical odor. Wilmington Fire and Hazmat crews responded and evacuated part of the building. Crews are still trying to determine what that odor was, but have ruled out the possibility of a meth lab.

“I smelled some kind of strong chemical,” said Betty Sturnberger. “I was sleeping and they knocked on the door and said I needed to evacuate because there was some sort of leak in the building and they’re not sure what it is right now.”

Wilmington Fire Department, Captain Mark Williamson said it could be from mixing the wrong cleaning chemicals, at first when we got the call, we suspected it that it might be a meth lab or something like that but all the meters have ruled that out, those chemicals haven’t showed up so we’re just searching trying to find the source of it now.

Two people were treated on the scene by EMS for exposure to the odor.

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Residents of a Wilmington apartment complex had to be evacuated Monday night. A resident of building 1001 in the Pines Apartment complex called 911 to report a strange chemical odor.

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Part of Wilmington apartment complex evacuated due to strange odor

Monday, December 28th, 2009

Wilmington | About 20 people were evacuated from an apartment complex off Shipyard Boulevard on Monday night after residents complained of an acidic smell in the air, officials said.Firefighters were called to building seven in the Pines of Wilmington complex about 8:45 p.m., said Capt. Mark Williamson of the Wilmington Fire Department.

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Carolina Beach woman wins $100,000 in lottery

Monday, December 28th, 2009

Carolina Beach | Toni Lyons, of Carolina Beach, scratched off a Jingle Big Ol’ Bucks lottery ticket worth $100,000 in the middle of a bartending shift, according to a news release Monday from the N.C. Education Lottery. After scratching off the top prize, she immediately called her husband to come get the ticket.

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Controversial video game, popular this holiday season

Monday, December 28th, 2009

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The guns look real, the blood looks real, and the situation is even more real than any others games in the past.

“I do feel like I’m actually in the game and it is pretty realistic,” gamer, David Kamituska said.

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 is on the top of many wish lists this Christmas. In a time when tens of thousands of troops are headed to Afghanistan, the similarities to the war are striking.

In the game, the soldiers look like marines and are armed with the latest in military technology. The mission? To kill terrorists.

The videogame is extremely violent, but it’s also extremely popular. It was released about a month ago on the birthday of the Marine Corps and since then, videogame experts say it’s the hot item this Christmas.

“It’s the realest thing on the market, and that’s real what separates it from other games on the market. In Halo, you shoot them and they fall over, but this is war, there’s blood on your screen, your character is breathing heavily, there is debris everywhere, things are exploding, there’s dust, there’s particle, it’s everything,” said Gamerz employee, Cody Bunn.

At Independence Mall in Wilmington, several people spend a couple hours playing the game. Gamerz arcade allows people to come in, pick a game and “play” by the hour. Employees say Modern Warfare 2 is by far, its most popular game.

“Its a first person shooter so you see your gun in front of you, you see your ammo, and your aimer and everything like that you’re basically running around tagging people, and they are trying to get you back. It’s pretty awesome,” said Gamerz employee, Alex Williams.

One Wilmington game shop says its holiday sales have tripled over last year, because of the gory game.

“Every type, I’ve seen kids, to actual marines, to men in their forties, everyone, just to play” Cody added.

Even though gamers love to play, many realize war is no game.

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Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 is on the top of many wish lists this Christmas. In a time when tens of thousands of troops are headed to Afghanistan, the similarities to the war are striking.

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Carolina Beach women wins $100,000 in lottery

Monday, December 28th, 2009

Carolina Beach | Toni Lyons, of Carolina Beach, scratched off a Jingle Big Ol’ Bucks lottery ticket worth $100,000 in the middle of a bartending shift, according to a news release Monday from the N.C. Education Lottery. After scratching off the top prize, she immediately called her husband to come get the ticket.

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