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Archive for January, 2010

NC Highway Patrol challenges trooper decision

Wednesday, January 6th, 2010

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RALEIGH, N.C. — The North Carolina Highway Patrol is challenging an order that it rehire a trooper accused of mistreating his K-9 partner.

WRAL-TV reported that patrol leaders will be in a Wake County courtroom Wednesday to argue they shouldn’t have to rehire Charles Jones, who was fired in September 2007.

A year later, the State Personnel Commission ordered the patrol to reinstate Jones, saying it found sufficient cause for discipline but not dismissal.

Jones was fired after another trooper turned over video clips of Jones suspending his dog, Ricoh, from a railing and kicking the dog repeatedly to force it to release a chew toy.

When he testified in April 2008, Jones said he trained the dog the way the Highway Patrol taught him. Ricoh has retired.

Information from: WRAL-TV

(Copyright 2010 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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The North Carolina Highway Patrol is challenging an order that it rehire a trooper accused of mistreating his K-9 partner.

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Navy to commission ship in Wilmington

Wednesday, January 6th, 2010

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Wilmington will once again host an historic event. The US Navy announced that a 500-foot long guided-missile destroyer will be commissioned here this fall. The ship is named after Vice Admiral Samuel Lee Gravely, who was the Navy’s first African-American Vice Admiral.

The Gravely (DDG 107) is part of the Navy’s only active class of destroyers, which are among the largest and most powerful destroyers ever built.

In May 2008 Wilmington was also the site of the commissioning of the nuclear attack submarine USS North Carolina. More than 6,000 people packed the Port of Wilmington to watch it happen.

We’ll have more details about this latest announcement tonight on WWAY NewsChannel 3 starting at 5.

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The US Navy announced that a 500-foot long guided-missile destroyer will be commissioned here this fall.

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Hurricane warnings to come earlier from forecasters

Wednesday, January 6th, 2010

By Matt SedenskyAssociated Press

The National Hurricane Center said Tuesday it will begin issuing storm watches and warnings about half a day sooner in the biggest change to its warning system in decades.

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AAA Carolinas takes more calls due to cold weather

Wednesday, January 6th, 2010

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With temperatures struggling to reach the 30s, more motorists in the Carolinas are finding that their cars are having trouble with the frigid conditions.

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MyReporter looks at history of Wilmington’s Echo Farms

Wednesday, January 6th, 2010

By Ben SteelmanBen.Steelman@StarNewsOnline.com

To begin with, Echo Farms really was a farm – one of the largest dairy operations in New Hanover County and the last to survive.

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