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Travelers prepare for increased security at airport

Monday, December 28th, 2009

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President Obama is asking for answers, after an attempted airplane bombing on Christmas day.
Meanwhile passengers at ILM prepared for increased security as they headed home from their holiday travel.

After the attempted Christmas bombing of a plane headed for Detroit the TSA imposed several travel restrictions on international flights, such as limiting passenger movement within one hour of landing, and banning most electronics.

For domestic flights it was business as usual at ILM.

ILM Deputy Director, Julie Wilsey said the TSA has not issued any additional guidance to the airport so we will continue to operate under the normal security measures.

Despite the threat, people flying within and out of the country were confident about the safety of their flight.

Michael Martin traveling to Canada said “I still feel alright about it. It doesn’t spook me. You know they do their precautions.”

Wanda Miller traveling to Florida said “I feel comfortable. I’ve flown Allegiant for several years now and I feel good.”

Still, travelers were not taking chances, leaving plenty of time to make their way through any extra security.

“I imagine there will be after the attempted bombing on Christmas day, but I’m prepared for it,” Miller added.

While there were no major security changes on domestic flights, TSA agents did have a more visible presence throughout the airport.

“No I don’t mind having them. I think they’re good,” Martin added.

In addition, Wilsey said we just ask that customers traveling out of Wilmington still get here in plenty of time, be patient as they go through the security process, and have a safe trip,”

Most travelers agree, opting for too many safety checks than not enough.

Finally, Miller adds, I think they should be checked thoroughly and enough for all safety measures.

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President Obama is asking for answers, after an attempted airplane bombing on Christmas day.
Meanwhile passengers at ILM prepared for increased security as they headed home from their holiday travel.

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Murder victim identified

Monday, December 28th, 2009

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Rocky Point, N.C.—Pender County investigators have identified the body of the woman shot and killed early Sunday morning.

The victim is 23-year-old Tiffany Louise Dawkins of Castle Hayne, N.C. Authorities arrived at the crime scene around 5:30 a.m., Sunday morning. Dawkins was found near the intersection of N.C. 133 and Cheshire Road in Rocky Point. The crime scene is less than a mile from Cape Fear Elementary and Middle Schools.

An autopsy performed this morning verified that Dawkins died from gunshot wounds.

Local residents are upset and say they’re concerned about their safety.

“It’s out of the ordinary,” said David Martin, a Rocky Point resident. “You don’t usually expect that to happen in a small community like Rocky Point.”

“I don’t feel like I’m really under a threat myself,” said Annie Prigden, who lives at the intersection. “But I feel I could possibly be a target.”

The murder is under investigation.

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Pender County investigators have identified the body of the woman shot and killed early Sunday morning.

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Top Stories of ’09 – No. 4: Annexation fight headed for court

Monday, December 28th, 2009

By Patrick Gannon, Patrick.Gannon@StarNewsOnline.com

A May 17 trial date has been set for the lawsuit challenging the annexation of the Monkey Junction area, and Superior Court Judge John E. Nobles Jr. is tentatively scheduled to hear the case.

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Woman murdered near Rocky Point identified

Monday, December 28th, 2009

By David ReynoldsDave.Reynolds@StarNewsOnline.com

Authorities identified the person who was murdered near Rocky Point this weekend as Tiffany Louise Dawkins, a 23-year-old from Castle Hayne. An autopsy performed Monday confirmed Dawkins was shot to death, according to a statement from Capt. Jamie Ezzell of the Pender County Sheriff’s Office.

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Pact preserves nature at Poplar Grove

Monday, December 28th, 2009

Scotts Hill | The Poplar Grove Plantation is now preserving nature as well as the area’s cultural heritage.Its owner, Jan Lewis, has donated a conservation agreement for the 15-acre Pender County site to the N.C. Coastal Land Trust, according to a news release from the land trust.

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