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Archive for December, 2009

What’s your New Year’s resolution?

Thursday, December 31st, 2009

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Human remains sent to Chapel Hill

Thursday, December 31st, 2009

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Human remains found along River Road yesterday have been sent to Chapel Hill, N.C.

Experts there will try to identify the person and determine how they died.

Wilmington Police detectives and crime scene investigators took down the yellow tape surrounding this wooded area today. A man walking in the area found the bones on Wednesday.

Local authorities were unable to determine the gender or race of the victim.

It’s not clear if foul play was involved.

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Human remains found along River Road yesterday have been sent to Chapel Hill, N.C.

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New NC laws to soon go into effect

Thursday, December 31st, 2009

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A new law designed to help smokers put out their cigarettes is one of more than thirty laws taking effect in North Carolina as the New Year begins.

A ban on smoking in restaurants and bars begins early Saturday morning. Smokers could face $50 fines for lighting up and restaurants could pay $200 a day penalties for ignoring the law.

Other laws will help people looking for lost pets at animal shelters and crack down on drivers using handicapped parking permits inappropriately.

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A new law designed to help smokers put out their cigarettes is one of more than thirty laws taking effect in North Carolina as the New Year begins.

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Booze it and lose it

Thursday, December 31st, 2009

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2010 is fastly approaching and there’s one thing you should know before you begin celebrating the New Year.

“If your going to drink tonight, do not drive at all,” said New Hanover County Sheriff Ed McMahon.

Not all bar-goers share Sheriff Mcmahon’s sentiments.

A small gadget called a portable breathalyzer, is used to evaluate a person’s blood alcohol content. It’s available in stores and online. Some people use them to gauge whether it’s safe for them to drive after drinking.

“I think it’s a creative idea I think it’s a good idea to have these available to the consumer just as kind of a sanity check in terms of am I good to go on the road?” said Eric Lewis, who supports the portable breathalyzers.

But are these devices accurate?

Some are, some aren’t.

Sheriff McMahon says either way, people should not rely on personal breathalyzers when deciding to drive a car.

“Even with ours as dependable as they are we would never have someone blow in the Alcha-Sensor and say okay you’re drunk or you’re not drunk,” said McMahon.

Kaitlin Byers, who is 21-years-old, plans on celebrating the New Year downtown. She says she wouldn’t rely solely on what the portable breathalyzer registers, but it would be handy to have.

“I think it’s a good backup thing if people need it,” said Byers. “I think it’s definitely a safety issue.”

“I wouldn’t mind having one, if I’m at a party or something and I wanna make sure we’re okay,” said Lewis.

With or without this gadget, McMahon wants to remind New Year’s revelers– if you booze it, you will lose it.

“Dependable or not dependable, I’m sure they’d be a lot of fun and probably most times they’d be fairly accurate but if you’re going to be drinking at all, just don’t drive,” said McMahon. “You do not need to be driving.”

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Year in Review: 2009

Thursday, December 31st, 2009

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The ongoing saga involving State Sen. R.C. Soles was just many big stories that made news in the Cape Fear Region in 2009. Here’s a look back at some of the biggest.

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The ongoing saga involving State Sen. R.C. Soles was just many big stories that made news in the Cape Fear Region in 2009. Here’s a look back at some of the biggest.

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